Oct 062017
Jennifer Tolhurst at the High Sheriff's Garden Party

The High Sheriff’s Garden Party.

It was recently I had pleasure to be asked to photograph Simon Hall MBE’s, High Sheriff’s Garden Party.  Simon Hall is the current High Sheriff for the County of Essex.  The high sheriff’s principle role is to attend Royal visits, add support to the emergency services and charitable movements within their county.

The Garden Party is an annual event held by the High Sheriff to thank local charities and the emergency services for their tireless and often overlooked work.

Unfortunately the weather didn’t play ball and it rained most of the afternoon. However this didn’t stop guests enjoying the event and the party was still a great success.

For me it was a fabulous opportunity to capture informal photographs of Essex’s dignitaries while they enjoyed this fabulous event.

I was also able to pass on this wonderful framed group to Simon which I took to commemorate Lord Petre recently stepping down as the Lord Lieutenant for the county of Essex.

You can view more of my photography on my website at: www.townandcountryphotographic.co.uk

Group Portrait for The High Sheriff

Lord petre

Lord Petre talks to another guest, while the rain falls outside

High Sheriff’s Garden Party

The new Lord Lieutenant, Mrs. Jenny Tolhurst shares a joke

High Sheriff’s Garden Party

Clergy talk together

Aug 042017

Every so often a couple come along who are so comfortable together, making it a pleasure to photograph their wedding. Even rain and drizzle couldn’t dampen spirits at Cathy and Gordon’s wonderful, fun filled, Ashridge House wedding on Saturday.

Cathy chose the most beautiful light blue, silk dress which dazzled Gordon as she made her entrance.  She looked simply sensational, sweeping down the Great Hall’s spectacular stone staircase on her brothers arm.

Fortunately the weather cleared up just long enough for us to capture some fabulous portraits and group photographs in Ashridge’s fabulous gardens. I especially like the group photograph I posted here.

After canapés and a champagne reception, a sumptuous wedding breakfast awaited in The ornate Lady Marion Alford room. Tasteful floral arrangements by Rebecca Marsala decorated the tables which complimented the room to perfection.

Once the hilarious speeches and cake cutting were over, there was time for some of my signature portraits on the stairs in the great hall. It was after this that fireworks light up the night sky and celebrations got properly underway. Tony Poole Discos were the only choice for the music and entertainment, thus the dance floor was destined to be full all night!

Here’s a small peek of some of the photographs I took.

You can see more of my wedding photography at: Town and Country Photographic Weddings.

More of my wedding stories at Ashridge can be read here.

Gorgeous Flowers by Rebecca Marsala

Gorgeous Flowers by Rebecca Marsala.

Ashridge House.

wedding preparations at Ashridge House.

a Bridal Portrait at Ashridge House.

The Brides entrance at Ashridge House.

The wedding ceremony at Ashridge House.

Portraits around the grounds at Ashridge House.

Ashridge House Wedding

Ashridge House Wedding Group

Ashridge House Wedding Group.

Ashridge House Wedding, Lady Marion Alford Room

Ashridge House Wedding, Lady Marion Alford Room with fabulous flower arrangements by Rebecca Marsala.

Ashridge House Wedding Great Hall

Wedding Portrait in The Great Hall at Ashridge House.

Ashridge House Wedding

Fireworks at Ashridge House.

Jul 292017
Stock Photography

Brilliant News! I’ve just been accepted as a contributor for Getty Images!

This is a fabulous opportunity to showcase my personal and archived work for stock photography.  Much of which I have built up world wide over the past thirty years.  I’m so excited to have the opportunity to share it.

Many of the images I’m planning to use were taken whilst I worked on cruise ships around the world as well as more recent photography and commissions closer to home.

Can’t wait to get started!

Stock Photography

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Jul 032017
Grenfell Tower Photography

On seeing the disaster at Grenfell Tower in West London last month. I felt I had to go there and photograph the aftermath.

While I was traveling to the area. I thought my approach would be to look for images which transmitted the raw emotions, sorrow and anger of the tragedy.  Overriding emotions were so evident.  Grief, sorrow, sadness and anger couldn’t be ignored and engulfed all around to a great extent.

Waking through the streets and lanes of the area, with just one, small camera (my Leica).  I was mostly un noticed and was able to get close to people I photographed without them feeling intimidated, or even noticing me.  People showed their grief in a multitude of ways.  Some just sat and looked on at the Tower, others left messages on walls. While some sat and prayed.  What showed greatly, was how different faiths came together to help one another as a community.

It is quite frightening to think how a tragedy of this magnitude can happen and have so many failings, in a modern, wealthy capital like ours.

Grenfell Tower

Sadness, Grenfell Tower, an onlooker grieves in front of the charred remains

Grenfell Tower

Under Westway, a young girl leaves a message for a missing friend on a sheet to hang near her school.

Grenfell Tower

A survivor of the inferno tells her story to passers by.

Grenfell Tower

Grenfell Tower. Leaving a message of hope under Westway

Grenfell Tower Photography

Grenfell Tower. Looking for missing family and friends.

Grenfell Tower Photography

Grenfell Tower. Candles

Grenfell Tower

Grenfell Tower vigile for missing loved ones

Jun 222017

What a brilliant night I had at The London & Essex Professional Photographers Critique last night!

