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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

 

Newly Engaged, Now Happily Married

Newly Engaged, Now Happily Married

Meet Christina & Doug. They are married now, but here is a few photos from the engagement session I had with them. I am sure none of us have been so cold in all out lives. With the wedding date closing in we had to find a way to get an engagement session completed. With out long cold winter there was little time to get it done. We made it happen. I picked a spot close to them that I new was great for a few nice backdrops. The location was in Dover, NH new a large old closed metal bridge. It is close to the city of Portsmouth also. We were cold at the bridge but down in Portsmouth it was so much better. The wind was just so harsh at the bridge. With the protection of the buildings in the city the wind was greatly reduced making it a mush more enjoyable photo experience.

Here is just a few of the photos from that session. I have already shot the wedding look for some wedding photos from them soon.

If your newly engaged or looking for a wedding photographer. Please check my wedding price page. I would love to work with you and help capture your day in your way.

 

B&W Image of a engaged couple

Loving in the cold air

Couple embrace in this photo

In the city the wind was so much less and we could relax a bit and have fun

Edgy engagement photo

Love this doorway. Love this photo. Love the way the edit come out.

Couple hugging in this engagement photo

Loving is a understatement with these two

A couple posing near the water at the ocean

Loving by the waters edge.

Why Every Bride Should Hire A Wedding Planner | New Hampshire Wedding Photographer

Why Every Bride Should Hire A Wedding Planner | New Hampshire Wedding Photographer

Lets  face it, the wedding day is the biggest single event in a young couples life. After that, becoming a homeowner or a parent is the next big step. So why not get some help with this biggest of days? Help is available in the form of a wedding planner. They have been part of many family celebrations. Even a new planner has helped plan many more weddings then any newly engaged couple.  The knowledge they bring to a wedding day is truly a hands-on experience, giving you every option, every opportunity, to create the best of wedding timeline and a smooth transition from ceremony to reception, to the end of the nights send-off of the newly wed couple.

Here are just a few of the items that some may not consider when planning their own wedding:
In what order does the couple book vendors? (Many do not understand that a big popular wedding venue will be booked maybe two or three years ahead of time.) How close are venues to hotels or airports? How many people can a venue accommodate? What is your style? Do you have even one? Maybe you do, but you may not know for sure what your style is called. Your wedding planner can help you select the style that is truly you. They will help guild you into the perfect colors or what is hot and what is not in your style at any giving time of year. They will be able to help you with your budget, which could make or break a wedding day. Maybe you had another number in your mind of what a wedding in 2016 will cost. Once you have this number you are more able to select from vendor lists. Going into this blind could really turn on you. Do you know how much the average venue gets per plate/guest? Do you know who should come to the wedding? How many people can  be afforded to have come to the big day? Your planner will know. They will help select the best venue for your budget. They can guide the selection of vendors. Maybe you always wanted a live band to play are your wedding. Maybe, once you find out most bands run three to four times the price of a good deejay, you will want to use the difference in price to select a better photographer. Planners have relationships with local deejay’s, photographers and florists. They will let the chef know if your running late with photos or parent dances. They can let the DJ know when it is time to toss the bouquet.  Do you think most brides know they use a second bouquet as the tossing bouquet? So they can keep the bouquet they walked down the aisle with.   Many venues have a wedding coordinator in house to help with your wedding.They will know the limo drivers and the bakers to send couples to for the best match. Again, budget is a big factor.

So, to break it down for you: Your planner is your financial planner, your timeline coordinator (and they will keep you up to date of the planning and booking progress), the style, taste and overall vibe that you desire, help you pull together the scattered elements to create a unified look and feel for the wedding. Wedding planners are also the peacemakers, being the voice for the couple and negotiating with vendors, or with your mother-in-law. They also handle any last minute emergencies, and return rental equipment and making sure the space is left clean so you get your deposit back. Basically, they are the guiding force of a wedding and without them, your focus can not be where it belongs and that is on the love and being present during your wedding, so you have an amazing time. After all, your wedding is one of the most memorable days of your life. Do you want to look back on it as relaxing, loving and peaceful? Or do you want to look back on it as stressful, disorganized and overwhelming?

