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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.


    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.

Kent Wedding Photographer …. Yasmin & Wayne’s perfect day at The BarnYard in Upchurch, Kent

Yasmin and Wayne were looking for a Kent Wedding Photographer for their special day and I was so elated when they contacted me via facebook to view my wedding packages. Within just days of their consultation the called to say they were ready to book my photography service. The chosen wedding venue is nestled in the heart of the Kentish Countryside and has a very enchanting setting. The BarnYard is surrounded by 150 acres of stunning landscape, combining rolling hills, natural woodland and romantic orchards, creating a haven for the perfect wedding. kent wedding photographer

I arrived fresh and bright at Yasmin’s home at 10.30am sharp and after having some welcome hugs with the bridal party I set to work creating some lovely compositions of the pretty wedding details, the dress, bowed shoes, ornate jewellery, the blue garter and the stunning yellow and fuschia pink rose bouquets. Yasmin had chosen a very feminine white laced mermaid wedding dress, which was finished with a satin belt, tied into a bow. I absolutely loved yasmin’s hair up do, styled into a pretty fanned bun, with curled bangs left to freely frame her face. The flower girls all sported ballerina hair bun up-dos which looked really cute.  Yasmin remained pretty calm until the dress was zipped and tied, then she inhaled deeply as she visualised herself walking down the aisle. kent wedding photography. wedding photographer kent

The coach and horses had arrived and the bridal party stole one more quick look in the mirror before leaving home. The girls were so excited and the father of the bride, brimming with pride. kent wedding photographer

The Ceremony was held in the Marquee which was set for a truly elegant experience and Wayne was eagerly waiting to see the love of his life dressed as his bride, and as soon as Yasmin was in view, tears welled in his eyes, he was breath taken by her beauty. There were lots of smiles and tears of joy throughout the ceremony which was lovely to capture. After the ceremony the newlyweds escaped to the country in their horse and carriage whilst the guests enjoyed their celebratory drinks and relaxed and mingled on the beautiful lawn.

Met with great anticipation the wedding couple returned, and after the group shots it was time for the romantic shots. So many wonderful photographic opportunities, the romantic wooden bridge built over a lily pond, home to exotic koi carp, set amongst stunning landscaping, the pretty apple orchard and the fountain, through which I captured one of my personal favourite portraits of the couple. The weather was perfect and the atmosphere, jubilant.  The speeches followed as did the menu of exquisite wedding breakfast fine dining. The day was running so smoothly and as the clock struck 8pm it was time for the newlyweds’ first dance, with the entire wedding party gathered round, clapping and snapping with their cameras and phones, they swept the floor, looking into each others eyes and smiling.

It was a wonderful day and I said my goodbyes and left for home at 8.30pm. kent wedding photographer

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I cover wedding throughout Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Essex and London, offering reportage style photography and high quality services. Most of my bookings come from recommendations. To receive information on my wedding photography prices and packages please email me at or call 01795 437314 and I will be happy to email over what is included in the wedding packages together with passwords to complete weddings.

Here is a link to The BarnYard website

Wedding Photographer Kent – Civil Partnership with Paul & Sid at Leeds Castle Maidstone

I was contacted in the early part of winter last year asking me if I would like to cover Paul & Sid’s civil partnership at Leeds Castle, and of course the answer was yes! My name had been passed as a recommendation from Paul’s sister which lovely to discover.  I was booked for 3 hours, which would include the grooms preparation, service rehearsal, ceremony, after drinks and the Mr & Mr newlywed photos.  Leeds castle is a stunning wedding venue and the couple were so friendly and welcoming, but I could see the nerves starting to creep in as the ceremony hour approached. Being held in December it was a lovely Christmas winter wedding. The beautiful gold and red dressed christmas trees added so much extra charm to this wedding occasion. Sid and his family are American and so had traveled across the globe to be here for this special civil partnership. Wedding Photographer Kent

While the couple were preparing for their special day in one of the Castle bedrooms, the guests were being captivated by their first glimpse of the magnificent Leeds Castle, as they drove through the estate. The guests then gathered in the castle Library. I absolutely adored the little flowergirls as they tinkled with the piano under the christmas lights.

