Marta Everest was born and raised in Sevilla, Spain. She moved to the United States soon after she got married in 1998 and in 2004 they decided to move back to Spain to start a new life and raise their children. Today, She is the mother of 5 wonderful children that mean the world to her. Marta became interested in portrait photography in 2002 when a photo of her oldest daughter won the 1st place at the American Baby Contest and then another photo won 2nd place the following year. She felt she had a good shot in the portrait photography world so she just pursued and followed her dream. Marta bought her first digital camera and her first editing software in 2007, totally clueless on what to do with it. She didn’t discover textures until a few years later and she just found herself immediately driven to them. Today they’re an essential tool in helping her create a story.
Marta starts all her RAW editing process in Lightroom before adding the last finishing touches in Photoshop. Once in PS the first thing she does is to apply different actions and tints to the photo until she finds just the perfect tone that she’s aiming for and she adjust the opacity if necessary. Sometimes she also like adding a cyan color filter to some of her images to reduce warmth. Once the tone it’s been applied the search for the perfect texture begins. Marta usually aim for the same textures all the time (cool tone ones are her favorite) simply because She’s more familiar with them and they blend really well with the skin so she don’t need to remove any of it. When she finds the right texture Marta simply applies it using a soft light blending mode and last she just do the necessary adjustments in the curve panel until the image looks pleasing to the eye, and not too contrasty.
Marta’s goal is to keep her work fundamentally simple, but at the same time, she strives for an artistic feel to it, something evocative and imperishable. With the help of a single softbox (no flash) and in a confined space (her house small living room) she’s able to create the perfect scene for all her photos.
Marta wants her photos to be able to tell a beautiful story from long long ago and sometimes she just want them to be a reflection of something that the children enjoy doing when they’re at home, without the use of too many props. Just the moment and a soft light. Marta finds her inspiration in some of the old master paintings (Rembrandt, Vermeer…) and even Morgan Weistling. He’s an amazing artist!! and sometimes she looks for inspiration in a children’s book, a movie, or even classical music can inspire her.