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2012 In Pictures
30th December 2012 - 0 comments
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It's that time of year when we are treated to reviews of the past twelve months from various quarters, so why should I be different? I did consider a word based piece, but after reading it back it even bored me to tears. Being a photographer it seems ludicrous not to use images to summarise my year. Simple I thought, but looking through the shots taken over the last twelve months, it dawned on me that this wasn't going to be an easy task........
I can genuinely say that I have thoroughly enjoyed every shoot I have undertaken during 2012, and it's the people I produce images of (and for) that has made this year so rewarding for me personally. I have dealt with a lot of shoots over the past twelve months, far more than I anticipated, and to add to the complications, this years super wet weather made scheduling a nightmare. Many shoots were postponed at short notice, but those who were affected were very understanding. I suppose we've all lived in the UK long enough to know what to expect. So before we start, I must say a huge thank you to all those that have used my services this year, those that have supported me, recommended me to others and taken time to comment on my images via. Facebook. It means a lot to know that I am pleasing some of the people, some of the time!

Onto the images. Of course I wish I could include my favourite image from every shoot, but that would be impractical, so I've opted for fourteen to share. Some hold some significance in respect to the business and what path it will take, others just because I like them.....I just hope you do too.

So in no particular order.....


Frenchie
First off is this promo shot of Frenchie Debonaire, taken last December just before Christmas, but the edit and subsequent posting online didn't happen until January. To be honest, I have two or three faves from this shoot, but I decided on this particular shot because of the Film Noir/Hollywood style it portrays. This shoot was a major turning point for me, apart from bringing in an audience, it opened my eyes to the amount of ladies wanting similar images taken of themselves....



Bigg Nev
Next comes Bigg Nev. Nev was kind enough to model for myself and a colleague when we were experimenting with studio set-ups in Norwich over the winter. As you may know, I'm not totally in love with studio photography, particularly the big bright Venture style, but this image did change my mind to some degree. It's the Fine Art style that appeals to me, where the image draws you in and asks you questions.



Daisy and Tobie
Brother and sister here taken as part of a family portrait shoot. I had to reshoot this session due to the weather gradually worsening throughout, but I managed to get this one in the first shoot. This one is all about the eye contact with the viewer. To get both children doing the same thing at the same time was fantastic, and totally makes the image for me.



Jack
This little lad is actually my nephew, and was part of his My First Year photos (this particular one at eight months). As with Tobie and Daisy, it's the eye contact with the viewer that grabs the attention. The conversion to Black and White really accentuates this, as is the case with any shot of this style.



Maci-Jae
This one is simply the pose and expression. Maci-Jae is holding a daisy and looking towards her mummy, who is standing out of shot. So cute and captures the innocence of youth wonderfully.



Ashley
Another kind portfolio shoot volunteer. This shot was taken on North Beach, Great Yarmouth. The aim of the session was to experiment with some off-camera flash, but a technical hitch meant this was not possible, luckily the summer evening light saved the day. This one made the cut purely due to the fact it is so different to my usual portrait style, almost fashion like. The image was edited to suit this feel.



Cousins
Siblings Will and Lara with their cousin Dannielle at Burgh Castle one summer evening. It's one if those moments captured by chance, and makes a fantastic image. Lara just joked about Will, and he reacts....click. The expressions just make me smile every time!!



Billy and Josh
This image is nothing like my usual style, but this shoot was so much fun I felt like I had to include a shot from it. I managed shots of older brother Billy with no problems, but Josh was very mobile in quite a confined area. The soft toy was one of the bribing methods we tried to get Josh to stay still!!



Ruby
This one is a definite favourite of mine. As we were preparing for this shoot on Gorleston Beach, I noticed this pathway through the dunes which I thought would act as as a nice lead in with framing from the marram grass. Once we were a little way through the session, I gave this shot a try. I'm so glad I did too!!



Kenzi
As a portrait photographer it's important to connect with the subject in order to get the best images. A bit of conversation to take their mind off the camera, and the real person comes to the fore. Kenzi epitomised this to a tee, we had a proper good (and entertaining) chinwag with the resulting images speaking for themselves.



Emma And Her Boys
Another fun shoot at Burgh Castle fort. Given the ages of the boys, this family portrait could have been a long time in the making. However this image was one of the first ones I took of everyone together, and what a cracker it is!



Jaden and Ollie
Taken in Fritton Woods on a very sunny Autumn afternoon, this one of two brothers isn't made by the Autumn colours, for me, it's the little one looking up at his older brother. It shows the differing characters of the two siblings perfectly.



Sisters
This one was taken the same afternoon as the previous image, it's of two sisters posing for a shoot with the intention of using some of the images as Christmas presents. Much like the shot of Ruby earlier, I noticed this tree and the light behind it by chance, as I was about to finish the session. In this image it's the pose and framing, coupled with the beautiful soft background light and colours make this a winner for me.



