World class albums available from Martin Hill Photography
We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Queensberry albums of New Zealand to offer our clients something very special in the line of bespoke albums. We have long been fans of the Queensberry brand and admired the quality of their bespoke albums from afar for many years. From the later stages of 2013 and for all of 2014 our unique style of picture taking will be available in a Queensberry album.
We’ve placed our first batch of demo albums with Queensberry and they will be available for viewing in our studio very soon. We’ve been incredibly lucky to have our images judged amongst some of the very best photographers the industry has to offer. Now that we have decided to team up with Queensberry the world is suddenly our oyster. Don’t take my word for it , do check out the artistry and workmanship that goes into a Queensberry album.
Special moments, beautiful photography from Queensberry on Vimeo.
The Power of Photo Editing
I’m often asked by clients about our photo editing and how much we actually do to our images and in particular our wedding images. This is aspect of our art is often difficult to explain to clients, as it’s conducted very much behind closed doors. Admittedly our editing process doesn’t go to the extent that you can see here but it is a good example on what can be achieved if the client so wishes. It’s not to everyones taste, but it’s a useful skill to have in the armoury if required. We do spend a lot of time on our post editing as we want our images to print perfectly. I don’t buy into quick fixes and fast workflows as I feel it leaves the customer short and isn’t demonstrating value for money.
Get things right in camera
Irrespective of hour advanced editing software is, you still need to get the shot right in camera. This image was of course shot using a form of lighting, in fact two flashes. Being a groomsmen shot I had very little time to setup a complex lighting rig. I already had the final edited image in my mind when setting up and taking the picture, so I had to get the lighting close to where I wanted it. Trust me when I say that I don’t take an age when taking a picture. I’m acutely aware, particularly at a wedding, that the client doesn’t want to spend an age having their photograph taken. It’s a wedding not a photo shoot!
Editing Software – Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop
We recently got involved in using Adobe’s latest product Creative Cloud. This gives us access to all of adobe’s creative software, which I feel gives us the best chance of post creating our images to look their very best and print beautifully.
Martin recently had the privilege off shooting a number of Sassi Holford www.sassiholford.com designed dresses from their Taunton boutique. It was all part of a commercial shoot Martin did with the events team from Taunton School helping to boost their wedding portfolio. Taunton school as you see has a wealth of fantastic photographic backdrops and the events team is certainly geared up to offer you anyone a fantastic wedding experience. For more information on weddings at Taunton School follow the above link. Likewise to experience the amazing artistry of a Sassi Holford dress use the above link.
Martin would also like to pass on his thanks to Roxanne and Chris our models on the day. Also a big thanks to our fantastic makeup artist Summa Scarlet who is fresh into the country from Australia. If you require any any other contact information for the above artists then please just contact the Martin Hill Photography studio on 01823 335106.
Various shots from Taunton school bridal shoot with Sassi Holford dresses
Makeovers in Taunton, Somerset
We here at Martin Hill Photography are delighted with our new Taunton Makeover promotional film shot by the very talented Jeff Wood of www.jeffwoodvisuals.com It shows brilliantly how we approach our makeovers here in the centre of Taunton, Somerset. Working very closely with Olimi Hair and Beauty, we have the perfect makeover experience for any age group. To find out more about our makeover products have a look here
A huge thank you needs to be said to Annabel Forrest our Face of Martin Hill Photography Makeovers 2013. She was a fantastic model and a lovely lady to work with and hopefully we will be working with her again very soon.
Associate Photographer – Alex Molyneux
The luxury that we now have at Martin Hill is we have the ability to shoot two weddings in one day at the opposite ends of the country. How I hear you cry, well it’s simple, we have an amazing associate photographer in Alex Molyneux. As many of you know Alex has been with me since she was 16 and now at 20 something she was awarded an associateship at Martin Hill Photography in 2012. The means that Alex has earned her stripes and now shoots solo weddings under the Martin Hill banner. Here are just a few words and images from Alex’s latest wedding shoot.
Words from the talented one..
I recently had the privilege of shooting another wedding underneath the Martin Hill Photography banner. After meeting Katie & Jerome a few weeks prior to their wedding I was extremely excited to be shooting their special day at Combe House in Devon. After one of the coldest springs ever, i was constantly checking the weather forecast a few days before in hope that it would warm up a tiny bit in time for the wedding. Unbelievebly when i turned up at Combe House on April 6th it was the warmest and sunniest day of the year so far!
This was the first time i had shot a wedding at Combe House alone but the minute I walked through the door I was made to feel extremely welcome by the groom and all of the staff at Combe House. I couldnt of asked for a more perfect day to shoot this wedding and I am extremely pleased with the results. Katie and Jerome were so relaxed and their guests were clearly having an amazing time so it made it extremely easy for me to blend into the background and just document the day exactly as it went.
