HI, I’M ASTRI.
I am a daughter, a Mom, a sister, a world traveler, a professional photographer, a potter, a certified yoga instructor and a wanna-be surfer, among a few other things.
I love any kind of beach (bonus points for the Caribbean or even more exotic!) and I hate the cold. I grew up in Iowa, moved to New York City as SOON as I could, and now I live in the Northern Virginia area (Reston, to be exact, but I will travel anywhere).
My favorite day would involve my son Kai (of course), a camera, close friends and provocative conversation.
As a photographer, I love to work with whatever natural light is available, and what makes me SO happy is to see the looks on my clients’ faces when they see the pictures from our session for the first time.
I have an individual style that combines fine art and journalism, always striving to capture my subjects in a relaxed and natural environment.
MY JOURNEY AS A PHOTOGRAPHER
I started with old school 35mm black and white developing and a BA in Art from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. I then moved over to fully digital with a professional photography certificate from the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University. My three decades of photography experience include Babies and Children’s Portraits, Family Portraits, Actor’s & Author’s Headshots and Events.
I have been pursuing a passion of imagery and art for over three decades, traveling the globe in pursuit of my love to meet people and explore new places and experiences. My travels have taken me to more than 20 countries, including an assignment to capture relief efforts following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. An experience that forever changed me.
I have a constant curiosity and strive to capture emotional and thought-provoking images that are a stolen moment in time and will provide happy memories forever.
AFFILIATIONS, COMMENDATIONS & PUBLICATIONS
- Member, American Society of Media Photographers
- Winner, Fox Architect’s Interior Architecture Contest 2007
- Harper’s Bazaar Japan, April 2009
- The Lutheran Magazine, June 2011
- Reston Connection, December 23-29, 2015
- Around Reston Magazine, Spring/Summer 2017
- “6 Restaurants in the DC Suburbs to Put On Your Radar”, Michelin Online Guide, Oct. 18, 2017
MY ARTIST STATEMENT
I wish for my work to express and celebrate humanity from every corner of the world. My hope is to show my curiosity for life through my images and capture bold, exotic, intimate pictures that evoke a spectrum of emotion from its viewers. I intend to break through the boundaries people create to feel safe, regardless of age, race, gender, faith, or political affiliation, but most importantly, and in every circumstance, to tell the truth.