Martin Clark: Blog http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Martin Clark martin@tartanpixel.com (Martin Clark) Thu, 24 Aug 2017 10:45:00 GMT Thu, 24 Aug 2017 10:45:00 GMT http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/img/s3/v44/u219503988-o352971463-50.jpg Martin Clark: Blog http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog 80 120 Aspire - Les Miserables 19th August 2017 http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/aspire---les-miserables-19th-august-2017 Aspire - Les Miserables 19th August 2017Photography by Martin Clark Photography. www.martinclark.zenfolio.com

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martin@tartanpixel.com (Martin Clark) http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/aspire---les-miserables-19th-august-2017 Thu, 24 Aug 2017 10:45:00 GMT
Centrestage show prints available to purchase http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/centrestage-show-prints-available-to-purchase Shellshock #CS @CentrestageMT

 

Did you know that Centrestage Music Theatre performance images can now be bought as prints from my website? Well you can now buy any of my images direct from my website. It's easy and its low cost.

It's always nice to have a memory from the shows to keep or maybe even build up an album through the years with each performance. Copying the Facebook images and printing them results in poor quality prints as the files are small and also have my copyright watermark on them but buying from the website uses the full size image files for best quality and the prints won't have the watermark logo.

All my Centrestage images from this year onward are available. Simply find the gallery of the show you want to see and then pick the image you would like printed. Then just click on the buy button. You can select as many as you want. Here's the link to all the Centrestage galleries. The most recent are at the bottom of the page. Centrestage image galleries

There are two choices, each with two sizes. You can buy either a 7in x 5in or a 10in x 7in single prints or you can buy a pack of 5 prints which saves you money. You can even buy more than one pack if you need more images.

Payment is secure online and prints will be delivered direct to you very promptly.

If you want a special size of print then get in contact for a quote.

 

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martin@tartanpixel.com (Martin Clark) actors ayrshire centrestage performance photographer shows theatre http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/centrestage-show-prints-available-to-purchase Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:45:00 GMT
Fathers http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/fathers With the approach of Father's Day in the UK this weekend (18th June) it reminded me of the value of having nice images to look back on. Memories are fantastic and no one can take them away from you but having a physical reminder is always nice to have.

This is all the more relevant when all we have to remind us is a box of old photos because making new ones isn't possible. My own dad passed away nearly 20 years ago now which is a big portion of life not to have him in it. He was a good looking big man but always shy of the camera which, now looking back, was a pity. Any photos I have are candid or he's in the background so I'm always squinting to try and see him.

I think if he was still around today I'd have persuaded him to pose for me and I think he'd have been more receptive.

Electronic files are fragile in that they are easily lost, misfiled or deleted by mistake, so if you have photos on your phones or tablets I urge you to get them printed and put in an album.

Better still get the family together and have a proper set of portraits made and printed. It not only serves as a reminder, it can also be a fun way to get everyone together and to persuade Dad to get his photo taken.

Here are a couple of samples from a great shoot I had recently where Drew totally worked the camera and really got into the session making some great images for his family.

Get in touch if you'd like to bring your dad along to the studio for some shots like these. I'm sure he'd love it.

Thanks to Suzanne for organising this great photo shoot and convincing her dad to come along.

 

Father and sonsFather and sonsStudio based portrait photography by Ayrshire Portrait Photographer, Martin Clark capturing Father's Day with this image of a dad and his sons

Father and sonsFather and sonsStudio based portrait photography by Ayrshire Portrait Photographer, Martin Clark capturing Father's Day with this image of a dad and his sons

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martin@tartanpixel.com (Martin Clark) Ayrshire Family Father's Day Fine Art Kilmarnock Photographer Portraits Studio Lighting http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/fathers Tue, 13 Jun 2017 18:00:00 GMT
Behind this door something special lurks http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/behind-this-door-something-special-lurks

It may look like an ordinary door for an ordinary commercial unit in an ordinary industrial estate but I can testify that behind this door lurks an extraordinary team of talented people providing an amazing service to Ayrshire communities.

It was my pleasure to spend a day with them recording the work they do and the teamwork required to do it.

If you are familiar with the name Centrestage you will already know of their reputation for amazing professionally run theatre productions, promoting and nurturing talent and their goals for bringing our Ayrshire communities together all through their slogan of Fun, Food, Folk! They do so much more and more of their project work can be found on their CS Communities Website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


But wait a minute, read the slogan again! Fun, Food, Folk! You may know about the fun part and the folk part but what has food got to do with it?

Working in some of the most deprived areas of North and East Ayrshire through their community involvement with the ethos of fostering individual and community wellbeing, the CS Communities teams realised that there was a real need for a dignified food provision programme. When they had the initial idea and predicted that maybe around 40,000 meal portions would be required for the first year, I don't think they would have been expecting that after the first 10 months of operating they would have delivered over 140,000 portions!

