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!


I remember the first time I met Austen.  Although Matthew and I had only been dating a few weeks, I felt like I already knew his little nephew from all the stories I’d heard about him.  Matthew’s stories about Austen were all great, but NOTHING compared to how wonderful this little boy really was!

At only a year old, Austen already stood out as extremely happy, funny and smart.  Oh, I was also convinced he was the cutest kid I’d ever seen!  Matthew and I enjoyed him so much, we often found reasons to take him to the zoo (all 3 of us in matching, yellow shirts) or to go see late-night fireworks.

As Austen got older, honestly, all of the strengths I’d loved about him as a toddler just got stronger.  By middle school, I absolutely REFUSED to play any type of ‘game‘ with him that would compare our math skills, spelling abilities or IQ, for that matter!

With no surprise to any of us, high school allowed Austen to shine even more.  Not only has he soared academically, but he’s excelled in just about every other area as well.

I am so proud of Austen! 


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Shortly after Ross was born, I began to DREAM of being a ‘real‘ photographer.  I use to think the best part would be getting to do exactly what I loved to do- taking pictures!  Although I STILL love the creative process of capturing memories and moments, I quickly realized building RELATIONSHIPS were actually one of the things I enjoyed the MOST!

There’s no better example than this family! 

I remember our first photos with Tinsely and her parents SO well.  Her mom was not only sweet, kind and relaxed, she gave me total freedom to do what I believe is the most important thing about photography- capture REAL moments!  Over the years, I’ve got to document tea parties, swimming, birthday parties and many more special places with the people closest to her!

It’s such a privilege to document so many fun stages in a child’s life!  


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Florida 2016 (Part 2)

I posted a few pictures from our beach trip HERE, but there were a few more that made me too happy not to post.

This picture looks pretty dreamy, but Ruthie was actually being kind-of fussy and we were ready to go inside.  As we were gathering our things, a nice family came over and gave her a new kite!
The beach was nearly empty. 
The winds were strong. 
Ruthie’s frown quickly turned into a BIG smile! 

We never seem to play putt-putt golf around our house, but when we’re in Florida, it’s a GIVEN! 
I mentioned evening or morning light in my last post.  This is another example of how flattering it can be…
It only took 839 GoPro photos to get 3 semi-decent images.  I CLEARLY need lessons!

Even though Matthew’s pretty good in the water and we’re both pretty thrifty, we decided to invest in Infant Survival Lessons when Ross and Ruthie were babies.  (Sorry, Rayna!  We were beyond-broke and living in Arizona when you were born!)  Unlike what some parents may fear, the kids were never thrown into the water.  They were taught to to flip over on their back and FLOAT… even with clothes, shoes and a winter jacket.  (It’s ALL about the child’s safety in case they ever did fall into a body of water unexpectedly.)  As a result, not only have none of them ever worn floaties or vests, they all absolutely LOVE the water!
If you’re in Georgia, you’ve got to call Cindy at Gwinnett Swim!


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Florida 2016 (Part 1)

When I look back at my favorite moments of the year, most of my BEST memories are made during our summer trip to the beach.  Part of it is the luxury of sitting in the sand and simply watching the kids play.  However, I think the MAIN reason it’s so special is because we meet my parents and sister’s family.

For a week, we have NO agenda.  (With the exception of finding a restaurant with killer hush-puppies or garlic-cheese bread and blackened fish Reuben sandwiches.)

We eat (a lot).
We laugh (a lot).
The kids catch smelly-critters and make a total MESS of the room!


Ruthie’s my early-morning girl!  She and I LOVE going out super-early to chase the birds and enjoy the beach before the sun makes it’s grand appearance.

PHOTOGRAPHY TIP:  Unless you’re comfortable shooting in Manual Mode (where you control all the settings), TAKE PHOTOS in the MORNING or EVENING.  The light is GORGEOUS and very flattering to all skin tones!


We always try to get a stranger to snap a super-quick photo of us on the beach before we leave.  One of these years, I’m going to put some effort into it; but, at this point, it’s just not worth it to make everyone match (…or SMILE in Ruthie’s case)

Waiting on Naomi…  (She’s due TODAY!)

Ross may break a few rules on vacation, but he sure is FUN!

Thanks for stopping by!
I have a few more I plan to post tomorrow.

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September 17, 2016 - 11:56 am

Florida 2016 (Part 2) » Christy Martin Photography - […] posted a few pictures from our beach trip HERE, but there were a few more that made me too happy not to […]

Summer Visits & Memories

Although we lived close to Matthew’s sister in Georgia, some of our BEST memories together were when both of our families would visit their parents (aka: VACATION!) in Arkansas each year.  Now that we are living here, it’s so fun to see even MORE summer memories when Michelle and her kids visit each summer!


When I married Matthew, I had NO idea how fortunate I was to ALSO get his parents in the deal! 


Ross is the master of games.  Most start out really fun and end with Ruthie crying or getting her feelings hurt… 


Great splash, Austen!  So good, Ruthie decided to jump in too!  




Go, Ruthie!  You’ve got Ross’ support! 

Kenslee’s missing a few teeth.  How cute!


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September 10, 2016 - 10:53 am

Debbie Fortner - I would love <3 to have a copy of some of these pics. The one of Rayna & Kenslee sitting in the chair is my favorite. If you will could you email me a copy of that one. And some of Ross & Ruthie. I love <3 them all so much. 🙂

Summer Memories

Summer memories in Georgia have always been special; but, after moving away, the new moments are even more precious and meaningful.


As always, Rayna and her dear friend spent as much time together as possible!  (Here’s a video with some pictures from almost 5 years ago!)


Squeezing in a quick-trip to the lake after church!


While many of us are content skiing with 2 skis, Matthew slaloms off a deck!

My lil’ dancing gal…

…and banana pepper pickin’ gal!

WARNING:  If there’s okra, banana pepper or bell pepper in the garden, it will be PICKED and EATEN before Ruthie makes it inside!

Helping GiGi cook…

Thank you for stopping by!  My blog’s been a little neglected lately, but I’m looking forward to posting some fun, new photos of the kids soon!

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