Photographer Finds Ugly Places And Clicks Gorgeous Pics To Prove That Skill Is Everything

I occasionally give myself a pat on the back, when I happen to be at a nice, picturesque location and click a few ‘wallpaper’ like images! I mean, I for one, have zero skill, but it’s just nature doing all the talking.

While I am a luck-by-chance artist, Photographer Jenna Martin is a true artist.

And like any true artist, she sees beauty in the most basic places which you and I might find ‘ugly’. In her latest project, she challenged herself! Instead of searching for beautiful places to shoot, she did just the opposite. Speaking with Petapixels she said,

Saw a woman on my run today in a tiny little sports bra, super short shorts, gorgeous tan and full makeup. She may as well have been filming a running commercial. She looked STUNNING. – And all I could think was, "At least I have a dog running with me." – So…I win. ❤️🐶 – Model @rach.k.simons With @rmea_talent

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“I wanted to go somewhere ‘ugly’ by all conventional photography standards and then see what we could do with it. Lowe’s seemed like the perfect option.”

She set some ground rules for the pictures which involved that she couldn’t use artificial lighting or props and she couldn’t make any bigger changes in the back-drop. All she had was her camera. 

With her skill and editing, she created masterpieces out of ‘horrible’ locations, proving that skill is in fact, everything you need. Have a look at the pictures.

1. This is the first backdrop that she challenged herself with.

Here’s how it looked like at first.

And these are the final edited pictures that can take your breath away!

2. Location 2 had a lot of lighting which seemed to work in her favour.

Here’s how she visualised it.

And this is the flawless final result!

@rachellekathleen, in the lighting section of @loweshomeimprovement. Before & after tomorrow on @jennamartin_bts ❤️ – It was a little tough to shoot in this section of the store because it was the lighting section – so the light was coming from everywhere. 😂 But it was super fun though and these are some of my favorites ❤️❤️ . . . . . #ourmoodydays #envisiontones #folkportraits #hinfluencercollective #ig_mood #igworldclub_women #creative_portraits #gramkilla #makeportrait #marvelous_shot #photographerspics #portraitsociety #profile_vision #portraitfolk #featurecreature #theportraitpr0ject #portraitcentral #visualmasterz #faceobsessed #ourvisiondays_1 #portraitsfromtheworld #featuremefilms #bravogreatphoto #ftwwne #moodyports #observethis #portraitfestival #folksouls #capturedconcepts #moodyfilm

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3. My mind fails to see how someone can see a backdrop of a beautiful picture here.

But Jenna did…

And OH MY GAWD!

4. This location also looks pretty challenging, but not so much if you have skilled eyes around!

There are hardly any words….

The final result is simply mesmerising!

Well, the whole point was to find a crappy spot and see if we could do something with it, and these aisles were…not very pretty to say the least 😂. But @rachellekathleen in an evening gown at Lowe’s was at least going to be interesting! Hope you guys like these – before & after tomorrow on @jennamartin_bts ❤️❤️ . . . . . #ourmoodydays #envisiontones #folkportraits #hinfluencercollective #ig_mood #igworldclub_women #creative_portraits #gramkilla #makeportrait #marvelous_shot #photographerspics #portraitsociety #profile_vision #portraitfolk #featurecreature #theportraitpr0ject #portraitcentral #visualmasterz #faceobsessed #l0tsabraids #portraitsfromtheworld #featuremefilms #bravogreatphoto #ftwwne #moodyports #observethis #portraitfestival #folksouls #capturedconcepts #moodyfilm

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5. Do you see how one could use this location to good use?

…well, Jenna sees it. And she pretty much nails it!

Last photos (at least until Christmas) of our Lowe’s Shoot! Hope you guys have liked these! We have a couple more from our 20 minute World Market stop too though 😉. – Have an “ugly” spot in mind? Leave it in the comments! The uglier the better! ❤️ . . . . . #ourmoodydays #envisiontones #folkportraits #hinfluencercollective #ig_mood #igworldclub_women #creative_portraits #gramkilla #makeportrait #marvelous_shot #photographerspics #portraitsociety #profile_vision #portraitfolk #featurecreature #theportraitpr0ject #portraitcentral #visualmasterz #faceobsessed #l0tsabraids #portraitsfromtheworld #featuremefilms #bravogreatphoto #ftwwne #moodyports #observethis #portraitfestival #folksouls #capturedconcepts #moodyfilm

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6. With so much clutter, it would be impossible to focus on the subject, you would think…

But NO, you couldn’t be more wrong.

Wow this before and after looks like kind of a mess since there is so much going on 😂. I’ll post the closeups in my stories! – So there were some tags to shop out, but the real issue was all the lines. I wasn’t shooting with a fancy tilt-shift lens or anything, so it was a little warped. So I had to correct all the vertical and horizontal lines. – Otherwise I just did some correcting for the light shadows on her face and some color toning to make it seems like one planned picture. Scroll for location shot!✌🏻❤️ . . . . . #behindthescenes #beforeandafter #bna #photoshop #lightroom #photoedit #photoediting #photoedits #photoshopped #photoshopskills #colorcorrection #colorgrading #beforeandafterpic #beforeandafterphotos #beforeafter

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Isn’t this amazing?

Here are a couple shots I got with @rachellekathleen in World Market. We had about 20 minutes to play before they closed! – Since we didn’t ask permission to do any of this, we had to make sure we weren’t disruptive at all. So we didn’t have any extra lighting as we didn’t touch any of the displays. – I’ve never shot in front of a giant pillow wall before. There were a few new challenges. The lights were not flattering (hence the hat), and since we were in a big hurry I didn’t realize how many tags were sticking out…which made for quite the pain while editing later 😂. I’ll post the before and after tomorrow on @jennamartin_bts ✌🏻❤️ . . . . . #ourmoodydays #envisiontones #folkportraits #hinfluencercollective #ig_mood #igworldclub_women #creative_portraits #gramkilla #makeportrait #marvelous_shot #photographerspics #portraitsociety #profile_vision #portraitfolk #featurecreature #theportraitpr0ject #portraitcentral #visualmasterz #faceobsessed #l0tsabraids #portraitsfromtheworld #featuremefilms #bravogreatphoto #ftwwne #moodyports #observethis #portraitfestival #folksouls #capturedconcepts #moodyfilm

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Jenna, you are an effing wizard and your camera is your magic wand.

In Jenna’s words, “Next time you see an awful spot, maybe give it a chance, you never know what you might end up with.”

So go out, discover your perfect spot!