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Meet Marsha Gelin of Visuals By Mars

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marsha Gelin.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a first generation, Haitian American Boston area native. Growing up my home was always colorful. From art pieces from little-known artists from Haiti to things my mother brought home from local thrift shops. I grew up loving and appreciating things that were different and wanted to share that “colorful” experience with the world through photo. My style of photography is vibrant, colorful and exploratory.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I got my first ‘expensive camera” (Nikon d40 DSLR) in college. I took photos for registered student organization events on campus and eventually started taking photos for the on-campus paper. Taking pictures was fun and had its perks, but as people wanted to pay for my photography services it became increasingly difficult. Navigating a small business, especially something you enjoy doing as a hobby is TOUGH! Many times my creative expression was stifled by the business aspect of photography and finding the balance was no walk in the park.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Visuals By Mars – what should we know?
I currently work part-time as a freelance general photographer. I specialize in “capturing the moment”. Many refer to me as the candid queen. I love working with people that aren’t afraid to smile. A photo (in my opinion, of course) is the most intimate art form. What you see (in most cases ) is what you get. I love when a client comes to me and is unsure and nervous. My greatest challenge in that moment is to create trust and capture a great shot. My photography is different from others because I focus on relationships, people of color ( primarily woman) and how they view themselves in the world.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
As a being created in God’s image I find the utmost delight in creating art through photography. I am so blessed to have friends/family that don’t mind me bothering them for last minute, impromptu shoots. I credit my late grandmother who passed away at 95 years of age. She loved my artwork and was always enthusiastic about seeing my latest photos.

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Image Credit:
JJ, Magna, Jessica, Karin

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