Martyn Lewis Photography

Yorkshire based photographer - Weddings, Automotive, Landscape, Portrait & Studio Photography

Time flies...

clock June 17, 2016 14:04 by author Martyn
...when you're having sons!


Well, the evidence is here - my time for photography and general shooting has been somewhat limited over the past two years - that doesn't mean that I haven't picked up the camera at all - far from it! Simply, that the blogging and write ups of events and shoots has had to take a back seat to the hard work and dedication of raising a young family.


My last blog entry was as far back as 2014! 18 months!! Where has it gone? Well, looking back through my facebook page you can see that I've actually been rather busy! I've shot a number of weddings and events in that time and I'll share a few of my favourite images from those in a short while. In the mean time, some explanation...


With the arrival of our second son, Finley, we were over joyed to add to our family, a beautiful, healthy, 6 lb bundle of joy - you can probably find the first 'proper picture' of him, nestled in a ski helmet, earlier in this blog! (The post before, perhaps?!). A few months into his little life and everything wasn't as rosy as it could have been. Finley was admitted to hospital with suspected hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain) and a bunch of other developmental issues that caused the doctors great concern. Turns out it wasn't hydrocephalus in the end, but there were abnormalities in his brain development, along with low muscle tone - hypotonia, a nystagmus/squint, and poor coordination etc. that meant he would be in and out of hospital, and prodded an poked from then until now. Much too-ing and fro-ing between hospitals, consultants, physios, neurologists and geneticists, and we're still not 100% sure about how he'll progress or turn out in the future - that's all still ongoing. The main thing is, is that he IS making progress - slow progress, but progress never the less, and more importantly, that he's a very happy, relaxed and fun little thing, with a cheeky side and determined attitude. With dedicated private physiotherapy, and help from some one to one care at his nursery, he's trying hard to move independently, and in the last few weeks, at the age of 30 months, made his first 'anger' motivated shuffles of a few cm at a time. His older brother, Oscar, has been brilliant - he's so patient and helpful with Finley and is turning into a fine young boy. We couldn't be more proud.

   

So that's where we are right now... Muddling along day by day with the demands of an eager to move, increasingly frustrated 30 month year old, and a wonderful 4 year old who we unintentionally have to spend less time with than we'd like. Will it ever end? Who knows, but my back certainly hopes so!! Thankfully, with the eager help of my Mum and Dad, Kely and I managed 2 nights away on our own for a mini break trip to Edinburgh recently! We took in the sights and indulged in one of our other passions - parkrun! The first break on our own in 4 years! Much needed, child free bliss!! You've no idea how much we needed that!

     


Updates on some 'actual photography' to follow! Martyn, Kelly, Oscar and Fin. x



It's been a while...

clock October 9, 2014 12:23 by author Martyn

...since my last blog update - Life just seems to be getting in the way a little at the moment!

Following the birth of Finley, my 2nd little boy, we've lead a pretty hectic life - balancing work and family time is always a challenge, and my photography has had to take a little bit of a back seat for a few months. (Well, 2 kids and an engine conversion to the "green machine"!)

In the mean time, while the 5D Mk2 has taken extended periods of rest, I've always had my iPhone with me - always accessible, quick to use, and quite honestly, produces great quality images - even the available editing apps that I've downloaded are fast and simple, and can produce some great results instantaneously.

Those of you who follow me on social media, might have seen a few of them over the past months.  Instagram has become a favourite for capturing the growing moments of my family, along with regular pictures on Facebook too.

Having had lots of time off from the 5D, I downloaded a bunch of images that had been shot over the last few months.  Onto the Macbook, and into iPhoto, they immediately become available, via my photostream, on my iPhone too!  So, when I have a spare five minutes and I'm a way from my Macbook, I choose to edit  the odd shot on the iPhone - here are a few of the boys from the last week or two:

 



From one side of the lens to the other.

clock February 6, 2013 14:12 by author Martyn

 

On the 2nd of February, my wife Kelly, 10 month old son Oscar and I had the pleasure of meeting up with photographer Rosie Hardy, for a mini photoshoot.

