News of latest shoots and the occasional piece on my thoughts about aspects of photography.


2016 - Portraits in Review
02nd January 2017 - 0 comments
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Happy New Year!!
It's that time of year again when I have a quick look back at the past 12 months, before moving excitedly into 2017, and whatever photo opportunities it may bring.....

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A NABBA Novice No More
18th December 2016 - 0 comments

Back in May I worked with Sue King on a photo shoot of her training session prior to her first competition at the Anglian Bodybuilding Championships. This is the follow up shoot as Sue prepares to complete in the Nationals....
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Family Is One Of Nature's Masterpieces
24th November 2016 - 0 comments

The headline is a quote from the philosopher George Santayana. I thought it quite appropriate given what I do, but it also made me think about the deeper aspect to family portraiture.
Our lives these days are hectic, particularly when you are parents with children still at home.
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The 5 Golden Rules of Boudoir
13th November 2016 - 0 comments

Following on from the last Eterno Boudoir blog, once again we'll be using the words of the model in this post.

Amy was kind enough to share a few words to describe her feelings and, in this case, impart the five rules of Boudoir as she sees it. Having read what Amy says has written, I just have to share it with you all….it's perfect.

No Stranger To Eterno
This is not Amy's first Boudoir shoot with me. So it's reassuring to know that she has felt comfortable enough to come back again for another Eterno Boudoir Session. This session was different to her previous shoot with me, for a start it was in a different location which enabled the whole session to be shot using the beautiful natural daylight available, and this gave the resulting images a totally different feel entirely. Amy's presence in front of the camera made proceedings easy too, I think she was (and is) very natural in front of the camera, something which doesn't come easy to most, but also something which can become easy if you follow Amy's five golden rules....

In Amy's Words...
I asked Amy to write a few words about her Eterno experience, this is part one...

Anybody who truly knows me will know that I'm not a very confident person who is forever worrying what people think. However these past few years I have learnt to embrace my body, this is me ! I'm no supermodel ... I'm a woman who brought a child into the world who has the wobbly bits to prove it. There's is no 'set check list' that you have to meet in order to feel confident, sexy or desirable but having this shoot made me feel all.

What Are The Five Golden Rules?
Unexpectedly Amy continued with this list of what she sees as her Boudoir checklist for any lady having an Eterno Boudoir session. I thought it was so good, I just had to share it!

Martin is a fantastic photographer who made me feel at ease throughout the whole shoot and not once did I ever feel out of my comfort zone.

To any ladies that are self conscious of having a shoot .... don't be !

. Be confident
. Be proud
. Be Daring
. Be Bold
. Be Unforgettable
You are you own kind of of beautiful

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Lisa's Story
18th October 2016 - 0 comments

This post will be in a different format to my usual latest ones. I will be using quotes from the lovely subject of this session, and how she felt throughout the process.....why have I chosen to do this? Well, how this lady felt throughout the shoot and afterwards is fairly common when it comes to women of low body confidence, and rather then me put words in her mouth, it seems only right to quote directly....

Back in June I ran a little comp for the members of my Eterno Boudoir Community Group where I gave away a mini-shoot, print and mobile gallery app to one lucky winner. That lucky lady was Lisa, and this post is a little about her session.

Being a competition winner, Lisa didn't approach me for the photo session, however she did say that it was something she would have loved to have done regardless. Her reasons being mainly a confidence issue..." due to having issues around my body..this has been ongoing as I had a weight problem most of my teen and adult life.. also through this and having children the scarring (stretchmarks) have also affected my confidence whilst undressed or in bikinis etc."

Interestingly, Lisa's confidence issue is similar to ones she helps other people with.

"In my job I work with girls and young women to boost confident and self esteem, also concentrating on self worth and being comfortable in your own skin. I often feel a hypocrite as they probably see a confident me, however underneath the layers I have the same issues with the way I see myself and with my body."
So Lisa can now look her young ladies in the eye, knowing that she has faced her fears and body confident issues.

Clearly, with the obvious feelings about herself, the session itself was going to induce a fair amount of nervousness in Lisa.
"The nerves were awful leading up to the shoot, I was really contemplating pulling out as I had looked at the other women who had had shoots and thought 'wow'.. they look amazing... I never thought I would ever look that beautiful or even like a photo of myself in very little clothing."

