Today we’d like to introduce you to Maggie Martin.
Hi Maggie, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My name is Maggie Martin and I built Colorado Astrophotography where we provide photoshoots, experiences, date nights, and workshops to learn how to photography the night sky. I’ve been a Denver resident for 18 years now and absolutely love all that Colorado has to offer. The therapeutic beauty that Colorado has to offer and my connection with nature has been instrumental in my growth and healing as a human.
I found astrophotography as a hobby during a time in my life when I had made a complete left turn toward the direction of my values. As I walked my healing journey, I began thinking more of myself, like “maybe I can do this…” “maybe I can start a business…” “maybe I could make it doing something I absolutely love.” There were two important influences during this time. One was learning about my character strengths according to the VIA assessment which was: Appreciation of beauty, creativity, curiosity, and humor. The other was reading Michael Singer’s The Surrender Experiment, which was basically the road map for how to throw all your expectations to the wind, and ride the cosmic wave and trust the universe has my back.
The synchronicities and coincidences have been unraveling themselves ever since I committed to surrender, and the universe has by far been the best provider for everything I’ve needed to support this direction of my life. I am so grateful to have built a career with my passion and it’s my mission to share my love of photography and the stars with anyone who is interested.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The road has not always been smooth. Having a growth mindset and an acceptance of uncertainty has been paramount. Surrender has absolutely been the biggest challenge I engage with daily. Surrender to the weather and the wildfire haze, even on nights when there are big bookings.
Surrender to what I want to have happened versus what actually happens. Surrender to taking life one day at a time, and not looking too far ahead or behind. Surrender to compliance systems and bureaucracy. Surrender to the will of the universe to do what sets my soul on fire. It’s hard to follow what makes you feel good in a world full of doubts and fears and it takes a recommitment to it daily.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I specialize in astrophotography which is taking pictures of all components of the night sky- the stars, moon, milky way, planets, and constellations. I’m most proud of my artistic work of constructing lightboxes. I began printing my star photos on film and then putting them on a lighted backing so the stars actually shine through the film.
These are on display at various breweries around the Denver area and are a unique way to display fine art. I custom build the frames as well using repurposed beetle kill wood from right here in Colorado. I am set apart from other astrophotographers because many will tell you that good night pictures only happen on nights when there is no moon.
I crush this narrative, because the moon is glorious, and if you know how to operate your camera properly, there is beauty in all the phases of the moon, just like us!
Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
What I like best about our city is how inclusive it is of all interests. You could have the strangest hobby such as underwater basket weaving, and you would find a community of underwater basket weavers.
My cousin said it best when he said, “Denver isn’t a place, it’s a lifestyle.” What I like least is I-70 traffic… UGH! It’s the pits, just get me to the mountains!
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Maggie Martin and Niki Mosier