The House meadow rustic farm wedding

The House meadow

What a wonderful wedding venue. There are grand wedding venues all over the place from stately castles to he little mini venues, this place really does beat them all. Size isn’t everything and sometimes just the simple things in life can be just as exciting as the biggest. The House meadow is just such a stunning wedding venue.

Rustic farm wedding

As soon as  you drive into the house meadow, can feel a real sense of a charming rustic farm wedding. The darling buds of May comes to mind. That iconic Tv series from the 1980’s.This is what the The house meadow is all about. Beautiful summer days in the kent countryside. Lazy summer evenings, drinking wine and champagne, eating strawberries and cream, in a nutshell pure relaxation.

The house meadow is for the faint hearted, meaning to say this is the sort of wedding that you throw your cares to the wind, Chill out, Relax and just enjoy the day. No clipboard management here running your wedding like a well oiled conveyor belt wedding. Like a hotel or a huge venue organising every little time slot for you, “when to cut your cake”, “when to have your first dance”. This is all all about you.

The simple barn with all its nook and crannies and natural ventilation. On a blistering hot summers day, the perfect way to have your rustic farm wedding. From a wedding photographer’s point of view this is just the perfect wedding venue.

The lush Kent countryside and the long sweeping views into the distance make for just the perfect images. A little off camera flash to create those warm shadows, The natural light of golden hour for those warm earthy tones.  For just that intimate romantic moment the Meadow of buttercups and wild flowers over the beautiful lake with the sun in the background.

Suffice to say the house meadow is fully booked for 2019, almost all of 2020. A testament to its endearing charm of simplicity within a stunning masterpiece.

The House meadow rustic farm wedding

Richard kinsley photography

Richard kinsley photography

Your wedding day is a day that is on one of the highest tiers as being one of the most memorable moments you’ll have in your life to cherish.  A special day like that should go as perfect as possible. Those perfect moments should be captured by a professional photographer. One that has been in the wedding industry working side-by-side with brides and grooms for years; two decades to be exact. Richard Kinsley Photography is prepared to capture your dream wedding with care and professionalism, so that the memories can live on for years to come. Richard Kinsley Photography is located in Purfleet, Essex, UK, but travels throughout much of the Essex and Kent areas.

Richard Kinsley Photography offers a wide variety of options to request from so that you can have your photos adjusted to your liking, in order to obtain a custom and only-yours look. Your dream should be perfection when you look back at your pictures. The adjustments are made by trained professionals in order to get the desired look, at no extra costs.

With a five star rating on facebook and Google and the most commonly called to in kent and  Essex,Richard Kinsley Photography specializes in wedding photography.


Richard Kinsley Photography Engagement Shoots

One of the greatest features you can get with Richard Kinsley, are the engagement photo shoots. He highly recommends and looks forward to the engagement shots as it’s the perfect time to get to know the couple and familiarize with Richard himself. His forte is making sure everyone is comfortable in front of the camera, to get to know what the couples likes and dislikes are, work together and become a team.  Having the comfort and trust that is built will benefit any couple, in hopes to become closer and comfortable with one another for the big day.

He aims to make the atmosphere relaxing and casual, removing any stiff or formal feel that couples are accustomed to. During the engagement photo shoot, couples will have one-on-one time with Richard and have that quality time to acquaint with one another. The couple will get a trusted friend by the time the photo shoot is complete rather than having a just another photographer show up and do things just the way they want; on the special day. What’s even better still, the engagement shoot is complimentary. They are free when booking Richard.  When contacting Richard, request the free complimentary engagement photo shoot.


Richard Kinsley Photography Styles

Richard has worked with so many different couples and personalities; he truly understands what it takes to have lasting pictures turn the way the couple envisions. His dry sense of humor and laid-back personality strays away from too serious scenarios. He believes in a laid-back and casual atmosphere because that’s exactly what the picture will portray.  Awkward and serious ambiances will make for awkward photos rather than effortless ones that flow.


Being in the wedding biz, Richard knows romance.  From the poses to the softening of the photos, he embraces the love between the couples.  The event is a romantic one and he specializes on knowing just how to create and portray it.


