Sarah and Jon – pre-wedding photoshoot at East Quay in Whitstable {sneak peek}

When Sarah and Jon booked me for their July wedding at the fabulous seaside venue of East Quay in Whitstable (www.eqvenue.com), I was delighted … but to hear that they will be bringing their there year old miniature schnauzer, Wilson, with them, made me even happier. And it was great to meet up with them all today just for a quick chat through their wedding timings and for a brief pre-wedding photoshoot … oh Wilson …

Whitstable wedding photography by Kent photographer Samantha Jones Photography

Sarah and Jon pre-wedding photoshoot at East Quay in Whitstable by Samantha J0nes Photography 02

Sarah and Jon pre-wedding photoshoot at East Quay in Whitstable by Samantha Jones Photography 03

The weather was absolutely amazing today and the beach quickly getting full. I can’t wait for Sarah and Jon’s celebrations this summer and will be keeping my fingers tightly crossed that the weather is as good on the day!

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

Nick and Decia pre-wedding photoshoot at Whitstable by Samantha Jones Photography 07

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!

Nick and Decia pre-wedding photoshoot at Whitstable by Samantha Jones Photography 03

Nick and Decia pre-wedding photoshoot at Whitstable by Samantha Jones Photography 08

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

Nick and Decia pre-wedding photoshoot at Whitstable by Samantha Jones Photography 04

Nick and Decia pre-wedding photoshoot at Whitstable by Samantha Jones Photography 05

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

Nick and Decia pre-wedding photoshoot at Whitstable by Samantha Jones Photography 06

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

Jill and Kevin and their autumn themed wedding at East Quay in Whitstable {sneak peek}

We had all been checking the weather reports for Saturday. During the week, the forecast had changed from “persistent showers all day” to “isolated heavy showers” to cloud. I’m delighted to say that the forecasts were wrong.

Joining Jill and her bridesmaids at Flow & Co in Whitstable was a great start to the day. Right by the seaside and full of fun and laughter … and stories of flaming sambuccas (perfect preparation for a nervous bridal party!). There was not a sign of a hangover, indeed, hearty breakfasts had already been taken.

And the weather. The seaside. The obvious delight and love that Jill and Kevin share for each other. The giggles. The holding hands.

The antics …

Jill and Kevin at East Quay wedding in Whitstable by Samantha Jones Photography 01

The sunshine …

Jill and Kevin at East Quay wedding in Whitstable by Samantha Jones Photography 02

The hooting tugboat …

Jill and Kevin at East Quay wedding in Whitstable by Samantha Jones Photography 04

My amazing couple …

Jill and Kevin at East Quay wedding in Whitstable by Samantha Jones Photography 03

Thank you so much, Jill and Kevin, for making Sarah and I feel so very welcome. I’m delighted that your guests thought we were your friends … it kind of feels that way! Can’t wait to share your images with you on your return from honeymoon. Have fun! xx

Rebranding photography for Liz at {Backfit}

I am so pleased to see that Liz has used many of the images that we shot for her rebranding session on her website! Liz and I met up at her clinic in Whitstable and had a crazy hour of shooting lots of images for her site.

Liz offers Pilates, Sports Therapy, Personal Training, Nordic Walking and Boxercise amongst other things so do stop by and check out her website (www.backfit.co.uk).

If you run a business local to Faversham or Canterbury and are looking for up-to-date images for your site, please do drop me a line at sam@samanthajonesphotgraphy.co.uk. It’s so important that you present fresh and new images … I am able to offer product photography too!

Check out my website for more details and pricing: www.samanthajonesphotography.co.uk.

Helping the local Scout Group with their {photography} badge

I met up with Whitstable Scout Group last week and gave them a little bit of training on photography so that they can get their photography badges. We had great fun on Tankerton Slopes, enjoying the wonderful sunset and fresh air! Needless to say, the Scouts all expended lots of energy whilst learning more about photography … and I had the chance to get some great shots …

Sunset photography at Tankerton Slopes

There were action shots …

Sunset action shots at Tankerton Slopes

and the sunset was so gorgeous, that we had a group silhouette shot too!

Sunset silhouette at Tankerton Slopes

I’m looking forward to reviewing the shots from that evening and hope that the Scouts enjoyed it as much as I did!

A nice way to spend a weekend in {Whitstable}

Vince and I had a weekend to ourselves, which is unusual – no football, no children, no weddings … so we went to the Whitstable Oyster Festival and I just wanted to share a couple of images from the day (because, of course, I took photos …)

The weather was fabulous and it was just so busy – throngs of people enjoying the sunshine, the beer, the oysters, the entertainment …

Whitstable Oyster Festival oysters and fish

This very cheerful oyster shucker said he would pose for 50 pence … so we bought some oysters to eat as well!

And, of course, we had to have something to help the oysters go down … although this picture is of Harvey’s Best, from a Sussex brewery … and yes, mine was the half pint!!!

Whitstable Oyster Festival colours

We are certainly going to put this great event in our family diary for next year … and we even got the train so had no problems parking either!

{Rock the Frock} session at Faversham, Seasalter and Tankerton Slopes

Wow, what a day. It started off wet and raining and then the afternoon was just perfect. Blue skies, fluffy white clouds and wind, lots and lots of wind!

Liz, a fellow photographer, and her husband, Rich, came down to Kent so that Liz could “Rock her Frock”. This is an idea which has crossed the pond from the United States and is becoming more popular in the UK. The idea is that a bride can wear her dress again, not worry too much about the bottom getting dirty and get more creative shots than may have been possible on her wedding day.

Shots like this, at Tankerton Slopes:

Bahamas or Kent?

Or perhaps this one, shot at Seasalter:

Liz at Seasalter

I have to explain that in this shot, Liz was wearing a veil kindly lent to me by my best friend Kate. I had promised to look after Kate’s veil and I knew that it would be perfect for this shot. However, the wind decided to take the veil and blow it away onto the shingle at Seasalter. Luckily Rich downed tools, jumped off the pier and charged after it! And no damage at all. This picture actually captured the moment that the veil flew away – hence the rather scared expression on Liz’s face!

Near Faversham there are some really beautiful places to shoot:

Liz Montage II

And just along the coast, we have Tankerton Slopes:

Liz montage I

So before you get your dress dry-cleaned and packed away, put it on one more time and let’s be creative!

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