Kent Portrait Photography: Little Poppy’s Family Shoot in Herne Bay

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So as promised I am showing you what I have been working on lately. A few weeks ago I had the honour of photographing Poppy’s christening at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Herne Bay.

As it was such a special day Poppy’s mum wanted to have some family photos with Poppy before going to the church. I love observing and creating a record of people’s special days. It was lovely to see all Poppy’s family and friends of the family come together to celebrate.

One of my favourite shots  is Poppy deciding Daddy doesn’t need his nose and trying to pull it off 🙂

Thanks to Kirsty and family for being such a pleasure to photograph.

Lauren xx

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Don’t Mess With Texas: A Tribute

Having spent a lot of time in America over the last five years, it holds a very special place in my heart.

Many of my friends celebrate the 4th of July and I know, I know, I’m not American… but as I have celebrated at least three Independence Days over there I thought it only right to have my own little celebration on Wednesday by filling a whole post with some firework bokeh from last summer’s firework display so check it out if you missed it. I love love LOVE bokeh!

So today I thought I’d continue the love for the land of the free and share some photos with you to pay homage to Texas. Last August/September Eoghan & I visited my friend Rebecca in Austin, Texas as our last port of call before coming back home.

We didn’t want to leave Texas, or America at the end of our travels. We really were overwhelmed by the hospitality of my dear friend Rebecca who apart from being amazing in general, cooked us a Mexican feast, hand drew us a map, made sure we had water bottles and sun cream as well as a whole list of potential activities to keep us busy during our stay. We were well and truly looked after -thank you so much!!

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I talked about one of our experiences in The Portrait Diaries Day 16: “When in Rome” so if you missed that definitely have a read to find out more about the amazing dance hall in Austin called Broken Spoke. We were completely out of our comfort zone trying to two step and honky tonk but it was also the greatest feeling to be a part of the atmosphere there. Thanks to both Rebecca and Sarah for taking us and showing us a great time!!
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When I wasn’t standing on Eoghan’s feet I was capturing everyone in all their gracefulness from the sidelines! Real characters, friends and strangers, people of all ages dancing the night away together. Why doesn’t a place like this exist in England?

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Hope you enjoyed the photos and if you ever go to Texas, make sure you go try two-stepping!

Lauren xxx

{At The Seaside…..} Margate: Part 1

With all this lovely weather this week it is the perfect time to explore the beautiful Kent coast.

Amongst some of our great seaside towns lay Margate, an artist’s haven undergoing huge regeneration. There are a growing number of must visit places such as Rough Trade, Scott’s furniture mart, Madam Popoffs and many more! Full of vintage clothes shops, second hand bargains, cute cafes, antique and giftware stores galore!

My good friend and fellow photographer Kim Conway has just launched her seaside portrait studio there! Pop along and visit her at 9A on the harbour arm and get your traditional seaside portrait souvenir for only £3.50! A bargain!

While you’re there pop in and check out “Horizon,” the fascinating audio visual exhibition by John Smith, and also Tracey Emin’s latest “She Lay Down Deep Beneath The Sea” at the Turner Contemporary. I am seriously in love with their gift shop, and it’s free entry! No excuses to miss it!

Here are some photos I took on the opening day of Kim’s studio. I was glad that I got to finally give Kim the perfect present that I’d found months ago and been meaning to give it to her for all that time. It actually couldn’t have been a better day to give to her so I’m glad I waited for this special day. Check it out in all it’s vintage beauty, fourth photo down!

Now I just hope the sun stays shining so we can all get out and explore! Where do you plan on visiting this summer? I’ve got more of this quirky town to share with you so come back for Margate part two soon! 😉

Lauren xxx

At the heart of Herne bay, with Herne Bay at heart.

I recently had the honour of photographing a baptism at Herne Bay Baptist Church and thought I would share a photo with you.

The church slogan is: “At the heart of Herne Bay, with Herne Bay at heart,” which I just love!

Surrounded by friends & family Scott said his testimony, a very moving speech about growing up, his faith & his relationship with God.

I know for a fact that I would never have been that brave in my teenage years and have been able to stand in front of a room of people and share my own story. You did a great job Scott!

Congratulations to Scott and the Banks family.

Lauren x