Over the past eight years here at blACKbook, we’ve watched many talented islanders grow into budding entrepreneurs … and one snap happy favorite of ours is truly blooming with her business!
Welcome bACK Lauren Marttila, a Nantucket wash-ashore who has been capturing our island in some of the most blissful and serene ways over the past three years. As a kid, Lauren always had a passion for photography, but it wasn’t until she met her surf loving husband as an adult that her love for the medium was rediscovered. We caught up with Lauren to find out what’s new with her expanding business … and here are the six fresh things to note on this hot photographer.
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Lauren Marttila Photography x ANTHROPOLOGIE!
Yes, you read that right… Anthropologie, the beloved American retailer that operates in more than 200 stores worldwide! Lauren’s “Tranquility No. 3” was hand selected as an Anthropologie favorite and can now be found on their website. Lauren Marttila Photography… from our island shores to one famous global brand!
HOT LMP LOCAL LOVE
We love how on our Grey Lady, women are always supporting other women and it’s been awesome to see two of our favorite downtown boutiques adorning their walls with Lauren’s photography. When you head into the ivy covered fabulously and feminine boutique of Milly & Grace, Lauren’s more colorful prints hang in large format and in sweet “shelfies” throughout. (It also helps that Lauren is a big fan of the M&G style as she effortlessly fits into this store with her own style as seen above in LoveShackFancy!)
Head next door to the sophisticated and curated Bodega and you’ll find Lauren’s large, black and white format prints (like LineUp above!) all perched alongside owner Steph Sproule’s eclectic and chic home furnishings.
HOT OCEANIC COLLABORATION
Always one for a cutting edge collaboration, Lauren teamed up with painter Erin Clark for a one-of-a-kind mixed media. “Erin Clark’s work is inspired by the constant movement of the water, the push and pull of the tides, and the rich layers and textures found by the sea.” Lauren told us. “I discovered her work on Instagram, we connected and just clicked. We brainstormed together from the composition of the piece to the modern day marketing which pushed us both outside of our comfort zones.” As seen above and online, the result is a special collab that speaks for itself.. Stay tuned for more to come!
HOT WAY LAUREN GIVES BACK!
Giving bACK is ingrained in Lauren’s ethos … aside from adding much beauty and value through her stunning photography, Lauren also serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club! After a half decade of being involved with the Club, Lauren served as the cochair of the Tim Russert Summer Groove for three years and then became Chair a year ago this month. A big believer in supporting the children’s activities on Nantucket, Lauren’s loving heart shines in this space through her support of the club both online and offline.
HOT SUN, SURF, & SOULMATE!
Some of our favorite shots from Lauren come from the surf captures she snaps from Madaket to Madequecham … and this love of seaside surf scapes comes from Lauren’s husband, Neil Marttila. A talented short-board rider, Neil also doubled as the blACKbook’s first surf blogger bACK in 2012… so it’s no wonder why she’s been able to use her man as her muse throughout many of her shoots! “You can usually find Neil at one of the smaller beaches to the left of Cisco, or Fisherman’s Beach between Nobadeer and Surfside, “ Lauren told us. “It all depends on where the sandbar is each year.” Lauren’s top three tips for perfect timing when it comes to getting that Nantucket beach shot can be found below!
1. Be prepared to drop everything you’re doing the moment the surf kicks up.
2. Check during sunrise and right before sunset – the middle of the day can be tough to work with light wise!
3. Make sure your camera is fast! You don’t want to miss a thing.
HOT WAY TO GET YOUR LAUREN MARTTILA PHOTOGRAPHY!
FROM YOUR FAVORITE ISLAND TO YOUR FRONT DOOR
Click and ship? Yes! Lauren makes it that easy … so whether you’re looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift, the wedding present to remind the happy couple about their happy place, or to just treat yourself to a beautiful remembrance of that simply beautiful life on Nantucket, Lauren’s got you covered. Check out her entire website here and for your daily dose of oceanic inspo as well as interior design goals, be sure to follow her on Instagram below!