OPA Photo: Blog https://www.opaphoto.co.uk/blog en-us (C) OPA Photo peter@opaphoto.co.uk (OPA Photo) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:27:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:27:00 GMT https://www.opaphoto.co.uk/img/s/v-12/u369619313-o168989347-50.jpg OPA Photo: Blog https://www.opaphoto.co.uk/blog 120 46 KERRY & TOM - MAIDEN'S BARN, ESSEX https://www.opaphoto.co.uk/blog/2019/6/kerry-and-tom FRIDAY, MAY 31ST 2019

A quick sneak peak of some of the wonderful moments that Kerry and Tom shared with their family and friends on Friday.

The weather could not have been kinder and the venue, Maidens Barn in Essex was the perfect setting for them to enjoy such a special day.

Huge congratulations to them both.

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LISSA & JONATHAN - HAMPTON COURT HOUSE, SURREY https://www.opaphoto.co.uk/blog/2018/10/lissa-jonathan---hampton-court-house FRIDAY, AUGUST 10TH 2018

It was back in May that I first met Lissa and Jonathan and they commissioned me to photograph their wedding at the wonderfully picturesque Hampton Court House. What a fabulous venue, set in Bushey Park and full of history and atmosphere; a perfect place for such a great couple to tie the knot.

It was my first time shooting at Hampton Court House and I was made to feel very welcome by the staff and wedding co-ordinator, who herself was a keen photographer. 

I arrived before any of the guests or wedding party, as I prefer to do, and set about capturing the grandeur of the venue in the glorious August sunshine, as well as the flowers and other personal touches Lissa and Jonathan had added.

Jonathan arrived with his groomsmen and began organising the final preparations to the venue and ensuring everyone who arrived was greeted with a warm smile. 

Then, out of the blue came an almighty downpour, making guests and staff make a dash for cover.  The unmistakeable sign of British summer appeared, the umbrella, and it looked as though the sun had packed it's bags and gone home for the day!

As the time drew nearer to Lissa's arrival the look of disappointment on many of the guests faces was replaced with smiles as the sun forced it's way through the clouds.  The timing was perfect as a few minutes later, Lissa drew up outside the venue. Umbrellas were hastily hidden away, and she appeared, as radiant as the sun, in a stunning dress.  

I truly believe that the remainder of the images here need no further words from me, so please enjoy.

Feel free to leave a comment or contact me if you would like to commission me to photograph your wedding.

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THE SANFERRY ANNE https://www.opaphoto.co.uk/blog/2018/4/the-sanferry-anne FRIDAY, JULY 5TH 2013

Sometimes I am lucky enough to combine two of my passions, photography and music.  I obviously love photographing people, in whatever situation they wish to be photographed in.  I am also a huge fan of music, especially live music.  I am totally in awe of anyone who can stand in front of an audience and make beautiful sounds out of any instrument (vocal chords included)! I can't play a single note on anything, other than a few bars of London's Burning on a recorder which I have a vague memory of playing in school!

I was delighted to be asked to photograph a band called The Sanferry Anne.  They call themselves and "un-covers" band as they play cover versions of songs that have long been forgotten by mainstream audiences. They were looking for some promotional material to use on their Facebook page and on flyers and posters for upcoming gigs. The best part for me was that I got a personal performance from them as they practised in the studio.

For those of you interested, the post details of their gigs on their Facebook page here, so if you're a fan of Neil Young, Creedance Clearwater Revival or Lucinda Williams, check them out!

The Sanferry Anne in the studio

The Sanferry Anne in the studio

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GIUSEPPINA & HUGH - ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, WIDFORD https://www.opaphoto.co.uk/blog/2018/3/giuseppina-hugh---st-john-the-baptist-church-widford SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18TH 2014

Giuseppina and Hugh were due to get married a year earlier but they postponed the ceremony following the wonderful news that they were expecting their first child.  I was delighted to include little Tahlia in the engagement shoot.  I was also lucky that Mrs. Williams was happy for me to photograph their wedding on the same day we ourselves should have been celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary!

They elected to exchange vows in their local church, St John the Baptist Church in Widford, a quintessential English village church.  They then moved on to Ware Priory for the wedding breakfast and evening entertainment.  The grounds of Ware Priory are perfect for some wonderful candid shots with numerous quaint bridges crossing the River Lea.  The perfect late summer wedding with a great couple.

Please feel free to leave a comment.

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JO & KARL - ROYAL MEMORIAL CHAPEL, SANDHURST https://www.opaphoto.co.uk/blog/2018/3/jo-karl---royal-memorial-chapel-sandhurst SATURDAY, MAY 31ST 2014

My first wedding, although it wasn’t meant to be. Owing to a couple putting their wedding back a few months, my first venture into professional wedding photography turned out to be a full military affair at Sandhurst. What a fabulous venue and even better wedding party. The Royal Memorial Chapel in the grounds of the college is a truly wonderful place with stained glass windows that seem to go on forever.

Jo looked radiant in her dress and turned up at the venue in a classic Volkswagen Beetle, brilliant! If only they college had chosen a different weekend to undertake some whole scale maintenance and cover the entire college facade in scaffolding!

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Classic Beetel On the steps


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