My sessions are designed around capturing who you already are; we aren't aiming for perfection here. I want the real deal. And you can think of me as your tour guide, psychologist, hype woman with a camera. "BUT HOW, CHRISTIE?!"
is one where you will never ever say "we're awkward in front of a camera" ever again.
Trust me. I gotchu.
I'm so glad you asked!
Truth be told, I'm MUCH better at celebrating your story than my own, but since you've stumbled onto my page, I'll give it a try! (Sorry in advance for the amount of exclamation points that I use- it's an incurable illness...)
Anywayyyysss, I am a photographer living in and serving PA (and beyond) and there's nothing that gets me more excited than connecting with the people around me, and figuring out how to best represent their stories. My life has revolved around story-telling for as long as I can remember - as an actor, then a nonprofit founder, a teacher, and finally now as an artist. In my work I strive to dismantle a culture of transactions and replace it with a culture of generosity and authenticity. (For those that hate the fluffy language-- this biz is all about relationships for me. We'll likely become best friends and share tacos at some point. We'll feel comfortable in each others space. After all, after your partner, I'm the one you'll be spending the most time with on the big day)!
Besides being in your personal space, I love being in hammocks in the woods, icecream shops, bookstores (reading chapters about faith, entrepreneurship, education, or all the above), and live concert venues. And while I love each of these places whole heartedly, as well as jet-setting around the world, I believe adventures can only truly be measured by the lessons learned along the way and the people beside you.
The notorious fanny pack
I can promise that I’ll make you feel like you’re on your first date again. I’ll create a sentimental experience for you both that will put you in a moment where you can’t help but appreciate how far you’ve come together.
It’ll also probably make you want to immediately get home so you can jump each other’s bones. And the photos you receive back will make you feel these things all over again.
1. I get to know you. I understand how you work separately and together. I learn your love languages, how you like to be held, what makes you laugh. I study what truly makes you, you.
2. Your session is all about connection. I give you prompts and games that help you loosen up, allowing you to enjoy each moment with your partner, and not even think about getting your photo taken.
3. I manage your time and any outside factors; I make sure you can stay focused on each other rather than the schedule, the weather, or anything else that could detract from the moment.
If I could pick one food to keep me alive for the rest of my life (and it pretty much does because I can't cook) it would be Chipotle. Chipotle is my love language... Along with words of affirmation and acts of service...and gifts...
I started a nonprofit when I was 19 that I still run called 2 Seconds Or Less. Our mission is primarily to bring opportunities in education, agriculture, and entrepreneurship to vulnerable communities in Zimbabwe. Secondarily, its to build more responsible and thoughtful student leaders in America in regards to faith based mission work.
I’m highly engaged in rooting for the underdog in all of life’s circumstances. I don’t stand for inequality, and much of my time is spent trying to understand power dynamics that marginalize oppressed people groups and then figuring out my part to help dismantle those structures.
I can solve a Rubik's Cube in under a minute. I also probably hold the record for the most money spent this year at my local icecream shop...but I'm too afraid to get on my bank account to confirm that.
I studied theatre in college and used to enjoy being the center of attention, but in the past 10 years I've definitely become an introvert who needs her alone time. That's me! Introverted INFP, Enneagram 3- UNLESS karaoke comes on. I'm always down for a good karaoke party, and that's the only time you'll willingly see me perform in front of people. (Although if you tip me, I'll also do "the worm" at your wedding.
I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie. I've gone skydiving, hang gliding, white water rafting, parasailing...the list goes on! But action isn't the only thing that gets my heart pumping...show me any cute otter video (or really anything that has to do with otters), and I immediately get emotional. I JUST LOVE THOSE DANG LIL' CREATURES SO MUCH.