O.K. all the nice stuff was on the home page. You really want to know about me?!
Here's the raw, unfiltered truth!
I have been described as a wild, care-free, highly excitable, extrovert. I'm not sure if that's a good or a bad thing. I get excited about silly things like bright colors, glitter, baby squirrels, or anything miniature for that matter. Weddings make me cry. Babies make me cry. (Happy tears... I don't have a phobia or anything.) I have a deep personal relationship with gourmet food, vodka, and dark chocolate!
Likes: fashion, 90's alternative music, long walks on the beach
Dislikes: microwaves, spiders, long walks in the desert
Favorite Junk Food: pizza
Favorite Animal: Liger (it's a cross between a lion and a tiger)
Favorite Color: White (and for those saying to themselves, "white isn't a color, it's a shade." BITE ME!)
I'm a soul seeker and an art junkie! I love to sing, and dance, and cook, and draw. I mindlessly doodle all over EVERYTHING when I'm on the phone. I'm a sucker for all things creative. I love to use my imagination and tend to look at the world through rose colored glasses. I'm a romantic at heart. Always have been, always will be. I believe in manifest destiny and make vision boards and all that crap.
In all seriousness though, about 10 years ago I realized I was not being real with myself. My inner voice (which oddly enough sounds just like Snoop Dogg) said to me, "hey gurl, you got more to offer the world. You feel me my dizzle." But then my nagging responsible voice (which oddly sounds just like my mother) said, "Shut up Snoop, you've had too much gin and juice. You know she has a family and bills. She's just gunna leave her job and start something new." And then my inner valley girl yoga instructor voice was like, "heeeyyy all of this negativity is totally like, killing my vibe. Let her live her truth. Eat vegan. Free Tibet." And then they all started fighting.
So very quietly, while all the voices in my head were at battle ... I just did it. I left my 10 year long career and took a leap of faith.
(Here's the part where I get sappy and sentimental)
With the support of my amazing husband, family, and friends I launched Krystal Zaskey Photography in 2008. It changed my life forever. I did not go to school for photography. I have no formal training. Until 2008 I had never actually touched a camera other than a point and shoot and I had no idea what composition was or what ISO meant. All I knew was that I loved documenting peoples happy moments and being able to give them a tangible memory. I loved the way the sun danced across my lens leaving trails of light and geometric shapes in the images that remained. I loved looking at something ordinary and being able to show people whats so unordinary about it and why it's special. I slowly noticed my perspective begin to change. And that was that. I set my camera to manual mode ( the mode where you must manually adjust all your settings) and I never looked back. I used to be ashamed that my style was so unorthodox. I would get nervous around trained professionals. But I quickly learned that I'm not just a photographer. I am what I always dreamed of being...an artist. Thats what makes my style so unique. With my camera in hand I'm able to show people the world through my eyes.
I am blessed with so many amazing people who have helped my business grow. My parents are supportive, loving, and probably my biggest fans.
Interesting fact - I have 4 totally incredible parental units, consisting of 2 biological parents and 2 of the most amazing step-parents anyone could EVER ask for. SCORE!!! I owe a lot to my step dad, George, or "Papa George" as he is more famously known. He bought me my first camera and lots of tools for my toolbox. I literally wouldn't be where I am today without him.
My children and husband are my world. They are a daily inspiration to find the beauty in everything. They are my moon, my stars, my heart, and my soul. Everything I do is with them in mind.
My best friend, Natasha, also happens to have the distinct honor of being one of my lead photographers. She has been with me from the ground floor. I'm pretty sure the only way I convinced her to get into photography was telling her she'd get paid to hang out with me. I didn't realize that she would become such a valuable part of Krystal Zaskey Photography. She is the peanut butter to my jelly. The cole to my slaw. My sister from another mister. She keeps me grounded as my head is often in the clouds. (What can I say, I'm a dreamer!) Her incessant need for over preperation and fine attention to detail makes up for my...lets call it free-spirited, indigo child side! It's all about balance and we make a stellar team.
After 10 years my little business has grown from a "me" to a "we". We have grown to serve not only Florida but the far away places all over the world. We have served over 600 different clients and businesses, have a social media reach of over 5,000, and are preparing to launch a sister company in the Winter of 2019. And we are just getting started.