Oct 302011
 

A few weeks back I was contacted by Sharon who happens to live in the same village as me, Gosfield in north Essex, she wanted some portrait photographs of her and her two teenage daughters. She wanted them to give as a birthday present to her mother, which I thought was a very nice idea.

We were fairly restricted on time, as her mum’s birthday was only a couple of weeks off and both Sharon and her daughters have pretty busy life styles. There were no weekend possibilities and so we had to plump for one evening mid week and to restrict things even more they couldn’t make it until 7.00PM – about the time the natural light disappeared.

None the less we still wanted to do some outdoor shots and it was a great chance to do some off camera flash portrait photography. The plan was to meet at the playing fields in the village where there is a large open sports field and also children’s play park with lots of swings, roundabouts and see saws etc. After that we would head to my home portrait studio and do some nicely controlled well lit studio portrait photography.

I actually got to the playing fields about fifteen minutes early just to have a look around and plan a few shots, but WOW! It would have been so good if Sharon and the girls had been there too, about ten to seven the sun was setting and looked quite stunning as it dropped low in the sky. It would have been great to have photographed them with the sun set as a back drop but as it was they were a few minutes late and the effect had completely gone.

Despite that we still captured some really great portraits

A selection of some of my favourite images from the day can be seen below. Please do leave a comment if you can.

If you would like to discuss your wedding photography or portrait photography then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Portrait Photography Essex

Essex Wedding Photographer

Essex Wedding Photographer

Essex Portrait Photography

Portrait Photography Essex

Portrait Photography Essex

Portrait Photography Essex

Portrait Photography Essex

Portrait Photography Essex

Portrait Photography Essex

Portrait Photography Essex

Portrait Photography Essex

Portrait Photography Essex

Portrait Photography Essex

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Oct 242011
 

 

I recently photographed the wedding of Jade and Dave in the charming village of Long Melford in Suffolk. Jade and David who live in the nearby village of Glemsford were married in Holy Trinity Church followed by a reception at the Bull Hotel. Both wonderful historic buildings and both fantastic for beautiful wedding photography.

Long Melford, is so called because the main street is some two and a half miles long. It’s a beautiful and busy village which has thrived since Tudor times and is unusual for a village in that it has a parish church (Holy trinity), which has dimensions much more suited to a cathedral – It’s massive. It was completed in 1484 and is one of the richest “wool churches” in East Anglia.

Long Melford also has two stately homes, Kentwell Hall and Melford Hall which, like Holy Trinity church were both built from the proceeds of the wool trade in the Middle Ages.

The Bull Hotel is also an historic building having been built in 1450, it’s a timber house and you become are aware of its history as soon as you walk into the entrance hall. Its massive moulded oak beams dominate the reception area and the original part of the building. During the coaching era the Bull Hotel was the principal Posting House of the town and a stopping place of the London, Bury St Edmunds, and Norwich coaches.

I started the day by Photographing Jade at her home in Glemsford, She spent the morning there being pampered and having her hair and makeup done along with her two delightful bridesmaids, Samantha and Belinda.

I then went off to the church where I met up with Dave, his Best Man Adam and his groomsmen Samuel, Daniel and Paul, to take some photographs before the wedding ceremony. They were all a great bunch of lads, up for a laugh and very cool about having their photograph taken. As a photographer I love it when people are relaxed and natural whilst in front of the camera.

Jade arrived at the church in a very cool ‘old’ Volkswagon Camper Van, together with her dad and she looked absolutely fantastic – stunning in fact, in her wedding dress. After a short discussion with the vicar and her bridesmaids outside, her dad escorted her in to the church for the start of the wedding ceremony.

Following the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom mingled with guests and posed for photographs outside the church. We had just about got all of the formal photo’s completed before it started to rain at which point we all headed off to the Bull Hotel where they held the wedding reception.

The day of the wedding was a strange mix of sunshine and showers, either brilliant sunshine or else pouring rain. I’m pleased to say though that we managed to avoid the rain and stayed pretty dry all day.

Jade and David were a dream to work with and throughout the day we got some beautiful shots. I particularly like the natural light portraits taken of Jade and David standing in front of the huge church doors and the shots taken using video light on the stairs in the Bull Hotel

I have produced a selection of photographs from the day below, please feel free to leave comments.

If you are planning an Essex wedding or a Suffolk wedding and would like to discuss your wedding photography then please contact me.

