First off...I owe everything I am (and this business) to Jesus...
I'm Irish Kristina Marie Lei-Aloha Grzanich...and no I'm not Irish, I'm Polish and Croatian. I was born in Hawaii and raised in beautiful San Diego California. I graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California in August of 2008. After Graduation I spent some time working in Hollywood with some of the top photographers in the Celebrity and Advertising industry. It was an amazing experience but the continuous long hours and busy lifestyle wasn't for me -- I knew there was something else for me out there. I started shooting weddings after some friends needed a photographer for their upcoming nuptials. I instantly fell in love with it and knew that it was what I was called to do. I have a laid back style where I love to just watch the magic happen with out forcing fake moments. I try to keep posing to a minimum and love to just blend in and creatively document special moments as the wedding unfolds.
The other side to my photography, is my dream to take it out into the nations and lead workshops in under-developed countries to help children use it as a form of self-discovery. It’s about the process of creation that we begin to find ourselves in. For these kids, it won’t be about forming a career in photography, but an experience when someone spent time with them encouraging to find the gifts inside themselves.
For the last 3 years I have been blessed with a full-time job teaching photography at the Fusion Academy in Solana Beach, CA. I have been able to make this dream a reality by working with students in my city and by seeing them learn to discover themselves through photography.
10% of every job I shoot is donated to a family in India I have been supporting for a few years. Personally knowing them and seeing how each wedding has contributed to changing the lives of their young daughters Glory and Little Irish has been the biggest blessing.
Your wedding will help me partner in continuing making these dreams come true.