Name: Krissy Allori
Business name: Krissy Allori Photography
Location: Portland, Oregon
Tell us one sentence to describe your photography:
My photography tells a story through personality and connection.
What's one thing that everyone should know about you?
How long have you been doing photography and how did you get started?
I’ve been doing photography for a couple years now. I got started because I wanted to be able to take better pictures of my kids. I found a couple online photography forums and soaked up as much information as I could every single day. I learned how to shoot in manual, understand light, composition and post processing. It immediately became not only a passion, but an obsession, and I love it just as much today as I did the very first time I got my first “wow” photo.
If they made a movie about your life, what would it be titled and who would play you?
This was a tough one to answer. I’ve probably thought more about this question than any of the others! First of all, there would never be a movie about my life because I’m really not that interesting, but if there was, it would be called “lucky girl”. Every time I get a new piece of photography equipment, my husband says “lucky girl”, and I really am. I have a wonderful family, there isn’t a word to describe how incredible my kids are, I love where I live, and I’m so fortunate to have found photography. There are two actresses that I would recommend to play me. The main reason for the two is because they are the only actresses I’ve ever been told I look like: Sarah Michelle Gellar or Sarah Chalke (she played Elliot on Scrubs).
What is your best post processing tip?
Stay organized and get a solid work flow down.
What is your best tip for getting great lighting in photos?
I adore backlight. The best way that I achieve gorgeous backlight is to position my subject with their back to the light. I try to get nice rim lighting around them without any bright spots on their skin. The sun has to be reasonably low in the sky and often works best if the light is being filtered by some trees, especially if the sun is in the shot. Lastly, I try to have something dark behind my subject (a building, greenery, etc.) – if its open sky, you often lose that amazing glow.
What does beautiful mean to you?
To me, beautiful means connection. Beauty is more than what you see, its what you feel. That is what I try to capture with my photography, and being able to grab hold of that connection is what makes my clients feel beautiful.
If you could photograph anyone living or not, who would it be and why?
My grandmother. I would have loved to have had really nice photos of her to give to my grandpa, my mom, and for my kids to see since they never got to meet her.
Explain to us your dream vacation?
My dream vacation would take place in a gorgeous home in Hawaii on a private beach. The vacation would last at least three months. Different groups of friends and family would come visit us a week at a time, with a couple days to ourselves in between visitors. We would eat tons of delicious food and not put on a single pound. We would never run out of money. We’d spend all day out in the sun, playing in the sand, swimming, scuba diving, and the kids would actually take a nap every day (this is, after all, my dream vacation, right?). And at the end of the vacation I would have so many awesome photos that I would have to make a different album for each week.
What type of sessions are your favorite (children, newborns, weddings, senior....) and why?
Variety - You can get so many different photos with a family; all together, mom & dad alone, individual shots, mom with kids, dad with kids, you get the picture. I thrive on variety.
Connection - There are few things better in photography than getting that shot where you can just feel the love.
It's personal - I've always wanted a good family photo of my own family. Well, before I got into photography, I dreamed of having just one good family photo and it was so hard to get. I just assume everyone else feels the same way I do, so I try my best to get as many jaw dropping gorgeous photos as I can with every session that would each be worthy of a HUGE canvas.
They actually look at the camera and follow direction (unlike kids under 3.)
Every kid that age needs to feel beautiful.
I love to tell a story with my photography and what better story is there than someone's wedding?
I just love weddings. The excitement, the dress, the details, the planning, the family, and of course, the food.
I know and understand that a couple's wedding is a day they will forever cherish and I love being able to provide a service that will provide memories for the rest of their lives.
What equipment do you use and if you had only one lens to use...what would it be?
I shoot with a Nikon D700. At the moment I only have two lenses (both Nikon): 105mm f/2.8 and 50mm f/1.4. I almost always use the 105mm macro. The only time I use the 50mm is when space is tight. If I only had one lens to use I’m guessing it would be the 24-70mm f/2.8 (even though I don’t have it) because its just a good all around lens (so I’ve heard). I just got the go ahead from the hubby last night to get the 24mm f/1.4. I cannot wait to start shooting with a wide angle prime! Now I just need to convince him to let me buy the 70-200mm f/2.8 because that’s next on my list.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
Like I would publish that on the internet. :)
If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice when you were starting out in photography, what would it be?
Don’t go prop crazy because you’ll get sick of each prop after you’ve used it only once.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Still in Portland, watching my kids grow, and hopefully running a very successful photography business.
What song inspires you? You know, the one that can lift your spirits no matter what?
Not sure why but the first song that popped into my head was “Solsbury Hill” by Peter Gabriel. No reason why, but I can’t hear it without turning the music up real loud.
What is the all time best book you've ever read?
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt. My three year old had it memorized and watching her recite the entire story with that animated little face of hers may end up being one of my all time favorite memories.
If we surprised you at your house today, what would be the first thing we would notice?
Toys on the floor.
What are your top tips for great marketing and getting your name out there?
1. When you’re building your business, stay busy. If you don’t having paying clients knocking down your door, take some photos of some friends and post regularly on your blog.
2. Word of mouth is your best friend.
3. Facebook is your next best friend.
4. Work on your SEO. Optimize your splash page. Comment frequently on other blogs and always leave your web address. I have no idea what I did to get there, but I’m on page 1 if you do a google search for “Portland family photographer” or “Portland high school senior photographer.”
Who is the first photographer that comes to mind and why?
And lastly.....when we started The Maternal Lens, all of us filled out this questionnaire and shared our answers....now it's your turn :)
What is your favorite word? love
What is your least favorite word? I honestly can’t think of one.
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? My kids
What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Creatively, one bad experience or session will leave me feeling like a failure.
What sound or noise do you love? I love to listen to my kids play when they don’t know I’m listening.
What sound or noise do you hate? Long electric guitar solos.
What is your favorite thing to say when you get mad? Its probably not appropriate to say.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Filthy rich lottery winning stay-at-home soccer mom.
What profession would you not like to do? Mover. I think having to pack up your own stuff and move to another house is the worst… I can’t imagine doing it for other people every single day.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? “Welcome! It’s the year 2088. You’ve lived an amazing 110 years.”