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!

An Evening at Hanna Family Ranch

Pulling out of Will and Waltina’s long driveway, I secretly wished I could drive home, grab my toothbrush, extra clothes, my Bible and just MOVE-IN to the Hanna Family Ranch for a few weeks.

I would gladly take care of their animals all day.
I would eagerly wash dishes (and lick all the bowls!) after a local cooking show was filmed in their open, modern, yet-warm, gorgeous kitchen.
And if I needed a break, I’m pretty sure their porch would make an excellent place for me to catch-up on my Bible study.

But I don’t think I’m alone in my love for this family.

Lots of businesses are using their fresh, delicious and local food.  The news is also noticing how the Hanna’s love LOVING OTHERS so well!

Thank you, Will and Waltina (and Randy and Denyce!) for inviting us to your wonderful home and farm!

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October 2, 2017 - 12:02 pm

Waltina Hanna - Christy,
Thank you so very much for the kind words. The Lord has certainly blessed us. You have an open invite anytime. Dinner is at 6:00.

My lil’ Ruthie-‘Ru-Ru’…

When her Nana finds a pretty dress from the thrift store and her sweet cousin says she’ll take-care-of-da’-hair, you leave the kitchen a total mess after dinner and enjoy every second of documenting this super-lovable girl!

Here’s a few from my time with Ruthie last night…

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September 13, 2017 - 1:37 am

Anonymous - ❤️

September 13, 2017 - 4:38 am

Grandmama - What can I say? I love every one of these pictures. They capture the sweetness and beauty of our Ruthie. Great job!

Buffalo River highs… and the truth about the lows

As much as I enjoy taking photographs of our family’s memories, I enjoy taking videos just as much!
I love being able to document highlights from our trips, vacations and milestones.  My kids also love choosing a few to watch at bedtime.

But there IS a problem with our family videos.  It’s the same problem that forces me to take a long break from social media several times each year.

The problem with choosing the best-of-the-best highlights to share is it’s not always 100% accurate of our real life.  And if anyone struggles with the same thing I do on social media, perceiving that other’s lives are always fun, perfect or incredibly adventurous does nothing but create feelings of jealously, insecurity and judgement.

Although you SEE a fun family photo of a big tent securely fastened in the ground, what you do NOT see is:
…me placing unrealistic expectations on Matthew to finish work early.
…leaving late and everyone being a little grouchy.
…campgrounds being full when we arrived.
…no phone service (aka: not getting to camp with our cousins as planned).
…and, as always with camping, no sleep!

Did we have fun?  YES!
But did I completely choose to ONLY post the best-of-the-best (NOT highlighting sweet Ruthie crying hysterically before we could even get the canoe wet)?  YES on that one too!


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September 10, 2017 - 11:40 am

Becky Carlson - Christy,
I too share your same struggle. Although, using “fake book” to stay connected to all my family and friends that live miles away, I find myself becoming envious of others. I try to pull away but with my kids grown and being basically empty nesters it’s hard not to stay connected through this source. I absolutely love seeing your family grow and venture thru life, ever since you and Matt left AZ with that fun, little Ross and sweet, baby Rayna. You and Matt are such a beautiful example even if it took you several “takes”. I can see Jesus in your lives and that is the ultimate goal. Don’t even be jealous for one minute of others because your humbleness and love sparkles in every beautiful portrait! Keep posting your family pics, they are so encouraging, sweet and an example of real love!
Blessings, Bec


I love senior sessions because, like “Lifestyle Sessions,” it captures more than a simple smile.  Senior sessions document an incredibly important milestone, while also capturing unique qualities, passions and talents!

Tommy’s session was so enjoyable because we got to enjoy and experience everything he enjoys!  Congratulations to Tommy and his parents!  I hope the last year is just as fun as our time together!

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August 29, 2017 - 8:28 pm

Anonymous - Our handsome grandson.


Kylie is the kind of person who quietly and humbly serves 4-year olds at church each week.  Not only does she patiently reassure RUTHIE ‘crying children,’ she often brings her friends along to serve within the church as well.  When she told me her dream to work with children one day as a career, I had no doubt she would accomplish her dream!

Congratulations on your SENIOR YEAR, Kylie! 

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August 23, 2017 - 5:53 pm

Brittany - OMG! She’s a senior! These are amazing and Kylie you’re BEAUTIFUL! Selfishly praying you stay close to NWA.

Naomi’s Story

Normally, when my sister and I talk on the phone every day, our conversations are usually centered around something we’re cooking, somewhere we’re going or something too immature to share with anyone else.  But there WAS one particular phone call with Hannah almost two years ago that I will ALWAYS remember.

I asked her how her weekend was and, in a tone I hadn’t heard in a long time, she did her best to explain the incredible blessings God had so graciously given to her on that particular day.

Before the pastor’s message on the Sanctity of Life that morning, her extended family filled-up the seats to celebrate Parker’s public decision to be baptized.  After enjoying some comfort food with everyone they loved, out-of-town family said goodbye and her husband took off as well for time with his mentors in the church.  She thought the day was already “perfect,” but God had ONE more surprise for her.

Already soaking in all the many blessings, a ‘(+)/(-) Test’ revealed on that same night that God was saving the BEST surprise for LAST!    Parker, Hannah and Jason were finally getting the baby they’d all been praying for!

But during a routine prenatal appointment, Hannah received lab results that indicated her baby was at risk for a rare, life-threatening disorder.  So for the remaining weeks of her pregnancy, we all prayed and prayed for God’s intervention.  ‘Grandmama’ (our grandmother) said she’s never prayed for anything more than she prayed for Naomi during that difficult time.  Ironically enough, I know many of her prayers were said as she looked-out over the very spot in her backyard where Naomi played in the water during one of my last nights in Georgia.

God not only chose to give my sister a healthy, little girl, He added an incredibly sweet temperament and some major-cuteness as well!
1 Thessalonians 5:18

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June 16, 2017 - 9:08 am

grandmama - Christy ….. what you have just related is so true. I am so thankful for the health of all my Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren and pray daily for their continued physical and spiritual health. But everytime I look at Naomi, I see a miracle
because it seemed that the odds were stacked against her for her to have cystic fibrosis,and yet…she was born healthy and has been such a “joy” and “blessing” to us all. I thank God daily for our blessings. The pictures are just beautiful and give a hint into her wonderful personalty. Love you all!

June 16, 2017 - 3:00 pm

Debbie Fortner - Love <3 what you wrote Christy,& Naomi is so precious & so sweet I love <3 her so much. Our entire family it truly blessed with this little angel from Heaven. And of course you do know I want copies of all these pics right? lol !!! if you can send them to my cell or you can just send them in email or private message. You do such a great job taking pictures I wish I was as good as you. Your pictures are always beautiful !! love <3 you. 🙂