We hope this article helped in your decision making-process of having a wedding planner or not. We wish you the best, more memorable day of your life!
~Joe Martin

 

 

collage image of detail photos from weddings.

All the details will be taken care of with the right wedding planner.

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WEDDING DAY SNAPSHOT |  20 WEDDING PHOTOS BUILD A TIME LINE

WEDDING DAY SNAPSHOT | 20 WEDDING PHOTOS BUILD A TIME LINE

PHOTO OF THE DAY: WEDDING DAY SNAPSHOT

I love Adobe Lightroom for many reasons. It is a fast sorter of photos. Maybe not the fastest but it works well for culling out the miss fires and non keepers. Photogrpahers never want to admit they take a photo that is not 100% amazing every time, but it does happen. So once home form a wedding or portrait session. I will load the images on to my computer with Lightroom. This is great because Lightroom has a feature that allows users to back up to another spot on your computer a second copy of the same files. This does this all at the same time. So before we even start to edit we have 2 copies of the files and all professional photographers should practices the art of backing up. This way if anything was to happen to one of the hard drives we would have another copy on a separate hard drive for safe keeping. One other reason I love Lightroom is that you can create collage images by selecting photos from a session or over time from many sessions to build a collection set or best of, insert category here.

ABOUT THIS PHOTO: This collage is one I built form the wedding photos of a wedding in 2014. I really had a fun time at this wedding. Really nice people and a truly fun day. We were in southern New Hampshire in a small town called, Contoocook. We had perfect weather for the day. Another reason I liked this wedding was that the brides maids all had on a different colored dress. I love that look in the photos. It was great that the groomsmen had matching ties.. So I thought I would build this image form just 20 of the days photos. It is a time line from before, during and after the ceremony. I am going to build out a few more of these types of images for all my weddings. Thanks again for checking out my page.

Joe Martin

 

Image created using small block images from a wedding day

Love building a time line photo from a wedding day

ONE OF MY FAVORITE WEDDING PHOTOS

ONE OF MY FAVORITE WEDDING PHOTOS

PHOTO OF THE DAY: ONE OF MY FAVORITE WEDDING PHOTOS

I thought for todays photo I would post one of my favorite wedding photos. This was form a wedding last year in 2014. The wedding venue was in New Hampshire at a great place named Church Landing at Mill Falls  This waterfront venue is a great in town yet out of the location for any event, not just your wedding. This wedding was held out doors under the big white tent. It was a beautiful day and we had a beautiful couple with family and friends all around. For me weddings are one day of fun with a sprinkling of stressful moments. Will every thing go well? I someone in the wedding party pass out? Will I get all the photos I need without other guests jumping in front of me to grab that epic iPhone photo. Well this wedding went off like more not one issue and fun all around.

ABOUT THIS PHOTO: This photo was taken during the ceremony. The Bride & Groom had writing vows that they read aloud to each other. At one point the Bride almost cried but she was able to fight back the emotions and save her makeup. The officiant at this wedding was a friend of the family and tossed a few jokes out making the couple and the guest have a brief laugh. This photo was taken at just the right moment when all had started to laugh. I love the way that she is enjoying her soon to be husbands laugh and viewing of the crowd.I was back a bit away and had zoomed in with my long lens to crop out any distracting elements focusing on the couple and creating a memory of this moment.

 

Photo of bride and groom laughing at the wedding

Bride & Groom sharing a laugh during the wedding.

 

In Search of The Aurora

In Search of The Aurora

PHOTO OF THE DAY – IN SEARCH OF THE AURORA

 

In the winter of 2013 was one of the largest solar flairs to date. The week of the sun flair were wild reports of the chance to view the northern lights also called the aurora borealis. I am lucky enough to live in a location were there is a good chance of viewing such an amazing sight.  un-lucky for me it was not in the cards on the nights I had gone out. I spent tow late almost over nights out in the cold not just cold but really cold. At the time I took this photo it was 3 degrees. There must have been 10 or us out just hoping to capture the lights. We started to leave the location around 4 AM and I was soon to follow. I was happy to have this great shot to bring home but was hoping for the color to be there that night. Maybe net time. I took this shot looking away toward the south as the sky looked amazing. It is hard to see this at night, but the trick is to take a long exposure photo and then look at it on the back of the cameras LCD screen. I hope to some day be able to view and photograph the lights. It was for sure existing to be there with all so hoping to see them. Better luck next time.

