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  • Cassie Xie Photography | Atlanta + San Francisco Photographer

     

    My name is Cassie Xie and I'm a hopeless romantic: Southern-bred, Jane Austen-obsessed, lover of light and human stories, constantly chasing the notion of "golden hour", wherever it takes me.

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    I started photographing weddings a few years back simply because I love, well... love! Since then I've branched into a whole variety of personal portrait sessions, including family, engagements, and proposals.

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    From the way a groom's face changes as his bride approaches to the last twirl in a dance between a father and his daughter, there is so much utter joy in celebrating the joining of two hearts. Every engagement session and wedding serves as a lasting reminder to me on the overwhelming power and patience of love.

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    To me, photographing a wedding simply means telling a story. There are parts of the story that are shared among all brides, regardless of background, tradition, or age. From the bride’s first glimpse of her reflection in the mirror, to a proud mother’s last adjustment of her grown-up son’s tie, each picture captures a tiny memory that is poignant, significant, and entirely individual to you. It is my greatest goal that by providing couples with these picture memories, they will look into their own story of love and life, over and over again, for many years to come.

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    I like to think of my style as a genre-breaking approach to photojournalism, fine art, and traditional portraiture. My work incorporates a mix of these three photographic elements.

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    I love capturing real moments to help couples remember how they felt on their wedding day just as much as I love creating beautiful styled shots and formal portraits. Throughout the entire process of capturing a couple's "story of their day", I work to discover the unique angles and lighting adjustments that help create an extra layer of artistic feeling to an image.

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    I currently live life split between the coasts - while I'm currently based in San Francisco, California, I still cover numerous events each month back in my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, not to mention any additional weekend travel I can sneak in! Asides from photography, traveling is one of my other big passions and it's a (someday) dream of mine to live abroad.

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    ..but until then, I'm living life at 100mph and loving every second of it. From discovering the next story beyond the bend to capturing those memories into priceless photographs, I'm so happy to say that every single photo session I've taken on so far has served as a lasting reminder of the overwhelming power of the human connection. If you're ever interested in a possible photo session, or simply chatting about the wonders of life, good eating, and our shared addiction to Instagram (it's too real), please don't ever hesitate to reach out - I look forward to meeting you!

    RELATIONSHIP: Basic Invite Partner | COMPANY: Cassie Xie Photography | WEBSITE: www.cassiexie.com | SOCIAL: facebook, instagram

     
  • {Senior Portrait Session} by Krystal Craven

     
    High school female senior sitting on grass with knees bent to one side with a large tree in background.

    Hello! I’m Krystal Craven, the owner of Krystal Craven Photography. Like many photographers, photography started as a hobby for me many years ago. After a while, friends and acquaintances began to inquire if they could hire me to take their family portraits and that was when I took the plunge into photography as a business in 2014. In the photography world, I am still considered a newbie, but I have learned so much over the last couple years and continue to learn and grow in my photography skills so that I can offer my best quality to my clients.

    High school female senior standing with one hand in front jean pocket. High school female senior leaning against a brick wall High school female senior sitting on fallen tree trunk with legs crossed and hands on knee.

    Before I started in photography, I went to college and got my bachelors in education and got my teaching credential. I ended up stepping outside of the classroom to homeschool my children, which has been the hardest but most rewarding experience as a teacher and mother. I now currently homeschool, am involved in ministry at our church, and run Krystal Craven Photography so my organization skills have definitely been put to the test these last couple years and by the grace of God have prevailed successfully.

    High school female senior sitting on low resting tree trunk in casual pose.High school female senior kneeling on one knee.

    I have experience in portrait sessions such as seniors, family, children, newborn, maternity, headshots, you name it and also in weddings and events. Once I relocated to the San Francisco East Bay from Southern California in 2015, I decided to focus on portrait photography and now specialize in seniors, family, children, and headshots.

    High school female senior leaning with arms on rustic fence. High school female senior sitting on rustic fence.

     

    This session in particular is one of my favorite senior portrait sessions because this young lady’s mother told me how shy she was and that having her best friend move out of state recently had been hard on her. One of the most important things to me in my client sessions is the experience I provide my clients as well as quality photographs. I started off the session getting to know this gorgeous young woman and found out she also has a growing interest in photography. She isn’t a huge sports fan, but really enjoys learning and has many aspirations for such a young woman her age. As I started snapping photos, she was unsure of how to stand and where to look so as we joked around she really began to loosen up and come out of her shell. I was amazed at how modelesque she became. It truly was like watching a butterfly come out of their cocoon. When we reviewed the photos with her parents, it was so rewarding to see the smile and joy come to their faces as they saw the photos.

     

    High school female senior on bridge smiling as she looks down

    Krystal Craven Photography serves the San Francisco East Bay in Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Clayton, Danville, Moraga, Lafayette, Orinda, Martinez, and surrounding areas.

    Phone: 951.505.3561  |   Website: www.krystalcraven.com

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