Thursday, January 7, 2021

Snapshot of Myself

 A big portion of a photographer's job is to be behind the camera and taking the pictures. When a photographer posts their work on their social media platform (Facebook, Instagram, personal website), we always see the photos that they took of the people or event. It is a rarity when we can see the face behind the camera. The same is also true for bloggers (I know this to be true from my previous blog that I have). It was rare when I would have a post and attach a picture of myself. 

I decided before I get into my posts on this blog that I would introduce myself so that you could see the face behind the blogger and camera.

If you haven't noticed from the title of my blog/photography business name, my name is Jessica. I am happily married to my husband. We have been married for 11 and 1/2 years. We have FIVE kids; 4 boys and 1 girl in that order. I would talk a lot about my family over on my other blog ( Yes, I take pictures of my kids to use on my social media platform on Facebook; mainly to show that I am able to do photoshoots with families that have children. We live in Kentucky, and there are many beautiful spots to capture pictures. I do hope I can travel to other places to do photoshoots someday.

A little history on how I got into photography:

I got my first camera when I was 14 (I am 33 now). Yes, I know it has taken me a while to get a business going for photography. I wanted to make sure I had time to practice my skill (which I still make sure  I practice doing something with my camera or somethings with editing everyday) before turning into a business venture. When I got my first camera, I absolutely loved it. My grandfather gave it to me so it was even more meaningful to me. Of course, it was a film camera, not a digital camera, does that show my age? All through high school and college, I was always taking pictures. I am pretty sure my friends probably got tired of having their pictures taken. Ha! 

It wasn't until my husband and I had our first child that I knew that I really wanted to try to pursue photography more. I had my college degree in something completely different, but I wasn't using my degree, so I thought what is something I love doing that I could also turn into a business venture? Photography was the first thing that came to mind. 

I got a digital camera in 2013, it was a small one and it replaced a previous one I had. However, in February of 2015 I got my first big camera. It was a FujiFilm camera. It lasted me until the summer of 2019. Which brings me to my current camera, a Nikon D3500 which I love! I hope to keep it for at least another 2 years. I have always loved the editing aspect of photography as well. I don't over edit pictures, I subtly edit. There is something about editing that is very relaxing for me (I can probably do a post on editing in the future). 

Photographers have little taglines to give their business a theme. I have been using: 'Helping people to capture memories that will last a lifetime'. I definitely think a picture holds so many memories. When someone in the future finds the picture they will remember the day it was taken. I hope that as their photographer that I was able to bring joy to their photoshoot/event. I hope that they remember all of those same feelings that they felt on that day as well. That is the biggest reason I do what I do. 

Below are some pictures of my kids that I have taken to use for my photography business. I have also included a family picture (it was taken by my sister in law who is also a photographer). 

Our 3 year old daughter.

Our 5 year old.

Our 6 year old. 

Our 8 year old. 

Our 10 year old. 

Our family.


The beautiful Ohio river in Kentucky.

I hope you have enjoyed reading more about me and why I am a photographer. If you have any questions you would like to see answered about photography, feel free to ask it in the comments. Be on the look out for my next post, it will feature my first photoshoot that I did! 

Until next time, go capture your own memories!

I would love it if you shared my blog post, it would mean a lot to me!

Monday, January 4, 2021

My Photography Blog!

Hey Everyone! I am so excited to set up a photography blog! I am familiar with the blogging world as I used to blog ( and may someday bring it back) under a different blogging name. I want to focus on photography though and want a blog specifically for the photoshoots that I get the opportunity to do. Bear with me as I get this blog up and running. This is just a quick introduction post to say hey and to get a glimpse of what to expect. Also another reason for this post is to have my Facebook fans follow my blog as well. I am planning a post to discuss how I got into photography and why I enjoy taking pictures for other people. Not only will I share the photoshoots I do for others, I will share the ones I do of my kids. In the mean time as I set up my blog, take a look at a few of my nature pictures I took in 2019 and 2020. 

*All pictures were taken by JessicaL.MartinPhotography.

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