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!

 

Selina and Ally married in Loose {sneak peek}

What a beautiful day for a wedding! There was the threat of rain but it didn’t appear and the sun shone on my lovely wedding couple, Ally and Selina and their families and friends. Ally and Selina were married in All Saints Church in Loose (All Saints), a beautiful village just on the outskirts of Maidstone. With a river running through and water cascading down the winding streets, it’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of the County Town centre.

I spent a busy hour with the girls at bridal prep and watched Selina transform into the beautiful bride that had planned everything down to the final detail. As a mother of six, she is the ultimate organiser!

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After arriving in a stretch limo (how that driver managed to reverse down the tiny streets to the church, I have no idea!) … they were all excited about getting into church!

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Those who we have loved and are no longer here were remembered in so many ways.

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Little Cameron (or Freckles as I’ve named him) was ring bearer along with Poppy and paid close attention …

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After tea and cakes and formals, we had time to stroll down to the river which forms the heart of the village.

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We made out way back into Maidstone for the reception and after speeches and gifts and food, Ally and Selina had invested time in learning a choreographed first dance … they were nervous but were wonderful to watch.

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And there’s a bench tucked away in a far corner which made for a great final image!

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Congratulations Ally and Selina, it was truly an honour to be part of your day and to be mentioned in speeches too! How lovely! I’m looking forward to editing and sharing your images from your celebrations and thank you all again for making feel so very welcome (and great to see some familiar faces again too!).

Much love to you both xxx

 

 

Voting starts for Coral and Carl {Your Kent Wedding magazine wedding of the year}

I’m delighted to see that the lovely Coral and Carl, who were married in September at Winters Barns are in the final round of entrants for this year’s Your Kent Wedding Magazine wedding of the year!

You can vote for this lovely couple by clicking on the link … I know, for certain, that Coral has been waiting for this moment … so please do support them by giving your vote (and using everyone around you’s laptop, tablet, phone …)

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It would be great to see another of my couples in the final round … so I am keeping everything crossed and hoping that Coral and Carl will be successful!

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My clients are awesome and in print …

I’m delighted to see that the lovely Jess and Johnny have been entered into the final round of the Your Kent Wedding magazine wedding of the year.

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The winners are chosen by a round of voting, so each vote counts. Please get clicking and vote for my lovely couple …

Click here to vote for Jess and Johnny

Jess and Johnny chose to have a celebrant led ceremony and it was great to see the lovely Katie from True Blue Ceremonies in action.  There were so many amazing local suppliers and you can find a list of them at the bottom of my post.

Please do vote. It only takes a moment. Then you can use your loved ones computers, laptops and phones too!

Kent Bride Magazine 2017/2018 … real wedding feature

I was delighted to be approached by Kent Bride Magazine for images to illustrate the lovely Lisa and Robert’s wedding at Pegwell Bay. Of course, I agreed and now have a couple of copies of the magazine in my possession … I thought you might like to read their article:

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Such a lovely wedding to have featured and although it was a short coverage package for me, the details and laughter and love between this couple was a joy to photograph.

Now I’m aiming for the front cover … congratulations again to Lisa and Robert and it was a pleasure to have been part of your day.

Sara and Simon married at The Old Brewery Store in Faversham {sneak peek}

How wonderful, as a Faversham photographer, to be booked for a local wedding and what an amazing story this lovely couple, Sara and Simon, share. Childhood sweethearts who went their separate ways, found each other again and then celebrated their love on a September Friday in Faversham. The forecast was for rain and, indeed, when Simon arrived, he’d been caught in a downpour on the way … but, incredibly, the afternoon stayed dry and we managed to get all of their formal photographs taken outside!  It was just meant to be …

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If you look really closely, you will see that Simon’s tie pin has “friend of the groom” written on it. He thought it might make Sara laugh …

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Sara’s matron of honour and her two bridesmaids looked stunning in different shades of purple and patiently waited for our bride to arrive.

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Their joy was evident. And captivating. I photographed their ceremony tucked away behind some beautiful old beams which are a feature of this venue, steeped in history (you can find out more here). It was great to work with Samantha, the wedding co-ordinator again (not at all confusing for anyone …)!

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As the rain held off, Sara and Simon led their guests along the streets around to the The Old Brewery Store.

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Every bride and groom has to have a photograph taken under the clock … it’s part of the brewery history. You can probably see the packing cases behind my lovely couple but, as their wedding was on a Friday, the brewery is a working one (and has been since 1698) so we have to be aware of hazards and are guided through by the very helpful staff.

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Sara and Simon were married at 4pm which meant that I could offer them a short coverage package.  We managed to fit in a cheeky little “first dance” and then it was time for me to leave them to their celebrations.

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It was so lovely to work locally again and to be able to capture some memories for this fabulous couple.  I look forward to editing and sharing your images with you and wish you both all the love and happiness for your married life together xx

 

Bridal gown: Victoria Grace Bridal

Coral and Carl married at Winters Barns {sneak peek}

Coral and Carl had booked me on the strength of a recommendation from a school friend of Coral’s whose wedding I’d photographed at the same venue two years ago.  When I met up with this lovely couple in person, I just knew that their day would be fun and enjoyable to photograph. Especially when so many of their friends have nicknames!

I started at bride and groom prep – lively and busy … and with Coral’s nan’s brooch on her bouquet, memories of those loved ones who could not celebrate with Coral an Carl were ever present.

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An amazing blush pink wedding gown

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And no peeking whilst the bride and her bridesmaids got changed. These flowergirls are just super cute!

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The boys, meanwhile, were looking suitably nervous …

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And I love this joyful image as Coral and Carl are the first to celebrate!

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In nine years, I’ve never seen a group of groomsmen perform the Haka – I guess there’s a first for everything!

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Despite running a tiny bit late, Carla from ACM Films, and I managed to sneak away for a few portraits with our gorgeous couple.

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And after the wedding breakfast and some hilarious speeches (especially from the best man!), we were treated to some absolutely gorgeous backlight from the sun. It all happened at the right time!

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Coral and Carl have two rescue cats and they were featured on their bespoke wedding cake topper.

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Party Up six piece band provided live music and the guests joined in!

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I also managed to persuade my lovely bride and groom outside for a final image in front of their venue Winters Barns … the gorgeous fairy lights created the perfect backdrop.

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It was so hard to choose Coral and Carl’s sneak peek images … that’s why there are quite a few. Such an enjoyable day and it really was a pleasure to spend time with you both and your families and friends.  I’m looking forward to editing and sharing your final images and also to creating your bespoke wedding album.

Wishing you both lifelong happiness and a wonderful start to your married life xxx

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