“Creativity is my form of communication. Painting, sculpture and later photography, are all tools that allow me to document the thoughts that words may not fully express.”
Meet: Kristin Reimer
I’m originally from Upstate NY (Fishkill) where I spent my childhood engrossed in magic, fairy tales and mythology. My interests all involved the art of seeing things that might not be apparent to everyone else. It came as no surprise that I became a visual artist.
Creativity is my form of communication. Painting, sculpture and later photography, are all tools that allow me to document the thoughts words cannot fully express.
I received a BFA in photography from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Thinking that I wanted to make a difference to the world through photography, I focused on photojournalism and documentary photography while working at Magnum Photos and later as the studio manager for renowned photographers Elliott Erwitt and Ed Kashi/VII.
What brought you to the wedding industry?
Like many, I started to photograph friends/family as favors, gradually starting to create a business as I went along. The immediate gratification of making a difference to a smaller part of the world was extremely rewarding for me.
What is your favorite moment at a wedding?
I don’t have a specific moment of the day pinpointed. I find that my favorite moment(s) are those when the couple become lost in another place together. It can be humorous, loving or simply quiet, it’s more about the emotions present. Something that can be found during any part of the entire day.
What is the best part about your job?
I love that I can be a visual archivist of all the myriad emotions that a couple experiences on their wedding day. It’s gratifying to know that something I love doing so much can hold so much meaning to another. Additionally, I love meeting people from all backgrounds. In the last few years I have been warmly accepted by the Chabad Lubavitch community (an Orthodox Jewish, Chasidic movement) in Crown Heights to photograph their weddings. Because of this, I have had opportunities to learn more about their beliefs and traditions, something I never had an opportunity to experience before. My world becomes richer with each client I meet.
Where do you draw inspiration from when preparing for each wedding?
Inspiration is endless. It could be the weather that day, to a conversation with one of the celebrants to something visual I had seen that inspired me. I have a hard time shutting it off. I have a journal full of ideas that I refer to all the time. I have always looked to art history for inspiration in posing and lighting and figure drawing gave me the means to better articulate a gesture or pose.
Share something that is unique to you and/or your business.
At one point in my life, I began to merge photography and painting. I began to “build” images from my mind using Photoshop much as I had once painted on canvas. The images I started to create all contained places and elements that I have always been drawn to. As I embraced this process, I found that my clients also wanted to be a part of the same vision. In creating a fantasy world for my clients to escape into, I can provide them with something unique and personal; created solely for them. Additionally, I am also able to escape into a place of my choosing for the time it takes to create these pieces. Typically, the locations are much more soothing than the streets of Brooklyn!
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