I know from listening to ladies previously this is a frequent worry, not living up to the women that have gone before, and comparing themselves to others. I believe it's another example of a lack of confidence shining through, where in reality, every lady is beautiful if only they believed what everyone else tells them!
However, the fact that Lisa didn't pull out of the session shows she was determined to prove to herself that this was an experience she wanted to do.

"The first five minutes of the shoot were terrifying, but I had gone there after doing my own hair make up with the mindset just be yourself Lisa!!... so I really had to get a grip with my nerves and do what I was told to, and the nerves quickly eased..."

"I was still nervous throughout the shoot, but that's because being out of your comfort zone always causes nerves or anxiety. I found the ones in my underwear the most scariest as I'm not normally one to wear formal lingerie, it's normally a comfort thing and throw on your favourite most comfortable pants for everyday wear. I also felt uncomfortable looking directly at the camera, however this also got easier throughout the shoot with Martin's encouragement and advice.."

Lisa is so right too, after all, great things never came from comfort zones!!

This last paragraph is the one I love to read the most, and is typical of the way Lisa talked during the proof reveal. She is very honest and speaks from the heart.

"When I first saw the photos I actually was cringing, and there were very few I actually liked. I especially struggled with the ones looking directly at the camera these were my least favourite. (However) since the reveal I have posted one on Facebook and would like to post more as I have actually come to like most of them and appreciate my own beauty. People who I have shown them to have said how beautiful I look in them which shows I'm my own worst critic. I even seem to like the ones looking straight at the camera which is surprising."

Lisa's reaction to the first view of her photos again is very normal. During the first pass, she is dealing with seeing herself in a way she has never done before, and with me sat next to her while she sees them.
I did explain to Lisa that she would like the photos more with each viewing as she gets used to seeing herself in this way. Reading what she says above, this definitely happened.

I'll leave you with what Lisa wrote on her Facebook timeline along with the picture below.

"Thank you Martin for my lovely Boudoir shoot. This is my favourite picture, so happy to share on Facebook as I feel beautiful in this one!!
Ladies, you really need to experience this..."

Does this feeling sound familiar? Are your nerves stopping you from getting a shoot organised, or is it something else?
If you have any comments to make about the experience shared above, I'd love to hear from you. Please post below....thank you!

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05th October 2016 - 0 comments

This session has been in the pipeline for sometime. Some of you may remember that I did a Boudoir session with Amber last year, and it was always the intention to follow up with a portrait shoot, but with our busy schedules it's been a while before it finally came to fruition. Thanks to Amber's contacts, we had the good fortune to use the grounds of Somerleyton Hall for the photo session.

The focus of the session was Amber's beautiful red hair, so plenty of close-ups, and rim lighting from the setting sun (that was the plan anyway!).
Being Britain the sun was fleeting, and instead of the glorious still sunset, we were greeted by a lot of cloud and a strong breeze. It meant tucking ourselves in sheltered areas away from the wind, which wasn't a problem, given the size of the area we were working in. The only issue I had was which of the fabulous backdrops on offer to use for the shots.

I settled on just a few, the lawned area, two of the big, mature trees which dominated the landscape, a flower bed sporting blue and purple flowers and an deep red Acer. The last two provided a wonderful contrast with Amber's red hair.

Rather than leave you with my view on proceedings, I thought it would be interesting to share what my model thought. I asked Amber for a few words about the experience, and she said this…
I felt beautiful during the shoot, and beautiful with the feeback from the finished photos. You are the perfect photographer as I feel at ease because I know your going to enhance the beauty that I would love to see for myself. I felt comfortable the whole time even with leaving you with choosing the photos. The finished products are always 100% perfect.

I would like to say a huge thanks to Lord Somerleyton for permission to use the beautiful grounds at the Hall. It was the first time I had shot here, and would certainly love to use the location again.

If you are interested in having your own portrait shoot with and would like further details, please contact me via the Portrait Contact Page, and I'll get back to you to discuss your requirements.

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19th September 2016 - 0 comments

This is the last in my series of four summer senior shoots all featuring young ladies that volunteered to model for me. The star of this show was Olivia. I decided to shoot this session at Gorleston Cliffs, it's a popular location for many family shoots, and offers a quieter area of the beautiful Gorleston Beach, along with a selection of different back drops.

Although we were lucky with the location, the weather wasn't quite as desired. There was a strong breeze blowing throughout the session, which was quite problematic when your subject has long hair! It was nothing that couldn't be worked around, including good old fashioned waiting for a lull in the wind and hiding up in sheltered spots.

