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Harbor View at Jones Landing Wedding on Peaks Island, Maine | Getting Married in Maine

Harbor View at Jones Landing Wedding on Peaks Island, Maine | Getting Married in Maine

Last evening’s wedding at The Harbor View at Jones Landing on Peaks Island, Maine, was like a dance party, fused with rain, friends and celebration. The kids rocked out so hard that we almost missed the boat back to the mainland in Portland, Maine. The rain came near the end of the evening, but the wedding was not dampened by the weather. Our short beach photo shoot went on as planned, luckily. I returned home to our electricity being out, so I could not get the photos onto my computer until Sunday morning. Here is one shot from the beach. Myself and the couple had made the journey via golf cart and found it almost empty when we waked down the ramp. I love this photo of both the bride and groom together, individually in thought. I feel it represents their union as a couple, and at the same time honors them as individuals. The wind grabbing her vale, naturally becoming the focus of the photo. Thanks John and Joslin for including me on this most special of days. If you want to know more about this Maine wedding venue please see the post were I interview Robin Clark from the Harbor View at Jones Landing.  She answered all the frequently asked questions about the popular Maine wedding venue 

 

New Hampshire Wedding Photographer | Wedding at The Wentworth, Jackson, NH | New Hampshire Photo Blog

New Hampshire Wedding Photographer | Wedding at The Wentworth, Jackson, NH | New Hampshire Photo Blog

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In the small town of Jackson, N.H., is a resort named, The Wentworth. It is a well known Inn in the area and is snug right in the middle of town. The Wentworth is a popular wedding venue in the Mount Washington Valley. The ceremony that I attended there was in a small field next to the venue. The Wentworth gazebo is set at the base of Jackson Falls, a popular tourist destination, and is a beautiful settling for a wedding. The guests were arriving and made their way to the site. The couple was dressed and ready to, say, “I do,” and begin their celebration of their new life together. The parents, grandparents and other family members stayed at the site, after the wedding, for some photos. Then, the bridal party jumped in to a limousine so we could drive around and work on some photos at a few special places that they had in mind.

We first went to the famous, Jackson Covered Bridge. It is an old, wooden bridge that was build in 1876. It is also known as Honeymoon Bridge or Covered Bridge No. 51. On the way back to the hotel,we stopped at the in town pond to capture the couple in a reflection. As they came out of the bus, Mark, the groom, headed right over a couple that was already there that were fishing. He talked to them for a bit and then I saw them handing over their fishing gear to the bride and groom! I was surprised and impressed that he was so bold as to ask to borrow their gear for some photos. I love working with such confidence and creative couples. I was able to take a few shots of them fishing. the groom even hooked one! We stopped at the stone bridge and the Jackson Library for a few emotive photographs before heading to the reception. They danced, cut their cake and rocked out to the live band, Gazpacho. (They were a fabulous wedding band, and highly I recommend them.)

It was a beautiful day and a day full of laughter and love. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day. Thanks Jen & Mark for the great day! It was an honor to work with you to capture the joy and beauty of your day!

 

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 Wedding Venue: The Wentworth, Jackson, N.H
New Hampshire Wedding Photographer : Joe Martin
The entry sign for The Wentworth. A New Hampshire wedding venue in Jackson, N.H

The entry sign for The Wentworth. A New Hampshire wedding venue in Jackson, N.H

Shooting the bride through a curtain.

Shooting the bride through a curtain.

reflecting bride in the mirror

Always fun to use the hotel room mirrors to create a portrait

Groom looking down at glasses

A groom is gifted a drink for his boys from the bride.

A gift from bride to grrom

A gift from bride to groom

The wedding party posed on the Jackson Covered Bridge for photos.

The wedding party posed on the Jackson Covered Bridge for photos.

We played in the field after the wedding

We played in the field after the wedding

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The reflecting pond

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Fish on. Groom shows his fishing skills.

Bridal party poses near the river in Jackson NH

With the river below and the sky above the wedding party poses at the base of Jackson Falls.

Love this moody wedding photo. Taken after the ceremony

Love this moody wedding photo. Taken after the ceremony

The couple had taken time so I could create these moody images. It is part of my style.

The couple had taken time so I could create these moody images. It is part of my style.

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Thanks guys you were great sports.

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Loved the Jackson, NH Library as spot to take some bridal portraits

Posing in from of The Wentworth wedding venue

Posing in front of their wedding venue.

couple dancing close at their wedding.

Couples first dance in the wedding tent.

Gazpacho. jamming in the background and the groom loves it.

Gazpacho. jamming in the background and the groom loves it.

Bride and groom holding a thanks you note.

The couple wants to thanks all their family and friends for coming.

Enjoy this New Hampshire wedding photography provided by Joe Martin Photography offering New Hampshire wedding photography in N.H, Maine and Massachusetts .

Joe Martin is located in Mount Washington Valley specializing in wedding photography and works as the following: wedding photographer, senior portrait photographer, newborn photographer and family photographer. Photography coverage including but not limited to, New Hampshire: Maine and Massachusetts. Including: NH- Berlin, Rochester, Dover, Concord and Meredith. In Maine: Portland, Fryeburg. In Massachusetts: Boston, Lawrence, Salem, and Gloucester. If you’re in an area not listed, I am willing to travel.

No matter what your event may be, each wedding will be photographed and handled professionally, with our clients desires and goals in mind. If you have any questions or comments for me or about my photography, please call me 603-367-4657 or contact New Hampshire Wedding Photographer today.

