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.

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Mar 132011
 

‘Focus on Imaging’

On Tuesday I ventured north to the National Exhibition Center (NEC) near Birmingham to attend the annual ‘Focus on Imaging’ event. ‘Focus’ as it’s generally referred to is Europe’s biggest annual imaging show, and covers all your needs from image capture through to output and beyond. Whether you are a professional photographer, image maker or processor, a manufacturer or distributor of products or a keen hobbyist, there is something there for everyone and in fact there were well over 200 exhibitors present. Excellent opportunity and temptation to spend lots of money if you wanted to (or if you had it!).

As well as a trade show there are also a number software demonstrations going on from the likes of Adobe, OnOne and Corel etc as well as talks and demonstrations from a number of professional photographers, including wedding photography, portrait photography, commercial photography and landscape and wildlife photography.

I personally enjoyed a number of lectures / demonstrations,

Trevor & Faye Yerbury – Renowned wedding and portrait photographers based in Scotland but who photograph wedding all over the country. They gave an excellent talk and demonstration on studio based portrait photography using only one light and a reflector to produce some brilliant results. Web address http://www.yerburyweddings.co.uk/

Chris Burfoot – Chris is another wedding and portrait photographer but based at the opposite end of the country in Wiltshire. Chris is also well known for running a number of photographic courses for The Flash centre (TFC). He also runs courses for The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP). On the particular occasion that I saw him Chris was giving a practical demonstration using different printed photographic backgrounds. In particular he had one which contained an image of a brick wall and another a corrugated metal shed / fence. The results were excellent, although photographed in a studio both looked as they could have been taken on location. Chris’s web address is http://www.pembrokephoto.co.uk/

Bjorn Thomassen – Bjorn, who heralds from Cornwall, has won many prestigious awards for his photography, in a diversity of subjects from Commercial to Wedding photography and Contemporary Portraiture including Fine Art. He also holds a Fellowship in Illustrative Photography. Bjorn gave a number of different seminars but during the one I attended he was exhibiting some of his own images and discussing the why and how he came to take them, explaining some of the detailed planning involved and how all of the elements came together to produce the final image. Some his wedding photography is absolutely stunning and I would definitely recommend a visit to his web site, http://www.bjornthomassen.com/

David Noton – Although I am primarily a wedding and portrait photographer I also enjoy other aspects of photography and in particular ‘Landscape’ David Noton is one of my favorite landscape photographers and he also was talking at Focus this year.

David is an award winning landscape and travel photographer with over 24 years experience as a professional under his belt. During his photographic career he has travelled to just about every corner of the Globe and his pictures are now published all over the world. He also writes for a number of magazines and websites including, Practical Photography magazine, Outdoor Photography, Digital Photo Pro and www.photographyblog.com where he has a monthly online column.

At Focus he presented a slide show and then gave a commentary / talk about where the pictures were taken and how they were obtained. As you would expect the images were simply stunning, I would definitely recommend a visit to his site, http://davidnoton.com/

There were lots of other speakers and demonstrations there too but these were just some of my favorites. As well as the trade show and seminars etc there was also an opportunity to photograph a number of models posing in different studio style settings. I have included a few of my shots below – if for no other reason than to give this blog entry a visual reference, also I think they look good, see what you think…

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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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Abstract Studio Portrait

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Brother & Sister

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Brother & Sister

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Brother & Sister Portrait

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Wonderful Smiles in this Beautiful Brother & Sister Portrait

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Fashion Portrait

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Stunning Portrait

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Male Black & White Studio Portrait

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Male Black & White Studio Portrait

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Studio Portrait

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Fashion Portrait

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Beautiful Low Key Portrait

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Teenage Studio 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.

Jul 212010
 

Family Portrait Photography Essex

Last week in my role as portrait photographer I photographed baby Ava May together with her mum Lauren and Dad Aaron, (who, I have to say, were all very well behaved).

Ava May is such a sweet little baby and was a great pleasure to photograph; we even got the odd smile now and then, (or was it just wind?) Lauren bought her a few changes of clothes and this helped to keep the session going and to give some additional variety to the final images.

It’s important when photographing babies to allow plenty of time, to work at a steady pace and to take plenty of breaks. Ava – May was quite hungry / thirsty on the day and we stopped four or five times whilst she drank her bottle of milk and also whilst she had a nappy change. (Did I mention that she also wee’d over Aaron!)?

At Tony Sale photography portrait photo session can either be completed in the home studio, at the clients home or else at a nice location outside such as a park, the coast or even the zoo. Unlike many high street studio’s there is no rush. Sessions can run from 1 -2 hours or even longer if necessary. The emphasis is putting everyone at ease and capturing some truly great photographs.

Family Portrait Photography Essex with Lauren, Aaron and Ava May. (Selected Images)

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Tiny Little Feet – So Cute!

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Beautiful Baby Portrait – Black & White

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Beautiful Baby Portrait

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Lauren & Ava May – Mum & Baby

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Lauren & Ava May – Mother & Baby

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Lauren

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Aaron – Male Portrait

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Tiny Hands – So Cute

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Baby Portrait – Beautiful Ava May

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Aaron & Ava May – Beautiful Father & Daughter Portrait

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Sleeping Baby Portrait

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Beautiful Black & White Portrait of Ava May

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Aaron & Ava May

 

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