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Back to Burlingham
25th September 2014 - 0 comments
I have to be honest. Woods and forests are funny things, most are ok, some quite frankly give me the creeps and some are just a joy to spend time in. Burlingham Woods comes into the latter category. I have only been there three times, all at different times of the year, and each time I'm overwhelmed with how peaceful the place feels. Anyway enough of my hippy, tree-hugging ramblings, the point is, I love the place so it was great to go back and do another shoot there. Last time I visited was Spring, and the woodland floor was carpeted with wild Daffodils, this time the heavy Summer canopy was still on the trees, giving the place another feel entirely for the shoot....which was another family one; Mum, Dad, daughter and son, (one of which was keener than the other on having photos taken), but with the freedom to roam and enjoy the woods, it's quite easy to change a boy's opinion on being a model! The little lady on the other hand was (I was told afterwards) smitten by the session, loving every chance to pose for the camera. Mum and dad did join in for a few group shots, but typically in these shoots are more than happy to have the kids take centre stage.
It was an enjoyable hour spent walking through the woods, stopping to capture family images, some of which you can see below. Much fun was had by all.


Who doesn't like to have a little lean on a gate every now and then??


I have no idea what he said, but boys will be boys...!


My more than willing model for an hour


A conversation about Minecraft and this is the result


The end of the trail, the final image of the shoot.
Burgh Castle (There and Back Again)
24th September 2014 - 0 comments
So I headed off to Burgh Castle ruins, a popular Summer location for my photo shoots with the intention of a relaxing family shoot with some returning customers....and that's how it started anyway. Mum, Dad and three children who were enjoying the long meadow grass and the beautiful warm sunshine. I was working through the children's shots...then disaster struck, in the form of hayfever. It seems that Burgh Castle is pretty potent in that department, and we had two of the family suffering from red, itchy and streaming eyes, so we had no choice but to abandon the session.
I can't leave a job half done, so once we managed to synchronise diaries, it was off to Burgh Castle again, but this time to a family relative's fantastic back garden. No hayfever issues this time, and the shoot ran like clockwork. The children were just brilliant (and some what excited too) which is always a bonus. What I liked most about this session, was seeing how the children have grown up and changed since the last shoot we did a couple of years back, it's always a nice feeling...


The whole point of the shoot was to update the family group photo, which we managed second time around.


This one from Burgh Castle before the pollen did it's worst.


Peek-a-Boo...!


This shot was easy as pie to get...bless her!
Vicky
14th September 2014 - 0 comments
A beautiful late summer evening at North Beach, Great Yarmouth was the setting for my second 'Redhead' model shoot....and I'm on going to repeat that opening line...'A beautiful late summer evening'. Why the repetition? Well, for my own satisfaction really. The last two such shoots I've attempted were dismal failures in the weather conditions/light department, so this was a pleasant change to say the least.
When I initially imagined shooting redheaded models, this was exactly this kind of evening I was hoping for. So I had no excuses this time, no need to have to try something different from what I had imagined back in March when the idea was born.
Modelling for me on this occasion was the lovely Vicky. She is no stranger to modelling, having done a number of shoots before having to endure my attempt at a photo-session.
The final images were far beyond what I had hoped for, so to say I'm chuffed with how they turned out is an understatement to say the least!
Please note: These kind of sessions are available as a Standard Portrait Location Shoots. Currently priced at £50. For further details or to contact me to book your session click here



We started the shoot around the boating lake near the Waterways…



..before moving onto the dunes North Beach



I love this one, the red hair really stands out against the other pale tones in this image



With such fantastic backlighting, shooting contra jour (or into the light) was a must


I like the contrast of the red against the green of the dunes in this one.


We finished with a faux sunset silhouette.


These kind of sessions are available as a Standard Portrait Location Shoots. Currently priced at £50. For further details see here
Boudoir Winter Savers
09th September 2014 - 0 comments
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I ran this promotion last year, and it was so successful I thought I'd do the same again. This is the Boudoir Winter Saver, where you can get yourselves an approximate 40% discount against my standard Boudoir pricing. It works like this. This prices listed below are for a limited number of 6 shoots which must take place between 3rd January 2015 and 8th March 2015. Packages must be paid for in full and the pre-shoot consultation completed before 30th November 2014 to qualify. Makeover costs are additional and will be arranged directly with the chosen Beauty Therapist. The promotion price shoots will be strictly on a first come, first served basis, with clients who complete the consultation/booking process being eligible. You will be notified prior to booking your consultation if the winter saver offer is still available or has been fully subscribed.
Other than that, the usual terms and conditions apply.