Wedding Photography Long Melford Suffolk

Wedding Photography Long Melford Suffolk

Wedding Photography Long Melford Suffolk

Wedding Photography Long Melford Suffolk

Wedding Photography Long Melford Suffolk

Wedding Photography Long Melford Suffolk

Wedding Photography Long Melford Suffolk

Wedding Photography Long Melford Suffolk

Wedding Photography Long Melford Suffolk

Wedding Photography Long Melford Suffolk

Wedding Photography Long Melford Suffolk

Wedding Photography Long Melford Suffolk

Wedding Photography Long Melford Suffolk

Wedding Photography Long Melford Suffolk

Wedding Photography Long Melford Suffolk

Wedding Photography Long Melford Suffolk

Wedding Photography Long Melford Suffolk

Wedding Photography Long Melford Suffolk

Wedding Photography Long Melford Suffolk

Wedding Photography Long Melford Suffolk

Wedding Photography Long Melford Suffolk

Wedding Photography Long Melford Suffolk

Wedding Photography Long Melford Suffolk


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Oct 162011
 

I was recently commissioned by Nexus PR to take some photographs of 2012 Olympic hopeful Ross Davenport at an open water swimming event at Gosfield Lake in the village of Gosfield in north Essex.

The event was a joint event by Gosfield Lake and the charity CORDA with the view of raising funds and awareness of the charity. CORDA is a pioneering charity dedicated to the early diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and stroke.

During the event swimmers received advice and instruction from Ross before taking part in an open water swim of the lake. The event was also supported by Lord and Lady Newton as well as Witham MP Priti Patel and Jenny Jenks from CORDA.

ROSS DAVENPORT won two gold medals at the 2006 Commonwealth games for 200m freestyle and the 4×200 m freestyle relay. In 2006 he won the acclaimed BBC East Midlands Sports Personality of the Year. Ross qualified for Team GB at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in two events and is now looking forward to the 2012 British Olympic Games.

A selection of some of my favourite images from the day can be seen below. Please do leave a comment if you can.

Ross Davenport - by Essex Photographer Tony Sale

Ross Davenport

Ross Davenport - by Essex Photographer Tony Sale

MP Priti Patel, Ross Davenport and Jenny Jenks from CORDA

Ross Davenport - by Essex Photographer Tony Sale

Lady Newton, Jenny Jenks, Lord Newton and Ross Davenport

Ross Davenport - by Essex Photographer Tony Sale

Ross Davenport chats with some of the youngsters prior to training

Ross Davenport - by Essex Photographer Tony Sale

Swimmers enter the lake

Ross Davenport - by Essex Photographer Tony Sale

Ross Davenport gives instruction

Ross Davenport - by Essex Photographer Tony Sale

The swimmers enter the water

Ross Davenport - by Essex Photographer Tony Sale

They’re off – the start of the race.

Ross Davenport - by Essex Photographer Tony Sale

A lone swimmer

Ross Davenport - by Essex Photographer Tony Sale

Ross at the end of the race

Ross Davenport - by Essex Photographer Tony Sale

Ross at the end of the race

Ross Davenport - by Essex Photographer Tony Sale

Ross Davenport at Gosfield Lake.

Ross Davenport - by Essex Photographer Tony Sale

Ross with two of the swimmers

Ross Davenport - by Essex Photographer Tony Sale

Ross presents the prize to the winner

Although Tony Sale photographs comercial and event photography he is primarily a wedding photographer and portrait photographer based in Gosfield in north Essex.
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Oct 142011
 

The Great Halingbury Manor Hotel is an elegant boutique style hotel situated near Bishops Stortford on the Hertfordshire Essex border just a few miles from Stansted Airport. It’s an excellent location for wedding photography and also a great place to do a pre wedding photo shoot. It boasts a small tranquil lake with a bridge which crosses to an island in the middle; it has beautiful lawns and lots of colourful flower beds.

It was here that I met up with Karla and Mike a few weeks ago. It’s their intention to get married here in so it seemed like a good choice for the pre wedding shoot. I think it’s fair to say that Karla didn’t feel that comfortable in front of the camera, initially anyway. She said she didn’t like having her photograph taken and always felt self conscious whenever anyone pointed a camera at her.

I think it’s fair to say quite a lot of people fit in to this category and it’s one of the reasons I offer a pre wedding photo shoot alongside my wedding photography packages. It’s a great opportunity for the three of us to get to know each other and to feel comfortable and relaxed in each other’s company. It’s also gives me an opportunity to coach the bride and groom (to be) in how to relax in front of the camera and to pose in certain situations and help them to look their absolute best. It certainly worked for Karla, although she was apprehensive at the beginning she had certainly got more in to it by the end.

Weather wise it was it was quite a mixed bag, it had been raining most of the day but by the time we met up in mid afternoon the sun was shining beautifully and we got some great shots outside. However it was not to last and after about half an hour in we had a torrential down pour and finished off the shoot taking photographs inside the hotel.

