M.Martinez is a Portland based photographer with over 20 years experience. She started out as the picture lady in schools, then moved on to photographing families at the mall for both Sears & JC Penny portrait studios all around the PNW. In 2009 M settled in Portland and began developing her style, two years later she opened M.Martinez Photo. An artist with many interests, M is an award winning documentary photographer, an international RAW artist, and a member of Photographers without borders. Her work has been nationally published and has participated in showcases in Chicago Illinois, New Haven Michigan and all along the west coast.
She takes a collaborative approach to photography by creating a relationship with those she works with, believing that the experience is just as important as the finished images. When M isn't memorializing moments, she's likely working on a personal photography project. Her projects are rooted in a desire to create change and stem from an urge to see a broader representation of people in media. She’s most passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience with the next generation of creators as a teaching artist in the Portland metro area.
– Alfred Eisenstaedt
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"I really loved the experience. The photo taking session was super fun, Mika is very nice to hang out with and the finished product was amazing."
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""Having headshots done is such a different experience from other kinds of modeling. Usually I'm showing up in support of the artist/photographer's vision. But with headshots it's all about me. In a way, that feels a lot more vulnerable than even the nude or erotic shoots I do. Luckily, I know people like M.Martinez Photo who have a near psychic ability to not only understand what I'm going for, but to capture it."
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"I am usually so uncomfortable and self conscious when I am being photographed. But we had a chat before and she really got to the root of what the photographs would be used for. It really helped me ground into the usefulness of the photographs and using them as a method of communication. She was able to make me comfortable and really captured what I was trying to convey. I am always so inspired to be in the presence of an artist."
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"Mika is a very special creative visionary, very determined and focused on Melanated Peoples in ALL identities, bodies, and expressions being photography participants and models 💗!!! What you can't see in the photos is that (we) creatively collaborated, that we bonded together, and enjoyed every moment of this process. It was simply heart fulfilling and magical"
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""I did a shoot with M.Martinez and it made me feel like a million bucks!""
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