We had the good fortune of connecting with Christin Ortiz and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Christin, what’s your definition for success?
I’m probably a little bit off the beaten path as I don’t measure my success in the number of clients I have or amount of money that I am able to make. My goals are deeper than that. I’m successful every time I can give others the best experience I can while documenting their authentic selves. The experience of taking your photo, is just as relevant as the end product of photographs. When I allow those that I photograph to be themselves; real, authentic and natural, as God created them, then I feel successful. Successful when mothers see their value in their family, how cherished every member is to each other, and the acknowledgement that they each feel when they are together, packed in close and tight. I’m successful every time I am able to connect memories from the past, to the present. Memory keeping in the simplest form. Every time they mention that they are so incredibly grateful they had their memories frozen in time forever to be printed into keepsakes that they can later show to their children and it has emotion and meaning behind them. Memories that will last generation to generation.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Since picking up a camera almost 10 years ago, I found myself always longing to capture more emotion, the deep stuff ya know? The raw parts of themselves that seemed like only I could see. It’s taken me a long time and many life lessons to have learned to even come close to where I am now. I’ve changed camera brands, the way I edit, and even the way my thought process is going into a shoot. It takes a lot of hard work and i’m still not where I want to be and I think that’s what makes creatives unique..is their yearning for a deeper sense of connection to those around them and to the world that we exist in…trying to show the beauty in life, the people we connect with, how perfect being the real you is.. It hasn’t been easy, but like the most common saying goes, practice makes perfect…and so I practiced, for years really haha! That’s really what I would like people to know about me and what I believe sets me apart. I am always striving for others to see what I see through my lens. How beautiful it all really is in whichever stage they are at in life. Photographs really hold a special place in my heart. I have few photographs of when I was a child with my grandparents and to be quite honest they are the photos I hold most dear, that are the most sentimental. I want the people I serve to actually print their photos, to make sure that they are physically forcing memories to be remembered. Seeing photos displayed throughout the house, makes it a home.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
One of my favorite places to eat down in our part of southern Arizona would be the original Bisbee Breakfast club. It’s a really cool little street to be on in Lowell Arizona as it’s a complete throwback to the 1950’s (which is also currently my favorite era of history at this moment). Exploring Bisbee and their thrift shops is really a favorite of mine as well. I love finding little quirky things left by others. In Sierra Vista my husband and I really love to eat the hot wings from Vinny’s New York Pizza. They’re hands down my favorite wings as they are the only ones I’ll actually eat! There is an unlimited amount of beautiful places to go hiking in this area, as well as quite a few mines to adventure into (Copper Queen Mine is a really fun one for the family). We love to go bowling and have taken it up as a hobby so traveling up to Tucson’s Lucky Strike Bowl is always a fun little weekend getaway.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and foremost, the faith I have in a gracious and loving God has gotten me to where I am today and who will always be recognized for any success I am blessed to have in life. Second, My husband David, who has been my number one supporter and the one who always has encouragement and kind things to say about me, my work, and who keeps me pushing through. Also, my mentor, April Kraus, who has been an unbelievable blessing in not only pushing me to develop my artistic mind, but who is just an extremely kind person in general. Then there are those amazing people I have been able to serve on the other side of my lens, the ones who trusted me to capture their authenticity and raw selves. I am absolutely forever grateful for these people as I would be nowhere close to where I am at today because of them.

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