About Me

 My Photography Philosophy:


In images, I strive for “real”. I want to show you, your life, your love. I want to make you laugh, show your beauty, capture those fleeting moments in your child’s life, create art for you to treasure forever. Past clients say that my patience, creativity & ability to capture the little moments are what set me apart. When working with children (and sometimes grown adults), helping them feel comfortable during a photo session and getting those “real” moments is as important as the assistance I offer after the session, designing professionally printed art pieces to display in your home. Creativity & flexibility are key components to my business philosophy, and I’m always game for fun & crazy ideas, as unique as you and your family. When you look back through your family photos, you’ll be able to see the details; the giggles, the love, the sunshine playing off your sweet baby’s hair. You’ll remember that day and the days surrounding it, quick as a blink, your fresh new baby has grown into a grubby toddler and one more wink, a beautiful young person, ready to take on the world on their own. Allow me to preserve those memories for you in photographs. I’ve been a professional photographer since 2009, and prior to that was an interior design consultant. Over the years, I have photographed hundreds of families, always taking the time to get to know them, their style and in some cases becoming like family. I am insured, licensed in good standing with the State of Arizona & Town of Gilbert, a member of PPA (Professional Photographers of America), the small business group ASPIRE (Association of Power Ranch Entrepeneurs), and I volunteer for many of the events in the Power Ranch area because I believe in the power of community and friendships.


Who’s Behind the Camera:

Kristen Carter Photography headshot at sunset with OCF

This is me.

I’m Kristen, owner & sole photographer of Kristen Carter Photography. Gilbert, Arizona is my home now, but I grew up in a farm town in Central California, where I met my husband the first day of 7th grade. He is my first love, my best friend and we’ve been married 12 years now! We have 3 beautiful children, who are amazing and hair-pulling in the same minute, so I will happily celebrate your new baby and easily commiserate with you about toddlerhood. We’re the keepers of two large German Shepherds, so our house is often loud & crazy, but always full of fun & joy! I’m an caffeine addict, prefer being barefoot or wearing flipflops, enjoy watching stupid comedies and hanging out with my girlfriends (at the beach when possible!) I love life, and would be thrilled to be your photographer.


Use the contact me tab to shoot me an email or give me a call & let’s grab coffee/cupcakes to chat about your photo needs!


Outdoor family photo at sunset in Arizona

My family, taken with the timer & tri-pod on a trip to Strawberry last fall. This now hangs as a 20 by 30 canvas on our wall.