Location Information: Joe Martin Photography is located just outside North Conway, NH, 03860

    

All images copyright ©Joe Martin 2010-2014

Kennett High School Senior Portrait Session With Maddy | New Hampshire Photographers Blog

Kennett High School Senior Portrait Session With Maddy | New Hampshire Photographers Blog

Last week, I met with Maddy and her aunt, to create some senior photos, as well as capturing a memory of this time in her life. I had never met Maddy until the day the shoot, and we began at her family home. We used the tall grass next to her home to capture the first few photos. Then we moved to some colored leaves to capture the beautiful fall color. In just a short time, we moved on to my property just down the road from her home. I like to toss a cool chair in a nature environment and use that as a added prop for some shots. I get a lot of comments about my chair photos and they have become one of my “signature shots.” When we were done with the chair shots, we set up on a nearby stone wall. I had her aunt, Lee, hold a light for me to take a few head shots. It is always nice to involve the teens family in the shoot. It makes for a very fun experience. Thanks, Leigh for all of your help! Once home, I loaded the session into my computer and went to work in Lightroom (a popular photo editing software.) I aim for between 30-40 finished edited portraits and I ended up delivering sixty two images, when all the photos were done. Maddy, I hope your final year of school is the best you can make it! Good luck as you head off in to the world.

 

The tall grass is almost like a frame in this portrait

The tall grass is almost like a frame in this portrait

Fall colors are a big part of New Hampshire senior portraits

Fall colors are a big part of New Hampshire senior portraits

Enjoying this black & white photo in the woods.

Enjoying this black & white photo in the woods.

Red chair in the woods, Seems out of place at the same time creating a mood.

Red chair in the woods, Seems out of place at the same time creating a mood.

Moody photo taken in the New Hampshire woods for a senior portrait

Moody photo taken in the New Hampshire woods for a senior portrait

Leaves are all round so we took advantage of them.

Leaves are all round so we took advantage of them.

stone wall receding behind this high school senior

Love the stone wall receding behind this high school senior

 

Senior Pictures In The New Hampshire’s White Mountains | New Hampshire Senior Portrait Photographers Blog

Senior Pictures In The New Hampshire’s White Mountains | New Hampshire Senior Portrait Photographers Blog

With summer ending and school starting back up, it can mean many things to many people. For teens and their parents, many of them begin the important search for a photographer to  take their senior portraits. Many people see senior portraits as one of the most important photo shoots of their lives. One thing that is so fun about working with the young adults is the interaction with the parents and their children. Many have not had a photo shoot before.  It is great to capture a few photos and show them the back of the cameras LCD screen. I feel it builds confidence for me to show them their photos as we go along in the photo shoot. This past week, I had senior photo shoot. The colors are so vibrant right now, finding a natural and beautiful background is easy. Being in New Hampshire, it is so easy to find amazing locations with water, trees, mountains or some old buildings with cool doors windows and other some what hidden features. I have a chair collection and I brought two of them for this shoot. I had Rylie pose with the brown chair for a few photos in this amazing setting in Conway. The sky was full of crazy clouds and the sun was starting to set. This made for some really nice portraits.

Book your senior portraits now before all the color is gone. The prices for a senior portrait session is $295 and will leave you will 30-40 images on a flash drive.
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Love using chairs for posing.  It makes the subjects

Love using chairs for posing. It makes the subjects

The sky meets the ground in this fine art styled photo

The sky meets the ground in this fine art styled photo

Love this senior photo the colors and the subject just matched so nice

Love this senior photo the colors and the subject just matched so nice

When you have the look you have the look

When you have the look you have the look

We needed to have some fall colors in the photos

We needed to have some fall colors in the photos

Might be my favorite shot from Rylie"s senior session.

Might be my favorite shot from Rylie”s senior session.

Something fun in this fall senior portrait

Something fun in this fall senior portrait

Chagnon Wedding | New Hampshire Wedding Slide Show

Chagnon Wedding | New Hampshire Wedding Slide Show

With the New Hampshire wedding session winding down, I have time to do the special things I wanted to do all year. Like spend time with my family, hike rest & begin getting geared up for next year.

One way that I rest is to go over wedding photos once again and build slide shows from some of my favorite wedding shoots. This wedding is one I will return to again and again to gain inspiration.

Here is 124 photos together into a wedding day slide.

 

Wedding Venue: Waterville Vally Town Square
New Hampshire Wedding Photographer : Joe Martin

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About this North Conway New Hampshire Wedding Photographer:

Enjoy this North Conway photography provided by Joe Martin Photography

Joe Martin is located in Mount Washington Valley specializing in portrait photography and works as the following: wedding photographer, senior portrait photographer, newborn photographer and family photographer. Photography coverage including but not limited to, New Hampshire: Maine and Massachusetts. Including: NH- Berlin, Rochester, Dover, Concord and Meredith. In Maine: Portland, Fryeburg. In Massachusetts: Boston, Lawrence, Salem, and Gloucester. If you’re in an area not listed, I am willing to travel.

No matter what your event may be, each photo shoot will be handled professionally, with our clients desires and goals in mind. If you have any questions or comments for me or about my photography, please call me 603-367-4657 or contact New Hampshire Wedding Photographer today.

Location Information: Joe Martin Photography is located just outside North Conway, NH, 03860

    

All images copyright ©Joe Martin 2010-2015

 

The Long Ride Down Form A Mountain Top Wedding

The Long Ride Down Form A Mountain Top Wedding

PHOTO OF THE DAY- THE LONG RIDE DOWN FROM A MOUNTAIN TOP WEDDING

When you have a passion in life why not include it in the best day of your life? That is what this wedding couple did on their big day. They both have a love for skiing. What better way to encompass that then to get married at the top of their favorite ski resort. Jays Peck. The wedding party, DJ and both photographers made the trip up via the chair lift. I was lucky enough to be the last one down sitting behind the bride and groom to capture some memorable photographs of the trip to the base lodge. It was a great ceremony with time after to shoot some photos at the top. The day ended with a epic sunset and joyous party to celebrate the joining of this young couple. If you want to see other photos form this wedding day please follow this link to a gallery of photos.

