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Meet Kristen Fotta

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristen Fotta. 

Hi Kristen, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today.
I have always loved looking back at family pictures and seeing the stories they told, especially old pictures of my grandfather as a baby. I felt lucky to have a glimpse into his life long ago which naturally led me to love taking pictures of my own family and others so they could have the same heirlooms to pass down as well. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Yes and no. It has been smooth, but it has also been a slow and steady climb. I never thought of photography as being my career, but sometimes life takes you places you didn’t expect. What started as a side job has slowly grown and has now turned into a full-time job that I love! 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I photograph both families and high school seniors. As a mom myself, I know how quickly little ones grow and change. My goal when photographing families is to capture not only the perfectly posed family portrait but also lots of candids that truly show the connection between a family and captures emotions. With young children, we laugh, play games, and have fun which makes the session enjoyable and laid back while allowing me to capture portraits of mom cuddling her little one, the way a child gazes adoringly at mom or dad, how a child’s tiny hand grasps her daddy’s finger and those adorable toothless belly laughs. 

For my seniors, I am best known for creating an experience that is unique to them. I don’t have a standard set of pictures, poses, or locations. There is not set number of outfits. Everything is customized to them and their own individual personality and interests. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
I don’t think it has been luck, but I have noticed that I need to be open to letting doors close because another door always opens. It sometimes is tough to see in the moment that a door needs to close, but looking back that was the only way better doors could open up. 

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