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

Hi Martha, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
As an aspiring photographer, there are always new themes and techniques coming up in the field and of course the competition is never ending. That is why I believe photography is all about taking risks. In order to capture your audience and truly express yourself you must take the risk of putting yourself out there and letting others view/judge your work. In photography you aren’t always pleased with your first shot, that is why you must set aside the time to put in the hard work that is required. You must learn how to be comfortable with stepping outside your comfort zone, in order to be individualistically creative and unique. Photography is about being able to capture the split second in time that we are then able to hold onto forever and I believe that’s the most beautiful aspect about it. It allows me to capture the sweet and simple moments in life, that at the time we take for granted, but when looking back at the photograph we wish we could relive; the moments we want to hold onto. Photography has taught me how to take a step back when behind the camera and capture the image with my heart, mind, and soul before pressing the shutter release.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Personally, photography is more than just a hobby, it’s a passion. It expresses the love, hard work, time and dedication it takes to get the perfect photograph. As an aspiring photographer there are areas and styles of photography you are comfortable shooting, but in order to grow artistically and mentally you must step outside the box. Photography has opened my eyes and mind to a whole new world, a new world of creativity and individualism. It allows me to express myself artistically and vividly. I believe what sets me apart, is going above and beyond to capture the perfect moment, whether it may be staged or candid.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Personally, the perfect San Diego itinerary would start off by picking up my best friend from the San Diego International Airport in the afternoon. We would head over to Little Italy and grab happy hour drinks, at the rooftop bar, Born & Raised. After a few drinks we would head over to Ironside Fish & Oysters for happy hour oysters and one more round of drinks. We would end the night off by watching the sunset at La Jolla Cove alongside the sea otters. The next morning the adventure would begin by a homemade breakfast that would consist of a charcuterie pancakes board. After breakfast we would head over to Holy Match for some morning powdered tea and some light shopping at Pigment, followed by a photo shoot on their pink aesthetic wall and succulent display. We would head back to my place to change outfits and head out for a hike at Cabrillo National Monument. The next morning we would switch things up a bit and have breakfast at Morning Glory. After breakfast we would head over to Mission Bay and rent jet skis for the hour, followed by laying out on Sunset Cliffs and having a cliff side picnic. For dinner we would head back to my place, start up the grill and hang out by the pool. Thursday is here and we have lunch planned at Cannonball. We’d ordered various sushi rolls and, of course, happy hour drinks while overlooking the Pacific Ocean. After lunch I’d have a photo shoot planned for us at the Ferrari dealership that my previous manager helped me arrange. Later, we’d grab dinner at the Altitude Sky Lounge overlooking the city. Today is Friday, we would head to Scripps Pier for an early morning photo shoot, and treat ourselves to a famous In N Out lunch. After lunch we would spend our afternoon at the Fashion Valley Mall, walking around and shopping for outfits for the weekend. Next, we would head over to Balboa Park and walk through the rose and cactus garden. Luckily, since it’s Friday we’d be able to take part in Food Truck Friday, taste a variety of foods, listen to live music, and take a few pictures. Saturday, we would have breakfast at my place on the balcony surrounded by palm trees. We would then head over to Coronado Beach and lay out in the sun and attempt to go surfing. Later that day we would get ready to spend the night at the Gaslamp Quarter where we would be on guest list for Oxford Social Club and Omnia. Sadly, it’s Sunday and my best friend is heading out. Instead of flying out from San Diego I had her book her flight from LAX in the evening because a trip to California isn’t complete without visiting Los Angeles. We’d head out early that morning, to avoid the dreadful LA traffic, to grab breakfast at The Butcher’s Daughter. After breakfast we’d head over to Venice Beach and rent Birds to stop at Santa Monica Pier. After that I would take her up into the hills to see the beautiful views and architecture. We’d stop in Beverly Hills to walk down Rodeo Drive and lastly grab a sweet treat at Little Damage.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
For The Shoutout Series, I would like to give a shoutout to my younger sister, Veronica. I took up photography a few years back. When I lived in Chicago, IL we would plan random photo shoots around the city. We’d spend our days with me behind the camera and she would model. Throughout the years we have traveled to numerous states and countries and I would follow her around with my camera, having her pose whenever I had a burst of inspiration, the backdrop was vivid, or the natural sunlight was hitting her at a perfect angle. Additionally, she has followed me on my journey. She’s helped me step outside my comfort zone, expand my mindset creatively, and has picked up tips from watching me work. She has always supported me, encouraged me, but most importantly recognized my growth throughout the years. If it wasn’t for our spontaneous photo shoots and her support I wouldn’t be the photographer I am today.

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