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Daily Inspiration: Meet Kristen Lang

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristen Lang.

Hi Kristen, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I started photography back in 2019 when I received a camera as a gift for Valentines Day. Since then, I quickly fell in love with the process of fine art photography and editing. It became a kind of therapy for me when I began to see photography as an artist medium of expression, rather than simply capturing life. I had started creating pieces of art through self portraits as a way to help me express my healing journey from the trauma I experienced as a survivor of sexual violence. It was shortly after that when I realized that I could use this medium as a way to help other survivors facilitate healing and tell their stories. I put out some feelers to see if anyone in my area would be interested in such a project and was surprised at the amount of interest. I have worked with quite a few survivors and each of them has had a unique outlook on these shared experiences. I love working with my clients and creating a visual representation of their healing journeys.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The process of working with survivors of sexual violence can be unpredictable, even to the survivor themselves. Each survivor is different in how they handle their trauma, and you never know what kind of emotions will arise as they tell their story. I’ve sat and hugged people as they grieve, I’ve sat quietly and listened their their anger. These sessions really are like a form of therapy that allow people to open up with someone who’s been in their shoes an express a lot of the feelings that they haven’t talked about before. It is such a rewarding challenge to take those feelings and turn them into empowering pieces of art that remind survivors of their strength and courage.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m a photographer and digital artist that specializes in helping survivors of sexual violence reclaim their narrative through a trauma informed photography session. I listen to the stories of survivors and help them create an empowering piece of art that is unique to their story and will serve as a permanent reminder of their strength and courage.

What matters most to you? Why?
I practice Buddhism in my personal life, and it has had a huge impact in the way I approach people. The word that I always find myself coming back to is “compassion”: The ability to just lovingly sit with someone and share in their suffering, and then transform that feeling into healing action… I think that’s what matters most. The world could be changed for the better in so many ways if everyone walked with compassion in every step.

Pricing:

  • Survivor sessions are $690,this includes a 1 hour photography session, professional hair and makeup, and a 16×20 framed print of the finished art piece.

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Image Credits
Kristen Lang Photography

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