Kristina is a portrait photographer, photojournalist, and native of Chicago, now living in the PNW. She is available for short and long-term assignments in the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central and South America. Current passport with TSA Pre✓ Global Entry Membership.*
Seeking to understand and document human resilience and levity, regardless of circumstance, are what motivates her personally and creatively. Kristina shoots honest and uplifting portraits and narratives for publications, non-profits, and brands. A foundation in visual communication and her journalistic perspective have fused into a colorful and polished, yet warm and relatable style.
Her work has been featured by APM Reports, CNN, EatingWell, Financial Times, Glamour UK, Inc. Magazine, New York Times Magazine, NPR, Smithsonian, Wall Street Journal, Wine Spectator, and more.
Kristina studied art history and visual communication at Northern Illinois University. She earned early recognition from design faculty, and was recruited for a position with the NIU print publications design team. As a senior, she was selected to represent the department at a national design conference. She received a B.F.A., and within three years, she was working as a freelance creative director with agencies and brands to design marketing campaigns, catalogs, and other print collateral. She later rebranded and redesigned two women's lifestyle magazines, for which she edited and produced photography features. This is where her passion for photography was ignited.
Kristina had cultivated interests in cinematography, poetry, and Jungian psychology through the years, but began to concentrate on her love of photography. Her next move was a long solo trip through Denmark, Germany, Czech Republic, and Finland. Soon after, and from that body of work, she was hired as a freelancer for several Chicago area newspapers. She relocated to Nashville, where she was based for 17 years.
Kristina specializes in editorial portraiture, reportage, and documentary photography, with supplemental film work (interviews, b-roll, etc.). She also directs and produces branded documentary, documentary, journalism, corporate and non-profit film projects.
Kristina is fully vaccinated (Pfizer) as of April 2021. The safety and well being of everyone working with Kristina — subjects, clients, crew, and vendors — are the number one priority. Safety and travel protocols will match the latest guidelines from the CDC, EU, and all related state and local governments in the US and abroad.