About Us.

  We are a creative company dedicated to making your vision a reality. Together, we strive to embrace your dreams and turn them into realities.

About Us.

  We are a creative company dedicated to making your vision a reality. Together, we strive to embrace your dreams and turn them into realities.

Where the love
of horses started…

Growing up, horses were always my passion. I was raised on a horse farm in Canal Winchester, Ohio and started riding before I could even walk. In 1993, I began showing on the American Quarter Horse Association circuit with my palomino, Seven S Cagney. Through many successes, and even more failures, my passion and love for showing grew. Fast forward 10 years and that is when the story really came together. It was at the Florida Gold Coast in 2002 when I test rode a very exotic, very young thoroughbred named A Certified Edition, aka “Winston.” I remember during the entire ride I just couldn’t quit smiling.

Where the love
of horses started…

Growing up, horses were always my passion. I was raised on a horse farm in Canal Winchester, Ohio and started riding before I could even walk. In 1993, I began showing on the American Quarter Horse Association circuit with my palomino, Seven S Cagney. Through many successes, and even more failures, my passion and love for showing grew. Fast forward 10 years and that is when the story really came together. It was at the Florida Gold Coast in 2002 when I test rode a very exotic, very young thoroughbred named A Certified Edition, aka “Winston.” I remember during the entire ride I just couldn’t quit smiling.

 

After a year that included many ‘learning opportunities’ on just how to ride and show a 17.2 hand hot-blooded thoroughbred, Winston and I won our first AQHA World Championship together. Before I knew it, history just happened. During our career we won eight AQHA World Championships, four AQHA Reserve World Championships, over 20 Congress Championships and Reserves, as well as over 17 NSBA High Point Awards. In 2008, Winston and I became the All Time Leading AQHA Point Earners in Amateur Hunter Under Saddle (a title we still currently hold). One of my proudest memories was looking back and realizing that we had been World or Reserve World Champions in Amateur Hunter Under Saddle for eight years in a row.

After a year off, and almost certain retirement following an EPM diagnosis, Winston and I came back to show at the Congress one final time in 2010. We walked away with 3 Congress Championships in the only three classes we showed. It was the perfect end to a perfect career together.

I always told people that Winnie and I were like peanut butter and jelly. Both are good separately, but they are just so much better when they are together. After many successful years, Winston is happily enjoying retirement and being spoiled by my kids. What can I say, a love for Winston runs in the family.

How C.I. came to be…

I began my college career as a student of Equine Studies at Wilmington College in 2002. After feeling unchallenged for a year, I decided to change my major to Communication Arts. I first picked up a camera as a requirement for one of my classes. As it turned out, being behind the camera came naturally to me. I ended up taking several photography and design classes as part of my major.

After graduation, I went to work for a photography studio to broaden and improve my knowledge of the craft. There, I helped design sets and take photos. I also took the lead on all the graphic design aspects of the studio. In 2006 I stepped out on my own and created Certified Images (which was obviously named after my favorite four-legged friend!).

In 2015, Kayla McConnell joined the CI team. After graduating from Cedarville University with a degree in Industrial Design, she is now a full time. Her primary focus is on the branding and website development aspects of the business. Her clean and simple design style blends perfectly with everything that makes CI, well, CI.

Together, Kayla and I, strive to embrace our clients’ dreams and turn them into realities. We have been extremely blessed with amazing clients and awesome projects. We hope we will get the chance to create something for you!

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– Kristin


The Team

Kristin Martin

Owner, Advertising & Photography

Kayla McConnell

Website Designer & Developer

Whether you are advertising for the first time or want to develop an entire campaign, we design custom ads, websites, logos and more to fit your style and catch the attention of your audience.

Contact Us

Kristin Martin
Advertising & Photography
614.323.3384
kristin@certifiedimages.com

Kayla McConnell
Websites & Branding
440.645.7947
kayla@certifiedimages.com

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