your photographer


Welcome! And thank you for visiting my website!

Hi! I'm Krista! I cannot wait to meet you, and I would love nothing more than helping you get the heirloom photographs your family will cherish for years to come. 

My love for photography began when I lived in Hawaii as a young teen. My best friend and I spent our days snapping photos with disposable cameras and eagerly awaiting the results. In high school, my dad gave me my first "real" camera for my 16th birthday: a Nikon N2000. I delighted in learning the classic techniques of photography, and went on to earn a BFA from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where I studied and fell in love with the processes of film photography and the darkroom.

Having fallen away from the craft after graduation to pursue a career in web development and design, and then to launch a non-profit for new parents in Austin, I have returned to my original art with a passion for high quality imagery. Utilizing my bend toward a photojournalistic style, I create vibrant images that capture the mood of life's big milestones, small moments, and everything in between.

There is something magical about capturing a single moment of light on film. Lys is the Norwegian word for light. Lys is a nod to my Norwegian heritage and my love of helping everyone express their unique radiance!


"We worked with Krista to do a family session in our home and could not have been more thrilled with the photos Krista captured.
Not only were they beautiful images, but more importantly they captured the intangible--the love and joy that exists within our family.
I can't think Krista enough-- plus working with her is so easy." - Kristen W


"Thank you so much! I can’t wait to get these framed and up! I love them so much!
My husband was so sweet when he saw them as well! Crying at his desk at work!" - Beth L


"We've worked with Krista both for events and family photos and have been delighted with the results. She does amazing
work capturing natural, candid photos. The simple, sweet every day moments she is able to preserve are truly
priceless. She is a pleasure to work with." - Katie C

giving back

Every month, a portion of the session fee from each Storyteller Session goes toward an amazing cause.

August = Refugee Services of Texas
September = Partners in Parenting
October = Helping Hand Home
November = The Trail Foundation
December = Dressember