The session lasted around an hour, pretty standard time frame for my location sessions, which also included talking to Olivia about her recent GCSEs and college which she had just started. From the conversation she is clearly much clever than me!!
I've been photographing in this location for a few years now, and have noticed how it's gradually changing. In my first shoots here the wooden sea defences were totally buried, with only the tops of the posts visible. These posts made great lead in lines and seats for my subjects to sit or stand on. Now the defences are almost totally revealed again, which means I can add a different slant to the photos, it's all good…well that's what I tell myself!

We did work in the shadow of the cliffs as much as possible, but the light was fading quickly, so we moved onto the cliff top to give me a bit more light to work with.
This was definitely an area I hadn't shot in before, so i was thinking on my feet. The first thought was to use the setting sun to capture a few shots with some lens flare, which we did. For those that don't know, lens flare is when you shoot with the sun light hitting the lens, the light scatters through the lens system and causes coloured spots in the image. Generally photographers try to avoid it, but it can give a creative effect, although the flare spots tend to be a bit random!!

Once those were done, I got Olivia to have a sit down on a park bench for the last set of images. Again, I'd not done anything similar before, but it gave me the opportunity to capture a few relaxed close-ups to close the shoot.

I'll be posting more for this shoot on my Facebook Page in due course. Give it a like to stay in touch and to see more of my work too.
Senior photo sessions are for school and college leavers, and captures shots of them at this milestone in their lives. If you are interested in a senior photo shoot, or any other individual, couple of family location session, please contact me via the portrait contact page. There's no hard sell, just organise a chat and see if I am the right photographer for you...

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Beneath the Veil
28th August 2016 - 0 comments

You may have seen me blog about previous boudoir shoots which were presents from brides-to-be to their future husbands, but this was the first which included the veil and bridal underwear in the shots. It was great to do this shoot, as the theme was totally different to any Boudoir session I've done before. Although, like doing anything new, I always that doubt that as to whether I can still achieve my style. I shouldn't have worried, the beautiful Faith made this very easy.

The implied topless shots involved the bridal veil acting literally as a veil, I opted to shoot into the light to add mystery and a bit of drama too. The room where the shoot took place had a very tall window in it, making the contra-jour style the obvious way to go. It suited the bridal theme to a tee too, the opaque veil in the bright window light worked beautifully.

We finished with the bridal lingerie sets, posing on the bed and adjacent to the window to light Faith more directly. Although the veil wasn't present in these shots, the lingerie certainly said 'bridal' to me. Faith looked stunning in her various outfits, I think her husband to be would have been made up to receive the prints of these shots as a gift.

As with the planning of any wedding, and the associated gifts etc, there is always a budget to adhere to. This was the case with this gift Boudoir session too. Faith opted for a mini-shoot, so the key was to work quickly to capture the required shots in the time available. Three outfit changes and three 'sets' of images may have seemed a tall order, but Faith was a natural in front of the camera. We recorded the images in the usual Eterno relaxed style. It just goes to show that if you were focus on exactly what you want from a session, it can be done on a budget that suits everyone.

I was very keen to share some of these images, simply because they are gorgeous and I'm really happy with how they look. This wouldn't have been possible with permission from my client of course, so I'd like to say a big "Thank You" to Faith for allowing me to share some of the images from this beautiful photo session.

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Where's Audrey?
24th August 2016 - 0 comments

The latest in my series of model call Boudoir shoots features the lovely Carina, and if you look closely enough Audrey Hepburn makes an appearance in one or two shots as well. If you want to read about my first model call session, and why I do them, read my blog post Do It For The Art

This was another photo session where I was completely free to try out various different ideas, and was working completely without any preconceived ideas. Carina was superbly confident and had and eye for detail herself, keenly clearing away any items that may have been a distraction in the shots. Lighting was no problem, a bright day meant ambient light was in plentiful supply, and gave the session a high-key feel. Needless to say the shoot ran very smoothly.

As usual I started with some implied shots, which always seem to be a favourite with my clients. As with my previous model call shoot, we tried some slightly more daring implied shots, with only hands and arms being used to cover the necessary areas! It's these kind of images where the model's chaperone comes into their own, checking that nothing that shouldn't be seen isn't before I arrive to shoot the set. After all, the model's dignity should remain in tact at all times!
Next up was a bit of fun with a chair, and a fan. As Carina said, it was a great way to cover certain areas, in a fun way too.

