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Autumn – one of my favourite times of the year to get out there, and to photograph everything!

It’s a perfect time for family portraits, and the Autumn colours are perfect for displaying photographs on the wall. You need to be quick though – there is a fairly small window to make sure the colours are at their best.

You can call me at any time of the year and book your Autumn family photography session in advance

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Most people tend to think of commissioning a portrait photographer when they want their immediate family photographed. There is so much more in our lives that we should be documenting and preserving – think of all the times in your life that were important to you, and how great it would be to have a record of that.

Lucy called me as she was going to be celebrating her birthday with a group of her closest friends – drinks food and laughs! But she really wanted some professional photographs of them all together as it was a big moment in her life.

We spent an hour or so getting a variety of shots, with different combinations of people. Lots of fun, natural photography, and then they headed off to enjoy the rest of the day!

What’s happening in your life that you really should be documenting? Have you considered photographing that event? Imagine that 20 years from now you have no record. Lucy has these photographs for ever, and they will become more valuable as time goes by…

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This was serendipity at it’s finest!

I had a reunion recently with a bunch of friends that I hadn’t seen since we were all teenagers – a lifetime ago! It was one of the best nights I’ve ever had, loads of laughs, plenty of nostalgia and old stories, lots of old photographs handed around, and the realisation that these friends are still so important to after so many years.

Two of them (there were seven of us) announced that they were getting married the following year, so I immediately offered to photograph their weddings. Talk about right time, right place! And what are the chances of that happening – it was obviously meant to be! Who would have predicted back in our teenage days that I would be photographing for these friends years later.

It really was an honour to photograph both weddings, and it meant so much to me that they asked me to be their photographer. The story even made it into the local newspaper.

Here’s the first one, Samantha & Ray, who were married at the Grand Hotel in Folkestone, Kent. I asked them a few words about their day:

Where was your wedding and why?

We had our wedding at The Grand Hotel in Folkestone, Kent. We chose this venue because the place is quite old fashioned and fitted well with our theme. The staff were incredibly helpful and it felt like home every time we visited. It also has great views over the English Channel and and one of my favourite authors has stayed at the hotel – Agatha Christie.

Wedding at the Grand Hotel in Folkestone, Kent

Theme/style of the wedding

We based our wedding on a book theme … This was reflected in the flowers which were handmade from the pages if old books, to the wedding favours we gave to all our guests – all books read by the bride mostly and some by the groom.

Wedding flowers & favours for book lovers

Tell us about your dress 

I went shopping one day for my wedding dress with Kate my friend purely to try them on and get an idea of what styles there were.  I didn’t intend to buy anything.  I had in mind that I wanted a pale blue wedding dress but was not sure about the style. The first shop we went in, Signature Brides in Hythe, had a sample blue wedding dress. The lady made me try it on and it fitted me perfectly. I bought it there and then and had to take it home straight away. I had to store it in Mum’s wardrobe for over a year.

Wedding dress from Signature Brides in Hythe, Kent

And what about your shoes?

Jimmy Choos … What more can I say … Except they cost more than the dress!!

Jimmy Choo wedding shoes

Did you wear any special jewellery or accessories?

I’m not into fussy jewellery and things so wore a very simple necklace and crystal headband.  My wedding ring was made to fit around the engagement ring Ray bought for me in Milano when he proposed.

Who did you ask to do your flowers?

They were all made from pages of crime novels by me!

And who made your wedding cake?

It was based on our book theme this was made by a very talented young lady Michele Saint! I had intended to make my own cake initially but left it a little too late. Michele came to my rescue!

A wedding cake for book lovers

Who were your Groomsmen?

Ray Turner, nicknamed belly(!),  is Ray’s oldest friend and they worked together at Canterbury fire station for almost twenty years.  Ryan (Ray’s son) and Tommy (my nephew) were ushers for the day.

And who were your Bridesmaids?

Eliza, Lydia and Isabel Cowling my three gorgeous nieces. I had to choose them or they would never have spoken to me again! Jessica and Lauren Arman – my dear friend Kate’s gorgeous girls … Well they were so cute I had to have them … I love kids 🙂

Did you have any wedding favours?

