Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville, SC Wedding Photographer | Spartanburg Wedding Photographer | Senior Portraits | Lifestyle | Charllote, NC | Pinehurst, NC » Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville, SC Wedding Photographer | Spartanburg Wedding Photographer | Senior Portraits | Lifestyle | Charllote, NC | Pinehurst, NC

I know we all have those people in our lives that we can say that without a shadow of a doubt our life is better because of them… we are where we are because of them… we are who we are in part because of them…  Well I can say that about Janine.  A little over 7 years ago I took the chance and reached out to her.  She is a wedding photographer that looked nice in her photo and I knew I wanted more than anything to photograph memories and so I bugged her… not thinking she’d actually write me back.  I’m pretty sure she found me online and made sure I wasn’t crazy 😉 and low & behold she did write me back.  7 years later, with lots of time spent together as friends, shooting weddings together, etc… not only is she still a mentor, she’s a colleague, a “sister”, and a best friend.  I knew when it was time to tell her we were moving from Texas to South Carolina that she’d be the hardest to tell… turns out she found out through someone else due to connections between mutual friends of Gary & her/people Gary had worked for in the past & would be working a little with at his new job that he was being offered the job before I even knew about the job offer (yes I knew the job was there and he’d interviewed, but we were still waiting on the offer)… talk about not knowing what to say when one of your best friends throws a “heard Gary is getting a job in SC” at you… I still remember that conversation that happened almost 2 years ago like it was yesterday… and while her already knowing about the job made it easier… at the same time it didn’t!!  I knew how much I was going to miss her!! I miss her soo soo much but I am so thankful for technology & the ability to chat every once in a while and then see her when I’m back in TX.  All of my rambling to say, this friend is one of those that I can’t thank God enough for!!

When I put out on the world wide web that I was heading to Texas this past fall Janine was one of the first to say “put us on your calendar”!!!!  I was soo soo excited but soo nervous!! Excited because it meant I would get to spend time with her sweet family, but nervous because I look up to her soo much photography wise and just always hope my images are what she’s wanting!!  I know she loves them because large canvas’ from previous sessions adorn the walls of their house… but I still get butterflies when I photograph this sweet friend and her family!!!  I have always loved Janine’s style and taste and so I was excited to see what their outfits would be this time around… y’all they certainly didn’t disappoint!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE how Janine went so soft & sophisticated even though we were totally in a park.  I love the contrast and the colors and just these 5 people soo soo much!!!!  Here are a few of my favorites from their session!!

Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0029Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0031Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0032Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0033Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0034Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0035Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0036Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0037Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0038Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0039Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0040Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0041Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0042Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0043Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0044Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0045Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0046Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0047Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0048

Janine & Glen, thank you soo soo much for wanting me to once again document your sweet family!! I love you guys and love my time with y’all!! Thank you for letting me come and crash on my final night in Texas!! Y’all made me feel soo very welcomed and at home!! Can’t wait to hug y’alls necks again!!! I really do think a trip to the Greenville & Spartanburg area is in order ;)!!!  Love you guys!!!!

Kendra Martin Photography is a Greenville Photographer & Spartanburg Photographer specializing in Wedding Photography, Senior Photography, and Lifestyle Photography.

  • February 4, 2016 - 8:28 PM

    Janine Holley Garner - We love these photos Kendra!! ….and it’s ME who looks up to YOU now! You are an amazingly talented photographer – you LOVE what you do and it shows in your work, with every photo that you take! Thank you for spending time with us on your visit to Texas and taking all of these photos that we will cherish! Thank you for being such a great friend!!

When Laurin contacted me this past fall to do their family photos she had me all sorts of giddy.  From the very beginning she told me she played the Oboe at one point & was a jcrew fanatic just like me!! I knew immediately we would get along!!  I met up with these four on a late November, Friday afternoon in a beautiful location here in Spartanburg… love this location and all the unique spots that you can find here, it was exactly what they wanted as far as location for their photos and the weather was amazing!!!! The ONLY bad thing was there were a BILLION other photographers and their clients doing family photos… So I’m going to go ahead and say it… this is NOT a location I will use again during the family Holiday photo season :)… I love it and will shoot there as much as clients want… just not when it’s holiday season:)because y’all it was bonkers!!!  But at the end of the day as bonkers & as busy as the spot was… ohh my goodness we had so much fun and walked away with beautiful images of this sweet family!!!

Y’all these four were a dream to photograph!!! The girls were so much fun and Tab & Laurin are just amazing and soo soo sweet, they made me feel as if we’d been friends forever and now I can’t wait to hang out with all four of them again!!!!  I totally love that Laurin mixed and matched and had so much fun with all of their outfits!!! As much as I love to wear the basics and keep it simple I love color and I love when my clients have fun with color and totally use their outfits to show who they are and their personalities!! Laurin you did such an awesome job!!!  Laurin & Tab, thank you soo soo much for wanting me to take these family photos for you guys.  I loved my time with y’all!!!! Here are just a few of my favorites from their session!!

Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0001Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0002Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0003How stinking precious are these two?!Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0004Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0005Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0006Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0007Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0008I love these of Laurin with the girls!!!Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0009They were all smiles here!! May have had something to do with what mommy was behind me doing ;)!!Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0010Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0011Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0012Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0013Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0014Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0015Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0016Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0017Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0018Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0019Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0020Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0021Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0022Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0023Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0024Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0025Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0026:)Love their smiles and personalities soo much!!!Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0027Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0028Kendra Martin Photography is a Greenville Photographer & Spartanburg Photographer specializing in Wedding Photography, Senior Photography & Lifestyle Photography!!

 

Y’all I can’t believe this is my last month doing a 10 things post!! It’s been a lot of fun to share little tidbits about myself over the last year… but I’m glad this is my last one:):)!!  If you’ve missed any of the 10 things about Kendra posts be sure to go here to see more of them!!  I’m going to jump right into this months 10 things!!

1. I love organization.  Like love it.  But for some reason I just can’t make it happen in real life… so I live with organized chaos ALL around me.  I cringe when I see my desk but ahhh for the life of me I can’t get it all to stay neat and tiddy no matter how hard I try. I really do know where everything is on my desk and where I can find what I need (Gary don’t start laughing because I’m not talking about loosing keys or shoes or that kind of thing:)) … so for now while I juggle a lot of different hats I am going to just own my organized chaos and go with it!!!

2. After the snow we received here in South Carolina last Friday & Saturday I decided that yeah…. I’M NOT A FAN OF COLD WEATHER OR SNOW!!! Give me sun & warmth ANY day!!

Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer Thank you Trinity for this sweet photo of Kenzie & I when we were in Wilmington last March!! Love these photos so much!!

3.  I love having long hair… but I definitely get the itch every few years to cut it all off.  Right now I’m blaming Sophia Bush for that itch.  More on her in a minute!!

4. Graham Crackers + Cake Icing = amazing!! That’s all I have to say. You know you want to try it now ;)!! You should get the rainbow chip icing (it’s back on shelves after a few years hiatus… and I’m not talking about the one with sprinkles I’m talking about the one with chips mixed into the icing!!!)

5. I have never ever wanted to wear lipstick, ughh I can’t handle the stuff on my lips.  My mom tells me I should wear it … but I hate the stuff… it takes my lips being crazy dry for me to even put on chapstick.  My Nana told me when I was younger that my lips are a pretty color and I took that to mean I don’t need to add color to them… so if I have to wear something it’ll be chapstick!! Me and makeup just don’t go well together!!!  Maybe dancing for so many years when I was younger got the makeup phase out of me!!!!

Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0001Olivia, we love our fall photos that you took of us!! I know it was a crazy session and Kenzie was the sweetest and yet you still were able to capture her sweet little self!! Thank you!!

6. I love to journal & write! And if I’m going to journal it has to be in a spiral journal :)!!

7.  We (Gary & I) are obsessed with the Chicago (Fire, PD, Med) tv series’ … hence the reason Sophia Bush has me wanting to chop off all my hair because I see her cute hair every week and makes me want mine short again!!!

8. Can’t wait to be the mom of 2 girls.  Yes I will probably eat those words in about 10 years, but regardless I am excited for Kenzie to have a sister and to pull out all of Kenzie’s baby clothes and go down memory lane again!!!

Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville Photographer | Spartanburg Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer | Family Photographer | Childrens Photographer_0002Back in December when I was 28 weeks along we went out to take photos of Kenzie in her Christmas dress and then a few maternity photos of just me.  Gary snapped a few photos of just me to document this pregnancy and this sweet little girl that is growing inside of me!!

9. I love everything classic & simple & that will stand the test of time!! Love diamonds, pearls, wearing black or navy, cardigans, flats, black & white images, etc…

10.  Which brings me to #10, I am NOT an accessories girl.  You will VERY rarely see me with anything extra on besides my wedding rings, my earrings (which are ALWAYS a pair of studs), my charm bracelets, and a watch my Nana passed on to me.  That may sound like a lot actually but it’s all small and simple and classic :)!!!!

Ahhh I really wasn’t sure if I’d be able to come up with 120 things about myself to share… but I did it!!!!  Hopefully I didn’t double up at all…. I probably did, and if you noticed I did you can just not tell me and let me think I told 120 different things about myself!! Thank you to everyone who stuck around and read all these posts this past year!!!!!

Kendra Martin Photography is a Greenville Photographer & Spartanburg Photographer specializing in Wedding Photography, Senior Photography & Lifestyle Photography.

 

  • January 28, 2016 - 6:02 PM

    Casey Rucinski - I LOVE this! I’m an organization FREAK and I also love having long hair … but like to cut it. I’ve donated my hair 3 times (I think?) and this spring it’s happening again. If I even make it that long. My hair is driving me CRAZY right now, but it’s so warm in the winter. 😉 I don’t mind those cold, snowy days, though. Love reading this about you!

  • February 1, 2016 - 11:41 PM

    Michael K ONeill - Love your work