We recently ran a competition to find a perfect pooch and I’m thrilled to say that we have finally chosen our winner. A little behind our schedule for announcing the winner due to holidays and sickness. At Martin Hill Photography we are very keen to explore the possibilities of Pet Portraiture and in particular those perfect pooches. Alex Molyneux who is our resident pet portraiture photographer is really looking forward to this challenge and as has shot a number of great sessions with pets recently.
Our aim is to produce great timeless portraits of pets. Our lighting and post editing expertise along with our love of animals means we’ll produce some jaw dropping, tail wagging portraits of your pets. So without further ado I’m to say that our winner is….
Dudley, owned by Pat Lawrence. Dudley wins a fabulous shoot at our studio in the centre of Taunton. We will then edit Dudley’s pictures and put them into one of our beautiful bespoke albums. This prize has a value of £499 so many congratulations to Dudley & Pat.
Book a Pet Portraiture Session Today
If you’d like to book a pet portraiture session with us then give us a call on 01823 335106 or contact us here
Makeover Winner Announced
We had a fantastic response to our March Photography Makeover competition and we have just made the draw. Using the latest competition selection software, the winner is……..
The winner of our March photography makeover prize
A little bit about us;
The Flower Preservation Workshop has grown into one of the leading companies here in the UK and now across Europe, based in Somerton, Somerset specialising in the field of flower preservation. We transform flowers from any special occasion – weddings, funeral tribute flowers, anniversaries and special birthdays – into beautiful handmade flower paperweights. Customers receive wonderful, breath-taking keepsakes that will last forever.
“It wasn’t until a bride came to us many years ago and asked if we would dry out her wedding flowers. We’d heard of a new freeze drying machine in the States that was creating fantastic results from a far more superior method. The outcome was astonishing! The flowers still looked as fresh and even the scent was sometimes still there after they had been preserved.
We just wanted to go that little bit further and create bespoke designs that really replicated a bridal bouquet. Each and every order is totally bespoke, with our aim of providing a service that is equal to each client – whether creating a handmade flower paperweight in memory of a family member that has passed away, or saving the flowers for the memory of the beautiful wedding day, each order is totally unique and individual. No two paperweights ever look the same.
Flowers arrive here seven days a week as we like the flowers as fresh as possible, although after 7-10 days we can still have flowers arriving in from an earlier event.
We have mastered this achievement and, we are extremely proud of our designs. We are also recognised by the Guild of master craftsmen as the only company within the UK making these bespoke keepsakes.”
website ; www.flowerpreservationworkshop.co.uk email ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Photography Makeover Winner
We recently ran a fantastic photography Makeover competition to find the face of our Photo Makeovers for 2013. Our three judges Hayley Trescothick, Danusha Walden and Alex Molyneux had an extremely difficult task in choosing our overall winner. Well they did and I was delighted when Annabel Forrest was chosen and we soon set about selecting a date for our shoot together.
There were a lot of factions to put together before we could select a date and of course slotting into the very busy diary of Olimi Hair & Beauty, who as always did a fantastic job in creating different looks for Annabel. I was also joined on the the shoot by Jeff Wood of Jeff Wood Visuals. Jeff is an amazing film maker who shoots all over the world with his unique style of wedding cinematography. Jeff is in the process of producing our Photography Makeover promo film and I can’t wait until we see it. We will of course share the film on this blog.
Our shoot with Annabel went really well and I was so pleased with the results. Annabel was a little nervous at the start of the shoot which was totally understandable, but she soon lost her nerves and was a delight to work with and such a lovely person. The images from Annabel’s shoot are going to help us in our task of bringing 1st class Photography Makeover experiences to the Southwest of England and in particular the counties of Devon, Somerset, Dorset and the Bristol area. Not forgetting of course our home town of Taunton. Our aim is to produce classic, beautiful portraiture that will last the test of time and give a person something they can look back upon in years to come. If you would like further information on our Photography Makers click here or give us a call 01823 335106.
Loverly Real Life Photography Makeover Shoot with Martin Hill
The Makeover Experience
We recently had the privilege of doing a photography makeover shoot for Aussie girl Sharon. Here are a few words from Sharon on how she found the whole experience.
If you want to know what it is like to be a model or superstar, then a photo shoot with Martin will put you in the limelight and give you photos to treasure for a lifetime. I usually avoid being photographed, so was nervous about being the focus of the shoot. Martin immediately put me at ease and helped me to relax and come out of my shell, so that my photos looked natural and showed my personality. The end photos were beyond my expectations and look amazing. I am so pleased with them that I have shown them to everyone I can think of. On top of that Martin’s gentle coaching in the shoot has helped me to be more confident in how to stand and hold myself for photos in the future (even if they are just holiday pictures). So there is no need to fear the camera any longer. Thank you Martin for the fun ‘me’ time in the shoot, the amazing photos I will treasure for the rest of my life and the increased confidence in myself.
Book a photography makeover session today
Booking a makeover session with Martin Hill Photography couldn’t be simpler. Simply give us a call 01823 335106 or pop in to see us at our studio, we’d love to see you. We also offer gift vouchers as our photo makeover sessions make wonderful gifts.