why we care so much!
You know that feeling you get when you look at an old family photograph? That sweet nostalgia feeling as you are taken back in time to that moment in the photograph, either of your family or distant family members? Yeah, that's why we do what we do. It's why we are passionate about creating beautiful and meaningful portrait art.
Someday you will flip through your baby's album with them when they go off to school for the first time, when they graduate high school and when they have their own babies. And you'll remember...that sweet time you held your brand new baby and the hours you spent gazing adoringly into their eyes and wondering where their lives would take them. It's more than words can express, something that only a split second in time preserved forever can do.
Later you walk down your halls, covered in portraits of precious times in life, each one tells a different story and yet is so compelling you can remember exactly what was happening as the shutter clicked away, and your heart flutters with joy. Prominently displayed in the living room is your family for all to see what matters the most, larger than life love and dreams, pulling at your heart and warming it each time you see it. It is preserved forever through the roller coaster of life, all the highs and lows that make this life worth celebrating and living!
Meet our team
Kristi has been a portrait photographer for over half of her life.
"My love of photography started when I was 12 and my dad showed me how to use my first camera. My parents both are the reasons I have become the portrait photographer I am today. My dad was always the one documenting our family's life story through the years and I get that love of photography from him. My mom is a kindergarten teacher so she taught me how to be silly with kids and be comfortable with babies.
They bought me my first camera at 16 when I went to live as an exchange student for a semester in New Zealand. It is such a beautiful country! I really enjoyed photographing everything during my experience living there, but there is one photo that defined my journey as a portrait photographer. I took a photo of the family I stayed on their porch. Later, I printed it and they hung it in their house. I will always remember the dad telling me that families typically don't smile for their portraits in NZ, but I had made them crack up and really brought out their personalities in the photo. It is a memory that will never be forgotten and what made me know that I wanted to be a portrait photographer for the rest of my life...and the rest is history!"
Kristi holds a B.A. in Photojournalism and minor in Fine Art Photography. She is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) with the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).
Jay and Kristi have been married for 14 years, have 3 fur babies and 14 nieces and nephews (yes, really!).
Jay's story is an interesting one as he is a cancer survivor.
"When I was a teenager, I injured my shoulder horsing around in the pool with some friends. When it didn't get better, a chiropractor did an x-ray on my shoulder and discovered the bone in my shoulder was eroded by a tumor. I had the tumor removed when I was 16 but it came back 2 more times - the third time it came back, it was cancer.
The morning of the surgery, my doctor came in the room and said he had been up all night researching. We were a little concerned at the "up all night" until he explained he wanted to use a cadaver bone instead of the steel rod that he originally planned. It would change from giving me 10% to 90% use of my arm. He changed my life and I have been cancer free ever since. "
Jay holds a B.S. in Nuclear Medicine Technology. He started Rocky Mountain Worm Company with his dad in 2010 and today he is Kristi's studio partner.