About me

Martyn Holland

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

– Confucius

I completely agree with Confucius. I love my job. Even on Monday mornings, I’ll still have a smile on my face. Yeah, I’m one of ‘those guys’. Though there was a time when I didn’t feel this way so now, I really appreciate every day that I’m in this industry.

It all started when I was 14 years old. I completed work experience with a local photographer in my hometown, Reigate in Surrey, England. Thanks to the talented Michael Little, I was sucked into this incredible world of photography (faster than 1/500 @ f2.8). Art college soon beckoned and I also completed a BA (Hons) degree in Professional Media, specialising in Photography at Gloucestershire University.

Brimming with optimism (and a hefty student debt), I began living and working in busy London; assisting photographers and working in large studios as a runner. The experience was quite literally a global adventure. I found myself on snowboarding shoots in Colorado, holding a wind machine to blow Paris Hilton’s dress in London, and flying first class to Hawaii to shoot Hummer cars (gotta love those pre GFC budgets).

In 2001, with the endorsement of the prestigious Prince’s Trust Award Scheme, I took a giant leap and decided to work independently. After expanding my portfolio and developing my skills, I migrated to Melbourne, Australia in 2005; seeking new challenges and warmer weather.

Today, I specialise in still life photography and creative retouching. You’ll often find me working fervently from my photography studio in St Kilda, which I am proud to say was constructed and custom built for my business. I have the privilege of working with a loyal and local client base here in Melbourne, but also collaborate with clients from London and Dubai.