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!

Tieg, Melissa, Grayson, Kensley & Maddox

Although I didn’t recognize the number when my phone rang, I certainly knew the familiar area code.  When I answered, a very nice man explained that all his wife wanted for Mother’s Day was for him to call me and arrange a photo session when I came back to Georgia.  (I told him that was ALSO all I wanted for Mother’s Day as well!)

I’m so glad Tieg gave his sweet wife, Melissa, what she wanted!  As a result, I was the lucky one who got to document their family!

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June 8, 2017 - 9:53 am

Grandmama - These pictures are simply beautiful- every one of them!

Halle & Emma

Photographing a child is truly my dream-come-true.  But being asked year after year to document that child’s unique stages and personality is beyond words!

Seven years ago, I photographed Halle and Emma for the first time.  Since that time, we have played in a field, done cartwheels and explored downtown together.  Although a lot of time has passed since my first photos of these beautiful sisters, their love, laughter and bond still has remained just as strong.

Thank you, Jay & Rachel! 
I appreciate your family and always enjoy seeing you when I’m back in Georgia!

Just for fun… here’s the past years…

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Tradition Restored

The dirt road was rocky and the Georgia air was exactly as you’d expect in late late Spring- hot and humid.  Despite the dust and heat, my mom and I eagerly pulled the straw baskets out of the car as we began sizing-up the rows and rows of beautiful, red strawberries that were calling out to us from the fields.

If I’d only known eight years ago that picking those strawberries would quickly begin one of my favorite traditions!

I assumed our first year picking strawberries felt so special because we had just moved back to Georgia.  (Oh, and also because Rayna’s curls were just getting long enough to put in pigtails!)  The following years, however, proved to be JUST as memorable.  Just when I thought Ross and Rayna were ‘the perfect age,’ the next year my nephew came along for even more memories.  It was fun to mix things up on year five by adding a BABY to the adventure! By year SIX, we had FOUR active and excited kids to manage!

In an ironic turn of events, the very tradition that probably got it’s roots from Matthew traveling away from home each week (and my mom’s effort to make plans for us to spend time with one another) came to an abrupt stop when Matthew had the opportunity to stop traveling by us moving 12-hours from “home” and all of the memories that were built there.

The first two years in Arkansas, I felt sadness and jealousy as I watched my friends posting pictures on social media of that same strawberry patch that held so many of MY precious memories.  But as I saw glimpses of local strawberry patches in Arkansas, I remembered a conversation a new friend recently shared.  She spoke so fondly of her own mother and how much they enjoyed their time together before she moved away.  Although she certainly misses seeing her each week, she and her mom agree that the move gave each one of them the opportunity and space to make memories with others, while treasuring even more the sweet memories they have together.

For two years I felt jealous and sad that I was “missing out” on something I use to love so much.  This year though, even if it looked different, I wanted to give our strawberry picking tradition another try!  With a little over 12 hours between two different strawberry fields, in a beautiful field in Fayettville, I found common ground.

I found smiles.
I found laughter.
I found beautiful strawberries.
I even found some new memories.

Next time, I’m going to not wait so long to do what makes my heart happy… even if it looks different than how it’s always been.

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Fun with the Cristofaros

God brought a special family into my life when we moved to Arkansas.
Not only a much-needed friend to Rayna, but a much-needed friend to ME as well!

I recently brought my camera along and, in between mine and Jennifer’s conversations about Jesus and pasta, I snapped a few pictures of these sweet, sweet girl who now feel like part of my own family!

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Cohen, 8 months old

The idea of JOY is absolutely fascinating to me.

I’ve had wonderful seasons where I experienced true JOY every single day.
I’ve also had seasons where I was numb; yet terrified I would never, ever feel joy again.
I’ve had times when I’ve allowed comparison to steal my joy.
Ironically enough, I’ve also witnessed many times when my own greatest joy was found in giving away joy to others.

Although I have not mastered the recipe for JOY (which I’m convinced includes God’s will, unique gifts and passions, emotional well-being and loving others), I know what JOY feels like to me:

Dropping by my cousin’s house for a few minutes to hang with her and take a few pictures of Cohen!  So, so fun!

