Kristina has a passion for photographing rural communities in the American west. She loves small towns and open space. 

Kristina is a transplant from the San Francisco Bay Area currently living in the Black Hills of western South Dakota. 

In 2007, Kristina graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in journalism. In Jan. 2008, she headed to the edge of the west where she served as the Rapid City Journal's the first female staff photographer until July 2012 before becoming the newspaper's first female photo editor, a role held until July 2014. 

In 2008, Kristina attended the American Diversity Project Workshop in Pikeville, Kentucky, and the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2009. Following her career at the Rapid City Journal, Kristina left the newsroom to pursue freelance and her South Dakota-based photography business.

Kristina is available for assignments throughout the west and the rest of the United States. Especially if it involves her packing a tent and a fly rod. 


Clients include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera America, BuzzFeed News, Reuters, Associated Press, Coca-Cola, Bleacher Report, Habitat for Humanity, Rapid City Area Schools, TEDxRapid City, South Dakota Chiropractors Association, GBA Inc. General Contractors, and The Man Salon. 


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