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Professional model portfolios can be tricky. Agents want to see a combination of headshots, expressions, movement, angles and expressions. But they also wan to see that a model is tolerant and cooperative. On top of being a really nice person Delilah is all of those things. We have had portrait sessions in the past and now she really trusts the process. Because of the relationship we've...

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As a Long Island Portrait Photographer, I love to photograph intimate boudoir sessions. Many of these sessions are for my client's eyes only but I especially love when they will let me share a few of them with on my website. At my studio there is so many background choices and set possibilities. And the entire space is yours for the day so you can get as cheeky or chic as...

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These are award winning portraits that won bronze with distinction awards this round at the Portrait Masters Awards sponsored by Sue Bryce (My favorite Portrait photographer) 07/2022. As a portrait photographer it is an honor to be judged by some of the best in the business as I continue my journey to becoming a portrait master. Currently I am an associate on my way to becoming a master. These contests push me to elevate my work and to make...

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Color portraits are candy for the eyes while Black & White Portraits are candy for the Soul. This Black & White Series was created to update Emma's modeling portfolio with some mature content to compliment her original girl-next-door style images we created during our last session. Typically a portfolio is 6-20 images and primarily color photographs that showcase various looks and includes a great headshot, 1/2 body and full body...

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Professional corporate headshots by professional Long Island portrait photographer, Christina Kramer. Headshots should be updated regularly to reflect your current look and style and are an absolute must for corporate websites. When a man is wearing a suit, It's best to keep the poses standing instead of sitting so the suit doesn't bunch up. . However, there are not a lot of poses that a man can do standing in a well-fitted suit. So for...

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The sweetest testimonial from a recent Mother and Daughter Portrait session (below). The mom, Ilene wanted to create a great memory with her daughter and Amelia wanted the same and was also looking for some cool headshots for modeling and acting. This body of work was very focused on their bond with each other but we also found time for more creative and fun shots of Amelia... Stay tuned. This wall art really brought out the fun musical and...

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Professional corporate headshots can be photographed at your place of business if you are having them done for a team or a full on corporation. They can also be done here at our portrait studio in Long Beach, NY. Another alternative is to rent a business space or a hotel. Regardless of the venue we use professional lighting and guided poses and all selects are professionally retouched. We can bring backgrounds or shoot within an existing...

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As a Long Island Family Portrait Photographer I was asked to take a photo of a house that belonged to a family who purchased this house in the West end of Long Beach in 1970. The mom knew me as the local school photographer for her children and that's how the connection was made. The family decided to move to North Carolina and leave their Long Beach roots behind. Being the nostalgic soul that I am I asked if they would like to have a few...

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Long Island Creative Portrait Photographer, Christina Tisi-Kramer does a little disco concept shoot with aspiring model: Delilah Plunkett. Delilah is a photographer's dream! She is obviously absolutely gorgeous, lean, limber, skin to die for and has the best attitude ever! She stays as long as we need, understands direction and never complains. I just can't imagine why an agency has not scooped this absolute gem up. She is open for work and I...

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As a professor in the photography department at Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC I meet and teach 50 new students every semester since 2006. There is always a range of talent and interest in each cohort. I met Bailey in her Intro to lighting class and then she took Photoshop with me. She is a shining star in her classes. She will be entering her sophmore year in the Fall and she is lightyears ahead of most in her classes. She is...

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Fine art Dance series inspired by flowers butterflies and Angels photographed and retouched by professional photographer Christina Kramer located in Long Beach, NY. I have always had a love for nature. I have been photographing flowers as soon as I understood how to use a camera. But let's face it. My beautiful gallery of florals was basically a collection of images I love and not much more than that. In 2007 I created a beautiful series of...

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Headshots with Theresa was a wonderful experience for me and hopefully Theresa too. I asked Theresa how she found me and why she chose to work with me. She said she found me on Google (which I only registered with under a year ago) and that she chose me because she saw that I work with a great variety of clients and mostly she was pleased that she saw other women who looked like her. I am not a marketing genius by any means but I do know that...