Prices for this promotion only are;
Eterno Breve (Mini-Boudoir Package) - £85 down to £50
Eterno Intimo (Simple Boudoir Package) - £135 down to £80
Eterno Ultimo (Deluxe Boudoir Package with CD) - £270 down to £165
Eterno Ultimo (Deluxe Boudoir Package with Little Black Book) - £270 down to £200

Last year the six shoots were booked out within four weeks of the promotion starting, so be quick!

For further information or to book your consultation, please complete the enquiry form which can be found on thispage here
Christmas Deadline Dates 2014 Revised
09th September 2014 - 0 comments
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Due to the huge workload I currently have, I've had to revise my deadline dates.
Those affected are; the shoots for Christmas, photo books, photo prints and canvas prints.


Looking through my diary I know I am going to be busy in the lead up to Christmas. So to avoid disappointment and to allow scheduling and ordering in a timely manner (no-one like to rush!)I have listed my deadline dates for the pre-Christmas period.
Unfortunately every year I have enquiries or orders after my deadline dates, which I sadly can't process. My advice is to get in touch now to ensure I can fit you in before the big day!
Here we go then….

Shoots with products for Christmas - Fully Booked

Photo Prints & Photobooks - Order by COB Wednesday 26th November 2014

Portrait Canvas Prints - Order by COB Friday 5th December 2014


Paper Gift Certificates (via Royal Mail) - Order by COB Sunday 14th December 2014

Paper Gift Certificates (for collection) - Order by COB Friday 19th December 2014

'Electronic' Gift Certificates (PDF 'Print Your Own' via. email) - Order by COB Sunday 21st December 2014

To order your Gift Certificates please click HERE

I will be 'closed' for the Christmas break from Sunday 22nd December 2014 to 2nd January 2015(inclusive). I will monitor any enquiries that come in during this, but may not respond until 3rd January 2015, thank you!
¡Hola! - My Spanish Adventure.
01st September 2014 - 0 comments
I've not long been back from a fortnight in Spain. A well needed break in the sun, escaping the pretty disappointing weather here in the UK (or so I'm told). It wasn't all rest & play, I did manage to sneak a shoot into the proceedings. I'm not sure I can really call it my first international assignment, but it's not far off! I was travelling very light (photographically speaking) just a camera body and my trusted 50mm prime lens. The shoot was at a very sunny beach at Benalmadena on the Costa Del Sol, and the subject, the beautiful Alexandra.
The conditions were particularly tricky; a busy location I didn't know at all, coupled with a cloudless, blue sky with strong sun at a time of day I usually avoid in the UK. Luckily there was a picturesque backdrop complete with shade to grab some images before tackling the overbright rocky outcrop. Anyway, enough of the hardships (as if a portrait shoot of a beautiful bikini clad woman on a hot sunny beach is a hardship!) and onto the pictures....


Bright, high sun is not the photographer's friend. This is one of a number of shots taken in a nice shady spot.


A nice rocky seat for Alex, which I'm sure wasn't comfortable at all, but it didn't stop her smiling.


It was a truly beautiful beach with some fantastic rocky outcrops just right for posing on.


Alex had a quick dip especially for the last few shots. This is my absolute favourite from the shoot.


...and back to the shade to finish the shoot.

I've had quite a few enquiries regarding the female portrait shoots. n case you are interested they can be done as a Standard Portrait Location Shoot, with the the only extra being the makeover. Please get in touch for more details.
Woodland Walk
18th August 2014 - 0 comments
This shoot comes under the bracket of a personal project. I was on a family holiday with friends at the time (Center Parcs at Elveden to be precise) so I wasn't working (I promise) but my photography is primarily my hobby so it was ok!


Woodlands are fantastic location for a portrait shoot


The subject was our close friends' daughter who loves to wear pretty dresses (as most little girls do) and was dead keen to have some photos taken. So off we went walking a massive 20 yards from the back door of our villa. I love this Elveden Forest retreat, I only wish the woodland was public and a bit closer to home. It's perfect for photo shoots.