Purple sky over a melting  pond at night

Purple sky over a melting pond at night

TOP OF THE MORNING

TOP OF THE MORNING

PHOTO OF THE DAY: TOP OF THE MORNING

Here is another nature photo from our trip to Puerto Rico. We were out all day at the beach a great location named Dirty Beach. See my post about it to find out why it is called such a name. This spot was at the top of a rolling hill on the way down to the cost. The clouds were just amazing I had to have the driver pull to the side so I could just spend a few minutes taking this one. I am very happy with how this turned out. I hope you are too. Please let me know what you think in the comments below. As always thanks for stopping by my site. As always all of my fine art prints are available for purchase  in many sizes and on many mediums from archival paper to ready to hang wall canvas. Click an image to goto my print site or contact me for custom orders.

Joe Martin

 

Image of a grass covered field as it heads down to the oceans edge.

Capturing this hill top view was a great way to start a day at the beach.

Ben & Mae Southern ~ New Hampshire ~ Engagement Photos.

Ben & Mae Southern ~ New Hampshire ~ Engagement Photos.

I have the pleasure of witnessing a beautiful young couple getting married this month. With that wedding date approaching  it was time to set up their engagement photos.  I headed down to Laconia, NH to meet the couple view the wedding location and to get to know them a bit more. We drove around a bit and stopped at some scouted locations to pose for some shots. We made are way to the train museum Meredith. This way their wedding day will be packed with fun and joy and no surprises. Love to meet and be with a happy couple just days before the wedding. They are bubbling with love and just a bit of stress, but the photo shoot is a way to get them to relax and let us connect as a team.   Here is just a few from last weeks shoot.

 

Looking forward to meeting your friends and family at your September wedding.

 

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With custom wedding photography packages we can find a way to create the memories your wishing to create .  I am willing to work with your budget and vision.
Please call me today to reserve your date.  (603) 367-4657 or email me to get started.

 

 

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About this  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.

 

 

Social Media Wedding Package Video

Social Media Wedding Package Video

 Wedding Photos in Video

 

One of the best ways to share your wedding with guests, family and the folks that could not make it to your wedding is with social media. We all know about Facebook and Twitter, Youtube and Blogspot, so why not use them to share your special memories with the world?  Almost everyone you know has some sort of online profile.  With my Social Media package, you are sure to have the best way to share your experience with everyone you know. What is a better way to create an emotional connection with your wedding guests after the date as past and everyone is back to normal life. Long after the party has faded and the rented tux has been returned, you will still have the wedding photos, preserving the memories and emotions that go along with this most precious day.  Let me build you a custom video displaying the story of your wedding day from the moment your hair is done to the last dance, these videos will be a way to show-off some of the best photos of your day. The video  will be set to music and will be the highest quality, professionally crafted presentation.  You will not only have this video uploaded to Youtube for you to share, you will also get a copy on the flash drive with your images making it easy to access for anywhere viewing.  This is only one part of the social media package that you will receive. Another special feature of your package will includes short videos from your guests sharing their well-wishes and blessings to YOU.  Your video will include 100-150 of the best photography from your wedding day will run about 6-10 minutes in length. This video is one of the best keepsakes from your day along with your album or prints.  My clients rave about it and you will too!!

To create this type of video, special care needs to be taken the day of your wedding to make sure to get the whole story. The time of building the video is included in the cost of the package.  This add-on is included in my Platinum package and can be added to any other custom package.   To find out more about this featured item please see my wedding packages page.   Or Contact me today to find out what we can build together. I am looking forward to hearing form you today.

This video was created from a wedding I was the 2nd shooter. I had the privilege to with with Autumn Wells of  Autumn Bliss Photography, from Southern Maine.

 

View a recent post about this wedding containing a few larger sized photos Tom & Emily’s wedding post 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About this  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.

