Master Artist, Craftsman, Master photographer & ASP - Fellow Kristi Sutton Elias has been an artist all of her life. Earning her degree from Brooks Institute of Photography of Santa Barbara in 1998, she’s worked as a professional photographer and gallery represented artist for the past 20 years. With an artist’s eye and a poetic soul, Kristi merges her artistic energy and creativity into fine art portraiture, creating pieces that show her identifiable mystic and timeless style.
From sketch to sculpture, Kristi’s passion for fine art photography has brought her to the forefront of the photography world, and she has been featured on NBC News, in museums, art galleries, billboards, storefront window displays, Magazine covers and ads as well as in numerous industry magazines like Professional Photographer and Rangefinder Magazine. Her portraits have earned her numerous top awards and international recognition. Including multiple Photographer of the Year Medallions, Multiple California Photographer of the Year Awards, Canon Par Excellence awards, ASP State Elite and District Awards, multiple PPA Loan Collection images and over 100 WPPI Honors of Excellence Awards.
Kristi owns a luxury based fine art portrait studio and art gallery on the water in Shoreline Village of Long Beach California. In 2016 she also opened an underwater photography studio. She believes in giving back and helping to grow the photography industry. Kristi is a photographic and business mentor, teacher, author and image competition judge.