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HALEY LYNN MARTIN

 

ROLL OUT THE HOME MOVIES

Three years old, chubby cheeks, smiling on a home video. My parents asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. “A wedding girl!” I chirped. And would ya look at me now? I’m a born creative. I play the guitar, ukulele, mandolin and sing. I paint and I am always driven to create. But photography and video feel like home and push my artistic boundaries.

MY STEEZ’

Keeping it really real

My style balances between classic and journalistic/lifestyle photography. I want to give you stunning, carefully crafted photos, but still keep things true to reality. Photos that show all the messiness that is life and do so with a warmth that feels like a hug for the soul. I make images that give people that homey feeling like “This is us. This is our perfectly imperfect life!”

With me, you’re gonna get the realness. Sometimes I’m a bit of an oversharer. But it all comes from a place of love and honesty and a desire to let other people know it’s OK, even when it doesn’t feel OK.

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Flashback

Let’s rewind to 16 years old.

I was diagnosed with clinical depression and it was one of the lowest points of my life. No purpose. No hope. I just didn’t want to be here anymore. But at rock bottom, I fell into the loving arms of my family and Jesus. The grace I found there brought me back to what makes me happy: photography, music and art. Creating again helped me heal. I’ve seen the worst and that’s why I see so much beauty.

Then, at 18 the best little miracle came into my life. My son, Graham, is the raddest kid on the planet! He inspired me to dream big from the moment I felt his heart beat.  I even photographed my first wedding when I was three months pregnant with him! EVERYTHING I do is for him. I want him to grow up knowing what hard work looks like. And that it’s always worth it to relentlessly chase your dreams. I want him to know that healthy sacrifices are worth making if that’s where life is calling you.