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Meet Christa

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Hello there! I’m Christa and welcome to my little home on the Internet! I am an award winning professional photographer born and raised in the Annapolis area. I absolutely adore my hometown and am lucky to live along the Chesapeake and be in the center of the Baltimore – D.C. metro area!

I love amazing love stories, indie rock music, a good cup of coffee or tea, enjoying delicious food, warm summer days, great conversations, and discovering hidden gems in big cities.

From the moment I picked up a camera for my high school’s newspaper, I fell in love and knew I was going to college to study photography and I started dreaming big. I am a 2012 magna cum laude graduate of Towson University with a B.A. in Art + Design: Photo Imaging. While at Towson, I had the amazing opportunity of studying under Baltimore’s famous portrait photographer, the late Sam Holden. Sam inspired me to always shoot creatively and helped me excel in off camera flash. I established my business right out of college and began shooting weddings, lifestyle and music professionally.

I find my true joy in the amazing opportunity while being behind the camera, capturing true and amazing love stories in timeless, romantic, fun and candid photographs. I’m a true believer in soul mates and that He created each of us with amazing gifts and passionate purposes. I am always in awe of the amazing ways we connect and find one another – how can it be described any other way than fate? I love adventure, and the most amazing adventure for me is telling someone’s story – especially love stories! I’m always passport ready and will tell your story where ever it takes us! I love to have fun with my couples, their bridal parties and families – a photo shoot with me is usually full of laughter! I strive to make couples feel at ease and place their trust completely in me on their wedding day by being professional and knowledgeable.

It has also been an incredibly wild ride photographing live music and bands. To be able to capture performers like Ke$ha, Imagine Dragons, FUN., John Legend, Jonas Brothers, and many more has been such a unique opportunity that I still can’t believe is real life. I owe it all to the big dreamer, 16-year old Christa, who made a huge goal and dream while attending one of many Jonas Brothers concerts. If you’d like to see my concert work, check out my co-owned music photography blog, Amped Up Aperture.

When I’m not shooting weddings (when is that?), you’ll probably find me attending a concert or music festival, binge watching Netflix, sweating at the gym or in a hot yoga or a pure barre class, nose deep in a good book, exploring cities, or enjoying life with my amazing friends. Summer has always been my favorite season – and how convenient that summer is wedding and concert season!

So, let’s get coffee!! We can exchange stories – your love story for my hilarious and embarrassing story about how Aaron Carter kissed me after I photographed his show! But in all seriousness, I am so excited to get to know you and hear all about your amazing story!



Things I Love

MUSIC FESTIVALS: Being in a crowd of people you don’t know, who all share the same love for the same genre, artist or song, is truly an experience! Everyone is so close, singing along together and participating in something extraordinary. If I could time travel, my first stop would be Woodstock.

FOSTER THE PEOPLE: This band inspires me so much. Most of their songs are so hopeful, and they have a very true perspective on life. “Houdini” is my favorite song. EVER. You’ll often find me listening to them on vinyl when I am at home.

JAPANESE CULTURE: I’ve always been captivated by the culture of Japan. Since my trip to Japan and homestay with a Japanese family in 2008, the culture has become so much a part of me. I love their elegant simplicity  and approach on life. They work hard to achieve their goals and strive to be the best always. Not to mention the fact that everything is viewed as art is amazing!

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD: My favorite author. I just love the way his stories are written. “The Great Gatsby” is my favorite book. I adore the 1920’s and Art Deco.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: My favorite TV show, ever. I’ve traveled to Georgia twice (so far) to the small town of Covington where the show films and got to watch them film a few scenes for the final episodes of season seven. I’m OBSESSED! #TeamDamon #DelenaIsEndgame 

SEAFOOD: Crabs, shrimp, salmon, and sushi! I can’t get enough! I’m a true Maryland girl with a Japanese twist!

ZOOEY DESCHANEL: I love her quirkiness! I also adore her fashion sense and personality. Such a brilliant and inspiring woman!

TOMS: Super cute shoes and nothing’s better than buy one give one to a child in need! I’m usually wearing TOMS when photographing weddings.

INDIE MUSIC: Nothing inspires me more than the amazing sound and lyrics of a good indie band. Some of my favorites include Lana del Rey, Lorde, Atlas Genius, Passion Pit, FUN., Imagine Dragons, Artic Monkeys, Bombay Bicycle Club, Phoenix, The Naked and Famous, Two Door Cinema Club, The Kooks, Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men,  and many, MANY MORE!

Artists I Have Photographed:

Aaron Carter, Alex Aiono, All-American Rejects, American Authors, Anberlin, A Rocket to the Moon, A-Trak, All Time Low, Arkells, Atlas Genius, August Burns Red, Austin Mahone, Avicii, AWOLNATION, Bad Religion, Black Veil Brides, blessthefall, Boston, Boys Like Girls, Boyz II Men, Brandy, Breathe Carolina, Bridgit Mendler, Brighten, Bryce Vine, Cher Lloyd, Circa Survive, Chiodos, Crack The Sky, Dashboard Confessional, Diamond Youth, Emblem3, Echosmith, Ellie Goulding, Fifth Harmony, Forever the Sickest Kids, Four Year Strong, Flogging Molly, Florida Georgia Line, FUN., Gavin DeGraw, Gin Blossoms, Hanson, hellogoodbye, Hit the Lights, I The Mighty, Ice Nine Kills, Icona Pop, Iggy Azalea, Imagine Dragons, Jimmy Eat World, John Legend, Jonas Brothers, Josh Groban, Karmin, Ke$ha, Kid Cudi, Krewella, Laura Wilde, LIGHTS, Madeon, Matt and Kim, Matt Nathanson, Marina and The Diamonds, Mayday Parade, Mike Posner, Motion City Soundtrack, MS MR, My Darkest Days, Neon Trees, New Kids On The Block, Nico Vega, NONONO, Old Southern Moonshine Revival, OneRepublic, Otherwise, Panic! At The Disco, Paper Route, Pennywise, Pierce The Veil, P.O.D., Reel Big Fish, Saint Vincent, Savoy, Shawn Mendes, Silversun Pickups, Sleeper Agent, Smallpools, Sons of the Radio, Staked Like Pancakes, Surrender the Fall, Switchfoot, Taking Back Sunday, Ted Nugent, Tegan and Sara, The 1975, The Airborne Toxic Event, The Architects, The Band Perry, The Black Keys, The Cataracs, The Colourist, The Downtown Fiction, The Flaming Lips, The Head and The Heart, The Kooks, TLC, The Maine, T.Mills, The Offspring, The Ready Set, The Script, The Story So Far, The Summer Set, The Used, They Might Be Giants, This Century, Touche Amore, Train, twenty one pilots, Twin Forks, Yelle, We Are The In Crowd, We The Kings, “Werid Al” Yankovic, William Beckett, Zedd, ZZ Ward, 3oh3!