Moving on I shot a set of images using the mirrors in the room. I love incorporating mirrors (and anything interesting in the client's room) in Boudoir images wherever possible. It allows me to capture shots of the model using a variety of angles and focal points to give a wide range of images to choose from, in a short amount of time and with little movement from the subject. Carina's room had two mirrors, well, a dressing table and a wall mirror, so I worked on some shots incorporating both.

We finished the session with some more 'standard' lingerie shots, albeit from some high angles, which always work well.
I'd like to say a huge thanks to Carina for volunteering and giving up her time to model for me. It is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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If you like any of the styles shown here and are interested in a Boudoir photo session, please contact me through our Boudoir web page here, and I will be happy to organise whatever you may need, whether it's for a chat about what is involved, answer any questions, or organise a consultation.

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An Urban Twist
02nd August 2016 - 0 comments

Meet Abby. She was kind enough to model for me in my most recent Senior Portrait session, which happened to take place around the Gorleston Pier. This area was chosen as I hoped to capture some more urban shots to add to my portfolio. I know beaches, woodlands and open fields are very pretty, but it's not for everyone, and some different backdrops look good from time to time….of course with being right next to the wonderful sand of Gorleston beach, it would have been criminal not to take one or pics there too!

As usual, perfect conditions eluded us on this evening…cloudy, no problem, but breezy…it's an issue, of sorts, especially when your model has long hair! Of course there are ways around it, but it does limit things like which way the subject stand (before getting a face full of hair for example). We worked around this as best we could, we are British after all, and if I had to wait for perfect conditions in the is country, I'd never really get to photograph outdoors at all!

With that in mind, we started around the grizzled looking shelters which grace the pier. The idea being the very pretty Abby standing out against the not so picturesque backdrop in the photos….

Abby began huddled up out of the breeze, while we went through the first few ice-breaking shots, before moving to the shelters themselves, gradually moving from the pier towards the beach nearby.

What I love about this area is the number of backdrops within a very small distance of each other; the aforementioned shelters, and their railings, painted containers, large rendered walls, the beach itself and the iconic bandstand in the Pier Gardens, and they were just the ones we used. Quite honestly I could photograph there for hours without running out of ideas, but both Abby and her mum may have had something to say about that!

Senior portrait sessions are aimed at recent school or college leavers, to document that particular milestone in their lives. As with all portrait photography, it makes a fantastic keepsake to look back on (particularly for the parents). So if you're interested in having a Senior session, (or indeed, any other Portrait session), please contact me for details via the Contact Page.

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Another Stunning Senior
20th July 2016 - 0 comments

Disappointing as the summer has been from a weather point of view, my senior photograph subjects have been quite the opposite. This session was the second in the series of 'senior shoots' that I'm running over the summer months, with the star of this particular show being Emily. You can see the first session in this blog post.

As is usual, this photo session was carried out in the evening, ready for the beautiful, warm light before the sun goes down......well, that was the plan. Of course, being at the mercy of the British Summer, means we are often left disappointed.....
Ok, so the sun didn't make an appearance, and in fact, we even felt a spot of rain during the shoot, but all was not that bad. Although the common conception is that sunny is best for portrait photos, that isn't necessarily the case. Yes, the low, late evening sun is beautiful, but anything too bright and high can be problematic. A bit of cloud, however, is the perfect natural diffuser, evening out the light wonderfully. So the fact that the sun was being a bit shy wasn't really an issue.

It's difficult for the ruins at Burgh Castle to look dowdy or unappealing, even under cloudy skies, so I was confident that this session would be successful, why wouldn't it? A lovely young lady modelling, and one of Norfolk's finest backdrops to to work in.
We started shooting on the bridge down near the river, before working back up to the church via the meadows inside and outside the walls. As usual there was a fair amount of people enjoying the area, so the occasional break was needed to allow backgrounds to clear. It was all very sedate. No mad dashes to catch fleeting appearances of the sun, just the concern that the clouds might yield rain, but we escaped that particular British summertime treat.

I am told regularly that modelling isn't as easy as it looks, and I'm sure it isn't. There is a lot to think about whilst posing for the camera, hence why I tend to keep things as simple and natural as possible. Emily did a great job, following directions superbly. I'd like to say a big thank you to Emily and her Mum for giving up their time so I could run this session. It's help like this, that helps me to keep practising (and developing)....standing still is not an option!

Senior portrait sessions are aimed at recent school or college leavers, to document that particular milestone in their lives. As with all portrait photography, it makes a fantastic keepsake to look back on (particularly for the parents). So if you're interested in having a Senior session, (or indeed, any other Portrait session), please contact me for details via the Contact Page.

