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Art & Life with Kristi Green

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristi Green.

Kristi, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Photography has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. It started when my mom gave me a hand-me-down Kodak Ektralite when I was young and I was hooked.

The idea that you can capture memories in a physical form, and re-live those memories for years has always been a source of wonder for me. The moment when photographs cause fading memories to come rushing back to life is nothing short of magic. People think I’m crazy but I can look at old photos of friends and family or even just places I’ve been for hours and never get bored.

Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to live near 3 major cities (San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles) and all of these locations have greatly inspired my love for photography in different ways. The people, the natural landscapes, and the energy of the cities provided endless subjects for photographing. And even though photography has always been a passion and hobby for me, my career in marketing and commercial real estate kept me too busy to truly pursue it as my primary livelihood. But now I’m following my passion and seeing where it takes me!

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a natural light photographer with a lifestyle-documentary aesthetic who believes that photos are moments frozen in time to enjoy over and over again. Whether it be a fashion shoot for a blog, a documentary-style instructional shoot, or a family photo session, each presents themselves with a story to tell and a moment to capture.

I’m always striving to find something unique and personal not only to the subjects but also to their target audience. I think that’s a result of my marketing background. All art is about communicating an idea to your audience, and the challenge is finding what that is and how to make it as clear as possible. And even if it’s something as simple as capturing the love between family members, I take great pride in that.

With that said, I hope that families and clients walk away from sessions with me feeling like they have had fun and preserved memories for years to come. I enjoy both structured and candid shots. There’s something special about that moment when something unexpected happens and you know you captured magic in the lens. I want shoots to feel effortless and natural because if everyone (myself included) is uncomfortable, it comes across in the images.

When people see my photography, I want them to get a sense of humanity that I try to instill in the images – to not just see a moment in the life of the people I photograph but to feel it. This one fleeting fraction of a second of their life will only happen once, and it’s my responsibility to preserve it. Life is rich and complex and beautiful and personal, and I hope that comes across when people do shoots with me and when they see their final mages.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I believe that life has become easier for artists in recent years due to the emergence of social media. Never before have artists had such an amazing opportunity to network, learn from others, and market themselves. It really is an exciting time for independent artists across all mediums. Of course, that also comes with drawbacks like market oversaturation, and the inevitability of comparing yourself to others – not just locally but the entire world. But the good thing is that as long as there are people, there are new and original stories to tell through photography, and I’m happy to be doing that.

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