Suzanne Martin was a professor of mine at Samford University and she played a large role in me pursuing photography as a profession when I graduated in 2002. I remember sitting in her office my senior year explaining to her that I thought I should move back to Atlanta and sell insurance with my dad. I told her that I could continue photography as a hobby but that it couldn’t support me as a profession. She was very considerate of my feelings but she also encouraged me to push past the fear of the unknown. After that conversation I began to look more seriously for photography opportunities. That spring I decided to pursue photography as a profession after I got an internship with a Birmingham lifestyle magazine. Suzanne and her husband Mike offered to let me live in their basement for a few months after graduation as I got my feet on the ground.
I have always held a high regard for the Martin family and their support of my career, and was honored to finally get a chance to do a portrait session of their family. These portraits were taken in their front yard last month.
Shot with Rollei and Leica M6.