senior portraits

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

Senior Portrait Season In New Hampshire | Kennett High School Class of 2016 Seniors

Senior Portrait Season In New Hampshire | Kennett High School Class of 2016 Seniors

Schools are almost back in session. With that, comes a new year of seniors that need their photos taken for the yearbook and for a keepsake of their accomplishment of making it to the end of their schooling.  Last season.  I had the pleasure to meet and photograph Madison. She was a bit shy and nervous when we first met, which is to be expected. She brought her mom with her and we starting chatting, and Madison had time to get more comfortable when we discussed what she was looking for in her photos. The rest is photogenic history. Her senior portraits were due the next week, after our session. She had put off the photos until that last minute, which was no problem. It was cold outdoors and we made use of my indoor studio for most of her session.  We spent two hours taking many photos, so she had tons to choose from. Her Mom assisted her with a wardrobe change half way through the the session, so she could have two very different looks and style, that reflected the different sides of her personality. Here is a small selection from Madison’s portrait session.

Contact me today to schedule your teens Senior Portrait session: 603-367-4657 or email me today.

 

Senior photos from class of 2015

Madison’s natural beauty came out in all her portraits

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Posing for head shots made easy for this high school senior

Posing for head shots made easy for this high school senior

Psoing out doors is a high school senior

Fall colors had passed but we were able to capture that late fall feeling in this outdoor photo.

Professional selfie . Every senior needs one.

Professional selfie . Every senior needs one.

Love the colors in this outfit. Worked so well in contrast to the backdrop.

Love the colors in this outfit. Worked so well in contrast to the backdrop.

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BOYS WILL BE BOYS |Portrait Session in A Cemetery

BOYS WILL BE BOYS |Portrait Session in A Cemetery

PHOTO OF THE DAY- BOYS WILL BE BOYS

This was one of the funnest, fastest photo shoots I have done. I am not sure if it was because in this photo is my son ans one of his best friends. This photo was taken shortly before Halloween and this was their costumes for the night of candy collection. They both made their own costumes and looked great. Once I saw what they had made I knew we had to do a photo shoot. We live right up the road form a great old cemetery. That was the only place to shoot. I mean it had to be right? So I loaded up my red leather wing backed chair and we headed out.
I used some off camera flash to light them. When you set your camera to be exposed for the sky but light your subject with flash. This is the type of effect you get. This type of photo is why I love photography so much.  I don’t mean the dark scene of the location or even the outfits they made up. I love the lighting in the sky the whole scene looks like a dream. Let me know your thoughts on this one. Have you ever wanted to create a dream like effect in your photos? Lets chat below. Thanks for stopping by my page. If you want to create some portraits like this or something a bit more traditional please contact me today.

Coseplay style Image of two costumed young men in a cemetery with amazing clouds over them.

Fun time with my son and his friend on a hollow-ween photo shot

T-REX NEST

T-REX NEST

PHOTO OF THE DAY- T-REX NEST

On our trip to Puerto Rico I was able to take many new existing photo of the ocean the jungle and some crazy bugs and animals. Here in this photo at the edge of the jungle might be one of my favorite from the trip. It truly was an amazing sky. It was just after eating dinner I was cleaning up in the kitchen and looked out the window to see the sunset and the purple in it was almost fake looking. I just drop everything then grabbed my gear and ran up the hill to this spot on the conner. There was houses behind me but none on this spot. I stood trying to catch my breath and be fast about setting up my tripod and camera. Once I saw the back of the LCD screen I knew I had something. I moved and composed a few more shots and baam the sun had set.

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Nature photo of the jungle in Puerto Rico

Looks like a T-Rex is going to come running out any second

CONNECTING BEFORE THE WEDDING

CONNECTING BEFORE THE WEDDING

PHOTO OF THE DAY – CONNECTING BEFORE THE WEDDING

On most wedding days every one is very stressed, rushing around. Most time the day is a blur. It starts early and ends late with many hugs kisses and tears in between. On this wedding day. I showed up a bit early as I always do. I find in order to start on time and make great photos it helps to show up early and take time to triple check my gear and walk the property a bit. The couple this day did not do a first look. They chose to be together before the wedding. As they got ready and I took photos we all just hung out and have a fun pre-wedding time together. I took her dress, shoes and the rings out of the room and shot them as I always do. Once the detail photos were done I returned to the room and continued to take photos of then getting ready. As the bride was in the other room getting in her dress I stayed with the groom and the family members that were there. I was able to talk and connect with the members of the bridal party as I do at most weddings. Only it takes a little longer into the day to truly get to know folks to this level as I was only with them all waiting for the ceremony to state.
About this photo. I was seated in a chair opposite from the groom and there little girl. I was able to see down the hall way that the bride was going to be walking back out to the room we were in. i saw her coming and quickly turned my camera on the groom and the little one. They were so together drawing together that they did not notice she had entered the room. It was this few words that made this photo possible. I said “Look moms got her dress on” the rest speaks for it self.

