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Community Highlights: Meet Erin Martin-Kamalzadeh of Your Business Photographer

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I grew up always drawn to photographs, not just family photographs, but also including publications. What consistently captured my attention was the photograph between the bright yellow solid border on the covers of National Geographic. It was always a pick-up-must. For me, the photographs told the stories. Christmas 2003, my late brother, Eric, gave me one of the best gifts, my first camera, the Nikon F55. This would be his final gift to me before he passed away less than one month later, leaving me a tool which would pave a future career and passion. I started off as most photographers do, a hobbyist. For many years I dabbled in a bit of everything while raising our three boys and building my portfolio. About five years ago, I happened to cross paths in real estate photography. From this point on, I met my calling to specialize in Real Estate and Commercial/Business Branding Photography. Being in the real estate industry, I had many requests by realtors for aerial photography. This drove me to become a FAA Drone Pilot. When I realized that less than 6% of drone pilots were women at the time, it gave me all of the encouragement I needed. I love a good challenge;) When taking the test, I was sure to wear a dress and heels and passed on the first try. It was truly a rewarding feeling walking out of the aviation center with my mission accomplished.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Becoming a mother at 17 years old, there were without a doubt times that the road was not always a refined path. I have had various jobs including holding two to three jobs at one time. These life experiences gave me effective techniques and a distinct work ethic and grind, which cultivated a particular set of standards that I hold myself and quality of work too. It is critical to recognize that there is not only one right way when you are constructing your path. Sometimes there can be detours, however, in the end experiences usually come full circle, giving the tools that are needed to move to the next step. I have been very fortunate that I am surrounded by family and friends who believe in me, especially my husband. I have found it to be necessary to surround myself with others who hold the bar high for themselves, which in return pushes me to be a better version of myself. As a woman, I am eager to help pave the way to empowering other women to know that there are no barriers that cannot be overcome. For too many years, I accepted limiting beliefs. Mindset is everything. Once I realized this, I now know there are no limits.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Born and raised a Native Floridian, I understand the importance of community along with economic growth and development. I have taken my photography talent to support businesses and professionals in creating a reputable appearance online and marketing materials to have an advantage over their competitors. I am a Central Florida Photographer and FAA Drone Pilot. I provide on location professional photography services catering to Real Estate, Head Shot and Commercial/Business Branding Photography. I take the time to cultivate a final product and work on each image individually. I do not outsource any of my work, so that I can say that each piece is truly my work from the beginning to end.

Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
Scheduling a consultation is a great way to collaborate with other businesses. I always work on location, which means that I come to my clients and share my vision of how they can share their stories online through imagery about the services they have to offer. Using aerial images is a very impactful tool to utilize to catch a potential client’s attention.

With my philanprothy work, my talents have given me the opportunity to give back to those without a voice. In 2017, I was selected by the Photographers without Borders to document a project in Bali, Indonesia for the Bali Animal Welfare Association where I documented the Bali dog and the effects of animal tourism. I am also a former volunteer photographer for Pawsitive Shelter Photography where was given the opportunity to photograph approximately 200 displaced dogs needing adoptive homes. It is such a gift when you have a talent that can be used to help change a life. I am always open to utilize my talents to give back to those who do not have a voice.

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