My favorite editing tools!

I'm making this post to give a little glimpse into my editing process for other fellow photographers. I always like to learn and take away a little something from other people so I thought I'd start to share some tips, tricks and tools I use to give my photos a distinct look. 

Like most photographers in this day and age, I find Lightroom to be a suitable editing program, especially for editing large batches of photos. If I feel certain photos need more tweaks or heavier edits, I'll bring it into photoshop, but for the most part, Lightroom works just fine. There have been so many times where I've wanted to add sunlight without just using the temperature slider to a large batch of photos, but bringing them into photoshop and adding an overlay to every single one just wasn't realistic. Luckily, I was introduced to MCP Actions - Illuminate Presets. I found them to be completely simple and easy to use, adding the warmth and light I wanted to add to my photos with one click. These presets allow me to keep my signature style and coloring, but add in the little bit of flair that it was missing. I highly recommend adding this to your toolbox photographers, I know it'll be a regular in mine!

For this set of photos, I mostly found myself using the golden, rosy, or orange sun streams. I could definitely see how the other colors would come in super helpful though, and will for sure be using them in future photos. I'm especially excited to see how they look on sunrise/sunsets!

For anyone interested in trying these out, here's the link:

*Model - Katie Youngman*



I wanted to share with you guys my latest work, which also happens to be one of my favorite projects to date. I worked with Katie Carpenter and Joe Salvatore to create these visuals for Meshki and Meshki Swim. While the end product is the ultimate goal, I value and appreciate the time spent developing the concept, and the ideas bounced between the three of us when we were deciding how we wanted to execute it. We represented this swim line in a powerful, badass, bold, spirited, yet also very feminine and sensual light. We're making a statement that it's okay to be soft and beautiful and still be strong. So many people associate femininity with weakness. How is it weak to be completely comfortable in your body, unafraid to be vulnerable and to take control of how you present yourself when so much of the world is so quick to be judgmental? I want to hear what femininity means to you.

On an unrelated note, I've been so lucky to meet such remarkable people through photography connections. I think there are certain people in this world that have so much creativity, thoughts and ideas brewing inside them that they'll go crazy if they don't get it all out in some type of outlet, whether it's through photography, modeling, video, makeup, hair...I could go on. When you assemble a group of those people together it can be pretty powerful and motivating. 

ANYWAYS, here it is. I'm calling this entire project "THRILLS." Video shot and edited by Joe Salvatore (@joesalvatore_) Photography by me (@samdemartinphoto) and Model is Katie Carpenter (KatiieCarpenter) for Meshki Swim (@meshkiswim). 




Girls Girls Girls

I read Amy Poehler's book, Yes Please, a few months ago, and one phrase in her book has stuck with me since then. "Good for her! Not for me." I believe this simple motto is both extremely significant and relevant in the female empowerment revolution. Working with, and photographing women on a regular basis has molded and shaped my views on what it means to be empowered, and to be quite honest, there's no one right or wrong answer. Some women find themselves most empowered when they're completely free and showing off their body, whether it's rock hard abs they worked hard for, their beautiful, feminine curves, or anything in between. Some women find themselves most empowered when they're displaying their fashion and letting their personality come to life in the clothes they wear and the style they create. Some find empowerment through conversational pieces and sharing knowledge. Who are we to judge if one woman's ideals are not the same as our own? "Good for her! Not for me." If we as women are going to achieve equality, we need to be more conscious of supporting each other, even when we are different. We need to be intolerant of intolerance. We will all get so much farther, so much faster, if we stand together and celebrate our differences instead of using them to put each other down. 


Here's a photo I took of my girlfriend Katie, looking badass, beautiful and confident as always. I'm so grateful for our friendship, and the way she supports all the women in our community, including myself is as inspiring as it is impactful.