Marina San Martin


Marina San Martin
State / Region
Mexico City

Marina. Tell us ABOUT yourself. 
I graduated with a BA in Graphic Design at Universidad Iberoamericana and did an MA in Cinematography at MET Film School London, among other photography courses and diplomas.
As an international filmmaker and photo Marina has worked in different countries such as Mexico, London, South Africa and Portugal. 
Currently, I'm working in Mexico as a photographer/ videographer for digital media with brands such as Givenchy, Kenzo, Levis, smash box, among many other brands. 
Recently, I worked on international feature films like Ultimo (Italian film) in a Co-production of Canada with Tadeo Films and Welcome to Acapulco (American production) produced by Golden Ceiba Productions.
I have also worked as a cinematographer in the short film “Hamba Kahele” (South Africa) shown in Cannes Film Festival, the fashion film “Rag and Beau” (London) and collaborated on the documentary Rising for Rhinos (South Africa) in the camera department.
Among all this professional work I'm constantly creating personal Projects with very profound topics with all the fashion Esthetics.
I consider my self a very creative photographer because I like to always chance topics and concepts. 
My first particularity it's to photograph deferent models (professional and non-professional) and transmit their personality some how. 
I also like to show the syncretism of cultures with the cloth and texture. And play with the props I provide for the pictures. 
I like to adapt the location to my concepts, it could be underwater, the desert or a studio. Anything to make the image more powerful.
I like to give a twist to the fashion industry with a bit comedy or thought, so the images keep in the mind of the audience . I'm currently working in two big Project a and would love to show you the pictures to see if I can publish them on your amazing magazine.

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Our readers would love to get to know you more Marina. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

I came from an international family and lived in many places. I have worked in all kind of projects around the world: actions films, Italian films, fashion films, animal documentaries and recently I started to work in the fashion industry. With all these past experiences I learn how to portrait images more humanly were no matters were you come from, you will empathize with the picture. We are more similar than different; we just have to learn our similitudes. I like portraying the culture, the personality and a story with the cloth and the concept that I photograph. I think every picture has to transmit a story and show the personality of the peace of design we are showing.

Marina, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?

I started as a photographer since I was very young, I just loved the idea of finally finding the way to transmit the ideas I had on my mind to the world. I like to capture moments, but my speciality is creating the picture: first, it starts with a concept, from there I choose a location, a model, props and styling that will transmit the concept.

Who is your inspiration in life Marina? How do you keep inspired?

Of course, I constantly get inspired by many photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino, Joel-Peter Witkin, among others. But my real inspiration is life and what happens around it.I found inspiration in daily life, with expositions, news, walking like observing people.

We all make mistakes Marina; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Of course, I constantly get inspired by many photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino, Joel-Peter Witkin, among others. But my real inspiration is life and what happens around it.I found inspiration in daily life, with expositions, news, walking like observing people.


Marina, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?

It all depends on the necessity of the client and the complexity of the project. First I prioritize dates, and then the time it will take me to make it work.

Please tell us, Marina, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?

I currently work for many brands in Mexico and sometimes the amount of work it´s too much. So what I always do is have a calendar with the time of preproduction, production and postproduction of each project; that way I make sure I don´t accept any project that I have no time to do properly.

Marina, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
There was a project for Kenzo that we had to do a video for the new perfume of Kenzo world that was coming to Mexico.First, they wanted to do all the shoot in a studio with a ballerina, but I convinced the client that the best way to do it was to film the ballerina dancing all around Mexico to transmit that the perfume was here among us.

Marina, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
I´m currently working on a project that I feel very proud about that consists of a series of photographs of girls of different nationalities and races. All of them have a unique style and story, but I´m connecting them with a real heart, so basically, there are to messages on each photo: 1st underneath the skin we are all the same. 2nd each photo tells the story of the relation of that girl with her heart.

Marina, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
What is always exciting is to create something that you believe in. What is very frustrating it´s to convince people to believe in you.

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?

If you have something to express, find the way to do it no matter what. First, create your projects and after look who likes them.

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I would love to collaborate in all the projects, the more challenges, the better! I would like to collaborate more with independent brands that make unique pieces so we could do a special photo for each one. I would love to collaborate with fashion magazines to do crazy original shoots. I would also like to collaborate with travel magazines to mix cultures, landscapes and fashion. I would love to collaborate with musicians and designers to do a special edition of photographs.

Now for the best part Marina! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photo Credits:
Photographer: Marina San Martín

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