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Poppy Appeal at Sainsbury’s, Wigan

As a veteran this blog is close to my heart. Today I spent a little time at my local Sainsbury’s store, Marus Bridge, Wigan to help with this years Poppy Appeal.  My Dad, Mark, has been volunteering his time for the last couple of years to help Bob (who is a veteran of the British Army) manage his stall which he has covered for around 20 years.  The lovely story of how they met goes something like this…

In 2013 my Mum and Dad popped to their local Sainsbury’s with their Newfoundland Monty.  I should mention at this point that Monty is somewhat of a celeb in the dog world.  He has a facebook page, twitter account and was asked to blog Crufts this year!!  My Mum went in to the store and my Dad and Bob the veteran started chatting in the foyer whilst he waited.  As they did lots of people came over to give Monty a cuddle and in doing so bought a poppy.  When my Mum returned and Mark went to say bye Bob joked that it would be great if Mark and Monty could come back sometime as he’d never been so busy!! So my Dad did.  He went back a few times after that as well and that year Bob, Mark and Monty raised over £7000 for the Poppy Appeal – a new record for Bob.  The year after my Dad went back with Monty for the full two weeks and they raised over £9000.  This year Bob, who is now in his 80’s has asked my Dad to look after the stall as he wanted to retire from his volunteer work.  My Dad gladly agreed and this year it has become a family affair!!  My Nan and wife (and me!!) knit poppies, my Mum makes beautiful cards to sell and my sisters help at the stall.  Monty is now also joined by Cookie, my parent’s second Newfoundland.

This year we tweeted some local celebs to see if they might pop down and help us raise awareness for such a great cause. Athlete Jenny Meadows replied at once and it was great to meet her today.

Jenny is an Olympic Athlete best known for competing in the 800m.  She will be participating again at Rio in 2016.

We really appreciate Jenny taking the time to pop down and help us raise awareness.  Follow Jenny on Twitter @jennymeadows800 and follow Monty on twitter @montydogge.

Keep an eye out for the gang in the local newspapers, thanks.

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Sam Sanders Photography covering the Poppy Appeal in Wigan

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Sam Sanders Photography covering the Poppy Appeal in Wigan

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Sam Sanders Photography covering the Poppy Appeal in Wigan

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Sam Sanders Photography covering the Poppy Appeal in Wigan

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Sam Sanders Photography covering the Poppy Appeal in Wigan

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Sam Sanders Photography covering the Poppy Appeal in Wigan

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Sam Sanders Photography covering the Poppy Appeal in Wigan

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Sam Sanders Photography covering the Poppy Appeal in Wigan

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Sam Sanders Photography covering the Poppy Appeal in Wigan

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Sam Sanders Photography covering the Poppy Appeal in Wigan

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Sam Sanders Photography covering the Poppy Appeal in Wigan

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Sam Sanders Photography covering the Poppy Appeal in Wigan

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Sam Sanders Photography covering the Poppy Appeal in Wigan

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Sam Sanders Photography covering the Poppy Appeal in Wigan

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Sam Sanders Photography covering the Poppy Appeal in Wigan

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Sam Sanders Photography covering the Poppy Appeal in Wigan

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Sam Sanders Photography covering the Poppy Appeal in Wigan

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Sam Sanders Photography covering the Poppy Appeal in Wigan

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Sam Sanders Photography covering the Poppy Appeal in Wigan

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Sam Sanders Photography covering the Poppy Appeal in Wigan

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Sam Sanders Photography covering the Poppy Appeal in Wigan

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Sam Sanders Photography covering the Poppy Appeal in Wigan

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Sam Sanders Photography covering the Poppy Appeal in Wigan

Congratulations Michael & Sarah

Yesterday I had the pleasure of photographing a wedding at Mitton Hall near Whalley. This Lancashire wedding venue is a popular choice for engaged couples wishing to tie-the-knot at and also hold a reception to celebrate such an occasion.