These were all old books that I have read … Ray has read one or two of them. We tried to match the books to each person’s personality or things we know they like.

Invitations were designed by me and created by my work mate Dawn.  She’s brilliant.

What was your most memorable moment from the day?

There is not one part of the day we can choose from, the whole day was utterly wonderful. We felt calm and relaxed, and thoroughly enjoyed it all!  You have captured this in all your photographs so we can relive the day over and over.  I must say I was bowled over by Rays glasses, teeth and hat combo when I first walked down the aisle!!!

Bride & Groom about to get married

Do you have a favourite photograph from your wedding day?

It’s impossible to pick one photo as they are all so amazing! We love Ray in his hat, glasses and teeth, me and mum smiling at each other, the family shots, Ray and I outside on the balcony, the one of us facing the registrars laughing … Shall I go on?

Bride & her Mum

A very happy Bride & Groom

Family & friends at a wedding

Bride & groom at the Grand Hotel in Folkestone, Kent

Do you have any comments about Natural Expressions Photography?

Just amazing! You are a miracle worker!!! But seriously you’ve captured the day completely, the happiness, love and laughter in every single shot you’ve taken.  You are BRILLIANT.

Where was your honeymoon?

America. We flew into San Francisco and hired a Mustang convertible to visit Santa Barbara, Carmel (Clint Eastwood is one of Ray’s all time favourites), Beverley Hills, and finally Las Vegas.  The highlight for me was Alcatraz and for Ray it was driving the Mustang along the coast to each destination.

Here are a few more photographs from the day…

Wedding day preparations

Wedding day preparations at the Grand Hotel in Folkestone

Wedding day preparations at the Grand Hotel in Folkestone

Groom waiting to get married

Wedding day at The Grand Hotel in Folkestone, Kent

Wedding day at The Grand Hotel in Folkestone, Kent

Wedding day at The Grand Hotel in Folkestone, Kent

Wedding day at The Grand Hotel in Folkestone, Kent

Confetti at the Grand Hotel in Folkestone

Bride & Groom at the Grand Hotel in Folkestone

Wedding reception at the Grand Hotel in Folkestone, Kent

Bride & Groom wedding day at the Grand Hotel in Folkestone, Kent

Speeches at a wedding at the Grand Hotel in Folkestone, Kent

First Dance at a wedding

 

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I took some head shots for Mandy recently, as she was wanting to have professional photographs for her website and promotional materials.

Business head shot

Good photography is so important for your business, whether you are self employed, run a small business or are part of a team in a multinational organisation. So, the approach is always to take photos that will bring out some of the personality in you,  as well as making sure the ‘look’ is the right one for you. This also applies to actors, musicians, anyone who needs to show what they do in the best way possible.

Sometimes, I forget how important photography is to people, even though this is what I do each and every day. Then I receive feedback like this from Mandy, which applies to family portrait photography as much as it does to business head shots:

“I just wanted to share the joy of receiving photos from Patrick at Natural Expressions. I have to be honest, I was nervous about the shoot – I have never been very comfortable in front of a camera. Also, I wanted to project a certain image – and was not convinced we could achieve the ‘look’ I had in my head. I have trained as an independent funeral celebrant and wanted an image of myself for my website and business flyers. The image has to be exactly right – professional but not too formal (I am an independent celebrant, not the traditional vicar!), approachable and warm. Also, the photo needed to look authentic – an image of a genuine person you could trust.

Patrick managed to capture me and give the image I was looking for. The fact that he got me to relax was unbelievable.

But the most amazing thing to happen from the shoot was totally unexpected. I am about to hit 50. I have never felt particularly attractive or been confident about my looks. But, looking at the photos Patrick took I realised I looked lovely. A shift occurred within me that I cannot quite explain – but it was a huge gift. I feel I can embrace being 50 now and say ‘hey, look at me – I look great!’

Thanks Patrick!”


Business head shot

Business head shot

Business head shot

Business head shot

 

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