As for editing, he’s favorites are the classical romantic black and white photos. He captures real moments of the couple, rather than staged poses.  He avoids overly-done, rigid and unnatural actions that come with being camera shy. He understands that not everyone stands in front of a camera every day and that the pressure of the wedding can intimidate anyone. Richard Kinsley also recognizes that not all couples share intimacy the same as the next couple does. He strategically follows each couple to capture real interaction between the two, raw emotions and the specific love the couple has between each other.


He chooses backgrounds that suit the couple’s energy and as you look through his portfolio, each background goes perfectly with the couple in the front. Whether they’re simple like standing in front of a beautiful reddish brick wall, or the complex detailing of an old cobblestone bridge, he knows what works best for the personalities of the couples as well. Not into the classical look? Why not sit romantically on a motorcycle, or vintage car? Want a regal look? Richard knows the ideal castles! Or for the classic greenery landscapes, he knows of plenty of gardens and parks. The message here? Richard accommodates the very best with every couple that works with him.

Much of the style consists of a mixture of both classic and contemporary with crystal clear details; from trimming within the pillars throughout the historic hallways down to the beautiful crystal beading of the wedding dresses. Richard Kinsley Photography will capture colours making each and every picture stand out. Photos can be taken with a fisheye lens to portray a fantasy-type of panoramic look adding a distinguished touch.

Whether you’re camera-shy, our professional team will comfort your needs and walk-through with you to create the perfect pose, making them appear effortless and social-media worthy.

We understand that couples should be proud and excited to have their family and friends look back at their unforgettable event.

Every little moment will be captured with care, from the Bridal prep, the dress, shoes, makeup and all the little things which are never remembered on the Wedding day, up to the speeches, the first dance as a married couple, to the cake cutting, every moment is just as important as the last.

castle hedingham tudor wedding

castle hedingham tudor wedding

Wow, what a wedding venue. A Castle Hedingham Tudor wedding. What bride doesn’t ever dream of a romantic wedding in their very own fairytale castle and a themed Tudor wedding to match.

Castle Hedingham situated in North Essex close to the Suffolk border. Built in the 12th century by a Norman baron. Although much of the original castle has long since disappeared, the keep very much remains. With its four floors rebuilt in the Tudor period, the minstrel’s gallery with its original stone carvings and the Tapestry room where famous Kings and Queens such as Henry V111 and Elizabeth 1 once dined. The banqueting hall with its grand arch Perfect for that atmospheric wedding ceremony. One hundred and sixty acres of beautifully manicured grounds. Castle Hedingham is the epitome of the perfect English castle and as wedding venues go, you just can’t get better.

Dan and Nina. A Castle Hedingham Tudor wedding. From a Photographers point of view, Castle Hedingham just can’t get any better. Everywhere is a photo opportunity. The minstrel’s gallery with its natural light looking down into the Grand Banqueting hall. Tudor bridge with its grand arches,   reflections in the lake. The long sweeping driveway. If ever there was a romantic wedding venue then Castle Hedingham has to be it.

Castle Hedingham Tudor wedding

Wedding photography backup

Wedding photography backup

As a photographer i may be shooting three or four weddings per week. That can equate to thousands of images. Lately wedding clients have been asking me how do i protect all their precious images from getting lost or deleted accidentally. Well here goes. At an average wedding i may shoot 700 to 1000 images all recorded in RAW file format That is an awful lot of memory space.
Shooting with a Nikon D4 i have the option to record onto a dual card slot system, one a Cf card and the other onto XQD format, one backing up after the other or i could record one in RAW and the other in JPEG but for peace of mind, main and backup. So at least if the Cf card fails i have the same images on the XQD card. In the last three years of using the D4 i have only had  one instance of a partial card failure, that CF card stopped recording after 115 images, luckily the XQD card saved the day and the guilty CF card was instantly resigned to the bin. Once the wedding is over and im back in the office, i will upload the card to lightroom, convert to Digital negatives and then from there export as a catalogue to three external hard drives tagged as “backup” and then to another three external hard drives and tagged as “edit file”. With one main drive from which i work from for the editing. Create a desktop folder with the clients first names and date of the wedding and edit all the completed jpegs into that folder. Now lots of other photographers have there own ideas on how they back up and tag their images, ie, by date or times etc, my workflow system works for me and i can edit a complete wedding of average 800 images onto a folder of approx 350 to 400 images within a few hours. From there the completed JPEGS folder is again backed up onto two separate hard drives solely for the storage of JPEG files. Once all the backups are completed onto their multiple redundancy drives then and only then will i reformat the CF and XQD cards. From there i will export the complete JPEG folder to my online gallery system.

