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


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.

If you would like me to capture you in a similar way, please contact me 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
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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.
What's New In 2016
24th January 2016 - 0 comments
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I've been doing a bit of thinking over recent months, in particular I've been considering ways to improve on what I already offer my clients, whilst staying true to my take on portrait photography, and what it stands for. Customer feedback tells me the personal service I offer is just one of the many aspects that set me apart from others. So it is natural that the primary enhancement is to further my already recognised personal involvement with clients, after all they are why I do what I do. Here are the highlights of the enhancements you can expect in 2016;

In-Person Ordering

Gone (as standard) are the online web galleries, in will come a face-to-face ordering session. This shouldn't be seen as a hard selling meeting, far from it. Those that have used me before will know I am only interested in providing exactly what my clients need. What sizes, where to display, canvas or print, and the most economical way to get what you ordering will solve all these issues in one meeting.

Photo-session/Product Collections

For the first time I am offering these for my location portrait products. What are they? Put simply they're photo sessions coupled with reduced price print/products all wrapped up as a collection. What makes up these collections? The popular products clients have being buying from me as part of their a la carte choices over the past few years. The big value item included in some of the collections are the proof boxes….

Proof Boxes

This is the high value item included in many of my collections in 2016. All twenty-five proof images delivered as 6x4 prints in a presentation box at the time of your ordering session. The printed images are not stamped or marked in any way, and are usable as you see fit.

Custom Mobile Web App

For the digi-negative lovers, you can now have your images digitally with you on your mobile devices at all times (offline included), always ready to view and share. These will be available with selected collections, but are an essential, modern must have for online photo lovers. You can view and download my sample albums below, just open the links on your mobile device:

Location Portraits Sample App

Eterno Boudoir Sample App

Ways to get involved...

I appreciate those that follow me online, and think that loyal followers should be made to feel appreciated.

Facebook Groups
One way that I am including people that value what I do is by their inclusion in my Facebook Groups. I have one for my regular Location Portrait Lovers and one for my Eterno Boudoir following. If you've read this far into this article, then I would suggest either (or both) of these groups are for you. They are closed groups, so only members will see posts, meaning I can offer specials and rewards exclusively!

Email VIP Lists
If Facebook is not for you, don't worry you won't miss out. I have VIP email lists that you can sign up to see all the relevant content and news packaged up in a monthly email.
Signing up couldn't be easier just choose your preferred genre below (both is good too!) and follow the instructions as they appear, and you will be the first to receive news, views and specials.

Martin J Patterson Photography Sign-Up

Eterno Boudoir Sign-Up

Payment Plans & Guarantees

You can have your cake and eat it. Portrait sessions are an experience worth investing in, and are often a special occasion for my clients. To help more people have their special treat, I'm offering interest free payment plans. No catches, just a simple spreading of costs leading up to your photo-session. No worries.

Money Back Guarantee

This isn't new, but I though I'd highlight this fact anyway. You may be a feeling that investing in a photo experience comes with some risk. I get that. I am confident that you will love your images, however, if for some reason you don't love them like you feel you should, I offer a 100% money back guarantee, making your investment with me risk free.

If you like what you see here, get in touch to organise a chat to start your Location Portrait or Eterno Boudoir experience now.....

But I'm Not Photogenic!!
09th January 2016 - 0 comments

I work with fantastic looking people who trust me to take their photos, yet I hear far too often that "You'll have you work cut-out…I'm not photogenic at all." So is being photogenic actually a thing?
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Size Does Not Define Your Beauty
05th January 2016 - 0 comments

Amongst the biggest reasons for not having a boudoir shoot, is the question of body confidence, or, more precisely, the lack of it, and body weight. It is a very sensitive issue. I get that. Totally. It's a difficult subject for a prospective client to broach when talking Boudoir, and is often seen as a reason to delay, or worse, not have the boudoir session they actually really want. But it shouldn't be this way. And here's why...
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Eterno Sign-up
04th January 2016 - 0 comments
We have new collections and time only shoots, amongst a whole host of other changes happening to our Eterno Boudoir Photography this year. As you know, we like to give you some offers when starting anything new.....sign-up to our Eterno Boudoir list now and get some discount and free addition to your collection or shoot too!

Boudoir....More than a photo shoot
03rd January 2016 - 0 comments

I found a testimonial from a boudoir client. It really hit home to me how a Boudoir shoot is much more than a means to get some beautiful images. It's almost a form of therapy. I say 'almost', that's not really true. It is a form of therapy.
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Eterno Boudoir - 2015 in Pictures
01st January 2016 - 0 comments
As I eluded to in my location portrait review 2015 In Pictures, 2016 is going to be a big year for the company, with a lot of changes coming for both the family and Boudoir photography areas of the business. For now I'd like to have a brief look back at 2015, which for the Eterno Boudoir sessions, has been fantastic. For the first time I shot slightly more Boudoir sessions than location portraits, reinforcing the popularity of this genre. I started a closed Facebook Eterno Boudoir Community Group especially for past, present and prospective clients to share their experiences and educate women on what Boudoir is all about. It's all been very positive indeed!
So, onto the pictures….I have included only images I have client permission to share with you all. There are a host of shots and shoots that, as much as I'd like to, I can't show. Our client's wishes will be respected at all times!! In no particular order, I have eleven of my favourite images to share. I'd like to say a huge thank you to the ladies here for allowing me to post their photos, with out this it wouldn't be much of a review!!
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2015 In Pictures
01st January 2016 - 0 comments
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I'm very much looking forward to 2016. There are some exciting plans in the pipeline which will (hopefully) come to fruition over the next twelve months. I will reveal more of later in January, but for now I'd like to reflect on 2015 and show a few of my favourite images from the year.
It was a frustrating year if I'm honest. The amount of location portrait work I could take on was stunted by both a personal commitment that turned out to take up more time than anticipated, and the cold Spring, and erratic Summer weather which was a constant thorn in my side. Strong winds and frequent rain meant a record number of re-scheduled shoots, but we got there in the end, delivering what was asked by my clientele. A number of personal projects were canned so I could fit in regular work. However, it didn't mean I wasn't busy. For the first time I shot as many Boudoir sessions than location portraits, showing how popular this genre is now becoming. I will reveal my favourite Eterno Boudoir images in another post, leaving the portrait images for this one. Talking of which, before I ramble on too much, let's take a look at some of my favourite shots (in no particular order) from 2015. I hope you like them as much as I do!

Merry Christmas!!
23rd December 2015 - 0 comments
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That's it for another busy year, but before I draw things to a close for 2015, I'd like to wish all my customers, friends and online followers the merriest of Christmases and a very happy, healthy 2016.
Thank you all for your support and custom, it's been a blast once again! Look out for the annual review item coming soon on this site and our social media platforms. I will talk a bit more about how 2015 went for us, and, of course, be sharing a few of my favourite photos of the past twelve months. There will also be details of the big, exciting changes happening to MJPP Ltd in 2016 too.

We will be now closed for business until Monday 4th January, but will be monitoring our inboxes occasionally over the christmas period. Until then enjoy your festive break.

Best wishes,

Boudoir - Too nervous to enquire? (Updated)
05th November 2015 - 0 comments

I talk through what Boudoir Photography is, why I offer it and why I think women should have a shoot.
My opinion on 'why' is based on my experience of seeing how having a boudoir shoot does genuinely change how a woman sees herself. This is fine, but of course it doesn't help in the 'too nervous to enquire' stakes does it?
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