The air was excitable as Paul and Sid announced their vowels and then the tears rolled, as Paul’s father spoke some very touching and loving words, he broke down almost unable to deliver the final few sentences, so Paul, Sid and Dad hugged in a circle and the Grooms then spoke the words for him, which was incredibly emotional, tears were welling in my eyes as I captured these precious moments on camera.  The wedding party guests were great fun, so the group shots were a breeze, and I staggered the guests up the medieval style stone staircase.

My next pit stop was the wedding breakfast Banqueting room, with its 16th Century French Caen Fireplace and magnificent ebony floor. The tables were decorated with pretty flowered plants and flickering candles …. the decadence of the Banqueting Hall is magnificent.  With only moments spare I whisked the couple off into the Castle Hall Way for a few romantic shots.  Here are some of the images from their gallery. wedding photographer kent

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A little Leeds Castle History …. wedding photography kent

Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England’s medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion; an elegant early 20th century retreat for the influential and famous; and in the 21st century, it has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain.

The first stone castle was built by a Norman baron during the reign of William the Conqueror’s son Henry I, on an island in the River Len. In 1278, a century and a half later, it came into the possession of Queen Eleanor of Castile, first wife of Edward I.  For the next 300 years the castle remained a royal residence, before again becoming a private home. This in turn was handed down over four centuries, by both inheritance and purchase, through a network of interlinked families.
Discover the fascinating history of the Hon. Olive, Lady Baillie, the last private owner of the castle; a wealthy Anglo-American heiress who acquired Leeds Castle in 1926 when it was sold to pay death duties.  Today, the influence of Lady Baillie continues to bring the state rooms to life while visitors can see the effect of Medieval and Tudor periods in many of the other Castle rooms. Leeds Castle Website    wedding photographer kent
Castles make for amazing wedding venues and Leeds Castle is one of my favourites, but I have also covered these Kent Castles …. Allington Castle, Hever Castle, Cooling Castle and Dover Castle.To receive my Wedding Photography Prices and Packages please do contact me at  You can also follow me on Twitter @JoCollinsPhotos and on Facebook.

Wedding Photographer Croydon – Oaks Farm Barn…. what an amazing day with Caroline & Rak!

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!”

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Caroline and Rak Boury: A wedding fit for the movies

Caroline and Rak had the sort of wedding day you see in movie, and why wouldn’t you: they are both actors by profession after all. Perfect weather: a mixture of sunshine and rain, a gorgeous dress, a fun and attentive wedding party, loving families on both sides full of joy, adorable little’s running around, lush floral, and love everywhere set the stage for an fun and romantic wedding. Wedding photographer croydon

Some of the most wonderful things about this wedding are the small touches that the couple incorporated to make it all so personal – you have to really pay attention to see them. From the personalised brooch for the mother to the ‘Father of the Bride’ socks, everything was done to incorporate the personal feel. The day started at 9 am with the bridal preparation at the Colliers Wood, Surrey. Since there were 6 bridesmaids, the day had to start earlier than usual. From there, the bridal party moved on to the Ceremony Venue: Church St Marks, South Norwood SE London. Wedding photographer Croydon

Caroline and Rak made sure their beloved pup got to join in on the fun as well. They had him walk down the aisle first with the rings tied around his neck. There were 2 best men instead of the usual 1. The ceremony started at 12. It was a family affair attended by so many people from so many different parts of their lives who had all come together that day to watch them get married. The style for the day was a traditional family wedding. The ceremony came to a close with some songs from the Gospel Singers. The groom, Rak, joined in and did an R&B number himself. As they came out of the church, they were greeted by their family, showering confetti over them. Wedding photography crodyon

After the ceremony, it was time to move on to the reception venue at Oaks farm barn, Shirley, Croydon. It started raining on the way and that resulted in some of the best shots in the day. The romantic shots of the couple were all taken at the Barn, with the rustic beauty providing the perfect background. The water droplets from the fountain created a romantic feel that brought out the real love between the couple. Wedding Photographer Croydon

At the reception, the couple entertained their guests with a live band that played in the hayloft of the barn. They had talented friends with connections and were able to work with the musicians for the perfect playlist. The guests had a great time and everyone was on up the dance floor. It was a truly fabulous fabulous wedding day! Wedding Photographer Croydon, wedding photographer at Oaks farm Barn

