Welcome to Kristie Montrois Portraits
"The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides." - Audrey Hepburn.
I am a woman, just like you and I am in my mid 40's. I have a few smile lines, more than a few gray hairs from raising teenagers, a couple of extra pounds and hooded eye-lids. Why would I say this? Because, I have earned each and every one of them. I get it. I used to often be behind the camera more than I am in front of it.
Since 2009, I have concentrated on portraying women the way we want to be portrayed; however, many women are often afraid to allow themselves to desire feeling beautiful. There is some unwritten rule that once you are getting cereal on your shirt every morning burping your child, being the woman you are is unimportant. We are often so busy being wives, mothers, PTA chairwomen, carpool organizers, costume makers, family nutritionists, problem-solver and "boo-boo" kissers that we forget to allow ourselves to be women. By the time our children are heading off to school, we have a whole new set of priorities we did not believe included feeling beautiful. I don't know how many times I have peeked at the Juniors section, because the "Mature Women's" section of the department store did not appeal to my youthful inner self. We all do it.
It's a myth. There is so much more to being a woman than what we allow ourselves and it's fantastic. We are all capable of feeling like a Cover Girl on the pages of our favorite magazine, if we allow it. You are allowed to step into that beautiful gown for more than being a bride, bridesmaid or mother of the bride (you may also use one of ours. We have a stunning wardrobe). You get to capture who you are and leave a legacy in portraits for yourself, your children, your grandchildren and their children in generations ahead. You have permission to leave your mark and exist in portraits.
My husband always says, "Honey, what we are doing is the closest we will ever get to a time machine." One day, your portrait will be the most important thing your loved one may ever own. I have a story to tell about that very detail. When we speak, I will be happy to share it with you. Until then, I want you to know I take creating your portrait very personally. It is an absolute honor to tell your story and to be able to provide you and your family with a custom portrait you will cherish for generations to come.
I look forward to hearing from you. Let's play dress up like you use too and have great day in the studio. It is a fantastic way to spend some time with your gals, mom or just yourself.