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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.

Little Leo & Mum – Studio Photography

Today I photographed little Leo, 3 and a half years old,  in my studio, and although little, he had a mighty personality and full of energy!  Mum joined in for a few of the shots which of course was lovely.  You can view some of the pics from the shoot in the gallery below. Here is Mum Michelle's testimonial "Hi Joanne Thank you so much for your time and patience with our little boy Leo, he is such a live wire and you were brilliant with him and made it all a great game, the photographs are wonderful very natural and you really caught his personality, very very pleased, not only a great photographer but a great people person, looking forward to booking again when he is a little older Michelle and Ian"

Leo & Mum – Studio Photography


Studio Photography – Special Offer for Mother’s Day!

It's Mother's Day on 18th March and I would like to celebrate mothers day with you all!  So I have a fantastic STUDIO photography offer available to you!

FOR ONLY £25 - STUDIO SHOOT + FREE PRINT + FLOWERS

OPTION 1

Bring your Mum along for a photoshoot in my studio (friends and family also welcome).  Within 2 days I will edit the pictures and put your gallery on-line with your private password viewing.  You will have approximately 40 images + to choose from.  Plus when you collect your order I will have a lovely fresh bunch of flowers waiting for you.  

OPTION 2

Surprise your Mum with a wonderful family photograph, I offer large poster prints, canvases, framed pictures, digital images and more!  I will photograph the whole family, or the grandchilden, what ever you wish for in my sittingbourne studio.  You will have approximately 40 images + to choose from.  Plus when you collect your order I will have a lovely fresh bunch of flowers waiting for you to give to your mum!  

OPTION 3

Take advantage of the £25 deal and book you and your friends, family, boyfriend, girlfriend in for a photoshoot, you will still receive a print for free. You will have approximately 40 images + to choose from.

There is still time to book in and receive your order for Mother's Day!  To book your place please call 077 969 343 99 or 01795 437314!! Will look forward to seeing you all at my Studio in Sittingbourne, Kent.

   

Capturing the romance – Wedding Feature

CAPTURING ROMANCE AT THE WEDDING

The first time you envisioned your wedding, you probably didn't see a long list of details to attend to, decisions to be made or negotiations to be undertaken. Surely, your vision involved you and your partner. It was filled with tenderness, sweet melodies, pure bliss…and romance. After all, a wedding is romantic—the consummation of your everlasting love. A skilled wedding photojournalist knows how to anticipate and capture situations that convey those special feelings. When the day is over, your memories will be enhanced through photographs of the two of you looking at one another or simply being together, thus narrating the story of your love. That is what it’s all about.

IN A FLASH

A glance, a quick kiss or a sigh shared between the betrothed amidst the whirlwind of activity and emotion on their wedding day are moments that tend to happen quickly. They’re intimate exchanges that represent the strong feelings the bride and groom have for one another. They can be gone in a flash (no pun intended). The guests may not notice them, but as a perceptive photojournalist photographer I do. I would like to believe that my portfolio reflects my ability (through years of experience) to anticipate and capture such moments. I am always looking for that moment when the couple shares a kiss or when they have a tender exchange…I’m aware of the potential for it to happen at any second.
It’s those little fleeting exchanges, like the couple here embracing amongst the tall sunflower stems in the sunshine that really show what a couple is feeling on their wedding day. This is solely their moment. Capturing this fleeting moment is really critical to relaying visually how special not just the moment, but also the entire day, can be. I try to think ahead about what the outcome might be or to position myself f in a place where I can capture the emotion on the couple’s faces.

ALONE TOGETHER

 
Those quiet moments when the bride and groom are alone together often convey the most romance.  The bride and groom had just exited the church and had been congratulated by their friends and relatives. The day was really hot. The couple took a few minutes away together amongst the wild grasses surrounding the church, and through the white tiny flowers I captured the loving warm smiling intimate embrace. In this picture, it’s clear that the couple is emotionally connected as they enjoy this private time together before the activity of the reception gets underway. To come away with a genuinely candid and romantic image of the bride and groom is hard, perhaps the hardest image to capture of the day. In order to do so, I have become especially aware of these intimate moments by honing his observational skills, and observing from a distance with a long lens. Oftentimes, it’s a matter of being in touch emotionally with the bride and groom. The skilled wedding photojournalist develops an ability to perceive what is happening between the two and focus in on it. Capturing the emotion wasn't something that came easy to me at first…But after years of experience, it’s much more natural. In every picture, I spend that extra second making sure that I’m capturing their story.

HAVING FUN

Romantic moments can also spring from periods when you’re simply having fun. A major obstacle to beautiful, emotionally resonant images is a stressed, over-scheduled bride or groom. When your day is so involved in having the day coordinated, they can’t just take part in it as the wedding couple. They’re almost the wedding planner. Subsequently, those romantic feelings might have a harder time of rising to the surface if you’re concerned with the flower arrangements. The key is to assign tasks to others so that your hands are free throughout the entire day. You can then focus on having a wonderful time. Years from now when you look through your wedding pictures and you see those images of you and your sweetheart sharing moments of candid romance, you’ll be drawn back to that special day. The photographs, recording those feelings, may even become synonymous with your wedding and hopefully with your marriage as well. I hope that you have enjoyed reading this article, if you would like to have a chat about your wedding please feel free to do so on 01795 437314 or via my Contact Page.  

Laura and Paul’s Wedding – Eastwell Manor Ashford

Today I had the pleasure of photographing Laura and Paul's wedding at the English Country House, Eastwell Manor, set within a 3000 acre estate with perfectly manicured lawns and beautiful grounds in the heart of the Kent countryside, making it the most beautiful wedding venue and location. Laura with all of her beautiful bridesmaids looked so gorgeous and elegant and Paul with his fellow groomsmen looked incredibly dapper.  You will see the colours were pink and yellow a unique arrangement of colour which suited the wedding party and the manor house setting.  Even the boys colour co-ordinated their socks in pink and yellow to match. The day was stunning, with a mix of blue sky and high white cloud, making for the perfect setting for some wedding portrait photography.  All in all the day was magnificent, the wedding party had an absolute ball of a day, the speeches were ingeniously funny with the 3 best men creating the most hilareous of speeches, which had everyone in raptures of laughter.  The wonderful manor gardens created wonderful and copious opportunity for the romantic pictures and the regal stature of the manor house with its glorious leading steps made the most wonderful setting for the group shots. The evening finished with a beautifully decorated marquee, adorned with roses and ceiling 'star' lights, which made for perfect first dance pictures. Here is a selection of images from the day....
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