As a professional photographer, I am passionate about the science of light and the art of visual storytelling. I love learning what lights up my client's smiles so that we can capture natural and flattering portraits. My services include professional headshots and business photography, family and maternity sessions. 


My photo sessions take place in my studio located in Northwest Portland, outdoors at local parks or in the Columbia River Gorge. My portable studio set-up make business headshots for large groups easy and convenient. 


I am an alumni of U.C. Santa Cruz, receiving my B.A. in Fine Art with a focus in photography and painting. With 9 years of experience as a freelance photographer, I bring professional knowledge, skill and expertise to all of my photo shoots. 


I am also the owner of Studio Northwest, a rental studio that provides a spacious, well-equipped workspace for photography, video production and small events.  For more info visit


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Kind Words & Testimonials  



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!"

-Kiel Kellow
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 

PDX PhotoLounge