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Do It For The Art
10th July 2016 - 0 comments

Promotional shoots are a god-send for me. Without them it becomes difficult to turn over fresh and different style Boudoir images to show on my various platforms. I do have clients that are more than happy to share a few pictures from their photo-sessions, but they are in control of which ones I use, and often are similar to those already adorning my boudoir gallery.

So to counter this I run a few promotional photo-sessions each year to boost my cache of shareable images. I work with a limited number of volunteers that model for me and allow me to post any of the shots in return for a free photo-shoot and a web gallery of images to keep. The difference with these shoots is that there is an element of experimentation involved, something I couldn't ask my paying clients to do. I often work in the moment, not planning poses and shots before the session itself, as I find 'happy accidents' make something new and fresh for me. It is, after all, about continually developing my style.

So this talk of promotional images and volunteers can only mean one thing....I've started my campaign of promo shoots, and this is the first! And what a way to start!
No nerves, just excitement from my model Laura before the session. That in itself is a rarity, I tend to use the first five or ten minutes relaxing my clients into the session, but there was no need here. Just a few very simple shots to start with, as I explained the posing and direction. We began (as usual) with some implied topless shots, both laying down and standing up too. (I always start with these kind of shots in a session, if the client wants to do them, due to avoiding strap marks on their skin). It's a bit topsy-turvy are my Boudoir photo put more clothes on as the session progresses!

Talking of which, the next set of shots Laura had considerably more clothing on than previously, a lovely big jumper. I've wanted to do some photos like this for a while, just to show Boudoir doesn't have to be about being nearly naked or lingerie clad.
Laura carried this look off wonderfully, wearing the jumper in an the off-the-shoulder style to give it a boudoir feel.

By this time the ambient light was beginning to fade, but instead if switching on my lighting, I went for a low key approach for the next group of shots. Based on the classic laying-on-back posing, I tried to make this more a candid style, with only a few images having eye contact, and those ones were as if I'd captured a 'moment' rather than the prolonged posed pictures I do regularly.

Personally I love the results. The rim lighting and large areas of shadow can allow parts of the model's body to be lost in the image, which will help any ladies that have certain areas they would like to keep hidden from view.

The shoot from a model's point of view....
As I mentioned earlier, Laura had no nerves before the session started, and was only excited by the prospect. I asked her if there was any issue she may have had as to why she maybe wouldn't book a shoot, she told me that the only question she asked herself is what would you to do with the final photos? After viewing the final shots, she did confess that she wanted to have a print displayed on a wall in her bedroom, so she answered her own question in that regard. I then asked why she volunteered to model for me, the answer was fantastic…"for the pictures, you know….do it for the art!" Quality!!

I will be displaying more images from this wonderful session in my Eterno Boudoir Facebook Group, so if you're not already a member, go here to join and see them before anyone else.

If you like any of the styles shown here and are interested in a Boudoir photo session, please contact me through our Boudoir web page, and I will be happy to organise whatever you may need, whether it's for a chat about what is involved, answer any questions, or organise a consultation.

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A Run For The Sun
26th June 2016 - 0 comments

This is the first in a series of 'Senior' portfolio shoots I'll be carrying out over the summer months. Photo sessions which I'm looking forward to sharing with you, along with details of how my Senior Portrait Sessions will work.

Firstly, what is a Senior shoot all about? Well, it's aimed at young ladies and lads that have have just become school leavers, or are of college age, and it's to capture memories of that significant stage of their lives.

So what's the story of this photo session? Well, it was an evening shoot, in June at Fritton Woods with a lovely young lady called Clara. Fritton Woods is a location I haven't photographs at for a while. It was once a very popular Autumn location, but has fallen out of favour recently.

The clearing of large areas of the site has stopped clients wanting their shoots here, but it still has value as a portrait location. In fact, in some ways the open spaces have improved its appeal by adding another set of backdrops that can be used when photographing portrait subjects, but admittedly it has lost that deep woodland feel that it once had.

Weather-wise the sky was pretty much a blanket of cloudy when we (that's Clara, her mum and of course, me) arrived at Fritton for the session. So I was already counting out bright backlit shots from the shoot, meaning I was thinking on my feet as to what would work in the lighting we had. Clara, like all of my volunteer subjects, didn't have any modelling experience, so as is usual, the first part of the session was spent explaining how the poses are achieved, and shooting a few test shots to help settle Clara into the shoot.

