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  • 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!

Decorating with Photos: Polaroid Display

In attempts to get Ruthie to sleep in her own room, I thought it would help to hang some of her favorite photographs on her wall above her bed.  This was an easy project (directions at the end), so I thought I’d share in case others were looking for fun ways to display their own family’s photos!

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I would love to report that Ruthie is now gazing-up at her new photo display and falling fast-asleep in her OWN bed each night.  BUT, unfortunately, that has NOT been the case.  After completing this project, she’s NOW saying she can’t sleep in her own room because, “My love Rayna TOOOOO much!”

Oh, well!  Her room may be empty, but at least it’s colorful!


TIPS:  Using Photoshop, I cropped her favorite photos into a square.  Then, moved each image to the top of a new, white 5×7 image to save and send to my lab.  If you don’t have photo editing software, no problem!  Just upload your favorite prints to your favorite lab.  Choose a square format (like 3×3, 4×4 or 5×5), crop yourself and print!  Then, just cut white card-stock in the (rectangular) shape of a Polaroid print and glue!  I bought bright string and tiny, colorful clothes hangers from Hobby Lobby to add more color.

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Maya Faith Mwayi Floyd

Every part of her name, Maya Faith Mwayi Floyd, represents a beautiful picture of God’s love and goodness.  When I asked her mom what God has revealed to her during this past year, Meredith said, “It’s been an amazing journey of God showing me who He is.  Faithful, always on time, cares about the details, miraculous, amazing, kind, loving, gracious, provider and grace giver.”

So, here’s their little miracle…

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If you’re looking for incredible preaching in the Fayetteville area, please stop by Cross Church Fayetteville.  Maya’s dad, Nick, does such a exceptional job teaching the meaning and purpose of God’s Word in an applicable, yet, deep and convicting way.

Thank you, Meredith, for asking me to photograph sweet Maya.  It was a treat to get to catch-up!

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May 14, 2016 - 11:42 am

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Our Christmas “Gift” (Colorado, Part 2)

In case you missed it, I wrote in my last post, Part 1 of “Our Christmas “Gift,” about our family’s decision to skip PRESENTS and take a family TRIP instead.

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One of the HIGHLIGHTS of our trip to Pagosa Springs, Colorado was going DOG SLEDDING!

Even though I love using words to describe feelings, I just can NOT seem to express the experience of being pulled through fresh, Colorado snow by 12 excited and amazingly beautiful dogs.  There were moments of laughter and excitement as the dog’s pace went from jogging to full-on running.  Then, as the dogs found their steady pace and we all began looking around us at God’s incredible creation, we all became as SILENT as the fresh snow falling from the big sky.

It was a beautiful, incredible experience that I’ll never, ever forget. 

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Ruthie found a dog to kiss!
Even BETTER, a PUPPY!
Even BETTER, an ADORABLE PUPPY that wanted to kiss her TOO!
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In the words of Ruthie, “My like him a LOT.”
(Thank you, Rayna, for taking this picture!)
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Maybe it’s just me, but, I think these are one of the most GORGEOUS breeds of dogs!  Anyone else?!?!  
(I’ve always joked with Matthew that, if HE were a DOG, THIS is what he would be!  Bright blue eyes… Athletic… Hard-Working… Fun…)

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Ruthie feel asleep on Rayna during the ride.  But, woke-up in time for a “snack”… 
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I LOVED how Pagosa Dogsled Adventures took photos of our family during our sledding adventure! That was SUCH a treat getting a full gallery emailed to us after our trip!

I’m finding myself taking as many VIDEOS as PHOTOGRAPHS lately.  So, I usually put together a little video for our family to enjoy.  I thought I’d share some of our favorite parts here too…

We’ve already made plans for THIS CHRISTMAS’ trip!

Anyone else entertaining the idea of giving up gifts for a family get-away together?!?!?    🙂   I think you might LOVE it!

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March 28, 2016 - 11:36 pm

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

January 6, 2017 - 3:36 pm

Our Christmas “Gift”: 2016 Cruise » Christy Martin Photography - […] and started to explore God’s gorgeous creation!  (Here’s the FIRST BLOG POST… LAST POST & PICTURES… and […]

Our Christmas “Gift” (Colorado, Part 1)

Matthew had an INCREDIBLE idea…

Instead of buying GIFTS for Christmas, we’d take a FAMILY TRIP instead.