A simple trick is to call the subjects name while they are deeply engaged in something to get the most natural expressions


In truth it was another practice session for me, allowing me to hone techniques whilst under no pressure to catch certain shots. I tried some new things out, a few shots didn't work, but a majority did, helped in most part to my subjects wonderful nature. A joy to photograph and she had me in stitches throughout.


Little girls love a flower, and it helps make a great shot too.


What I found particularly good about the shoot was being able to concentrate on just one child. Normally I have to split myself between other family members and siblings during a photo session, so to be one-to-one meant a chance to just follow the action and capture the images as they unfolded. This was a completely child led session, where I could observe and engage where necessary.


The classic peek around a tree shot


In fact this session was a bit more than just a quick photo shoot. Looking back on the images I took it dawned on me that it has refuelled my love of portrait photography again. Having to balance my photo business with a full time job and a very hectic family life is difficult at the best of times. And, being truthful, the magic had faded a bit after a very positive start to the year, with scheduling problems and the such like taking the gloss off what should be an enjoyable time for me doing what I love to do.
Things will be done differently in the future, that's for sure, with the focus (no pun intended) back squarely on the enjoyment of the photo production process and less on the everyday problems that come with a business such as this. More on those later, but for now, let's enjoy the photos shall we?


Dancing daintily through the undergrowth whilst saving her 'pretty dress'!
Heather
11th August 2014 - 0 comments
I have this knack you know. I can turn a summer evening into a grey, dull affair in one easy move. All I have to do is organise a shoot for a personal project and hey presto. In goes the sun and out comes the thick grey cloud. On this occasion it didn't dampen my spirits or ruin the shoot, it just meant I had to rethink any low sun, arty flare shots I had in mind. I was always going to be on a winner. I had put out a model call for a redhead, as I don't have any in my portfolio, and I love red hair. One of the ladies I chose to model was the lovely Heather.
Apart from adding some red to my gallery, the purpose of this shoots was to experiment and practice a few techniques, something I can't well do with a paying client! The shoot took place around Gorleston Pier and nearby beach. Chosen because of the variety of backdrops in such a small area.



I like the contrast between the gorgeous model and the not-so-gorgeous background!



Heather was so natural in front of the camera, making my job very easy.



Shelters and steel containers. You wouldn't know we were 10 yards from the beach.



Finally made it to the sand. The dull weather meant the beach was deserted, so I could make the most of the clear backdrop.



