Red London Bus, bubbles, a rocking horse, a Steiff bear … and Ben {sneak peek}

How times flies. It truly does. It really doesn’t seem that long since I was photographing Ben’s parents’ wedding at Salmestone Grange. And since I met Ben for the first time when he was only eleven days old. And since he was six months … and flying. And now, to return when Ben is just over one year old … I think I may have mentioned that I love my job, I love the connections that I make and the welcome that I receive into people’s lives.

And Ben …

Ben at one year

He was so diverted with his toys that it was lovely to capture him so intensely concentrating … But not bubbles, nor laughing, nor granddad holding a reflector, not nanny cajoling, not daddy dancing like a crazy thing behind me could get Ben to really break into the beautiful, wide smiles that his mummy and daddy know that he has …

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But when we all meet up again on the beach in a few months, when the weather is warmer and Ben is walking … there will be smiles. And ice cream. And happy, happy memories of a fun engagement photoshoot on the beach Good times xx

A year in weddings {2011}

A little late in posting this but small things, such as completing my tax return, got in the way! I thought that I would take a look back over the past year to remember the fun, the laughter, the emotion, the sun … and the rain! Hope you enjoy the recap of my wedding photography year – I’m really looking forward to what 2012 brings!

We started off the year at Cooling Castle Barn in January at the celebrations of Chris and Kelly. Chilly winds but sunny smiles and amazing food too!

February saw me both in Essex and in Kent – weddings only days apart but such different weather. First in February were Vikki and Mark and the Lords Country Club … it was chilly indeed!

And then on to Hever Castle for Kinga and Ian’s celebrations … with blue skies!

And then a little break (but lots of work in between) and May found me local to Faversham, in Oare with Gemma and Charlie, poppies, a cat, Canadians and lots of gossip …

June brought a truly rock ‘n’ roll wedding with James and Sarah. Classy outfits, fabulous car and tattoos too!

August brought a wedding at Salmestone Grange in a chapel with Vicky and Cliff … and saw me nearly fall into a pond …

And the following day saw me at the iconic Chelsea Register Office with Amanda and Rob, a Red London bus, a trip on the London Eye, hailstones and a double rainbow!

Early September saw me at St Martins Acrise and the Pines Calyx with the very happy Elaine and Roger and magician with tricks that I just couldn’t work out …

And Bonnie and Barney’s amazingly colourful, fun filled and happy celebrations at St Margaret’s Church and Thanet House …

And then Andy and Jimmy’s celebrations at the Chapel Down Winery where we got a bit sunburnt …

And I was a guest at Emily and Anton’s wedding later on in September, but I sneaked a couple of pics …

Sadly (for me) Charlotte and Rhys got married in Cyprus but, luckily (for me) had their reception at East Quay in Whistable … where we set up a photobooth …

And then, as guest and photographer, I listened to Mike sing his vows to Kathryn in an intimate ceremony near Faversham … an amazing lady in red!

And then my final wedding of the year in November when Karen and Dan celebrated at Hadlow Manor near Tonbridge and it rained so hard that it bounced back up to knee height … did they mind, not at all!

What a year. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of each and every wedding celebration and am very much looking forward to 2012.

Two weddings in two days and two double rainbows … Vicky and Cliff {married} at Salmestone Grange

Just the quickest of sneak peeks today after my double header of weddings. Today I had the pleasure of joining Vicky and Cliff and their families and friends at Salmestone Grangenear Margate for their wedding celebrations. After a brief shower, there was sunshine for the group shots and then some gorgeous light for my time alone with the newly weds! Here’s your sneak peek …

And yes, I nearly did fall in the pond getting this shot … just a bit further back, just a bit further …

Have a lovely honeymoon and the images will be ready for you on your return. And thanks for the delicious meal too … the strawberry cheesecake was just perfection! xx

Vicky and Cliff’s {engagement photoshoot} – a sneak peek

Vicky and Cliff could not have chosen a more perfect day and location for their engagement photoshoot. They are getting married in August and I really do hope that the sun shines as brightly on their wedding day as it did today.

I promised a little quick sneak peek for them … and here it is. Each photoshoot brings its own surprises … I haven’t ever had to avoid having a giraffe sticking out of the top of one of my client’s heads … that’s the seaside for you!

Vicky and Cliff laugh … a lot. It was smiles all the way and we certainly received some curious glances from the sunbathers! And I loved the way that Vicky kindly pointed out that I had a very sandy bottom …

We stopped for a drink and an ice cream – which melted at an exceedingly fast rate – luckily Vicky’s engagement ring is already scheduled for a good clean before the wedding!

I know that Vicky was a bit hesitant about having her photograph taken but she assured me that she is now feeling much more relaxed about it all. And Cliff would appear to be naturally comfortable in front of the camera. So I can’t wait for their wedding day! Thanks for a great time on the beach today and see you both very soon!