Charlton Photography | Wedding Photographer Kent: Blog http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog en-us www.charltonphotography.co.uk (Charlton Photography | Wedding Photographer Kent) Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:48:00 GMT Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:48:00 GMT http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/img/s/v-5/u1033348585-o146269108-50.jpg Charlton Photography | Wedding Photographer Kent: Blog http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog 80 120 Wedding album & photobooth http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/6/wedding-album-photobooth Charlton Photography have just completed another wedding album from the wedding at the Elite Venue in Gravesend - www.elitevenue.co.uk:
 

 
It was really nice to look through the photos again from the wedding and organise them into an album. I enjoyed being creative with some of the backgrounds and using their backdrop from the day to create a mirror image effect. My favourite page is of the rings in the centre of the page and the ceremony photographs around the outside. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
When creating each of our albums, the proofs are emailed to the bride and groom to be checked before we print their album. This then gives them the opportunity to decide if they want to change any layouts or photos. 
 

 

 
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It was a lovely wedding and I was lucky enough to find a perfect location behind the church to take bride and groom portraits:
 

 

 

 
 
I generally ask the bride and groom to walk away from me in order to create a more natural photograph. 
 

 
 
 

 
 
As part of the package the couple also booked our photobooth: 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
These photographs are then added to a gallery and made downloadable so guests can select any photos that they wants. The images are also supplied on the couple's USB.
 

 
 
 
 
Congratulations to Hannah and Neil! I wish you many years of happiness. 
 
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(Charlton Photography | Wedding Photographer Kent) http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/6/wedding-album-photobooth Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:00:00 GMT
Lympne Castle Wedding http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/6/lympne-castle-wedding Charlton Photography were lucky enough to be back at Lympne Castle last week for the wedding of Debbie & Dan; the venue looked stunning, as always.
 


 

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After a rainy start it turned into a lovely day with blue skies and an opportunity for guests to enjoy the day outside at this beautiful venue. 
 

 

 

 
 
We were very fortunate to work with Sonja Weed from The Whistable Cake Company who delivered a fantastic cake as always:
 

 

 
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And Ian Gladwell from Celebration sounds disco who never fails to supply fantastic evening music and lighting:
 

 

 
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One of my favourite pictures was:
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
This is a perfect venue for bride and groom portraits: 
 

 

 

 
 
 
Congratulations to Debbie and Dan! I wish you many years of happiness.
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Port Lympne Wedding http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/port-lympne-wedding During our last wedding of 2014, Charlton Photography were lucky enough to work with many fantastic suppliers at a beautiful venue. 

 
One of our favourite photos shows the amazing grounds at Port Lympne:
 
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http://www.aspinallfoundation.org/weddings-events
 
 
Charlton Photography would like to thank the bride and groom for our involvement in this winter wonderland wedding. The bride said 'Our special day was yesterday and wouldn't have been possible without the help of some fantastic people. so thank you'.
 
 
 
We were fortunate to work with Sonja Weed again from 'The Whistable Cake Company', whose cakes always look and taste wonderful. The snow flakes on the cake echoed the theme for the winter wedding.  
 
http://www.whitstablecake.com
https://m.facebook.com/TheWhitstableCakeCompany
 
 
The venue definitely looked like a scene from a winter wonderland with the backdrop and flowers making it all seem magical. 
 
http://www.floral-impact.com
https://m.facebook.com/FloralImpact
 
 
The chairs, covered by 'Chair Cover Hire Kent', looked stunning as always. 
 
http://chaircoverhirekent.vpweb.co.uk
https://m.facebook.com/chaircoverhirekent
 
 
The day was definitely made easier as a result of the organisation from the Toastmaster, Ian Low and working along side Matt Barker who creates some of the best marryokes I have seen.
 
https://m.facebook.com/ian.low.505
 
 
https://m.facebook.com/MoshMotionMovies
https://m.youtube.com/user/MoshMotions
 
 
The bride looked stunning:
 
Hair by Zara Asadi
 
http://www.hairandmakeupbyzara.co.uk
https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=365825670129688&ref=stream
 
 
 
http://www.ashleysbridal.co.uk
https://m.facebook.com/ashleysbridal?ref=stream
 
It was a fantastic end to the year and a pleasure to work alongside some amazing wedding suppliers.
 
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(Charlton Photography | Wedding Photographer Kent) Folkestone Kent Lympne Photographer Photography Port Wedding Weddings http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/port-lympne-wedding Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:40:40 GMT
2014 Review http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/2014-review Charlton Photography were working right up until 2230 on New Years Eve last year so our review of 2014 has been somewhat delayed!

