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Life and Work with David Martin

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Martin.

Hi David, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I got the photography bug probably in the late 80s shooting film. It evolved into a passion in the 90s when I began taking classes and devouring photography books and magazines. I eventually switched to digital gear but kept my film cameras and began collecting vintage film cameras.

I was working as a web developer in the late 90s and was asked to also contribute to the sites I was building and maintaining with photography.

In 2001, I decided to test the freelancing photography waters and built my first photography website where I offered my services as a photographer. Most of my business came from word of mouth and consisted mostly of weddings and family portraits.

I continued my education through more classes, books, magazines, workshops and tutorials. My clientele has steadily increased and I now photograph weddings, corporate events, family portraits, headshots, promotional/commercial shoots, and when I have the time, I work on personal projects that allow me to experiment and grow as a photographer.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
The road has been fairly smooth but there have been some struggles along the way. The passion never wavered but there have been some business side struggles at times related to the economy, and also my reluctance to put myself out there in terms of marketing and self-promotion. There’s a reason why I prefer to be behind the camera. Photography is an art form but also a business if you choose it as a profession.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I love photographing people. There’s something fascinating about capturing a candid intimate moment between the bride and groom during the ceremony, or sculpting the light to bring out the personality of the subject in the studio. I’m always trying to capture the essence of the person and/or the emotion of the moment.

I am mostly proud of my relationships with the subjects. Although I consider myself more of an introvert, I appreciate being a part and capturing important events in people’s lives, and I believe that my easygoing attitude puts people at ease to be themselves in front of my camera.

Competition is fierce in the photography business and I’m proud that I stick to my style and don’t chase the fad of the moment and continue to do my own thing.

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
Learn the basics. There is a lot of free, readily available information and tutorials. Learn everything you can and once you are comfortable with the basics, work on breaking some rules. Experiment! I would even recommend shooting film. It will help you slow down the process and see things more critically.

Figure out which type of photography you are best at and enjoy the most. Then, market the heck out of yourself. You will probably have to do some freebies to begin with to gain experience and build your portfolio.

Once you are ready for the next level, invest in better gear.

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David S. Martin Photography

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