No matter the season, for the past five years, I’ve been intentional to make a note of what brought love, joy or happiness to my day.  Here’s the wonderful journal I use:  “The Happiness Project”.

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February 12, 2017 - 2:56 pm

Grandmama - These pictures are just simply beautiful of both the subjects. I know they will be treasured even more as the years go by. They seem to grow up so fast, and it will be wonderful to look back on this special time of their lives.


When my family made the choice to move away from our {busy} life in Georgia to pursue a more intentional {and less-busy} life in Arkansas, Rayna was heavy on my heart.  Not only was she leaving her “Gigi” (my mom), but she was also saying goodbye to her best friend.

As I prayed for my quiet little girl to find a friend, another mother down the road from me was praying for her quiet little girl to be bold in showing God’s love to others.  The result?  A beautiful, new friendship that started with a shy girl leaving her comfort zone to try to make a connection with the new girl.


Along with Madeline, God also gave us the REST of her family to enjoy as well…

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April 28, 2017 - 1:37 pm

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Our Christmas “Gift”: 2016 Cruise


“The purpose of life, after all, is to LIVE it, to TASTE experience to the utmost, to REACH OUT eagerly and without fear for NEWER and RICHER experience.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Matthew’s had some really good ideas during our past 17 years together, but I think my FAVORITE was his idea in 2015 to totally SKIP Christmas GIFTS and do a FAMILY TRIP instead!

Our 2015 trip was pretty incredible.  My sweet grandparents gave us a week of their timeshare to use in Colorado.  After a really long drive, we arrived in Pagosa Springs, stocked-up on groceries and started to explore God’s gorgeous creation!  (Here’s the FIRST BLOG POSTLAST POST & PICTURES… and VIDEO!)

Rayna and Matthew would be perfectly happy living in the snow, but Ross and I voted for something WARM this year! Since Matthew and I enjoy cruises so much, we thought it would be fun to let the kids experience it as well.  Just like me and Matthew, Ross, Rayna and Ruthie also LOVED being on a great boat filled with TONS of things to do and explore!

I love Ross’ face in this picture!  Such a good sport!


Like any normal kid who thinks it’s a HUGE treat to fly on an airplane, there was plenty of pre-flight arguing over who got the window seat.  We had just figured out our 30-minute ‘rotations‘ when Ross invited “Ru-Rues” to sit with him…


Sooo much to do on Independence of the Seas:  Ice skating, rock climbing, surf simulator…

The kids could not believe how beautiful, clear and turquoise the water was in Mexico… 


Ruthie wanted to climb the rock wall like Ross and Rayna, but (until she gets taller) had to simply cheer for them…

“Formal Night” for the Martins is kind-of an oxymoron since Matthew usually stays in gym shorts and the kids and I are totally happy in hand-me-downs!  Ruthie came through for us though!  She fell in love with a little dress from Mexico that she wore to dinner EVERY NIGHT!

When we booked our cruise almost a year ago, we told the kids about the excursions offered at our ports.  Rayna quickly decided she wanted to start saving her money to swim with the dolphins! Ross, not being a follower nor money-saver, resisted; but decided he didn’t want to miss this chance either!

Even though I’m a pretty thrifty gal (I’ve used the same $14 purse for the past 6 years), to me, there’s NOTHING I value more than PHOTOS and documenting memories!  For me, the photos offered at Chankanaab National Park were worth it!


It may sound silly, but I bet a lot of moms and/or photographers can relate…
Because I LOVE taking photos of my family, I’m normally behind the camera and not IN any photographs with my kids.  I asked Matthew before the trip if he would do me a BIG favor and be intentional about taking photos of me and the kids together.  Although this was not natural or fun to him, he still did a great job snapping highlights of our trip!  

Thank you for being part of our trip!  Here’s a few of our FAVORITE parts in a short videoEnjoy!



Anyone else consider ‘memories>things’ !?!?!  I’d love to hear!

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