Jan 032013
 

If you read my blog post Portrait Photography – Nikki (part 1) then you will know I spent an excellent few days training with Denton Photography up in Beverley in East Yorkshire, or the East Riding of Yorkshirs as they also like to call it. In that post I did say there would be a part two and well, without further ado, here it is.

Some of these shots’ as previously, have been taken outside with a careful mix of ambient light and flash to bring out the drama of the scene / sky.

Others have been taken in the studio using a variety of lighting and posing techniques. I love the images of Nikki in the red hooded top, hence probably why there is quite a few of them. I couldn’t decide if she looked more, ‘Lady in Red’ or ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ or maybe that should be ‘Little East Riding Hood’ (Terrible I know, sorry about that but couldn’t resist 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
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.

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Jul 182011
 

A couple of weeks ago I completed a pre wedding photo shoot at Stock Brook Manor located between Bilericay and Stock in Essex.

I have completed a number of pre wedding shoots over the years and all of them are special in their own way, but I have to say this one really was a little bit different than all of the rest – different that is in that only one of the ‘happy couple’ turned up.

Unfortunately and at short notice Ben was unable to make it and rather than cancel Jane came along on her own. Although it seemed a little strange at first, as I had prepared myself to be photographing a couple, we actually had a great shoot.

When I had met Jane previously she told me she didn’t like to be photographed and that she felt awkward in front of the camera. In fact that’s one of the reasons for planning this pre wedding photo shoot, to teach her how to pose and to feel relaxed in front of the camera.

The shoot was a great success, Jane did start off a little apprehensive and a little unsure of herself however she very quickly grew in confidence and towards the end was clearly enjoying it; and we produced some very beautiful very natural portrait shots.

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May 222011
 

Prested Hall Wedding

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It was my privilege back on the 29th April to photograph the wedding of Gaynor and Tony at Prested Hall near Kelvedon in Essex. As I’m sure most of you remember this was also a special day for another wedding as well – of course I’m referring to the Royal Wedding of William and Kate at Westminster Abbey. (As I had already agreed to photograph Gaynor and Tony’s wedding I unfortunately had to let Will’s and Kate down! But I think they managed to find someone else!).

Gaynor and Tony are a fantastic couple from Braintree also in Essex, for those of you that follow my blog you will know we did a pre wedding photo shoot, also at Prested Hall back in March this year.

The 29th was a beautiful day, with blue skies and bright sunshine, Gaynor looked fantastic in her wedding dress and Tony had scrubbed up pretty good too, looking really cool in his morning suite and teal coloured cravat and handkerchief. The bridesmaids were also wearing teal coloured dresses and looked delightful. Unfortunately one of the bridesmaids, Gaynor’s daughter, Chloe, was feeling unwell on the day and was unable to carry out her role. That was a real shame but I’m pleased that she soon recovered and is feeling better now.

Both Tony and Gaynor had previously told me that they felt a bit nervous and uncomfortable about being photographed, but that’s really very difficult to believe because they were both so relaxed and the photographs look so natural. I think having a pre wedding photo shoot definitely helped. We were able to get to know each other a lot better, I was able to gain their confidence and most importantly I was able to give them some tips on how to stand and pose to look natural and relax. I think we got some beautiful photographs but I particularly like the natural light portraits taken on the bridge and in the grounds of the hall.

I have produced a selection of photographs below –

Prested Hall is an excellent wedding venue situated just off the A12 and not too far from either Chelmsford or Colchester both also in the wonderful county of Essex.

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Prested Hall Wedding Photography of Gaynor & Tony (Selected photos)

 

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Photo of the groom looking very dashing outside Prested Hall

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The groom poses for photo’s before the wedding ceremony

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The bride looking pensive but gorgeous before the ceremony

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The bride waits calmly before the wedding ceremony

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Bride and bridesmaids at Prested Hall

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Bride looking out of the window at Prested Hall

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Groom and best man wait nervously for the bride to arrive

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Bride and groom during the wedding ceremony

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Bride and groom at Prested Hall signing the wedding register

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Bride and groom at the start of the wedding procession.

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Guests throw confetti in the gardens of Prested Hall – Kelvedon Essex

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The bride and groom enjoy a quiet moment in the gardens at Prested Hall

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Black and white photograph of the bride and groom

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The happily married couple on the bridge in the gardens of Prested Hall in Essex

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A tender moment between the bride and groom

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A natural light portrait of the bride and groom at Prested Hall

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May 012011
 

Essex Family Portrait Photography with Dominic, Jane & Tabitha

It’s great fun being a family portrait photographer. A few weeks ago I was commissioned to shoot some family portrait photographs for a family living at West Mersea in Essex. I have actually photographed Jane (mum) and Tabitha (daughter) before (see here) but this time they were joined by (dad) Dominic.

What they wanted were some outdoor shots of the family having fun together but also a few posed shots, semi formal shots where they would all sit and face towards the camera.

I understand that they (Dominic) had been decorating the lounge and they now wanted a nice big canvas print to put onto the feature wall as well as a number of prints for friends and family.

