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 Logans

As I look back at my life, I am constantly amazed at the unique ways God blesses me with wonderful friendships.  The Logans are a very special family that I’ve gotten to know through church.  (Ironically enough, Matthew went to church with their family too when he was just a little boy!)

Tim and Leslie are both incredible people.  So, when they asked me to photograph their visiting grandchildren, I already knew their grand-kids would be JUST as sweet!
And I was right…

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Sweet Evelyn…

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Elton was so gentle and kind to Evelyn and Eliza…

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I think she loves him a lot…

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Aren’t they sweet?!?

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Gotta’ love those LIPS!

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A construction project won’t get in our way!  As a matter of fact, aside from throwing rocks, I think it was Elton’s favorite part of the session!

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Thank you, Tim & Leslie!
I enjoyed meeting the littles.

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Stay-cation: Rayna’s Day!

Matthew was pretty excited when he drew Rayna’s name from our Stay-cation-name-cup.  Being that he’s super thoughtful towards all of us, he thought-out and secretly planned ALL of Rayna’s favorite things!

  • The morning started with Matthew’s pancakes!  (Matthew doesn’t mess-around when it comes to pancakes!  Forget the thick, healthy, fluffy ones.  He makes them thin… buttery and crispy-on-the-edges!  Delicious!)
  • A trip to the new Whole Foods in Fayetteville!
  • Discovery time at Terra Studios (A FREE “Art Park” with an amazing gift shop!)
  • And PIZZA for lunch!
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    Whole Foods & Rayna watching the glass smith working…

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    What’s a day for Rayna without climbing her favorite tree?!?!?

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    Sweet Ruthie tried and tried and tried to JUMP high enough to grab the tree.  (Unfortunately, she never made it.)

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    It’s made me SOOOO happy to hear others say they wanted to use this idea for their own family too!

    Remember, it’s NOT about how much money you spend.  Actually, like I wrote about on the first day, it’s actually FUN to have a BUDGET.  It fuels creativity and teaches the kids about a budget.

    Thanks for dropping by!  I’d love to hear if YOU decided to do this too!

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Stay-cation: MY Day!

I was just about to dump Rayna’s small trash container when something told me to open-up the crumbled-up piece of paper at the bottom.  I took out the piece of paper and saw the list she’d been working on since she drew MY name for our Stay-cation week at home (during the kid’s Spring Break).  It was so sweet to see how much love and thought she had put into making MY day so special…

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And, yes… She CERTAINLY included ALL of my FAVORITE spots!

After a DELICIOUS breakfast at Rick’s Bakery and a WONDERFULLY-greasy lunch at Station Cafe in downtown Bentonville, Rayna had Matthew drop the two of us off at Crystal Bridges Art Museum– on of our FAVORITE places to hang-out together!

Although it NEVER feels like enough time there, we had over 3 hours to ourselves and were able to:
* make crafts!
* walk through the art museum (for the 428 time in 2 years)!
* hang out in the ‘secret’ library!
* visit their GREAT gift shop!
* take pictures!
* and, this was Rayna’s BIG surprise to me, tour the new, “Open Road,” photography exhibit!  Admission to Crystal Bridges is sponsored by Wal-Mart and is NO cost.  However, certain exhibits do require a fee.  So, Rayna budgeted her money well (aka: skipped taking me to ONYX Coffee Lab) in order to buy tickets for the photography event I’d been really wanting to see!

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As Rayna and I sat in the quiet, beautiful, tucked-away library at Crystal Bridges, I snapped a picture of her because I knew THIS was a moment that I NEVER, EVER wanted to forget.  After recently listening to Dr. James Dobson’s letter to his wife (he begins the beautifully written letter around 8:40 minutes into the recording if you’d like to skip to it), I did exactly what he modeled many times in his life when he felt over-whelmed with love and gratitude for the blessings and gifts God gives- I prayed and thanked God for this moment AND for Rayna

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Rick’s Bakery and Station Cafe… If you haven’t been, add BOTH to your list of things to do in NW Arkansas! 
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Thank you for stopping by!  We have 1 day left… Matthew‘s day for RAYNA!

