Another Woman in Business blog coming at you just in time for Christmas! I’m so happy to introduce you to Krista Willis, owner of Krista Lynn Photography and Fine Art in Springfield. I’ve known her for the past 6 or 7 years (we met through a monthly Bunco group) and I’m so glad to call her my friend.
A little background on Krista. She is originally from Ohio but moved to Missouri at age 7. She and her husband have been together since she was 18 years old and have two amazing boys. Always having an interest in photography, she got her own semi-professional camera at 36. Of starting her business Krista says, “I have been a stay at home mom for [a while] and I was so blessed to do that. I also wanted something that was mine, something that I could do creatively but still be the most important thing- a mom. Photography is my outlet to be creative, to be an adult, to pursue something that makes a difference to [my family], me and others.”
Her favorite thing about taking pictures is “capturing that perfect moment.” Krista explains, “Not the perfect picture but the perfect moment. That moment that the person will look at for the rest of their lives and remember how they felt at that moment in time. That is priceless.”.
Growing up, Krista didn’t have much money and wasn’t able to take a lot of family photos. The only professional photos they had were taken for the church directory. When it came to her senior pictures, she couldn’t afford them but had a friend from her family’s church that could do it for free. If he hadn’t done those pictures for her, she wouldn’t have any senior photos to show for herself. ” I want to bless people like that,” she states. “A large part of the reason I wanted to start this business is so anyone could afford to have special moments captured. I want to be profitable for my family but I want to be affordable.”
She has three different price points to meet any budget. I’ve done two photo shoots with Krista so far. She is such a joy to work with and does a great job of capturing the essence of your family at the present moment in time. My kids also LOVED her and she’s great bringing out their best photogenic selves even though they were a little bit crazy during our last shoot in July.
I asked Krista for some tips for parents on how to get the best photos of their children during a photo session. She says, “When doing family photos, pick a time that the kids are the happiest. Make sure they are fed and rested. [Also] come [into the session] with no expectations. Kids, young kids, are unpredictable. Some sessions will be amazing, some will be frustrating. But no matter what it is an experience. Something you will look back on and say, ‘wow that was so much fun’ or ‘wow that was tough but we laughed through it-so glad our kids are older now.’ 🙂 So relax and enjoy these fun times as a parent. And never not do pictures because you are not happy with the way you look. Your kids see you every day and love you just the way you are. They will cherish those memories to have because you never know what the future holds.”
I highly recommend Krista Lynn Photography for all my friends that are in need of new photos and I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from those that have taken up my recommendation. She also has gift certificates! What a great last minute Christmas gift or stocking stuffer for someone that is hard to buy for during the holidays. Giving the gift of memories :). If you are interested in Krista Lynn Photography and Fine Art you can contact her via her Facebook page or Instagram. Be sure and tell her you heard about her from me.❤️📷