So behind that ordinary door one of the CS Communities teams of extremely busy and talented people work each day in a well equipped industrial kitchen to provide a very high volume of quality meals for distribution throughout the Ayrshire communities. What is hard believe is that they produce these high quality meals working with a larder of food that supermarkets have gifted them. Food that the supermarket has either overstocked and they need the space for some other products, or it can't be sold in time before sell by dates expire. High quality food that would have otherwise been consigned to land fill. In this day and age we take so much for granted and waste so much without a thought.

What is remarkable is how they can produce these meals with very little planning. They can't function like a conventional restaurant or kitchen because they have no idea what food will be delivered when the truck pulls up with a load. Every day is a new menu day for them dictated by what arrives in the back of the delivery truck.

But what happens to these meals after they leave the kitchen? Enter the CS Communties bus. An old double decker bus that has been refitted out with a mobile kitchen to demonstrate how to cook the meals and upstairs is dedicated to a soft play area and an office. What Works Scotland have completed a research report on Centrestage and instead of me repeating much of what is in the report please take a few minutes to read using the links below. I find it really sad that today, in my own community, so many families are going days without food and it is so heartening that Centrestage are doing this work to ensure that no child should be denied a meal.

My great thanks to my models for the day; Craig, Colin, Clare, Alan, Garry and Lindsay.

I'm immensely proud to give my time to Centrestage for this project. It's a completely humbling experience and they never cease to amaze me, particularly with this project. Wonderful people making a difference! Remember #funfoodfolk #notafoodbank #payitforward #catalystcommunities #dignity #Ayrshire @CentrestageMT

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Further reading

Learning from a Theatre Group that provides food with dignity

Fun, Food, Folk: The Centrestage approach to dignified food provision - Summary

Fun, Food, Folk: Full Report

 

 

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martin@tartanpixel.com (Martin Clark) Ayrshire Centrestage Communities Dignity Food Photography http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/behind-this-door-something-special-lurks Wed, 24 May 2017 17:00:00 GMT
Streets of Blackpool http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/streets-of-blackpool I'm just back from a short family holiday near Blackpool to recharge the old batteries and thought I'd share this.

I managed to get a couple of hours free time in the town on my own to take some photos and thought it would be an ideal opportunity to try some street photography. This is a genre of photography that in it's purest form is used to tell a story using similar pictorial references in the image to link people and/or objects. The people in the images are usually unaware they have been photographed (unless you're Dougie Wallace who is just a nutter). I've seen some great examples from friends and of course from well known photographers but I hadn't actually tried it myself as I wasn't too comfortable with the idea of taking photos covertly. But I reckoned that I'd give it a go and see what I could come up with.

I had great plans to get into the back streets of Blackpool and capture some grime and people but to be honest this just seemed a bit daft to be there on my own weilding a nice big shiny DSLR camera and so I eased myself ito it by taking a stroll on the Promenade which felt a bit safer. There weren't many people around though so I started by pretending I was taking some scenic photos but including people in the frame. This wasn't working though as everyone saw me and made an effort to get out my frame.

Change of plan required. I wrapped my camera strap round my wrist and walked with my camera in my hand as if just casually carrying it but with my finger on the shutter button. This was working better as no one minded or seemed to be aware of the camera. However now I wasn't getting close enough to them and every image I took had a very prominant tilt. I needed to get closer but my big camera makes an awful loud clunk, well it seemed loud to me anyway, when I took the shot.

Ideally small cameras are better as they are less conspicuous and some are silent as well so no one hears the shutter clunking but a new plan was in order. I needed to go where it was busier and noiser and this is when it got really enjoyable.

It was a really bright sunny day which I love for high contrast images that work well in black and white so I headed for the main shopping street and looked out for interesting scenes and light and shadows. A bit more success with the images but still that strong tilt and still not close enough to subjects. You really have to look ahead and predict what's going to happen, where people are heading and how the image will look. It's a really good exercise.

However when I was about to cross the road I saw a guy feeding a good flock of pigeons down a side street. He was the only one there and instantly I knew I had to give it a go. I knew the pigeons would take off as soon as I walked towards them and their shadows and action would work well. The guy was in good light to see his face and there were nice shadows on the ground. I quickly setup the camera for the right exposure and set the shutter on rapid fire and walked directly down the street towards the pigeons and the guy, now paying attention to his phone rather than me. The pigeons exploded into the air and I kept my finger on the shutter button as I walked closer to the guy before turning and crossing the road.

I got a couple of workable shots from that and the one below was the one I liked best from the exercise.

I'm definitely going to try street photography again as it was good fun and got the mind working to see the light and the composition.

I'm not sure it's the best street photo ever but it works for me.

