Kirsten has been a professional photographer for the last 15 years, beginning as an editorial contributor for several local magazines when living in Richmond, Va, however her artistic interests centered around painting, drawing, ceramics and performing arts for the first 21 years of her life. It was her move to the Outer Banks in 2004 that built the foundation for a career in documentary family photography. Kirsten decided to only offer documentary family beach portraits, something completely foreign to the North Carolina island and it’s vacationers but it did not take long before her work was the most sought after photography on the beach. By 2012 she was booking 90+ families a year in just a 3 month season. The progression into Day in the Life sessions was a gradual and natural one, now her concentration in the field. Between international speaking opportunities in countries like Canada, Spain, Brazil, world wide teaching experience including students in Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Italy, The Netherland, Mexico and Dubai and annual US conference support with Fearless Photographers, Mystic and WPPI, Kirsten has had the opportunity to inspire family photographers everywhere to document real life and redefine the concept of the family photograph.
“The more present you are, the more invisible your camera becomes. The quicker we can gain the trust of our subjects the sooner we can start making pictures that matter.”