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Meet Kristina Johnson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristina Johnson.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My story starts when I thought my life ended, I was an athlete and I love it. I went to college, and I noticed my body was breaking down on me only to find I have an impairment that caused me to have to stop sports altogether or I would not be able to walk by the time I was 30. It changed everything for me and at the time I thought it was for the worst but looking back it was for the best. I had to figure out who I was outside of sports. I remember a few years later getting my first camera and being asked to take family pictures here and there never thinking I would be good enough to do what I saw the artistic kids did growing up. I never saw myself as creative, I just did what made me feel good not knowing my whole life I was creating art.

I was scared to pursue photography because I didn’t have the best gear or I didn’t have the knowledge to do it. I just loved the way it made me feel to capture a moment in time. Little did I know that stepping out and taking those steps to just take pictures and connect with people would end being the thing that brings me to utter bliss.

I began challenging myself personally and professionally to go after it and I will figure it out on the way. Art gives me the freedom to create my own path, and for years I wanted that freedom. I don’t believe in a conventional way of living in which I had to meet life achievements at a certain time. I would say photography gives me the fluidity and confidence to be who I always wanted to be when I was younger.

Please tell us about your art.
I consider myself to be a storyteller behind a camera, I find joy in showing the unique characteristics of each person I shoot. My philosophy for my art is just to enjoy the process whatever that may be enjoy it. Yes, it’s not always that easy, but we have too much to be grateful for to let the negative things let us miss out on all that we are afforded on this earth. I don’t photograph perfection, I photograph what is real and fun. I think there is so much beauty in authenticity and vulnerability and I make it my goal in every session, every interaction, every shot captured to tell their uniquely beautiful story.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
– Get real good at getting know and understand yourself and what you want and your intentions behind it and from there go after what you believe will bring joy to not only yourself but those around you.

– Enjoy the process and don’t put pressure on yourself to be successful overnight. There is no road map to beginning successful and if that is your goal then are you really doing it for the right reasons?

– Sell your personality as well as your art. It helps you stand out.

– Always work to perfect your craft, always be a student there is so much to learn and incorporate into your own art.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
The best place to see my work would be to go on my website where you will be able to find all my social media handles and follow me. The best support would be word of mouth, let’s connect and chat and let my not personality and work speak for itself.

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Image Credit:
Mariah Grigsby – Blab Life

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1 Comment

  1. D. McCaa

    March 21, 2019 at 7:56 am

    She’s phenomenal! She has a personality that will pick you up on your lowest days and a laugh that will make the grumpiest of people join in with laughter. She is an amazing person to work with whether you are being photographed or collaborating with her on a project. She places that big, loving heart in every piece of art she creates. She’s definitely a rising star, and a lot of us are just waiting on the edge of our seats to see what her next project will be. You want a hard worker? Get Kristina. You want your memories captured with beautiful authenticity? Get Kristina. What are you waiting for? Get Kristina!

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