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This month I had the honor of photographing a Beauty Portrait Session with Eleni Tzimas as the model and Suzanne Katz as the Hair and Make up Artist otherwise know as HMUA. Eleni is a professional model who has been in the industry for decades. Suzanne has been a HMUA for decades and same for me with professional photography. Once in...

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This dancer portrait experience with Gabby Renosis certainly fed my creative soul! Gabby is a young dancer and arrived with her mom Danielle and a dancer wardrobe to die for. I knew going into this I wanted to create a fantasy balloon shot and do some fabric tossing. But, when I saw this blue Tutu knew I wanted to create an image that reminded me of the ballerina musical box...

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Starting with the image that won a Silver Award and a Creative Portrait Category Finalist running through each of the images that won award this round at the Portrait Masters Awards sponsored by Sue Bryce (My favorite Portrait photographer) 02/2022.

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Christina Kramer Portrait Masters Awards & Accreditation

The Portrait Masters Awards and Accreditation was launched in 2017. This bi-annual event is the chance for professional portrait photographers around the world to compete for best-in-category and earn accreditation towards levels of mastery. I am extremely proud to say that in February 2022 I finally was awarded the title of being an accredited photographer with the Sue Bryce Portrait...

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My husband bought me a day of glam and a photo session with...

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OH Rosy! What a treat is was to meet and photograph your beautiful family! You see that smile. That is Rosy. So happy and full of joy for life, her family and most recently, her graduation from Chamberlain University. Rosy called me for a simple graduation portrait for her college yearbook. At first I thought her child was graduating but then I came to realize that Rosy earned her Doctorate Degree in Nursing. I asked her if she had a family...

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This series of images was inspired by my intern Alexa. She had a prom dress her mom was telling her to give away but she loved it so much she wanted to create something of a keepsake with. I have always wanted to do a portrait session that let me run wild with my inner glamour girl so we collaborated on this series. Hannah Lee Christy is a young make up artist who is looking to get into the field so this was our team. I shopped for flowers,...

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Sha - Sha Shayne was awesome to work with. He came to us to create a professional modeling portfolio and this was all created in one session. Shayne has beautiful bone structure and a chiseled physique. He has a quiet, thoughtful personality but definitely knows what he likes. He created the T-Shirt at the end of the portfolio and we thought that was cool to show case other talents. We worked with dramatic lighting, simple set design and and...

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Deanna was photographed a few months ago and she referred another client my way who also had an incredible portrait experience. She loved the creativity of her friends session so I made this for her as a thank you. Thank you Deanna! Us small businesses rely on referrals to spread the word about what we do and we know how to show appreciation!

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This is a what a typical set of headshots looks like. Each of the three final images are delivered in color and black and white as well as uncropped and cropped for tight headshots. I always tell my clients to come dressed from head to toe even though they "just want a headshot". I like to shoot several pulled back versions and typically at least one of those is chosen for a final image. The camera quality is so good these days that this...

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Too Cute to pass up showing off these furry friends. It's not always ideal to have pets at the studio so for the second year in a row we collaborated with Tara and Irina at Your CBD Store in the West end to give our neighbors the opportunity to have their pets photographed professionally. Some people use them for holiday cards and some create wall art. Either way, it is always tons of fun to participate in community events and play with the...

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Shiran is a client who booked a headshot session for her website and social media. She was looking firmly at business style portraits that brought a friendly, trusting feel to them and brought in business professional outfits. She loved how I floated her through the studio and created these mini sets that worked well with her outfit choices and brought out her centered personality. AND there was no way I was going to miss an opportunity to...

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Lizet is one of the hair and make up professionals that freelance at my studio. She is in a lot of my behind-the-Scenes reels I create for my clients. Because Lizet is in the business, she has other photographer friends so I was honored when she chose to work with me. I wanted to make sure I came up with something creative and beautiful for her and because she is a wonderful creative in her own right I asked her what kinds of images she...

