Khristina Godfrey's life of photography

June 30, 2016
Contributed Khristina Godfrey
Contributed Khristina Godfrey takes a photo of one of her subjects.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and for freelance photographer Khristina Godfrey, expressing herself through images is one of her fondest things to do.

The 22-year-old Edna Manley College graduate told THE STAR that of all her interests, which includes paintings, photography, and designing, capturing images is her longest-running passion to date, having started since high school.

"My father used to mess around with photography, so there are a lot of images around the house. I took up a camera and began taking pictures of places and people I know," Godfrey told THE STAR.

The Wolmer's Girls' School alumni said she started with an Olympus point-and-shoot camera then moved on to a Cool Pixs Nikon, before owing a Canon DSLR.

"The Cool Pixs Nikon was when I realised I was on to something serious in photography. Now I work with the DSLR," Godfrey said.

Having graduated from Edna Manley College in 2015 with a degree in painting, Godfrey said a lot of her photography skills and grooming came through elective programmes.

She said, "I learnt how to express myself through painting and bridge the gap between digital media and traditional media to produce the end product."

When asked if she intends to move on to filming, she said, "I'm still very much involved in the two-dimensional realm of image, instead of a scene. In the long run, I just hope to be more established in publishing in magazines on an international level."

Growing in her career choice of photography, Godfrey said she has been doing research in the field and this has aided her development.

She told THE STAR she has worked with former Miss Universe Jamaica Kaci Fennell and former Miss Jamaica World Laurie Chin, as well as other notable individuals.

According to the photographer, she would encourage anybody to take up a camera as a means of documenting his or her space.

"Some people would say they don't have the right tools, but in today's world you don't even need a camera. You can use your phone," said Godfrey.

Having faced her fair share of setbacks, Godfrey says she simply tries to find ways to work with whatever tools she has. She even recounted an instance along her journey where she managed to overcome a situation.

"I got calls for work at corporate events in the night time and I needed a flash. I had to figure out how to manipulate low lights until I could earn enough money to buy a flash. I simple researched how I could do the work without it until I could upgrade," she said.

Godfrey's work in photography can be viewed at her website

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