Kenneth Martin has spent a lifetime photographing some of the most influential and important people in the world of sport, business and entertainment, from John Hurt to Vivienne Westwood, Jackie Stewart to Kirsty Wark and Lord McFarlane of Bearsden to Kenny Dalgleish. He now specialises exclusively in children and young adults between the years of 2 and 18.
Over an extrordinary career he has developed a natural skill in finding and creating beautiful light and the resulting portraits grace some of the finest homes in the country. His friendly approach, his undoubted technical skills and his understanding of creative lighting have singled him out as the photographer of choice for the select few for whom only the very best will do.
Kenneth is widely regarded as one of the finest creative portrait photographers in Europe. He specializes in portraiture of all genres with a smattering of commercial work and a large dose of photo training thrown in for good measure.
UK Portrait Photographer of the Year
Scottish Portrait Photographer of the Year
UK Wedding Photographer of the Year
Scottish Wedding Photographer of the Year
UK Pet Photographer of the Year
Scottish Pet Photographer of the Year
Scottish Commercial Photographer of the Year
Kodak European Gold Award Chairman
European Gold Award Judging Panel
Kenneth specializes in creating stunning fine art portraiture taken in the clients own home or on location and creative fashion photography along with his 1st love editorial and commercial portraits. Kenneth owned the first portrait studio in Europe to convert to a 100% digital workflow with leading digital back manufacturer Phase One in 1997, over the years he has visited many parts of the world lecturing to his fellow professional photographers on the subject of portraiture and lighting. Although Kenneth has been training photographers since 1989, Kenneth Martin Photo Training, which was set up 8 years ago now teaches all standards of photographers from total beginners to advanced professionals.
A dedicated Hasselblad shooter and the quality of depth and resolution in the resulting files is a key feature of his wonderful portraiture.
His main business however is creating deeply meaningful fine art portraits for discerning clients, either at there own home of sometimes at a hotel while the family are on vacation. It really does not matter where Kenny takes his portraits as he will find the light whatever the challenge.
Creating portraiture with this level of emotional intensity is a true art and no expense is spared in the creating the finished pieces. All work is printed personally by Kenneth and he relies on trusted expert tradesmen for the completion of all his framed work and his exlusive box sets. This dedication to absolute perfection keeps his focus on creating the finest portraiture that money can buy. The resulting portraits and your investment will never increase in monetary value, but the wealth of joy they will bring, enjoying them every day, is worth way more than mere money. Kenneth’s trademark solid gold badge of authenticity is the finishing touch and is displayed discreetly on the side of the frame at the bottom right corner. This badge is your guarantee of quality.
We understand that some of our clients are in the public eye and often require absolute secrecy. You can be assured we will honour any requests you may have when it comes to your portrait session. Complete discretion is absolutely assured.
Kenneth only photographs children between the ages of 2 and 18, he will, if required, photograph the family but his main focus will be on the children. The natural surroundings of your home and gardens are the perfect environment to create these wonderful and exquisite fine art portraits which are guaranteed to make your heart miss a beat.
Kenneth has a natural conversational approach to his art and gets on easily with all his clients. The session is always fun and this helps in the creative process. In the world of portraiture, this ability to communicate is actually way more important than the technical side, fortunately Kenneth has both attributes and it is this that sets his work apart from his peers.
The main aim of the session is to produce a variety of wonderful portraits from which you simply select your absolute favorites.
Kenneth will then expertly print the chosen framed images on Crane Silver Rag paper, in our opinion, the most exquisite fine art paper on the planet. Once the print has passed our extensive quality control it is matted using museum grade pure white acid free mountboard and expertly framed by our Fine Art Trade Guild approved framing expert in a black real wood frame molding using Tru-Vue non-reflective museum glass. Digital Negatives of your other favorites are included in the session fee. (more information on all our products is below)
Other copies and framed images are available if you wish to purchase for your family and friends. These beautiful works of photographic art are a step above anything you have seen before, they are truly stunning.
We do accept worldwide commissions so please do not worry if you do not live in the UK. Kenneth takes around 100 flights a year and travels abroad on a regular basis to photograph his personal commissions. As well as photographing children all over the UK he has also shot portrait commissions in America, Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Ireland.
To commission Kenneth to photography your children please fill in the enquiry form.
1. Fill in the enquiry form and Kenneth will acknowledge your enquiry by email then shortly afterwards contact you by telephone to discuss your session and get all the important details.
2. A mutually suitable date will be made for your portrait session in the diary and at this stage you pay your deposit which is 50% of the package you choose.
3. Travel and accommodation will be arranged and will be added at cost to the final invoice. Kenneth will then travel to your location, spend a full 4 hours at your home and shoot the session (sometimes more as a full day is put into the diary just in case)
4. At this stage the 50% balance of the invoice is due and along with the travel costs, payment will be taken at the end of the session.
5. Kenneth will then return back to his studio to work on all the images. A private password protected gallery with all the watermarked fully finished images (usually between 30 and 50) will be sent to you by email around 1 week after the session.
6. You will then select the image / images you wish to be printed and framed and the digital negatives you wish to own for life.
7. The finished and framed Fine Art Print / Prints and boxes will be sent to you by courier within 6 - 8 weeks and your Digital Negatives will be sent to you immediately.
Portrait Commission Fee
½ day shoot includes 1 @ 24” Framed and 20 Digital Negatives £9,000
Extra Framed Artworks:
10” Framed £1,300
16” Framed £1,600
20” Framed £1,900
Extra Digital Images (Each) £500
Exclusive Mounted print box with 20 @ 8” fine art prints and an easel for display £3,995
Upgrade from 24" to a larger size (add to package)
30” Framed £500
40” Framed £1000
50% deposit on booking with the balance & travel costs payable on the day of the session.
Travel and accommodation at charged at cost.
Own them, print them and frame them as many times as you like. Print them to your heart’s content, distribute them far and wide, save them on your computer and your phone, delight the Grandparents with portraits of their grandchildren, but the biggest benefit by far, is you own them for ever. Digital Negatives is how we describe the digital file of your image, you will receive your selected images loaded onto our lovely boxed USB memory stick. Each image will have been extensively retouched and will come in three versions:
High Resolution TIFF File at 300DPI for the very best high end printing
Smaller resolution JPEG File at 250DPI for smaller prints
Small resolution JPEG File at 72DPI for screensaver, social media, email etc