Get to Know Me
Hey there, I'm Christina! When I'm not in the studio you can find me mommin’ around the city with my 2 boys. I'm the creative, says-it-like-it-is, dessert first, wine before I dine and I've been preparing my whole life to photograph you. To be honest I fell in love with photography at a very young age. I knew I wanted to be a photographer in Jr. High School. I just didn’t think it was a career path. Not to mention I was socially awkward and terrified of the who’s who conversations. So I started out as a product photographer. I loved working with light in a quiet space as I styled and created images for Macy’s for 9 years. Then I gave birth to my first son Cooper. Being a mom had a new set of rules. It forced me to connect with other parents and eventually brought me into handling our local school photography. Photographing children was a safe move for me. As I grew more comfortable with people in general I started to explore with portrait sessions and have come to love serving and connecting with women through photography. Becoming a mature woman has given me the gift of vision. I finally see beauty, and can bring it out with my photography. This has been my greatest joy and privilege. I specialize in photographing women because I’m continually amazed and inspired by you. Your strength, your stories, the ability you have to transcend the struggles of life, and the unique beauty each and every one of you carry is nothing short of magical. As women, we often struggle to see these truths in ourselves and it is my greatest honor to empower you with a true reflection of your strength and beauty through my lens.
It is my passion to build self-love and self-value in every single person who walks into my studio. I’ve been photographing people for decades, and we all do the same thing. We step in front of the lens and apologize for our physical insecurities. “I’m sorry, I need to lose ten pounds,” “I’m sorry, I look old,” "I'm sorry, my smile is super awkward." The list goes on and on. I’ve heard it all, and I’ve felt it all about myself too. We are so hard on ourselves, particularly when it comes to the way we look. Insecurity can be crippling, but our appearance is the least interesting thing about us. At the end of the day, we all want the same thing. We want to feel seen and to feel loved. I have the power to give that to the people who step in front of my camera. I know that I can show every person I photograph a portrait of themselves that they will absolutely fall in love with. They will see the beauty that everyone else in their life sees, reflected back at them. It is a magical, transformative experience, and a powerful way to encourage self-confidence. And, the world needs more confident people!
As an aspiring professional, I worked out of our attic for the first 15 years growing my photography business mostly shooting products and high volume portraits on location because people would hit their heads on the slanted ceilings in my mock studio. I grew my business in my local community and sold my landscape portraits of Long Beach at boardwalk craft fairs as I worked as a freelancer photographing products for catalogues and advertisements. Then one day I rented a space to photograph a dancer and my husband came to watch. It wasn’t soon after that when my husband Tim recognized my potential was being hindered by my shooting space. It was just a few months after that session when my husband Tim started drawing up plans for a place where I could grow. He is so supportive of my love for photography that he literally ripped our roof off and built me the studio of my dreams. Tim has always been the guy who says I can do it even when I think I’m not good enough. It’s his confidence in me that has pushed me to take chances and go in whichever direction I wanted to no matter how crazy it seemed. He is also my assistant from time to time and can be found lugging my equipment around on location gigs. I want to say I receive the same support from my two boys but I would be lying through my teeth. Those two literally run from me when I pick a camera up and rightfully so. But I’m not sorry. Not one bit. They are growing so fast and I treasure every single click I captured when I was the most important person in their lives. Things are changing fast but those moments will be mine forever.
Teaching at Fashion Institute of Technology
As a photography professor at Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC since 2006 I enjoy the amazing opportunity to share my decades of knowledge with college level aspiring photographers. Working in the photography department I teach classes in studio lighting, post production, portfolio building, and the business of photography. My goal is always to streamline the student's path to becoming a professional photographer without cutting corners. I I'm hoping to pave the way and to make it easier, faster and way more fun than the challenges I've faced as a struggling artist who has made tons of mistakes and learned hard lessons on the road to success. I want them to feel the same way I do now only sooner. Finally I love waking up every morning to do what I do everyday.
Christina Kramer Portrait - CTKPHOTOS has a fully dedicated home studio that will be entirely yours for your shoot. There will never be other clients at your photo session. We have a lovely sitting area, separate changing area and a private bathroom all for you. Since opening my own studio in January of 2020 I never get tired of finding new ways to use the space and the light in creative ways as I explore every nook and cranny of my dream studio to create my signature portraits. Each person is drawn to different areas of the studio and I love to let clients choose what they resonate with. Sometimes it is a specific background or a window or an old rustic door. It could be a hat or a crown of flowers. Maybe the bed or the beautiful natural daylight. I have even photographed in the bathroom three times because it has a beautiful skylight and my clients were just so drawn to the space. Once they make a connection it’s my job to help them see the different ways it can be recorded for their memories. The possibilities are endless and no two sessions are identical. Meet and greet sessions are by appointment only click here to get started.
If you are the type of person that likes to know how the studio was built, how I make my backgrounds and lots of other stuff about the studio it has its own facebook page @LongBeachPhotoLoft.
Portrait Masters Professional Competition
- Something I'm very proud of is being able to submit to the Portrait Master's Competition every year.
- Read more about it here: https://ctkphotos.com/blog/award-winning-images
Visions of Long Beach - Ongoing Personal Photography
- Although Christina makes her living photographing contemporary magazine style portraiture for all genres... she also enjoys photographing landscape images. She loves to travel and has visited manyNational parks and focuses much of her attention on the City of Long Beach where her family resides year round with her husband Tim and sons: Cooper and Chase.In 2008 Christina created a coffee table book exclusively on the City of Long Beach. It is a full color hard cover book with over 100 images of the day to day life in Beautiful Long Beach.To purchase images or the VISIONS OF LONG BEACH coffee table book please visit Christina's Etsy Image Store. You can also follow her facebook page: Visions of Long Beach which is entirely dedicated to photography of Long beach.