ABOUT THIS PHOTO: I was the last one down. The staff was spacing out guests every over chair for safety. Being that the couple and I were the only ones left they left me ride in the chair behind them. If not behind them this shot is not a shot. I had them kiss in a shot and look back in a shot. I just love this shot the best out of the other versions on it.

 

 

Bride and Groom riding down a chair lift after their mountain top wedding

Bride and Groom riding down a chair lift after their mountain top wedding

WALKING ON WATER

WALKING ON WATER

PHOTO OF THE DAY- WALKING ON WATER

Not sure I need to even say anything about this one. I will just add this is a great little walking trail that starts in a parking lot and climbs this great New Hampshire Peak. This is Willey Pond located in Crawford Notch State Park in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I was on a trip over the Notch this day so I did not hike the trail but will return to capture a photo form the top of this landmark. You can bet that photo of these great pond will be coming form this place soon. Thanks again for check out my page. If you have a comment or just want to say hi. Leave me a comment below.

ABOUT THIS PHOTO: Taken from the bridge I set up on the handrail to take a 3 shot braked HDR photo. I made sure I had the reflection lined up to be the same space as the sky was above the mountain top. That is a good tip when capturing a reflection photo. Leave the same space above as below. I wanted the bridge to be a leading line into the photo. SO it makes your eye crawl the photo looking for the next item of interest and drawing you in. Does it make you wonder what is in the woods at the end?

Joe Martin

Reflection water shows this amazing old wooden bridge cross over to a large mountain

Great old bridge over the pond leads to the hiking trail up the mountain

Photography’ It is all in the light ~ By Joe Martin a New Hampshire Photographer

Photography’ It is all in the light ~ By Joe Martin a New Hampshire Photographer

Image of certificate from a portrait lighting workshop

Certificate of Completion of Portrait Lighting Workshop

This summer, I was feeling like I need to get out and do something for me. I was talking to my wife about this and sharing that work and sleep was all I did this year,  and I truly needed to take a short vacation. Not away from anyone in particular, just away from everyday life responsibilities. (I make wooden toys also, if you did not know – Willowtoys.com is our family business that I have successfully run for the last ten years.) I was working in the shop one day and my wife, Dayna, came out and told me she had found my vacation! It was not a vacation but a class. A class that had to do with a passion of mine, photography! It was a portrait lighting course that was being taught by a amazing teacher, Bobbie LaneShe is an award-winning commercial photographer, and an award winning educator. How lucky was I? It was just a three hour drive away, luckily! I packed my bags and my gear and headed off to Maine Media Workshops for a week of in-depth training.  Little did I know, it was a week that would change me as a professional, forever. We had class from 8:30am-6pm, every day. We shot on location and in the studio. We were taught the right way to set up lighting backdrops and how to control light and even how to shape light. It was a true life changing week in many ways. They had models brought in for us to work with. Some that had worked in the school before and some had never been in front of a camera. We where shown how to talk to the models and how to give posing tips. We went on sort field trips to the small town of Camden, Maine. We took photos of people in the street, which was a great icebreaker to get us used to talking to people that we had not even met before, so when we did have clients, we would be even more comfortable taking to them one on one.  We went to a park and took some models with us and where shown how to use natural light .

It was all-day training and shooting, then back in our rooms, is was all night editing. They were long days, but great days!  I am so glad I was able to make it there learn what I had learned and bring back so much to my own photography style and business. With this new found skill of seeing the light and using it to create even better portraits, I have a better understanding of what light works and does not work, and how to use it to make my clients look their best in each one of their photographs. It was so worth the investment of time and money! I will keep replaying the audio that was recorded from the class and reviewing the notes I took to have it become second nature in my life.

If you live in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont or Massachusetts and need a photographer for portraits of any type form senior portraits, family photos , newborn or wedding photography. Please contact me today.

 

Photograph from a portrait lighting class

Behind the scenes portrait light course” High Key” set up

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Behind the scenes portrait light course studio

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About this New Hampshire Photographer

Enjoy this North Conway photography provided by Joe  Martin Photography

Joe Martin is located in Mount Washington Valley Specializing in portrait photography and works as the following : wedding photographer, senior portrait photographer newborn photographer and family photographer.  Photography coverage including but not limited to  New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts including: NH- Rochester, Dover, Concord and Meredith. In Maine Portland, Fryeburg. In Massachusetts Boston, Lawrence, Salem, and Gloucester and beyond.  If your in an area not listed I will travel for the right client.

No matter what your event may be either wedding photography or senior portraits each day is a great day and will be handled professionally with our clients goals in mind. If you have any questions or comments for me or about our photography please call me 603-367-4657 or email me at New Hampshire Wedding Photographer today.

 

Location Information:

Joe Martin Photography is located in Madison NH, 03849

 

North Conway New Hampshire Senior Ambassador Referral Applicants

North Conway New Hampshire Senior Ambassador Referral Applicants

 

Senior portrait from North Conway NH photographer Joe Martin

Senior portrait from North Conway NH photographer Joe Martin

                                                                                                                           Please fill out my form to Apply

This spring will kick off the first annual North Conway, New Hampshire, Senior Model Ambassador Program by Joe Martin Photography

This program will run for one month and is open to any Junior (11th grade) student that attend Kennett High School or Fryeburg Academy. To work for print credits toward their class photos that they can use in the yearbook picture.

How the program works: We will hold a free model test shoot after which I will select 3 exclusive  models from each school. These models will be given a free senior portrait photography session, a $99 value. This will include one free 8×10 print of their choosing, a $40.00 value. They will also be given very select marketing products including water-marked wallet sized photos from their senior portrait session. They will then use these items to show their friends the great senior portraits that they had taken at Joe Martin Photography. That way, when a referral books with me, you will receive the proper credit towards your print order. On the marketing handouts will be a custom number linked to each of our ambassadors so we can track their progress and give the proper credit towards their prints.  I will share tips on how to make the handouts work for you in the best way.