If you missed it, Matthew’s day is HERE
Ross’ day is HERE
And, Ruthie’s day is HERE!

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Stay-cation: Ruthie’s Day!


 

“Ruthie…  After YOUR day, you’re gonna’ need surgery to get the smile off your face!”
-Ross


 

 

It was true.
Ruthie DID have an INCREDIBLE Stay-cation day planned by Ross.

He thought of EVERYTHING she LOVED

He started the morning off RIGHT with a dozen {HOT & FRESH} Krispy Kreme donuts!

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Matthew does not love our game; but, the kids and I do a LOT of taste-testing and food-swappin’ between each other…

Judging by her smile… Do you think Ruthie approved of our 1st stop?!?!

 

GOTTA climb our favorite tree…

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She use to call him “Rah-Rah.”  Now, it’s just “Buddy-Boy”!

Soooo…. HERE is the problem with photographers…
We post lots of pictures that appear ‘perfect‘.  (Agree?)
It’s SUPER irritating.  (Agree?)

Like THIS one I took with my automatic timer…


The problem is, to get ONE decent image, there’s probably a TON of pictures that are so BAD we would NEVER share!

So, here’s what it REALLY  looks like when I *attempt* to get a photo with the kids using my automatic timer! 
(Ruthie RUNS away as fast as she can- trying to be hilarious.  But, she’s smart enough to know to run BACK before the last picture takes!)

And, in case you haven’t already figured out how much my crew enjoys food, here’s what Ross planned for HIMSELF ‘Ruthie’s special day’ next…

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For good measure, Ross borrowed on of Ruthie’s furry buddies AND Ruthie got to make a cake with my friend before bed!  

I was SOOOOOO proud of “Buddy-Boy” for trying SO hard to make Ruthie’s day SUPER-DUPER SPECIAL!  I think he did an AWESOME job!

Thanks for reading about our week(Rayna planned the next day for ME!  I can’t WAIT to share!) 

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April 11, 2016 - 12:21 pm

Stay-cation: MY Day! » Christy Martin Photography - […] If you missed it, Matthew’s day is HERE… Ross’ day is HERE… And, Ruthie’s day is HERE! […]

Stay-cation: Ross’ Day!

I was excited that I drew Ross‘ name for our family’s Stay-cation!

  • Chocolate chip muffins for breakfast…
  • Barbecue for lunch…
  • Totally surprised Ross by pulling into his buddy’s driveway and telling him he was spending the night with us…
    (Then, they caught a bat.  Don’t ask.)
  • AN ATTEMPT AT HOMEMADE Fried-rice and frozen egg rolls…
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    And a trip to see “Zootopia” movie…
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    He said he loved his day.  So, I was happy!

    (Tomorrow is RUTHIE… planned by Ross!)

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April 1, 2016 - 4:49 pm

Stay-cation: Ruthie’s Day! » Christy Martin Photography - […] for reading about our week!  (Rayna planned the next day for ME!  I can’t WAIT to […]

April 11, 2016 - 12:20 pm

Stay-cation: MY Day! » Christy Martin Photography - […] you missed it, Matthew’s day is HERE… Ross’ day is HERE… And, Ruthie’s day is […]

Stay-cation: Matthew’s Day!

Although we always love the time we spend with our extended family, after three back-to-back trips (MississippiColorado… then, Georgia), we knew we needed to stay home for Spring Break.  As I tried coming up with ideas that all of us would enjoy, it crossed my mind that there were FIVE of us- the SAME number of empty DAYS to fill!

For a moment, I thought I could simply plan an entire day’s events around ONE person.
But then, God planted a little seed in my mind…

Since we’re trying to teach service and love in our home, why not give each person the OPPORTUNITY to creatively and intentionally (and, best yet, secretly!) plan an entire day of SUPER SPECIAL activities JUST for the person they drew!?!?!   So, that’s exactly what we did!


 

Day #1… Matthew!

