At the age of 12, I remember the joy I felt when my dad allowed me to take pictures with his brand new Canon AE-1. We were standing together looking at the Grand Canyon and he was teaching me how to use the camera and trusting me to not to drop it. He always made a point to document our lives as we were growing up, every vacation, every adventure and every new milestone. This inspired me to get my degree in photography from RIT, which then landed me a dream job at NASA. I enjoyed every minute of my new adventure; from documenting engineers and astronauts on the Zero Gravity Aircraft to working alongside my NASA family in the lab to create beautiful custom displays or just processing tons of documentation imagery for the internal website; it was always fun. In 2001, we lost my sister to a terrible car accident and I remember going through all the old albums with my cousins and aunts and uncles. We laughed and cried at all the memories, adventures and misadventures of our childhood. I found peace in knowing that she was in God's hands and I had those precious photos to help me remember the great times. I want other families to have those same feeling of peace, joy, happiness and love when they see their own family portraits displayed in their homes.
Why photography is important
"In a digital world, our most prized possessions are photos of the family. They're pure gold!"
"Crystal has been my family photographer for more than a decade. We love working with her and have made many fun memories along the way."
"Crystal is versatile, creative, open to ideas, and is always up for a challenge."