Hello! Welcome! So you want to learn more about me? First, my name is Krista Stone. I was born in Portland, Oregon and raised in a small town called Brightwood. If you can imagine a tall, snowy, breathtaking mountain with tall hills surrounding it, evergreen trees taller than a three-story building, and roaring rivers, then you are imagining my hometown. It was the perfect place to grow up. When I was 13, my family ended up having to move into the city and life changed. Since then, I have traveled all over the world and lived in various states and countries because of the military. It was an experience I would never want to change. I have learned so much from those once-in-a-lifetime adventures. I’ve learned patience, humor, humanity, strength I never knew I had, and compassion. Family is what I value most. My family is my strength, joy, happiness, (frustrating at times) and my most valued treasure. My husband and I have four kids together. I’m kind of a momma bear….. ok, not kind of, I am a momma bear! Since my eldest was born, my life changed. It was no longer about me, but my children. My life is so much better than I could have ever imagined! Our daughter who is our oldest is 16, then our oldest son is 13, our son after him is 10, then our youngest is 2 years old. You read that right, three boys. Life is grand! I moved back to Oregon in 2011 and have been here ever since. Best decision ever; looking forward to my continuing story…..
So why do I do it? Why do photography when everyone with a phone is now a photographer? To be honest, it began with my daughter. I had a little point and shoot film camera. Digital cameras back then were untouchable by the public. They were very costly. I took some photos of my baby girl and people started noticing. I didn’t believe them when they said how I should start taking photos for a job. I said, “My daughter is just that photogenic”. And she was and still is! She’s beautiful. Then, one person said something to me and it stayed with me ever since. “Krista, you have an eye for photography.”
I started looking at my photos again from a different perspective. These were not just a mom taking photos of her beloved baby. I started to believe it. Then someone handed me a digital camera. I couldn’t put it down after that. I started my photography with a Fuji FinePix S7000 point and shoot camera. I didn’t understand equipment or what was needed to do it professionally at the time; I just wanted to take photos. I started with sports for the base soccer teams in England where we were stationed. Then portraits. I even got noticed by the base commander who hired me to take his family portraits. Talk about pressure! They turned out fantastic and his son (who did not want his photos taken) ended up loving them because I was able to remove some of his acne, but leaving some so he still looked like him.
I was then published twice by the International Library of Photographers. I was showcased in Las Vegas, NV, received a beautiful crystal award, and a copy of the book where one of my photos was published in. I was elated and I remember my mother ordering a copy of that book so she could share it with her friends. I then had my oldest son and the photos kept coming.
I then was hired to do a wedding. I was so scared that I would mess it up. I knew how important photos were for the bride, groom, and everyone involved. These were their memories. You only get one shot to capture them with no redo’s. I nailed it. They were so happy and I became friends with them, especially the mother of the bride. I was hooked. I wanted to do another one, so I upgraded my camera to a Canon DSLR and started being part of these wonderful weddings. Capturing their memories to last a lifetime. I even started hiring second photographers to work with me, and learning so much from them as well.
I found my dream, my happy place. I am completely addicted and enjoy being apart of the bride and grooms special day! I even have to hold back tears when they say their vows, first dance, and so much more. Its so special.
I absolutely adore family portraits, quinceanera, maternity, senior portraits, children, pets, nature, oh my! I see a photo everywhere I look. A memory. A moment. The sun through clouds, a child peeking through a jungle gym, a mother who cradles her unborn child, a dog playing in the river. It’s absolutely amazing.
These reasons and more, is why I do what I do. I hope it shows in my photos how much I love photography and that I truly care about my clients whom I hope turn into friends.