My name is Kristopher Rowe. Shooting portraiture, weddings, and landscapes is what I do and love. I focus on bringing natural and architectural elements into my work. With my wife Katie and our awesome assistant Emily, Kristopher Mark Photography offers a complete photography service from concept to final artwork to hang on your wall.
The Village of Shorewood is where we call home… but I just say Milwaukee because no one knows where the heck Shorewood is! I love this city and it will always be the place that I decided to go all in on this photography adventure. My daily ritual of shooting at the lake feeds my passion and energy in what can be a stressful and intimidating gig. My amazing wife and wonderfully crazily energetic son keep me grounded and my perspective fresh.
What inspired you to become a photographer?
My older brother was really into photography when I was little so I was around it a lot at a young age. My older sister was big into portraiture, and I have several uncles that were big into creating 8mm films. I guess it just is sort of part of our family.
What's your favorite photo that you've taken?
That’s tough because like so many others I am my own worst critic. But if I have to choose one it would be an image I titled “Calling”. It was a foggy afternoon and I was out on a jetty at Atwater Beach. It was such a surreal day and I really feel I captured the exact feeling I had at the time. (first photo in the gallery below)
What's been your most memorable session and why?
I shot an engagement session down near Libertyville, IL. The couple had some very specific ideas for some of their shots and wanted to use a few props. One of the ideas was to shoot them on a love seat. In the woods. The dude carried a love seat over his head for like a half a mile into the woods. It was some cool looking stuff but hilarious. This was after we had already been kicked out of a seminary school campus twice :)
What's your favorite photography accessory (other than your camera)?
I have a 10-stop B&W ND filter that I really love. I have been able to shoot some really cool 17-minute exposures with it. I don’t leave home without it!
What do you consider to be the ingredients for success in photography?
Keeping the love alive. If you are out there just grinding away you will burn out fast. You have to find time to shoot for yourself as often as possible. It will show through in your paid work.