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!

The BEST $3.50 we have ever spent!

A friend from my MOMS Club recently told me about the new Mesquite Grove Aquatic Center.  Matthew, Ross, Rayna and I loved it so much the first day, we went back two days later! 

The facility was incredibly clean…
The water was warm…
There were so many lifeguards on duty…
Great music playing in the background…
Not over-crowded…
VERY inexpensive!
(It was only $3.50 total for all of us!)

If you haven’t been, you’ve got to check it out.  There were 2 large slides, 2 small slides, a lazy-river, a whirlpool, diving boards, a HEATED spalsh area for babies and more!

Rayna could have floated in the lazy-river for days.  She was so relaxed.

Ross has a hard time understanding he’s barely three years old.  When he saw Matthew jumping from the diving board, he decided he wanted a turn.  Well, one jump turned into about twenty.  Because they don’t allow anyone waiting in the pool for the person jumping in, Ross got his exercise swimming to the side each time and running back to the line to do it all again.  Needless to say, he fell asleep very quickly tonight!

Matthew pointed out Rayna doing the exact same thing behind Ross.  I thought that was kind-of cute.

The heated splash area felt more like a hot shower.  It felt so great, I just wanted to lay down and take a nap in the middle of it.

Ross’ favorite was the big bucket that dumped water every few mintues.  I love his expression in the last picture after all the water had dumped on top of him.

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September 22, 2008 - 12:36 am

Laura Boll - These pool pics are great-it looks like you all had a lot of fun! Ross’ face is so funny in that last picture, and I love the diving board sequence!

September 22, 2008 - 6:26 pm

Anonymous - Priceless! I am so glad these were memory making times for you and your precious family.

September 23, 2008 - 7:40 pm

Holly Tolbert - I love Rayna’s legs!!

September 26, 2008 - 11:17 pm

brandy shirley - girl! i have been so busy lately, i almost forgot about you! And then i come back and check out your new blog and see that you are the bomb.com!!! ha! i wish you would move back so we could be photog-friends. but don’t cuz you’d steal the show! great job!

October 4, 2008 - 11:33 pm

Cheryl McCorry - For you to have this website is a treasure. These pictures are truely priceless and something your kids will be able to share with their son’s and daughters.

Favorite Part of My Day

I was putting Ross to bed a few nights ago…

Me:       Ross, what was your favorite part of the day today?
Ross:    Wata’ we do today?
Me:       Well, we cleaned-up the playroom, got a cookie at Wal-Mart, cooked dinner and went swimming.
Ross:    Uhhh… my favorite was cookin’ with Mama.

Ross and I LOVE to cook together!  He gets the food we need, climbs up on the island and gets to work.  He already knows the difference between vegetable and olive oil, which spices go best with chicken on the grill and how to make sweet tea.  Yes… the really GOOD (and bad for you) Georgia-kind.

Anyways, we came up with a spaghetti dish with some ingredients we had on hand.  We loved it, so, I thought I’d share…

  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • sliced mushrooms
  • fresh Rosemary
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes
  • 1 small package of spaghetti noodles
  • olive oil, salt/pepper
  • mozzarella cheese
  • parmesan cheese

Cook noodles as directed.  Heat veggies, garlic and rosemary in pan with olive oil.  Add tomatoes.  Mix noodles and sauce.  Add mozzarella and parmesan cheese on top.  Bake 30-45 minutes. 

(When I have carrots and celery on hand, I add those to the vegetable mix as well.)

Enjoy!

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Poor Baby-Girl

My baby girl had her first accident last night.  She was climbing on the playground (trying to be like the big kids) and slipped.  She’s obviously happy today, but, it looked pretty bad last night.

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September 16, 2008 - 9:09 pm

misty - WOOHOO!!!!!!! New blog! It’s great…and look at the size of those pictures!

Also, POOR RAYNA!

October 3, 2008 - 9:31 pm

Tammy - oh my gosh….she’s adorable and looks just like her great-granddaddy!

Back to the Pool!

Ross and Rayna have been feeling yucky the past few days.  Since we normally go swimming every day, a week felt like a year away from the pool.  Ross, who was starting to feel better yesterday, said, “My wanna’ go to the pool.  My still sick?” 
It was so nice to get out of the house and enjoy the weather.


My little curly-haired girly-girl.


This sums up our days now: 
Ross trying to be sweet = Rayna getting really irritated.


Matthew really isn’t crazy about having his picture taken alone.  But, I managed to get one before we left the pool.  I just love his eyes with the contrast of the water.

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September 19, 2008 - 9:40 am

kelly - The one of Ross being sweet and Rayna getting irrated is CLASSIC! I love it. Your kids are both beautiful, and yes, yall ALL have such pretty eyes!

Sneak Peek: Addison


Addison and those beautiful blue eyes…


This was a candid moment when her dad was putting her dress on.  I just love the contrast between his manly arms and those tiny, girly ruffles!


I had to add this picture because I think it’s so funny.  This is the pitiful look their dog was giving us while we were outside finishing-up.  But, I’m happy to report that she cheered-up when her gate was open and got to be in some pictures with Addison.

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September 26, 2008 - 11:58 pm

Karen Musa - Christy, I loved seeing these pictures. We are still trying to decide what we want-way too many choices.

Sneak Peek: Shane & Alison

It was so hard to choose my favorite images from this session!  These boys were so cute and great to be around.  The shoot was filled with running, playing, watching the ducks and a trip to the playground when we finished.  

I received an email from Alison the next day which I have to share.  I love getting emails like this:

Blake talked about you all day and was asking when we can go to the park again to get pictures with Christy.  He also said that was his favorite part of the day when we talked about the day last night.”

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Sneak Peek: Mack & Jack’s MARKETING SOLUTIONS

I photographed Michaela, President of Mack & Jack’s MARKETING SOLUTIONS, for their website and promotional photos.  
While it was my third time working with her, I still learned more and more about the history behind her company.  (There’s some great stories which illustrate how dedicated and customer-driven she is.)
Please check out Mack & Jack’s website to find out about their marketing, advertising, products and more!

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