Beautiful. Simple. Timeless.
Welcome to Marcus Scott Photography for beautiful fine art portraiture between Norwich and Dereham in the heart of Norfolk. Shooting at my new garden studio or in your own home, I bring 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
then 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, with past jobs including 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.
now bowing to the inevitable, marcus now shoots digital with an olympus omd em1 but, utilising a traditional approach with up-to-the-minute post-processing, marcus’s images have a darker edge not often seen in digital photography.
what 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 £75
Based upon a shoot at my mid-Norfolk studio and lasting up to two hours in length for one or two people, including set up and take down time. I also have a portable setup and can travel to you, with price depending on location. 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 1 month so that you and any family members have time to decide on any orders that you or they would like to place. Once you have chosen your favourite images I can then supply them as mounted or framed prints or digital files at a size of your choosing. These options and more can be discussed during the session.
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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.
If you travel to us then 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. If you are concerned then please feel free to ask.
How many photos will you take?
I would expect to take between 100-150 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 20-30 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.