This New Hampshire photographer is also the owner of  Wedding Photographer Boston MA

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Life New Day ~ By New Hampshire Newborn Photographers Joe & Dayna Martin

New Life New Day ~ By New Hampshire Newborn Photographers Joe & Dayna Martin

 

Our latest Newborn Sparkle Session was perfect! Little Jantabi lived up to the African meaning of her name, “Sunshine.” She slept through the entire session, only waking to nurse a few times and  then she fell fast asleep again.  At just seven days old, she was the perfect age for a newborn photography session. We have known her Mom, Amy, for many years. It was a pleasure to not only meet this little ray of sunshine, but also Jantabi’s father.  They opened their home to us and helped us turn their living room into a temporary studio.  With Reggae music playing quietly in the background, their whole home was filled with a loving, relaxed energy. We used some of the beautifully patterned fabric that Amy brought home from their last trip to Africa.  It was so nice to include some of the family items that have special meaning to them. Personalizing Newborn Sparkle Sessions are important to us to not only honor the unique child, but the family, culture and history as well.  It meant a lot to us to work with the family to co-create such a special experience with photos that are already being shared all over the world.

We are looking forward to our next newborn session already! Bring this unique service to our area means so much to me and my wife. If you are interested in learning more about our Newborn Sparkle Session, please check out our newborn photography page.  Or contact us today.

Seven day newborn in this photo

Seven day newborn in this photo

Seven day newborn in this photo

Newborn baby girl from NH photographer.

Newborn baby wrapped in cloth photo shared form NH photographer

Newborn baby wrapped in cloth photo shared form NH photographer

Newborn photo shared form NH photographer

Newborn photo shared form NH photographer

Newborn photo shared form NH photographer

Newborn photo shared form NH photographer

Newborn photo shared form NH photographer

Newborn photo shared form NH photographer

Newborn lays on a fuzzy fur in this photo form NH photographer

Newborn lays on a fuzzy fur in this photo form NH photographer

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About this North Conway New Hampshire Newborn  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 2010-2014

New Hampshire Photographer Shares Some Portraits in this Short Video ~ Joe Martin Photography

New Hampshire Photographer Shares Some Portraits in this Short Video ~ Joe Martin Photography

 

Using animoto.com is so great to sharing a few photos add some music and publish. This service is a paid service but I feel is so worth it for the added value it brings to my workflow.  The more I use it the more I like it. Here is a short video with some of my family and senior portraits in it.  I will try to put more of them together this summer. Once the wedding photography session kicks in I hope to add a short one for each wedding I shoot.  I hope they don’t run out of music. Thanks for watching.

 

 

 

 

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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

Welcome, Phoebe Isis! Newborn Sparkle Session ~ Joe Martin New Hampshire Photographer

Welcome, Phoebe Isis! Newborn Sparkle Session ~ Joe Martin New Hampshire Photographer

 

This week we had the pleasure of meeting this little lady, Phoebe Isis. She was a beautiful soul and loved being in her Mama’s arms. We are proponents for attachment parenting and during our Newborn sessions we encourage mothers to nurse and hold their babies as much as possible.  We have learned a lot in the short time that we have introduced our Newborn Photography Sparkle Session. We have learned the importance of having sessions with babies under two weeks old. Although Phoebe was a bit older, we enjoyed our time with her very much!  Her parents took my wife, Dayna’s Natural Childbirth class back when they were pregnant with their first baby. Phoebe is their third child so we had a very special connection with this family, having seen their family begin. It was an honor to connect with them again, and give them the gift of beautiful photographs of their first daughter.
If your pregnant or know someone that is, let them know that they can contact us today! Whether is it childbirth classes, breastfeeding help, Doula service or newborn photography, we would love to connect and support local families on their journey to parenthood and beyond.

 

Newborn girl in this photo

Newborn photographer in New Hampshire

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Baby girl newborn photograph

baby in newborn photo

Newborn baby girl form New Hampshire photographers Joe and Dayna Martin

Newborn baby girl form New Hampshire photographers Joe and Dayna Martin

baby girl in this newborn photo

 

 

 

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About these North Conway New Hampshire Newborn  Photographers:

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 Newborn Photographer today.

