Feb 272014
 

 Liz & Ollie pre wedding photo shoot

Wow! What a great evening it was photographing Liz and Ollie on their pre wedding photo shoot, they are such a cool couple.

Liz and Ollie come from Ipswich in Suffolk so when we first met up to discuss their wedding photography we met up at a pub in Colchester mid-way between our two homes. In fact we met at Balkerne Gate (once I found it) – nice pub!

Pre wedding photo shoot with Liz & Ollie Follow Me on Pinterest

 

Once we got talking it turned out to be quite amazing at just what a small world it is. I started by showing them a  slide show of one of my previous weddings, Jade & Dave who were married in Long Melford.  As soon as Liz started watching it she told me that she knew Jade and that they actually used to work together at a dental practice in Sudbury.

It also turned out, as the conversation progressed, that some months previously I had met Liz’s dad and that he had in fact booked me to photograph his wedding.

 

Backlit portrait Follow Me on Pinterest

 

Engagement shoot with Liz & Ollie Follow Me on Pinterest

 

Neither Jade nor Liz’s dad had mentioned me to them, small world eh! (I have in fact recently shown the Jade and Dave slide show to someone else who also recognised and used to work with Jade and as it turns out also knows Liz).

 

Male portrait - Castle Park Follow Me on Pinterest

 

Liz & Ollie photo shoot in Colchester Follow Me on Pinterest

 

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Castle Park Colchester - portrait photography Follow Me on Pinterest

 

Young couple in love - pre wedding photo shoot Follow Me on Pinterest

 

Gorgeous outdoor portrait in Castle Park Follow Me on Pinterest

 

Cool portrait of Ollie in Castle Park  Colchester Follow Me on Pinterest

 

Stunning portrait Castle Park Follow Me on Pinterest

 

Liz & Ollie take time out Follow Me on Pinterest

 

Liz and Ollie enjoy the beautiful gardens in Castle Park Follow Me on Pinterest

 

Liz and Ollie walk through Castle Park Follow Me on Pinterest

 

Portrait photography Castle Park Follow Me on Pinterest

It's just a walk in the park_Tony Sale Photography Follow Me on Pinterest

Ah! rest your head Liz take it easy! Follow Me on Pinterest

On Balance I think Ollie is going to fall off Follow Me on Pinterest

Liz rocking it Follow Me on Pinterest

Anyway, back to the pre wedding photo shoot. We met up at Castle Park in Colchester and just had a walk around stopping and taking photos in various locations / settings. As you can see they both looked pretty cool, they were relaxed and willing to try anything and as you can see we got some brilliant photos.

 

Having fun! Follow Me on Pinterest

A photographic portrait of Liz and Ollie in Castle Park Follow Me on Pinterest

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Feb 142014
 

Self Portraits

As you know I’m primarily a wedding and portrait photographer, though I also do some media and PR work as well as photographing for a number of charities.

As a photographer however I also think it’s important to undertake personal projects and to have a focus on doing something different, something purely for my own interest. In the past, for example, portrait projects have included representing concepts such as ’loneliness’ and ‘isolation’ and, ‘The Face the Story’, a study of the hidden and extraordinary life of everyday people we would normally pass in the street on a daily basis.

This year I my project will be ‘self-portraits’

What is a self-portrait and why do you want to do that? I hear you ask.

A self-portrait is a representation of an artist, drawn, painted, photographed, or sculpted by the artist. Although self-portraits have been made by artists since the earliest times, it was in the Early Renaissance in the mid-15th century that artists could be frequently identified depicting themselves as either the main subject, or as important characters in their work.

In fact the earliest known panel portrait is thought to be ‘Portrait of a Man in a Turban’ by the artist Jan Van Eyck (1433). (Who incidentally  was also considered to be one of the early masters of oil painting and painted the wonderful ‘The Betrothal of the Arnolfini’ it’s an amazing painting and well worth a look, note the amazing detail in the reflection in the mirror)

Other famous artists who have painted self-portraits include, Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.

The earliest photographic self-portrait, a daguerreotype, is thought to be that of American photographer Robert Cornelius around in 1839 and it’s a trend which has continued throughout photographic history.

Today of course, in the age of digital photography,  and  with the advent of the camera phone self- portraits  are more popular than ever, even leading to the introduction of a new word / phrase – ‘the selfie’.  Usually practiced as a form of autobiography, a journal documenting an event or happening.

So why do people make self-portraits? That’s a good question and having decided it was going to be my project for the year it was important for me to think about why.

On the pages of the National Portrait Gallery web site there is an article on ‘making a self-portrait’ and it suggests a number of reasons why artists / photographers make them, these include;

Analysis: A self-portrait is an exploration of your face, body and personality.

Authorship: A self-portrait is an historical record of the person that made it, left behind for posterity.

