Kristin Gallegos is a Photographer and Creative Director based in Los Angeles
Born in Long Beach, California, Kristin spent her youth as a classical ballet dancer, dancing in major schools across the U.S. She had been interested in fashion and art from a young age. And after eight years of dancing decided to switch creative gears to pursue her love of beauty and fashion. Kristin decided to become a makeup artist. In 2004, she moved to New York City where she began assisting and working with top makeup artists. This training provided the essentials and allowed her to refine her own aesthetic. She worked for over a decade as a leading artist, working with some of the worlds top companies, designers, celebrities, and photographers.
In late 2014, Kristin decided to pick up photography as a hobby and began shooting her friends as muses. That hobby very quickly developed into another career as a photographer. Brands and magazines began commissioning her. The 60’s and 70’s heavily influence her work. Her very specific retro aesthetic translates from her work as a makeup artist into her photography where she not only shoots the subject but also does the makeup, hair, styling, and creative direction. Kristin specializes in stylized nudes, portraits, and fashion editorials. She is completely self taught and shoots on film and various types of polaroid film primarily but has incorporated digital into her work. She also shoots Super 8 films.
Her work can be seen in Playboy, Teen Vogue, Purple.fr, Nylon, Foxes, Cake, Galore, Sticks and Stones Agency, Reserved, Nakid and So It Goes Magazines. And for companies like Volcom, J Brand, Thrills, Valfre, The Kooples, Jill Stuart, The Elderstatesman, Everyday Hero Shoes, Thin Wild Mercury Fragrances, Samantha Pleet, and Stoned Immaculate to name a few. In addition she had photos in a show at The Safari Gallery in NYC in the No Filter show in 2014. In 2016 had work in a show called Pillow Talk in London at The Palm Tree Gallery. And had a solo show in the fall of 2017 at the Modern Love Club Gallery in NYC. She relocated to Los Angeles in January of 2019.