If I am going to spend one of the most important days of your life alongside you, it's only right you get to know a little bit about me first
You may have read the clichés of a photographer who was born with a camera in their hands and all they ever dreamed of doing was photographing weddings. Being totally honest, I am far from that cliche. I didn't own a camera until I was 20 years old and I only bought it because it was the thing to have and I didn't want to be missing out. I have always been arty so it did make sense to own one and after only a few hours with it in my hand, a life long love affair with light, composition and story telling was born.
My main career for the past 10 years has actually been as a nightclub DJ and music producer (told you I'm not the cliché!). I've played all over the country and abroad, worked for some big names like Ministry of Sound and even had my remixes played on Radio 1. Without knowing it at the time, being a DJ and taking my camera along for the ride prepared me rather well for documenting weddings. Firstly, the obvious one, I'm clearly a good guy to have around at a party and we all know weddings are the best parties going! Secondly, capturing the madness and atmosphere of nightclubs in my own artistic way has allowed me to develop some really cool tricks with light and flash that I can use anywhere at anytime. Finally and arguably the most important, reading a crowd and studying individuals on the dance floor is a skill set strangely similar to reading the moments and anticipating reactions from guests on a wedding day. If something emotional or spontaneous is about to happen, I'm usually already prepared to capture it.
So why wedding photography? That’s the easy bit, I got married. While searching for my own wedding photographer I realised the old, dated and traditional style of photography had been surpassed by a truly stunning art form, one of natural and artistic story telling, the one thing I had been doing all along with my camera. It became very obvious very quickly that this was what I was meant to be doing.
Meet the Hand gang
So Martyn Hand Photography is pretty much just that, myself taking pictures of you and your guests on your wedding day. However, behind the scenes there are a couple of other important people that keep me and the business running smoothly, through the mediums of coffee, custard creams and cuddles...
Martyn - Photographer
Let's get this out of the way, I am a full on geek. Whether it be light, sound or an autonomous house, I want to know about it, how I can control it and what I can do with it. I'm also a bit of a perfectionist which also means I take my time doing things right, much to the annoyance of Kerrie!
Likes: Rum, Clever Gadgets & Music
Dislikes: The sound of a fork scraping a plate
Kerrie - Wife aka "The Boss"
Kerrie is my wife, my rock and Darcie's incredible mummy. She keeps me sane and focused after the late nights and early starts and when my head starts to get lost in the creative abyss. Her favourite hobby is cleaning and she thinks she is right all the time... she isn't.
Likes: Tea, Cleaning & Sun Worshiping
Dislikes: Worms & snails
Darcie - Cuddle Monster
Darcie is our beautiful 2 year old daughter and 7:30am alarm clock. Her laugh is infectious, her smile will melt your heart and her favourite phrase is " but daddy I need it!". She is happy to pose when daddy needs a model and officially gives the biggest cuddles in the world.
Likes: Blueberries, Disney films & Swimming
Dislikes: Hand driers in bathrooms