We have entered a unique period in history where everything can be manipulated, from images in Photoshop to your entire life on social media. You can literally invent a human and virtually be that human until you end up getting a call from Neve and Max asking to meet in some random park in Cincinnati the day after tomorrow. As a result, a tremendous amount of pressure has been placed on us to be the perfect daughter, mother, business owner, friend, spouse and photographer. What happened to embracing life just as it is? What happened to embracing the lives we have right now? What happened to seeing significance in imperfection and failures in life AND art. Kirsten will explore the symbiotic relationship between society, personal experiences and the pictures we make and how we have more control over all three than we even recognize.
Kirsten is a family photojournalist based in Denver, Colorado however her work brings her all over the world, from New Zealand to Dubai, Brazil to Canada, Italy to Hawaii. Although she has been shooting for over fifteen years, it was teaching on Creative Live that really brought her approach to documentary family photography to the forefront as a desirable alternative to the traditional family portrait. She has been mentoring photographers internationally not only within family photography, but a coach guiding them to find their own unique voice by embracing their personal experiences and encouraging them develop a personal point of view. Kirsten's talks are known to make you laugh one minute and tear up the next, inspiring her listeners to go confront their fears, identify their insecurities and push forward. Despite the many accomplishments including being regularly featured on the Huffington Post, interviews around the world and listed as one of the top 100 photographers on Fearless Photographers, it is her role as a mother and wife to her daughter Byrdie Mae and husband street photographer Gregory Bethmann that brings her the most pride and joy. Well that and any Scrabble victory, which are countless.