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.

Eastbury Manor House Wedding

A National trust wedding venue sitting on London’s doorstep.

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.

A relatively new wedding venue. Eastbury manor is a 16th century Tudor merchants house. Built during the reign of Elizabeth the 1st, Eastbury house is a fine example of a Manorial Tudor house.

Hard to believe that Barking and Ilford are literally just a stones throw from Eastbury. Harder to believe that a Tudor Manor house such as Eastbury Manor has survived well into the 21st century. Surrounded by modern urbanisation. All set in its own unique grounds. Now open to the general public.

Eastbury Manor really is Barkings own unique Tudor manor estate.

As wedding venues go. Eastbury is up there with the best of the wedding venue’s on offer. Leez priory a similar wedding venue or even Ingatestone hall both from the  the Tudor era and although on a much larger scale, Eastbury manor has the same original Tudor style at a fraction of the cost.

With a superb wedding team offering a bespoke and personal service to all potential wedding couples which include a  pre wedding planning service, Catering and guided tours for all your wedding guests. what else can you ask for at the fraction of the price of a major wedding venue.

Beautiful walled garden, herb garden and a private inner courtyard and best of all the original Tudor spiral staircase. Historic Original rooms such as the east chamber and the old hall really do give you the feeling of a Tudor feel Wedding venue. For the wedding of Derry and Clare a lovely summer’s day for a stunning summer wedding.

From a wedding photographers point of view, Eastbury manor is just simply stunning. Loads of natural light streaming in through the original Tudor window glass giving a beautiful diffused feel to those lovely romantic images on the original spiral staircase. The walled courtyard garden for those intimate shots or the gardens in front of the house.

Eastbury manor  really is a hidden wedding venue secret.



Horsley Towers wedding

Horsley Towers wedding

The epitome of a victorian gothic, Horsley towers wedding venue is a uniqueness all to itself. Originally designed in the eighteen twenties by Charles Barry the one and the same architect who designed the house’s of parliament and also Highclere, as we all know as Downton abbey. The similarities can be seen in the design of East horsley towers. Subsequently owned by the lovelace family

For the wedding of Danny and Rebecca in November of this year what a wonderful venue

Horsley towers wedding venue displays that thinking of a victorian gothic folly. Not quite medieval, then again not quite Victorian. A mish mash of the two. The main tower with its cylindrical towers in liking with a castle keep giving that look of a walled castle. But as a wedding venue.

Horsley towers  is so different from every other venue out there that it makes sense to be different. As a Wedding venue Horsley towers has everything and more for a perfect wedding. The lake with its towering reflection, the massive manicured lawns which are just superb, the gilded Banqueting hall with is coats of arms all around the hall. But the secret chapel is every wedding photographers dream. With its Blue and white tiling, vaulted ceiling and dark atmosphere, could almost be from a film studio set.

With the ceremony taking place at St james’s church at Hampton hill, although a lovely Victorian church, almost no room for group shots, with just a small courtyard area for the confetti shot, It’s off to De veres east horsley for the reception.

With most weddings of this quality you would expect a wedding car as part of the day, wedding car yes, £180.000 mclaren, well what can i say definitely a head turner. Although a beautiful sunny day it was bitterly cold and by the time we had finished all the group shots it was time for Danny and Rebecca’s  shots around the grounds, of course the mclaren had to take centre stage. Lit with off camera flash, Elinchrom Elb 400 and gridded softbox and my fav lens the sigma 35mm 1.4 ART for the very best in sharpness. The best shots of the day were definitely in the secret chapel

. Although very cold, it was worth it to get superb images of this venue included on their wedding day.

Horsley Towers wedding

Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART Lens

Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART Lens

Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART Lens

Most professional wedding photographers who truly understand the meaning of quality in the sharpness and clarity of an image would no doubt agree that one of the best lenses for wedding photography is the Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART

As a wedding photographer. We are always chasing the fastest and sharpest Len’s that money can buy. In my time of using a multitude of a different lens from primes to Zoom’s, this must be one of the best.

My initial thoughts when buying this lens was all the hype regarding how sharp it is, oh and the price, not cheap at seven hundred odd pounds. But then again, a lot cheaper than the Nikon equivalent and to be brutally honest it’s just as good as the Nikon 35mm 1.4, if not better.

This is now my go to lens for the majority of my work.The Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art lens can be used for shooting a variety of poses and it is super effective when it comes to taking close range shots with couples. You can close in on the couple and not have to worry about the distortion on the edges of the frame. It makes you feel right there in the moment – in that image, and pushes you to be closer to the couple – and the closer you are to your subject, the better image you will get.

It is wide enough to allow you step back and tell a complete story with your composition. You will be able to share unique versions of an otherwise ordinary perspective, inviting the viewer into the moment and creating the perfect wedding story picture. The Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art lens is also super versatile – not only is it great for low-light on the dance floor or for getting that sunset shot, but you can also use it to effectively isolate subjects from the background due to the shallow depth of field, thus rendering bokeh in a beautiful light. It is certainly a masterpiece equipment that is designed to perform and one essential tool every professional wedding photographer should have

The sharpness performance of the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art lens is also absolutely stunning, it is by far the sharpest 35mm lens that is perfect for wedding photography. Its center sharpness is amazing and it reaches extremely high levels at the largest aperture of f/1.4, also providing quality mid and corner frame performance as well. It also boasts of a superb micro contrast, which would make your wedding photos glow brilliantly.