 

2014 proved to be our busiest year yet, thank you everyone for your continued support. As well as weddings, we also undertook many portrait commissions, two charity events as well as welcoming a new member to our team - baby JJ! 

Weddings in 2014 took us across Kent and also into Surrey & Essex visiting some of our favourite venues and a few new ones for us. Last year, amongst several others we had the pleasure of working at:

 

Lydd Golf Club - http://www.lyddgolfclub.co.uk/aboutus/events/

The Ward Room, Chatham - http://www.gre.ac.uk/weddings

Hilton Hotel, Maidstone - http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/united-kingdom/hilton-maidstone

The Black Horse Inn, Thurnham - http://www.wellieboot.net/weddings-and-conferences-maidstone-kent/

Folkestone Rugby Club - http://www.folkestonerugbyclub.co.uk/a/book-your-event-21477.html

Little Hermitage - http://www.little-hermitage.co.uk

De Vere Gorse Hill, Surrey - http://www.deverevenues.co.uk/en/venues/gorse-hill/

West Faversham Community Centre - http://westfavershamca.org

The Old Kent Barn - http://www.theoldkentbarn.co.uk/gallery1/gallery-view/the-new-barn

Bromley Court Hotel - http://www.bromleycourthotel.co.uk/wedding-venue-bromley/

Hayne Barn House - http://www.haynebarnhouse.co.uk/weddings

Chart Hills Golf Club - http://www.charthills.co.uk/weddings

Park Inn by Radisson, Thurrock - http://www.parkinn.co.uk/hotel-thurrock

OakWood House, Maidstone - http://www.oakwoodhousehotel.co.uk

Port Lympne - http://www.aspinallfoundation.org/weddings-events

 

As a thank you to all of our clients in 2014, we will shortly be announcing a giveaway to win a £25 voucher to spend on any products available on our website. This can be used to purchase prints or any product available under your gallery.

The free giveaway will involve us posting our favourite image from each wedding/portrait session we have undertaken in 2014 on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CharltonPhotography.co.uk) the photograph with the most "likes" over the coming week will be deemed the winner and client will be emailed their voucher. The more you share, the more chance you have to win the voucher!

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(Charlton Photography | Wedding Photographer Kent) http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/2014-review Mon, 05 Jan 2015 13:54:23 GMT
WIN A FREE PHOTOSHOOT http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/12/win-a-free-photoshoot Our current promotion gives you the chance to win a FREE photoshoot. Your prize will be a voucher worth £75 that entitles you to an hour shoot at any location of your choice within 35miles of Folkestone.

You can choose to redeem this voucher yourself or present it to a friend for as a gift, the choice is yours.

 

Totally FREE to enter simply follow the instructions below via our Facebook page and you will be entered into the competition, good luck!

 
 
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Winner will be chosen 7th December 2014

 

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(Charlton Photography | Wedding Photographer Kent) Baby Photography Wedding a competition free photo win http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/12/win-a-free-photoshoot Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:01:08 GMT
New Addition http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/new-addition On 7th August, Charlton Photography welcomed the newest member of the team.... our daughter JJ. We thought it only fitting to introduce her to our client's via out blog. So.... please meet JJ Charlton.

 

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(Charlton Photography | Wedding Photographer Kent) http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/new-addition Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:38:20 GMT
Photo of the Week 6 http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/photo-of-the-week-6 After several attempts at capturing lightning, usually resulting in being in the wrong place and wrong time and missing everything, we finally manage to get some shots of the recent storms across Folkestone...

 

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(Charlton Photography | Wedding Photographer Kent) http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/photo-of-the-week-6 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:01:13 GMT
Wedding Albums http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/wedding-albums We have taken a few bookings recently where the soon-to-be married couple have added an album to their package. We thought we would share the proofs of the latest album we have designed:

 

  

Our albums are of the absolute highest quality, bound in genuine leather with an acrylic front cover and sure to look the same in five years time as the day you receive it. Sizes vary from 6x6" right up to 20x20" from 10 to 80 pages. If you would like us to design an album for you please get in touch here or email dan@charltonphotography.co.uk if you would like to add an album to your package.

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(Charlton Photography | Wedding Photographer Kent) http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/wedding-albums Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:08:28 GMT
Wedding Highlights http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/6/wedding-highlights Included with every wedding package from Charlton Photography is a highlight slideshow: a short 3/4 minute video telling the story of your wedding day. We will post on our blog the latest videos we create starting with this one from Keeley & Stephen's wedding in Sheppey followed by their wedding reception at The Ward Room (www.wardroom.chatham.co.uk/)

 

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Photo of the week 5 http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/photo-of-the-week-5 This week's photo of the week comes from our latest baby portrait session in Ashford. A very adorable and particularly photogenic young lady was the subject of this shoot captured giving a cheeky smile to Mummy!