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Megyn is a beautiful and very quiet redhead. Kathryn is the mom who absolutely adores her. When Kathryn booked their session she warned me right away that this may not be on the top 100 things Megan wants to do. To get her interested The Mother/Daughter duo came to see the studio and get a feel for what goes on here. Honestly I was still concerned if I got Megan to come around to embracing the portrait experience. Mom showed me some old JC...

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As a professional portrait photographer I always aim to create the best, most beautiful images of my clients that they will love. I take the time to learn about each one of them. We talk about color, style, genre, concept, and lots of other things that go into creating a custom portrait experience. We talk about what the outcome and purpose of each image and the series as a whole will be and I do everything in my power to bring their vision...

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Birthday Portraits Long Island NY

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This is Deanna! Deanna just graduated high school and for her 18th birthday she booked a portrait experience as a gift to herself. She had a great vision for her photos and sent over some inspiration images. We collaborated to create a custom session designed just for her and her vision. Deanna was drawn to red roses, sexy chic and great posing.

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Beach Maternity Portraits

This Beach Maternity Portrait session holds a special place in all of our hearts here in Long Beach, NY.

Marissa and Miguel were told they would never give birth to a child due to medical reasons. So when Marissa found out she was pregnant it was nothing short of a miracle for the Rodriguez family. This couple and their family is well known all around Long Beach, NY for their involvement with the kids in our...

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Confirmation Portraits Long Island NY

Although you truly don’t need an excuse to have family portraits updated, a confirmation is a great reason to!

This gorgeous family found me on the internet and arrived for a confirmation session for their daughter. It was the first time I didn't have to tell a cold caller about the experience. This woman said she saw my work and knew I was the one as she booked me on the spot....

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Fashion Glamour Portraits

This fashion glamour portrait session has Princess Elsa wearing Haute Couture Fashion by Caroline Berti.

Caroline is a styling teacher at FIT which is where we met. She designs and hand sews all of her fashion designs. Caroline regularly has her fashions photographed at my studio in Long Beach, NY.

Her style is wearable fun with a whimsical costume feel. You will never be disappointed by the materials and textures in her...

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Professional Pet Photography

Mitchell is a banker that needed to update his corporate headshots. He also wanted a portrait with his dog Noodles for his Linked In profile picture. I welcome well trained pets in my studio. Noodles was very well behaved!

At CTK Photos we like to mix it up between professional portraits and loving pet photography. Last year I teamed up with Tara from Your CBD Store in Long Beach to do Pet Portraits for the...

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Being a professional portrait photographer based in Long Island certainly has its benefits. Lots of people who work in NYC need headshots for their company websites and social media without traveling to the city on their time off. I photograph in my studio or at an indoor or outdoor location of choice. Emma came in for typical corporate portraits and we covered those right away. Then she looked around my studio at the portraits displayed...

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50 Over 50 Portraits Long Beach, NY

Tesimonial from Mary featured in these photos: The concept of a sister's photo session thought up by Christina Tisi-Kramer with professional hair, makeup and wardrobe changes is brilliant. Christina Tisi-Kramer is a truly ingenious woman with tremendous talent behind a camera lens. Not many women get a chance to be pampered and photographed by professionals. Looking through the proofs and trying to choose favorites is nearly...

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Welcome to my 50 Women Over 50 Project here in Long Island, NY.

You may have heard of the 50 Over 50 Project, and if not then this is the perfect moment.

50 Over 50 is a worldwide movement to celebrate older women’s beauty, wisdom, and the sacrifices they have made for all of us. As I celebrate my 50th birthday this year, I am looking...

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How many times a year do you have a chance for your family’s multi-generation photos? It sure is a special time any time your whole family can gather and enjoy time with each other.

