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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.....







We're Off And Running.....
01st January 2012 - 0 comments
I was expecting a quiet beginning to the New year, but had two enquiries on the first working day of 2012....so much for a gentle start!! Of course I'm not grumbling, far from it, there's nothing worse than having a camera lying idle!!
My second shoot of 2012 was for Sara, Jonathan & Amber, taken at their home on a Sunday morning. The constantly changing light was a bit of challenge, but I think we came out of it unscathed!! It was a great session, with the family very keen to try different things, one of which I will add later....well....I can't reveal too much too soon can I?




Winter Portrait Shoot
24th December 2011 - 0 comments
After being spoilt by the incredibly mild weather we've had over the autumn, it was down to earth with a bump recently when I had a shoot at Nicholas Everitt Park, Oulton Broad near Lowestoft. It was a very good session with young Neve being the star of the show, but my was it cold! Neve was ok though, vital support from Bullseye, Duffy and Mouse, a nice warm coat and furry hat meant she could pose away to her hearts content, while I tried in vain to keep some sort of feeling in my fingers. All said, it was enjoyable, and we managed to get some beautiful shots in the bag!






Thank You and Merry Christmas!!
15th December 2011 - 0 comments
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Just a short entry to thank all those who have used my services in my first four months of setting up, your support and positive feedback has been very much appreciated. It has been a busy but hugely satisfying first few months, and I have been quite surprised by the number of sessions I have had the pleasure to do.
So it just remains to say Merry Christmas to all my clients both old and new, and I hope to see you all again sometime in 2012!!
Thank you,
Martin