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{“What We Are…What We Are Not”}

October 22, 2010

This is an online blog (Click In that I came across when I was looking around the internet. Since I’m not going to copy and paste the entire thing on here. I will just give you the URL and the summery.

It just tells what and what not photographers are. (“We are not Walmart” number one in the list of what we are not. That one cracks me up, because some people do think that we are Walmart.)

It’s a really good read, and I would recommend that all people read it. Not just photographers but also clients as well.





::Sarah {Senior 2011}::

October 12, 2010

Spending the day with Sarah was nothing like I have experienced before. I have never been with anyone who was so adventurous, that they would go in an abandon building or climb in a rusty box (just because it looked cool). She is the type of person that I could ask to go pose there, and she would do it no questions asked. This is the type of person in which I love to work with, one that will let their own creativity shine right through. She also wore my favorite animal: an Owl.

There was also something that she showed me. She showed/taught me to open up to new ideas. I know this may sound weird coming from a photographer, but I’m sometimes very strict with my photography. (I have since learned to let loose a little bit more.)

Sarah, thank you for letting me be apart of your senior year, no matter how small it was. I’m so glad that I had the honor of taking your senior pictures. You are truly an amazing person.


I never knew that tires could be such a good backdrop ūüôā

I love this photo also. We are not always serious when we are working.

I love everything about this picture. It is diffidently one of my favorites from this session. Just look at it, her eyes are just so amazingly green and drop dead gorgeous.

That is what her eyes looked like that day. I can promise you I didn’t mess with them in Photoshop.

Really Sarah, you are beautiful and the camera loves you.

Then we ended our adventure at the beach. It was a beautiful sunset that evening. Just a perfect backdrop for these important pictures.

You wanted one by a waterfall, and that’s what it is. Thank you for¬†adventuring¬†out into the water for this photo. This is also my all time favorite from this shoot.

Candid {Journalistic}

Studio part of our three part adventure that is photography. I have studio equipment now, which I’m so happy about. ūüėÄ

Perfect, very Vogue original
















::Vivian {Senior 2011}::

October 8, 2010

I have known Vivian for about two years now, and everyday I’m impressed by what she does. I’m impressed by how much she cares about her friends. She would give you the shirt off her back, if you didn’t have one. I’m impressed by how strong she can be, even though sometimes she doesn’t believe it. I’m impressed by how beautiful she is, and how the camera loves her.

We had fun running around Muskegon and surrounding areas. She even got up on the side of the red building for me, which impressed me even more. She is really afraid of heights.

Vivian, I hope that you enjoy your senior year of high school. I’m glad that I got to be apart of your senior year and memories.




October 5, 2010

Here are some FAQ’s, these should answer all you need to know about me and my business.

{1} Can we have the session take place other than the locations you choose?

Yes! By all means please. I would love that we go to places that you choose. If you have a favorite place that you loved as a kid, we can revisit that place. Bottom line, I love to travel to new locations all the time. So if you have a few sweet ones in mind, tell me, and then we will go to them.

{2} What if none of your packages are what I want?

That’s ok! All packages are customizable. I’ve very¬†flexible.

{3} When is payment for my session due?

Payment for your session is due at the time of the session. No exceptions, unless we have previously talked about it.

{4} How far will you travel?

Since I’m a poor college student, trying to make a living. This question I would say, 30 miles from home base (where we started out shooting). Traveling farther may result in additional charges.

{5} What types of payments to you take?

At the moment only cash and personal check

{6} Who do I make it out to?

“Dana Martin” please put in the memo line the name of your session.

{7} Can I say where we went?

No, I like to keep my locations private and unique. If everyone found out about it, then your pictures may match your friends pictures. This business is ruthless, and I would like to stay on the up turn of it.

{8} How long does it take to get my disc?

3-5 weeks. This gives me time to make sure your photos are up to my standards. If you need them before hand, like for a yearbook photo. I will then schedule a meeting with you and we will talk about it.

{9} Do I need to bring anything along with me?

Let me break it down like this…

*Child Session-Props, a sack lunch to keep them happy, their favorite toy. Anything else that makes them happy.

*Senior Session-Full makeup bag (for touch ups), water to keep you hydrated, hair brush (for those annoying flyaways.)

{10} Where is the best place to get my photos developed? What places are up to your standards, and will give me excellent color?

The best places, are places that deal in photography. Like Radium Photography, and The Camera Shop. These two places will give you the best color.

{11} What do I get for my money?

You get all of this…

*36 plus photos on a DVD

* Receipt (for your records)

*Terms and conditions

*Thank You card

*One Magnet

*Four of my business cards to pass out to your friends.


September 25, 2010

New clients have been asking about prices and if I post them. The answer to that question is that I don’t. If you want to know my prices, I will send them to you in an e-mail. I can at least tell you my starting prices (what the lowest one is).


Starting at $35


Starting at $45


Please contact me.


Starting at $45


Starting at $35

For more prices and information please contact me at

The World…As I see it.

September 22, 2010

Some photos that I went to the extreme to retouch. I thought that it looked cool with all the colors, and everything. Enjoy.  



The ones above are of my beloved Traverse City Commons (TCSH)

On a side note, this photos were edited when I knew little to nothing about Photoshop. I have imporved a lot.

As you can see I’ve only improved since a few years ago. All of these photos were from 2008/9.¬† All of these I love to death, I want to have the “Dead End” and “Root Beer” ones put into black and white, framed, and hung in my house.


The photos below are something that I’m very proud of, even though I could have did a lot better photoshop job. Anyway, these photos¬† were taken for a project that I had to do for my film photography class. I took double of them, one on film and the other digital. The ones that I took with my film camera didn’t turn out, because I wasn’t using “push processing.” I’m glad that these ones did turn out.

This one is my favorite. I love how I got the middle ground and the back and foregrounds are blurred out.

Has to be my second favorite. You will never guess how many I had to take, before it wasn’t blurry.

There was no editing done to this one. This is RAW and straight out of the camera. Would you believe that this wasn’t taken with my DSLR camrea? It was taken with my little green Nikon. It turned out wonderfully.

Muskegon Harbor

The sunset photos are all unedited. Maybe later I will edit them, and show a before and after to you guys.

Small Town Life::{Creative Shoot}

September 20, 2010

I had the pleasure to work with four beautiful girls…Viki, Jordan, Jessica, and Vivian. These girls were amazing and beautiful at the same time. They are fun,¬†energetic, and¬†adventurous. They were willing to try new poses, no matter how silly it seemed.

And like most of my clients, I had them climbing around old buildings and into basements. Running down railroad tracks and through fields of crop. “Beware of the sexy vampires” was the inside joke of the day. I can’t tell you how much I¬†appreciate each and every one of them for taking time out of their busy¬†schedule’s, to work with me and spend up to 7 hours with me. But it was 7 hours well spent, because we got some amazing pictures that will help me on my photography journey.

*I’m in love with this picture. :D*