Always leave the best until last. My favourite from the shoot.
It's Our Birthday!
09th August 2014 - 0 comments
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Martin J Patterson Photography Ltd that is, not me. Three years old already? Where has the time gone? Haven't we grown? The usual kind of comments you hear when a young one has a birthday, but I suppose it's the same for the business.
You start off life needing a lot of support from others, a bit of love and understanding, until you're able to stand on your own. I'm not saying I'm running company of the year and that I have everything buttoned. The fact that this is a part-time business means I have plenty of restrictions, but every day I'm learning how to run my company better. I have never done any like this up until I started this venture, so the learning curve has been very steep. Like my photography, my business methods are self-taught, and it's both the good and bad experiences which have guided me this far, Also like my photography, operating the business like this makes it unique to me.
I've always tried to provide a very personal photographic experience, and I will always maintain that in the future, but recent experiences have shown me that I have to protect my business too. I'm a photographer, a creative, so being a hard-nosed type isn't really my forte, but it is a necessity and one which I have to toughen up on.
Looking back over the three years things I have actually learned many things, such as:
- saying "no" can be as liberating as taking that 'different' job.
- that keeping an open mind on what assignments to accept can lead you into the most unexpected of directions. (I'm talking burlesque to boudoir here).
- everyone has an opinion about what you do, but the only judge should ultimately be yourself.
- not everybody respects the fact you are giving up time to do their shoot.
- only to shoot what I want to, not what I feel I should.
- I have a fantastic support base through my social media sites.
- I have a number of loyal customers that are coming back to me again and again, so I must be doing somethings right!
Most of all, don't get too hung up on the business. Photography is meant to be fun. Meeting and photographing new people is rewarding and always enjoyable.
With the future in mind I'm already looking forward to next year. A few enhancements here and there, a few different shoot styles I'd like to develop, for both portrait and boudoir. Always thinking and always changing, it's important not to stand still and to keep things fresh. So here's to another successful year, I just hope you'll be with me throughout….
It's Our Birthday!
08th August 2014 - 0 comments
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Martin J Patterson Photography Ltd that is, not me. Three years old already? Where has the time gone? Haven't we grown? The usual kind of comments you hear when a young one has a birthday, but I suppose it's the same for the business.
You start off life needing a lot of support from others, a bit of love and understanding, until you're able to stand on your own. I'm not saying I'm running company of the year and that I have everything buttoned. The fact that this is a part-time business means I have plenty of restrictions, but every day I'm learning how to run my company better. I have never done any like this up until I started this venture, so the learning curve has been very steep. Like my photography, my business methods are self-taught, and it's both the good and bad experiences which have guided me this far, Also like my photography, operating the business like this makes it unique to me.
I've always tried to provide a very personal photographic experience, and I will always maintain that in the future, but recent experiences have shown me that I have to protect my business too. I'm a photographer, a creative, so being a hard-nosed type isn't really my forte, but it is a necessity and one which I have to toughen up on.
Looking back over the three years things I have actually learned many things, such as:
- saying "no" can be as liberating as taking that 'different' job.
- that keeping an open mind on what assignments to accept can lead you into the most unexpected of directions. (I'm talking burlesque to boudoir here).
- everyone has an opinion about what you do, but the only judge should ultimately be yourself.
- not everybody respects the fact you are giving up time to do their shoot.
- only to shoot what I want to, not what I feel I should.
- I have a fantastic support base through my social media sites.
- I have a number of loyal customers that are coming back to me again and again, so I must be doing somethings right!
Most of all, don't get too hung up on the business. Photography is meant to be fun. Meeting and photographing new people is rewarding and always enjoyable.
With the future in mind I'm already looking forward to next year. A few enhancements here and there, a few different shoot styles I'd like to develop, for both portrait and boudoir. Always thinking and always changing, it's important not to stand still and to keep things fresh. So here's to another successful year, I just hope you'll be with me throughout….
Father and Son - July 2014
04th August 2014 - 0 comments
I know...A news post about a shoot!! I am very aware that it's been a while, but you know how it is..busy...no time...yadda yadda! I am going to be back onto these posts more regularly now as my method of choice for sharing what I've been up to. All part of a few changes I'll be making over the next couple of months, but more on that later.


All smiles despite a photographer looming over them....


Any way, enough waffle. The latest shoot. Another first, even after three years I still get them. A father and son shoot at Gorleston Beach, just last week, which ironically was the greyest day we've had for a while following a weeks worth of heat and sun, but I was more than happy with that. Nicely diffused light, just right!


One of my favourites. I don't think you can beat a 'non-smiling' portrait.


The subjects in question had come all the way from Nottinghamshire for this shoot, so it's just as well the grey didn't turn to rain, although I suspect they'd bought the clouds with them...!


Up, Up and Away! (He did come down though. And safely too!)


I really enjoy all my location shoots, but this one was just superb. The beach was very quiet, so no photobombing dogs or fluorescent clad walkers to avoid, the only noise was the laughs really. It's so important to make the atmosphere light, friendly and relaxed, as it comes out in the final images. I had no concerns with unrelaxed subjects in this shoot, both dad and son joined in, although one was a touch more active than the other! The other aspect was the photography itself. I'm always learning, but I think my recent shoots have clicked onto the next level for me. I've tried out a few different techniques recently which are now paying dividends. Couldn't be happier!
Comments are welcome.


After all that jumping around they deserved a rest.
Booking, Cancellation and Payment Policy
24th July 2014 - 0 comments
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Unfortunately I am continuing to have issues with late cancellations of shoots by clients. This may be partly my own fault, being a bit too relaxed with cancellations, but the frequency this is happening means that has to change. With this in mind I have drawn up a new set of Terms and Conditions with particular changes to deposits, payments and cancellations of portrait shoots.
These new T&Cs are effective immediately for and will apply to both Portrait and Boudoir Packages.

No-one wants to pay cancellation fees, I certainly don't want to have to charge them. I would much rather be taking photos, but I am running a business and have to protect my interests. I have had numerous occasions this year where very late call-offs have left me with an entire weekend with no shoots. Not only is this not fair me or my family, or the people that often help me with childcare, it is grossly unfair to those clients waiting patiently for their shoot. With that in mind regretably I have been left no choice but to make these changes.

A full set of the Terms and Conditions can be found here, but I have highlighted the salient points below.