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

All images copyright ©Joe Martin 2010-2014

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

Amazning Landscape Time Lapse Videos: Must See

Amazning Landscape Time Lapse Videos: Must See

A 200+ mile backpacking experience through Yosemite National Park captured by Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill. This project was filmed over the course of 10 months. We spent a combined 45 days in the park capturing the images in this video.

To view the entire story, please visit: http://www.projectyose.com
Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/projectyose

 

Stunning Time-Lapse Video: Elemental Iceland

Published on Oct 8, 2013
Photographer Stian Rekdal combined thousands of photos to create this time-lapse video showcasing Iceland’s natural beauty. He spent three weeks—and more than 3,000 miles—on the road and took more than 40,000 photos. He used about 3,500 of these to make the video.

Read the National Geographic interview with Stian Rekdal here:

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

 

 

Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest Oh My

Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest Oh My

Image of some popular social media logos

“Did you forget your password? Click here to reset.” How many times have you seen this message under the log in field on a webpage? I know for me it has been once too many. With so many social sites these days, we really need to pick which ones work best for us. Better yet, which ones work with us. I know some people love Twitter. Others vote for Facebook. The internet has long been a social media wormhole. In the beginning, it may have direct email was the first “social media.”

Is One Social Media Site Enough These Days?

We need to chose our social media experience wisely and not get spread so thin that we are like butter on warm toast that can not be seen at all. You should first ask yourself “what is it I am I trying to get out of this interaction?” Am I a consumer or a product? Am I a user or a provider? This question can change the way you view social sites and in turn can change the way that people and these sites view you. For me, as a landscape and portrait photographer, I find that one of the best ways to get the most eyes on my photos and website is through the use of multiple sites throughout the day. I find that Twitter is a late night experience, while Facebook is more active in late afternoon and evening. That leaves the morning hours empty, and in that space, I feel that Pinterest fills bill! If you have not made your way over to the site yet, you should give it a look. Over 70 million people use Pinterest and that number is growing.

On Pinterest, you are able to select what you see and how you view it. It is a place to “pin” your favorite pictures of things you may want to order in the future. It is also a place to get ideas for a craft or DIY project. You can set up different boards by name or in categories. You can then get out on the web and add pins to your boards, saving them for later or to share with your Pinterest following, which makes it social. You can use the search field on Pinterest to search for things also. Then, once found you may “re-pin” them to one of your own boards. That is Pinterests way of being social. For me, I use it to share wedding dress styles or portrait poses. I added camera gear to one of my boards and later went back to fantasize about adding it to my camera bag someday. I also add my fine art landscape work directly from my print site. I might share a wedding or family photo from a portrait session and have that photo link back to my site to help drive traffic or a new client to my store-front.

Remember that you can pin anything and everything that can be found on the web. From a home for sale, to a baby teething-ring. Dream cars or photos of cats – we can always use a few more cat photos in our life, right?!
One cool feature that I appeciate is being able to chose a style or color that you love too! If you’re thinking of landscaping your yard, you can load up some photos of backyard patios or decks. Most of the pictures have links to the websites that they originated from, so you can click and learn more.

What Will Pinterest Do For My Portrait Business?

Now, you might say, “Well, how does this help me in a small, local business? First off, there is a few ways to pin some thing. You have the option to share from your website. You can paste a url into the field option. Then, you will be asked to select the picture on that page that you wish to share. Finally, you will have a space to add information about this item or page. When you share a pin that is from your site or your town you have a few options and you should use them all. You should talk about your services and location. If you’re having a sale, post the new prices and maybe the date that the sale ends. The more information you can add, the better chance you have of coming up in a search. There is no need for #hashtags. You will want to post content that has keywords and phrases that will have your type of business showing up in a search. I am sure there are sites that will give tips and tricks to getting found better, as well if you do a little digging. I know for this small-town-New Hampshire-photographer, it has been a great place to view projects and vacation destinations all over the world. I have enjoyed sharing my work at Pinterest and also viewing other photographers work. It has been nice to add one more cog in the wheel of my presence in the World-Wide-Web!

Thank you for stopping by! I love your comments, so please give me feedback if you are inspired to do so. Also, if you want to subscribe to my blog to receive email updates when I post a new entry, please leave a comment below and check the second option to be notified via email.

