Hi! I am Kristal, a Portland based photographer, passionate about capturing people in their most comfortable expressions with beautiful lighting and flattering poses. Being in front of a camera can be uncomfortable which is why helping my clients feel at ease is most important. When trusted to capture your special family memories and business presentations I use advanced skills, equipment and retouching effects. The artistic process involves creative direction, a trained eye for details and collaboration with my clients.
I completed my B.A. at U.C. Santa Cruz in Fine Art Photography and Anthropology. With over 15 years taking pictures and 10 years as a professional portrait photographer, it has been a joy to perfect my craft while telling people’s stories and share personal moments.
In 2018, I designed a photography studio called Studio Northwest. Studio NW offers an affordable rental space to Portland photographers and videographers in need of a fully equipped production space. During the past 6 years, the space became one of Portland's preferred rental studios, serving a growing community of creatives. In February 2023, I sold this second business and passed along to new ownership.
The Pacific Northwest is a special place to live and work. My husband and I enjoy the beautiful forests, rivers and expansive views.
Kristal came to our office to take headshots for our website. She did a fantastic job from start to finish. On the communications front, Kristal was always very responsive and arrangements were easy to organize. During the shoot she made everyone feel at ease and provided great direction. Post-shoot she turned the photos around quickly and did a beautiful job on touch-ups. I would definitely recommend Kristal and would use her services again. ~ I.K
"Kristal is an amazing photographer. She is professional and truly has an eye for beauty. She is also delightful to work with. I was a bit nervous about having my head shots done but she has such an incredible presence and ease; she makes it light and fun and has excellent timing to find the best shot. I love all of her work and I will be calling her again soon for my family photos, which I intend to do in a natural setting since she is incredibly skilled at capturing light in the most magical way." - C.C
"Kristal merges the worlds of professionalism and fine art photography. She recently came to our clinic to do headshots of our providers in addition to capturing our clinics latest makeover. She arrived early and set up quickly without creating any stir in the office. She maintained a positive, comforting environment, and provided the direction necessary to assure good lighting and high quality shots. Everyone was happy working with her, and we felt that she captured the most appealing aspects of our doctors and clinic space." - A. S
"Kristal takes beautiful photographs, that is clear. I run a design + build company and she does our before and afters for our website. What I love most about working with her is her professional integrity, her creative confidence, and definitely her happy and bright presence. Not to mention our clients and sub contractors always love having her onsite!"
Hartwood Construction + Design
Kristal's photography is stunning! Her eye and attention to detail shows up in her consistently amazing work. I have worked with Kristal on a variety of projects and on each one she has done a stellar job. Kristal also occasionally works as a photographer for my company Pdx Photo Lounge and I have had countless clients tell me how great she was, not only at taking pictures but at making everyone in the room feel great!
- Shanti Martin