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Meet Jasmine Martinez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasmine Martinez.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born and raised in southern California and since I was a little girl always had a creative side. from dancing, singing, writing my own songs or putting on shows for the neighborhood kids I was always doing things that made me happy.

It was my senior year of high school when I got my first point and shoot camera. I carried that camera everywhere I went because I wanted to document my last year of high school and last year of choir. Wherever I went my camera went and looking back on it now it was the best thing I ever did because I have so many memories to look back on. I officially got into the world of photography when I was 18 years old I bought my own DSLR (Canon Rebel T3i) and just started taking photos. I had no idea what I was doing but I knew I was happy doing what I was doing.

From the age of 17 I was working full-time jobs because my parents pushed me to get a job.. which is understandable but quickly I realized I wasn’t happy and actually became depressed. 2 years ago I made the decision to leave the work life and dedicate all of my time and little money I had in my photography. It has not been an easy road if anything I’ve struggled because living requires money but I know in the future I am going to look back and be happy that I made the decision.

Please tell us about your art.
I am a self-taught photographer… being able to spend time doing what I love is the way people should be living and I hope one day people start to wake up and realize that.

Taking photos is just more than taking a pretty photo and editing it. It’s preserving a memory you can look back on… It’s being able to relive that exact moment and feel those exact feelings and that is why I love photography so much. I am an extremely sensitive person who feels a lot so I hope when looking at my work you can feel my client’s raw emotion.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
The role of artists has changed tremendously … art is a form of expression. art can influence your opinion, express one’s feelings, upset people… the list goes on and on… With everything going on in the world today you see art as a form of expression (to express anger, hate. disappointment, support, love, girl power, etc..)

I honestly can say that local or international events do not affect my art. I try to keep my personal opinions about whats going on in the world to myself.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can see my work on my Instagram that is where I’m the most active. Also, I do have a website you can check out.

People can support my work by booking me for a session, following me on Instagram or even spreading the word about me. I love supporting fellow creatives so let’s support each other and grow. The world is big enough for all of us.

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