Tracie Martin

"Push yourself, never stop learning. Don't sit back and whine that you don't get clients or work."

What's your first name?
Tracie

What's your last name?
Martin

Nice to meet you, Tracie! May we have your email address, please?
info@digitalheartsphoto.com

What's your Instagram username, Tracie? We'd love to check it out!
dhp_pnw_photography

TraciePlease let us know your website.
http://digitalheartsphoto.com

What is your location, Tracie?
Country

United States

State / Region
Washington

Firstly Tracie, how would you best describe yourself?
Photographer

Tracieplease tell us your talent/work rate per hour?
Negotiable

Tracie. Tell us ABOUT yourself. 
I am a Seattle based photographer obsessed with creating unique portraits. 

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

I blend extreme landscape photos and portraits. I do the weird, the ugly, the strange. 

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

I started while travelling in Europe. Landscapes are my home but photographing people is my greatest joy. 

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

The everyday people I meet. The struggles, the triumphs, and the way they make their art. 

We all make mistakes Tracie; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
One of my first family sessions, the client was almost an hour late which meant the sort of okay light we had turned into horrific harsh light. I wasn't good with OCF yet, so I did the only thing I knew how to set them straight into the sun. It was awful. I wish I could go back and offer to reshoot, or teach old me how to use OCF to shoot in any light 

Tracie , 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 prioritising your clients’ needs?

As a military veteran prioritisation comes rather easily to me. 

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

I try to take on a lot of personal projects to keep growing; these leads to lots of requests for free photos. I've had to learn only to take on work that builds me as an artist. 

Tracie, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I had a client who was very particular about what poses she thought would look good. This meant that she wasn't open to taking risks. So I promised her that I'd let her approve any of the photos before I used them. Turned out the poses she was totally against were some of her favourites. 

Tracie, 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 was selected to be one of four artists to decorate a veterans hospital in Washington. As a veteran, it was very meaningful to me. 

Tracie, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I convinced four models to drive out to the middle of nowhere, dress up in ball gowns and wade out into the ocean in the pitch black. It was scary and cold, but the pictures were epic. 

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

Push yourself, never stop learning. Don't sit back and whine that you don't get clients or work. Taking photos is half the job. Learn marketing, website building, networking skills. 

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes! I'd love to work with boutiques, up and coming models, and brands looking to create epic and unique shots for their brand or product. 

Cheyanne Palmer @cheyannecp
Chloe Vaona @papachloe
Shannon Grey @littlegreyarea
Arya Kern @little_red_dancer