Posted on December 2, 2015
As you may have seen in previous posts, my work is very varied. And sometimes very tasty.
And this was certainly the case when I was invited to work alongside chef Dominic and his wife, Roxy, to create some mouth-watering images of their current menu at The Bubble in Whitstable.
It really was rather delicious … and the smells from the kitchen were heaven. A beach front location, beautifully situated and heavenly food. Tough life …
I was lucky enough to take home one of the lamb wraps with salad which was absolutely delicious. I’m hoping to return to photograph future menus … and to enjoy the selection of middle-Eastern and Mediterranean inspired dishes on offer.
Posted on November 20, 2015
The owners and managers at Kennington Hall got in touch with a fabulous group of local wedding suppliers and organised a very short notice shoot in the ground of the Hall.
It was windy … and chilly … but the resulting images are full of fun and laughter. We even got a tiny bit of blue sky too!
A big thanks goes out to our models, Steve, Crystal and Lolly who hadn’t met before the day but took direction really well and looked amazing!
And to the suppliers:
Simply Ceremonies UK: www.celebrant-uk.co.uk
Bridal Gowns at Jodi: www.weddingdresses.uk.com
Danielle (hair): Westlake Hair Styling
Roby (make up): www.euthalia-beauty.co.uk
Richard (topiary Love): www.bigdaypostbox.co.uk
Kennington Hall: www.kennington-hall.co.uk
Samantha Jones Photography: www.samanthajonesphotography.co.uk
Posted on June 24, 2015
I’m finally able to blog the full story of Hayley and Dominic’s wedding last February. As they were featured in the Your Kent Wedding Magazine and then won the “Wedding of the Year” competition, there’s been a bit of a delay in posting their images.
But now I can – and I am delighted to do so! Hayley and Dominic booked me on the strength of a recommendation from Charlotte, one of Hayley’s lifelong friends and bridesmaids. When I arrived at Winters Barns, there were hailstones on the ground and torrential rain. Then blue skies. Then strong gusts of wind. Then rain. Then … you get the picture!
After taking a look around the venue when I arrived, I could see that Hayley and Dominic’s wedding was running true to their theme – as Hayley had chosen the Alfred Angelo design named Ariel from their Disney collection, the colour scheme of charcoal and pink was highlighted in the bridesmaids dresses, the bridal favours, the flowers, the seating plan … in fact, almost everywhere!
Although the wedding was in February, and the weather somewhat changeable, we were able to get outside for some bride and groom portrait shots – Hayley and Dominic were really invested in their photography and happy to work with me to get the results that we all wanted – and it was totally worth it …
It was so cold and windy but Hayley and Dominic were amazing and powered on through. And it was totally worth it. We had to take the formal shots inside the barn itself and then moved on to speeches …
Possibly one of my favourite wedding ring shots … ever!
It was an amazing day spent with amazing people. Thank you also to my second shooter Sarah, who worked so hard on the day and also to the lovely staff at Winters Barns where I am now delighted to be a recommended supplier!
Much love to you both, Hayley and Dominic, and looking forward to capturing lots of exciting adventures in your lives xx
Venue: Winters Barns http://www.winters-barns.co.uk
Venue stylist: Ambience Venue Styling http://www.ambiencevenuestyling.com
Caterer: Scott Anderson http://www.chefscottanderson.co.uk
Bride’s dress: Country Brides of Faversham http://www.countrybrides.uk.com
Groom’s suit: Canterbury Suit Hire http://www.canterburysuithire.com
Flowers: Graham Greener http://www.grahamgreener.com
Band: The Groovemores http://www.groovemores.co.uk
Posted on May 22, 2015
I was delighted to have been recommended to this lovely bride and groom by the kind staff at Read’s – such a beautiful venue situated in the most amazing grounds … and five minutes from my home!
