Sissy Martin
Photographer

Sissy Martin

Photographer

Austin, Texas

www.sissy-martin.com
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WHAT DO YOU DO?

I'm a portrait and fashion photographer. 

 

WHAT STEPS DID YOU TAKE TO GET WHERE YOU ARE NOW?

I'm always practicing and reaching out to people to collaborate with me. I've joined fashion clubs and shot at fashion shows that way I'm always out meeting people in the industry. 

 

FOR OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR FIELD, WHAT DO THEY USUALLY LACK?

They get too comfortable. A lot of photographers get complacent with their work, and once they have something good they stop experimenting with new styles and methods to make something great. It's important to constantly be expanding your horizons, especially since change is always happening in the creative world. 

 

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?

I'm working on new set called Moments. For a long time I struggled creating a certain style because I always wanted to try something different while photographing or playing around in photoshop. I didn't want to be constrained by a certain 'style'. So in Moments I want to create a certain feeling. The photos will feel very intimate that way the viewer can feel as though they are there, and almost get 'lost' looking at the photos. 

 

WHAT'S YOUR STYLE/PERSPECTIVE/TASTE? DO YOU HAVE A PROJECT THAT REPRESENTS THIS?

I like photos that make you feel something. This represents the direction I want to go in for my future photography endeavors.

 

WE ARE ALL SLASHIES WITH MULTIPLE SKILLS, WHICH ONE DO YOU WISH YOU COULD DO MORE OFTEN?

Graphic Design. I'm currently an advertising student, and I'm going to be applying to the Creative Program at my school. The program takes you to the art direction side of advertising, where we learn to expand our creative thinking and represent that through graphic design. 

 

WHAT IS FRUSTRATING YOU RIGHT NOW?

School. It's hard to find time for photo shoots and keep up with my school work. I definitely make it work though. Difficult, but worth it. 

 

IF YOU COULD HIRE SOMEONE FOR $20/HOUR, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE THEM DO TO MAKE YOUR DAY EASIER?

They would probably just become my rock, person to rely on. A lot of photo shoots never go to plan. That being, people get sick, don't show up, you always have to be on your toes. A helping hand is definitely worth being paid $20/hour to help me keep sane.

 

LET'S BRING OUT THE TIME MACHINE. WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE TOLD YOURSELF, WHEN, AND WHY?

Dear high school self, practice, practice, practice, 

 

IF YOU COULD TALK TO AN EXPERT TO GAIN MORE INSIGHT ON SOMETHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?

How to break into the fashion industry with photography, but at the same time staying true to your work.

 

WHAT KIND OF OPPORTUNITIES/PROJECTS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

I'm looking for opportunities that are something like the Free People campaigns. I love the adventure aspect of them. I feel like they're very empowering images for women, so I would love to be a part of something that inspires people.

 

WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL CLIENT?

My ideal client is adventurous and posses some sort of whimsy. I love collaborating with people that can be serious, but silly at the same time. They make my job easy, and make life in general fun. 

 

WHAT IS YOUR RATE? 

I charge $150 for portraits. For future editorials I'm not sure what I would charge because all my shoots in regards for that are just portfolio building, but I would take into account retouching, how many photos they want, and the amount of time it takes for that particular shoot and post-processing. 

 

HOW SHOULD SOMEONE APPROACH YOU ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER?

Emails are always the easiest way to contact me, but something as casual as a Facebook message is fine too. Just tell me why you're contacting to me, and what you want to work together on. I love working with new creatives, and I'm always open to new collaborations. 

 

HOW DO YOU STAY CREATIVE?

Always making time for inspiration's embrace.

 


This member profile was originally published in May 2016.