I hope that you have enjoyed looking through Caroline & Rak’s wedding gallery. If you would like to receive some wedding photography prices and packages please contact me at .  Oaks Farm Barn in Croydon is a lovely venue, here is the website

  • Terry Krosten - March 25, 2015 - 7:33 pm

    I have looked on many wedding photographers sites and your images really do stand out from the rest, very natural and creative, there isn’t one picture that doesn’t stand out as stunning.ReplyCancel

Studio Photographer Maidstone ….. with Siblings Mia & Jessica

Here are the Buckingham Girls, adorable sisters having a lot of fun during their studio photoshoot with me in Maidstone, Kent.  Top priority is to have fun in the studio and Mia aged 5 and Jessica aged 2 are doing just that. Whilst, of course, having fun I guide the girls into lots of different poses, keeping it lovely and fresh and full of vitality. Kids love their photo’s taken, even the most shy of children tend to come round after the temptation of playing football or hide and seek becomes too great! I always allow for a little time at the beginning for the kids (and the dads!) to warm to the idea of having their photos taken. But for the most part, everyone just jumps right in, enabling me to capture great family shots.

A studio photo session can be a spontaneous family get together, something you have been planning for months, a celebration of a special time, a fun friends reunion or a special record of the kids as they grow! Please also check out my ‘Watch me Grow’ Package which is on the Prices Page. Studio Photographer Maidstone.

For more information on my studio photography prices and packages available please drop me an email at and I will be happy to answer your questions and to check my availability. My prices are very competitive and the image and product quality is high.  There are many products to choose from; digitals, prints, canvas, acrylic and  photobooks are just a few. You can also contact me on 01795 437314 or mobile 077 969 343 99.

So don’t delay and book today!

Studio Photographer Maidstone. Fun photoshoot with sibling sisters, the girls laughed and had fun throughout the session.

Your photoshoot will last up to an hour and within that time I will capture a great variety of pictures and please feel free to bring along some extra props and accessories to make the photoshoot more creative and interesting. The kids can have their favourite teddies and toys and the teenagers can bring along extra accessories such as scarfs, hats, sunglasses etc. With regards to the colour coding for a family photoshoot, you can either all wear the same colour, which looks very contemporary, or you can use harmonious colour coding for all of you, for example all bright colours, or all muted natural tones, choose whichever suits your family the best.

For more information about making the most of your studio photoshoot, please give me a call on 01795 437314.

I will look forward to seeing you all soon! Studio Photographer Maidstone Kent

  • Cameron Drockler - March 25, 2015 - 8:34 pm

    Great professional photos. I am looking to have some team photos taken, so will be in touch shortly.ReplyCancel

Newborn Photography with adorable Reece at just 7 days old

I had the absolute pleasure of photographing gorgeous newborn Reece at just 7 days old. I also had some new newborn photography props which I was very excited about trying and as soon as I looked at his sweet little face I knew that it was going to be a very cute session. Photographing Newborns is one of my favourite aspects of photography. It’s so special and as your newborn grows and changes with each and every day you will be able to hold these pictures dear to your heart and always remember their adorable features and the wonderful experience of your baby’s very first photoshoot.

Being a newborn photographer allows me to record your little one while they are so tiny, so angelic, with their tiny features, adorable wrinkles and squishy little bodies that change so quickly.

Here are a few pictures from Reece’s Newborn Gallery … including the very cute Newborn Taco and Froggy pose. Newborn photography is an art and to achieve these shots, Mum and Dad support the baby and I take quite a few shots, then put them together as a composite in photoshop, I dedicate a lot of time in post processing so that these beautiful images can be achieved.

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I am a Kent newborn photographer and have had the pleasure of photographing babies from all over the South East, including Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, and Sussex. Please contact me for Newborn Photography Prices and Package information at or call 01795 437314 and I will be happy to help.

  • Mary Krest - March 23, 2015 - 8:55 pm

    Your newborn photography is beautiful, my baby is due in May so I will be

    getting in touch to book my little one in with you.ReplyCancel

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