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water portraits

I am so in love with shooting in the ocean. Most importantly I love connecting with other “water-lovers.” Being in the ocean is a special experience especially here on the California coast where the waves are like gold: respected, cherished and longed for. I am so excited to be able to bring together my two loves: photography and the ocean to all of my clients!

Summer Photo Camps
for Kids

“Your children can learn photography from an award-winning, internationally published fine art and commercial photographer. Kristianne has been a photographer for 27 years and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography at Cal State University Long Beach. She has created advertising photography for LG – Signature Kitchen Suite, Toshiba, Kodak, CHOC Children’s, St Joseph Health and many other companies and organizations. She has taught photography at CSUF, has been published internationally, and has been recognized in the fine…


Low tide play

Jim woke up really ill this morning so we decided not to go to the boat today. I spent the morning ordering and inventorying engine parts on my new What’s On My Boat? app. After the kids did some chores we headed to San Gorgonio Park to shoot hoops and ride bikes then we timed it just right for the low tide at the tidepools at Dana Point Harbor. We were able to climb to the top of the…

It’s not easy being green

It’s not that easy being green;
Having to spend each day the color of the leaves.
When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold-
or something much more colorful like that.
It’s not easy being green.
It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things.
And people tend to pass you over ’cause you’re not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water-
or stars in the sky.
But green’s the color of Spring.
And green can be cool and friendly-like.
And green…

childhood portraits

I haven’t taken straight forward, soul-baring portraits of my kids in soooo long, I can’t remember the last time I did it-maybe a year ago. It’s such a bone of contention between us. Merrik is very uncomfortable in front of the camera. He is self-conscious and feels like everyone is being critical of him. He doesn’t know if he should do a goofy smile or give me stink-eye. It breaks my heart because his smile is so beautiful. Maliea…

I left my heart in cherry cove

We’ve spent a lot of time as a family in Cherry Cove at the West End of Catalina-jumping off the boat, rowing the dinghy, snorkeling, kayaking, paddling, free-diving, hiking. Cherry is a little gem of a cove just out and around from Two Harbors. It’s our favorite spot along with Emerald Bay. Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed of sailing to Catalina, setting anchor and just living on island time. So, when my children were born…

Client faves 2015

2015 was an incredible year for me professionally. I had the opportunity to work on rewarding projects with many wonderful clients. Even though I spent most of my year focused on family goals and obstacles, I traveled more than ever, had infrequent jobs that encompassed multiple days yet I still surpassed my financial goals! It really helps to tell the universe what you want. I did all of this while visiting some cool new places. photographing a huge variety of awesomeness in our world and meeting some wonderful people who make our…

cub scout campout

Over the weekend we had a fantastic time camping at Palomar Mountain State Park with Merrik’s Cub Scout Pack 705. The location was amazing. It only took us a couple of hours to get to the site and we were completely immersed in the mountain ecosystem at 5500′ elevation. Our site was shaded by oak, incense cedar and Ponderosa pine. We arrived just as it was getting dark and we set up camp by lantern. When we awoke the next morning…