I have a makeup artist booked for the day of the model test. She will go over your hair and make up and make sure you’re looking your best. What is the model test? Once you have filled out this online form and submitted a photo, you may be invited to come into the studio and have a few head shots taken. Why I am doing it this way? Plain and simple, I want my senior ambassadors to be comfortable in front of the camera and get to know myself and my studio a bit. I would never  want people that have never worked with me to reference others to use my photography services. This short photo session will be so we can get to know each other and more importantly, you can find out more about me and see if this is something you are truly excited to be involved in.

What happens next? In the days after the shoot I will do some photos edits and have every one come back to view their head shots and select one head shot from the test shoot to receive as a free 8×10 print, a 32.00 value. At the portrait viewing I will have one last chance to meet with you and your parents. This will help me make my final pick for my three senior portrait ambassadors.

When your prints are in I will contact you.  If you ordered additional prints in addition to your free head shot print you will be contacted to come pick up your order.

Then we will set up you up with your senior portrait session and follow the same order of events with print viewing and ordering. As your referrals come in we will credit your account and subtract that amount from your total order.   I feel you should be rewarded for hard work and the model that references the most senior portrait bookings will also receive a extra gift form Joe Martin Photography. That gift will be determined at end of  the program and will be based on the total number of senior portrait photography sessions booked.

                                                                                              Please fill out my form to Apply

 

For questions or concerns please email me at Senior portrait photographer in North Conway New Hampshire 

 

 

photo of a blond girl

Senior Model Program

 

 

 

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About this North Conway New Hampshire Senior Portrait Photographer

Enjoy this North Conway senior portrait photography provided by Joe  Martin Photography

Joe Martin is located in Mount Washington Valley Specializing in portrait photography and works as the following : wedding photographer, senior portrait photographer newborn photographer and family photographer.  Photography coverage including but not limited to  New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts including: NH- Rochester, Dover, Concord and Meredith. In Maine Portland, Fryeburg. In Massachusetts Boston, Lawrence, Salem, and Gloucester and beyond.  If your in an area not listed I will travel for the right client.

No matter what your event may be either wedding photography or senior portraits each day is a great day and will be handled professionally with our clients goals in mind. If you have any questions or comments for me or about our photography please call me 603-367-4657 or email me at New Hampshire Wedding Photographer today.

 

Location Information:

Joe Martin Photography is located in Madison NH, 03849

Wedding at Stone Mountain Arts Center | Joe Martin Photography

Wedding at Stone Mountain Arts Center | Joe Martin Photography

Photography in this video was provided by New Hampshire wedding photographer Joe Martin. This Maine wedding was held at The Stone Mountain Arts Center in  Brownfield, Maine

I have added an Animoto video to the “Featured Items” of my top wedding packages. It is a great service and will really help in the sharing of photos of my clients wedding photography. Shortly after the sales session has taken place and your print order has been sent to the print lab, I will create videos like this one. It will contain any photos that you have purchased and I will include some of my favorite photography from your wedding day. As a family photographer I see this would work well after a family session or a senior portrait shoot. This will be a great way for clients to share their photos with family and friends that may not live in the North Conway area.

 

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About this North Conway New Hampshire Wedding Photographer:

Enjoy this North Conway photography provided by Joe Martin Photography

Joe Martin is located in Mount Washington Valley specializing in portrait photography and works as the following: wedding photographer, senior portrait photographer, newborn photographer and family photographer. Photography coverage including but not limited to, New Hampshire: Maine and Massachusetts. Including: NH- Berlin, Rochester, Dover, Concord and Meredith. In MainePortland, Fryeburg. In Massachusetts: Boston, Lawrence, Salem, and Gloucester. If you’re in an area not listed, I am willing to travel.

No matter what your event may be, each photo shoot will be handled professionally, with our clients desires and goals in mind. If you have any questions or comments for me or about my photography, please call me 603-367-4657 or contact me today

Location Information: Joe Martin Photography is located in Madison, NH, 03849

All images copyright ©Joe Martin 2010-2014

Your History; Your Story: The Importance of Your Wedding Photography Album

Your History; Your Story: The Importance of Your Wedding Photography Album

 

Wedding photography at a New Hampshire

“I do” is heard at this wedding.

After this long cold winter, we long for a hot, sunny day. Let’s hope we get a lot of them, and soon! This might have been the longest coldest winter in the U.S. in a long time.  As this wedding season approaches we are reminded how short that season truly is here in New Hampshire and all of New England.  As a photographer, we look forward to it and wish that wedding season could last forever!

Let me offer  what may be a new point of view on the subject of wedding photography. Long after the guest has returned home and the reception hall has been cleaned and set for the next event, and long after you have returned from your honeymoon and all the cake is gone what will be left? What will be left is the memories of your special day! With high quality wedding photography your memories will come flooding back in a moment when you return to look through your photos. If you every want to return to the feeling of the moment you only need to grab a hot beverage and a comfy chair with your spouse and smile together as you revisit your special day. Your wedding album will provide you with a birds eye view of your wedding day.  Showing the moments that you may have missed, relatives that may have passed since that day, it may bring you even closer to one that you only wished to be closer with.

Myself, I have two weddings on the books so far and a few more that are lining up in short order.  I feel that between weddings and family photo sessions this should be my busiest year yet. I am looking forward to getting to know all of my new friends that I will meet first as clients. There really is nothing like spending the day with a couple on the happiest day of their lives up until this point. If you think about it, what is better then getting married? The only thing that can top that is having children. For a wedding photographer to be there on one of this milestone days is unforgettable.  The couple is happy, the families are happy many of them meeting for the first or maybe just the second time. People come from far and wide to enjoy the day with their family. Many have not seen each other in years. It is our job as photographers to make this a top priority. In my mind it is just as important to make the memories last more then this one Saturday after noon. That is were a printed album comes in.  How many photos do you have of your grandparents? If you do you have any at all I am betting it is just one or two and they are small images that have not been well cared for. Have you ever seen a child going over photos from their own childhood? Many smiles and laughs and many questions and shared stories come from this experience. When you receive your wedding album full of page after page of rich beautiful photography it is sure to spark many conversations in the years to come.

