Party or special event:
I am an experienced prom, party, black tie and special event photographer, working in Hampshire, West and East Sussex, Dorset and The New Forest.
If you are throwing a party, complement your night with my FUN event photography. Packages are tailored to suit you and your event.
If you are having a wedding and want a photo booth type photography experience, I can offer this as:
A stand alone service - For a couple of hours Photobooth type studio photography coverage and all your images supplied shortly after on a DVD
As an add on to your wedding, if I am attending as your wedding photographer for an extra couple of hours attendance
These arrangements are all subject to my availability and would usually need to be booked at the time of booking of the wedding photography.
High quality photos and photography – not just a standalone automated photo booth and printer!
Fun for all ages, options can include:
Prop box with unique fun items.
DVD of all images presented available – for you to print, copy and share.
Optional printing on site on the night.
CRB checked, PAT Tested, fully insured and qualified member of the Master Photographers Association. Affordable rates - a lot less than a typical photo booth!
Add something special to your school prom with a qualified, insured, PAT tested and CRB checked professional ‘Master’ photographer that will cost you absolutely nothing! If you have a theme, I will try to complement it with one of my stunning backgrounds.
How does my service work?
I will set up a studio at the venue and take photographs of the attendee’s. The purchased photographs may be printed on the night and presented to everyone, to take home with them. Photos can be pre paid for so that no cash is required on the night. Additionally, these images may be added to a secure, password protected, online gallery for friends and family to purchase at a later date.
I take couples, individual and group shots during the evening, which are printed while you enjoy the event. Up to 20% of monies taken on the night donated back to the school, plus copies of all the images as web sized PR type shots. If a raffle or auction is taking place I am usually able to donate a studio session as a prize.
As you can imagine this is a very popular service, with many schools coming back year after year. I would advise an early booking to reserve a photographer and a portable studio.
Sports and events photos
Having previously been a competitive triathlete, marathon runner, dinghy sailor and road racing cyclist, I am dedicated to providing high quality sports and events photography throughout the UK. I have been working as an events photographer for over fifteen years and cover a variety, including golf, charity days, running events, triathlon, cycling, equestrian (show jumping, cross country, dressage, showing, One Day Eventing, Pony Club, endurance rides) and some water sports events. I may also print on site (instant photos) if required.
Capturing individual competitors and the overall atmosphere of each event, I use state of the art professional equipment from Nikon, Mitsubishi and Elinchrom, to name a few key suppliers.
If you are organising an event and would like to discuss my possible involvement, please just get in touch. There is typically no charge to the event organiser and there can be real benefits and added value in return. Let me worry about getting great photos, while you concern yourself with running your event. I work alone or with a trusted buddy or two and can cover quite large scale, mass participation events. The rest of this page is dedicated to 'frequently asked questions' for all participants to these events. There is further useful information in some other pages of my website.
Event photography FAQs
How long until photos go onto the website?
Depending on the actual event, my workflow and amount of identification required, I aim to get images on-line within 24hours of each event. Participants may also pre register to see their images and I will email to let those people know when their photos are live, as soon as they are ready. The photos will typically stay on the website for two months and postage of prints will usually be free.
How do I search for my photos on the website?
Just click the 'View Your Photos' tab on the top right of my website and this will take you to a list of recent events, including your event. Each event will vary, but will have a header page in which I will offer you further information. On that page will be a link you'll need to 'click here to continue'. Typically you'll be able to view your photos by inserting your four figure race number (0014 for 14) into the search box, or just by class, category, or time. You may need to adjust your browser settings to 'accept cookies' or allow 'pop ups' to allow you to click on each event link, or to view my blog.
How long do photos take to arrive?
Prints typically take up to 14 days as I print in batches and use a top UK 'pro lab' who produce high quality prints with unsurpassed longevity. Digital files take around 48 hours, subject to my availability at the time of order and are typically emailed to the recipient at the email address given (used) at the time of each order.
How do I order photos on line?
Photos can be ordered securely on line via the checkout 'cart' system on my website. Payments can be made via credit or debit card, or else the order form may be printed out and a copy sent to my postal address along with a cheque for the full amount, made payable to: Martin Lewis. P&P rates are for UK postal addresses only. Please call me first if you wish to order from abroad.
What is a 'High Res' digital file?
A 'High Res' digital file is a high resolution JPG that will allow large sized prints to be produced by the recipient, for your own personal (non-commercial) use. Naturally, the file can be copied, cropped, manipulated and stored in a number of places. Files can be used to make prints, display images, put onto photo products like mugs, T-shirts, key fobs, magnets, books or albums, mouse mats and so on. For this reason, they carry a slight premium over a single loose print price and are typically sent to the customer via email.
What if I don't want my images on your website?
So long as you can identify yourself as a sole subject in a photo (some running images might include groups for example) please just let me know which image references are applicable and I may remove them from the website.
Why do the images look a little dark or grainy on my screen?
The brightness, colour balance, contrast, viewing angle and size ratio will vary from screen to screen. My prints are produced to a high standard and will be correctly exposed and always checked individually before mailing out. I only use moderrn professional Nikon cameras and equipment.
Do you retain copyright on the images you sell?
Yes – In law the copyright remains with the photographer. When I sell a print or digital file, I am giving each customer a license to use the image for their personal use. Prints should never be scanned and copied without the photographers' permission. Whereas, digital files that have been purchased from me can be reprinted as many times as wanted – by the customer. However, no images can be used for commercial or promotional reasons, without my prior written consent. Please get in contact to discuss any such requests or requirements.
What if I am not happy with the prints I receive?
I will offer a full 'no quibble' refund within 7 days of the photos being sent out (or arriving), typically upon return of the print (refunds are generally not applicable to digital files). If the wrong photo is sent, a photo is damaged or lost in the post I will usually re-send a further copy upon notification.