 

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martin@tartanpixel.com (Martin Clark) Ayrshire Blackpool Photographer Street Photography http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/streets-of-blackpool Wed, 05 Apr 2017 08:24:11 GMT
Shell Shock at Centrestage http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/shell-shock-at-centrestage I've had a few memorable nights at Centrestage in Kilmarnock but last weekend's performance of Shell Shock completely blew me and the rest of the packed-in audience away. The mega talented Marlisa Ross's self choreographed, written and directed performance about local Kilmarnock men going off to join the army and on to fight in the First World War had drama, energy, humour, heartbreak, fear, empathy and remembrance all rolled into an emotional roller coaster of a show. Never have I witnessed a 5 minute standing ovation with no cheering only applause as everyone rose in what I can only describe as a show of respect for both the cast for their performance and the men and women they portrayed.

Everyone lived out the journey of the men. I'm no theatreland critic as you can tell but I just had to reflect on such a great performance. There's a lot of images from the show that I took but some scenes I couldn't even bring myself to photograph due to either the emotion or just out of respect for the moment. The cast had us all living it out. Many powerful performances from a great cast. Lets hope it's repeated as it was incredible. Well done Marlisa and the cast.

 

Full gallery of images are here http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/cs20170318 

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martin@tartanpixel.com (Martin Clark) Ayrshire Centrestage Kilmarnock PTSD Photographer Shell Shock Theatre http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/shell-shock-at-centrestage Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:29:13 GMT
First Sitting Photo Session http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/first-sitting-photo-session Gorgeous Millie came to the studio with her mum, Jenny and dad, Darren as winners of my bumper January competition, scooping a free photoshoot, files and print. The session was made more special as Millie had only been sitting up unaided for just over a week and the star that she was managed to keep her stamina up for an almost wobble free session.

We came away with some lovely images of everyone and Millie had a great sleep on the way home as a bonus for mum and dad!

Thanks to Jenny, Darren and Millie for a great session and I'm glad you like your gallery of images.

Here are a few sample images showing the variety from the hour long session.

If you're based in Ayrshire, like me, and would like a similar portrait session then get in touch.

Session fees and packages are shown on my page at this link

 

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martin@tartanpixel.com (Martin Clark) Ayrshire Family Kilmarnock Lifestyle Photographer Portrait http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/first-sitting-photo-session Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:07:48 GMT
Digital Files - What I offer http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/digital-files---what-i-offer So we've had our photo session, you've loved every second of it and can't wait to see the results and show everyone. Me too!

It's been my job to make you look your best and I've spent a lot of time making sure your images from the session look great. Right from the start with camera settings, lighting and posing and then onto editing. I'll have maybe removed a wayward hair, an extra wrinkle or a blemish along the way just to make sure you are looking amazing. That ball of white fluff that appeared on your shoulder during the session, gone in a Photoshop click. That's my hard work behind the scenes that no one sees me doing. All done to produce professional images for you to choose from and I'll hopefully have spoiled you for choice when you opened your online image gallery for the first time. 

But ultimately what do you want at the end of the day from your images?

Well, what you think you want and what you actually need are possibly entirely different things and as a professional photographer it is my job to use my expertise to advise and guide you through the process. 

Asking me for digital files from your photo session is understandable. We live in an age where everything these days is digital and instant. Everyone's snapchatting and taking selfies and two seconds later they are shared with friends or on social media for all the world to see. Anyone can do it and don't forget to apply those amazing age reducing and beautifying filters when you do. I even do it when I manage to get my hair into a particularly good side shed! 

Some photographers are happy to take photos for you and just give you a CD or USB stick with the high resolution files on it for you to find somewhere maybe cheaper to get them printed. For the photographer this is easy to do and it's a quick hassle free sale for them and on to the next client. That's fine, as every photographer has their own business model, but for me I think this is half a service. It's like giving you all the ingredients and asking you to make a cake without a recipe to follow. Yes you might make a cake that's edible but maybe it could have been better, lighter, tastier? Same thing applies to printing digital files.

This is not the experience I want to leave you with. I don't want to leave you with the hassle of finding somewhere to print the files and then having the disappointment of seeing the prints look different from the files. How do you know to use the correct colour profile to ensure your prints match the file? Have you calibrated your monitor? Can you even remember where you put the CD/USB? The chances are that those files will sit on that CD/USB for some time because you just don't know where to get them printed. Maybe you just want to load them all onto Facebook? Go for it and watch how Facebook crushes all that gorgeous work.

My passion is for my clients to have beautiful photographs displayed on the walls or sideboards in their homes or in albums to pass around and enjoy every day. A professionally produced photographic print stored well will outlive digital files and the media they are stored on. Fact. Computers, phones and iPads crash, files get lost, technology changes faster every year but photographs last. I've got boxes full of family photos; parents as teenagers, grandparents in ball gowns and uniforms, me as a baby (that wasn't yesterday). I've even got my grandfather's and uncle's photo albums from the Second World War (they are amazing by the way). They are just so much nicer to view, hold and touch than an electronic device. Don't forget photos make great gifts too. Can you imagine your granny's face if you handed her a CD of your images on her birthday? Would she not rather have those photos in frames or in an album?