Your wedding is a milestone in your history. It is an important chapter in your story that only a photo album could tell.
Contact me today so we can start the process of preserving and honoring your memories in the way that you deserve.  My prices are set to be affordable yet competitive in a market with a wide range of professional and amateur  photographers. Please see my wedding information page for more about what I can offer you.

 

bride getting ready for the wedding.

A New Hampshire bride getting ready for the wedding.

 

About This North Conway New Hampshire Wedding Photographer

Enjoy this North Conway newborn photography provided by Joe & Dayna Martin

Joe Martin is a wedding photographer, senior portrait photographer newborn photographer and family photographer.  Photography coverage including but not limited to New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts including in NH Rochester, Dover, Concord and Meredith. In Maine Portland, Fryeburg. In Massachusetts Boston, Lawrence, Salam, and Gloucester and beyond.  If your in an area not listed I will travel for the right client.

No matter what your event may be either  wedding photography or senior portraits each day is a great day and will be handled professionally with our clients goals in mind. If you have any questions or comments for me or about our photography please call me 603-367-4657 or contact me at New Hampshire Wedding Photographer today.

 

Location Information:

Joe Martin Photography is located in Madison NH, 03849

 

 

What is a Photographer to Blog about?

What is a Photographer to Blog about?

 

Beautiful landscape print of a snowy rivers in New Hampshire

Snowing River in New Hampshire

Sure, I could blog about camera gear or my last family photo shoot. I want to offer more then pretty pictures or one family’s story. Plus there will always be that type of blog here and there. I want to be a bit different. I don’t want to give you what ever other photographer gives you. I want to share some of my experiences sure, but I am so much more than that.

Like most people I sit and think about a new blog post. After some time I would find a photo, write a one line back story about the photo and post. Well, that is not a post. In fact, it is almost nothing. It will not get me a better Google ranking. Google looks for new information within a page that contains between 300-2000 words or more. If you’re like me, once you get to a page and see that it has an overwhelming amount of text you do one of two things: You either close the page or you might scroll and scan the page for small lines of text that grab your eye, taking in just a small amount of the carefully crafted post. We all like to share our story to give tips, updates, a news story or better yet, show you what we had for lunch that day.

I want to keep you supplied with a post that is short and sweet, to the point and informational at the same time.  With every post I get a little clearer on what I would like to share and why I want to share it. At the same time, I am trying to become a better writer and better at typing. It is hard to type fast when you spend most of your time backspacing to remove that red line under your words. As I became more comfortable, more blog posts start forming in my head I have to start to write ideas in my phones’ notes and draft emails to myself.

Now what I am blogging about these days? Well, now that is it off season for outdoor photography in my area. At this point this it my only studio space. I am blogging about photography, about my business, and blog about a few product reviews on items I have bought this winter, just to fill in the slow shooting times with some content so Google does not forget about me.

As we close in on portrait and wedding session I will blog about shoots and post photos from them. At the same time, keeping true to my passion to share some knowledge along the way that I have picked up from others or as I try new things by pushing myself in new directions.

One thing to think about and understand is that we live in a ever-changing word. A world that did not have the iPad prior to 2010. A world where most everyone has a Smart Phone, even young children. We live in a world that camera phones are better then the high price digital cameras we lugged around a few years back. What’s next? We barely know what is happening now! One thing that we must adapt to is the fast-changing times and new ways to content with our clients to bring in new business. One thing that is in the now and we have to use to our advantage is the actual Smart Phones. We have to have our sites mobile ready to be view and navigate with ease. What I mean is with the iPhones, Siri and Google’s “search by voice” feature. We need to be ready and able to come up in a search by location and the field of work that we specialize in. Are you ready? Do you even know how to adjust your business to handle this in the best way? I may blog about it in the future once I have a better understanding on how we as photographers can benefit from this new way of internet search algorithms.

In closing, remember that everyone needs to add content to their site. You must blog to be found. Once you have been found in your area of expertise, you do have a bit of an upper hand and do not have to blog as much, but once you stop, the Google Gods will take notice. The guy/gal down the road, that has been working hard to take your place just might take it.

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About This North Conway, New Hampshire Photographer

Enjoy this North Conway Wedding photography provided by Joe  Martin Photography

Joe Martin is located in Mount Washington Valley Specializing in portrait photography including but not limited to : wedding photography , senior portrait photography,  newborn photography and family photography.  Photography coverage including but not limited to  New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts including in NH Rochester, Dover, Concord and Meredith. In Maine Portland, Fryeburg. In Massachusetts Boston, Lawrence, Salem, and Gloucester and beyond.  If your in an area not listed I will travel for the right client.

No matter what your event may be either  wedding photography or senior portraits each day is a great day and will be handled professionally with our clients goals in mind. If you have any questions or comments for me or about our photography please call me 603-367-4657 or email me at New Hampshire Wedding Photographer today.

 

Location Information:

Joe Martin Photography is located in Madison NH, 03849

Shoot & Burn Vs High Quality Portrait Printing. What is the right way to do Business?

Shoot & Burn Vs High Quality Portrait Printing. What is the right way to do Business?

 

Me holding a client print

Me holding a client print

Why do I offer prints for your portraits and not just a CD?

