Hello - Kristiina Here! 

Thanks for stopping by!  I have put my photography business on hold so that I can unschool and roadschool our two kids full-time.   You can read more about that on this blog post.  Feel free to send me a message if you'd like a referral in the Denver area!  (kgcraven@yahoo.com is the fastest way to reach me.) 

You can read my original 'about me' below or find out more about me and our family's unschooling adventures in Colorado on the blog!

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Let's see...Denver + Nikon + Newborns + Chocolate is the quickest way to sum me up, but I think we can do a little better than that LOL.  Scroll down for more on my background, but here's more on the current state of my photography...

Newborn photo shoots are my true photography passion--especially "Fresh 48" in-hospital sessions.  It is such a beautifully raw time and often it's a blur to the parents.  I wish I had photos from those first hours our family was changed forever...that said, being invited to a family's home to document their changed life for a lifestyle newborn photo shoot or a family lifestyle photo shoot is just as powerful.  It's an honor any time I'm welcomed into a home just like yours. 

Click here for more information about my newborn and family photo sessions and my simple no B.S. pricing approach.  

And you can learn more about me and my background below.  If you are ready to connect, you can quickly reach me by clicking on this button below!

Kristiina Craven and her two kids whom she homeschools in Denver, Colorado.  

Do you want the long version or the short version of how I ended up here?  Scroll down for the long version and here's the short version for people like me:

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THE BEGINNING

While my photography journey started in high school as the school's newspaper photographer back in northern Virginia, I didn't truly get the photography bug until a couple of years ago when I was shooting product shots of my husband's wood working pieces for our Etsy store. I loved capturing everything perfectly, but I found it boring. I realized that I like shooting faces and people--especially young families. 

DENVER SCHOOL OF PHOTOGRAPHY!

By the time we had opened (and closed) our Etsy store and I had my “give me all of the people to shoot portraits” moment, we had relocated to Denver for my husband's job.  I enrolled at the Denver School of Photography and honed my skills on my kids and husband until they said, "uncle".

A Denver Family Photographer takes a photo.

NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY

With my family officially “over it,” I realized I needed to look for experience outside of my home and was hired by Bella Baby Photography to take hospital newborn photos--"Fresh 48's," if you will. 

I did about 100 mini-lifestyle shoots in poorly lit hospital rooms before I realized that I wanted to do this on my own--with no one restricting my camera settings, or my point of view.

MY POINT OF VIEW

I wanted more creative freedom. The freedom to show the real story--not just posed shots--of a child's first few days in the world.  My high school photojournalism instincts came alive and I haven't looked back since!  Now I click the shutter when something in front of me moves me in some way.  It's my absolute pleasure and privilege to do that in other people's homes.

It's so nice to meet you--I'd love to treat you to coffee (tea for me!) with or without your kids to learn more about you :)

--Kristiina