With every print my client buys though, I will provide them with a low resolution digital file of that same image. I'll even size it for you so it looks great on Facebook too. I want you to show your friends the photos I made for you but please don't apply filters when you post them is all I ask.

So if you've read till the end you'll know why I don't give away my high resolution image files. Prints all the way!

Here's a digital image displayed maybe 4 inches heigh on your iPad screen or smaller on your phone. Think it looks good? You should see how amazing this looks professionally printed and framed hanging on my kitchen wall 20 inches high!

PortraitsPortraitsAyrshire portrait photographer. Child, Toddler and People photography. Studio portraits. Fine Art Portraits. www.facebook.com/MartinClarkPhotography

 

 

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martin@tartanpixel.com (Martin Clark) Ayrshire Family Kilmarnock Lifestyle Photographer Portraits http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/digital-files---what-i-offer Fri, 03 Feb 2017 01:47:15 GMT
Large family photoshoot to start the year http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/large-family-photoshoot Sometimes my clients throw me challenges that keep me on my toes and this is where a professional approach of pre-planning and some study are required to make sure I do my best and produce the results that please them.

Fiona certainly got me thinking when she contacted me to book a family photoshoot to celebrate her mum's 70th birthday. She told me her two brothers and their families would be coming; one of the families traveling all the way from Holland especially for the occasion. There's quite a few of us she said and reeled off a list of sixteen names.

With sixteen family members coming my first thoughts were where on earth can I fit everybody in comfortably. Houses weren't big enough for people plus studio equipment and the weather just too cold for an outdoor shoot. The solution was the local Community Centre. I scouted the building and first look didn't look great. Huge hall, yes, but lots of distractions on the walls so it wouldn't be so good for getting a clean background. However, just as I was leaving, the caretaker told me I could use the stage. I had a look and to my relief there were large black curtains all round the stage which would be perfect to use.

Now that the location was decided, on to planning the shoot. Just turning up and thinking on my feet really wasn't an option with this size of group photo. So next stage of the planning was the lighting and how to keep it simple and safe on the stage. There were some small children going to be there and I didn't want them tripping over the light stands or cables so simple and safe was the recipe.

I wanted to minimise the amount of time with technical settings and positions during the shoot and so I would set up my studio lights for a consistent light pattern that would flatter the people and keep all the faces lit evenly.

So now lights and technical settings decided I needed to think about posing them all.

I didn't want them to look all regimented like a football team photo so some careful planning (and some research) was required. There's plenty of information on the internet but I still needed a plan. I still needed to ensure that no one would have their eyes shut in the final shot, that they would all be looking their best and everyone paying attention. That meant mum's, dad's, Granny, kids.....everyone. No use 15 people looking great and one person looking the other way or not paying attention, that would just go down as a nearly shot.

So eventually I came up with a plan for the session, which was to last an hour, keep everyone looking their best, keeping the group shot and smaller family group shots looking good and keeping them all relaxed, interested and safe.

I'm really pleased with how the session went and also the images. It proved preparation is invaluable.

Try organising a family photo for yourselves as a wee test to see how challenging it is, even with three or four people!

Here are some of the images from the shoot and a wee view of the stage.

If you like my style and professional approach and would like some family portraits done then just send me a message on Facebook or by my contact form.

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martin@tartanpixel.com (Martin Clark) Ayrshire Family Lifestyle Photographer Portrait http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/large-family-photoshoot Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:30:00 GMT
Steven Brown Art and Lifestyle http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/steven-brown-art-and-lifestyle On Assignment at Steven Brown Art and Lifestyle Store Opening Night

A cold, very wet and windy evening at the end of September found me on assignment for the Ayrshire Magazine covering the glamorous opening night of Steven Brown's first Art and Lifestyle store in Newmarket Street, Ayr. Arriving early, I managed a wee sneaky peak inside before the crowds gathered and I was immediately wowed by how fabulous the store was. From outside the black surround and the Steven Brown signature above the doorway instantly draws your eye and is a real classy store front to the street. Inside the impact of Steven's artwork really takes your eye with all the bright colours and seemingly endless variety of products featuring Steven's signature works; his McCoo series featuring prominently throughout the store along with a specially commissioned metal McCoo sculpture that greets you when you enter the store.

As time neared for the grand opening, the crowds starting queuing and were entertained by the rousing tribal drums from the well known Glasgow band Clanadonia who really helped set the scene and built the excitement.

Steven was so excited to open the store that in a flash he'd cut the big red bow blocking the doorway and was inside the store welcoming his guests with a great big friendly smile. The guest kept coming and soon packed the store, I reckon there were well over two hundred guests that night which was great to see and created a fantastic buzz.

I'd been following Steven on Facebook and there was always something familiar about him that I couldn't quite get a handle on. So as soon as we met he said the same about me and it turns out that we grew up together in the same estate in Kilmarnock. Steven's a bit younger than me so we didn't run around with the same friends but I definitely remembered him once we got talking. Small world indeed.

