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Melanie Martinez’s Little Body, Big Heart, and Beautiful Portraits

* originally published on Stache Magazine *

Melanie Martinez started taking pictures when she was 13 years young. She is a self-taught photographer who uses both film and digital. While Melanie is gradually making a name in the music industry, we interviewed her about her other passion in life, that is conceptual, fashion, and portrait photography.

Your style on portrait photography radiates a different kind of light, something that’s equally nostalgic and refreshing. When/How did it strike you that you have a big heart for photography? How do you harmonize your emotions, interests, personality to capture your subjects’ best photographic features?

I always loved the idea of creative images. I'd always wish that I could take a photo with my eyes because I am able to create some sort of beauty in everything I see. I started taking pictures of flowers and the outdoors and normal things I'd see around me. I got really bored with the work that I was doing and I wanted to grow as an artist. I had crazy visuals in my head but I could never execute them because I felt like the things in my heart were holding me back. I was always so uncomfortable with my environment and wanted to be confident and feel beautiful.

Ever since I was little, I remember being really conscious about the gap in between my two front teeth. I started taking pictures of myself and it became a habit of never opening my mouth due to my insecurity. I wanted to get over it so badly that I ended up just taking photos from my open mouth down to my collar bones. This helped me become comfortable with who I am as an artist and as a human being. It helped me get over my insecurity and since then I've found a love for helping girls overcome their insecurities by photographing them in a beautiful way.

I always shoot subjects who are out of the norm. I use soft light to make it feel as if they're in a beautiful setting when, really, the places where I shoot are just a block away from my house. If I didn't open up to feel comfortable with myself, I don't think I would have had the power to go out and create the images I do today. And, Little Body Big Heart wouldn't exist.

I think back to the times in my life when I felt really emotional and how I can portray that in a way that was aesthetically pleasing to the eye but also felt in the heart. I’ve always loved freckles because people always see them as a flaw when someone’s face is covered in them. To me, I feel as if they're kisses from God, making you different from everyone else.

What/Who influences and inspires you?

Andrea Hübner and Caitlin Worthington.

Does your passion for music have something to do with your vision in photography?

Absolutely. I tell stories in my songwriting and it helps me create stories with my photographs.

If you could turn a song into a series of photographs, what song would that be and why?

Music Box by Regina Spektor, which is actually always been a work in progress. It is very melodic and interesting, has a unique tune, and it makes me feel like there are millions of stories within just 3 minutes of the song. I would love to do a life size music box with a ballerina as the little ballerina that spins.

What projects of yours should we look forward to?

You’ll have to stay tuned to find out! I love giving surprises!

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Melanie Martinez’s Little Body, Big Heart, and Beautiful Portraits

* originally published on Stache Magazine *

Melanie Martinez started taking pictures when she was 13 years young. She is a self-taught photographer who uses both film and digital. While Melanie is gradually making a name in the music industry, we interviewed her about her other passion in life, that is conceptual, fashion, and portrait photography.

Your style on portrait photography radiates a different kind of light, something that’s equally nostalgic and refreshing. When/How did it strike you that you have a big heart for photography? How do you harmonize your emotions, interests, personality to capture your subjects’ best photographic features?

I always loved the idea of creative images. I'd always wish that I could take a photo with my eyes because I am able to create some sort of beauty in everything I see. I started taking pictures of flowers and the outdoors and normal things I'd see around me. I got really bored with the work that I was doing and I wanted to grow as an artist. I had crazy visuals in my head but I could never execute them because I felt like the things in my heart were holding me back. I was always so uncomfortable with my environment and wanted to be confident and feel beautiful.

Ever since I was little, I remember being really conscious about the gap in between my two front teeth. I started taking pictures of myself and it became a habit of never opening my mouth due to my insecurity. I wanted to get over it so badly that I ended up just taking photos from my open mouth down to my collar bones. This helped me become comfortable with who I am as an artist and as a human being. It helped me get over my insecurity and since then I've found a love for helping girls overcome their insecurities by photographing them in a beautiful way.

I always shoot subjects who are out of the norm. I use soft light to make it feel as if they're in a beautiful setting when, really, the places where I shoot are just a block away from my house. If I didn't open up to feel comfortable with myself, I don't think I would have had the power to go out and create the images I do today. And, Little Body Big Heart wouldn't exist.

I think back to the times in my life when I felt really emotional and how I can portray that in a way that was aesthetically pleasing to the eye but also felt in the heart. I’ve always loved freckles because people always see them as a flaw when someone’s face is covered in them. To me, I feel as if they're kisses from God, making you different from everyone else.

What/Who influences and inspires you?

Andrea Hübner and Caitlin Worthington.

Does your passion for music have something to do with your vision in photography?

Absolutely. I tell stories in my songwriting and it helps me create stories with my photographs.

If you could turn a song into a series of photographs, what song would that be and why?

Music Box by Regina Spektor, which is actually always been a work in progress. It is very melodic and interesting, has a unique tune, and it makes me feel like there are millions of stories within just 3 minutes of the song. I would love to do a life size music box with a ballerina as the little ballerina that spins.

What projects of yours should we look forward to?

You’ll have to stay tuned to find out! I love giving surprises!

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