Pure art in photography form, the work of Kristy Lumsden is something you won't soon forget. There is a raw, striking beauty about it and her talent for capturing the emotions and nuances of a wedding day is unmatched. Influenced by photojournalism, Kristy's style is what she likes to call illustrative – a unique mix of documentary and traditional photography. While her images tend to be on the moody, dark, and edgy side, there is no lack of romance, feelings, or natural reactions. On the contrary, Kristy's goal is to make you feel as comfortable as you possibly can be so that all that her camera captures is organic, individual, and truthful. Her laid back personality and a propensity for sweet silliness is what makes her connection with her clients so special – and what will make your experience working with her such a fun one. Because when you totally forget that you're being photographed, that's when the realness comes out. And that's when the money shots happen. If you're adventurous, a little off-beat, or just want gorgeously dramatic wedding photos, you've come to the right place.
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Tell me a little bit about your business!
I'm a small, woman-owned and run business that started back in 2008. I started by offering portraits and weddings only but have since expanded into maternity, birth, newborn, seniors, and elopements as well. I'm very heavily influenced by photojournalism because of my college major and I love using that knowledge to capture pieces of a wedding that really lend to telling the full story and all of the emotions that come with the entire wedding experience.
What makes your work unique? Why should brides and grooms hire you?
One of the biggest reasons that couples hire me is that I'm “laid back” and that's true, most of the time! I think that, even though I do pose a couple half of the time, I also sit back and wait for their natural reactions, gestures, and personalities to come through and it really shows who they are in a photograph. That personal connection with an image is what makes a photograph so sweet and often intense.
What is your ideal client like?
My ideal client is also laid back and willing to let down barriers when they are in front of my camera so that I can capture that emotion. Pure emotions and being real are my favorite. Adventurous, off-beat, artistic couples who want to get tattooed for their engagement session or want to hike a mountain for their idea of a perfect wedding image are my kind of people. While I admire tradition, I love personalized and unique as well.
I also love clients that come back to me full circle from engagements, to weddings, to having babes and starting a family. I love that we are able to build that relationship and trust together. It means so much.
How would you describe your photography style?
Moody, dramatic, and organic. I like to think of my style as illustrative, which is a cross between documentary and traditional photography. This style creates the story of your wedding and shows your individuality. My goal is to always be relaxed and personal to make my couples feel comfortable enough to break down any walls to show who they truly are.
What techniques do you use to help clients feel comfortable with you and in front of the camera?
Oh my, we joke around A LOT. I think that's really important. I tell silly jokes, I have them tell me a funny or sweet story about one another, I give them prompts that sometimes get me eye rolls and then hysterical laughter. It really should be a good time for both sides and it's important to me that you walk away saying, “Hey, that was so much fun!”
What emotions do you think your images evoke?
Always love. I would like to think that when my couples look at their images, they can feel that moment all over again – that pit of the stomach, heart-achey feeling you get when you're in love is the best. It's nice to remember it through imagery.
What is your approach to editing? What is the typical turn-around time for images?
Because I shot with film for 12 years, I really have an affinity for it. I use film overlays to make my images more film-like in appearance. I tend to shoot and edit on the darker side. I love the moodiness and romantic feeling you get from deeper shadows and colors and I feel that it really makes you focus on what's important, which is who is in the photograph. While I focus a lot on the technical aspects of my photography, I really love being more artistic as well. My turn-around times are fairly quick depending on the time of year. Portraits are often done within 2 – 3 weeks of the session and weddings usually take 4 – 6 weeks.
What other items do you offer?
Both prints and albums are available! I really try to match what albums I use with the feel of my photography, so I offer a lot of organic materials, mostly wood and leather but I have linen options as well.