Products from Steven's store are available to buy online as well as in store and there are always fantastic offers to be found. Get yourself down to Newmarket Street in Ayr though for a browse round, it's a super shop and great products.

Many thanks to Steven and his business partner Craig and their wives for allowing me free reign during the opening night and I wish them continued success and we'll be looking out for good things happening in the future.

You'll be able to see more images and read the article in issue 13 - Winter of the Ayrshire Magazine and you'll find it on page 26. It's a great magazine and well worth a read. It is available for free at many stores and coffee shops throughout Ayrshire so pick up your copy when you see one.

 

Steven Brown Art and LifestyleSteven Brown Art and LifestyleOpening night of Steven Brown Art and Lifestyle store in Newmarket Street, Ayr on 29th September 2016. Photographed on assignment for Ayrshire Magazine by Martin Clark Photography. Steven Brown Art and LifestyleSteven Brown Art and LifestyleOpening night of Steven Brown Art and Lifestyle store in Newmarket Street, Ayr on 29th September 2016. Photographed on assignment for Ayrshire Magazine by Martin Clark Photography. Steven Brown Art and LifestyleSteven Brown Art and LifestyleOpening night of Steven Brown Art and Lifestyle store in Newmarket Street, Ayr on 29th September 2016. Photographed on assignment for Ayrshire Magazine by Martin Clark Photography. Steven Brown Art and LifestyleSteven Brown Art and LifestyleOpening night of Steven Brown Art and Lifestyle store in Newmarket Street, Ayr on 29th September 2016. Photographed on assignment for Ayrshire Magazine by Martin Clark Photography.

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martin@tartanpixel.com (Martin Clark) Ayrshire Ayrshire Magazine Commercial Photographer Steven Brown Art http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/steven-brown-art-and-lifestyle Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:25:45 GMT
S & C Engineering Celebrate ISO 9001 Accreditation http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/s-c-engineering-celebrate-iso-9001-accreditation It was great to be back at S+C Engineering in Kilmarnock in April to see their new premises and to make some images for their new brochures and website. Alasdair and Heather have been steadily building their family engineering business and investing in the latest machines to provide multiple engineering services.

They have just announced that after a lot of hard work, S+C Engineering have been accredited with ISO 9001 certification. This is the world's most widely recognized Quality Management System and helps organizations to meet the expectations and needs of their customers, amongst other benefits.

An ISO 9001 quality management system helps companies to continually monitor and manage quality across all operations, and outlines ways to achieve, as well as benchmark, consistent performance and service.

There's a lot of hard work behind the scenes to become ISO 9001 accredited and daughter, Natalie, who is their internal auditor has been working hard over the last year to help make this possible.

If you have an engineering project or require parts or tools give them a call and you can be assured of a quality service. They are also an official distributer for Facom Professional Tools and have a trade counter at their premises.

S+C Engineering Ltd.,
Riverside Works, New Mill Road,
Kilmarnock, Ayrshire,
Scotland. KA1 3JG

Tel 01563 521819

info@s-c-engineering.co.uk

Here's a few images from my visit

S+C Engineering Ltd, KilmarnockS+C Engineering Ltd, KilmarnockEngineering and Gas services and official distributor of Facom Professional Tools

S+C Engineering, KilmarnockS+C Engineering Ltd., KilmarnockEngineering and Gas services in Kilmarnock Ayrshire and official distributor of Facom Professional Tools S+C Engineering, KilmarnockS+C Engineering Ltd., KilmarnockEngineering and Gas services in Kilmarnock Ayrshire and official distributor of Facom Professional Tools

 

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martin@tartanpixel.com (Martin Clark) Ayrshire CNC Engineering Facom Gas Machining Professional Services Tools http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/s-c-engineering-celebrate-iso-9001-accreditation Thu, 30 Jun 2016 22:35:46 GMT
Caitlyn's Portfolio Session http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/caitlyn Portfolio Building

It was a real pleasure to make some images for Caitlyn recently. She contacted me through my Facebook page and said she was after some portraits to start building her portfolio as she'd like to get into Film & TV as well as modeling. She was lovely to work with and had confidence which I think really comes out in her portraits. We went for a mix of looks and a change of outfit in the hour session to give her a good choice of images for her portfolio and some are shown below.

Caitlyn is a happy and determined young woman and I'm sure she'll go far and was lovely to work with.

All the shots you see were done in Caitlyn's kitchen where I set up my backgrounds and lights from my portable studio. If you are in Ayrshire and would like some portraits made, get in touch, it would be great to work with you.

 

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martin@tartanpixel.com (Martin Clark) Ayrshire Kilmarnock Photographer Portraits http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/caitlyn Sat, 20 Feb 2016 00:01:10 GMT
Volunteers Project - Session 3 http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/volunteers-project---session-3 Sisters Natalie and Katie were up next for the volunteer shoot and I thought it would be fun to try a bit of a grungy shoot. The weather wasn't looking great so where do you go outdoors and remain dry? Somewhere under cover like a flyover would do the job. I'd scoped this place before and always wanted to try something using the pillars and the graffiti. To add a bit more grunge I asked the girls if they had leather jackets they could wear and it was great to hear that they did and they turned out just perfect. My idea being that the leather would create some specular highlights and add to the mood I was looking for.

