about Kristen

KRISTEN RENEE HAS BEEN PHOTOGRAPHING WEDDINGS AND PORTRAITS IN NEW YORK'S CAPITAL DISTRICT SINCE 2011. SHE IS KNOWN FOR HER NATURAL AND CLEAN IMAGERY AND HER UNOBTRUSIVE STYLE. ALLOW KRISTEN TO HELP YOU PRESERVE YOUR LEGACY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS THROUGH THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY.

I dream about photography. Literally. (I have the dream journal to prove it…)

My two earliest memories of photography are still clear in my mind and both include my father: the first, when he used a telephoto lens to capture the image of a deer in the field behind our house, and I couldn’t believe how close it looked in the picture, almost like I could touch it; the second, watching The Parent Trap (1961) and asking my dad, “How did they do that?” {How did they make it look like there was two of the same person?} His answer… “camera magic.” From that moment on I was instantly obsessed with the idea that cameras were magic.

I still believe that today. When I click the shutter down and capture a child’s expression, I believe that a little magic has happened – I have stopped time! That moment has been saved forever. And with the exceptions of my family, my dog, and yoga, few things in life give me more joy than sharing a little bit of magic with those around me.

This is what I strive to do in all of my photo sessions with clients. Whether you need a professional head shot, portraits of your child, special moments from your wedding day to be captured, or just want a whimsical portrait of your dog, I am more than happy to share a little camera magic with you!

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Kristen Renee Photography, founded in 2011, serves Albany and the surrounding Capital District of New York, including the Adirondacks and Hudson Valley. She has an easy-going, photojournalistic documentary style and creates natural images of her clients that capture the true spirit and emotion of their wedding day. Kristen is a fully licensed and insured business owner.

My Philosophy + Beliefs About Photography
1. I believe it is important to remain unobtrusive on a wedding day whenever possible. The day isn't about me; it's about you!
2. I believe that parents should be included in at least one portrait with their children during every "kids" session. It's important to be visible. When your children look back at photos from their childhood, they will want to see their parents present in those special moments, too!
3. I feel that children should not be made to smile in every portrait if they do not want to smile.
4. I believe that photographs should be tangible and it is important to have printed copies of them, for posterity. I help all my clients to preserve their legacies for future generations by providing them with proof of their images. #preserveyourlegacy
5. I truly believe that every human being is beautiful.

Five Facts About Me
1. I am the only female in my house - one husband, one son, one male dog.
2. I took my first photograph when I was three years old and my first camera was a Where's Waldo 110 film camera that I got from a Scholastic book order in elementary school.
3. I am a geek and a gamer. I love sci-fi and fantasy. I have too many fandoms to list, but my absolute favorites are Mass Effect, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Marvel.
4. I taught myself to knit by watching videos on YouTube.
5. I was a public school English teacher (mostly middle school) for 10 years.