On a gorgeous sunny day, Evonne and Trevor celebrated with a close group of family and friends who had travelled many, many miles …
And it was totally worth it …
Thank you both so much for including me in your celebrations – I am just a tiny bit envious of your honeymoon destination but hope that you have the most amazing time! I can’t wait to share your images with you xxx
Posted on May 3, 2015
When I arrived at East Quay in Whitstable on Friday, I was overwhelmed with the beautiful displays of flowers. The bride is a florist and had decorated this gorgeous seaside venue absolutely beautifully. Alison and Dave booked me on the strength of wedding photographs that I had taken for one of their friends – and I’m so very glad that they did.
On a bright, blustery day at the seaside, Alison and Dave were married amongst family and close friends. Despite only being a short coverage wedding for me, I really felt so very welcome and even made fast friends with Violet …
For this shot, the wind was in the right direction for Dave’s hair … and they look so happy and comfortable …
Thank you both so much for indulging my need for a beach shot of just the two of you and I can only imagine the amazing party that you had in the evening.
I’ll be editing furiously but, in the meantime, it was an honour to be able to capture your celebrations …
love Sam xx
P.S. Thanks must also go to the staff at East Quay – the cod and chips was out of this world!
Here’s their website: www.eqvenue.com
Posted on March 23, 2015
That’s right, two sneak peeks in one day … the wedding season got off to a great start with back-to-back weddings this weekend. Sunday saw me with the absolutely lovely couple, Charlotte and Jon, their two little ones, Flick and Ollie (who, apparently, charges £10 per photo of him …) and their families and friends in a thoroughly enjoyable celebration at Oakwood House Hotel (www.oakwoodhousehotel.co.uk) on the outskirts of Maidstone. Their venue has a particular meaning as Charlotte’s father worked there and she and her sister spent many a night snuggled up on the couches. It’s also near to where Charlotte went to school and the family live very close by. It was my first wedding here and I very much enjoyed finding little places to take photographs of this fab couple …
They smiled, and smiled and then smiled some more! Oh, they were so easy to photograph … I could have photographed them FOREVER!
For their group shot, I was hanging out of an upstairs window … sometimes group shots lack dynamism and, for some reason, the words “kiss the person next to you” came out of my mouth … I love the little flower girls’ reaction in the bottom left hand of this shot!
And this is their family … and little “£10 per shot” Ollie and beautiful Flick …
I couldn’t choose which images to show for Charlotte and Jon’s sneak peek … I am absolutely spoilt for choice …
Suffice it to say, I enjoyed every moment. Such great feedback and big smiles from your guests and the joy which surrounded you both was absolutely tangible. I hope you have the most amazing adventure and I can’t wait to share your images with you as soon as I possibly can. Thank you both for making my day so enjoyable and for your ability to stand out in the freezing cold and for sharing my enthusiasm … xxx
Posted on March 23, 2015
I met Judy and Dave at a wedding open day at the gorgeous eco-friendly wedding venue of Pines Calyx (www.pinescalyx.co.uk) where I am delighted to be one of their recommended photographers. I was so pleased to receive an email early this year from Judy, checking to see if I was available on their wedding date which fell on the spring equinox, the day after a partial solar eclipse and the final day of the Six Nations Rugby tournament. All of these things were brought up during the speeches but best man Mike didn’t reveal the scores … Pines Calyx, being so close to France, has very limited internet or mobile reception …
The day was overcast, with forecast of rain. A really rather chilly. But luckily the forecast was wrong and we were able to take the formal shots outside and also have a quick stroll through the gardens. As Dave is a geoscientist, and with the fact that Pines Calyx is hewn from the chalky cliffs, it seemed right to ensure that we had at least one portrait with the cliffs in the background …
We are lucky at Pines in that there is an elevated area from which to take the group shot. The guests gathered together (using each other for warmth!) and I took the top image and my second shooter, Sarah, captured the one of Judy and Dave. I think it’s a beautiful image, and reflects their joy.
Thank you both so much for making us feel so welcome – to be thanked in the speeches at my first wedding of the year was a great way to kick off the season. I’m very much looking forward to editing and sharing your images with you and thank you again for inviting us to share your special celebrations.