The Golden Hour – family photoshoots

With the amount of rain we’ve had in Kent recently, it’s difficult to remember what warm weather feels like … but it will return. It will.

Although it’s great to have a bright sunny day for photographs, it isn’t always the best light as far as photography is concerned. Harsh, bright sun can cast unattractive shadows on the face and that’s why you’ll often find photographers looking for “open shade” or an area that isn’t in bright sunshine.

Early evening photoshoots at this time of year are perfect for capturing those lazy summer days.

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We are so lucky in our local area of Faversham, Whitstable, Canterbury and Herne Bay that we are surrounded by glorious and photo-perfect areas.

If you are considering booking a family photoshoot over the summer, please do feel free to get in touch by emailing me sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk – details on pricing are here – prices are from £195.

Hope to hear from you soon!

 

20/20 session are back … new October date announced!

They’re back … but they’re different. The next set of sessions are booked for:

Saturday 8 October 2016

at Boughton-under-Blean village hall just a stone’s throw away from Faversham.

Prices are still £20 for 20 minutes but now you get the bonus of 20% discount off products from your online gallery. Good value? Great value!!!

Perfectly timed for sorting out those niggly Christmas gifts, prints are excellent for capturing those never-to-be repeated moments in time … fun, frolics, fast and furious, 20/20 sessions aren’t for the faint hearted … they are super speedy photography with great results every time.

So email me sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk to get your session booked in. First session time will be 9.40am and then every twenty minutes after that with the final session probably being 3pm …

As always, the session fee of £20 secures your slot and I do expect this round of sessions to book very quickly.

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Christmas jumpers are welcome!

 

Clare and Carl – a multi-coloured and hand made wedding {sneak peek}

I met Clare and Carl at a wedding fair in Faversham last year. When I heard that they were planning a local wedding, I kept my fingers crossed that they might book. And they did … and the more that I heard about their upcoming wedding, the bigger my smile became.

Clare had fabulous shoes …

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The groom, super dapper, with personalised pocket watch …

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The most relaxed, smiley, laughing and giggling “bride with mum and dad” shots I think I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing ..

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Button holes made by the bride using … buttons …

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The biggest shower of confetti this year so far …

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The smiles continued …

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And the details were a photographer’s dream!

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I have to limit the amount of images in a sneak peek, so I’ll stop now but I just have to say that I enjoyed Clare and Carl’s wedding so much, from the relaxed bridal preps right up to the delicious lamb in the evening, from the fabulous children who posed and laughed, to the guests who smiled and showed me their customised shirts … it was a wedding to be cherished, with friends and families from near and far.

So congratulations to you both and I’ll be working hard to get your finalised images to you as soon as I possibly can xxx

Judith and Derek wedding anniversary photoshoot at Tankerton Slopes {sneak peek}

I was delighted to be contacted by Amy who had been recommended to me by her neighbour … Amy wanted to book a family photoshoot on the beach to celebrate her parents’ wedding anniversary. I found out on the day that it was a surprise – right up until the day before!

And Judith also mentioned that the last time they had a family photoshoot, it was 20 years ago … so about time for some new photos!

Family photoshoot at Tankerton in Kent

It was lovely to meet the family and to work with their little ones … and I was especially given the run around by this little cutie …

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I thoroughly enjoyed spending time on the beach in such perfect weather. And interesting to hear about that family photo in the checked shirts Amy …

Can’t wait to share your images with you all!

Bright and breezy with a little bit of cheese – Nick and Decia at Whitstable

I’m delighted to be joining Nick and Decia for their spring wedding at gorgeous Winters Barns near Canterbury and we decided to meet up for a fast and furious pre-wedding photoshoot at Whitstable. The weather on Saturday was damp and dismal … but Sunday was bright … and incredibly windy!

