Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina McFaul.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born in Los Angeles and grew up as a free-range child, barefoot, bronze and curious, exploring my backyard of three magical miles on Malibou Lake in the Santa Monica Mountains. What I loved most was the freedom and connection to nature. The ability to enjoy the quiet or not so quiet sounds of the lake – bullfrogs at dusk, the swallows that return in early spring and build nests under the bridge, and the red-winged blackbirds’ beautiful song. My respect for the planet and all living things stems from these roots. Nature is one of my greatest joys and a powerful through-line in my photography.
I learned the most about connecting with nature from my father, who passed from cancer when I was 18. It was one of the most definitive moments of my life. Unpacking photos of him to share with my brother and sister, I was profoundly struck by the importance of an image. I found so much comfort from seeing him in photos, even though he was gone. Though much of his story was not documented, I treasure the photographs and stories that live on to this day, and I love providing this deep connection and reflection for families.
The loss of my father at such a young age planted a seed that would eventually bloom into my “why.” In college, I took photography for all of my electives but saw it only as a hobby at the time. I earned a degree in Interior Design and worked in that field for about ten years before coming back to my first love, photography. A year after my son, Nicholas was born, I started my professional photography career with a portrait studio. My Little World Photography, capturing the monumental moments of families, would one day transform into my portraiture business, Christina McFaul Photography. Knowing that those children would look back at my photos and see the bond between them and their people filled my cup to overflowing! I was helping families create a legacy that would be passed down for generations to come. What a gift and honor it has been to work with all my clients and what an incredible feeling to know I am living into my why.
As I continue to grow as an artist, woman, and mother, my work is evolving to embrace divine feminine elements that connect to childbearing, motherhood, and transformation. My current passion is integrating my love and reverence for nature with the sensual female body as sacred and strong. I’m excited about where this new journey is taking my art, and me revering female sexuality and the cycles of nature. I love embracing photography as an alchemical tool that works with light and the inner self to reflect moments in the ebb-and-flow of the world. Engaging with the light and darkness, symbolism from nature and magic, is an ethereal dance with powerful creatives, creators, and healers of all modalities. Motherhood cracks open a woman’s heart, and I love more than anything to be the mirror that reflects her beauty back to her in her greatest moment of transformation.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
A path with no obstacles most likely doesn’t lead anywhere worthwhile. Being a business owner and trying to do it all by myself left me frustrated, overwhelmed and lonely. There are so many parts of running a business and it can be especially daunting for creatives. The recent realization that I don’t have to do it all alone has been utterly life-changing and life-affirming. The synergy of people working together for a common purpose is exponentially greater than what I could have ever done alone. I am blessed to have a tribe of people to collaborate with since moving back to Southern California from Chicago and rebranding my photography business. Southern California has no shortage of brilliant, creative, and down to earth locals. I recently met and started working with a group of ladies on branding, and the process suddenly went from stressful to fun and then deeply transforming! I realized my purpose, to help creatives of all kinds portray the essence of who they are and empower what they have to offer with the world. I am opening to a new chapter of working with non-traditional creatives, including dancers, yoga instructors, healers, and other artists. As I continue to create a space of collaboration with my clients and for my business, the world becomes bigger with more possibilities.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Christina McFaul Photography story. Tell us more about it.
My deepest interest, at this moment, is working with sacred inner strength, and helping teachers and creatives brand their businesses. I love supporting clients in transforming their vision into images and empowering them to grow financially through their own authentic expression. It’s such a joy to release one’s vision and art into the world and to get a message out through the powerful medium of images. I especially love empowering women to own their sexuality and sensuality in a beautiful way.
Whether I’m helping a new business owner tell their story, capturing a newborn and the first bonds made between family, or the first steps as a toddler discovers the ocean, this special image becomes part of a person’s unique story. Yoga teacher training led me to the network of amazing Yoga instructors in our community. It inspired me to help them brand their businesses, to tell my clients’ stories and their business vision through the language of images.
My photo sessions are either in my studio or on location. My favorite time of day is the golden hour before the sunset, and if you stick around twilight on the beach is pretty magical. A quiet beauty falls over the world at the end of the day.
Any shout outs? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
As I stated above, nobody gets far on their own; I have had many teachers, mentors, friends and my family that have supported and encouraged me on this journey. Especially, my husband who has always been my biggest fan. I can’t tell you how many times I have felt I couldn’t be a good mother and a business owner. Every time I wanted to quit he encouraged me to keep going and reaffirmed that I could have it all. So grateful for his support.
One of my greatest inspirations in photography is Joyce Tenneson. Her images leave a permanent mark in your heart. They are ethereal, spiritual and speak straight to your soul. She is an incredibly nurturing, inspiring and generous teacher. Last summer, I spent a week with her in a workshop at Maine Media where she invited our group to her home and offered the use of her gardens for self-portraits. We all have ideas, visions, and dreams we can see so clearly, but it sometimes takes a nudge from someone else who believes in you to act. On more than one occasion, she has been my inspiration to press on.
- Website: https://www.christinamcfaul.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cmcfaulphotography/
- Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/cmcfaulphotography/
- Other: https://www.instagram.com/christinas_reflections/
Courtney Paige Ray Photography, Image in hat, Erica Garlieb Photography, Image in greenery, Tattoo credit: Tamara Santibañez