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Meet Kristina Subsara

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristina Subsara.

Kristina, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I became a photographer because I fell in love with the dark room and watching my images develop. The more I learned, the more inspired I was to keep capturing images. I went to school for fine art photography and then went for my masters at Syracuse University at the school of Newhouse for multimedia storytelling. With grad school I was able to travel to China to experience the Chinese New Year, taught kids the art of storytelling in Mexico, and followed a Journalist around to tell her story of working for an unbiased newspaper in Liberia. I spent a lot of years stuck in Syracuse trying to freelance and create a life and finally one day I couldn’t be there anymore. It was too dark, too cold, and nothing was changing. So, one night I just planned on moving to California. I planned out a month long road trip and explored some of my own country, seeing the sunrise over the Grand Canyon, exploring Antelope Canyon, and seeing White Sands National Park were just a few of the places I was able to see. I have been in Los Angeles, CA for three years now and I continuously meet amazing people and find interesting opportunities that have opened up to me. Since moving here, I have photographed musicians in Joshua Tree, photographed an Ethiopian hospital while working with a small team of doctors to raise awareness and funds, and created video content for dancers all over West Hollywood. I also love photographing for my Church C3 Los Angeles and worked with them this year celebrating Black History Month with a series of photos that gave viewers more perspective into their life and the parts of their community that inspire them.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The more I experience the more I realize it’s not a smooth road for anyone. I like to say I’m a late bloomer Alex, and in final Jeopardy, I’m going to bloom. I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression for some of my life. I’m definitely an empath and I carry other peoples’ emotions deep in my heart. I didn’t do the research before going to Liberian and while I was there, I learned about child soldiers and how everyone my age was either a refugee who had to flee during the war or they were involved in the war as child soldiers. After returning home from Liberia, I really struggled to integrate back into society. All around me people were complaining about the most trivial things and my mind was still on kids who had their childhood taken away. I definitely think being an empath allows me to connect to my subjects more. It’s helped me create in dark times or dream during the mundane periods of life. All in all, I think my struggles have propelled my art and made me more open to the world around me.

Please tell us about your business.
My business specializes in capturing beautiful and captivating photos. I have a lot of skills that I can add in there, I’ve worked with video, I have a basis of art, and a great knowledge of technology. However, my signature look is beautiful light and making photos that draw people in. I love traveling around the world to tell other peoples’ stories. I have a deep love for trying to see how people are all connected no matter where they live, their upbringing, their beliefs and religions. I don’t mean to say we are all the same, but at the end of the day the simple pleasures in life are universal. We want to laugh over a good meal with people we love around us or make that perfect cup of coffee to watch the sun rise on a new day. We want to feel important and accepted whether it’s in our careers or in who we choose to love. As for my company, I am a jack-of-all-trades kind of person. I have done location scouting, shooting, assisting, and edited photos and videos. I have helped brands with their own images as well as curated my own brand. I am most proud of my ability to sit and listen and learn. I love to learn from those around me and I think it makes me a stronger photographer because I continue to learn from people around me instead of pretending to know it all. What sets me apart is the deep emotions I feel with my photographs and working to convey them.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I think I would have chosen to move to California earlier than I did. Sometimes I can get caught up in comparing myself to others and when I moved here there were so many young and talented people around here. A lot of them moved here without knowing anyone, just like it was for me moving away from all my friends and family. It’s also really hard to look at young adults today and see them succeed without going to college because most things can be learned online and they’re not falling into systematic debt that will follow me around for a while. It sounds silly to say, but I wish I had traveled more. I wish I was brave enough to explore countries alone. Sometimes I regret going to grad school so young, but most of the time I remember that without those experiences, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

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