Kristen Cari Photography
Kristen Cari Photography

Kristen Cari Photography

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Introduction: Nothing makes me happier than capturing your memories through photography. I want to tell your story through the images we create together. My clients are much more than a business transaction, I want to collaborate with them to make their vision come to life. I specialize in maternity, family, and pet photography but am continually growing my skills in new directions. I love playing with natural light, breathtaking backdrops, vibrant colors, and capturing movement, soul, and personality.

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Hired 12 times

Serves Milwaukee, WI

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1 employee

3 years in business

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Cash, PayPal, Square cash app, Venmo

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.

Excellent 4.9

19 reviews


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Shannon O.

Engagement Photography

We hired Kristen to take our engagement photos and are SO happy with our decision! She responded quickly and kindly and made us feel like valued clients. The photos turned out beautifully! We are so impressed with the variation she was able to capture in just a one-hour shoot! We were nervous to have our pictures taken, but she was so friendly and was prepared with pose suggestions, which immediately made us feel comfortable. She was very easy to talk to and we had so much fun with her! We HIGHLY recommend Kristen!
Aug 31, 2021
Wendy K.

Portrait Photography

We have done quite a bit of research before decided to work with Kristen. She is definitely most professional and passionate among the photographers I talked with. Kristen made all of feel comfortable right away, and she was able to capture the best moments of our little one. Without a question, photo day with Kristen was the best memory we had with our little one. Look forward to our next photo event with Kristen.
Apr 25, 2021
Ashley C.

Portrait Photography

We found everything we wanted with Kristen! She was so quick to respond, had excellent availability, and made great recommendations on location and backdrop. Our little girl warmed up so quickly to Kristen so we got the most precious shots and really maximized our hour with her. So pleased with the photos, it’s hard to choose which ones to frame!
Kristen Cari Photography's reply
Thank you Ashley! It was such a pleasure meeting you all!
Jan 19, 2021
Thea R.

Portrait Photography

My wife and I couldn't be happier with the way our photoshoot with Kristen turned out! We hired Kristen to shoot a somewhat last minute maternity photoshoot with our two dogs and Kristen was able to capture everything we hoped for and more. She showed up early, stayed past our allotted time, was extremely professional, and even brought treats and a squeaker toy to keep our dogs attention for the shoot! To top it off, the photos turned out AMAZING :) even with 2 crazy, high-energy dogs running around. I'd highly recommend Kristen for anyone looking to capture a special moment and wouldn't think twice about using her for our next shoot. Thanks again Kristen!
Kristen Cari Photography's reply
Thank you so much for the kind review. It was great meeting you both plus doggies and I hope we get to work together again! Good luck with everything and happy holidays :D
Dec 18, 2020
Jessica F.

Portrait Photography

Kristen listened to the vision I had and put it to life! She found the perfect scenery for the background i was hoping to have for my holiday photos. She was open to any and all suggestions and made my family feel comfortable during the shoot. The pictures came out so beautiful, just like I had envision. Thank you!
Kristen Cari Photography's reply
Thank you so much for the kind words! I can’t wait for you to see the rest of the photos!!
Nov 23, 2020
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Kristen Watkins


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I am competitively priced and am very flexible as far as location changes, wardrobe changes, etc. DM me to talk discounts!

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I’m very communicative. First step is figuring out time and location. Once the contract is signed, you are officially in my calendar and we can start the process of figuring out what aesthetic you want, what outfits will work best, and other details. I’m available by phone most hours of the day. At the shoot it’s my job to put my clients at ease. Especially during a pandemic. I always wear a mask (and I’m lucky enough to have been vaccinated). I try to make it fun for kids and dogs, capturing candid moments as well as helping create natural poses that photograph well.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I studied photography throughout high school and college, learning how to develop b&w film in a dark room. Having that foundation gives me an intuitive understanding of composition and light. I learned how to edit in my spare time- editing is half the fun. It seriously feels like magic when you bring a photo to life with edits.

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