Why not just toss everything on a CD and let me print what I want, when I want? The short answer is, we do offer the CD for sale after you have already purchased a print package for wedding photography valued at $750.00 or more. Now the reasons behind this option.
My personal answer to this question is a bit longer and may give you some insight as to why we value prints so much more then just a CD. First off, we want you to not only value your session, we want you to enjoy the session for years to come, getting more out of it than you have put in. We know the CD seems to be the best value at first, but walking out of the ordering session knowing that prints are on the way to you is so much more rewarding then holding a CD full of images you may or may not ever print. In fact, many people take the CD home, toss it on the desk and might come back to it in a few days or weeks and start to put them on their computer. A small percentage of people will, in fact, take the CD to a printer, though in most cases it is a Walmart print center or other user-interfaced print service that offers cheap printing. We know that it sound like this would be easy to do, but consider the following.
Some of the issues you will run into with this method are that you will still need to buy frames, matting, and mounting products and many of your portraits will not be cropped in a way that enhances the portrait. This type of print center will print straight from the CD, which will add extra work on your end. In addition, they may remove aspects from your portraits that we, as photographers, have included to make them creative and stylish. You will also have to select the right print finish such as glossy, luster or matte. Do you know the difference between this products? Don’t worry, most people do not. Another issue that you may run into is the size limit that these labs will offer. Our professional print lab can create beautifully framed wall art that is available in sizes ranging from 8×10 prints all the way up to a 20×34 printed canvas and everything in between. These are available in many styles to fit any decor and every budget.

You just booked a session with a photographer after many hours of research, so let’s support each other in this final process of the ordering session. Let us help you select sizes that match the area of the home you’re planing to display them. Let us help guide you to a product that will last for many years after your Walmart print has faded or the frame has fallen apart. Remember, we are offering top of the line products supplied by a professional print lab. After a lot of research we find that most people will never even print the portraits or display them after the photo shoot. In fact, the ones that do only print a few and only display them for a short time, as they are often not framed or being displayed in a way that they should be. There is nothing like looking at your beautiful home in a new way with your beautiful portraits proudly hanging for all to see. Lets face it, we all love to hear we are beautiful and loved. Think how it will feel when friends and family see and comment on your new beautiful portraits.

We know there is an investment involved with your print order and we respect that and understand that everyone is at a different place in their ability to purchase prints. If you are going to buy prints, why not get them from your photographer? They use the best labs and will guide you to help create the look and feel you are after. Let’s look at this from a few different ways. You have already shown support to the photographer by way of hiring them for their services for the portrait session, so why not show them support again when it comes to printing your portraits? You are going to have to pay someone to print them, right? Using your photographer’s skills and knowledge can make this enjoyable and rewarding for everyone and can save you time and money. You would not walk into a car dealership ask for the cheapest car on the lot and take the one that needed all kinds of expensive work after leaving the lot, over the car that is ready to drive across the country from the first time you turned the key. In a sense that is what you are doing when you’re using a photographer that does a shoot and burn session. They are taken the photos and burning them to a CD and handing the rest of the transaction to you for you to deal with on your own. We want to give you the attention your deserve from first contact to our last meeting.

Now, I will tell you I used to do just that; I would take the time to book your session, finding a time and place that meets both of our needs, then create some beautiful portraits of you or your family for whatever event it was intended, from wedding, family or senior portraits. Then I would edit the files, burn them to disk and hand them off, not really giving a second thought of what was to be done after that. Now, after years of being a photographer, and seeing the great innovations and products that have come out in the recent past, I understand how important it is to offer a total portrait experience to my clients. This is the way I wish I had done it from the start.

Some photographers think this shoot and burn type of business is giving the industry a bad name. In some ways it is. It is like the quick oil change businesses that are popping up in every town nowadays. They offer a quick, affordable way of getting your vehicle’s oil changed. If you look at it the same way as the print vs shoot and burn method of making portraits, there are a lot of the same things happening. You get a fast and cheap oil change, but the oil they use is much like the paper they use at a Walmart type of print center; it is cheap and fades quickly, in turn making you have to change your oil more frequently. And it does not treat your vehicle with the respect it needs to run the way it was designed to. With these oil services, the person working there is not trained in a way to notice, or offer to fix or repair, any other issues your car my have at the time of service. Now, if you take your car to a trained professional that knows more about cars then just about its oil, you will not only be treated better as a client, but you will receive better service, and in most cases, have more options and suggestions to help you make quality decisions about your vehicle. In short, we all need a professional in whatever field we are dealing with. Another way to think of it is like a Super-Cuts hair salon (if you can call it that). You pay ten dollars for a hair cut. With a price like that are these hair cuts adding to your style? Is this a place you would use to prepare for your wedding day portraits? I don’t think many would make that choice.

One thing I have not touched on is the images on the CD. Let’s remember that we are running a business. That business is to offer our clients the best products and service that we can. Then why offer this CD at all and why must we have a print order in place prior to the purchase the images on CD? We only offer the CD after a commitment of a print order has been place for a few reasons. We need to cover all the costs of running the business and part of the way we cover the costs is through the sale of fine art prints. The session fees that are paid prior cover just a small percent of the costs associated with running a successful photography business. Some people might say that offering the cheaper option of a shoot and burn vs a print sale is the difference between a “real” professional photographer and someone that is more of a hobbyist. I will leave that up to the client to decide. I will say I have heard that the people who offer prints, and the people who buy prints, take a special pride in the work that has been created.

Lets face it, we all like nice things. We spend money on things like good wholesome foods. Some people will eat at McDonalds and be satisfied with that, while others will only eat at the best restaurant in town. I would much rather have the service and quality of food that comes from the full service restaurant than settle for eating food of sub-par quality in my car .

Next time you’re looking to have your family’s portraits done, please remember to put the skills of your photographer to work for you. Let them help you select what will work for your budget and your unique style. I know every business has to evolve in a way that works for them. For now this is my evolution. Thanks for joining me in it. If you’re looking for a photographer, we thank you for your consideration and look forward to working with you.

