WHO I AM
WHAT I DO
I PLAN FOR MONTHS WITH YOU TO CRAFT THE BEST EXPERIENCE POSSIBLE. I GIVE YOUR DAY MY FULL HEART AND ATTENTION. I WORK TIRELESSLY FOR WEEKS AS I DESIGN YOUR MEMORIES AND YOUR STORY. THIS IS A COLLECTION OF FAMILY HEIRLOOMS.
YOUR FAMILY HEIRLOOMS.
I'M NOT THE "THANKS FOR THE CHECK, I'LL SEE YOU IN A YEAR" TYPE OF PHOTOGRAPHER. I GUIDE YOU. I ADVOCATE FOR YOU.
I CRY, I LAUGH, I CELEBRATE WITH YOU.
WE'RE IN THIS TOGETHER, BABY. LET'S MAKE IT AMAZING.
- CHRISTY ANN MARTINE
I am actually from France!
I was born and raised there! I grew up in a lovely village on the French Riviera called Saint Paul-de-Vence. I can't recommend visiting enough!
I have a degree in Fine Arts
I started by studying Political Science. What was I thinking?! The Arts is where my heart is. (But I still got that Poli. Sci. minor lol.)
Ask me about Costa Rica!
I fell off in front of EVERYONE trying to climb a waterfall. But then I successfully jumped off 😉
I married my high school sweetheart
I met my husband at 18. We even went to Prom together!
I love travel and learning about other cultures
My goal is to visit every country in the world!
I have seen 22 states, 13 countries & 5 sub-continents!
France, Italy, the UK, Spain & the Canary Islands, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Fiji, Colombia, Costa Rica, the US and the Bahamas. Did I mention I love travel?
My dream Wedding / Elopement is Iceland, Ireland & New Zealand
Those are just my top 3. My ultimate goal is to photograph cultural weddings in their home land!
I best friend is my husband!
He's my favorite person. For a happy marriage, marry your best friend 🥰 We constantly say something the other one is thinking (I know, we're annoying lol.)
Our fur babies are Penny & Elliott
Elliott is a crazy ball of energy who'll be your friend instantly. Penny has opinions lol. They're both love bugs though!
I am trilingual and a dual citizen
I call both France and America my home. I am fluent in French and English. I used to speak Italian? I probably can't count that one anymore lol 😬😅
I LOVE crèpes
I was raised on them in France and they were something my mom made me any time I had a tough day or there was a celebration 🥰
I've always had a sweet tooth
That's me. As a kid. Stuffing my face with chocolate 🍫
I love being active!
OrangeTheory, Peloton, hiking, walking around Chicago every day, flying all over the world... I can't keep still!
I've lived in France & Florida
We left France when I was 15 to live in South Florida for 20 years!
Now we live in Chicago!
The gorgeous downtown, the sweet Midwestern people, the seasons, the Cubs! We love it here!
Something important to me are my friendships
These girls right here? We've been friends since the 6th grade and we're still in touch, even an ocean apart ♥️
After too many drinks in Key West...
... your friends will make fun of you lol. This is what happens while I suffered a headache 🍹😂
I have a Big Italian Family
I'm only half French 😉 🇮🇹 🇫🇷 8 aunts and uncles (+ their spouses), 28 cousins and plenty of food.
I have a beautiful niece
I never wanted kids until I met Olivia. I'm in love! ♥️
I had an artful childhood
Growing up I painted, played piano & danced ballet. The arts have always been a giant part of my life and identity.
Having my art up in a gallery
is one of my favorite memories. I haven't submitted my work for exhibition since but I really want to do that again!
I have been published over 20 times
In web and in print, and it's always such an honor!
My favorite things about weddings is
People's faces as it all sinks in: When a parents realizes their little girl is a bride... When you read a note from your partner before the ceremony and feels hit you... When couples see each other for the first time... All the love, just pouring out.
Why I do this...
To preserve the day for you. Photos are all you'll have left of the day, and whatever your day looks like it is SO beautiful and important. You can't let it crash and burn with bad photos. I want you to be able to look at your images and feel immediately there again.
AN ETHICAL BUSINESS THAT STANDS OUT