I first met Mandy and Mark at a wedding fair earlier in the year, and they were lucky enough to win 50% off their full day wedding photography too! I'm always keen to encourage pre-wedding sessions before the wedding, especially if people are a little uneasy or not used to being in front of the camera. It's always an added bonus if this happens during golden hour too! We were blessed with some lovely light along the Leas in Folkestone, before we headed down the famed zigzag path to the coastal park and finally the beach for some really dramatic shots as the sun set. Mandy and Mark were great fun to photograph and soon got into the swing of things. It's great to know they'll be more relaxed on their wedding day now!
It's been some time since I was involved in a big styled shoot, as they can be difficult to organise and find suitable suppliers for, so I was particularly excited when everyone came together for this epic full day at the gorgeous Nurstead Court near Meopham in Kent. This was a real collaborative effort and the other suppliers played a key role in making this all come together. We had the lovely Petra Ashby as our bride for the day, modelling three different dresses to create distinct looks, all with their own details and flowers. Later in the afternoon her partner arrived for those perfect couples photos just as the sun was setting. This was a great day and the chance to work with some very talented people. The English Wedding Blog will also be featuring this shoot in early November, so keep an eye out for the article!
I headed up to Judds Folly on the outskirts of Faversham on another very warm summer's day for Kelly & Stuart's wedding back in July. They were definitely embracing the sunshine with the plethora of sunflowers in their decor and details! This is my first time at Judd's Folly and I was really impressed by the staff, food and the venue as a whole - a real hidden gem! Kelly and Stuart were stars too, of course, totally chilled and I had a great time getting some gorgeous photos of the two of them, as well as all the super fun shots getting involved with their friends and family during the day. This was the last of my July 2018 weddings and a great way to round off a busy month! What a fantastic day, and I'm sure the party continued well into the evening after I had left.
Kim is one of my oldest friends and I've known her since secondary school. In fact she was part of the inspiration for me pursuing a photography career. She also has a special place in her heart for dogs, and when the reality of getting a puppy turned into bringing home Rusty, she was quick to suggest a photo session with the playful golden retriever! Animals (especially quick ones) was a new genre for me at the time but I have since launched my pet pawtrait mini sessions after the success of our time down the Folkestone Warren at sunset, together with Kim and her partner Jamie. I don't have a dog myself but I can see why so many people are just head over heels in love with them!
After the fun I had photographing Jenny and Ben's pre-wedding session earlier in the year, I was really excited to be getting together with them again for their Essex wedding in July! I was instantly made to feel welcome and captured some lovely photos of Jenny getting ready while my second photographer covered the groom in the morning. We then all headed to Warley Park Golf Club, where Ben works, for the wedding. Thankfully it was a bit cooler than it had been and everyone was in high spirits! Jenny and Ben both looked fantastic on the day and we made the most of the grounds during TWO couples sessions, before heading back inside to party with a country dancing style Cèilidh band to boogie the night away. What a fantastic wedding these two had! I was assisted through the day by Rebecca Watts.
In early July I headed up to North Kent and the small village of Hoo for the gorgeously sunny wedding of Anna and Sam. They got married in the lovely church of St Werburgh before I stole them both away for some romantic photos of the two of them in the neighbouring fields with the sun beating down. We then headed down into Medway to Lordswood Leisure Centre for the reception, which had been given a touch of sparkle for the newlyweds. A few cheeky shots and a hogroast later, everyone was pulling shapes on the dancefloor - but the kids were the real stars of the show! Putting on their own performance for Anna and Sam. A great day in the sunshine and such fun to be a part of.
I've known Maria for a few years now and she has been over in the UK working on her teaching qualifications in Kent. After she finished and before she headed back to Spain to start a more permanent job, she got in touch with me organising a portrait session for herself. I think it's a lovely idea, and she felt in such a good position mentally and physically, she wanted something to remember her good times in the UK and a time when she was in a good place in her life, ready to start a new chapter. We had a great time catching up while capturing some lovely images that really show off her bubbly, fun personality. Aided by some flowers and a folding fan as some quirky props!
I met up with Hannah and Craig on a gloriously sunny day at Scotney Castle for their pre-wedding session ahead of their big day next spring. This place holds particular importance for me as it was where my journey into becoming a professional photographer began. We had a great time exploring the grounds and the old moated castle getting some lovely photos of the happy couple. It's amazing to think how many people we had to dodge to get these pristine backgrounds - you'd think we had it all to ourselves! I'm really looking forward to their wedding next March at the Southdowns Manor in Sussex. If the weather is as good as it was here then we'll all be very happy bunnies!
I had been in touch with Holly from Locate to Create before about collaborating on some product and branding photography but it wasn't until a few months ago did we actually get together the rest of her team to make it all happen! I went back to Mt Ephraim Gardens near Faversham for the day and there was loads going on! Holly and her mum had their makeup done by the lovely Sharon Owens who, when she isn't flying with BA, does some amazing work! After that the team set about creating scenes with their lovely vintage props in the gardens and a gorgeous table set up outside before rounding off with some great portraits of the four of them on the Japanese bridge and in the grounds. This was great fun and I hope to work with Holly and Sharon again in the future at a wedding!
Every now and then I come across a photo of the arched bridge in Aylesford near Maidstone and it always reminds me that I would love to go there, first to have a look, but most of all to include it in a photo shoot somehow. I made an effort to have a look around the nearby Priory too and when we had a clear evening, Ellis and I headed down there for a summery sunset photo session! We had a great time playing with the lovely warm light, and Ellis has the perfect prop with her straw hat too. It was great playing with some new lighting techniques to really bring out the backdrops around the priory and the lovely little village of Aylesford - what a fab evening!