Martin Knowles is an architectural photographer based in downtown Vancouver, BC. Martin’s approach provides effective visual communication fuelled by careful craft and technical savvy. When he discovered the joy of photography and working in the darkroom in grade 8, he also discovered that he had a particular passion for documenting the built and natural environment. This led him to working in large format film and photographing architecture as a creative outlet while studying computing science and fine arts. In 2007, he founded Martin Knowles Photo/Media to serve the design, architectural, and building communities. He’s easy and efficient to work with, always willing to pay special attention to a detail or collaborate with you on location to make your project look even greater.
When he’s not behind a camera, working in Photoshop, or making Capture One squeeze the last bit of detail out of an image, or helping clients make the most of their visual imagery, he can be found sailing in the San Juan and Gulf Islands, taking long bicycle rides, or tearing up the floor with other creative folks at local blues, fusion, and swing dance events.
think it. write it. stage it. shoot it.
Photography is one of the most important parts of your firm's marketing efforts, but it's not the only part. Sometimes it takes a bigger team, particularly if you're a small organization. We work with and are happy to recommend some of the best people in the local design industry to help you out. Need assistance with your PR strategy, awards writing, video, or staging? We offer joint packages that give you a solution that fits your needs and your budget.
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We're an Interior Designers of Canada Tier I Member and have been since 2012. The IDC is the umbrella organization for all registered interior designers in Canada. We serve on the national Industry Council, and can often be found at trade shows and local interior design events.
We have been members of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association since 2008, serving the Vancouver-area residential building and development community. In addition to chairing the GVHBA Suppliers' Council, Martin Knowles Photo/Media received Supplier of the Year in 2012, and Volunteer of the Year in 2015.
We’re a proud in-kind sponsor of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, supporting the conservation of heritage buildings and structures in recognition of their contribution to the city’s economy, sustainability and culture. You can find Martin behind his camera at most Vancouver Heritage Foundation tours, as well as photographing special projects including the True Colours calendar and continued efforts to promote sustainability through adaptive reuse of heritage buildings.
Although we often scout local projects and run most of our daily errands by bicycle, we are frequent users of Modo, Vancouver’s premiere car sharing co-op. Not only does it keep our fees lower while helping save the environment, we can apply our approach of using exactly the right tools for the job to the transportation we use to get to your job: sometimes a Smart is all we need, and sometimes we need to carry a minivan full of furniture, lighting, and gear.
We work with some of Vancouver's most innovative architecture, interior design, renovation, building, and media firms. Some of our notable clients include:
Monica Jeffers Interior Design
Muse and Merchant
One SEED Architecture + Interiors
Proscenium Architecture + Interiors
South Street Development Group
Tien Sher Development
Upward Construction & Design
Urban Arts Architecture
Vancouver Heritage Foundation
VictorEric Design Group
Abstract Homes and Renovations
Best Home Western Canada
Carscadden Stokes Macdonald Architects
City of Vancouver
David Nairne & Associates
Iredale Group Architecture
Homes and Living Vancouver
Jennifer Dunn Design
Jenny Martin Design
Keate & Co. Designers