Another fantastic feature of this extraordinary lens and why I always recommend it for use in wedding photography is its ghosting and flare handling capabilities. The Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art handles flares and ghosting excellently well, especially on a bright sunny wedding day when you take shots against the sun, with the sun in the corners, it produces some nice visible flare and ghosting. It is the best lens when it comes to handling ghosting and flares and is second only to the Nikon 35mm f/1.4G. Though it has very little barrel distortion, it is almost invisible when compared to other lenses.

Wedding photographers would no doubt enjoy using the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art lens, its main feature is its constant and fast f/1.4 aperture. It also has an internal floating focus mechanism which is designed to give a better optical performance at close distances. You will be able to capture clear, sharp, close up images of the bride and groom without leaving room for errors, and with its minimum focusing distance of 30cm/11.8in, every shot you take is guaranteed to produce high-quality photos.

There hardly is anything not to like about the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art lens, it offers great results for sharpness, high-quality bokeh, low chromatic aberration, low distortion, and so much more. Every aspect of the lens can be adjusted to enable you to capture the perfect picture, including stopping down to shoot corner-to-corner image sharpness.

Elinchrom Elb400 Wedding

Elinchrom Elb400 Wedding

Elinchrom Elb400Hs

As an experienced wedding photographer, well versed in the use of speedlights for weddings I often find they have their limitations. Portable and easy to use, in bouncing the flash off a wall or ceiling to give that nice soft light and inside of a venue they work very well. Outside on an overcast day with a small aperture and depth of field and a low shutter speed, can produce a lovely evening sunset shot. My signature spiky sun shot is brilliant when using a speedlight, on Full power at F11,  the spiky sun comes out. Doing the same set up in bright sunlit daylight means having to get the flash extremely close to the subject. Just a couple of feet away and literally right on top of them. Not an ideal situation, any further away and they just can’t overpower the sun.

Elb400 research

Things needed to change for the better and the search was on for a better lighting system. With the majority of the weddings I film I do on my own and for the odd one or two have an assistant. More often than not someone just starting out and wanting to learn. So it had to be a portable system and easy to use for just me alone. I looked at the various options. The Chinese systems were nice and cheap but reliability could have been an issue especially when shooting forty to fifty odd weddings per year. This narrowed it down to three contenders. The Elb400hs. Profoto B1  and the  Profoto B2.  The B1 head was just too heavy and the B2 not enough power to overpower the sun and only 250 watts opposed to 424 watts and I don’t do TTL, manual all the way for me. The Elinchrome Elb400 won. The flash Center was the ideal retailer to buy from. Really helpful guys and more than happy to answer my questions. Felt really at ease with them.

The wedding of Sam and Sophie at the orchard suite in Maidstone was going to be the first real test of the system.  Perfect conditions for overpowering the direct harsh sunlight. Shooting at shutter speeds of 1/160 to 1/4000th of second and wide open apertures, something I could never do with regular speedlights. The system itself performed flawlessly and the ability to shoot at 4000th at 2.8 was superb. Overpowering the sun from several feet away with bare flash and with a lastolite Ezybox. Something I could never do with a speedlight. We even did a few shots with depth of field. But really the whole point of the system is the ability to overpower the sun, shoot wide open and get lovely Bokeh shots.

I ummed and erred before I bought this system wondering if £1420.00 was a worthy investment for such an expensive flash setup. I’m now a convert to Elinchrom flash systems. If I had a choice, would have made the purchase a long time ago. From a wedding photographers point of view, the Elb400 is a superb flash system. The flash head is as light as a standard speedlight. The battery pack is light and can be easily worn by its strap from a shoulder and  feels very light considering the job it has to and holds enough juice to shoot all the points of an all day wedding and coupled with the ability to get those wide open bokeh shots in bright sunlight, you can’t go wrong.

Elinchrom Elb400 Wedding

Alex & Jenny Crabbs Barn Wedding

Alex & Jenny Crabbs Barn Wedding

Crabbs Barn

Alex & Jenny Crabbs Barn wedding. April showers. I think not this year, more like the middle of summer. As we all know the weather in the UK can be a bit weird, to say the least. Lovely warm almost summerish days in April and next pouring in early May and as we move into the Britsh summer hopefully blistering hot days. From a couple’s point of view, this is what they want although not too hot!. But not so much from the photographer’s standpoint. We want slightly overcast puffy white clouds and a little bit of shade, on a perfect wedding day the sky will be overcast with no chance of ugly shadows appearing in people’s faces, in the eye sockets, panda eyes so to speak or dappled shadows from the leaves of trees overhead. Lots of manual flash in high-speed sync to create those lovely warm out of focus background shots or the sunny 16 rule for lots of depth of field. This also gave me a chance to try out my latest lens. The Sigma 35mm1.4 ART, a truly stunning lens with a sharpness unparalleled and normally third party lens’s aren’t as good as the main manufacturers so this one is exceptional in image quality and just as good as the Nikon equivalent. The wedding of Alex & Jenny at Crabbs barn was going to be just such a beautiful warm day at the end of April.

Dedicated wedding venues all have their best spots for those unique and intimate shots and Crabbs barn is no exception. The walk from the cottage to the Rustic Tudor looking barn, The lover’s kiss of just married over the field gate to the stone tiled dance floor and with brilliant staff to attend to all your needs. Crabbs barn has all the features of a lovely private wedding venue. And to top it all off a beautiful shot of the couple in a stunning sunset setting at the end of the evening.

Jenny the stunning Bride and the Groom Alex looked pretty good as well. A wonderful wedding with lots of Laughter and fun had by all.  And with a little photoshop trickery even Thomas the cat came to the wedding.

Alex & Jenny Crabbs Barn wedding