I turned up nice and early to get some shots of the stunning building and surroundings before heading upstairs to photograph the bridal party getting ready. Half an hour before proceedings began I headed downstairs to meet and greet Michael and the groomsmen whilst getting a selection of documented shots of guests arriving.

The ceremony was beautiful which followed a lovely confetti photo outside and the group shots. The newly weds and myself also managed to squeeze in some more intimate photos of them both together before we lost the Autumnal light. There were 3 great speeches and fantastic entertainment by a wedding singer 🙂

The day was perfect which ended in the first dance, a father and daughter dance….. and finally a surprise ‘up-town funk’ dance provided by a group of ambitious friends. Before I knew it, it was all over and I was wishing the new Mr & Mrs all the best in their new married lives together

I look forward to speaking with them soon 🙂

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Wedding photography at Mitton Hall by Sam Sanders Photography

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Wedding photography at Mitton Hall by Sam Sanders Photography

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Wedding photography at Mitton Hall by Sam Sanders Photography

Grand opening of Rebel Health & Performance

On Saturday 17th October I was honored to be invited to attend the grand opening of my good friend’s gym.

Iain is a fitness coach, sports therapist and aspiring triathlete who lives in Birmingham and after he graduated from university back in 2011 he dedicated his time into building his dream which would eventually be running his own business. He is now officially on his way after a great opening day of showing potential clients around the gym whilst discussing how he can help them. Iain prides himself with passing on his expertise to those who wish to build or maintain a healthy lifestyle and he is very focused on achieving his goals.

I officially hit my 5 year mark recently from when I started my photography business and I wish Iain all the luck in the world to creating a well established and successful business of his own.

#proudfriends

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

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Commercial Photography of the official opening of Rebel Health and Performance’s gym

Congratulations Steven & Megan

Good evening everyone

Yesterday I had the pleasure of being part of Steven and Megan’s wedding day which was held at Ashfield House in Standish, Wigan. It was great being back at this stunning venue which I thoroughly enjoyed documenting the happy couple’s day. All of their guests looked like they really enjoyed themselves and I hope Steven and Megan had a truly memorable day!

I wish them all the best for their married lives together and I hope they have an absolutely fantastic time on their honeymoon to Hawaii and New York 🙂 See you both when you’re back!

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Sam Sanders Photography documenting Steven and Megan’s wedding day at Ashfield House in Wigan.

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Sam Sanders Photography documenting Steven and Megan’s wedding day at Ashfield House in Wigan.

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Sam Sanders Photography documenting Steven and Megan’s wedding day at Ashfield House in Wigan.

New Testimonial

What lovely words from a lovely couple! Thank you so much David and Charlotte who got married at Bolton School last year. It was an absolute pleasure being part of and documenting your big day 🙂

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Wedding photography testimonial from David and Charlotte who got married at Bolton School

“When we first found out our original wedding photographer had gone bankrupt less than 6 months before our June wedding we obviously panicked at the thought of starting the whole process again…. Luckily for us we had been recommended Sam by family & friends and to our joy Sam was available to photograph our special day.

Sam is such a genuine guy so friendly, extremely professional and you can see the passion he has for his work. He knew exactly how we wanted our day to be captured nothing forced all natural and he captured everything and more.

He arrived at my mother’s house in the morning to capture the special moments and we didn’t even realise Sam was there snapping away, he then moved on to our stunning venue and took the most amazing pictures of our venue while waiting for the wedding party to arrive.

All our guests commented throughout the day how friendly Sam is and that he just stood back and took pictures without getting in the way of anyone.

Our pictures are absolutely stunning and I love my wedding album so much he captured our day beautifully and I am so happy we had Sam to share our day.

We would highly recommend Sam Sanders Photography to anyone and look forward to seeing him at future friend’s wedding.

Thank you so much”

Charlotte & Dave – Wigan

Royal British Legion – Wigan Branch Awards Ceremony

Every now and again I will get the opportunity to document some really fantastic events. On Thursday 24th September I was asked if I would bring along my camera to document the awards ceremony evening for Wigan’s Royal British Legion at the Wigan Sea Cadet’s unit. I was honored to be asked and I couldn’t wait to be part of it and to start snapping away.