Nick and Decia pre-wedding photoshoot at Whitstable by Samantha Jones Photography

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Some of my brides need a tiny bit of encouragement to let go … Decia is NOT such a bride – her laughter and giggling is infectious and we are going to have no trouble at all getting beautiful and engaging images on their wedding day!

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As we strolled through a busy Whitstable Harbour, we found an astronaut …

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Nick and Decia’s connection and love for each other was very obvious to see … we stopped traffic, drank coffee and traded stories.

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I am so looking forward to their wedding day … oh, and the cheese reference is twofold – cheesy shots may be required on the day to get into the spirit of things … and Decia LOVES cheese! See you both very soon xx

Sara and Steve – the fully story of their eco friendly wedding at the gorgeous Pines Calyx

Sara and Steve met me at a wedding fair … even before they were engaged … Sara was absolutely intent on having Pines as their wedding venue and on a very bright sunny day last May, her wish came true. For bridal preps, Sara had hired a local house and she and Steve also stayed there on their wedding night – it overlooked the Channel and was light and bright and full of quirky details – perfect as far as I was concerned! Weddings are emotional occasions and this was no different. Happy to have loved ones with them to celebrate and sad that there were others who couldn’t be there.

Pines Calyx is a beautiful venue, set naturally on the cliffs at St Margaret’s Bay. The first place in the UK to see the sun and affording so many great places to take bride and groom portraits … even on the beach! The feel of this wedding was relaxed, the invitations had been designed by Sara and Steve themselves, along with the menus (designed personally for each guest), the seating plan was an upscaled ladder from Sara’s dad, the list of incredible details is endless.

The flowers and bouquets were exquisite and all prepared by Steve’s mum. The cake, and cup cakes, were incredible … and made by Steve’s sister – the bride was reduced to tears on seeing the cake as it was absolutely perfect!

I am delighted to share with you images from Sara and Steve’s wedding day – the day Sara couldn’t wait to marry her best friend … enjoy!

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We had such a wonderful day and I was truly sad to leave. My second shooter, Sarah, and I enjoyed the hospitality and generosity shown to us by everyone and it was an absolute pleasure to capture the smiles, the laughter and the tears. Sara and Steve chose to have albums with their package and I know that nan had a long list of people that she wanted to show her one to!

I look forward to capturing more of Sara and Steve’s life events … and thank you both again for making me feel so very much part of your day xx

And I’ll see you both again at Dan’s and Alison’s wedding in August!

Venue: Pines Calyx in St Margaret’s Bay (pinescalyx.co.uk)
Brides dress: Bridal Wardrobe in Rochester (www.bridalwardrobe.co.uk)
Grooms outfit: Next
Hair and make up: Kelly, a schoolfriend of Sara’s
Caterer: Michelle from the Pines Calyx tea rooms
Dj: Apollo Funk Entertainment (www.apollofunk.com)
Flowers: Groom’s mum
Cake: Groom’s sister

The Ideas Test with Julie Davies, the florist who teaches

I was delighted to be involved in this interesting creative project – I had first met Julie years ago and have photographed her floristry sessions on a number of occasions . Julie then mentioned that she had applied for sponsorship from the Ideas Test creativepeopleplace.info with the remit that she was to introduce the concept of floristry to more than just … florists. It was called the Winter Door Project (www.thewinterdoorproject.co.uk) and I was captivated!

A series of Christmas door wreath sessions were organised and I was invited along to three – one was in Sittingbourne, one in Oare near Faversham and the other in Teynham.  They were full of willow, binding wire, sharp scissors, glue guns, acorns, twigs … and chatter. Julie introduced the theory at the beginning of each session, showing different ways that the concept of a wreath could be interpreted.  Not round. Not boring … the final results were quite amazing – hearts, trees, squares and, yes, some round ones!

Take a look …

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The Winter Door Project led by Julie Davies photographed by Samantha Jones Photography 07

You can find Julie here – based in Faversham, her classes are held in some of our beautiful local venues. Why not have a go yourself?

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