Sep 022018
 

Absolutely thrilled to have not one; not two; but Three images through into this year’s finals of The Master Photographer Association’s, National photographic awards.

For photographers this is somewhat like having a nomination for an Oscar!

One wedding image and two of my alfresco portrait images have reached the required marks. It is the first time I’ve ever had this happen to me. So to say I’m over the moon is an understatement!

Here’s hoping they go all the way!

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Mar 202018
 

The Easter break isn’t far off now.  Hopefully the weather will be improving very soon too!  This all makes for a brilliant opportunity for a family portrait session and to have some fun with your family.  All while creating some beautiful memories for the future.

I have a wonderful offer especially for the Easter Holiday and it’ll be a loads of fun for you and your family! The details are just below. But hurry this offer is limited to only ten sessions!

You can see more details about my environmental family portrait sessions here on my website.  Do also have a look at some of my favourite images from some sessions I took last year on my blog here: Favourite images from 2017

Here’s the offer:

For only £15 I’m offering an environmental family portrait session in the Loughton area.  The offer also includes a 6 x 8 inch photograph of your favorite image and a viewing to choose your favourite photograph.

Do please ask if you would like your session further afield, maybe in London?  I’d be happy to oblige if I’m able.

Call now on 020 8502 3293 or send me a quick message.

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Jan 162018
 

Every so often a wedding happens that just falls perfectly into place.

Hayley and Steve’s Ashridge House Christmas Wedding was just that!

Living Australia, Hayley and Steve traveled back to the UK for their wedding, so family and friends could join the celebrations.  Of course Ashridge House was the only choice for their wedding because Hayley’s Mother is an employee!

As expected in December, the English weather didn’t want to play ball and rain persisted all day.  This didn’t dampen spirits and the wonderful interior rooms at Ashridge are fabulous for interior photo sessions.

Hayley chose a simply stunning knee length A line dress with beautiful red leather shoes.  Steve cut a dashing look in a tweed three piece suit.     They looked brilliant together!

Hayley and Steve chose exchange their vowels in The Hoskins Room rather than the Great Hall as the room is smaller and more intimate for their wedding.  I thought it was a great idea and worked so well.

After the ceremony, all the guests gathered in the Library for drinks and to congratulate the happy couple.  We took the group photographs and portraits were taken in The Great Hall throughout the reception, with a full group of everybody taken just before calling for the sumptuous Wedding Breakfast.

Guests were not disappointed with the wedding breakfast, which was held in the gorgeous Lady Marion Alford room.  Adorned with the most beautiful decor and splendid service the wedding breakfast was sensational.  Awaiting the finish of the wedding breakfast was one of the finest discos around in Tony Poole Discos to ensure the evening celebrations went off swingingly well into the early hours.

To learn more about your Christmas Ashridge Wedding photography or any other wedding photography at Ashridge do click here.

winter ashridge house wedding

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Hoskins Room Wedding at Ashridge House

Hayley and Steve’s wedding ceremony in The Hoskins Room at Ashridge House

winter wedding at Ashridge House

Sneek Kiss

Hoskins room at Ashridge House

Steve and Haylley come down the Isle in The Hoskins Room at Ashridge House

Wedding Group at Ashridge House

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Ashridge House Christmas Wedding

Ashridge House Christmas Wedding

 

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Jan 022018
 

Looking through my work of 2017.  Here’s a small selection of my favourite images from my lifestyle portrait sessions I took last year.  In no particular order.  I hope you like them!  Do call me if you are interested in a family session for yourself,

 

Jan 022018
 

To kick off 2018 I thought I’d lake a look through my personal work from the past year and share them on my blog.

Some of the images are quite poignant and thought provoking, while others are more creative.

Your girl leaves a message to missing friends at Grenfell Tower

Young girl leaves a message to missing friends at Grenfell Tower.

Messages Grenfell Tower

Messages Grenfell Tower: First Place in MPA Press Photographer of the Year L&E Region 2017

The Old City Luxembourg

The Old City Luxembourg

Leica Fotographie International Image

Image which was accepted into Leica Fotographie International

Venice By Night

Venice By Night

Venice into the light

Into the light

Venetian alley way

Venetian alley way

Sunrise over the Grand Canal

Sunrise over the Grand Canal

 

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