Name: Ingrid & David Martinez
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Company Name: Images by Ingrid
Number of Years in Business: 10 years
How did you get started in photography?
Ingrid had to take PHOTO 101 as a prerequisite for her BFA. Upon seeing her first black and white print magically appear in the developer tray, she immediately feel in love with photography. The next day she changed her fine art emphasis from painting to photography.
David helped assist Ingrid when Images by Ingrid was just beginning. He found a creative outlet for his unique eye of angles and composition. He enjoys capturing moments, shooting the must get traditional wedding pictures and the challenge of creating dramatic effects with off camera flash.
What did you do prior to this?
Ingrid went to school and worked in food and beverage. It took 8 years and three colleges in three states to get her BA in fine art.
David was a custom picture framer and currently is a bar/wine manager for a fine dining restaurant here in Vegas in which has served for 13 years. He is also part of the 9% of the Vegas population who was born and raised here
How do you describe your style?
Documentary coverage is an entirely different approach to wedding photography. Ingrid believes her photographs represent much more that just a tired fad, but as documentarian, it is her responsibility to capture each moment exactly as it happened. She does not intervene or interrupt the moment already taking place.
She feels the mastery of this style is very easy to claim and advertise, but rarely is it achieved.
Her lighting preference is soft natural light. Her portraits of her couples reflect fun, happy moments at times and others a deeper revealing side. Her passion is to create an emotional response from the viewer through her images.
David is more a traditionalist. He enjoys capturing the must get images at weddings. He is a master of off camera flash and captures the most amazing pictures of the bride and groom with Vegas sunsets. He sees angles and photographs them differently then anyone else. Clients and venders love his detail shots of rings, food, locations,
If you didn’t do photography for a living what would you be doing instead?
Ingrid would be a life coach or chef/restaurateur. She has created the life of her dreams and would love to help others achieve their dream life too. Also, Ingrid is too good of a cook, this is why they have to go to the gym regularly. She feels with 14 years in F&B and cooking skills she could create an amazing restaurant.
David would be wine & food critic. David has been in F&B for 13 years and is currently a bar manager during the week at a fine dining restaurant in Vegas. Ironically every time they go dining he is already playing the part.
What are some of your hobbies? Attending live sporting events, concerts, traveling, sailing dining out, spending quality time with family, plus any activities that create memories and experiences.
What is the craziest wedding experience you’ve ever had? For Ingrid and David each wedding is crazy, fun and unique.
A crazy wedding memory for Ingrid was a wedding at Lake Mead. The ceremony and reception was on an island in the middle of the lake. All the guests, food, décor, had to be boated to the location. The ceremony was under a beautifully decorated tent and the reception was held on top of the houseboats. There were Hawaiian dancers, fire breathers, and a late night bon fire. Since night travel on the lake is dangerous all the guests and venders had to stay on the island and spend the night in houseboats. It was a blast.
David’s craziest wedding memory was a helicopter wedding to Grand Canyon. They were both terrified, and excited about the prospect. This was when helicopter crashes at the Grand Canyon seemed to be a monthly event. The plan was for Ingrid and David to fly with the couple to the Grand Canyon for the ceremony. Unfortunately, on the ride out, a thunderstorm came in and they had to turn back. It was defiantly an experience being airborne with thunder and lighting following you back to the airport. The best part was David and Ingrid met up with the couple the next day and once again flew to the Grand Canyon.
What is the best wedding experience you’ve ever had?
For David and Ingrid every wedding is the best experience. They love their couples and give their heart and soul at every wedding.
What is your inspiration? Ingrid’s and David inspiration is their clients and the fun, happy, and unexpected moments of the day. Each wedding and couple is unique. To photograph the day with that important fact in mind is their inspiration.
Name an exotic location you’d like to visit soon. Tahiti, Greek Isles, Barcelona, Estonia, Serengeti, Thailand, Egypt, opening day at the new Marlins baseball bark in 2012, New Years eve in Times Square, 2012 Summer Olympics in London, sail the Caribbean, race car driving lessons, drive the autobahn, wine tours in Italy and France, and these are just to name a few.
Why do your clients choose you over some of your competitors?
The blend of documentary and traditional photography. Ingrid and David create timeless images, not fads of the moment.
What is the best piece of advice you can offer a bride and groom on their wedding day?
Hire professionals you are comfortable with, let them do their job, and just relax and enjoy your day.
Anything else interesting you’d like to share?
In 2012 Ingrid and David plan on taking the year to photograph outside of Vegas as much as possible. Their goal is to not only shooting weddings all over the world but visit and photograph past couples. They hope to create a fine art series their 2012 adventures.
They love their job and hopefully it shows in their images.