Last night I was truly humbled to come away with First and Second places in the Regional Master Photographer Association’s, Press Photographer of the Year award 2017.  These awards were for the photographs I recently took of the recent Grenfell Tower disaster, which you an see below.

It was also terrific to have a clean sweep in the Lifestyle Portrait category of the Regional Master Photographer Association’s, taking a merit, then third, second and First places in the category! It’s the first time I have ever done this!

So a huge thank you to my clients who have helped me become The London and Home Counties, MPA Lifestyle Photographer of the year 2017!

Here are my winning images:

Grenfell Tower Disaster: First Place in Press Photography

Grenfell Tower Disaster: Second Place in Press Photography

First Place Lifestyle Photographer Of The Year

Lifestyle Portrait Photographer

May 262017
Lifestyle portrait photography in Essex
Baby Ryan’s first portrait session.

Without doubt,  the best parts of being a wedding photographer is continuing the story, when two become three.  Last Saturday I did just that. A few months Christina and Nick asked if I would be able to photograph them both with their new addition, baby Ryan. He looks so handsome!

Back step to early Spring 2016.

Christina and Nick had a beautiful church wedding at St Etheldreda’s Church in The City Of London. We took some brilliant photos around London’s many sights to remember their day by.

This time we chose a more leafy location for Ryan’s first portrait session.  He simply loved the colours and noises of the forest and we captured some very special memories for him and his Mum and Dad.  I especially like the image of him looking over Nick’s shoulder.

Lifestyle portrait photography in Essex

lifestyle portrait photography in Essex

Informal family portrait photography in Essex

Informal family portrait photography




May 152017

Top 10 Most popular wedding groups

It’s odd to think in this modern world of digital photography wedding groups are still by far the most popular photographs couples order for their wedding albums. Yet they are the part of the day everybody likes to get over with the quickest. It’s therefore no surprise I am often asked how can we make this part of the day swift and fun?

Well the answer is down to planning and knowing before what groups you need before we start. I like to plan the groups so everybody at the wedding is included in one or maybe two groups. Then work in an order which minimises calling guests over. Often a toastmaster or ushers are good to utilise when finding the people needed for each group.

1•  The group of everybody. Often best taken from a raised position or with guests on rows of steps. Positioning the Bride, Groom, close family and Bridle party to the front, with extended family and friends behind.

2•  Parents of the bride and groom, together and individually.

3•  Bride’s family, if you have a large family, consider two groups, close family and an extended group.

4•  Grooms family, again the same approach as with the Brides family.

5•  The Bridle Party (best Man, Bridesmaids and Ushers). I often take some fun photographs as well as a formal group.

6•  The Brides maids if there is time I would take this before the wedding maybe where the preparations are taking place.

7•  Groom with his best Man and Ushers. This can often be taken just before the ceremony which will save time later in the day.

8•  Friends. Maybe something more a little quirky instead of a classically posed group.

9•  Fun group of the Hens

10•Fun group of the Stags

With these group photographs everybody at the wedding should be included as in at least one photograph. Ask yourself if you have any special groups of friends or family you would like included? Maybe you have old college or university friends, clubs or guests who have traveled great distance you’d like in a special group?

Wedding group at Ashridge House

Wedding group of Bridesmaids

Apr 082017
lifestyle portrait photograhy

Here’s some fabulous images I took from a brilliant lifestyle portrait session recently.

There’s nothing quite like the fun created by an afternoon out in the woods.  All children simply love running and scrunching through the leaves and climbing trees.  They make for brilliant moments to remember for all the family for a very long time.

With the weather improving almost on a daily basis now.  Why not take advantage of some great offers I have available.  Have a look at my offers here: Lifestyle family portraiture and book a session for your family, I guarantee you’ll all have a brilliant time!

lifestyle portrait photograhy

lifestyle portrait photograhy

lifestyle portrait photograhy

lifestyle portrait photograhy

Apr 042017
Wedding St Ann's Church Tottenham

Patrick and Ofuma’s wedding St Ann’s Church Tottenham.

Hair and make up was being readied by make up artists at the hotel.  Meanwhile Patrick was chatting with his guests, Best Man and Groomsmen at St Ann’s Church in Tottenham, while waiting for his beautiful bride to arrive.

Ofuma arrived in style in a white Rolls Royce, shortly after her attendants who arrived in a stretched limousine.  She made her entrance on her proud Brother’s arm, behind a delicate veil while Patrick looked overjoyed at the sight of her. Their service was fabulous with singers and readings by family members.

After Patrick and Ofuma made their way down the isle, group photographs were taken and all their guests congratulated the happy couple. We then headed off to Tewin Bury Farm Hotel for a lavish reception.

Learn more about my wedding photography at Town and Country Photographic

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Tewin bury farm

Feb 252017

What a terrific family portrait session we had today for little Ronnie. He totally loved the woods, even if it was a tad chilli. Ronnie was mesmerised with the mud and we couldn’t get him out of his hiding place in the bracken!
Do contact me if you would like further information on a lifestyle session for your family, or visit my website here: Loughton Portrait photographer

family portrait photography

Informal family portrait photography

Family Portrait session

If you go into the woods today