Beautiful. Simple. Timeless.
Welcome to Marcus Scott Photography for beautiful fine art portraiture in the heart of Norfolk. Shooting in your own home or at our new garden studio (coming soon), Marcus brings a unique style developed over years of experience shooting and exhibiting fine art landscapes and still life to give your portrait a timeless, classic look.
A Brief History
“I was bought up in the literary worlds of Tolkien, Grimm and Stephen King to name but a few. The realms of Fangorn and Lothlorien, the stories of the Black Forest and the unending wooded landscape of northern Maine spoke to me of vast, secret domains, dark, dangerous and forbidding, of old school fairytale dark.
As a grown man, it came as a shock to realise the landscapes that featured so heavily in those stories from my childhood were not make-believe after all but all around us.
Somewhere in even the smallest wood there is a spot where the world of fairy breaks through into our own.
You may only be yards from a road but close your eyes and listen. If you’re lucky you will hear the hoot of one of John Ronald Reuel’s Ents, if you’re unlucky, that quiet breathing in your ear is a Lovecraftian demon behind you…
I guess I’m still in touch with my inner child, the one that remembers the thrill of being scared by the monsters in the closet and the creature under the bed.
Because, to be adult does not mean to bury imagination, to forget those stories that now define us but to embrace them and accept they are a part of what makes us individual and helps us to forge our own path through the deep dark wood.”
born in norfolk in 1971 and raised in a creative environment, marcus scott has been interested in visual art & design for a number of years. currently employed as a drawing office manager, his past jobs include cad operator, motorsport livery designer, freelance website designer and technical illustrator. in july 2004 whilst looking for a new outlet to express himself, marcus spent his work bonus on his first ‘proper’ camera, an olympus om40. enrolling on a level 2 city & guilds evening course and passing each module with distinctions saw marcus’s work evolve from shop processed colour ‘snaps’ to hand-printed black & white images.
bowing to the inevitable, marcus now shoots digital with an olympus omd em1 but, utilising a traditional approach with minimal post-processing, marcus’s images have a darker edge not often seen in digital photography.
marcus started out shooting and exhibiting fine art landscapes and still life, with prints in collections around the world. looking for a new creative outlet, he has now moved into portraiture and brings the same simple yet visually striking style to this genre of fine art photography.
A Rough Guide
Session Fee from £95
Based upon a shoot in Norfolk lasting up to two hours in length for one or two people, including set up and take down time.
If you live further afield there would be a small surcharge for the additional journey time and expenses incurred which will be discussed prior to booking. I take full payment prior to the date of the session and this is non-refundable if cancelled less than 48 hours in advanced except in exceptional circumstances.
After a session I produce an edited selection of photographs and place these on a secure online gallery for you to view and choose products from. The online gallery is kept live for 6 months so that you and any family members have time to decide on any orders that you or they would like to place. All the finished images will also be made available at a web-ready resolution as part of the studio session price.
Once you have chosen your favourite images I can then supply them as framed prints or wall hanging canvases at a size of your choosing. These options and more can be discussed during the session.
And Other Useful Stuff
How much space will you need?
If we focus on head shots and close ups then a small space of 2m x 3m is workable. For torso or full length poses, the larger the room the better.
What should I wear?
Whatever you feel comfortable in but as a guideline, if concentrating on head shots I would ask for simple, single colour and pattern-free clothing. If there is space for full length poses then there is a bit more freedom. I would still try and avoid garish patterns and big logos. If you have any particular clothes you would like to wear then please feel free to contact me before your session and I will be happy to discuss it with you.
What about hair and makeup?
I do not offer a make-over service so you will need to apply or organise this yourself. Again, like the clothing, please keep it fairly simple. As this is a portrait shoot and not a model set, I want you to be as close to your normal self as possible
How long will the portrait session last?
For one or two people I would allow approximately 2 hours, including set-up and take-down time, with an additional 20-30 minutes per additional subject.
How many photos will you take?
I would expect to take between 150-200 images per subject but that is a guideline only.
And will we get to see all of them?
No. There will be a number of test shots, particularly after a pose or lighting change. There will also be blinking, sneezing, coughing and the occasional bit of gurning. And that’s just the photographer… I want to offer you a choice from the best shots of the day so will aim to present in the region of 30 individually finished images of each subject.
Will you ‘airbrush’ the photos?
There will be a certain amount of touching up in Photoshop but I will usually restrict it to removing blemishes, smoothing out skin tones and perhaps softening the odd wrinkle. I would normally leave moles, freckles and other such marks unless you specifically request their removal. I want your images to be recognisably you, but on a good day.
Will they be in colour or black and white?
If you’re familiar with my fine art work then you’ll know I’m a monophile at heart and would happily shoot for black and white all day. However, I know that isn’t to everyone’s taste so will supply my final images in a monochrome and colour version for you to choose. They will still reflect my muted, low key style though so, if you really want all colour shots in full vibrant super saturated Technicolor, I may not be the photographer for you.
When will they be ready for viewing?
I aim to get the final edited images online in a private gallery for your viewing within 7-10 days.
Do we get the negatives?
I shoot on a digital camera so there are no physical negatives.
Ok, but how about digital files?
I retain all RAW files (digital negatives) but you will receive the final selection of images as JPEG’s at a web-ready and email friendly resolution for use on social media or keeping on your phone. If you didn’t purchase a package and would like to get your favourite images printed elsewhere, you are welcome to buy individual pictures or the complete set of full resolution, print-ready digital files. Please bear in mind your average high street lab will use low quality paper and print using machines that aren’t correctly colour balanced.
What about copyright? How does that work?
I retain the copyright to all my images. However, you will be granted a license to reproduce the images for your personal use, or to give to family and friends. You are not permitted to enter the pictures into any competitions, or to sell them onto third parties such as stock libraries. If you do post any pictures on social media it would be nice to receive a credit if you’re happy with them but I don’t insist.