A selection of some of my favourite images from the day can be seen below. Please do leave a comment if you can.

If you are planning a Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel wedding in the future, and would like to discuss your wedding photography, then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Wedding Photography Great Hallingbury Manor

Wedding Photography Great Hallingbury Manor

Wedding Photography Great Hallingbury Manor

Wedding Photography Great Hallingbury Manor

Wedding Photography Great Hallingbury Manor

Wedding Photography Great Hallingbury Manor

Wedding Photography Great Hallingbury Manor

Wedding Photography Great Hallingbury Manor

Wedding Photography Great Hallingbury Manor

Wedding Photography Great Hallingbury Manor

Wedding Photography Great Hallingbury Manor

Wedding Photography Great Hallingbury Manor
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Oct 102011
 

Halstead Public gardens set in rural North Essex is an excellent location for a pre wedding photo shoot. It is a truly beautiful public gardens with lots of colourful flower beds, magnificent specimen trees, traditional wooden benches a picturesque pond and a band stand.

I met up there with Joy and Sam one Saturday morning a few weeks ago to do a pre wedding photo shoot, this was a great opportunity for the three of us to get to know each other before their wedding at Hedingham Castle in a few weeks time. It was one of those glorious days when the sun was shining and all around was peaceful and calm, there was a little cloud cover and all in all it was a great day for photography.

Joy and Sam are a fantastic couple who only live a fairly short distance away on the other side of Halstead. Sam in particular is quite a character with his Mohican haircut, goatee beard and his pierced ears. They were both really enthusiastic and totally immersed themselves in the photo session. After a while we had a few members of the public watching what was going on and I think Joy and Sam really enjoyed the attention.

A selection of some of my favourite images from the day can be seen below. Please do leave a comment if you can.

If you are planning a Hedingham Castle Wedding in the future, and would like to discuss your wedding photography, then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Portrait Photography Halstead Essex

Portrait Photography Halstead Essex

Portrait Photography Halstead Essex

Portrait Photography Halstead Essex

Portrait Photography Halstead Essex

Portrait Photography Halstead Essex

 

Portrait Photography Halstead Essex

Portrait Photography Halstead Essex

Portrait Photography Halstead Essex

Portrait Photography Halstead Essex

Portrait Photography Halstead Essex

Portrait Photography Halstead Essex

Portrait Photography Halstead Essex

Portrait Photography Halstead Essex

Portrait Photography Halstead Essex

Portrait Photography Halstead Essex

Portrait Photography Halstead Essex
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Oct 042011
 

A few weeks ago I was asked by Graham to take to take some portrait photographs of his wife Anne to mark a very special birthday celebration. If I remember rightly she was going to be 50 very soon (but I don’t really like to ask). Graham and Anne are both very slim and athletic and both keep themselves very fit, training in karate several times each week.  They have recently returned from living in New Zealand, where they lived for a number of years and are currently staying in the picturesque market town of Braintree in north Essex. They joined me for the morning in my photographic studio in Gosfield only a few miles away. Before diving straight in we spent a few minutes discussing the format of the shoot and the types and styles of photographs we / they wanted to achieve.  We decided on a mix of fairly formal studio portraits followed by some more relaxed outdoor portraits in a nearby local park. The shoot went well and we managed to get a wide selection of photographs, I have produced some of these below. For all of your wedding photography and portrait photography needs please visit my main web site at www.blog.tonysalephotography.co.uk

A few weeks ago I was asked by Graham to take to take some portrait photographs of his wife Anne to mark a very special birthday celebration. If I remember rightly she was going to be 50 very soon (but I think he must have been making that up, she certainly didn’t look that old).

Graham and Anne are both in excellent shape, very slim and athletic and both keep themselves very fit, training in karate several times each week. (perhaps that’s why they look so young. They have recently returned to the UK from New Zealand, where they lived for a number of years and are currently staying in the picturesque market town of Braintree in north Essex. They joined me for the morning in my photographic studio in Gosfield only a few miles away.

Before diving straight in to taking photographs we spent a few minutes discussing the format of the shoot and the types and styles of photographs we / they wanted to achieve. It was decided to go for a mix of fairly formal studio portraits followed by some more relaxed outdoor portraits in a nearby local park.

The shoot went very well and we came away with a broad collection of different images, I have produced a selection of these below.

For all of your wedding photography and portrait photography needs please visit my main web site at www.tonysalephotography.co.uk

Portrait Photography Essex

Portrait Photography Essex

Portrait Photography Essex

Portrait Photography Essex

Portrait Photography Essex

Portrait Photography Essex

Portrait Photography Essex

Portrait Photography Essex

Portrait Photography Essex

Portrait Photography Essex
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