My wife and I got Martina's reference for a newborn photo op from Carmel Blue (Thank you!) and we had a fantastic experience.
Martina demonstrated excellent perseverance, patience and a knack for perfect angles. She is very fun to work with and takes feedback very well and transforms it into an energetic photo session with tremendous passion and art work. We preferred having the photo session at our home where there was adequate day light to which Martina obliged and brought her exhaustive setup with props and other vibrant paraphernalia which gave us a whole lot to play with. Our little ~ 2-week old girl was a little fussy during half time - and Martina exhibited utmost professionalism and maturity while dealing with our baby. She was so good at being the whisperer, it worked like magic! Having the Doula expertise to soothe our baby made the entire photo shoot ever more lively and enjoyable. As a bonus Martina went out of her way to provide us write ups of various tips and suggestions to help our baby cope up with reflux and such given that she doubles as a night doula! When it came to the final
delivery of our beautiful baby photos, unlike many other professionals, Martina did not set any firm cap on no.of photo samples and just goes with the flow to take as many good shots as time and clients (read baby) allow.
She is very professional with delivery and keeps communication very transparent.
I highly recommend Martina to anyone interested in a new born photo shoot.
Rajiv, San Francisco
Martina is a PHENOMENAL photographer. After visiting her site, I decided to book her for my maternity photo shoot, and my future newborn photo session.
From start to finish she was 100% pofessional. Throughout the shoot her instructions were clear and she was patient in explaining what angles would be best for the photos.
She also worked great with my 21 month old son (who wasn't the most cooperative). We all just had a blast! Martina is extremely professional, and her friendly personality helps camera-shy people like me feel more comfortable during the shoot. I was thrilled when I received the final product.Got my pics back a week later, and as I said, I love them! I especially appreciate that she includes both color and b&w.There were so many awesome pictures to choose from, it was difficult for me to narrow down the selection. I can't wait until our sons are older and we can show them the beautiful pictures that Martina took while Stefano was still in my tummy.
Mina, San Francisco
Martina is the best - we had two photo shoots with her - one at 6 weeks and one at 9 months. Turns out the best time for newborn shoots is when they are really really newborn - sleepy, bendy, etc. and we missed that by a few weeks with our 6 week timing but Martina was SO patient with getting our boy into the cutest positions, capturing all the right moments and making sure mom & dad got into the shots. Even thought it took hours, she was focused on getting the perfect product - and it was so worth it.
She also spent the time post shoot getting the final pictures perfect for us to use. And, at the 9-month shoot, she was a huge lifesaver and got some holiday themed pictures turned around within a few days for our gifting/card needs - even as she was about to head out on vacation. She is so sweet with babies/kids, has a fabulous eye and does great work. Her prices are great and the priceless memories we have from our shoots will last a lifetime. I can't wait to hire Martina again as our son grows up!
Julie, San Francisco
I am SO thankful to have met Martina, who has done 3 photo shoots with my daughter and I, 5-weeks, 5-months and family holiday shots. Not only is she a fantastic photographer, but she is also a night Doula, so has a wealth of knowledge for new moms. At my daughters 5-week shoot, Martina could not have been more patient.
I had to nurse several times and she made us feel at home and very relaxed, which made for great pictures. Martina captures precious moments with her pictures and I will treasure them always. I have a feeling that Martina will be taking pictures of our family for years to come! I can't say enough great things about Martina!
Anne, San Francisco
Martina is a fabulous photographer and baby whisperer! She photographed my son at 1 week old. Martina is very patient, calming, easy going and talented. Even with Martina's magic touch of calming a fussy baby, my son had enough after a few hours. But we were not to worry as Martina was kind enough to continue the photo shoot a few days later. Martina is very dedicated to her work and it showed in the fantastic pictures she produced. I highly recommend Martina! Alana, San Francisco Martina is great to work with. We did our newborn shots and then did the 1 year and a Christmas shoot. She is patient, great with babies and very energetic. The pictures came out adorable. She is flexible on times and where she'll meet you, you can also go to her place where she has the setup. Highly recommend Martina all around! Cristina, San Francisco Martina did an amazing job with our photo shoot. We couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. She is amazing with babies and great with the camera. She is extremely responsive and makes sure the photos are perfected to your taste. We will cherish the memories that Martina created for us.
Avner, San Francisco
Phenomenal job, amazing photos! Martina is a miracle worker and very skilled photographer. I had two sessions in her studio recently with my 14 months old baby girl and the result is just breathtaking. I loved it! On the top of Martina's high photo skills, she is absolutely fantastic with babies and made our time in during the shooting super pleasant and stress-free. I can't get enough of our new photos from Martina. She will remain our family photographer now on. Highly recommended!!!
Heather, San Francisco
I've met Martina through a mutual friend of ours. Once I got pregnant, we started talking about our "belly" photo session. Martina was very professional, creative, flexible
and most of all talented. Since it was so easy to work with Martina, I immediately scheduled another session and brought my husband along. Needless to say,
the photoshoot was a success and my husband was very pleased with the results. Little did we know the best was yet to come when our precious daughter was born.
Her patience, kindness, experience and knowledge with little children (she is also a night Doula) along with her magic touch, put us all at easy and the photo session turned
into a fun event. We absolutely treasure our pictures Martina took of our family and we highly recommend her as a child photographer.
Ilona, San Francisco
Martina photographed my baby girl Maya on two different occasions. On both occasions, I found Martina to be incredibly patient, talented and wonderful with my daughter. She was extremely versatile and brought out many props for my little girl to play with. It felt more like play sessions and less like we were there for a purpose! In the end, we all had a ball and the photos that Martina gave us were stunning! She put a lot of effort into making sure my daughter was comfortable and happy.
For her, it really was about capturing the baby in their own personality doing what they naturally do. She was also very professional. Martina's years of experience
being a Nanny and Night Doula was obvious in the way she could handle babies. I highly recommend Martina as your baby's photographer!
Isis, San Francisco
Martina is so wonderfully patient and loving with her itty bitty baby clients. She knows all of the tricks to get the babies to cooperate for the perfect shots.
We were thrilled with our photos that Martina took and will cherish them always!