Kristi Sutton Elias has been an artist all 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 23 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. Kristi has earned numerous awards and international recognition. Including multiple Photographer of the Year Awards, California Photographer of the Year, Canon Par Excellence awards, ASP State Elite and District Awards, PPA Loan Collection images.
Kristi was also selected on Team USA for the World Photographic Cup and received over 100 WPPI Honors of Excellence Awards. Kristi owns a luxury-based fine art portrait studio and art gallery located on the water in Shoreline Village of Long Beach California. In 2016 she also opened an underwater photography studio in Long Beach California. She's extremely involved in her industry as a member of the American Society of Photographers, Professional Photographers of California, WPPI, 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, author, and image competition judge.