Entering only her fourth year in business, Kristen has taken the wedding industry by storm. She was named as a Grace Ormonde Platinum Photographer and one of the World’s Best Wedding Photographers from Junebug Weddings. She has been published in wedding and fashion magazines around the world.
Kristen has an approach to life that is honest, genuine & unbelievably energetic. This attitude has transcended to the beautiful images she creates. With an eye for beauty and a heart for philanthropy, Kristen has worked during the course of her career in photography to give back to the community. With a background in advertising and marketing, she actively trains and supports other photographers in growing their business. From Kristen’s outstanding abilities behind the camera, right through to her understanding of the power of social media marketing, Kristen is one photographer you do not want to miss.
Do you edit mostly in Photoshop or Lightroom?
Why do you think honest critique on your images is important?
Honesty is often a forgotten value of truthfulness. An honest critique can benefit a person’s knowledge about their own images and ways they can grow in their business.
What camera do you use? Favorite lens?
D800 and D700, 85mm
What has been the most helpful critique you ever got on an image?
Someone once told me I should pay close attention to watching where shadows fall on the subject’s face. This helped me a lot with my use of natural lighting in my photography.
What 3 words would you use to describe your style?
Clean, Luxury, Personal
Where do you pull your inspiration from?
My inspiration comes from many places, but I tend to LOVE editorial magazines! Although I work primarily in the wedding industry, fashion photography has helped me grow as a wedding photographer and capture stunning photos of exotic locations and gowns!
What is one specific way that you balance work and family?
Working out of my home has really helped balance my work and family! However, it is also important to know when to turn off your business mode and spend quality time with your loved ones.
Best biz/photo advice?
Learn when to say no! It is completely acceptable to know when a client is not your type. As your client interviews you, don’t be afraid to interview them as well. After all, you will both be working together and want what is best for the client!
What have you learned the hard way?
In my beginning stages of my business, I found myself accepting clients that were not true to my style of photography in which I instantly regretted. Be honest with your clients and stay true to your business! If you don’t believe a particular client is your type or will benefit your business then give them the opportunity to hire a photographer that better suits their style.
How does your business deal with the rise in photographers. What have you done to standout and compete?
Spending extra time and money on my clients is something I feel is important to my business. I love to send my clients welcome packages, anniversary cards, and little gifts to remind them how special they are to me and my success as their photographer.
Where have most of your 2014 clients come from (besides WOM)?
Most of my clients come from previous client referrals and social media. Facebook is a great opportunity to network and meet all different types of groups!
What is your most popular product?
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