Once we were up and running the session flowed nicely. The sun did make a fleeting appearance whilst working in a more open area, but not long enough to capture any substantial number of shots. We moved on to the old hut which I love to use as a backdrop, it's grizzly texture is a direct contrast to the usual good looking portrait subjects. It was as this set finished that the comedy moment of the session happened.....

You see Clara is a bit of an artist herself, and has a very creative eye. She knew the value of a low, bright sun to any images we could capture. I was starting to walk to the next location, whilst checking the shots I'd just taken, when I heard Clara call out "Sun". I looked up to see the sun had suddenly burst through the clouds, and Clara running back towards our previous location a hundred or so metres away. Knowing this was the light I had prayed for, I joined the sprint back towards our former spot, I was weighed down with camera bag and gear, and poor Clara was struggling to run with her tight dress.... I can only imagine what we would have looked like!

Still catching my breath, and being eaten alive by the local gnat population, my model hurriedly got back into the previous poses and I fired off some rapid shots. I was half blinded by the bright sun, so looking on the back of the camera I wasn't entirely sure that I had the shots I wanted....who says photography isn't rock 'n' roll!?

I'd like to thank Clara and her Mum for volunteering and giving up their time for this shoot. It was a pleasure to do, and enormous fun too. I'm looking forward to the next one, which (weather permitting) is coming very soon.

I think these photo sessions are make a beautiful keepsake for young adults as they begin their post-school journey into the wider world. If you would like details of my portrait sessions in general, or more specifically, for a senior shoot, please get in touch with me via the Portrait Contact Page

I'll be sharing more of the beautiful images from this shoot on my Facebook Page and Instagram Account so please feel free to give them a follow and keep tabs on some extra photos from this and other sessions.

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A Lady That Lifts
15th June 2016 - 0 comments

I've photographed the lovely Sue King before in a more traditional shoot, so when she contacted me to capture some images of her training in readiness for a bodybuilding competition, I was intrigued, and had to say yes.

The competition was the Anglian Bodybuilding Championships held at the Seashore Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth on 5th June, but the shoot was timed to be two weeks before, when she would look her best in training.

So one sunny Sunday morning, I entered BWell Gym on Bessemer Way to photograph Sue in action. As she worked out, I snapped away, stopping occasionally to talk about what she was doing in training and the diet she was following to get into such fantastic shape. She mentioned how supportive her trainer, Mark Spinks had been throughout the whole process. Sue was to be competing in the 'Miss Toned Figure' class, but was only entering for experience, and didn't expect to do too well. As it turned out, she surpassed all her expectations by finishing second in her class, a fantastic achievement.

I've always found environmental portraits fascinating, these are usually of people working, but in this case training. The attraction for me was the 'something different' to shoot, and I was so glad I accepted Sue's request. It was a fascinating hour spent with her, and I left with an SD card of some great gym shots, and a huge admiration for the dedication Sue has shown in her preparation for this event.

Sue is trained by Mark Spinks of Mark Spinks Fitness, his Facebook Page can be found here.

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A Beauty at Burgh Castle
14th June 2016 - 0 comments

Burgh Castle ruins, a beautiful early summer evening, with a lovely family, and a delightful young lady that was the star of the show. Light to die for….What could go wrong?

Potentially, quite a bit I suppose. Our star is a toddler, which, I would say is the most challenging age group to photograph. This isn't due to behavioural issues, not at all, but purely down to children of that age being inquisitive and enjoying the new surroundings they are put in, exactly how kids should be at that age. So getting their attention isn't going to happen too much.

As a side note...I think generally parents worry about the behaviour of children during a photo shoot, but to be honest I don't. I'm relaxed about it all, and am more than happy to let the children be children, after all it's the reason why the final photos work. No stuffy studio, no confined areas, just kids being themselves….and the result….just see for yourself.

So back to this shoot. As I mentioned previously, expecting a toddler to give you an hour of undivided attention isn't going to happen. So I have a wild and devilish way of dealing with this…I sit, stand or wander patiently with them and capture the moments as they arrive. It's by far the most satisfying method of photographing the cutest stage of childhood. It was around 10 minutes after my camera had made an appearance out of my bag before I took the first shot, you really can't rush these things. I let the little star run the show at her own pace. She played with flowers, walked through the grass, chased Mum and Dad, played peep-bo, and peeked through barred gates, all against one of the most fantastic of local backdrops.

What do they say? Never work with children or animals. To be honest, my photographic life would be a very, dull time if I didn't, and quite honestly it's why I loving doing what I do so much.

