Christina Kling-Garrett has lived an enviable artist’s life. Her upbringing was fodder for her lifelong creative pursuits.
In 1978, at the age of three, Christina and her parents became the only family to reside on Indian Isle, Wisconsin year-round. The solitude was breeding ground for imagination and creativity. The environment fostered her love of exploration and nature.
After three years of “island life”, Christina’s parents moved to the mainland to purchase a weekly newspaper. Her dad, an electrician by trade, was the photographer and publisher; her mother was the reporter, editor, and typesetter. It was here, in the darkroom of this newspaper, that Christina fell in love with photography as a storytelling medium and art form. A regular entrant at local county fairs, Christina’s photos often bested those of her adult neighbors.
Throughout her teen and early adult years, Christina experimented with a variety of mediums, but fully committed to photography in 2008. In 2010, she embarked on the 365 project during which she challenged herself to take one picture a day for a year. She officially launched Klings & Things Photography in 2011. Since then, she has been hired by hundreds of individuals and corporations for her unparalleled ability to capture the essence of a subject—whether that subject is a newborn, an executive, a lab filled with new technology, a taco destined for an advertising campaign, a 10-year-old soccer player, or a burlesque performer on opening night.
Christina holds a B.A. from The University of Iowa in English and, prior to founding Klings & Things Photography, worked as a typesetter, editor, and senior content developer in the publishing industry for almost two decades. She is a member of several prestigious organizations, including: The Artisan Group, Manchester Arts, and RAW: Natural Born Artists. Christina regularly supports a variety of causes; contact her for more information.
Christina is as likely to show up to your shoot in a vintage dress as she is in a cardigan and plaid pants. She, herself, is versatile, which explains her commitment to a variety of photographic styles. When she is not out shooting, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons, and friends.
“Here is a great example of somebody who is expressing their creativity and celebrating their freedom through their art.”