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Thank you, Joe

 

Getting Ready for a Portrait Session

Getting Ready for a Portrait Session

 

Senior Portrait in New Hampshire

Senior Portrait in New Hampshire

 

 

Getting ready for a portrait session here in New Hampshire is not just something that I, the photographer, needs to do. Preparing for a photo shoot is something that everyone involved needs to take part in. As I am cleaning my lenses, charging my batteries and making sure my memory cards are empty and ready to capture you or your family in a special way, there are some things you might want to think about before you come to a session.

1: Get some rest. The night before a portrait session you really should try to go to bed a little earlier then you do most nights; just one or two hours would be great. We don’t want you looking tired or weary the day of the shoot. Being the star of the show is hard work. It is more then standing and smiling. There are posing suggestions, and in many cases some short walks to get to the beautiful places which will add to the beauty of the photos we will make together.

2: Eat well. Not only on the day of the shoot but the day(s) before as well. We don’t want anyone getting weak or dizzy halfway into our portrait session. As I said before, we may being doing some small walks to get to a location. We will be in the sun most days for an hour or more, with the added fact that you’re playing to the camera. When you show up with a full nights rest and high energy from eating well nothing can go wrong. Well at least on your end. This will help with your skin color and ability to stay to course until we have completed our time together.

3: Your hair and make up. If you’re a woman, something that may be good to know is that your makeup does not have to be overdone. You should come to your shoot with your normal makeup on. Maybe just a bit more then you would put on if you were going out with friends to a dance or dinner party. Bring a small touch up kit with you if you’re able, for small touch ups. If you’re someone that does not wear makeup then go ahead and skip it today as well. After all, you want to look like you in your photos. For your hair, leave it down to start and if you’re looking to get a few head shots with it up or back, we will do that after we take care of the larger part of your photos. For the guys, if you’re looking to have a hair cut before your portraits, try to do so at least a week prior to the session. It will give time to give it that more natural look and maybe make up a little for that cut that might have been a bit short.

4: Your clothing for the day. I will talk to you before the shoot about what outfits you’re thinking of bringing and what look we are going for. You will want to bring two or three different outfits. Clean goes without saying. Make sure you’re comfortable. When I say that not only do I mean comfortable clothes that fit you well, but also what you like to wear. Sure we want to dress nicer then if we were just hanging out at home or working on the garden. You should be confident in your outfits, not looking stiff in a turtle neck if that is something you would never wear. I understand that some families want to have matching shirts on for some shots, but that trend is changing and changing fast. Just remember, two or three outfit changes for each member. That can be as easy as a shirt change. You don’t need to change pants and shoes too. Ladies might want to start off in a dress or skirt. That way pants or shorts can be added with out having to change your full wardrobe. You will also want to bring a light jacket. After all, I book most of my portrait shoots in New Hampshire or Maine and you know the weather could change at anytime.

5: The last tip I have for getting ready for a portrait experience is to start looking around for ideas. As a photographer it is my job to capture you in your best looks and in a way that tells a story about you as a person. You should have a part in all of this. At some point maybe closer to the date of the session you might jump on Google or Pinterest and search using the terms that fit your session description. Such as “senior portrait ideas” or “family photo ideas” with small children or what ever it is we are doing together that day.

My final thought on getting ready before the shoot, is to make sure you have used the restroom since we will be out in nature. You should bring some water with you also. For families with little ones, making sure their faces are clean when we meet up just saves time on every one so we are not running back to the car to grab a baby wipe to clean up.

Last thing I will say is this is a fun time for us all. We will walk and talk, joke and truly get to know each other. Most little ones are happy to stand and look at the man with the camera for a bit. Please don’t worry about your children at this time. We need your focus as much as, if not more than, the little ones. In a portrait of a family we always try to get all eyes on the camera, but in the event that we don’t get all of you looking for every shot, it will look so much better with the adults or older children looking great, with eyes on me. If the four, five or six year old has a photo or two that they are looking away in it is not only cute but it is to be expected; after all we are creating a memory and for sure if your little one has issues with being still for a long time, we want to capture that also. We just need mom and dad to keep a eye on me. I have four kids and can work my magic to keep most everyone happy for the short time we are together. Thanks for reading and I look forward to hearing from you. You can contact me via the contact link at the top of any page or by following this email link.

If you want to see more about my portrait work head over to my portrait page.

 

 

Family portrait at a New Hampshire Covered Bridge

Family portrait at a New Hampshire Covered Bridge

 

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About this North Conway New Hampshire Family Photographer:

Enjoy this North Conway photography provided by Joe Martin Photography

Joe Martin is located in Mount Washington Valley specializing in portrait photography and works as the following: wedding photographer, senior portrait photographer, newborn photographer andfamily photographer. Photography coverage including but not limited to, New Hampshire: Maine and Massachusetts. Including: NH- Berlin, Rochester, Dover, Concord and Meredith. In Maine: Portland, Fryeburg. In Massachusetts: Boston, Lawrence, Salem, and Gloucester. If you’re in an area not listed, I am willing to travel.

No matter what your event may be, each photo shoot will be handled professionally, with our clients desires and goals in mind. If you have any questions or comments for me or about my photography, please call me 603-367-4657 or contact New Hampshire Wedding Photographer today.

Location Information: Joe Martin Photography is located just outside North Conway, NH, 03860

All images copyright ©Joe Martin 2010-2014

Showing Support on Facebook

Showing Support on Facebook

Joe Martin photography Facebook page

 

When you LIKE someones biz page on FB you’re more than just a click, you are a supporter. To really show support and make what could be a big difference in the person’s Facebook presence, but could end up in a small way showing your friends this page indirectly and helping grow the page and client pool in ways we may never know.  Once you have taken the big step to click LIKE at the top, you should have a look around.  You truly can add support by being a active fan of the page  and scrolling down over the page, maybe liking a few posts of images on the page. Spending some time to get to know the person, place or product, you have just come to support. After all, you would not just walk in to a restaurant and as soon as the door closes open it and walk back out, not one that you would support.

