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

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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

Feb 252017
 
Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session
mothers day 2017

Mothers Day 2017

Mother’s Day creeping up!
Are you struggling to come up with the perfect gift for your Mother this Mother’s Day?  Have you ever noticed how much your Mum enjoys seeing her family together in a portrait?
Well the could be the perfect answer to both your questions – and something she will treasure for many years to come.  It will be her session her way.  With Mum, of Mum for Mum!
Here’s an offer for you:
OK I had a job to decide what to go for, so there’s three for you to choose from!
Offer One
Your 1 hour lifestyle portrait session on location with me.
A Beautiful 15 X 12inch Feature frame with your choice of frame and a double mount.
An on-line gallery for you and family and friends to view and order from.
A beautifully presented gift voucher ‘ready to give’ will be posted to you.
List Price: £270.00
Offer Price: £125.00
Saving: £145.00!

Offer Two

Your 1 hour lifestyle portrait session on location with me.
A Fabulous Chunky 15 X 12inch Canvas Wrap.
An on-line gallery for you and family and friends to view and order from.
A beautifully presented gift voucher ‘ready to give’ will be posted to you.
List Price: £185.00
Offer Price: £105.00
Saving: £80.00!
 
Offer Three
Your 1 hour lifestyle portrait session on location with me.
A Fabulous 10 X 8 inch Shelf Frame.
An on-line gallery for you and family and friends to view and order from.
List Price: £125.00
Offer Price: £65.00
Saving: £60.00!
For further details do visit my website here: Family Portrait Offers  or call 020 8502 3293
Feb 022017
 
Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Every so often a shoot comes along where time just flies and everything overruns because we were all having such fun!  This lifestyle portrait session was just that!

Hannah commissioned me before Christmas to photograph her family.  It was over seven years since I last photographed them so she thought it would be nice to take the main group portrait around their favourite tree. It was when I saw it I thought the girls had to climb it if only to give the portrait shape and depth.  They couldn’t wait, there were shrieks of laughter as they climbed to their designated branches!  You’ll agree the result was well worth it.

As the session progressed we got a fabulous coverage of images, with a range of expressions and looks.

Learn more about a Lifestyle portrait session at my website: Town and Country Photographic

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Session in Loughton

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Session in Loughton

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Lifestyle Portrait Session in Loughton

Jan 272017
 
Couples Portrait in London

Valentines Day Gift

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  Are you having trouble finding the perfect Valentines Day gift for your partner? If so this might be what you’re looking for.
I am offering two very special collections for just 10 couples, so if you want it, be quick to take the offer up!
Ever noticed how much your family and friends love seeing a fabulous photograph of both of you together, something that captures this special time in your lives?  Getting the picture? (groan, sorry!)
Photographing couples, it’s always so much fun.  So feast your eyes!
More information is available on my website: Town and Country Photographic or simply pick up your phone and call me on 020 8502 3293.
Valentines day gift
Here’s the offers:

Offer One

Your 1 hour photo-shoot on location with me in the Loughton or London area.

A DVD slideshow of all your images.
A Beautiful 15 X 10inch Chunky Canvas Wrap.
An on-line gallery for you and family and friends to view from.
A viewing to choose your favorite image.
A beautifully presented gift voucher ‘ready to give’ will be posted to you.

Total Package worth £250.00 for just £175!

Offer Two
Your 1 hour portrait session on location in the Loughton area.

A beautiful 6 x 8 inch framed print of your favourite image.

All for just £50.00!

 

Terms and conditions?
We simply ask your session be booked before 24th February 2017. Only 10 sessions are available. The photo-shoot must take place anytime after booking and before 30th April 2017

Couples Portrait in London

Couples Portrait in London