Guest Judge//Kristey Fritz-Martin//My Artistic Journey

Guest Judge//Kristey Fritz-Martin//My Artistic Journey

This week's guest judge is Kristey Fritz-Martin of My Artistic Journey. Kristey has been a long time follower of Snap Maven and supporter of our community. We are happy to have Kristey this week! Please read below and get to to know Kristey a little better. 

Tell us about yourself...

Why do we always find it so hard to speak of ourselves when asked?!? To define one's inner qualities in a paragraph always stumps me. Who am I. . . I am a lover, I am a dreamer, I am a drink fetcher and midnightblanky finder. I have the kind of magic that can heal minor injuries with a kiss and create a smile with a tickle and hug. I am an extroverted introvert who chooses to live in a tiny town hidden in a valley surrounded by breathtaking mountains. I am ambitiously scattered yet goal oriented and a hopeless searcher of meaning in life's tiny moments. . . I ramble, I am passionate and I am forever hunting for the grey in between the lines. I am rather odd and a self proclaimed weirdo BUT there is nobody else in this world I would rather be.

What’s your dream project or shoot?

Through all of my trials and errors as a photographer I have truly come to realize that if there was ONE thing I could aspire to doing that would make my soul feel overwhelmed with joy, it would be to inspire. I would love nothing more than to just light a tiny spark in someone and watch it grow and spread like wild fire. A movement of emotion all ignited by one simple flame. . . what an incredible journey that would be!!!

Is there any one thing you wish someone had told you at the very beginning of your photography journey?

Oh there are so so many misconceptions I wish I would have broken free of sooner, but that likely would have ruined the entire process and I would likely not be the person I am today. A few things I have found to be essentially true through out are that "inspiration is free, kindness is contagious and knowledge is power." Feed your soul.

If you could take your art in any direction without fear of failure or rejection, where would it lead, what new thing would you try?

I feel like this is finally the place where my creativity lives currently. Embracing the beauty in imperfection. I strongly feel that my self portraiture work has propelled me to a place in my journey that I always wished I could be. There is freedom in being able to see yourself for who you really are and embrace all your flaws as the things that make you truly unique and beautiful. I feel like it was the exact moment that I started letting go of my self doubt, that my heart started to live in my work and it started to translate to others. The things that I use to find myself second guessing and fearing putting out in the world for sake of rejection where truly the things that were holding me back. . . it is ok to be scared, I for one hope I remain frightened by putting my heart out there until the day I can no longer create. Fear of failure is a positive thing, in my opinion. . . it means that you care and you are passionate at what you are doing. . . if we didn't care it wouldn't matter. . . and I never want to return to a place in my work when it didn't matter. There are still so many things I would love to learn and grow from and honestly I hope it scares the daylights out of me every time!! I will continue to share and put myself out there because their is so much growth in the entire process. . . so long answer short lol. . . I hope that my art goes in EVERY direction that my heart pulls it towards and I also hope that I always have a slight fear of failure or rejection because that, to me, means I am doing it correctly and putting my whole heart into it.

Who is your favorite photographer (dead or alive) and what about their work inspires you? Drop us a link so we can check them out!

Oh wowza!!! This list would be so so long if I had the time!!!! I am inspired by so very many artists!!!! Sue Sonnenberg ( who is a very dear friend of mine who inspires me on the daily! Melissa Gorman-Walkup ( is not only a brilliant lifestyle photographer but probably one of the most motivational people I have ever met. Shelley Reis ( is also a brilliant friend of mine who's work is beyond incredible!!!

What is your favorite photography accessory other than your camera?

I know it isn't terribly inspiring but I would have to say my phone LOL. Honestly though, the remote shutter apps for both by Canon 6D and my Sony A7 ii are invaluable to self portrait work and I would have a terribly hard time trying to do what I do without them.

What do you credit with your biggest growth in your photography?

COMMUNITY!!!!! The connections I have made through the years with like minded creative souls that make you feel like your version of weird is actually pretty darn cool is the most valuable asset and biggest sense of growth I have ever gained. Fine your tribe. . . love them hard!