As it turned out the weather was actually really nice and the light came in from both sides of the flyover fairly strongly giving excellent back light and shadows to play with. This was excellent for sculpting the girls' faces and showing their lovely cheek bones.

I was absolutely bowled over by Nats and Katie by the way they got right into the mood I was looking for and got into the poses I asked them to with no problem. Ten minutes of awkwardness to start with as would be expected but then absolutely getting right into it.

I'd like to thank them again for being brilliant in front of the camera and bearing with me and Stephanie as we got the gear arranged and set up. Also for coping with the thoroughfare that we hadn't expected so early on a Sunday morning.

Here's some from the shoot. There were too many I could have posted here.

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martin@tartanpixel.com (Martin Clark) Ayrshire Kilmarnock Models Photographer Portraits http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/volunteers-project---session-3 Mon, 02 Nov 2015 22:57:22 GMT
Volunteers Project - Session 2 http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/volunteers-project---session-2 Bonnie and Donald's Portrait Session (Test Shoot)

What a beautiful morning to be out taking portraits and this time having two willing victims volunteers on hand meant that I could try some couple poses using natural light.


Bonnie and Donald were great fun and seemed to be enjoying themselves throughout the shoot, doing whatever I asked them to without any problems. They even jumped into the river when I asked at one point, although it was just a trickle of water at the time.
I had a plan to mainly concentrate on using the natural light and specifically working with the sun on such a lovely cloud free morning.
First set up saw us in the river and to be honest I wasn't too keen on what the light was doing. It was nicely highlighting the leaves in the background but was a bit lifeless on their faces due to lack of direction. However when I turned round and saw the backlit branches and the sun streaming through the leaves I knew this would be a better position to get into. So we all swapped round and made the most of the great light and background (see 2nd image below). Always a good tip to check what the view looks like behind you as it may be better than what's in front of you.
A short walk after that took us to a relatively new part of the park which was fantastic for portraits. I'd scouted this location previously with my son when out for a walk and knew it would be great. Multiple locations all within a few yards. Reflections, back light and directional light with plenty of interesting backgrounds and foregrounds to choose from.
Stephanie was again doing her magic with the reflector which really worked well to punch light and direction into Bonnie and Donald's faces. A quick check with the light meter and we were ready to try all the set-ups.
We could have stayed there for much longer as it was such a nice location and day. Thanks again to Bonnie and Donald for being great fun to photograph.

If you have a spare hour or two and fancy doing something similar get in touch. It's open to individuals or couples and you don't need to have any modeling experience. There's no pressure on anyone as it's a test shoot and hopefully, like Bonnie and Donald, you'll have a laugh doing it. At the end of the day you get a few images home with you and I get to try out something different. So win win.

Here's a few images from the shoot.

Portrait of a couple in natural lightPortrait of a couple in natural lightPortrait of a couple created by Martin Clark Photography based in Ayrshire. Portrait has been taken in natural light in a lifestyle type scene. Portrait of a couple in natural lightPortrait of a couple in natural lightPortrait of a couple created by Martin Clark Photography based in Ayrshire. Portrait has been taken in natural light in a lifestyle type scene. Portrait of a couple in natural lightPortrait of a couple in natural lightPortrait of a couple created by Martin Clark Photography based in Ayrshire. Portrait has been taken in natural light in a lifestyle type scene. Portrait of a couple in natural lightPortrait of a couple in natural lightPortrait of a couple created by Martin Clark Photography based in Ayrshire. Portrait has been taken in natural light in a lifestyle type scene.

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martin@tartanpixel.com (Martin Clark) Ayrshire Kilmarnock Lifestyle Photographer Portraits http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/volunteers-project---session-2 Mon, 19 Oct 2015 11:37:12 GMT
Volunteers project - Session 1 http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/volunteers-project---session-1 I've been looking for a personal project to do to expand my creativity and experience and in particular with portraits of adults and so I've come up with what I call my Volunteer Project. I love taking photos of my children and other folk's children but the nature of the "beast" is that children don't always play nice. They don't always go into that pose you want them to and they don't always stand in the light the way you want them.

This personal project is focused solely on portraits of adults. There are several reasons I want to do this but the main one is to get out my comfort zone as I've been told that this is where you really start to improve. I've been reading blogs and watching lots of videos and tutorials on lighting and posing so I need to get all this information out of my head and into real life situations. This isn't always possible to achieve with portrait sessions of children.

