Monochrome Portraits

Monochrome Portraits

One of our favourite subjects is Monochrome Portraits, sometimes called black & white! There is something special when the there is no colour to distract. They seem to have a more timeless appeal although they don’t have to be old fashioned or dull. We do prefer the more natural pictures but will of course arrange some during a session.

Adults, children, families all look great in monochrome. They are also great for people engaging in their sport, hobby or job.

Monochrome Portraits look fantastic in simple black frame with a classic mat. They are individually printed on Hahnemuhle Fine Art paper to last far more than a lifetime! We will soon be offering a new folio collection, watch this space!

A few of our Monochrome Portraits:-

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essex black and white photos

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PR Photography Essex

PR Photography Essex

Some of the other work we get involved in is PR photography, mostly local, occasionally other areas in South-East England. This was a job for a Construction Company who are promoting to enlist Apprentices. Joel has been through the system and was selected to be the role model. The site was the old Warley Hospital which has now been redeveloped into high quality apartments and houses. The brief was to incorporate the subject with the beautiful buildings both in his PPE site clothing and business suit. PR Photography Essex

 
 
 

The Compasses Pattiswick

The Compasses Pattiswick

A new wedding venue in North Essex close to Coggeshall. The lovely country setting of the venue is ideal for a bespoke wedding Reception or other family celebration. The venue was previously a restaurant and has an excellent large kitchen, lounge, dining and dancing areas! The gardens have country views which will be ideal for our style of photography.  It looks fantastic for our signature sunset wedding shots! The Compasses Pattiswick is run by a highly experienced wedding event organiser Paul Gooding, who we have worked with many times previously. We look forward to our first commission at this venue.

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The Compasses Pattiswick

 

 
 
 

Wivenhoe House Wedding – pictures from the 2003 archives

Wivenhoe House Wedding – pictures from the 2003 archives

One of the things we are proud of is our archive. So that when past clients such as Jackie and Dan ask for pictures from their 2003 Wivenhoe House wedding we can still access them.  Note there is now no legal obligation for photographers to keep pictures over ONE year, as per a recent court ruling. How many photographers have gone out of business not just over that time but over the 36 years our business has been running….and yes we have never deliberately thrown out or destroyed our pictures. Sometimes it is the unseen service that makes us a little different.

Wivenhoe House Wedding

 

 
 
 

Corporate Portraits

Corporate Portraits

Something we would like to do more of is Corporate Portraits and head shots. This session was for Paul Wearmouth who is a Motivational Speaker and Coach. We did a range of looks and backgrounds during the session both our suggestions and working with Paul’s ideas also. My favourites were the more moody black and white versions. These were taken in our small studio however, we are just as happy to create Corporate head shots or Corporate Portraits at clients premises. Professional people need a Professional Corporate Portrait created for a business profile rather than a quick camera phone snap!

Corporate Portraits Essex

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

2016 Witham Mayor Portrait

2016 Witham Mayor Portrait

We have just created the 2016 Witham Mayor Portrait, which as ever is a great local honour.

Patrick Horner is the 18th consecutive Mayor of Witham, Essex, that David has created the Mayor’s Portrait for. Maybe we should call it a coming of age!! Eighteen years ago the brief was to closely match the previous portraits and we have kept the background especially for this job! Witham Art & Framing Centre  provide the framing and they know which frame and mount to use. This keeps the run of portraits looking consistent.

2016 Witham Mayor Portrait

Patrick Horner. Witham Town Mayor 2016

 
 
 

Engagement Pictures for Stacey & Michael

Engagement Pictures for Stacey & Michael

We met with Stacey and Michael  for their Engagement pictures one evening recently. We chatted over the details and times for their big day and then went to the Witham River Walk for their Engagement Pictures.

We are looking forward to photographing their Wedding at The Fennes Estate in the near future.

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Street Photography

Street Photography

What do photographers do to unwind? – Go and take some pictures of course!  A great trip to London with a friend Ivan Finch, who is another professional photographer. After a sensor clean at The Leica Store, Mayfair (thanks Leica!) we walked through London looking for interesting parts of life, the street performers, people working, people at cafes and families on holiday. Street Photography is a great observational practice and I certainly don’t claim to be an expert, it’s just for fun!Street Photography - David Islip

Street Performers in Trafalgar Square

Street Photography with Leica

People at work and play in London

I use my discrete Leica M9 camera for Street Photography. A camera that encourages a photographer to think about the pictures that are wanted, especially as it does not have auto focus!  Black and white seems to suit so many of these observational pictures – of course I did a few colour pictures but I liked these best. My particular favourites are the men talking at the ice-cream stall and the businessmen taking coffee. That’s enough of a  Cartier-Bresson moment, now back to the weddings…….

 

 
 
 

Osea Island wedding

Osea Island wedding

We are photographing an Osea Island wedding in a few weeks time so today we took the opportunity to visit and see the location ahead of the big day.

Osea is a private Island in the Blackwater Estuary near Maldon, Essex.

Osea Island

Osea Island is connected to the mainland by a mile long causeway only passable at low tide.

Osea Island causeway

Osea Island causeway

The access is so restricted it is easy to see why it is such a popular spot for celebrity parties. It looks like it will also be a fantastic wedding venue and we are very much looking forward to becoming Osea Island wedding photographers.

Osea Island wedding

The Manor House, Osea Island

Osea Island wedding

The beach at Osea Island Essex

 
 
 

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