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Photo of a groom and his little girl before the wedding sitting coloring together.

Getting ready photos are part of the story of the wedding day.

 

If you are in need of a wedding photographer that pays attention to the details of the day. Maybe we should talk. Contact me today.

 

 

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 

 

 

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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

I Ain’t Got Time For That. One New Hampshire Photographers View on the New domain Extensions

I Ain’t Got Time For That. One New Hampshire Photographers View on the New domain Extensions

 

Old building on a farm in New Hampshire

Old building on a farm in New Hampshire

Even in the small, rural state of New Hampshire we have access to all of the great technology that is available to the rest of the world.  We, as people, have to always be paying attention to an ever changing world even at the  speed that it changes.  Early in 2014, the authorities at ICANN started releasing new domain extensions. Some that have come out at the time of this posting are: .bike, .builders, .cab, .camera and .cloths,  just to name a few. There was one more, that as a wedding photographer, peaked my interest: the .photography extensions. Why would they do this? Are we running out of .com’s or has the internet become so overcrowded with business pages with names that is creates confusion? From what I read on many sites,  is that the new extensions give more options.  Will this add to the confusion and make it harder to remember the new extensions? Maybe so, at first. Soon, it will be commonplace and normal to have many extensions to choose from.

As a North Conway New Hampshire photographer that lives in a small town with a  market that is becoming over-crowed, I feel that anything you can do to get a little edge on others in the same field is maybe the only way to stand out and be seen.  Because of this, I have bought a few of the new “.photography” extensions. Why? Well, for one, we don’t really know yet if they will be a good thing or a bad thing or a great thing to the early adapters of these new extensions. I was not going to wait until all the names that I might want had been bought by others. I am not sure how they can help yet, but did not want anyone else to have them to gain a footing up on what I have here at Joe Martin Photography.

 

The names that I have as of this writing are as follows:

joemartin.photography 

 newhampshirewedding.photography  (New Hampshire Wedding Photography)

newhampshireseniorportrait.photography  (New Hampshire Senior Portrait Photography)

newhampshireportrait.photography   (New Hampshire Portrait Photography)

portlandmaineseniorportraits.photography (Portland Maine Senior Portraits)
I had to make sure  I made time for this. Maybe you want to look at your city or state for the businesses you own to see if the extension is out yet or still available. If you have a question or comment feel free to leave them here or contact me today.

Thanks for stopping by and talk to you later.

Joe

 

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About this North Conway New Hampshire Wedding 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 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 email at New Hampshire Wedding Photographer today.

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

All images copyright ©Joe Martin 2010-2014

 

 

We Had A Baby….

 

Newborn baby portrait

Newborn baby posed in a wooden bucket

 

newborn baby photo in pink hat

 

 

…for our first newborn photography session! We worked with a great couple from central New Hampshire. They had cleared a space for us to work before we had even gotten there. The lights were set up and the backdrops and blankets were set up. The heater was ready and warming the space.  Dayna and I cleared the area and asked for mom to bring in the baby.  After a few minutes getting our feet wet, we had that newborn posing like a star. Well, not really, but she was so great. She let us change hats and little ribbons on her tiny head. I moved the lights and Dayna spotted the baby. We took shot after shot. We then changed the pose and took some more photos. It was really was fun and easy. It was looking more and more like a regular photo shot. Once you know how to do something, it is easy to apply it in new areas.  When a husband and wife can team up together like this to grow a side of my portrait business there is nothing we can not do. I look forward to working with my wife again real soon on some more newborn photography. We have two more shoots coming up later this week. If you know anyone that has a newborn or is due soon please share our page with them. Thanks for your support. Have a look at the cute photos on this post or over on our New Hampshire newborn photography page.

Cute newborn portrait

The princess

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About this North Conway New Hampshire Newborn  Photographer

Enjoy this North Conway newborn 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

All images copyright ©Joe Martin 2010-2014

 

Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest Oh My

Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest Oh My

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“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 :)”
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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.

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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

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

The Price we Pay.

The Price we Pay.

 

We as photographers hear statements from time to time, “How much does it cost to push a button?” or “I just need them for 6 hours, how could it cost that much for 6 hours of work?” or one of the best “anyone with a good camera can do it, why should we pay for someone to come do what my uncle can do?” The reasons are many, unless your uncle is a pro photographer.

For starters a photographer in most cases can get the job done. They know when to take a photo when to create a photo and if need be when to make a photo.  It is so much more then pointing a camera at a subject or near one and pushing a button. They say timing is everything. That is so very true when it comes to photography. The way a persons faces looks as they have their head tilted to the side is very different when they are looking up or down.  Know what looks good in the background or the foreground can also make a good photo an amazing one.

