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Meet Kristen Hovis of Portrait Photography in Santa Clarita Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristen Hovis.

Kristen, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started taking pictures of everything I’d see freshman year, and mainly with my iPhone camera.

Eventually, my sister helped me buy my first DSLR camera, & it completely changed the way I thought about photography. I went from complete randomness to actually think about my setting and depth of field, the objects I’m shooting, etc.

I decided to take a photography class at my high school & discovered new ways to bring attention to my work, I learned about the rules of three, how to use a studio, light play, & overall just a lot of trick I now use religiously.

When I began taking pictures, I swore I’d never do portraits, taking pictures of other people seemed like too much pressure. my friends and my sister became my reoccurring models in all my photos, but my friends and my sister became my models, and being comfortable with them, I was able to explore and learn more new tricks, break some rules. And now, portrait photography is fun, exciting and unpredictable.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
For the most part, I’ve struggled with motivation and finding THE idea that would blow everyone’s minds.
my photography teacher, Mr. Lee, taught me that with like every 300 photos you take, (maybe) five of them will be good. And it’s something I have to keep reminding myself.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Portrait Photography – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am a portrait photographer, most of my work, you can find on Instagram @photosxris.
I’d say I’m known for working with a lot of reflections, glitter, & incorporating color schemes.
I’m in love with adding reflections into my work, it changes the entire mood and can make a normal photo into something more dramatic & fun.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
For my future, I’d love to continue to do photography on the side. Continuing to learn & grow with my work.

Contact Info:

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  • Instagram: photosxris


Image Credit:
Ris Hovis
Models: Casey Ellis, Sofia Sanchez, Aayla Hovis

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