We started the shoot with a visit to an old harbour area of the island which was fantastic, rugged with lots of boats (new and old) and nice long costal paths. It was quite sunny but also very breezy which added to the outdoor rugged appearance – it also played havoc with Jane and Tabitha’s hair (and mine but that didn’t really matter).

We then moved on to what must be one of the most popular and most photographed areas of the island – the ‘beach huts’. Many costal resorts have beach huts but sadly many are a bit lack lustre, a bit run down and tired looking many in need of repair or a good coat of paint. However I have to say the ones at Mersea are some of the best I have ever seen! All in excellent condition and all recently painted in a range of complimentary colours and they all form one long continues line right on the sea front – very dramatic and well worth a visit.

They loved the photos and are in the process of ordering a number of large canvases and prints.

Here are a few shots from the day.

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Family Portrait Photography – Mersea Island – a selection of images


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Family portrait photography at the beach huts in West Mersea

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Apr 182011
 

Engagement Photography in Sudbury Suffolk.

A few weeks ago I completed a pre wedding photo shoot with Louise and Mike, a really great couple, from Milford in Surrey. They both work for the same company involved in developing computer software and although they are based in Surrey Louise actually originates from Sudbury in Suffolk. It was in Sudbury, at Louise’s mums in fact, that I first met them almost a year ago and when they booked me to photograph their wedding. The time since then has gone incredibly fast but I have to say it was a great pleasure to meet up with them both again. We planned the photo shoot around the area of the Quay Theatre and local footpaths situated just off Sudbury town centre.

The day itself was cold and incredibly windy / breezy (you can tell if you look at their hair in the photographs) I’m sure it even started to rain at some point. Nevertheless, Louise and Mike were both wrapped up well and the shoot went ahead as planned. We had a great chance to try out many different poses, to photograph some natural light portraits and we also produced some great portraits using off camera flash.

After about an hour and a half we were done, we had lots of shots in the bag (or in the ‘can’ whatever the right terminology should be) and it really was starting to get quite cold and miserable. Hence we retired to the Quay Theatre were they very kindly made us some very welcome steaming hot coffee. Following this we all headed off to Moreves Barn at Great Waldingfield, this was to be Louise and Mike’s venue for their wedding reception and they had a meeting arranged with staff to discuss their wedding plans. I went along to check it out from a photographic perspective and make some plans / develop some ideas for the big day.

Following the day I was exchanging emails with Mike and in one of them he included the comment, ‘The photo shoot was really good, both Louise and I enjoyed it a great deal, and hopefully it will give us a more relaxed feeling on the wedding day”.

Below you will find a selection of photographs from our day, Louise and Mike have already seen them all and in fact ordered quite a few after receiving the prints Mike sent me another email saying, ‘We received the prints today and they are absolutely fantastic’.

A Pre Wedding Photo Shoot With Louise & Mike (a selection of images)

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A Tender Moment

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Beautiful Black & White Portrait

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Romantic Moment Between Louise & MIke

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Another Great Shot Together

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Louise & Mike on The Footpath in Sudbury

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Beautiful Portrait of Louise

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Loise & Mike – Happy Couple in Sudbury

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A Tender Touch

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Dec 172010
 

Studio Portrait Photography Halstead Essex.

I was recently approached by two photography students, Becca and Jake, who wished to improve their photographic skills and experience, particularly in relation to portrait photography. Becca, you may remember from a previous blog, she assisted me a couple of months ago with a wedding at Gosfield Hall.

I invited them around to my home studio, along with Becca’s brother, Elliott where we spent a few hours practicing different lighting, posing and shooting techniques. They both thoroughly enjoyed the session (as did I) and both said they had learned a lot from it. I plan to run some further training for them in the new year; meanwhile here are some of the shots that I took on the day.

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Beautiful Black & White Portrait

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Brother & Sister

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Wonderful Smiles in this Beautiful Brother & Sister Portrait

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Male Black & White Studio Portrait

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Beautiful Low Key Portrait

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Stunning Studio Portrait of Becca

If you are thinking about having some portraits taken, either for yourself of another then please do get in touch for more information. It’s a unique fun experience and you get to take away some amazing photographic memories to be enjoyed and cherished for generations to come.

Nov 232010
 

 Wedding Photography at Maidens Barn.

I recently did a wedding photo shoot at Maidens Barn, a great wedding venue, near High Easter in Essex. The day was run by Braintree wedding photographer, Jeff Turnbull (www.jeffturnbull.com) and out models were Emma Pudney and Greg Ratcliff. (Who were both brilliant!)

Photo shoots are a great way for photographers to train. To develop their style and to stay up to date with current developments and trends within both the photographic and the wedding industry. It was a great opportunity to practice lighting and posing techniques and I came away with some really cool shots which I can now incorporate in to my wedding photography business, www.tonysalephotography.co.uk

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Black & White Wedding Photography at Maidens Barn

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Beautiful Bridal Portrait

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Beautiful Bride

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Bridal Portrait in the Garden

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Bride & Groom at Maidens Barn

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