For those who may not know, I am a veteran of the Armed Forces myself after I left the Royal marines in 2009 to start my career as a professional wedding photographer. I am now a volunteer down at my local Wigan Sea Cadet unit offering my time to the kids that turn up to learn everything there is to know about the Cadet force and to generally just have fun. The organisation means a great deal to me as I used to be a Sea Cadet myself when I lived in Birmingham as a boy. I had such a fantastic time and personally it gave me a great advantage when applying to join the Royal Marines.

The evening was held to acknowledge the efforts made by those who have given up their time to help raise funds towards the poppy appeal. As you most likely will be aware the poppy appeal is an annual event which raises as much money as possible which in turn then goes towards helping members and veterans of the British Armed Forces their families and dependents. The Royal British Legion is a charity run organisation which provide financial, social and emotional support to anyone who has served and are serving in the British Armed Forces.

It was a great evening which even had a special appearance from Dave Guest who is a journalist, chief reporter, and occasional presenter for BBC North West tonight. He was on hand to present the awards to those hard working people who gave up their time towards such a great cause. I also can’t forget the infamous ‘Monty Dogge’ and ‘Cookie Bear’ who are Newfoundland’s and are one of the only animals to represent The Royal British Legion nationally.

It was a real privilege and I enjoyed myself very much 🙂

Please spare what you can this year and help make it a year to remember.

For more information about the Royal British Legion and what they do please follow the link:

http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/

For more information about the Wigan Sea Cadets and what they do please follow the link:

https://www.facebook.com/wiganscc?fref=ts

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New Testimonial

I received this lovely testimonial recently from Mark & Alison who got married at the Best Western Everglades Park Hotel , Widnes. The day was so lovely and I absolutely had a fantastic time documenting it!

” Due to our wedding being planned in less than four months, we didn’t have much time to decide on a photographer. However we didn’t need much time as our minds were made up from our first consultation with Sam. We were really impressed with the examples he showed us. It was clear how he gives so much attention to detail. From our special day, we received hundreds of fabulous photographs and a wedding album documenting the day from start to finish. Thank you Sam! ”

Thank you for taking the time to put something together for me guys 🙂

http://www.samsandersphotography.co.uk

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Congratulations Steven & Jill

I’d like to congratulate Mr & Mrs Quinn who got married yesterday at the beautiful Lancashire Manor House, Pimbo. It was a fantastic day which started with the ladies getting ready in the morning.

Steven soon arrived and I managed to see him and the groomsmen before proceedings began. After some group shots outside it was soon time for the wedding breakfast which was followed by 3 great speeches. With Steven being the best man for his best man’s wedding day a few years ago you would think that it would have been pay back although even with a few jokes included in his speech there were some lovely and touching words for the newly weds.

I hope they had a memorable day and I hope they have a fantastic honeymoon in Australia.

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New Testimonial…

Here’s a testimonial I received the other day from a lovely couple who’s wedding I did last year. I can’t believe how fast it has gone since their special day! A huge congratulations too on the recent birth of their first child 🙂

” Sam has a relaxed and professional style which quickly put us at ease from the first meeting through to receiving our fabulous photos. It may seem like a small touch but Sam was dressed smartly for our wedding which meant he blended as part of the ceremony.

During the speeches I was completely unaware that Sam was taking photos as were our guests – this was exactly what we had wanted.

Sam has a great eye for detail which resulted in some lovely personal photographs of moments we had perhaps missed.

We love looking through our photo album and everyone who has seen it comment on how lovely it is”

Thank you Nathan & Lisa 🙂

Welcome to my Blog

Hi everyone

This will take over my blog from my website as it is easier to use therefore getting my posts on sooner for you all to see. Please feel free to join in any conversations or comment on any posts I upload. I look forward to putting on the beginning of the year’s weddings and events and catch up to what’s happening today 🙂

Thank you everyone and speak soon 🙂

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