Rosie is regarded as one of the brightest young UK photographic talents - her ever growing client list already includes the US band Maroon 5, Samsung (UK), Immersion Creative and Canon Camera Buzz (UK), with magazine features in Elle (SA), Amateur Photographer, The Telegraph, Sun and Metro (UK). Recent output from Rosie includes shooting the "I'm A Celebrity" and ex-Coronation Street star, Helen Flanagan; producing the stunning "Swan Lake". She also photographed X-Factor finalist, Janet Devlin for her website and upcoming album to be released in the very near future!


Janet Devlin, by Rosie Hardy.


Swan Lake, by Rosie Hardy.


Maroon 5: "Hands All Over" album artwork,

by Rosie Hardy.

 

Rosie became infamous during her 365 project back in 2008/9. She inspired many photographers to step in front of the lens, including myself.  Along with Natalie Dybisz aka "Miss Aniela" she provided inspiration for one or two of my own self portraits...


7/365 - I Did it!, by Rosie Hardy.


Supermart, by Martyn Lewis.

 

Her global following and photographic appeal is undeniable. Coupled with the success of her portrait and wedding photography Rosie also has a huge social media following, via flickrtwitter, facebook and her blog

Recently, Kelly visited a popular commercial studio in Manchester that specialises in 'Makeovers' and 'Photoshoots' - the target audience being young ladies who've never been in front of the camera before.  She was recommended by a friend and contacted via the studio with an unbelievably cheap offer of a makeover and shoot.  I couldn't believe how a viable business could charge such low prices (£10!?), and still be turning a profit, so I went along on the day to feed my curiosity regarding their business model.  It all became apparent after the shoot, with the reveal of the photo package prices... That's where the profit comes from.  In the pressured environment of the image preview session, we ended up buying 3 images, for a not inconsequential ammount of money, albeit significantly cheaper than the initial offer. We walked away feeling a little bit deflated at the experience.  Closer inspection of the images on my Mac, showed the quick and dirty image processing, and a lack of attention to detail that you can expect from a 'proper' professional shoot. On the plus side, Kelly got a half decent makeover, and we shot our own high quality shots in the 'home studio' that afternoon. We ended up with some beautiful images of her and Oscar, but we were still lacking some really nice family shots  that included me! I'm always behind the lens!

When I read that Rosie was offering her time for a series of fundraising mini shoots, Kelly and I jumped at the chance!  We had a wonderful morning and ended up with some simply stunning images to savour forever. I can highly recommend Rosie to anybody!  It's not often you get to have your own 'famous photographer' for a shoot!  

Upon recieving the images, we were filled with what can only be described as a "warm fuzzy feeling" - the images are beautiful: I think I fell a little bit more in love with Kelly, right there and then.

 




 



Welcome to the world, Oscar Harry Lewis.

clock May 17, 2012 09:00 by author Martyn

Welcome to the World, Oscar Harry Lewis

I've been far too busy to do much in the way of photography recently, and I haven't realy had that much time to update the blog... Well, I say I've not done much photography - In reality, I must have about a thousand shots of the new subject in our life! I've just had no time to edit and post them yet - of the few I have done, friends and family will have seen them posted to my flickr and facebook accounts - but for those of you who only stay in touch here, may I introduce you to Oscar Harry Lewis. 5lb 4Oz's, born at 9:52am on the 29th March 2012. We're all doing great! :-)

Little Feet

New World

Smirk

I'm sure you'll be seeing more of him round here ;-)



About the author

Martyn Lewis grew up in Weardale, Durham, spoilt by the wonderful surroundings of the North Pennines.  He graduated from Newcastle University, before completing an MSc at Durham University in 2001.

 

 

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