Mag Mod 2

Mag Mod 2

Mag Mod 2

Any experienced wedding photographer will tell you that speed and image quality are the name of the game. With most weddings nothing ever stops even for a moment, well almost. Maybe the group shots and even they have to be taken pretty fast in order to avoid people getting bored. I really don’t have time to think, literally i know what my image settings will be without thinking about it. I can look at the light, where is the direction of light. Is there any good light at all or is it a bland grey day and i know what manual info i have to feed into my DSLR without thinking about it, because with wedding photography it really is all about speed. Aperture, shutter speed, ISO, lens setting, what lens, what lens settings, angle of light, background. All these settings have to be thought up more or less instantaneously. If the light is bad and i have to add my own light i want equipment that i know is going to be easy and convenient to use and do the job properly. A light box or a Rogue flash bender or even bare light the set up has to be simple. Mag Mod 2 is the answer.

A relatively new product on the photography market. The Mag Mod 2. Any photographer that has ever used coloured gels on their flash to balance the light, whilst bouncing flash off a wall or ceiling behind you in a room with ugly incandescent lighting, fluorescent lighting or sodium lamps or even sodium lighting mixed with natural ambient light such as a church  can cause an uneven colour cast and the best way to correct for this is to balance one’s flash to the colour temperature of the room. In the past i have used CTO and CTS colour correction gels taped over the head of my flash to get the desired results, problem with this setup is when moving from a room with incandescent light to natural ambient light you have to quickly remove the gel so the flash is firing at daylight ( manual 5000k)  settings then when moving back to incandescent re apply  the gel, which is a major pain especially if the gel is held over the flash head with rubber bands or velcro, Hence the Mag Mod 2. Quick and easy to apply. The main rubber silicone holder attaches around the flash head and the gels are mounted in a rubber ring that attaches to the mount by magnets. Now there’s plenty of product reviews on the Mag Mod 2 on the internet so i won’t go into what you get for your hard earned pounds but suffice to say it’s an extremely convenient product if you ever wanted to apply gels to your flash head in a very quick manor.

In researching better alternatives to rubber bands and velcro i found it almost impossible to find a stockist of the Mag Mod 2 in the uk, even Amazon uk don’t stock this product and could only find one online retailer in the uk selling this product

So all you wedding photographers out there take note of a great product that makes our working lives just that little bit easier.

weddings simple off camera flash

weddings simple off camera flash

weddings simple off camera flash

Simple off camera flash for those dramatic different wedding images.

So how do i as a photographer produce those perfect images that every couple wants that they have seen in a magazine and hope to reproduce on their wedding day. Speed, imagination and off camera flash. With every wedding moving along at a million miles per hour it can be pretty hard to get those “glossy magazine style shots” but if the time is going well and nothing has been put back then yes i can produce those glossy shots. My signature wedding images are the spiky sun shots, shooting into the sun and lighting the couple, firing the flash into the sun and producing that spiky sun image “spiky sun”

To the layman its that simple and as an example of how i take images with a simple off camera flash setup.

A flash unit, 30-45 degrees off to the side of me, remotely fired with triggers, pocket wizards, mini TT1 and flex tt5 and then my choice of lens, to keep things as simple as possible, normally. Manual settings, so for example if i’m filming into the sun and want to produce the spiky sun shot as seen below. I will set my aperture quite small f13 to f16, shutter speed to about 1/100 of a sec and my iso to 100. Flash to full power and to make that shot stand out i lie down on the ground for a great angle, use a fisheye lens to give that sweeping bowing effect, nice natural directing of the couple. I like my images to be as natural as possible, no cheesy poses, with just a little input from me to get the body postures just right. Test shot, and all done in about 60 seconds. I’ve got four or five really good images.

In post production, skin smoothing, eye sharpening, . Image straightening, image sharpening, white balance adjustment and then i might use a NIK software filter preset to give the image a warm soft focus feel, little burning of the clouds to make them stand out and all done. In the gallery below you can see an example of the image in camera and the final polished image.

weddings simple off camera flash