Boudoir
Following up on the shoots with Frenchie Debonaire, August saw my first Boudoir shoot. The images produced and the reaction from my client was enough to convince me this was one genre I needed to include in my portfolio of services.



Win a Landscape on Canvas!
28th December 2012 - 0 comments
It's nearly another year, 2013 is just around the corner. To help banish those January blues we're giving away a landscape image on canvas. The winner will receive a high quality stretched canvas of up to 20"x14" of the landscape image of their choice, chosen from our Landscape gallery.
With the aid of my new/blog section, all you need to do is answer this simple question;

Back in September I shot a sunset image of a local mill, which mill was it?
a) Herringfleet Mill
b) Turf Fen Mill
c) Thurne Mill

To enter please comment on this piece below, with your name, email address and enter your answer in the comment box. Closing date midnight Monday 7th January. Names of all those that have answered correctly will be entered in to a draw to select the winner. The winner will be notified by email after the closing date.

Please note: no email addresses will be recorded other than to notify the winner.
Norfolk Coast and Broads
25th September 2012 - 1 comment
As some of you may or may not know, I turned forty earlier this year. My wife bought me a Norfolk Broads & Coast Landscape Workshop with local professional Landscape photographer Chris Herring.(www.theuklandscape.com). Photographically speaking, landscapes were my first love. Trudging around the Norfolk countryside and beaches alone and at some ungodly hour capturing images is not everyones cup of tea, but I love it. So this gift from my long suffering photography widow, was more than appreciated.
It was a warm, cloudless Saturday afternoon when we started at the derelict Brograve Mill, near to Horsey Windpump. After shooting for an hour, we moved onto Happisburgh Lighthouse then to the beach to capture some incoming wave action, finishing off at the beautiful How Hill, and Turn Fen Mill for sunset. Here we jostled for position with the pleasure boats, and waged war on a cloud of very hungry midges. For the record, I lost twelve bites to nil, but I will have my revenge...mwah ha ha ha!!
It didn't dampen my enthusiasm one bit, as the shots in the bag more than made up for the constant itching of the next three days. I posted below my three favourite images from the day. I'm left itching again now, only this time to get out and do some landscapes now the conditions become more favourable....

Happisburgh Lighthouse


Waves battering the sea defences at Happisburgh Beach


Turf Fen Mill at Sunset
Prize Draw
16th September 2012 - 0 comments
To celebrate the launching of our new Makeover Packages, we will be giving way a Makeover Boudoir Portrait worth £90.
This is a session made up of a one to two hour professional makeover followed by a 90 minute photoshoot at your home and comes complete with a 12x8 print. The only condition we ask, is to publish a few anonymous images on our website, none will be posted on Facebook.
If you want a chance to win this fantastic prize, please complete the comment box below (no comments will be displayed on the website), or email me via info@martinjpatterson.co.uk stating your name, confirmation that you are over 18 and putting in the body of the message 'Boudoir Prize Draw.'
You must be over 18 to enter, and the shoot must take place within 10 miles of my home address, in Gorleston, Norfolk. The closing date for entries is Monday 24th September 2012. The prize draw will be made the following day and the winner will be notified privately by reply.
Emma-Jayne
13th September 2012 - 0 comments
I was beginning to think that this shoot was never going to happen! I'd actually lost count of how many times we had postpone because of rain on the day, but it was in the region of five or six. However, as soon as the summer had officially ended and autumn had begun, at the beginning of September, then the weather behaved itself and we were able to complete the shoot. Not bad, since the first planned attempt was back in July!!
Anyway, I was just happy to meet Emma-Jayne and her Nan, who kindly stepped in as chaperone.
Something For The Ladies
05th September 2012 - 0 comments
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I'm offering some new packages, primarily aimed at any ladies out there. These will, in time, appear in my brochure, but for the short term they will be avilable at lower introductory rates, so make the most of this, while it lasts.

Location Makeover Portrait Package
Introductory price of £100, one to two hour professional makeover, followed by a photoshoot of up to 90 minutes at location of your choice and includes a 12x8 print.

Simple Boudoir Portrait Package
Introductory price of £40, 90 minute photoshoot at your home and comes complete with a 12x8 print.

Makeover Boudoir Portrait Package
Introductory price of £90, one to two hour professional makeover, 90 minute photoshoot at your home and comes complete with a 12x8 print.

To request more information, or to book please contact me here

Beautiful Boudoir
30th August 2012 - 3 comments
You may have seen a piece I posted earlier this year called 'Boudoir To Do Or Not To Do'. Well, I'm pleased to report someone decided not only 'to do', but has also allowed me to post a few of the images. In return, I promised I wouldn't mention any names!!

