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Investing in Emotion
20th October 2017 - 0 comments

There are many reasons people may decide to have a portrait photo session, particularly and family one. The most popular by far is to capture a particular moment and record those memories in print. It's an investment every family should consider...
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The Lloyds
10th October 2017 - 4 comments


I hear this phrase time and time again. “I can’t remember the last time we had a family photo session.”
Time will continue to tick. We can’t stop it, or slow it down. I’m always amazed how quickly days, months and years flash past. Babies turn to children then into young adults, and then…..yes, they fly the nest. So many memories, so many good times. Don't miss these moments!
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Back to the Beach - A Family Location Session
08th October 2017 - 0 comments


Family photo sessions are popular. Everyone loves images of them and their family, particularly when children are involved. Despite (in parents’ minds) the session being mostly about the children, many Mums and Dads have reservations about their photo session.
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Documenting The Changes
20th August 2017 - 0 comments


Those of you that follow my work will have seen this lady appear a couple of times before in my blogs. I am, of course, talking about Sue King. This is the third training photo shoot I have carried out for Sue.
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Another Mum-to-be
07th August 2017 - 0 comments

I've been photographing Boudoir sessions for over five years, and surprisingly, this year saw my first Maternity Boudoir session. It is my only one no longer. Read about the second Mum-to-Be and her beautiful Maternity Boudoir photo session.
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Prom Night
23rd July 2017 - 0 comments


I'll be honest, the concept of the High school prom is a complete mystery to me.
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The Pensons
08th May 2017 - 0 comments
I always love a 'first'. It means something I've done or been somewhere something different. You will have seen one or two familiar locations in my portrait work, that pop up very regularly, however, you won't have seen this one. Lound Lakes.

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Best Friends at Burgh Castle
10th April 2017 - 0 comments
Fittingly I recently started my 2017 location portraits at the ever popular Burgh Castle ruins. It was great to get back outdoors with the camera again, especially at this fabulous location, and with a family shoot too.

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Mum-To-Be Boudoir
09th April 2017 - 0 comments
Regular followers of my work and blog posts will recognise this young lady. Faith had a bridal boudoir session with me last year, but has returned for another, even more special Eterno Shoot!

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

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

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


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



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



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



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

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



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




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

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

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


click to tweet the five golden rules....



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Lisa's Story
18th October 2016 - 0 comments


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



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

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

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

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



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

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



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




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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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Amber
05th October 2016 - 0 comments


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



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



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



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






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



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



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Olivia
19th September 2016 - 0 comments


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





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




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



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



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



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Senior photo sessions are for school and college leavers, and captures shots of them at this milestone in their lives. If you are interested in a senior photo shoot, or any other individual, couple of family location session, please contact me via the portrait contact page. There's no hard sell, just organise a chat and see if I am the right photographer for you...

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Beneath the Veil
28th August 2016 - 0 comments


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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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





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



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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 shoots....you 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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