Christy Martin Photography » My Life... clients, family & specials!

  • Christy… The Girl Behind the Lens

    Every great success story starts with a dream. For me, my dream was to always have a camera in hand and a great story behind every shot. In Kindergarten, it was bringing my camera to Show N’ Tell when everyone else brought toys. In middle school, it was getting to know the employees at my local photo lab. In high school, it was an essay I wrote about my 'dream job' of being a photographer.

    I have been truly fortunate to watch my lifelong passion of photography bloom into a career and source of happiness in my life. Part of that happiness comes from my love of children and embracing that in my business. My adoration for kids allows me to engage them in a way that makes sessions feel more like a play-date! Whether it’s chasing them around trees or fields, chatting with them about their favorite flavor of ice cream or watching them laugh while I make a funny face, I find it truly uplifting to be a part of their world.

    In the same way that every picture tells a story, so too does my blog. I use it to capture pieces of both my professional and personal life. It includes client session photos, engaging stories behind those clients, and even little glimpses into my own family, friends and interests. The curls in my daughter's hair and the cool rock my son found are just a few of the things that inspire me every day!

Tinsley

Having the rare privilege of photographing the same child for TEN years provides lots and lots of special memories!

Over those years, Tinsley has given me so many moments that I’ll always treasure!  I’ve been so fortunate to meet “Bubba”, photograph all her room details, watch her play in her yard, meet all her closest friends and family, document her blowing out her birthday candles, have a tea party and SWIM!!!  (There was even that time when I CRIED after a session because of the GRATITUDE I felt in my heart!)

As always, it was such a JOY to document this beautiful, kind, super-smart, well-spoken, talented and creative little girl!

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Jared, Jami, Kariss, Sophia & Harper

Oh, Jami… Why you-gotta’ dress those sweet girls so cute?!?  These were SUPPOSE to be “mini” sessions, but it was impossible not to take extra!
While your gallery is loading, here’s a few to hold you over…

ALWAYS a few ‘extra‘ of a mom and her kids…

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November 28, 2017 - 2:40 pm

Jami Stargel - My word! You have done it again! These photos are stunning. Your talent keeps me in awe. I love them.

Kate

Want to know what quality I absolutely LOVE seeing in children (…especially little girls)?  It’s confidence.
It’s not at all the kind of confidence that comes across as prideful or sassy.  Instead, it’s the rare characteristic that simply allows that child to be happy with who they are inside.

As I’ve photographed Kate for the past five years, I’ve not planned-out any of the photos that I wanted to take of her.  (In the world of photography, even if we ACT like we don’t have a plan, most of us DO!)  But as I photograph Kate, it’s very enjoyable to simply follow her around and document her uniqueness and interests.  Whether she’s collecting rocks, cuddling with “Bunny,” playing in the water, picking flowers, tossing a ball, climbing a tree, target practicing or hugging her dog, there’s one thing for sure- it’s ALWAYS real and true to Kate!

We actually tried and tried to get Bentley to face the camera, but he’s pretty darn loyal to Kristy and refused to look-away from her.  Even though I had my own idea of what I thought I wanted here, I actually like this real moment MUCH better!

 

Here’s a few ‘details‘ from the past five years with Kate… 

Thank you, Kristy, Paul and Kate, for your loyalty!  I never, ever expect you guys to ‘wait‘ for my trips back to Georgia, but it’s the BEST FEELING when you do!

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November 27, 2017 - 9:04 pm

Linda Harris - Beautiful photos of Kate. You really got the real Kate. I love each and every one!

Matthew, Catalina, Jackie & Kate

Sweet lil’ Jack and I talked about how long I’d been taking his pictures when he stopped to ask me, “Did you know that I was a cute baby?”  My response was pretty instant.  “Yes, I DEFINITELY know that you were a SUPER CUTE baby!  (I’ve posted a few from our previous years together at the very bottom in case you want to jump on board with us!)

We’re going on a wonderful, five-year tradition (minus the year we were both living outside of Georgia) of me documenting their family, telling Catalina how ridiculously beautiful she is and taking way more photos of her children than I had planned!

But, how do I stop shooting with these two?!?!



Here’s a few family photos from each year.  What a fun difference!

Look how much he’s grown over the years!?!?

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November 30, 2017 - 4:34 pm

Catalina Urbizo - Christy, you have a true gift!!! We are so blessed to be your client!!! We love and treasure every session we have done with you! Thank you for being excellent and sharing your gift with my fam

Michael & Maddox

Excitement and joy are feelings associated with going back to Georgia to visit my family.  However, as my mouse hoovered over the ‘publish‘ button on my blog that would announce my available Georgia sessions the following month, I was filled with doubt, worry and insecurity.  A month later, just hours before my first session was suppose to begin, I experienced the same TEXT-MY-FRIEND-AND-ASK-FOR-PRAYERnervousness’ as when I first decided to offer these sessions.

As I sat in horrible traffic and chewed on a mouthful of TUMS, I turned off the radio and begged Godprayed out loud’ that I could provide my wonderful families with photos they will treasure.

In the same way, weeks ago, God allowed ALL of my sessions to fill within a few hours (I didn’t even have the chance to share the blog post I was so nervous about), He answered my prayer in a HUGE way!  Not only did He fill my camera with wonderful moments of the families I have grown to love so much, my anxiousness was COMPLETELY replaced with JOY and GRATITUDE!


If there’s anything I love, it’s LOVE!

I love people who love their people well and Lindsey is a beautiful example.  It’s evident in all she says and does how much she loves her boys!

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