When you LIKE, share or comment on a post it does a few things. First off, it shows the owner of this page your interested in the service they have set up or provided. It also might show up on your news feed letting your friends aware of your support for this page. This is when we as a page owner start to wonder what will take place next. Will they just walk out as soon as the door closes or will they window shop a bit check out what we offer? Maybe click that about tab and follow our link to our website, back to the point at hand. You have made the big step and showed support. Now to really help this page in the big bad world of Facebook, once you start to interact with the page by scrolling the content on the page. Maybe adding a LIKE here and a comment there. This action will show the Facebook algorithm that this page has something that users find this page interesting to users and maybe it should be seen by others or even seen by others that have LIKED the page already. That is what happens with pages once the users start to show interest, Facebook will toss more and more content into the news feed. After all that is why you liked the page in the first place, right? To view the page and its contents? Now that you have liked a few posts and it has started to show in others news feeds and they like it the page can not only been seen in a new light by fans of the page, but by Facebook showing you more from this page.

The owner of the page can see this new following grow and with a little look in the pages insight tab, can see what posts are creating more likes or comments. Then adding the same types of content to keep the users interested in keeping this page in the news feed and the circle of Facebook algorithms continues. After all, a large percent of the social media experience is being entertained as we use the site.  If your going to show support for a friends Facebook business page than try and  show it in a way that will truly support them and not just add to the number of likes at the top of their page.

If you have feedback on this or something to add please comment of send me an email. Thanks for reading my page and showing support 🙂

If you would like to support my page you can my banner on the right side of this page of follow this link.

Then show me some true support and LIKE a few of my posts. If you truly like them.  Joe’s Photography Facebook page 

Joe Martin

 

Who Hires a Photographer?

Who Hires a Photographer?

We all love to take photos. I see photos being taken every place I go. It may be at the market when we see someone snapping a picture of a food package that struck a funny cord or at the beach when families want to remember a beautiful day as one. With so many camera phones in the hands of teens and young adults, photos are being taken by the thousands every minute. Some news stories are putting the numbers even higher. With close to 300,000 photos being added to facebook every minute. That is a lot of memories and not all should be saved.

That is why myself and many others are here. To make the memories that should be saved. To capture faces the way they should be remembered. In the right light in the right way. With angles and backgrounds that add drama to a scene to draw the viewer in closer and to tell a story. We need to create memories of more then just a snap shot or screen grab. Portraiture that is worthy of hanging in the space that you live for years to come only to be add to with updates and new family additions. When a child is born or a wedding has brought two families together.

Who hires a photographer? We all need one. Even the pro photographer will hire out another to capture unique images of their own memories or moment in time. Using the camera to tell a story and the lens to draw in the light. In the same way a photographer tells others stories, you as a consumer can aid in this story telling with the willingness to be posed in a way that not only encapsulates your true being, but to also tell of a chapter that is yet to come or is being writing as the photos take shape. So when you do need some family, senior or wedding portraits think about the professionals in the field of photography. If you think about it, you would only have the best person for the job to work on your home or car, right? So don’t think for a minute that it is any different with your life’s memory. Hire a professional photographer that will do the jobs you need done. In fact contact me today to set up a time for us to chat about your next set of family or wedding portraits.  Contact page

 

A frameable family portraits captured in the woods on New Hampshire

A frame-able family portraits captured in the woods on New Hampshire

 

Spring Time Photography Rush

Spring Time Photography Rush

Spring ahead! With the added light and the days getting warmer, now is the time to get in your photo experience! With lighting gear in tow, we can create something unique or keep it safe with some traditional portraits. Are you looking for  ways to bring your family into the homes of your extended family? Maybe grandma needs a new mantel piece or maybe a  framed wall hanging in her staircase.
With your CD full of edited photos in hand, you will surely create a joyous smile on their faces. You may chose to print them all or just a select few as the year moves on. With the right matting and frame, each one-of-a- kind image will take it’s place in your timeline and will surly be treasured for a long time to come. Read more here

 

Family photos shoot time in New Hampshire

Create a unique photo experience with North Conway, New Hampshire based photographer Joe Martin

Getting New Head Shots For Work

Getting New Head Shots For Work

Welcome to my portrait photography site. I am a full service studio providing all type of portraits from family,wedding senior or corporate photography.  Lets set up your next custom  photo experience to get you a new series of head shots. Blog, Facebook  business cards or a new resume? Lets get a few studio head shots and then take it outside for another set of portraits in the sun. Head shot fees start as little as $125.00 leaving you with 7-15 head shots to use as you please. This photo session will only take about 30 minuets to one hour of time. Contact me now to set up a time and date.

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About this North Conway New Hampshire Portrait  Photographer:

Enjoy this North Conway photography provided by Joe Martin Photography

Joe Martin is located in Mount Washington Valley specializing in portrait photography and works as the following: wedding photographer, senior portrait photographer, newborn photographer andfamily photographer. Photography coverage including but not limited to, New Hampshire: Maine and Massachusetts. Including: NH- Berlin, Rochester, Dover, Concord and Meredith. In Maine: Portland, Fryeburg. In Massachusetts: Boston, Lawrence, Salem, and Gloucester. If you’re in an area not listed, I am willing to travel.

No matter what your event may be, each photo shoot will be handled professionally, with our clients desires and goals in mind. If you have any questions or comments for me or about my photography, please call me 603-367-4657 or contact New Hampshire Wedding Photographer today.

Location Information: Joe Martin Photography is located just outside North Conway, NH, 03860

All images copyright ©Joe Martin 2010-2014

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