After receiving her BFA in photography, Kristianne embarked on intermittent travel and mountaineering expeditions. She met her husband and soon set out on a life changing adventure together. They sailed from San Diego, CA to French Polynesia and then to Hawaii over the course of a year. No communication with the outside world helped her acquire a penchant for freedom. Her photography continues to be strongly influenced by her ocean voyages.

Kristianne still lives in a California surf town, and works as a commercial and fine art photographer.  When she’s not behind a lens, she’s surfing and sailing with her family and planning their next great adventure, which will surely not be on land.

ARTIST statement

My photography explores emotion and spirituality based in reality. I make photographs that express a devotion to family, explore the struggle between vulnerability and capability and illustrate high regard for the natural world. I am an environmentalist, a romanticist and a minimalist.

I try to control every detail in my images yet I am perpetually drawn to the impreciseness and uncertainty of slow shutter speeds, alternative processes, instant film and underwater photography.


Communication Arts Magazine, Photography Annual Competition, Editorial

Director’s Award, Voyages, The Kiernan Gallery
Juror’s Honorable Mention, July, A Smith Gallery
Director’s Award, Water! Center for Fine Art Photography


Black and White Exhibition, F-Stop Magazine, Juror Christy Karpinski

Expressions: Contemporary Portraiture, The Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA Juror Robin Rice
Take Flight, 
The Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA Juror Jennifer Schlesinger-Hanson
Alternate Realities
Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
The Art of Work, Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR, Jurors Julia Dolan and John Jay
The National: Best Contemporary Photography, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, IN

Black and White, F-Stop Magazine, Juror Christy Karpinski
The Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA Juror Christy Karpinski
Alternate Realities,
JDPW Gallery, Hollywood, CA
Water! The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Juror Wally Mason
July, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, Juror Christy Karpinski
The Edges of Night: Dawn and Dusk, PhotoPlace Gallery, VT, Juror Sean Kernan
Kellicutt International Photo Show, Through a Lens: Ten. Coastal Arts League Museum, Jurors Kim Komenich, Tom Till, Crista Dix,
Open Water, Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA, Juror, Jennifer Schwartz of Jennifer Schwartz Gallery
Still Point V, Still Point Gallery
House Party Exhibition of Photography, 2951 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Alchemy + Entity: New Works by Sixteen Photographers, Julia Dean Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Magic of LightThe PhotoPlace Gallery, online annex, Middlebury VT,  juror Aline Smithson

Green,The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Juror Corinne Tapia of the Sous Les Etoiles Gallery , New York

Human + Being,The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Juror James Balog

Mother and Child, San Clemente Art Gallery, San Clemente, CA

Sealevel, San Clemente Art Gallery, San Clemente, CA
International Fine Art Photography Exhibition, the Center for Fine Art Photography at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, CO, Juror Mary Virginia Swanson

International Fine Art Photography, Salt Lake City Olympics Photography Exhibit, Olympic Village, Salt Lake City, UT
International Fine Art Photography, Millenium Art Center, Washington, D.C.

Honolulu Artists Group Show, Ala Moana Hotel, Art at Marks Garage Gallery, Honolulu, HI


The Sixth Sense artist book
Great Ocean Quarterly, cover, 1:1 2014
F-Stop Magazine interview, January 2014
Blur Magazine, Issue 31, 2013
Still Point Arts Quarterly, Summer 2013
Orion Magazine, July/August 2013
Sea Stoke, Issue Two 2013
Photobook Cali by Photo District News 2012
Makai – Photographs Toward the Sea 2009