I'm Kristen! I am a wife, mother, lover of nature, good books, wind blown hair and the beach! I didn't discover photography until my mid 20's, but dabbled in many art mediums before that, including, dance, gymnastics, drawing, painting, sewing, a little bit of graphic design and singing just to name a few. But I finally felt at home with my art when I bought my first big girl camera about 7 years ago. 

I was born and raised in Central Illinois, and my heart longs to live by the coast. Maybe one day! When I'm not photographing my sweet clients, you can find me spending time with my husband Joe, 5 year old Colin and our pup Gizmo, and also spending lots of time with our extended family that we love more than anything! 

One of my absolute favorite things about being a photographer is that I most of the time end up making great new friends! I love going on adventures with friends (aka clients), with lots of laughs and getting a little dirty along the way! I love watching a family share laughs and dance around together, or snuggle their newborn in those first few days at home.  

If you think we'd be a good fit, lets make some magic happen! 

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Things I Love

about me.....

This is Ashley! 

Every superhero has a sidekick, right? Well I don't know about calling me a superhero or anything, but meet my super sidekick! This is Ashley! Together we make up what is Kristen Winkler Photography. 

I've been so blessed to have this girl by my side. She is the reason I started photographing weddings (when she MADE me photograph her wedding back in 2013!) and has been with me ever since! She is a kick a$$ mom of 3 and one of the strongest women I know.

Ashley mainly accompanies me to weddings, but will occasionally join in for a family or newborn session. We have so much fun together! I couldn't ask for a better person or friend to be my partner in crime in this biz!  

Things that humble me...

I've had the honor of having my work published on these widely acclaimed wedding blogs:

Borrowed and Blue (now Zola) August 2017

Top 100 Shoot and Share Contest 2017

Top 100 Shoot and Share Contest 2018

Top 10% Shoot and Share Contest 2016

Hampton Designs Blog Top 5 Photographer March 2015

Borrowed and Blue (now Zola) June 2017

Wandering Weddings September 2018

A Northwoods Wedding Blog February 2017

Cake and Lace Blog July 2017