Autobiography: A self-portrait can be a visual journal documenting something that is happening or has happened in your life.

Advertising: A self-portrait is a demonstration of style and skill to show prospective clients.

Availability: A self-portrait can be a way to experiment with pose and technique using a readily available model.

I think all of these reasons have some validity, some more than others, though of course this may change over time and particularly over the course of my study / project.

At present though it is the latter two which hold strongest, ‘Advertising’ and ‘Availability’.  Along with shooting self-portraits I want to explore, experiment and develop other skills such as lighting, posing and compositing, creating images from multi exposures. Using myself as a model will allow me to readily do this.

I already have a lot of ideas about things I want to do, but doing a project like this is also a great opportunity to learn from others and so I shall be looking for inspiration from other photographers. In fact I recently fascinated by the work of Francesca Woodman

and Vivian Maier  give them a look, see what you think.

OK then, time to ‘walk the talk’ as they say and produce the goods, here are my first attempts. As the weather is so dreadful at the moment I thought I would start off with something simple indoors in the studio.

Since they were ‘portraits’ traditionally taken to hang on the wall I thought I would start off having a bit of fun with a picture frame, this also gave me a chance to have a bit of fun in post-production with a little bit of compositing.

 

A self portrait of Tony Sale Follow Me on Pinterest

 

Portrait photography - a self portrait Follow Me on Pinterest

 

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He is also a great lover of coffee so if you fancy discussing your wedding or portrait photography over an Americano, Flat White, Skinny Latte or whatever else is going do get in touch – phone 01787 474923 or email tony@tonysalephotography.co.uk
Feb 102014
 

 

If you are really lucky it could be you.

 

Actually you don’t have to be lucky; you just need to plan ahead. If you are getting married this year then plan ahead and book you wedding photographer now.

Couples have always been delighted with the photographs that I have taken and the high quality of the service I provide, please feel free to read some of the very kind things they have said about my work.

Many of my bookings come from personal recommendations, Brides who’s weddings I have photographed go on to recommend me to their friends when they get married, that always makes me feel very special, there really is no greater compliment.

There really is no time like the present, give me a call on 01787 474923 or contact me now to discuss your plans.

Exceptional wedding photography to suit most occasions.

Today I'm going to shot someone! Follow Me on Pinterest

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Tony is the owner of Tony Sale Photography a much sought after wedding and portrait photographer based in Essex. He is known for his particular style of putting couples at ease and of mixing traditional, documentary and artistic genres to ensure the perfect capture of your special day.
He is also a great lover of coffee so if you fancy discussing your wedding or portrait photography over an Americano, Flat White, Skinny Latte or whatever else is going do get in touch – phone 01787 474923 or email tony@tonysalephotography.co.uk
Feb 082014
 

I had planned to do a pre wedding photo shoot with Rachael and Robert some weeks prior to when we actually got to do it. The original plan was to meet in the village of Castle Hedingham early one evening and then shoot at different locations around the village until sun set. However, Rachel unfortunately got struck with a really bad bout of glandular fever just a few days beforehand so we decided to re schedule.

Due to poor weather and lack of light, we shot about 7.00 PM about a week later and this time went for a studio shoot, which was great fun.  Rachael & Robert were absolutely brilliant and are clearly very much in love, they just couldn’t smiling at each other and touching each other.

Here is selection of photos from the session

 

Pre wedding photo shoot Follow Me on Pinterest

 

Studio pre wedding photo shoot in Gosfield Follow Me on Pinterest

 

Studio pre wedding shoot with Rachel and Robert Follow Me on Pinterest

 

'Love actually' romantic studio portrait shoot Follow Me on Pinterest

 

Rob looking cool in the studio Follow Me on Pinterest

 

Rachel looking fantastic in the portrait studio Follow Me on Pinterest

 

Gorgeous pre wedding portrait Follow Me on Pinterest

 

Fun in the studio with Rachel and Robert Follow Me on Pinterest

 

Stunning window light portrait of Rachel Follow Me on Pinterest

 

Rachel and Robert looking fantastic Follow Me on Pinterest

 

Head and shoulders portraits in north essex Follow Me on Pinterest

 

If you would like more information about portrait photography in Essex or are planning to get married soon and would like some information on wedding photography or a pre wedding photo shoot then give me a call on 01787 474923 or get in touch via the contact form…..do it now whilst your still thinking about it!

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Tony is the owner of Tony Sale Photography a much sought after wedding and portrait photographer based in Essex. He is known for his particular style of putting couples at ease and of mixing traditional, documentary and artistic genres to ensure the perfect capture of your special day.
He is also a great lover of coffee so if you fancy discussing your wedding or portrait photography over an Americano, Flat White, Skinny Latte or whatever else is going do get in touch – phone 01787 474923 or email tony@tonysalephotography.co.uk