Wedding, elopement, and lifestyle photography; illustrative stories for life and love.
Hey there! Thanks for stopping by to get to know me a little bit better. Let me tell you a little about myself. I'm the owner of Kristy Lumsden Photography and the founder of Same Love Weddings. I discovered photography at a very young age and it has always been a passion of mine. Photojournalism, in particular, caught my eye through a set of TimeLife photography books that were handed down to me and I was fascinated. The emotion that poured through them and their ability to make you feel like you were a part of that experience was one of the most amazing things I, at that point in my life, had ever encountered. Those books kept me entertained well into college but it was in high school that I realized photography was what I wanted to do forever. It was the darkroom and the magic that would happen there. The whole process of making, developing and watching images appear was spectacular; otherwise fleeting moments becoming tangible and permanent.
I went on to study photojournalism as a major and it has shaped the way I make photographs. My illustrative style, which is a cross between documentary and traditional photography, helps me create the story of your wedding and show your individuality. My goal is to always make my couples feel comfortable enough to show their true selves and to make their memories as genuine as the words they speak to each other that day. I have a relaxed and personal approach that alleviates the stress and nervousness of the day. I will be there to document every moment and it will be those images that allow you to feel and experience your day over and over again for many years to come.
Who I am: I am an artist and activist of LGBTQ rights. A lover of film, art, design, music, roller coasters and amazing light. I love sushi dates, game nights with friends, exploring with my partner, Chasity, and cuddling with my Puggle, Marcel. I play guitar well enough that I'm actually able to say that I play the guitar. I'm a pretty awesome cook and conquering really difficult recipes gives me a great sense of accomplishment. My most recent victories were Icelandic Skyr and French Macarons. Wanderlust has been in my blood for as long as I can remember; I love road trips, traveling to exotic places and dream of owning my own Airstream.
What are the steps to booking you for our wedding / portrait session?
Just take a peek at the "Say Hello!" link in the menu at the top of my site. Provide the details of your event or portrait in the contact form and I'll be in touch to let you know if I'm available.
When should we book you?
There is a lot more flexibility with portraits, so book at any time and we will find a date together that fits. The newly engaged couples often book their wedding a year or more in advance, but it's safe to say that most book around 6-12 months before their wedding date.
Do you travel for weddings?
I work in Pittsburgh, however, I would be more than happy to travel for your event!
What is your experience with photographing weddings?
Anything from intimate backyard gatherings to lavish events. I've photographed a variety of different ceremonies from Catholic, Jewish, Greek Orthodox, LGBTQ, Muslim, Episcopalian, self-officiating to Hindi. I'm excited to hear about the customs and details of your day!
When will our photos be ready?
Your digital proofs will be ready in an online gallery within 4-6 weeks of your wedding. Digital proofs of your portrait session will be ready in about 3-4 weeks.
What is your photographic style?
I'm a lifestyle photographer which means more relaxed and intimate images. I want your photographs to reflect who you are and all the emotions of the moment you're in.
Do you offer a second photographer?
Most of my photography is done on my own so that I can provide a more intimate setting however, I do offer a second photographer if one is needed.
Do you offer wedding packages?
Nope! Because every couple is unique I find that "packages" often don't work. What I do instead is provide a starting price point and let you build a completely custom package of your choice, a la carte style. However, my base pricing has absolutely everything you need
What is your pricing?
Portraits begin at $400. Weddings begin at $3300 and include: 6 hours of coverage, an online digital gallery, and printing privileges. All weddings are unique, if you have a question about a custom pricing, send me a message. I would be happy to create a custom package tailored to fit your day.
What kind of cameras do you use?
I use professional quality Nikon equipment with backups. If you would like to know more details, I will gladly nerd out with you!
If the answer to your question isn't listed here, please send me a message. I would be happy to address any concerns you might have!
I'm excited to learn more about your wedding. It's going to be an amazing day and I would be honored to share it with you. I'm currently booking for 2018 & 2019, so let's have a coffee and chat!