The following only applies to the Client cancelling. Should I have to cancel due to weather, injury or illness the Client will not be penalised.

  • I will continue to take a non-returnable £25 deposit at the consultation/Booking meeting to hold the time & date.

  • Seven days before shoot, the full balance for the shoot will need to be settled. If this is not paid Client effectively 'cancels' the shoot and will lose their deposit.

  • If the Client cancels the shoot outside the seven day period before the agreed shoot date their deposit payment will be lost.

  • If the Client cancels the shoot inside the seven day period before the agreed shoot date their full shoot fee will lost. This is due to the high probability that I will not be able to further book that date.

  • Should the Client wish to change their shoot date, it must be done at least 14 days before agreed shoot date and requested in writing or by email.

  • If a client cancels any appointment/shoot twice, I reserve the right not arrange anymore appointments/shoots with that client.


They may sound on the heavy side to some people, but please remember; if you want a photo shoot with me, you pay your deposit and fee, agree a time and date, turn up on that date at the stipulated time and have your photo shoot, then you won't paying fees for no return. I can run my business smoothly, keep my waiting list down and not feel bad about having charge someone cancellation fees.
Your understanding is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
New Mini-Fine Art Package
10th June 2014 - 0 comments
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I posted a few images recently from a personal project I was working on and got quite a response from people wanting the same sort of image of their own.



So after a bit of thought and a little bit of prodding, I've settled on this....
£45 for the package which includes;
30 min shoot at your home, plus time to set-up and de-rig.
12x8 print taken from the session
10 miles total travel distance taken from my home address in Gorleston.
Private online proof gallery for six months to view your fully edited proofs.
Images can be mono or colour to suit your taste.
Single subjects only in the image. Multiple subjects for the session is fine.
Extra time for the session will be charged at a further £10 for 30 mins.
I'm suggesting that this suits children of school age and above, and of course adults. This may not be suitable for very young children.
Comment on this piece for further details or to arrange a booking....

Boudoir - Shared Shoot Discount
01st May 2014 - 0 comments
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I have received a few enquiries over the past few months regarding customers having their shoots at the same time (one after the other of course!) I think this is cracking idea. Firstly it means confidence in numbers for the ladies having the shoot, and I get to do two shoots in one extended session, which of course means savings!! And it's only fair that I pass that saving on to you! I'll be running this discount on a short term to begin with just to see how it runs.
So here we go…

Shoots will be of standard length for each client (1 hour for the mini- boudoir and 2hrs for the Simple & Deluxe), but will run consecutively at the same location.

This offer is limited to two clients per session. For larger numbers please see my Festino Package.
To qualify, both consultations must made carried out on the same evening (preferably the same location) and a deposit of £25 per person to be paid at the time of the consultation.

The reduced prices below are per person.
Eterno Breve (Mini-Boudoir Package)
£85 reduced to £70 per person (saving of £15 each)

Eterno Intimo (Simple Boudoir Package)
£135 reduced to £110 per person (saving of £25 each)

Eterno Ultimo (Deluxe Boudoir Package)
£270 reduced to £245 per person (saving of £25 each)

Initially this offer will run for six weeks until 15th June 2014. This is the final date for consultation/deposit payment only, approximate shoot dates will be advised at the consultation.

To arrange your consultation, or enquire about any aspect of my Boudoir shoots, please complete the enquiry formhere Thank you!
Recommend-A-Friend - Portraits
11th March 2014 - 0 comments
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I've started running this scheme for my Boudoir packages, and it seems to have captured a few imaginations! Just to explain briefly, I get lots and lots of clients who use me through recommendations from previous customers, which is the best form of advertising I could possibly ask for. But what do they get for it? Previously nothing, but I'm going to change that…it seems only fair to reward those kind enough for guiding people my way!
It'll work like this…
If you've had a Location Portrait shoot with me and you recommend a certain number of people then you get a reward and they get a discount against their portrait shoot;

FIVE PEOPLE RECOMMENDED
YOU get a free Location Portrait shoot worth £50-00 and THEY get 10% discount.

RECOMMEND SEVEN
YOU get an 18"x12" canvas from your shoot worth £53-00. THEY get 20% discount.

RECOMMEND TEN
YOU get an 30"x20" canvas from your shoot worth £91-00. THEY get 20% discount.

So get networking…and see what you can claim!!

