Master Photographer and California Photographer of the Year, Kristi Elias has been an artist all of her life. In 1998, she earned her degree from Brooks Institute of Photography, and she has worked as a professional photographer and gallery represented artist ever since. Kristi owns a portrait studio and art gallery in Long Beach, CA and specializes in studio, location and underwater photography. Her portraits are known for their distinctive, dramatic style and her strong use of a chiaroscuro color palette. This unique style and vision has brought her to the forefront of the photography world, and she’s been featured on NBC News, in museums, art galleries, billboards, storefront window displays, magazine covers and ads as well as in numerous industry publications like Professional Photographer and Rangefinder Magazine. Kristi has earned her numerous awards and international recognition, including multiple Photographer of the Year Medallions, the Canon Par Excellence award, multiple PPA Loan Collection images and over 70 WPPI Merit Awards. She’s extremely involved in her industry as a member of the American Society of Photographers, Professional Photographers of California, and PPA where she serves as a Council Member. Kristi believes in giving back and helping to grow the photography industry, achieving this through her roles as photographic mentor, teacher, and author and image competition judge.