Don't let time fly by without capturing your family while they're young. These precious times don't last forever, contact me for further details here…I'm waiting to hear from you!

Is this THE perfect wedding present?
09th June 2016 - 0 comments
How could any groom say it isn't?
Beautiful photos of his beautiful wife-to-be....

The second most common reason many ladies have a Boudoir photo session (after a treat for themselves) is as a gift for their partner or spouse. Increasingly, this has become a wedding gift for their husband- to-be on their big day.
This shoot was booked exactly for that reason, and I'm betting good money, the groom will love these photos immensely.

What I love is to try some different shots when the opportunity arises. Working at clients' houses means I have to work with whatever backdrop is available. Personally, I think this adds a sense of uniqueness to every shoot I do. The huge mirrored dressing table in this location allowed me to capture these stunning shots.

My lovely client was fantastic all the way through the shoot, initially nervous, as most ladies are, she soon got into the swing of things. I love watching the transformation, as the nerves subside and the confidence begins to grow.

There is a lot of secrecy involved in organising photo sessions as gifts, my discretion is assure of course, but having to hold back from sharing such fantastic shots borders on painful at times!! Still it's worth being patient, after all, don't good things come to those who wait?

How about you...?
It's never lost on me how much courage it takes for women to have a Boudoir session, and I admire anyone that goes through with booking a shoot. Ladies frequently have concerns about how they look, but the confidence they gain once the shoot is over is very apparent. If you would like to boost your confidence, or get some information about an Eterno Boudoir session as a gift for your husband-to-be, your partner, or just for yourself, then please get in touch via The Eterno Boudoir Web Page
10 Things Your Photographer Wished You Knew
04th May 2016 - 0 comments
In: Blog
This isn’t a moan, or a whine, a cry for help, it's not even a rant (I typed this is a calm and relaxed manner!)…’s just a list of common misconceptions I’ve picked up on in the years I've been interacting with prospective clients, clients and other photographers. We're all here for you, and to make you look great, but there are some common assumptions about photography and photographers doing the rounds....
So let’s clear the air, read on to discover (in no particular order) the ten things many photographers wish you knew…

1. We Are Always Working
There is a wide spectrum of photography genres, but the ones you are most likely to come into contact with such as; wedding, family, newborn, boudoir etc, work mostly weekends, afternoons and evenings to accommodate their clients’ needs. This schedule, in most cases, this is the polar opposite of their family and friends, meaning they are giving up precious and valuable time of their own to capture and record your memories.

2. We Are Not Millionaires…
I’ve heard this a few times at portrait sessions before…“£65 an hour? That’s a great hourly rate”….if only it were! Photographers’ pricing is a much talked about subject, especially how high it is. Photographers in general are creative types, and aren’t usually motivated by money, but without it their businesses would not survive. There is much more to a portrait session than simply taking the photographs. There’s the preparation, communicating with, and visiting the client, editing, ordering, and delivering. The list is quite long. In fact most client’s session will take around 10-15 hours from start to finish. Add to this the cost of running the business and, buying equipment, it’s certainly not the get-rich-quick goldmine that it may appear to be. So next time you shake your head at what you might see as an inflated price tag, have a think about how much work goes on behind the scenes.

3. Give Credit Where Credit is Due.
We have feelings too. We treat all our work with special care and attention and are deeply connected to what we produce. What hurts most is seeing our images on social media with the logo cropped out and no credit given. Aside from the fact that the legal obligations of copyright have been ignored, it shows little respect or of the photographer’s work. We know you and your family look great in the shots, but it is the vision and skill of the photographer that helped you look that way, surely we should get a little thanks for that?

4. Photoshop Is Not A Magic Wand
There is an expectation from non-photographers that Photoshop will cure and fix all problems. A bad image is a bad image, no matter how much photo-shopping is applied to it. We get the shot right in camera, and use PS to enhance it and make you look your absolute best. Be in control of how you look too. If you don’t like the colour of your jumper or the logo on it, wear something else. Don’t expect your photographer to fix all your dislikes. We like to spend time enhancing, not correcting.

5. A Camera Takes a Picture, Not Makes It
Please don’t tell your photographer that the reason the images are so good is down the camera….Yes the cameras are expensive, but it’s the photographer that makes the picture. Everything is done with purpose and for a reason; the location, the lighting, the pose, the angles and even the lens used. So yes, the camera may be great, but it can’t work on its own.