The terms and conditions;
Standard terms and conditions apply, along with these specific ones
  • Discounts cannot be backdated.
  • Only one reward can be claimed per person.
  • To be eligible for the rewards all those recommended must have booked and paid in full.
  • The name of the person recommending my services must be stated at time of the consultation.
Boudoir - Recommend-a-Friend
16th February 2014 - 0 comments
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Ok, so I get lots and lots of clients who use us through recommendations from previous customers, which is the best form of advertising I could possibly ask for. But what do they get for it? Previously nothing, but I'm going to change that…it seems only fair to reward those kind enough for guiding people my way!
It'll work like this…
If you've had a Boudoir shoot with me and you recommend a certain number of ladies then you get a reward and they get a discount against their Intimo shoot;

FIVE LADIES RECOMMENDED
YOU get an 18"x12" canvas from your shoot worth £53-00. THEY get 10% discount.

RECOMMEND SEVEN
YOU get a free Eterno Breve Boudoir shoot worth £85-00 and THEY get 10% discount.

RECOMMEND TEN
Wow!.. YOU get a free Eterno Intimo Boudoir shoot worth £135-00 with your friends getting a 20% discount against their Intimo shoot.

So get networking…and see what you can claim!!

The terms and conditions;
Standard terms and conditions apply, along with these specific ones
  • Discounts cannot be backdated.
  • Only one reward can be claimed per person.
  • To be eligible for the rewards all those recommended must have booked and paid in full.
  • The name of the person recommending my services must be stated at time of the consultation.
Valentine Boudoir Special Offer
10th January 2014 - 0 comments
Want to treat the special lady in your life on Valentine's Day?
To help you celebrate we are offering our popular Eterno Breve (Mini-Boudoir) session at a reduced price of £65, and our best-selling Eterno Intimo Boudoir Package at £115, both through bespoke gift certificates which are valid for 12 months.
Order Your Gift Certificate Here
To find out more about the Boudoir packages on offer read the Boudoir e-brochure here
Offer ends Monday 10th February 2014.

Please note:
Standard Terms and Conditions apply.
All certificates must be paid for in full before dispatch or collection.
This offer can be withdrawn at any time.
Only one offer available per customer.
2013 Portrait Review
30th December 2013 - 0 comments
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I did this last year. I picked out twelve of my favourite images as a review of the calendar year, which although was difficult to pick just twelve, was actually fairly straight forward. Given the year I've had this year it's been a headache to choose just twelve, but I have managed too. There are numerous images that I've reluctantly left out, but my top 100 images would be a real bore for everyone to trudge through I'm sure!!
So here we go, in no particular order of course!!

Archie & Dad

I think it's quite an obvious choice this one. You may have seen an image of a sleeping newborn Archie in his woolly hat posted earlier in the year, but this image panders to my arty side, and in black & white too....which you may have noticed is a particular favourite image finish of mine.



Archie (at Four Months)

As I mentioned before, I had a wonderful newborn shot of young Archie, but I felt this one had to go in purely because of the cute factor. Beaming, cheeky smile and a cool looking hat, how could I leave that one out?



Children and Animals

What's the old adage? Never work with children and animals? Well I did, and got rewarded with this lovely family shot back in September. To be honest I was mildly concerned about having to get the attention of two children AND two dogs while shooting the family group shot, but I think this is a beaut (even if I do say so myself!)



Young Love

I loved doing this shoot of a young couple, clearly in love. I don't often get the chance to photograph a couple for an entire shoot, so I grabbed this chance with both hands. This one was the most difficult to whittle down, but I chose this because of the relaxed happiness it conveys....



Anna

Back to Burgh Castle for this shoot. A session for me to grab a few portfolio images with the lovely Anna. The weather didn't play ball, the theme was meant to be a barmy Summer evening, but you know what Blighty is like! However, I bagged some crackers, this one being one of my favourites, it's all in the yes you know!



Henry

Ok so this isn't technically from a client shoot. It's one of my youngest, but of all the shots I've got of him this year, this one is the absolute best. Whether you're a pro or not, photographing your own children can be 'challenging' at times, so I was delighted with this one



Brothers

Gorleston Beach on a beautiful warm Summer evening, AND having the pleasure to photograph these three brothers. What's not to like about this job? I love doing children's portrait shoots, they're always so entertaining and there's never a dull moment. I like this one because of the energy of the image. As you can imagine getting the boys to 'just run towards me' without it turning into a full on race is just impossible...priceless!!



