Hi, I’m Kristen! I am a Naperville photographer who loves taking photos of families and newborns!
Thank you for visiting my site! Here is a little Q&A list for you to get to know me better!
What kind of camera and lens do I use most?
I use Nikon Z6 II and it’s the best! (Amazon Affiliate Link: https://amzn.to/3pqdojG)
How did I get into photography?
I took a photography class in college for fun and that’s when I started taking photos. People asked me to take photos and started paying me and I realized this passion can turn into a job. I had no clue what I was doing, but simply enjoyed taking pictures because people thought I was good enough. Then, I realized I didn’t want to be just good enough, but a photographer who understands the camera, people, and myself. As I evaluated my photography, I discovered what I love/who I love/where I love. The answer was just right through the lens: PEOPLE.
Why do I love photography so much?
I am not sure if you have seen Asian tourists taking pictures everywhere while they travel. Yep. That’s me. I am originally from Tokyo, but moved to Utah when I was in high school. I’ve always loved photography, but never thought I would be a photographer until I bought my Nikon D80. I can’t stop taking pictures! (especially on my iPhone. I have too many random photos). I also take too many pictures of our food that my family starts eating dinner without me quite often.
How did I get into photography?
I’ve taken some photography classes, but graduated with a communications degree with (PR emphasis) at Brigham Young University (this major has helped me so much to become who I am today!). I am equally as passionate as those who have graduated from the photography major. I have a camera and want to take unforgettable pictures. I think that’s why I love photography: capturing memories.
What kind of a photographer am I?
I started out taking pictures of people just because I had a camera that is a little nicer than anyone else’s, but honestly, I had no clue what I was doing, but simply taking pictures because people thought I was good enough. Then, I realized I didn’t want to be just good enough, but a photographer who understands the camera, people, and myself as a photographer. As I evaluated my photography, I discovered what I love/who I love/where I love. The answer was just right through the lens: PEOPLE. I love talking to you and getting to know your stories. Have you ever met a girl who wants to hear every little detail about where you grew up, why you ended up being where you are, what you do every day, where you met your husband, how you got engaged…etc. Yep. That’s definitely me. I believe that asking questions and getting know people help me take better pictures of you because those pictures become you. I love smiles, people, relationships, nature, and happiness. Oh, true beauty and joy! When I capture that, I feel so good! That’s the kind of a girl/photographer I am. I am just an ordinary girl who is trying to capture your beauty and smile through the lens 🙂 I hope that we enjoy our journey together through our session.
What do I love to do every day besides photography?
Today, I am working part-time, taking care of the house, doing a local internship (using a camera and writing! Yay!), and enjoying my life with my sweet husband. I started baking more after I got married. (Those of you who know me, I don’t really bake. I cook!) I am truly grateful for my life surrounded by so many wonderful people who have inspired me tremendously. I hope that my pictures can inspire people the same way 🙂
I am currently based in Chicago, but I have ties to Utah and Tokyo, too!
I hope that I get to know you soon!
Keep Smiling! 🙂