6. You’ve selected your Photographer for A Reason – Trust Them
Hopefully you would have looked through the photographer’s portfolio before booking them, so you’d have seen their particular style. If you don’t see what you want in their gallery, the chances are it’s not the kind of thing they do. Trust them to produce the style of images that you have seen in their gallery. Respect their creativity, don’t expect them to copy images you’ve seen elsewhere online.

7. We Won’t Judge You (We Think You’re Beautiful)
After all you are all unique. Our job is to bring out you and your personality in the photographs. Who cares if you are seven pounds from your goal weight, or you think you don’t look perfect. Your family will love and cherish the images we produce

8. Pre-Christmas is Our Hell
October, November and December are generally the busiest months for a portrait photographer. The combination of Autumn shoots and Christmas gift orders makes it ridiculous at times, so be prepared early. If you want a photo-shoot so you can give the resulting photos as Christmas Gifts, organise your session for summer (or early autumn at the very latest). It will avoid the disappointment of not getting that prized session and pictures in time for the big day.

9. Your Children Aren’t Naughty…
….they’re just being children, and they’re all the same. Children make the sessions the fun and unique, we will embrace this, work with it and enjoy the fact it’s happening. So please don’t stress about it, relax and enjoy the ride!

10. I Get Nervous Before Every Shoot and Image Reveal
So it’s not just you. It is a good thing (for me anyway!) it keeps me on point and performing at my best.
Like all creatives, we bare our souls a little when we produce our work, and all in our own styles. All we ask is that you try to understand what, why and how we do what we do. After all, we take photographs because we love to create, and we love to work with people....simple really.

Low Key Lovelies
14th April 2016 - 0 comments

This session was the result of a winning entry in a recent selfie competition which I ran on my Facebook Eterno Boudoir Community Group. This session had a variety of standard higher key images and low key images, it's the latter that I'm sharing here…
Many ladies that I speak to love the low key images, those which are dark or in shadow. Apparently because it keeps a lot hidden, which true, but artistically it's the mystery it gives an image.

They are not necessarily the easiest shots to capture….getting the correct balance of shadow and highlights is hugely important, but when they are right, the images just sing.

An Air Of Mystery
14th April 2016 - 0 comments
I loved this session immensely, and enjoyed the proof reveal even more. This one was all about instilling confidence, and removing the tag of 'not being photogenic'. It worked. Whilst viewing the proofs the lady seemed to disbelieve that the photos were of her, always a good sign. I have to admit, whilst viewing her proofs, the lady went very quiet, which thankfully was her trying to take it all in!
Not everyone wants to show off their Boudoir images, that is totally understandable, and I respect their wishes and reasons hugely. So when a client agrees to share any shots from her shoot, I am very grateful. The one image shown here is beautiful, I'm sure you'll agree!

The session itself was just fantastic. The shots I was getting were just beautiful, and so easy to capture too. Despite being clearly nervous about the whole experience, and telling herself that she was not photogenic, this lady was just superb. Very natural in front of the camera, and made my job so very simple. It's just a reminder to all...don't judge yourself harshly, it's not how others really see you!
All Things Bright and Beautiful
14th April 2016 - 0 comments

Boudoir sessions often appear on a lady's 'list of things to', but I've never knowingly shot a bucket list Boudoir session....until now that is...!
It was great to speak to this lady at her ordering session, telling me that even though her partner didn't understand why she had the Boudoir session, she had told him he didn't understand, just accept it was going to was on 'the list' after all! Boom!

Back to the session itself. The ambient light for this shoot was very bright indeed, which far from being problematic, only helped to give a very natural high key feel to the images. This is itself was a bit of a bonus for a shoot in March. Normally I'd be reaching for the artificial lighting! I don't overly plan how I'm going to light my sessions, relying more on decisions made at the time of arrival. I honestly think you have to go with what's happening, the results will look a lot more natural for sure.

A key feature of my Boudoir sessions is that they are a very light-hearted affair, with this one being no different. The standard of banter between the client and her chaperone friend was outstandingly high (which entertained me hugely), but more importantly helped keep everything relaxed.
Another interesting fact about this shoot, was that it is part of a growing trend of photo sessions which are taking place further and further away from my base in Gorleston. It is pleasing for me to see the word (and the business) spreading further afield. So don't be put off by distance...have camera will travel!!

The fantastic make-up for this session was carried out by Make-Up Artist Tamsin Morton, you can take a look at more of her work, and contact her through her Facebook Page.