Kristina is a portrait photographer, photojournalist, and native of Chicago, who is currently in the PNW. She is available for short and long-term assignments in the US, Europe, Central and South America.*
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 recognition from faculty while a student, and was recruited for a designer position with the NIU print publications staff. She received a B.F.A. and created a successful freelance business within three years, working as a creative director with agencies and brands to design marketing campaigns, catalogs, and other print collateral. Later, she became creative director of two women's lifestyle magazines, that she helped rebrand and redesign. She developed editorial content; created, produced, and often styled fashion, beauty, and product stories.
Kristina cultivated interests in cinematography, poetry, and Jungian psychology, and ultimately gravitated to photography. To develop a body of personal documentary work, she traveled solo to Copenhagen, Berlin, Prague, and Helsinki, booking only her first night (before GPS and smartphones). Soon after, she worked as a freelancer for several Chicago area newspapers before heading south 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.).
Kristina is fully vaccinated (Pfizer) as of April 2021. The safety and well being of everyone working with Kristina — subjects, clients, and crew — 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.