1988. I’m standing in a dark room, lit by a red hue. Eleven, freckles, bangs and swatch-watch. It’s the final stage of the developing process. I’m doubtful. It’s my first time and I’m certain I’m the kid who’s done it wrong. I’m looking at blank paper in a liquid solution and all common sense tells me this is not how you make a photograph. But then in some kind of black magic, my little sisters squinty scrunched up toddler face fills my first 8×10. I was hooked.

It’s important to me that I don’t just get the great family shots, but that I get real family shots. That’s what I seek. Real life portraits. They happen in between the organized ones. I get to see how a family relates, father to mother, mother to child, child to child, and capture those details that epitomize them.

I recently found that first 8×10 in a box at my mothers house. My little sister, now my adult sister. I couldn’t articulate it at the time but it wasn’t just the process that cast its spell on me. It was the magic the photo held. Squinting, nose scrunched pushing up her toddler cheeks; the epitome of my obsession with her, preserved in film. Forever.

The foundation was laid by the woman who named me when she put a ‘J’ in my name. Sending me on an eternal quest to seek out that something that seems out of place but is exactly where it should be. The unfamiliar amongst the familiar, the perfect imperfection. The idiosyncrasy that epitomizes that person, couple, family, moment. It’s in my DNA, it’s in my name. Kjrsten.

Testimonials

Ben + Jess

We cannot recommend Kjrsten highly enough. She was a delight to work with and we were thrilled with the end results.
On the day, Kjrsten was a really calming presence, and judging by the positive comments from our guests, people felt really relaxed with her. She did a fantastic job at coordinating the shots we wanted and capturing the spontaneous moments, without disrupting the flow of the day.
When choosing a photographer we were initially drawn to the quality of her work, which has a timeless and natural feel. The final photos didn’t disappoint! Kjrsten had managed to beautifully capture moments from every stage of the day, little details which might otherwise have been forgotten, and of course the traditional group portraits. Both Jess and I are quite camera-shy, however we didn’t want to miss the opportunity for professional shots of us as a couple. Kjrsten did a great job at working with us to achieve these shots, which were natural, flattering and did not feel cheesy or too contrived.
Overall her service and photography thoroughly exceeded our expectations, and we’re lucky to have such a stunning memento of the day.

Ben + Jess

Testimonial 2

When we were looking for a photographer we knew we wanted someone that felt like part of our family or close friend because our wedding was going to be so small and intimate. And we also knew we didn't want the mainstream wedding photographer, we wanted something different and beautiful.
Kjrsten was everything we had wished for.
She arrived to Jamaica with just her camera equipment because the airline had lost her luggage, and regardless of not having any of her personal belongings she was excited to be there and made us the priority (not her luggage!)
Kjrsten didn't only shoot our wedding day, but she accompanied through three days of wedding festivities. She captured all the laughter and memories and the end result was the story of our love in beautiful images that we will forever cherish.

Chris + Gardenia

Testimonial 3

The photographs that Kjrsten has taken of our family are truly special. Timeless pieces that we treasure and love having framed around our home. Kjrsten has captured the essence of our family, our love and the imperfection of our life authentically and beautifully!

Trina + Francis

Testimonial 4

Kjrsten is raw talent, and the warmest of people. She sensitively fits seamlessly into the fabric of your event and family, capturing everything you love and everything you didnt know you loved about them. She is incredibly empathic, which gives her a strong sense of intuition when it comes to people and photograghing them.

Lizzy + Anthony

Testimonial 5

Our Wedding diet was Taco Bell and Dr Pepper and Kjrsten still made us feel and look like superstars. By the end of the wedding we basically felt like she was a part of our wedding party. 5 years later, if we redid our wedding we would do a lot of things differently, but one thing we would never change is having Kjrsten as our Photographer.

Barret + Maggie