Centre Stage is a result of my passion for capturing beautiful movement and moments. I’m Paul Martin – I founded Centre Stage in 2016 after discovering my love for photography a few years before that.
As a professional, I have worked with some of the region’s most talented dancers, commercial businesses and models. I’ve been lucky enough to be given opportunities to implement my vision across both artistic and professional shoots, resulting in a unique approach that my clients love.
Get the full story behind my journey in this Q&A, which takes a closer look at me, my motivations, inspirations and of course, the clients who have made it all possible.
Who Am I?
My name is Paul Martin, and I am a full-time Dance, Fashion, and Commercial Photographer/Videographer.
Where Am I Located?
I live in Blyth, Northumberland.
What Did I Do Before Photography and Video?
I developed a strong affinity for the outdoors and sport at an early age. This affinity for sport pushed me to complete a Sports Science degree at Bedford University in 2002.
Despite maintaining a keen interest in sport, after university, I decided a career in the field was something I no longer wanted to pursue. During this transitional period in my life, I ended up working for several companies focused on the customer services sector. After performing and enjoying many aspects of these roles, I then began to reconsider my career path and in late 2003 landed a position as a Recruitment Specialist, a job I would perform over the next ten years.
When Did I Start My Photography and Video Journey?
In 2014 I picked up a camera for the first time, and I haven’t looked back since.
When Did I Start My Business, Centre Stage?
What Is My Shooting Style?
My shooting style is influenced by cinema and editorial photography. As well as manipulating light to craft shapes, I love the process of enhancing these features in Adobe software to add more depth and intrigue.
What Do My Clients Say About Me?
Paul is a great photographer. He has worked with my daughter on several occasions, and all the portfolios have been fantastic. He is creative, professional and straightforward to work with. Highly recommended! – Janine Rigg.
Paul is an excellent photographer. Friendly and professional. We are so happy with all our shots. I will be recommending! – Aimee Bowler.
My daughter loved her first photoshoot with Paul. We’ve enjoyed the photos he has taken of her at competitions, so it was very exciting to have this opportunity. Very relaxed and collaborative approach – I highly recommend Paul! – Sharon Hardy.
It was an easy-going shoot that provided so many beautiful images of my daughter. Photos are truly breathtaking! – Elaine Gorton.
Absolutely love all of my headshots! Was made to feel so comfortable and Paul was so accommodating with exactly what I wanted! Would recommend highly – Rebecca Charlton.