Now, I could talk about technique or style for days and days, but I think I will leave that for another post(s) yet to come. I would like to talk about the cost of the work that goes in to a photography business. What is the cost of doing business in this field? Well, it is much more then one must think. Just think for a minute about what it is that you do for work. Do you own your own business or are you in a management level job or one that affords you the privilege do seeing the cost to run that business? If so then you know that it takes some money to not only get the business up and running but takes a bit of money to keep the working coming in and going out.  Like any business a good size percentage of the money charged for a sale or job goes right back into the business.  For the sake of information I will give a small breakdown of what I feel are some of the biggest money hogs for a photographer and some of the smaller things that many people do not even think of when it comes to this line of work.

First off, as we all know, that big camera is not cheap and on top that a nice price can be had for even just one of the lenses used. Not to speak of the number of lenses needed to create a day of shooting for lets say a wedding or family portrait session. Just one nice lens can set a photographer back over $1000.00 and they have 3 more in their bag not only to create a different type of shot but as a backup. When you think about someone that might build houses for a living. You might not think past a few tools in a truck but for many of these people the tools they bring to a job site are just a small fraction of the tools they will need or may need to complete the job at hand. So we have covered the one essential item – the camera and lens and If I was to just toss a low number for a starting out photographer would easily reach over $3,000.00. (not including the back up camera and lens)

Now, lets talk lighting gear that may be needed in some venues and then we have gear bags, memory cards – lots of them! Then there is website hosting, prints ads, business cards, phone services to conduct the client calls. With all that said there is still more. What could be left you say? Well hours and hours of training that went into the skill of photography before they ever met the next client. In many cases schooling or hired training was paid for to gain the skills from others in the field. There is insurance to cover liabilities that could come up insurance on the camera gear too. Some maybe rent studio space and then have all that comes with running the space like electricity and heat. They have to have a working vehicle to get to venues in some cases these can be many miles form their home or studio. So you get the idea of all the ways your investment will be spent, but wait there is more? One of the biggest investments that a photographer has to make is in the computer and software that will be used to run the images through the editing and delivery process. Many have heard of photoshop. That one program alone can cost up to $600.00 now they do have newer more affordable ways of using photoshop but that comes with a monthly fee and needs to have a high speed internet connection to take full advantage of it.  Now, even after they have a fast computer with in most cases two or three running monitors to speed up the work flow, the time to edit can take hours and hours if not days or even a week. Storage of multiple copy’s of the images alone can take a few hours to occur and then the added cost of needing multiple hard drives or online storage clouds to hold all of the images. Now the real time has to be put in. When we return from a wedding of a shoot we have hours of work to do. In most cases if not all it takes many more hours to edit then it did to create the photo that have now just be moved to the computer.  Many passes over to pick the best set of images that can be provided. The more we work the better we are at not only this part of the trade but we are better at capturing the best images in the camera and will save time in the editing side.  Now some might say well then the more experienced shooters are making even more on a event? Well maybe they are. Should they be? They sure should be. I would expect to pay more for a builder with many more years of expertise on the subject then someone that has just bought their first hammer. I would hope that most would see this valuable trade as not only a skilled trade but something we work hard at and are passionate about.  Whether is it working on getting that perfect photo of your children or the bouquet being torn to pieces by some hungry bridesmaids, we are there for the client, from start to delivery, 100% of the time.

Do you have a grasp on some of the cost that are associated with owning and running a photography business and the hours of time put in not only at the wedding or shoot, but after? I am not writing this from a place of I told you so,  but a place of, now you know.  Thanks for reading my blog and please follow me on Facebook. Share my page with your family and friends and I hope to hear form you soon to book your event or family photo shoot.

Have you had a similar experience? I would love to hear about it or what you had to say in reply to help them understand why a photographer charges for their service.

 

Thanks for your time.

Joe Martin

 

Foliage in New Hampshire

Fall in new hampshire

 

 

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

 

Why Canvas?

Why Canvas?

One simple answer, it rocks. I love the digital age and being able to offer so much from a photography stand point. Now with the new upgrade in canvas grouping you can set up a living space wall hanging display with many smaller sized prints to bring the type of mood you like to any space. Now you may select the option “Order canvas grouping” then add the images you wish to display in your home or office.  You can chose to hang the prints in any way you wish once you have them in hand. As a photographer, my walls are filling fast with my own vibrant prints. I will be adding a selection of these groups to my studio using some smaller sizes for showing off some of my best portrait work. With canvas of this quality we are proud to offer one 8×10 canvas print of the clients choice for all weddings that we shoot in 2014. With a 100% money back guarantee, you can not go wrong.   Follow the link here to my print store and start bringing the beauty of the outside, inside with many landscape photos to pick from. New Hampshire Photographer Print Shop

Fine art print shop

Office wall hangings your way

 

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

Get Started Early~ Planing For Senior Portraits

Get Started Early~ Planing For Senior Portraits

Before the new season of senior portraits is upon us. Have you found the outfits you want to wear. Sure we can get some great head shots for the year book and some nice soft looks for your family’s sitting room. But what about a fashion photo shoot? What is that? Well it is the new way to show off your style. We will find unique locations and outfit combinations give you a photo  experience like never before.

Contact me today to find out availability.

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