Session one, with Lynne of Lynne Harper Photography happened at the Dean Castle and Country Park in Kilmarnock at the weekend. 10am start and Stephanie of Stephanie Anne Photography was already waiting for me in the car park and keen to get started. Stephanie has stepped in to be one of my volunteer assistants for this project, again another first for me; normally I work completely solo unless my good lady is there to help. Right on cue Lynne arrived looking a wee bit nervous as she'd already told me that volunteering for this shoot was going to be well out of her comfort zone. She is more than happy to stand behind the camera but getting in front of it was a challenge for her. Lynne is a fantastic professional photographer who's passion is in new born portraits. She must have the patience of a saint and she absolutely has a love for her new borns which really came across during our conversation at the shoot. I was nervous too as taking a professional photographer's portrait was more daunting.

We both relaxed as the session progressed and all three of us had some good conversations getting pretty geeky at one point on camera equipment and all things photography. I had to make a conscious effort to slow down as often my shoots are quite intense chasing children around the park. Slowing down allowed me to consider the shots more especially the best lighting to find for the scene. I definitely learned a lot from talking to Lynne and Stephanie and by stepping out of our comfort zones I think we all came away from the session better off for doing that.

Lynne says she's pleased with the images so, phew, that's a big relief :o)

I'm really looking forward to my next shoot which will be a couple session with Bonnie and Donald this weekend and again Stephanie will be there to assist which is great.

Here are a few images from my shoot with Lynne. Don't forget if you're local to Ayrshire, over 16, get in touch if you want to be part of my Volunteer Project. You get a free shoot and some images to share with your friends and family.

Portrait of Lynne HarperPortrait of Lynne HarperPortrait of Lynne from Lynne Harper Photography taken at Dean Castle and Country Park in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.This was part of an Autumn photoshoot in the grounds of the beautiful park in Kilmarnock. This is part of a series of portraits based on a personal project

Portrait of Lynne HarperPortrait of Lynne HarperPortrait of Lynne from Lynne Harper Photography taken at Dean Castle and Country Park in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.This was part of an Autumn photoshoot in the grounds of the beautiful park in Kilmarnock. This is part of a series of portraits based on a personal project

Portrait of Lynne HarperPortrait of Lynne HarperPortrait of Lynne from Lynne Harper Photography taken at Dean Castle and Country Park in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.This was part of an Autumn photoshoot in the grounds of the beautiful park in Kilmarnock. This is part of a series of portraits based on a personal project

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martin@tartanpixel.com (Martin Clark) Ayrshire Kilmarnock Photographer Portraits Project Volunteer http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/volunteers-project---session-1 Mon, 12 Oct 2015 23:25:30 GMT
Princesses and bears http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/princesses-and-bears Last weekend saw me over at Eglington Country Park on a product shoot for my wife's business, Magpie Molly. Fiona had some new winter hats come in and needed them modeled by some suitable fun loving children, in the woods. Our good friends offered three grandchildren, all sisters, to come and help out and it was a blast. The girls came all dressed up as princesses and we took some images in the castle ruins of the park before getting changed to model the new hats.

Hannah, Zoe and Aimee are naturals and all look gorgeous, especially with their amazing curls.

Everyone had a great time and my wife loved the product images (just as well!) and the girls' Nana and Papa and mum and dad loved the other shots too.

Here are a few from the shoot.


Portrait of a young girls in a princess dressPortrait of a young girls in a princess dressPortrait of a young girls sitting in a window of a ruined castle in Eglington Country Park, Ayrshire

Portrait of a young girls in a forestPortrait of a young girls in a forestPortrait of a young girls in a forest at Eglington Country Park, Ayrshire Portrait of a young girls in a forestPortrait of a young girls in a forestPortrait of a young girls in a forest at Eglington Country Park, Ayrshire Portrait of a young girl enjoying a kids playgroundPortrait of a young girl enjoying a kids playgroundPortrait of a young girls on a roundabout in a playground at Eglington Country Park, Ayrshire

  Portrait of a young girls in a forestPortrait of a young girls in a forestPortrait of a young girls in a forest at Eglington Country Park, Ayrshire Portrait of a young girls in a princess dressPortrait of a young girls in a princess dressPortrait of a young girls sitting in a window of a ruined castle in Eglington Country Park, Ayrshire

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martin@tartanpixel.com (Martin Clark) Ayrshire Children Kilmarnock Photographer Portraits http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/princesses-and-bears Fri, 25 Sep 2015 22:29:36 GMT
Kilts and graffiti http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/kilts-and-graffiti Ciaran was celebrating leaving primary school with an end of school party and since he'd be getting all spruced up in his full kilt outfit his mum and dad contacted me to arrange a portrait session.

I thought it would be fun to get some shots outdoors since the weather was holding up for a change and I scouted three locations close to their family home which seemed suitable for the occasion.

First location was a newly refurbished iron lattice foot bridge which really did look nice especially with Ciaran dressed in his party outfit.

A short walk over the bridge took us to the next location which was a long avenue of trees. The light direction wasn't great so I broke out the portable flash gear to help pop the images. It was a warm night and the midges were coming out for their supper and so we moved on to the last location.

