Hello! I am so glad you stopped by today and I’d love to tell you a little bit about my background and what I offer.
I am an International Fine Art Photographer, committed to sustainable practices. Since 2009, I've photographed urban gardens and small farms in Upstate New York as a grad student in the MFA program at Rochester Institute of Technology; and abroad in Ireland through an Artist Residency with Cow House Studios; in Finland through a U.S. Student Fulbright Grant and in South Africa through a temporary residency. I've taught photography courses at universities in the Washington D.C. area, as well as in South Africa. I am currently based in Northern Virginia, with my husband Wiehan. Together, we run a blog called Mountain Road.
Through Christin Photography, I offer a variety of photography services ranging from weddings and family portraits to corporate head shots, editorial images, and product photography. When you choose Christin Photography, you can trust that you’ll receive a high quality product from a caring photographer who comes highly skilled and experienced. I’d love to hear all about your photographic goals, so feel free to contact me today!
Frequently Asked Questions
How long have you been a photographer?
Over 18 years! I’ve worn many different hats over that time, from student to university lecturer, fine artist to portrait photographer, and many more! I fell in love with photography through darkroom classes in high school. My teacher made me promise her that I’d never stop taking photos, and I intend to uphold that promise! I assisted a wedding photographer as a third shooter in my high school and college years. I photographed about a dozen weddings together with my sister-in-law, the incredible Lisa Boggs of Lisa Boggs Photography, before I went off to pursue a Master of Fine Art degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. For seven years, I concentrated on teaching and fine art work, and then circled back to weddings and portraits in 2015. Over the years, I've photographed over 50 weddings.
Why do you only offer a 6-hour wedding package?
In the past, I have offered packages based on varying lengths of time. I’ve found that the 6-hour package is my most popular, both for my clients and for myself! It’s just the right amount of time to capture the story of the day, while allowing myself maximum energy, and allowing the bride, groom and guests time to themselves, without the pressure of performing for a camera. If you are super excited about marrying your best friend, surrounded by all your favorite people, then this package is for you!
If bridal details are incredibly important for your story, I do offer the ability to purchase an extra hour of time at the beginning of the day solely for a flat lay photo that includes your invitation and any other details you’d like included.
How many weddings do you photograph each year?
I am currently limiting wedding photography bookings to 1 per month, so that I can offer each couple my full time and attention. I'm still booking for 2019.
What is a Sustainable Photographer?
I use the label Sustainable Photographer to describe my commitment to leaving the smallest footprint possible. In my personal life, I live this out through my consumer habits, by growing some of my own food, supporting local, beyond organic farmers and fair trade businesses whenever possible, as well as purchasing natural home and self-care products, and using up the resources I have on hand before making additional purchases. Composting and recycling are also part of my every day life. You can find out more about my pursuit of a healthy, balanced, sustainable lifestyle here!
Unfortunately photography equipment is not sustainably created. But I limit my footprint by only purchasing what I absolutely need, and renting out extra camera bodies and lenses when necessary through LensProtoGo. I also support the practice of giving an extended life to equipment by both selling my old equipment and purchasing used equipment through KEH.
I work with Printers and Album Makers who also practice environmental responsibility, like recycling and using fabrics and papers from renewable sources.
Do you travel?
My husband and I travel several times throughout the year within the United States. Additionally, his side of the family lives in South Africa, so we welcome photography opportunities in the Rainbow Nation. Dit sal lekker wees! But because we are sustainably minded, we encourage brides and grooms to book wedding photographers who live in the area in which the wedding will take place.