1. How did you get started in photography and when did you start your business?
I have been enamored with
photography from a very young age, having been introduced to the love of
pictures and their stories by my grandmother. After the birth of my first child
in 2008, I realized I wanted to preserve all of the beautiful memories of her
childhood, and purchased my first DSLR. After the birth of my second child, my
son, I decided I wanted to really understand my camera and began college DSLR
courses. After completion of my courses, I began Kristy Hall Photography in
2. Where are you located? Do you have a studio space or do you shoot on-location?
My studio is about 15
minutes outside Des Moines, Iowa. I am located in the heart of Adel, which is a
beautiful quaint historic town, even down to the brick street my storefront
studio sits on. I have a 1,000-square-foot studio that I am so proud of. It has
been a labor of love to design and customize it to perfectly fit the needs of
my photography and my clients.
3. What do you shoot with and what are your favorite lenses?
I shoot with a Canon 5D
MIII and tend to stick with my Sigma Art 50mm lens for my newborn sessions. I
do sometimes use my Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens when I need to get a certain
4. What drew you to newborn photography? Do you photograph anything else?
I didn't realize I was going to fall in love with newborn photography when I first tested the waters. After the first session, I was hooked. I think being part of such a beautiful, amazing part of a family's life is such an honor. I love the excitement and pride I see when I meet expectant parents, and then to get to capture those first days of a baby's life for them is truly amazing.
I do focus primarily on newborns, but I love seeing my babies grow and change, and offer Mid-Year Milestones and Year Milestone sessions. Twice a year I offer family sessions outdoors if my schedule allows.
5. How would you describe your style? Where do you find inspiration?
I would describe my
photography as Organic, Natural, and Timeless. I draw my inspiration from the
things I love. I love nature and being outside, so most of my favorite images
include textured wood, interesting earthy fabrics, and beautiful colors.
I also draw inspiration from my families. There is nothing more fulfilling than talking to a mommy-to-be about her vision for the session, and then being able to bring that vision to life. I sew and knit almost all of the outfits for my sessions, so I really have a lot of create control over my styling.
6. Have you taken any photography workshops/training?
I have taken the Creative
Captures workshop with the insanely talented duo, Caralee Case and Jennifer
Nace. I also did a 1:1 mentorship with Amy McDaniels from Dew Drops
Photography, who is such a creative, inspiring mentor. I was very blessed to
learn from these three ladies.
7. Where do you like to shop for props? Do you have favorite vendors?
My very favorite vendors
are Luneberry, Leah Michele Creations, AR Backdrops, Designed by Nicole Ann, JD
Vintage, TFJ Designs, Red Owl Photo Props...and I could go on all day!
For knitting patterns Ginger N Pickles Knits has incredible items that fit perfectly.
8. What is something you wish someone would have told you when starting out?
I wish someone would have told me to spend just as much time on the business / marketing end as the creative end. Learning my camera, understanding styling, lighting, posing, etc., was something I was so passionate about. Now that I am four years into my business, I realize that I need to not just LOVE newborn photography, but I also need to be an informed businesswoman.
and work very hard. I'm confident success will come if you're all in
9. What are your favorite things about NBP.com? How long have you been a member?
My favorite things about
NewbornPhotography.com are the sharing of ideas and the positive, supportive
environment. I just joined this month but have already been looking at the
conversations, checking out the articles, and just love all of the ideas and
10. Please share with us your Top 5 Favorite Images. Why are they your favorites?
This first image of Hazel is one that is dear to my heart because she is my friend's daughter and obviously so beautiful. The cowboy boots next to Hazel are her grandpa's, who passed before ever meeting Hazel. Incorporating his memory into this image meant so much to her family.
This second image I am always drawn to, because you can just see the pride and love in Tyler's eyes. He was so overjoyed by the birth of his son, Reece.
This third image of Franklin will always be one of my favorites. It is by far the biggest smile I have ever captured from a newborn!
The fourth image of Shealynn and Myla is one of those mommy and baby shots that I know these two will cherish forever. They both look so happy and peaceful.
This last image is one I love, as Reagan is the youngest sibling of the first newborn I ever photographed. I photographed her two older brothers and was thrilled to get to photograph her. I also am proud of this image because I hand-knit this romper and am in love with the color and texture.
11. What is your photography site and NewbornPhotography.com url?
Website | Facebook |
NBP Profile | Instagram
12. Lastly, tell us about YOU! Who are you other than a photographer?
I am a mother of two
beautiful children, a little girl and a little boy. They are everything to me,
and I am so blessed to be able to have a career that allows me the flexibility
to be involved and present in their lives.
I also love reading, being outside with my husband and kids, biking, the beach, and of course nights out with my ridiculously fun girlfriends.
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