I'd seen our last location in Google street map and thought it looked ideal. The lock-up garages were each different in style with a smattering of graffiti thrown in. Lots of character to work with. However on the night I discovered that there was one roller shutter fully sprayed with really professional graffiti art. Lots of colour which was excellent.

We called it a day after that. It was a really enjoyable shoot with Ciaran really getting into it by the end.

Once home I scanned through the images and saw that, when I zoomed in, I needed to remove some sweary words that had been scrawled on the red door next to Ciaran's head. Five minutes in Photoshop "cleaned" that up though.

Thanks again to Ciaran's mum and dad for contacting me.

Here are some images from the shoot.

 

Prom portrait of Ciaran wearing kilt outfitProm portrait of Ciaran in his kiltCiaran poses in his kilt for his prom portrait beside an old viaduct in Ayrshire. Image is lit by off camera flash (OCF)

 

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martin@tartanpixel.com (Martin Clark) Ayrshire Graffiti Kilmarnock Kilt Lifestyle Newmilns OCF Photographer Portraits Prom Strobist http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/kilts-and-graffiti Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:24:46 GMT
Summer walks http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/summer-walks Patiently waiting for the weather to pick up so we can switch the heating off and hang our jackets and jumpers away. On a rare weekend of sun it was nice to get out for a walk in the countryside, which handily is only two minutes away from us. The grasses along our usual pathway have really stretched in a short time, helped no doubt by all the rain, so when I saw Ewan and Molly brushing through it to keep on the path I thought it an excellent frame for them. I just crouched down and waited for Ewan to turn to look for me and picked my moment.


A Walk in the CountrysideA Walk in the CountrysideTall grasses covering a path on a summer walk.

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martin@tartanpixel.com (Martin Clark) Ayrshire Kilmarnock Photographer Portraits http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/summer-walks Thu, 18 Jun 2015 22:28:09 GMT
Mini portrait sessions http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/mini-portraits I've been meaning to share some images from great mini sessions I did at a local toddlers group. 

These sessions are ideal as you get all the benefits of a professional photo session with zero studio time cost to you, the parent. Added bonuses are that I offer great value photo packages which are similar to those offered by the school photographers but I believe that they are superior quality. I give you more choice of poses, fully retouch images and provide products which make your photos stand out from the ordinary. You get your own private gallery of images too with colour and black and white versions. Most importantly your child gets more than two minutes with the photographer which gives them time to relax and be themselves. Thrown in with all these fantastic features, you get my personal attention to detail.

Many children are very shy to start with but with my own experience I am able to get some giggles and smiles out of even the ones that aren't so keen to perform. Here are just some of my images from the sessions that day.

If you'd like me to come to your toddler's group and are in the Ayrshire area, get in touch and I'll be happy to come along with my portable studio.

Finally I loved these wee guys. What great characters, they were like mini superheros or a mini Take That (now that there's only three of them left!).

Special thanks to Evelyn and Jill and all the adult helpers at St. Andrews and St. Marnocks Toddlers.

 

 

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martin@tartanpixel.com (Martin Clark) Ayrshire Kilmarnock Photographer Portraits http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/mini-portraits Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:32:39 GMT
Aileen & Ronnie 10th October 2014 http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/aileen-ronnie-10th-october-2014 I was delighted to capture Aileen and Ronnie's wedding at The Burns Monument Centre in Kilmarnock although the weather gods seemed to be conspiring on the day. Sitting in my car before everyone started to arrive with rain bouncing off the windscreen, thunder and lightning all around, I wasn't hopeful we could make the most of the Kay Park and the Burns Monument courtyard.

I could see Donald Currie, The Scottish Wedding Piper sitting in his car too looking at the skies. Donald was a surprise gift from Aileen's daughter, Bonnie and Jonathan her son.

Eventually the rain subsided, turning to a drizzle for Ronnie and Danny, his best man, arriving in style in Ronnie's classic VW recovery vehicle that he's lovingly restored over the last 10 years. It looked amazing especially with all the names of his grandchildren and son beautifully sign written on the cab.

Not to be outdone, Aileen arrived with Bonnie in a lovely 1930's style Beauford Tourer

The rain had stopped and blue skies appeared briefly after the service and we managed to get the photos outside before heading round to The Park Hotel.

It was a great day despite the weather and everyone was looking stunning with lots of smiling faces.

Here are some highlights from the day and congratulations again Mr. & Mrs. Devlin.

References:

Make-up: IDOMAKEUP

Piper: Donald Currie The Scottish Wedding Piper

Cars: KA Limo Hire

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Devlin.

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martin@tartanpixel.com (Martin Clark) Ayrshire Burns Monument Centre KA Limo Hire Kilmarnock The Scottish Wedding Piper wedding http://martinclark.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/aileen-ronnie-10th-october-2014 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:22:54 GMT