After many years as a keen amateur photographer, I decided to start a small landscape photography business called Lakescenes which I ran alongside my main job as an IT Manager. As business increased, I found myself working long, but rewarding, hours just to keep up with the demand. It quickly became apparent that I was enjoying my part time job much more than my full time one and I decided that this was where my future lay.
I decided to leave my job in IT and become a full time professional photographer. I hold occasional exhibitions at the Moot Hall in Keswick and exhibit at several galleries in and around the Lake District area where I have been top selling artist in Thornthwaite Gallery for the past three years. I also exhibit in Lancashire. I supply images for calendars, websites and brochures and contribute to stock libraries. I have also now started to write photographic tutorials for magazines.
I now have a number of customers who collect my work both framed and on canvas. My love of fell-walking has allowed me to access and capture images of many of the places that visitors to the Lake District hold close to their hearts. â€˜Memories on the wallâ€™ is how I like to describe it.
In March 2008, I re-branded as Martin Lawrence Photography and commissioned a new website to enhance my on-line presence. This has recently been updated into what you see at present and has allowed me to offer, amongst other things, more detailed articles, a newsletter sign-up and connections to social networking sites.
As a result of many requests, I introduced One to One and Small Group Digital Landscape Photography Courses in 2008 and these have been extremely successful. It seems to have filled a gap in the market for photographers looking for more individual attention that focuses solely on their needs rather than those of a large group. I have had some great feedback from both beginners and more experienced photographers looking to improve their technique.
I now undertake an increased amount of Commercial work, details of which can be found on the Commercial page. I find this to be a very interesting and rewarding part of my job as it allows me to get around to other parts of the country that I would not normally visit.