Over Mother’s Day this year we had all three generations of the men in our family at my photography studio in Long Beach, NY. I created this image of my husband, his father, and our two sons for a fun and creative way to show off...

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Real Estate Headshot

Here in Long Island, NY your professional headshot can be what separates you from all the competition. A headshot is your signature and often the first impression of you to your client. Your headshot can range in level of professionalism depending on your career/job, however...

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Maternity & Newborn Photography

I’m often asked, “Why should I have maternity photos taken? I feel sick, huge, and so tired.” I could go on for days, but I think this photo alone could say it all::

Maternity & Newborn Photo--

If, for some reason, you need a few more reasons::

  1. Freeze Time. You are only pregnant for a very short time and you will never look this way again....

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I really enjoy capturing high school seniors and this senior prom photoshoot was no exception. We went to the Hempstead House at Sands Point and it was worth the ride. The backdrops were amazing.

These two were up for anything and had no problem showing off how much they care about each other. Now they have a beautiful signature book...

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50 Over 50 Portrait, Long Beach, NY

Mary reached out on a Thursday and we pulled this together for Friday. Hair, Make Up - the works and by Monday she was all set with these beauties that she needed for her company website. I took a look at was there for her co workers and I'm happy to say these blow those away. Can't wait to hear the feedback! When you get the headshot package it includes 3 fully retouched final images in both color and Black and white,

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LBCA wanted to do something special for the volunteers that came back year after year. Myself included. I have been photographing this event since 2014. Its a great local charity that does wonderful things for anyone in need. Unfortunatly Johanna (The President of LBCA) is not in here but I will get her next year. These were less than 10 minute sessions inspired by the lighting of Peter Hurley. I also had fun adding all the graphics and they...

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Mary is a Long Island professional looking for a more polished studio look. We weren't going to try the red because she was wearing a red shirt but it worked our great and she ended up selecting 2 images on that background. I even got her to take her glasses off and she love the image so much because it reminded her of her mother. So sweet.

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Myles is a COO of a vision company and needed some shots for his company website. We worked for friendly but powerful. I tossed in the Black/Whites because I think he looks masculine in those. Although, he liked it the Ladder shot was not one of his final 3 but I loved it so much I had to process it too. I loved the variation of expression and sometimes when you're a COO you need to be bad ass :)

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Kelly is a Doula. She was looking for a few images to represent her as the earthy, friendly approachable person she is in real life. We also snuck in a few shots with her adorable 4 year old! What a cutie!

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Madeline has an Irish Spring look of innocents. It really lends itself to Black and White Classic photography. However, her eyes are so beautiful that it's hard to move away from color. A true beauty either way!

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Krysta is a beautiful young opera singer who came in for personal branding shots. I couldn't help myself when she brought in this fantastic gown. So we did a little Glam the Gown session and then I coupled the gown with a couture headpiece a designer friend of mine (Caroline Berti) made.

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I love when I photograph a family and years later they remember their experience and call me up to create new memories. This little family is part of a huge family I photographed in a restaurant in Roslyn a few years back. We did this session right in their own home in Long Island.

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Brian local real estate agent interested in professional images for his business cards, social media and company website. This session was done on location at his office and we used a mixture of daylight and flash to get the nice open look he was looking for.

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It truly is a gift to have the pleasure of photographing one of my closest friends. I met Agnes 9 years ago when my son Cooper was in kindergarten and we have been friends ever since. Agnes is one of the kindest woman I know. She is a proud Polish woman and a selfless mom. She is always cooking, cleaning and working to care for her family and friends. We literally cried while looking at the photos together. I am privileged to be able to show...

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Anthony is an executive chef looking for images for his social media and to replace the look of his corporate listing. He brought a casual outfit, a chef uniform and a casual business look. I told him to bring a fun chef prop as well which is where the knives come in. I always love a prop that is specific to a profession.

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Skylar is a Junior at Long Beach Highschool. She came in to check out how it feels to be photographed because she is considering a modeling career. She was clearly a natural.

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