ello there Friend! I am so glad you're here! Welcome to my cozy little corner of the web. My super short intro is I'm a wedding and portrait photographer based in Austin, Texas and available for travel! If you want the longer version, click the arrows to the side of my picture to learn more!
walked into the kitchen as a 16-year-old on a normal May afternoon and picked up a piece of paper which read, “If your name is Christina Hastings, you need to go on a scavenger hunt.” I followed a set of clues all over until I ended up finding a camera bag under my bed with a starter DSLR camera inside! I was shocked. I profusely thanked my parents, but they told me they didn’t give me the camera. “Who gave it then?” I wondered for about a year until I finally discovered that my 20-year-old brother Paul had secretly purchased it by working odd jobs because he knew it was my dream to be a photographer. I can’t thank him enough for investing in his little sister’s dream.
hese are my very best friends right here, and I absolutely love being a part of my fun family! My dad proposed to my mom on their first date, and she accepted his proposal a week later (they had known each other as friends for a couple years). My brother Pat met his wife Michelle in the parking lot of a Cru staff retreat, and now they have two of the cutest boys Patterson and Gideon! My brother Paul met his wife Sarah at a volleyball game which we all find ironic because neither of them are into sports. They just had their first baby! And then there’s me. Love story TBD, but I do look forward to hopefully being a wifey and mommy someday!
* PEOPLE. I looove people!!! Maybe that’s why I enjoy being at weddings so much because they are teeming with happy people!!!
* STORIES. Each of us is made up of real-life stories that have shaped us into who we are today. As a storyteller, it's my delight to learn, capture, and share stories! I would love to hear yours!
* KINDNESS. I think every person should be treated with kindness.
* STRAWBERRY BANANA SMOOTHIES. I drink them often in warm weather.
* RUNNING. Ok, well to be more accurate I love the feeling I get AFTER I’ve run—not so much the feeling during.
* YELLOW. My favorite color because it's happy!
touched her 12-year-old eyes with my 12-year old fingers. To some she was just an image on a page of a Christmas gift catalog mailed by a ministry asking for donations to help their work in other countries. But to me she was a real little girl with feelings and desires just like little me. When I developed a serious interest in photography a few years later, I knew I wanted to use my skills to tell meaningful stories that would help create awareness, shatter apathy, and instill compassion for causes that matter. Photography can be so much more than simply pretty images-it's a powerful storytelling medium. I'm thankful for the opportunities I've had to photograph for non-profits in Africa, Asia, and North America.
* At age 5, I told my grandma I wanted to be a robot. I still think robots are cool, but I’ve moved on from wanting to actually be one.
* At age 8, I told a friend I wanted to be a daredevil. My first stunt was to cross her walk-in closet by swinging on her clothes' bar. On my first swing, the bar tumbled down and left a big knot on my head. Thus ended my days as a daredevil.
* At age 10, I wanted to be an ice cream taster after I read about one. Later I found out that he spit out the ice cream to avoid packing calories whereupon that aspiration lost its appeal to me.
* I have an Associates Degree in Physics and a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, but now I’m a photographer. Go figure...
t the core of who I am is a story about Someone else. He lived a perfect life, died in my place, came back to life three days later, and now reigns in Heaven. His name is Jesus. Because of Him, I am Redeemed. Forgiven. Saved. Loved. Chosen. And I’ll never be the same because of what He has done. The deeper purpose behind everything I do stems from a desire to glorify Him with my life.
"To love would be an awfully big adventure."
I’ll send a questionnaire to glean wedding day info including a list of who you’d like photos with and the wedding day timeline. I'm here to help if you have any questions while planning!
"I AM A PHOTOGRAPHER MYSELF SO I WAS PRETTY PICKY WHEN IT CAME TO CHOOSING A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER."
"The quality, color & clarity of Christina's photos blew me away. She had so much energy & stood in the POURING rain with an umbrella to get the shots that I wanted. What a trooper! Family, friends, guests & other vendors literally walked out of our wedding & commented on how incredible Christina was & that she seemed like part of the family. They asked if we had known each other as friends before the wedding - I wish that was the case! How many brides walk away from their wedding day wishing their photographer was their friend? As a photographer, I hope to learn from her talent. As a bride, I could NOT have chosen a better photographer. As a person, I believe she is going to do incredible things in this world! She's AMAZING!"
"Our wedding photos look like a storybook!"
"I am thrilled to give my highest recommendation for Christina Hastings as a wedding photographer! We hired Christina to capture our engagement and wedding day photos and, my goodness, the result blew us away! If you're looking for a photographer who can create whimsical, timeless, and refreshingly unique pictures, Christina will meet and exceed your expectations! Christina is naturally talented. She just has 'an eye' for great photos and angles, and her work expresses a fresh and inviting feel every time. We felt so natural around her that we almost forgot all our special moments were being captured on camera! Our wedding photos look like a storybook! Nearly a year later, people are still in awe of our "magazine quality" pictures. I think we will still be talking about her when we share our photos with our grandchildren."
"we couldn't have been in better hands."
"Christina is a joy to work with - a wonderful person and an incredible photographer with a great sense of light, space, and occasion. Right from the start, she listened to and understood our vision. It took a lot for me, an amateur photographer with particular interest in capturing natural light, to let someone else be in charge of something so important to me. But we couldn't have been in better hands. Additionally, she had such patience with my fiance, who is notoriously shy when he doesn't feel comfortable around someone. But about five minutes into our engagement shoot, she put him at ease. We ended up having so much fun. If you're looking for a great storyteller and a person naturally inspired by her surroundings, look no further than Christina."
"I HAVE NO REGRETS!"
"Christina was THE BEST photographer for our wedding! My husband and I are absolutely thrilled with the photographs from the wedding and can't believe how beautiful, perfect, and just incredible the pictures turned out. Christina is a joy and definitely worth every cent! I asked her to come all the way from Texas to Illinois to be my photographer because I just knew that she was the only person that would do the kind of job I was looking for! I have NO regrets! If you are looking for someone who will make your wedding photos look unique, beautiful, and stellar and want a photographer that is willing to do anything to get just the right position for the photos to turn out then Christina is your gal! She's AMAZING!"
"I couldn't believe the beauty in the photos!"
"I am so glad I found Christina! I think it's important to find a photographer who makes you comfortable. I, for one, am not real comfortable being in front of a camera. I get awkward. But, Christina made me feel so comfortable and most of the time I didn't even notice she was taking photos. She is so friendly and warm! Always had a smile on her face and was full of energy! She listened to what my husband and I wanted in our photos and came up with some great shots for our wedding! She, along with her second shooter, were so professional that we didn't even notice her there taking pictures during the ceremony and yet the photos are beyond fantastic! I couldn't believe the beauty in the photos! I highly recommend her. You will be more than pleased with Christina!"
"I CAnnot Recommend Christina Enough."
"Christina was absolutely AMAZING. We are beyond ecstatic with our wedding pictures. She had the best ideas and was an absolute pleasure to work with. Even people that weren't in the wedding party were coming up to us telling us how creative and great our photographer was! I cannot recommend Christina enough."