 

Portrait sessions are available at a location of your choice or at our studio from just £50. Please get in touch if you would like to arrange a session, gift vouchers are also available. Contact us here

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(Charlton Photography | Wedding Photographer Kent) Ashford Baby Photography Portrait Portraits http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/photo-of-the-week-5 Fri, 23 May 2014 17:59:49 GMT
Charity Event http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/charity-event Charlton Photography took part in a Charity event this weekend to raise money for the Pilgrim's Hospice (www.pilgrimshospices.org) - it was a fantastic evening where several local Kent wedding suppliers provided their services free of charge for the charity. Our photo booth was set up at the event and all money raised from sales / downloads of these photographs has been donated to the hospice fund.

It is great to be able to do events like this now and then, just to make a little difference to people's lives.

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(Charlton Photography | Wedding Photographer Kent) http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/charity-event Mon, 12 May 2014 10:37:18 GMT
April Wedding 1 http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/april-wedding-1 A small selection of images from the wedding of Karl & Jo earlier this month @ Holiday Inn Ashford (http://www.hiashfordcentralhotel.co.uk/)

 

 

 

 

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(Charlton Photography | Wedding Photographer Kent) http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/april-wedding-1 Sun, 27 Apr 2014 20:07:27 GMT
April Wedding 2 http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/april-wedding-2  

A small selection of images from Amy & Wesley's wedding earlier this month @ Lydd Golf Club (www.lyddgolfclub.co.uk/)

 

 

 

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(Charlton Photography | Wedding Photographer Kent) http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/april-wedding-2 Sun, 27 Apr 2014 20:05:57 GMT
Photo of the Week 4 http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/photo-of-the-week-4  

Our photo of the week today comes from our first visit to one of Kent's most popular venues: Cooling Castle Barn (http://www.coolingcastlebarn.com/) I wanted to use the full length of this part of the venue so had the image in mind prior to arriving on Claire & Paul's wedding day.

My wife, being an English teacher has turned this from an "arty" image into a philosophical image: Apparently it symbolises the coming together of two people who only become whole when they are together. I personally just like it as a photo though! :-)

 

 

 

 

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(Charlton Photography | Wedding Photographer Kent) http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/photo-of-the-week-4 Sun, 27 Apr 2014 19:54:25 GMT
Choosing your Wedding Album http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/choosing-your-wedding-album Chaos Made Easy and Effortless - Choosing the photographs for your wedding album can be a minefield, which do you choose?!
 
Five Steps to Success:
 
1) Ask your photographer for a rough guide for the amount of photos that you need. 
 
2) Choose your favourite photos; this might seem difficult if you have lots from your special day. You can narrow this list down by checking you haven't got duplicates of similar poses or at similar locations.
 
3) Check that you have the key areas and special moments of the day covered if you want a storybook layout:
 
Getting Ready / Bridal Prep
Groom Arriving
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Ceremony 
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Group shots
Bride and Groom Pictures
Candid 
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Speeches 
First Dance 
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4) Be really clear with your photographer on what you like from their samples and what you do not. Decide on if you would prefer some photos in the background or just a plain colour. Your photographer can guide you on which pictures are suited to be in the background. 
 
 
5) Relax and wait for your perfect wedding album to arrive so you can look back on your special day and enjoy it all over again. 
 
 
Good luck,
 
Charlton Photography. 
 
Photos here taken: Lympne Castle (www.lympnecastle.co.uk/), The Jackdaw (www.thejackdaw.info), Cliffe Memorial Hall (cliffememorialhall.org.uk/), Abbots Barton Hotel (www.bw-abbotsbartonhotel.co.uk/), Dover Marina Hotel 9www.dovermarinahotel.co.uk) & St George Hotel, Chatham (www.george-hotel.co.uk/).

 

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(Charlton Photography | Wedding Photographer Kent) albums photography wedding http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/choosing-your-wedding-album Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:15:29 GMT
Photo of the week 3 http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/photo-of-the-week-3  

Our photo of the week today is of our very own little apprentice photographer! Anytime we get new equipment, we test it out on our very own in house model. This photo was taken in the grounds of Sissinghurst Castle, Cranbrook (https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst-castle/)

 

 

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(Charlton Photography | Wedding Photographer Kent) http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/photo-of-the-week-3 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:33:07 GMT
Props! http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/props New Props!