Ruthie planned lunch at Chick-fil-A…

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And although Ruthie had planned on taking Matthew to the jumpy-trampoline place, when Matthew found out it was dollar-skate night, he traded out ‘his time’ for something special he wanted to do for Rayna later in the week.  Ruthie didn’t seem to mind the change…


Rayna was taking pictures of me and Matthew when Ruthie decided to jump in front of the camera.  (Rayna’s photos are ALWAYS my favorites!)
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Thank you for checking out our family’s Stay-cation!

On a side-note, several people inquired about “the budget” I mentioned on Facebook.  Although I could have let the kid’s imagination’s and planning run wild, I knew that could potentially make for a VERY expensive week.  So, I remembered a stack of money our family had been collecting from all of our recent Craig’s List sales.  I gave the envelope to Ross and let him add all the money up and divide it among the five of us.  The math was done!  We each received $48 a day!  Although I didn’t plan this at the time, it was really great for all of us to plan in advance how much money we were going to spend on everyone’s breakfast, lunch, dinner and any special activities.

Check back tomorrow for ROSS’ special day- planned by ME!

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March 29, 2016 - 1:37 pm

Stay-cation: Ross’ Day! » Christy Martin Photography - […] I was excited that I drew Ross‘ name for our family’s Stay-cation! […]

April 1, 2016 - 4:46 pm

Stay-cation: Ruthie’s Day! » Christy Martin Photography - […] was true. Ruthie DID have an INCREDIBLE Stay-cation day planned by […]

April 11, 2016 - 12:20 pm

Stay-cation: MY Day! » Christy Martin Photography - […] took out the piece of paper and saw the list she’d been working on since she drew MY name for our Stay-cation week at home (during the kid’s Spring Break).  It was so sweet to see how much love and thought she had put into making MY day so […]

April 20, 2016 - 10:56 am

Stay-cation: Rayna’s Day! » Christy Martin Photography - […] it’s NOT about how much money you spend.  Actually, like I wrote about on the first day, it’s actually FUN to have a BUDGET.  It fuels creativity and teaches the kids about a […]

My Favorite Shepherd

People often question my sanity when they find out my family is on the road AGAIN.  My sanity would most CERTAINLY be challenged if they knew the REAL truth:  We were driving over 7 hours to… with 3 kidsto stay a place less than 2 days... with NOTHING on our agenda once we arrived.

But here’s what most people don’t see…
No matter how much I try to teach Godly virtues to Rayna, there’s nothing better than her actually SEEING IT first-hand from a person she loves, respects and already has so much admiration for.

  • So even though the grilled fish, green bean casserole and sweet potato souffle at our lunch-tradition is amazing, it’s nothing compared to the ride home from Whole Foods when Rayna overhears her cousin talk about the rules that she’s personally set for her own life to make sure her daily quiet time with God isn’t compromised by her college studies, friends, interests and the unending pull of social media.
  • And although Rayna LOVES shopping with her oldest cousin, I am thrilled knowing Rayna is being shown by a smart, fun and confident college student that a girl can STILL look beautiful and trendy without ever compromising her modesty.
  • And when it’s time to plan something ‘fun‘ to do, these girls lovingly choose to PREPARE FOOD, COOK, SERVE and CLEAN-UP after all of us!

“Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
Give careful attention to your heards.”
-Proverbs 27:23

 

Not only is Madison one of the biggest reasons we drive to Mississippi so frequently, she’s ALSO one of my favorite shepherds to one of my favorite sheeps!

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If you’re in college (and perhaps thinking how YOU need a mentor), may I remind you that younger girls are ALREADY looking at YOU!

May I challenge you to play a vital role in a younger girl’s life?!?!?

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March 28, 2016 - 11:34 pm

Stay-cation: Matthew’s Day! » Christy Martin Photography - […] we always love the time we spend with family, after three back-to-back trips (Mississippi… Colorado… then, Georgia), we knew we needed to stay home for Spring Break.  As I […]

June 27, 2016 - 11:17 pm

Alan & Madison’s Engagement! » Christy Martin Photography - […] you’ve read through my blog over the years, you probably already know how much I love my niece, Madison.  Naturally, when she and her boyfriend invited us all to hang out with them in Eureka Springs […]

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