Hi there! Thanks so much for wanting to know a little more about me. My name is Marla (Salerno) Austin. I am a Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister and Entrepreneur.
I picked up my first camera (I think) when I was about 13, but wasn't really serious about it (I may have just taken a few images and then literally put it back down). I used to buy the disposable cameras and would procrastinate so long getting them developed that I forgot what was on them (please tell me I am not the only one that did that). In high school, I took a photography class and was so excited to be in the dark room developing the film. There is something magical watching the image come alive in the chemicals.
Life went a few different ways and I didn't actually pick up another camera until the birth of my son (which I can tell you, I kept the developers in business with the amount of film I developed on a weekly basis). This was really where my love of portraits came in. Cameras were not yet fully digital. Then life's rollercoaster happened again....and the next time I picked up a camera was to put my love of photographing people and my experience & love of beauty and fashion, together into a business!
I could absolutely not be where I am today without the love of my family, the support of my husband and son, and the Lord. I am forever humble and grateful for the blessings I have in my life, the new friends that I get to meet through my gift, and the journey that I am on.
LAUREN - Social Media Director
Lauren was the first Santa Lucia Queen that we photographed. You can see her in some of our Senior photographs as well. She is currently attending college where she is studying to become a teacher. Although our Social Media Director position is more behind the scenes, you may see her beautiful face from time to time on our Inststories and Snapchat!