The shoot itself was brilliant. It all went to plan, and felt very easy and comfortable for both myself and initially nervous subject. My only problem has been which images to post! I had so many wonderful ones to choose from, but as I couldn't show them all, I've decided to pick a few which represent the different settings and backdrops used in the shoot.
This shoot took place at the clients home, I made use of a couple of rooms to give a number of different scenarios for the images. Some are solely flash lit, some are just daylight, but it goes to show what can be achieved without fancy studio set-ups.

Just to give you the clients point-of-view, I asked the lady in question to give me a few words words which summed up the experience for her, and this is what she said.....

"Before the shoot I was really nervous, but as soon as the shoot started I felt really at ease with the whole process. I was excited about seeing the photos, and I wasn't disappointed, the photos were exactly what I wanted, they are amazing.
I would definitely recommend it to any ladies out there, it makes a fantastic present for hubby/boyfriend/girlfriend. It does wonders for your self-confidence, a brilliant experience, and one I think everyone should do once in their lives!!"


I can't really follow that, other than to ask you to check out the images below. Comments are very welcome either here on my Facebook page... Thank you!









One Year On...
28th August 2012 - 0 comments
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Earlier this month Martin J Patterson Photography Ltd celebrated its first anniversary in business. Of course, this is only the length of time I have been trading, I have been photographing as a hobby for a few years more.
I should imagine for everyone who embarks on a business adventure, the thought can be quite daunting. I was doubtful of success before I started out. Confident in my images yes, but would anyone else like them? Would anyone want to use my services? Would I be wrapping this company up before the first year is out? Thankfully the answers were yes, yes and no!
It's been a year where I have been busier than I ever imagined, received more compliments and kind words than I expected, and have photographed some lovely people, some of which I am now lucky enough to call friends.
I may not be taking the photographic world by storm, but I am more than pleased with my work and how things are going.


Of course, although I trade alone, I can't succeed alone, there have been many people along the way who have done their bit to help me out, the list is long so I won't name them all, but a few must deserve a mention;
As always my family for their support and encouragement, Tim for his sage words on finances and accounting (us creatives aren't naturally good with this kind of thing!), to Julie B & Jo M who helped me to believe, and of course to my long suffering photography widow, Clare, for all your love and support.

Finally, to all of you that have taken the time to visit my website, follow me on Facebook, comment on my images, spread the word, and to all my clients both past and present........a very big thank you!!

Here's to an even better second year!!
Polly
27th August 2012 - 0 comments
Young Polly was the subject of another my recent shots, this one taken in her granparents' picturesque back garden in Corton. After all, a pretty girl deserves a pretty location doesn't she?







Portfolio Shoot
26th August 2012 - 0 comments
At the end of July I carried out my first planned portfolio shoot of the summer. I've been trying carry out a few of these sessions in order to update my portfolio with some different styled images. With the wonderful wet weather we've been having, it's been more than frustrating, resulting in a number of weather related postponements. However, my luck changed one evening, with a shoot finally coming to fruition. This session was carried out on North Beach, Great Yarmouth with Emma and Ashley. I was more than pleased with the shoot and the final images....















Back to Burgh Castle
25th August 2012 - 0 comments
Another busy six weeks have flown past since my last update, so here are the highlights and some of the images from my recent shoots.
It was back to Burgh Castle Fort, my new most popular location, for two more shoots. The first was a family portrait session on an overcast Sunday morning in July, with Sintije, Lee and the very smiley Oliver. The youngster was a very easy subject, and appeared to enjoy the outdoor experience as the photos go to prove....







A different shoot in August with siblings Will, Lara and their cousin Danielle. This one was an evening shoot, with the beautiful soft light that accompanies this time of day. There was a lot of energy being expelled during this session, which I did my best to keep up with, but at my time if life, there was only going to be one loser...!





Portraits at Burgh Castle
08th July 2012 - 0 comments
Bang up to date with this one.
This shoot was the result of prize won by one of my Facebook page followers. Earlier this year my life officially began when I shuffled into my forties, and to celebrate I gave away a £40 gift voucher in a prize draw organised through my Facebook page.
Rachel was the lucky winner, and chose another of my favourite landscape locations, the old ruined Roman fort at Burgh Castle, as her chosen photo backdrop.
This time of year the area is covered in knee high meadow grasses, and looks fantastic. I was immediately taken by the place, and will be looking to use it again in the very near future.
Anyway, the session was a blast, Rachel, partner Paul and her son Alfie were brilliant, and it showed in the images. One of my favourite sessions so far, which is no mean feat, as there hasn't been one I haven't enjoyed yet!!