Gorleston Beach

August was such a fantastic month weather wise. We finally had a summer, and I made hay while the sun shone, cramming in five shoots in a seven day period to make the most of the glorious conditions. This was one of them, a family shoot on the best of summer locations, Gorleston beach. Again, choosing just one image from this set was torture, but the delightful pose and expression of the younger members of the group here just made it for me.



Sunset Silhouette

Burgh Castle on a summer evening is delightful, but the conditions for this kind of shot doesn't always present itself. How lucky I was that day eh? The family ordered a copy of this image and it hangs, beautifully framed on their wall at home. It's certainly one I could never leave out of the annual review.



Mum and Daughter

As the summer began to fade, I had one last trip to Gorleston Beach to capture images of a mum and her daughter. I don't need to say much more, the shot more than speaks for itself.



Autumn At Fritton

If Summer shoots belong mostly to the beach so Autumn with its colours ones tend to veer towards Fritton Woods. A lot of lovely images to choose from a lot of shoots, but I settled on this one because of the expression on the little lad's face. At the time I had managed to get him laughing, and what an infectious laugh it was too....



First Time At Fritton

Not me. The little lad that was the subject of the shoot at Fritton. He thoroughly enjoyed his first trip to the woods, and that made for some fantastic images through out. I had a bit of luck with this shot, I was working a few images with direct eye contact and just momentarily he dropped his gaze to the floor, and Bingo! The black and white conversion concentrates the attention to the expression, which can get a bit lost in colour sometimes.



Gorleston Breakwater in Mono

So this is image thirteen, but it's not a portrait shot of course, but my favourite landscape shot of the year. Not that I have too many to choose from these days, sadly I don't get to shoot too many scenics with one thing or another, so when I do I really enjoy taking them. This one was always going to be black and white before I even released the shutter. Perfect tonal range with the cloud formations, the breakwater and the flat sand and all at one of my favourite places to be. Incidentally this has been my best selling landscape image of 2013....

Facebook Boudoir Page Name Results
21st November 2013 - 0 comments
Firstly, a huge thank you to all those that took part. I have emailed nearly everyone that took the time to suggest a name or two. I had a very large number of entries, sadly many I couldn't use because there are already companies and pages with those names, and I needed something different and unique, which still captured the essence of my Boudoir images, but the ideas were good all the same. Thank you!
So in reverse order.....
Second place was drawn from the hat, and that was Michelle Mayhew, who wins a Mini-Boudoir shoot.
The first prize of the Deluxe Boudoir Shoot was won by Gemma B of Norwich (I've withheld her surname by request due to the nature of her job) with one of her suggestions.....

Eterno


which as we all know (".) is Italian for timeless.
Congratulations to Gemma and Michelle!!
The page is under construction and will be ready soon....so watch this space!
Boudoir Facebook Page Comp
28th October 2013 - 0 comments
I'm making preparations to add a Boudoir page to my Facebook presence, but I need a little help with the name, and that is where you come in! To encourage you all to assist I've decided to give away a Deluxe Boudoir Package to the person that suggests the name I end up using.
The package consists of a two hour shoot at your home (or other suitable location) and an Image CD containing 25 images from the shoot. I may even throw in a makeover too!
All you have to do is come up with a name that I can use for my Facebook page. Ideally it will reflect my style of Boudoir, be easy on the ear and of course, be clean!!!
All I ask is that before you enter, please make sure you have LIKED my Facebook page.
Then to complete your enry simply, add your name (first and surname please) and your suggestion(s) for the page name in the comment box below. Multiple entries are allowed. If you are entering in behalf of your wife or girlfriend etc, please state this too.
Don't forget your email address too. No email, no winner!
Please note, no comments/entries made will appear on the website, they will be for my eyes only!
Good Luck!!

Terms & Conditions
Our standard terms and conditions apply as well as additional ones as follows;

Closing date midnight Monday 18th November 2013.

The recipient of the prize must be over 18.

The shoot must take place in Feb/Mar 2014.

Any shoot location outside a ten mile radius of NR31 8AX, shall be subject to travel charges.

In the unlikely event of a tie (i.e. the winning page name has been suggested by more than one entrant) the winner will be the FIRST received entry of that name.