Surprisingly, I have a lot of people ask me if I photograph portraits. And the answer is a resounding yes, yes and more YES! Portraits are so special to me - there's nothing better than being able to get to know somebody, have a great connection with them, and make an image that captures their real personality. I'm not kidding when I say I live for that. It's one of the main reasons I love being a photographer.
Portrait photography is particularly meaningful because not only does it capture YOU, it captures place, too. Take a moment - look around you and say, "Look at where we live!" We've got beautiful, natural backdrops in abundance, and I thrive on being able to photograph people in places they love, whether that's in the great outdoors or in their home.
Pulling from my background as a photojournalist, I am always looking for real moments within my portraiture - those laughs, that crinkle of the nose, your soft smile. That's what makes me tick. My style is definitely more of the documentary and lifestyle feel - capturing life as it happens, focusing on those vivid, real moments - because that's where the magic happens.
So, if you find yourself dreaming of someone capturing your real smile (not that forced one that a lot of us make - myself included!), and would like to meet with me, please send me a note. I'm more than happy to meet with you in my sweet little home-studio in Missoula, over the phone, or via the magic of the Internet.
If you'd like to check out recent portrait blog posts in full, pop on over to the Kristine Paulsen Photography blog to see the wonderful people with whom I've had the opportunity to work. You'll find "just because" photos here, fun family pictures here, sweet children's portraits here, and senior pictures here. Enjoy!
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