Priory Gardens
08th July 2012 - 0 comments
My third new portrait location in as many shoots was the very quiet Priory Gardens in Gorleston. At the time of the session we on the East Coast were suffering with high winds, and so, with this shoot being for a recently turned one year old little lady, a suitable sheltered location was a priority. Young Maci-Jai was a star and after a little bit of coaxing from yours truly, and a lot of hullabaloo from her parents behind me (which included a fantastic rendition of the Chuggington theme tune), the little lady did what she was meant to do, that being to be cute in front of the camera.
Pick of the shots is this one of her studying a daisy flower.....beautiful!!



Caister Beach
07th July 2012 - 0 comments
Another new portrait location for me, Caister Beach. If you peruse my landscape images, you will see I am no stranger to this wonderful stretch of sand, but I'd never taken a portrait session here. That changed with a family shoot for Emma, Stephen, Harvey & Skye on a very hot and sunny Saturday June morning. As well as the usual stationary shot set-ups, I harnessed young Harvey's energy to capture a few more dynamic images. I enjoyed the shoot immensely, even though I finished it some what more tired than I started. Having to keep up with the action certainly kept me active too!





Bluebell Woods
07th July 2012 - 0 comments
It's been a busy last month and a bit for me, and as usual the one thing that seems to suffer is posting what I've been up to onto this website! Let me change that now, and fill in what's been happening....
Back at the end of May I was asked to take images of at Bluebell Woods near Gorleston. This was a new location for me, and always a good thing to expand the amount of locations to offer. Sadly, the bluebells were just coming out of their peak, but I'll be setting myself a reminder to get there slightly earlier next year to catch the show! Despite the minor floral setback, the shoot was a success. Brothers Ben and Robbie with their older sister Bethany and her boyfriend Daryl were the subjects getting back to nature, some embracing it more than others, much to my amusement!





Just Catching Up.....
18th May 2012 - 0 comments
Apologies for the fact that I haven’t posted anything for a while. This is mostly because I’ve had a busy few weeks, not all photographic reasons, but busy all the same.
May had the hallmarks of being a manic month, but due to the unseasonably awful weather it has calmed down. It’s frustrating on many levels. I have a list of enquiries, many of whom are waiting for the sun to shine and the temperatures to rise before booking sessions, I have personal projects I’d like to complete, but while it remains grey and cold they will have to be temporarily shelved.

Of course I have been busy with the camera, and below I’ve posted a few images from my some of my recent sessions.

Young Jack at eight months old.



A newborn session with Ethan...






An ‘emergency present’shoot for a 50th birthday,






One from a family beach session (this one had become a victim of the weather, but we did manage to reshoot last weekend, so more images will follow of this wonderful family!)

Just An 'Umble Upholsterer
15th April 2012 - 0 comments
Environmental Portraits are photos of a subject taken in their usual environment, such as home or workplace. Up until a short while ago I hadn't taken any!
That changed when I had a call from my Dad (an upholsterer by trade) who wanted some such photos of him working on a particularly nice chair that he was recovering. He had realised that with retirement age approaching, he has no photos of him working. Forty plus years in the trade about to disappear with no visual record? Well we couldn't have that could we?
So I visited his 'character filled' workshop and recorded some images of the Old Master at work......







More images can be found by visiting the environmental portraits gallery.
Gorleston Beach Shoot
03rd April 2012 - 0 comments
I was back to the wonderful location that is Gorleston Beach at the end of March, to shoot images for Emma, Ashley, Lucy & Alfie. It was a beautiful, bright spring afternoon with a slight chill in the air, but this didn't stop young Alfie, who kept out the cold by constantly moving! I can't speak for the family, but I certainly enjoyed the hour or so I spent with them for the session.
Family shoots are so rewarding, as the children are very entertaining just by being themselves, and images captured always bring a smile to my face. This session was no exception, Alfie was fascinated by the sea(why wouldn't he be?!) and kept Mum and Dad on their toes by making the odd dash for the surf. Both Lucy and Alfie were fantastic throughout, and I am more then pleased with the shots I took.






My First, My First Year....
25th February 2012 - 0 comments
Last Saturday saw my first 'My First Year' session take place with the wonderful Dexter. At 4 months old, he already knows what he wants, and for some of the session what he wanted was not look towards the camera!! Although between us all we did manage to get some shots that Mummy and Daddy are happy with. We had a supporting role from Dexter's big brother Lincoln, who was brilliant in front of the lens.
It's sessions like this that make baby shoots so rewarding, the little ones can't be directed, and at times you are just trusting your luck, so when you get some good shots the satisfaction seems so much greater. I'm looking forward to the 8 month session to see how much the little lad has grown and changed.





Gunton Beach Shoot.
20th January 2012 - 0 comments
A very cold but sunny morning on Gunton Beach near Lowestoft, was my last portrait shoot of 2011. The handsome Temple family braved the icy wind for a session on the busy beach. Just goes to prove that portrait aren't just for summer.....