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  • Welcome to my blog!

    My name is Joanne and I am a Wedding, Lifestyle and Commercial Photographer. Photography is my full time vocation, because .... it is an absolute passion!!! On this blog and throughout the site you will see galleries of my latest weddings, family portraitures and commercial work as well as videos with information helping you to choose the right photographer for you. There are informative captions with each gallery with details on the location, venue and suppliers.

    I am based in Sittingbourne, Kent and my work currently takes me throughout the Home Counties, London, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Dorset, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Middlesex, Surrey, Sussex and further!

    You can read more about my biography by clicking on my 'About Me' page.

  • MY MISSION

    Is to create pictures that you dream of. Whether that be natural recordings of the moment or edgy, dynamic portraiture. I will work with you, help you to feel relaxed, which will bring out your natural personality and character. With my extensive knowledge and experience I will guide you through the process with ease. I work as a photographer because I adore the creativity of photography, am exhilarated by people and cherish loving memories. My mission is to pass this passion and art to you, for you to enjoy, share and treasure for years to come.

Angela & Dean’s Amazing Wedding Day – Leeds Castle Maidstone

The first time I met Angela and Dean I just fell in love with them, so warm, friendly and smiley and I knew from that point it was going to be a truly wonderful wedding. Plus to top it off there wedding was to be held at the stunning Leeds Castle, a real fairy tale of a wedding.

As soon as I arrived I made my way to the bridal suite to say hello, I was greeted with huge beaming smiles and hugs. I set to work with the little but very important details, the beautiful pink flowers, jewelry, perfume, wedding shoes and of course the stunning princess style wedding dress with its fitted corset and silk tulle skirt. The photography is mostly reportage with a few choice classic portraits taken against the stunning bridal suite backdrop of large windows and heritage furniture. One of my favourite pictures is of the bride with her twin sister holding hands and smiling. During the bridal preparation time I took some landscape photography of the lovely Castle and Grounds.

We were sharply reminded by the time by the knock on the door, it was the brides father and oh how proud he was when he gazed for the first time at his lovely daughter.

So we were off, the ceremony, tears of excitement and nervousness resounded. Down the medieval stone staircase and through the grand inner hall into the ceremony room, the music played and Dean was at last to see his wonderful bride, their eyes met and happiness filled the air.

The ceremony was full of emotion, giggles and hearty clapping, the certificate was signed, sealed and delivered.  Angela and Dean smiled their way down the aisle and into the Castle Library room where celebratory hugs, kisses and laughter filled the air.

After the groupshots it was time for the romantics, which I have say, was very very excited about. The glorious and copious amounts of opportunities filled me with both determination to fit as many areas of the castle as possible and excitement. The weather was holding out really well, so into the Leeds Castle buggy we went. There were the glorious tall slim curtain draped windows, the gatehouse, the moat, the green pastures and weeping willow trees, we all loved the adventure and I could really make the most of the surroundings.

Guests were eagerly awaiting the cue to enter the Wedding Breakfast Room with its grand 16th century French Caen stone fireplace and magnificent ebony floor. The room looked magnificent and the guests found their places at the long rectangular tables. Whilst everyone was eating I took a walk around the inside of the building, I found a small wooden staircase and at the top soft amber light from the sun set filled the hallway. I couldn’t miss this opportunity for some lovely bride and groom portraits, you can see the images from this within the gallery below.  The speeches had everyone is raptures of laughter is was a great finish to the afternoon.

After dinner guests made their way to the opulent 1920s Castle Drawing Rooms and then continued with evening celebrations, dancing the the traditional smoking of cigars. The event party had began and with the final evening portrait against the illuminated castle I was saying my goodbyes.

It was such a glorious and happy day!

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Rising majestically from the still waters of its moat, surrounded by 500 acres of parkland and gardens, Leeds Castle is one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Kent. A palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon.

7 days in Åre Sweden

Wow just how stunningly beautiful is Sweden, not in the way I imagined though, I had visions of blankets of twinkling snow, mountain peaks for as far as the eye could see and seething cold winds, but shortly after arriving I realised that it was mid season, not quite cold enough for snow and not quite warm enough for white water rafting and biking! But what I did discover was a whole new world. The Swedish people are super friendly and their English is astounding and the Swedish lifestyle embraces pristine nature and an environment unspoilt by modern life. I stayed in a beach apartment, where as soon as you step onto the pebbles there was water, sky and mountains. Nearly everywhere was bare of snow, but the view still magnificent.

After inhaling the crisp fresh air and feasting my eyes on this glorious sight I dashed in again for my camera. Some of the pics from my home base are my favourites, as with every new dawn there were new colours, and with each passing hour there seemed to be a new perspective to capture.  The days were very short so there were a lot of sunset, sunrise pictures. Landscape photography isn’t something that I get to indulge in, so I was in my absolute element and enjoying every second.

If you visit Are in Sweden, a trip to Tannforsen Waterfall is a must, the sheer size and volume of water gushing transcends you to another place, it’s so open, breathtaking, like the curtains to a play have just been drawn, it really is amazing, also it gave me an opportunity to practice capturing the charging water at different speeds. Travel photography is a sheer delight and a guilty pleasure for a photographer who is commercially driven. It was a wonderful experience and I hope that my pictures will give you a glimpse of what can be experienced in this natural and peaceful environment.

 

Caroline & Rak’s Big Day!

Lovely testimonial from Caroline & Rak …

“From the second we met Jo we knew she was the photographer for us. As Actors we are both used to having our photos taken so had a very high standard in terms of choosing a photographer for our Wedding and Jo’s work really speaks for itself.

We love the way she is able to capture perfectly not just the official photos, but little moments and looks that others might have missed. She was a calming presence on the day, whilst still being forceful enough to deal with a large, over excited wedding party! She was completely unobtrusive but still made sure she got all of the shots that we wanted and helped us to keep things flowing on the day.

When we sneaked away for our ‘Romantic’ shots she made sure that we were relaxed and really gave us the time to have a moment with each other as well as having our photos taken. We couldn’t believe just how fast our Wedding Album was ready for us to view and also the amount of beautiful photos she has given us. Everyone has commented on how wonderful they are and there is not one bad photo of anyone – she has managed to capture people at their absolute best. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone, thank you Jo!”

More pics to follow soon!

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Out & About – Ramsgate Harbour & Wartime Tunnels Kent

So here are some pics of my out and about trip to Ramsgate Harbour, which is both stunning and of great historical interest. Specifically today there was a vintage fair heralding old war time clothes and equipment. People were there in there droves enjoying the glorious scenic view over glasses of wine, whilst others were waiving their England flags in participation of the Vera Lynn platform performance. I would definitely recommend a visit! Great cafes and leisure boat rides and of course the wonderful sandy coastline.

 

The construction of Ramsgate Harbour began in 1749 and was completed in about 1850. The two most influential architects of the Harbour were father and son John Shaw and John Shaw Jr, who designed the clockhouse, the obelisk, the lighthouse and the Jacob’s Ladder steps.

The Harbour has the unique distinction of being the only harbour in the United Kingdom awarded the right to call itself a Royal Harbour. This was bestowed by King George IV after he was taken by the hospitality shown by the people of Ramsgate when he used the harbour to depart and return with the Royal Yacht Squadron in 1821.
Because of its proximity to mainland Europe, Ramsgate was a chief embarkation point both during the Napoleonic Wars and for the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940. The ferry terminal area is built upon reclaimed land.
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