Charlton Photography have spent this week researching new props for our photobooth. We have a charity event next month and we wanted to make sure we have enough variety to keep all guests entertained.


Our latest props include:



These will be used along side our 'photo booth' setup. This is it in action:

 


 

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(Charlton Photography | Wedding Photographer Kent) http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/props Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:27:16 GMT
Photo of the Week 2 http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/photo-of-the-week-2  

This weeks photo of the week was taken at Lympne Castle, Kent (http://www.lympnecastle.co.uk) Fresh in our mind as we will visiting the castle on Thursday to meet a potential bride. There was actually a wedding reception happening at the time of this photograph bring taken, we just had to be patient and wait for a completely empty courtyard! The image is actually edited in HDR combining three separate images to bring out as much detail as possible, combined with a moody sky it is one of our favourites!

 

 

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Photo of the Week http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/photo-of-the-week  

We thought we would start adding a photograph of the week Blog. Not necessarily taken in the current week nor solely from our Wedding Photography but a mixture from all aspects of photography that we undertake.

Here is our first Photo of the Week! Taken at a wedding at the lovely St Augustine's Westgate (http://www.staugustineskent.com/) The glasses speak for themselves, a champagne tower for the bride and groom. The background lights were actually from a Christmas Tree! This was a Christmas wedding just a few days before 25th December with a lovely festive feel to it. We love the warmth and colour in this photograph so thought we would make it our very first photo of the week!

 

 

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(Charlton Photography | Wedding Photographer Kent) http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/photo-of-the-week Sun, 09 Mar 2014 22:48:41 GMT
Testimonials http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/testimonials We have been so busy lately that we have only recently had the opportunity to collate all of our feedback. It has been fantastic to look back over the past year and see all the fantastic responses to our work.

It is great to feel as if we are part of the day; it is even better when we receive feedback from our clients themselves, this is why we love photographing weddings.


We always strive to create natural photographs that make the bride and groom feel relaxed. We try to support the couple in any way we can and we are so happy when we receive feedback.

 

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Dear Dan
Just a quick note to say a big thank you for the lovely photos we have seen on your website.
H. Raven


Lympne Castle Wedding - http://www.lympnecastle.co.uk/

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Just been looking through the photos- they're absolutely amazing! Thank you soo much!
A. Webster



 

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Hi Dan
Just a brief note to say a massive thank you! Lisa & I really loved your photo style and approachable manner. Right up until the day any questions we had were quickly answered leaving no worries or concerns on the day. All the photos we asked for were there and many, many more far exceeding our expectations.
Such a natural finish to every photo because you and your colleague were stealth like most of the time making the day much more relaxed and fun rather than having to pose for every single photograph. Nothing was too much trouble when our videographer let us down last minute you managed to find time to fit that in as well.
Our photos arrived 2 weeks sooner than expected, with 3 DVD copies put to the music of our choice and all photographs on a memory stick. Our day felt magical on the day although it went too quick, this way we can go back and see parts we missed. Memories captured for a lifetime.
As we have done already and shall continue to recommend you, & your business for weddings and other events.
Many Thanks
Tony & Lisa  

 


 

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***** Very good pro photographer, did my wedding for me very happy & impressed WILL definitely recomend dan to friends & family (would rate more but only 5 stars).
A.Doncaster

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St George Hotel, Chatham - http://www.george-hotel.co.uk/

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OMG that actually looks AMAZING!!! Love it! I clicked on it and got goosebumps!!
C. Duncombe

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Cooling Castle Barn Wedding - http://www.coolingcastlebarn.com/

 

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Hi Dan,
We would all like to thank you for the lovely photos and for being an all round great chap! For such a shy family they all commented how lovely it was not to be intimidated or bossed around so thanks again, I didn't make her feel uncomfortable on her special birthday!
Now for the difficult part, to choose some for printing....

Thank you once again, and you have all our highest recommendations.
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Dan  is a great bloke. Really impressed and just so pleased he did our photos. Hard grafter. Smiling face with smiling eyes
C.Irving

 

The Grand Hotel Folkestone, Wedding - http://www.grand-uk.com/
 

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Just seen the wedding photos, they are amazing. Thank you so much Dan Charlton.
H. Gasking

 

 Abbots Barton Wedding - http://www.bw-abbotsbartonhotel.co.uk/

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Fantastic photographer! Could not rate high enough. Genuine guy, a 2nd photographer to capture even more memories and a v reasonable price. What more can a bride and groom want.
E. Robinson

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 St Augustine's, Westgate - http://www.staugustineskent.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Charlton Photography | Wedding Photographer Kent) http://www.charltonphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/testimonials Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:10:59 GMT