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Rock the Frock

16 Nov 2011

Rock the Frock

Wear it one more time

Photographer Samantha Jones has one of the most exciting ideas around for post-wedding pictures.

“Rock the Frock” sessions are proving incredibly popular with brides wearing their wedding dresses one more time for pictures in unusual locations.

Samantha, from Faversham, offers two hours of location photography with make up artists – and the chance to create much more varied shots than could ever be done on the wedding day itself.

And the dress need not get trashed – unless that’s what the bride wants.

Newly wedded women can either go it alone for the sessions – or bring their husbands along.

Newly-wed Rachel recently took up the offer. She said: “I first came across Sam when I found her website whilst searching for wedding photographers. As I browsed the site, I was impressed with the quality of shots she had taken. I found the link to her weblog, and followed her work through that for a few months.

“I knew she was the photographer for us, her fun style and approach came across in all of her shots and blog posts. I was delighted when she confirmed she was free on our wedding day.

We had an engagement shoot a few months before the wedding, at our venue near Maidstone. I was very anxious about having my photo taken, and initially felt self-conscious.

“Sam put me at ease with her friendly manner, and I was really pleased with the result. On the wedding day, Sam was professional, polite and fun to be around. Many of our guests commented on how laid back the photo taking was, and how Sam made them feel relaxed.

I knew that Sam offered Rock the Frock sessions, and I knew that I would love to do one after the wedding. In fact, I purposely did not have the dress cleaned as I thought it would have been a waste of time to do so.

“After two cancellations due to poor weather, the day finally arrived! As we drove down to Faversham, I felt quite excited and a little apprehensive – but in a good way. It felt completely natural to put my dress back on, although having my husband lace me up was the complete opposite of what normally happens!

“It was fantastic to look at it again, such a gorgeous dress, and I could not wait to get started. We set off to a boatyard near to Sam’s house for our first ‘location’. I felt very comfortable with what Sam wanted to do, I completely trusted her judgement and was more than happy to pose wherever and however she wanted.

“After speaking to the man in charge of the boatyard, we began to set up our shots. It was such fun to be in the middle of a boatyard, with people staring as they walked past. Even the animals wanted to be in on the action, with both a cat and dog coming to watch and be involved. We got some great shots next to an old coach, a JCB and by a yacht.

“As we were standing by the boats, a couple of the other side of the creek were walking their dogs and the lady shouted ‘Lovely day for it!’ Next, we went to Seasalter, and had yet more people looking quizzically at us as we walked along to the sea wall. I was stood on top of the sea wall, getting some fabulous flying veil shots, and people in their cars started to beep us as they drove past. There must have been about 10 cars that beeped us, some even shouted and one elderly gentleman literally hung out of the window as he went past!

“The most bizarre moment was when a man on a push bike went past and hollered ‘Oggy oggy oggy’ to which I replied ‘Oi oi oi!’

“It was absolutely fantastic - I really had a huge amount of fun standing on the beach barefoot in my dress, lying down to get some relaxed shots and balancing on the groynes.

“The sun was shining down and the sky was an amazing blue, and I really could not think of a better activity to be doing than ‘Rocking my Frock’. I really hope people who saw us went home and talked about seeing a woman in a wedding dress on the beach having photos taken.

“It is a fantastic talking point, and I look forward to seeing the stunning images that Sam will have taken. Her enthusiasm and excitement is contagious, and you cannot help but fall into having fun and relax into the photographs. What a wonderful thing to do, wear your dress again and get some quirky and exciting shots.

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