34-year-old Chris Martin is on a mission to help change and transform the world one colorful sequin at a time through photography and hairstyling.
Chris Martin moved to Los Angeles three years ago with his husband and went to a beauty school, Toni & Guy. He was surrounded by other young artists, which sparked his creativity and drive to do what he loves, but his love for photography and doing other people’s hair started at the age of eight.
His grandmother bought him disposable cameras, which he used to practice. He took photographs of people, who willingly gave their time. Chris Martin even vividly remembered throwing bedsheets over his grandmother’s canopy bed just to create backdrops for his photography. He pulled all of his grandmother’s lamps from her house just to set up his lighting.
Chris Martin would dress his grandmother in big feathers and do her hair in the most outrageous styles. “It was like I was in another world when I would be styling the clothing, doing the hair, and taking these photos,” he says.
It was Chris Martin’s way to escape his regular world and enter into a fantasy land where he could freely express himself and, most of all, do what he loved.
“This part of my life was the foundation to the artist I am today,” he says. “I learned to work with nothing to create beautiful images that I was so proud of.”
Being raised by his grandmother, Chris Martin found freedom and confidence to be himself. This freedom and confidence he found, through the help of his beloved grandmother, became the instrument he needed in his life.
Chris Martin started his photography more professionally when he became the editor of their high school yearbook. After he graduated, he started using MySpace, where he shared his work and built followers. After a few years, he moved to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and continued sharing his work. “I now am living in LA and shooting celebrities and influencers for published magazines,” Chris says.
He knew that his freedom to express and manifest creativity, and the confidence he mustered through the help of his grandmother helped him to achieve what he is having now. Aside from working with magazines, Chris Martin also shoots for press photos, social media content, and even does some creative content for businesses.
The year 2020 has been a great year for him. His photography and hair work got published in famous magazines such as Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Maxim, Nylon, Guess, Grazia, and Wall Street Journal, and other fashion magazines.
The recent burst of Chris Martin’s published work has come from his dear client Christine Quinn from the breakout Netflix show Selling Sunset. “I had started shooting Christine after season 1 had aired. We will get together and brainstorm some fabulous concepts and ideas together. We both shared a connection to beauty, style, and just overall being creative pushing the envelope.”
Chris Martin aims to start a day and think about what he can do to make his shoot special. “I want to make my clients feel and look like the best versions of themselves and make them feel like they are a superhero for the day. That is what drives me and pushes me to be my best self.”
From an eight-year-old kid who dreamed of becoming big, Chris Martin is now slowly changing the world, together with other creative intellectuals, through his talent and skill in photography and hairstyling.
“There is no age to beauty, and through my work, I make every client feel like the best version of themselves by reliving beautiful images that will not only raise their engagement but build their confidence at the same time,” Chris Martin says.
Immerse in the world filled with creative works from Chris Martin’s Instagram account.