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Lifelong artist Kristi Sutton Elias has dabbled in mediums as diverse as drawing and sculpture. But she loves photography and Photoshop because she can merge all her creative influences into a single visually inventive image.
Her process begins either outdoors or at her studio, which overlooks the Queen Mary cruise ship. During each session, the award-winning photographer helps all her clients strike their most flattering pose. A week after the photo session, clients look over more than 100 of their portraits during viewing/ordering parties, which Kristi livens up with complimentary champagne, wine, snacks, and confetti cannons.
Afterward, she creates her masterpiece portraits by compiling her shots in Photoshop and creating dramatic, filmic images, such as youngsters paddling through stormy seas. She preserves her final pieces on gallery wraps, as well as with products such as customized memory boxes, which hold more than 20 portraits.