Happy Pinning! Joe

On Facebook need a bit of help navigating your business page? This artical my help understand it a bit more.
“Showing support on Facebook”

 

 

 

About this North Conway New Hampshire Photographer:  NH 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 at today.

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

All images copyright ©Joe Martin 2010-2014

What People are saying about Joe Martin Photography ~ By New Hampshire Photographer Joe Martin

What People are saying about Joe Martin Photography ~ By New Hampshire Photographer Joe Martin

New Hampshire photographers review page

Brother and sister in a photo smiling at each other

Family photography in New Hampshire

Sharing testimonials is an important aspect of any business. Here is what my clients are saying about our experience together after a portrait shoot or wedding. It is always great to hear from them after the shoot to know that they had fun and enjoyed the photos. Here are just a few of the most recent we have received. From a happy family portrait session.

Hannah Quinn: 5 STAR REVIEW via Facebook
 “Joe is simply the best!!! He was super creative with beautiful artistic shots of our wedding day and he was even able to capture the little ones in our wedding party!! (There is a lot to be said for someone who can capture young ones smiling and all!) I would HIGHLY recommend Joe to anyone, and I have to say that anyone that looks at our wedding pictures are amazed by the quality of his work :)”
newborn baby photo in pink hat

Baby girl so cute

Heidi Englert 5 STAR REVIEW via Facebook
“Joe and Dayna did a newborn shoot for my little girl. They came into my home and set up right in our bedroom. They were very professional and I trusted them with our daughter. The pictures came out great and they did such a nice job with handling Avery with care, I would have never guessed it was their first newborn shoot! I’d definitely call Joe for my next family photo shoot!”



Sarah Robinson Quinby: 5 STAR REVIEW via Facebook
“Joe is incredible to work with. Creative shots taken in a relaxing but fun way. No ‘typical’ and unnatural poses. During the session he worked with 4 kids ages 3-12, connecting with all of them at their level using unique props and the beauty of the surrounding nature to capture their true personalities.”

 

Family photos shoot time in New Hampshire

Create a unique photo experience with joe

Roanna Cameron: 5 STAR REVIEW via Facebook
“Our experience was amazing. Unique to say the least, and has an eye for amazing shots! Our photos will be cherished and we will continue to have our photos done with you!”

 

Ida Robinson Streeter: 5 STAR REVIEW via Facebook
“Joe has such a relaxed, easy going approach to photography that it is easy to feel comfortable during a session with him. He is more than capable working with children and adults of all ages and produces beautiful images of all! Highly recommend him!”

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Senior Portrait From new Hampshire Photographer Joe Martin



From a proud mother: The DiSilva Family
“My Oldest Daughter became a senior this year. Senior year how exciting with Caps and gowns ,Prom and Senior portraits.Who do you choose to take these memorable pictures and how do you decide with so many great photographers in the area? I found a lot on Facebook. I was able to see each style every photographer had and narrow it down to two I was really interested in. I chose Joe Martin. He had a lot of great ideas and listened to what we wanted. We had never done anything like this before as we were a little apprehensive on how it would all turn out. Joe is a true pro-professional brought props from home which made the photos have that extra touch. We went to three different spots in the Tamworth Ossipee area which made each photo extremely different from the last.His eye for perfection is amazing. A week later we had the disk in hand of all the gorgeous pictures he had taken. We are still trying to decide which pictures are the best for they all are extremely beautiful.If your looking for Family Portraits, Senior Photos, or just Regular school pictures of your children , instead of spending your money at Walmart, Sears, or JcPenny try a true professional Joe Martin and create Memories that will last a lifetime with each photo he takes. I’m in love with his work and he will be taking our pictures again as we have another senior next year! Thank you Joe Martin. I’m glad I found you ,I just only wish I learned of your amazing work years ago! Joemartinphotograhy.com is the way to go!

 

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 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 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 email 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.

Thanks again for reading! If you want to stay up to date with my posts or have some feedback on this topic, please comment below. If you do want to receive a email update for new posts from my blog you may select the second check box under your comment and you will receive a notice in your Inbox.

 

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

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

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