We pitched our new idea to Rayna.  And, just like we thought, our (“Quality-Time,” traveler, snow-lovin’) gal was SOOOOOO.ON.BOARD with this new idea!  So when we got a big smile from Ross (whose #1 “Love Language” happens to be Gifts), we were ready to start making some plans!

We considered lots of places and adventures; but, we were drawn to the majestic beauty and intentional stillness of Colorado.

The 1st 7 hours on the road were really enjoyable.  We listened to a Christian comedian that kept us laughing most of the way and ate fresh banana bread that our friend made us for our trip.  (Great combination!)

But, it was the remaining half of the long drive that gave us a beautiful glimpse of the gift we were getting to experience.  The kids slept in the back seats and the bright moon guided our way around every mountain turn.  As Matthew and I quietly talked late into the night, we both spotted a bright start shooting across the big, Colorado sky.  Just a few hours later, a huge elk stood on the iced-over road that would be our guide to Pagosa Springs.  If you’re like me and can sense God through His creation, just the drive ALONE would have been enough glory and wonder for the entire week!

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Rayna recently wrote a paper in school about her favorite season.  One of her (many) reasons to choose Winter was,
“I LOVE to eat SNOW!  It is my favorite snack.  But I do not like the yellow kind.”
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Pagosa Springs was a much smaller town (and less commercialized) than most ski areas I’ve visited.  (If you love having a Bubba Gumps franchase downtown, tucked between rows and rows of gift shops, this is NOT the town for you.)  However, if you appreciate a quaint town, a handful of family-owned restaurants and mule deer on every corner, THIS is your spot!  (We loved it!)

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I would not be surprised if Rayna chooses a college in Colorado… just for an excuse to LIVE there!  She was IN her element!

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Matthew is, basically, the BEST.THANG.GOING.  Even though I feel pretty confident he would do anything in the world for me, I am also well-aware that his Type A personality likes to quickly and effectively get to our next stop with minimal distractions.  Sooooo… when I’m riding and see AMAZING sites (such as these snow-covered mountains in New Mexico with a group of wild horses boldly running through a beautiful field in the distance), honestly, my only REAL option is to:

  • Instantly find my camera bag tucked beneath someone’s feet in the car…
  • Quickly let-down my car window…
  • Ignore the ripping wind in my face and attempt to photograph a ‘still’ image at speeds of 70-85 miles per hour…
  • All while attempting NOT to get motion-sickness!


(I had the same ‘situation’ in Costa Rica when I saw a cute dog on the side of the street.  I BARELY got the picture in time!)
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Just like at home, we saved money by going grocery shopping when we arrived.  Although I LOVE going out to eat, cooking together and enjoying a relaxed, slow-paced meal just added to the memories of the trip.  (And, if you know my kids, getting to eat in their pajamas, or LESS, is ALWAYS a plus!) 


Thank you for joining us in Colorado!
I have 1 more post (that was one of the HIGHLIGHTS of our entire trip) and a video!  So, check back soon!

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March 2, 2016 - 3:18 pm

Halie McCorry - I absolutely love reading about your adventures! Thank you for sharing!

March 2, 2016 - 11:06 pm

Lorraine Stafford - Christy, thank you for sharing your family vacations and family. I love your pictures and comments (or blogs). My sister lives in Grand Junction, CO, and you’re right, Colorado is a beautiful state.

March 9, 2016 - 1:17 pm

Our Christmas “Gift” (Colorado, Part 2) » Christy Martin Photography - […] case you missed it, I wrote in my last post, Part 1 of “Our Christmas “Gift,” about our family’s decision to skip PRESENTS and take a family TRIP […]

January 6, 2017 - 3:35 pm

» Christy Martin Photography - […] stocked-up on groceries and started to explore God’s gorgeous creation!  (Here’s the FIRST BLOG POST… LAST POST & PICTURES… and […]

Eureka Springs

Ruthie says ‘no’ to a lot of things.  (Basically, any request that involves brushing her hair, wearing clothes or sleeping withOUT Ross or Rayna.)  But, ONE thing she will NEVER refuse is the chance to GO somewhere!

So when Matthew asked if we’d ride with him to Eureka Springs, we were both ALL.OVER.IT!

Such a colorful, funky little street.  I kept thinking about how I wished Ross and Rayna could have come too… 

To a 3-year old little girl, going to a ‘GLASS CHAPEL HIDDEN IN THE WOODS’ was SOOOOOO exciting! (And, yes… if this place looks familiar, it’s where  Jessa Duggar, from ’19 Kids and Counting’ got engaged.)

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Chasing bubbles…

What a fun, little trip!  Thanks for sharing it with us!

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Okefenokee Swamp (Part 2)

If the thought of strolling by hundreds of cold-blooded alligators in a little boat makes your skin crawl, SKIP my last story and pictures from the Okefenokee Swamp!  THIS post is ALL on LAND!

If you ever visit Stephen C. Foster State Park, please pull your boat up to the old, wooden dock and explore “Billy’s Island.”  The sunlight coming through all the tall trees was just breathtaking! There’s an old cemetery too!  (Sounds perfect, right?  Alligators, cemetery and probably lots of hidden snakes!) 

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I take a lot of pictures of other people, but I’m rarely IN them.  So, sometimes that means doing it myself at the bait shop with a mirrored-wall…

Have I mentioned how relaxing it is being in the middle of nature… NO cell coverage… NO technology…
We went to bed with BEARS in the trees above our cabin.  Then, we woke-up to over a dozen DEER and wild TURKEY outside our bedroom window! 

Instead of focusing on the fact that Ruthie isn‘t wearing shoes, I’m choosing to celebrate the fact that Ruthie IS actually dressed (for once)!

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God has given my mom many special gifts.  But, I think her strongest Spiritual Gift is Hospitality.  In the same way that she can prepare an enormous, home-cooked meal that could feed a small army, she also has the ability to plan, prepare and pack a variety of delicious meals to enjoy at the SWAMP!  (She amazes me!  I would have totally stopped at a grocery story and bought a box of cereal and a frozen lasagna!  But, her homemade spaghetti & meatballs and sausage rolls were SOOOOOOOOO much better!)

Looking forward to sharing our CHRISTMAS EXPERIMENT!  (We skipped presents and took a family trip instead!  Check back soon!)  

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January 11, 2016 - 11:39 am

Okefenokee Swamp (Part 1) » Christy Martin Photography - […] I’m not sure who gave swamps such a bad rap. Slowly riding in an old, metal boat, only a few inches away from the water’s surface, to me, is SO relaxing and therapeutic.  I would have gladly sat on that hard seat another 3 or 4 hours just to enjoy the scenery and listen to the kids yell every time they spotted a new alligator basking in the sun. Thanks for stopping by!  Click the link for the 2nd part of the swamp… (NO alligators in this post!):    http://christymartinphotography.com/blog/index.php/okefenokee-swamp-part-2/ […]

January 12, 2016 - 11:20 am

DORIS THOMPSON - great pictures Christy

Okefenokee Swamp (Part 1)

God has given me so many wonderful blessings in my life.  But one of my greatest gifts is my parents.  They both are funny, loving, giving and FUN to be around!

So when they pitched me their idea to drive their little Jon boat and all the grand kids down to the Florida border to stalk ‘observe’ alligators at the Okefenokee Swamp, not only was I NOT surprised, I was ALL IN!

This picture just does NOT seem right, does it?!?!  (It still makes my hands sweat a little when I look at it!)

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For a gal who sees beauty in an old alley filled with rusty dumpsters (my clients all know exactly what I’m talking about right now!), I can CERTAINLY see great God’s beautiful masterpiece in the old, mossy trails and tiny, narrow waterways…  

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Ross isn’t affectionate with most people.  But, there ARE a few of us lucky ones who get to experience his sweet, warm cuddles…

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Oh, these two…

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Rayna and I named this guy “Bad Boy”.  If you ever visit to dock at Stephen C. Foster State Park, he’ll most likely greet you as you (nervously) let your boat in…


 

I’m not sure who gave swamps such a bad rap.
Slowly riding in an old, metal boat, only a few inches away from the water’s surface, to me, is SO relaxing and therapeutic.  I would have gladly sat on that hard seat another 3 or 4 hours just to enjoy the scenery and listen to the kids yell every time they spotted a new alligator basking in the sun.

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Thanks for stopping by!  Click the link for the 2nd part of the swamp… (NO alligators in this post!):    http://christymartinphotography.com/blog/index.php/okefenokee-swamp-part-2/

 

If you’d like more information about the Okefenokee Swamp (cabins, activities, animals you’ll see, etc. ), check out their website:  http://gastateparks.org/StephenCFoster

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January 11, 2016 - 11:36 am

Okefenokee Swamp (Part 2) » Christy Martin Photography - […] of strolling by hundreds of cold-blooded alligators in a little boat makes your skin crawl, SKIP my last story and pictures from the Okefenokee Swamp!  THIS post is ALL on […]

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