You may have already gotten a hint of this already... but I love what I do! I am a designer at heart, but really love interacting with photo clients and simply creating ANYTHING! You can find me shooting weddings, building websites, creating print collateral and filling in basically anywhere else. Here are just a few fast facts to get to know the real Kristi...
BORN IN EARLY JUNE // MARRIED MY HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART // MOTHER TO TWO ADORABLE BOYS (TITUS & ZEKE) // COMMUTED 3.5 HOURS MY SENIOR YEAR OF COLLEGE // ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN COLLEGE SOFTBALL PLAYER // LIKES THE SMELL OF RUBBER CEMENT // HAVE HAD 5 SURGERIES ON MY FEET // NATIONAL QUALIFYING POWERLIFTER // FAVORITE BAND IS FOR KING & COUNTRY // GAVE MY LIFE TO CHRIST // LIKE TO THINK THAT I AM COOL, USUALLY SADLY MISTAKEN // PUBLISHED AUTHOR // BAKED A 2.5 FT. CHEESEBURGER CAKE // HAVE A BROTHER 15 YEARS YOUNGER // USES THE TERM “HARD CORE” // WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING, I USE COMIC SANS, NOT REALLY, THAT’S DISGUSTING // NEVER HAD MY TONSILS TAKEN OUT // STILL HAS TO SIT AT THE KIDS TABLE DURING FAMILY HOLIDAYS // NEVER WANTS TO STOP LEARNING // WANT MORE? JUST ASK!
VIVID STUDIOS, INC.
Graphic/Web Designer + Photographer
HEARTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Graphic Designer & Coordinator of Photography
Associate Professor of DesignFUSION & Community Education Instructor
KRISTI KERN DESIGN
ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY
Master of Arts Technology | 2014
COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO
Graphic Design | 2010
Associate in Arts | 2008
Big Party or Small Gathering
New Clothes or New Phone
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Phone Call or Text
What’s worse: Laundry or Dishes
Glasses or Contacts
Online Shopping or Shopping in a Store
Tablet or Computer
Iced Coffee or Hot Coffee
Meat or Vegetables
Ocean or Mountains
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Work Hard or Play Hard
Kristi shot our engagement photos earlier this year and most recently our wedding photos. We are so in love with our wedding pictures and keep going back to look at them! She even helped me finalize our timeline for the day, answered a bunch of my questions, and kept our bridal party going when they were all freezing. Our wedding day was so windy and cold, but she hung in there with us and captured some truly amazing photos that we will cherish forever! Thank you Kristi Lynn Kern!
Kristi did an awesome job taking our wedding pictures!!! Super easy to get along with and quick email responses! We absolutely love our wedding pictures and will be using her in the future!!
Let me start by saying, Kristi was BEYOND amazing to work with! I would recommend her to anyone who is wanting professional photos. Kristi shot my engagement session and my wedding, this year. This was my first real experience with professional photos, as I am not one who enjoys having their picture taken. Kristi made me feel like a freaking model. She knew exactly how to direct me with positions that would look the best for myself and my husband. She made sure that I got all the photos I wanted, and ones that she knew would look amazing. The photos turned out WAY better than I ever could have imagined. I am still in awe of how they turned out. She was very easy to talk to, she was always willing to answer my million questions. She was one part of my wedding, that I NEVER stressed over, because I knew she knew what she was doing. I am impressed with all of her work. I will definitely being going to Kristi for all of photography needs.
I can’t simply say enough great things about Kristi and Vivid Studios- the decision to use them was easy. Kristi was very attentive and always professional. Our pictures are absolutely stunning and truly captured every moment of the best day ever. Kristi thank you for making it so special for us- you are truly talented!!! I highly recommend Vivid Studios to anyone!!
Kristi / VSI come highly recommended by my family! Kristi is personable and professional, and she is such a talented photographer! She is great with family photos and kids of all ages. She is very patient and has a great eye as to what will make for a nice photo. The pricing is fair, and the scheduling is flexible- if you are debating on whether to schedule with these ladies, stop debating and go for it! You won’t regret it!
Kristi Kern at VSI Studios was a joy to work with on our rebrand project. Our company combined our three divisions into one fluid look and she nailed it. From logo concepts to final implementation, Kristi handled all of the rebrand details beautifully. Another piece of our rebrand project that Kristi completed was a new website design. The website was a unique challenge due to having to combine three different divisions into one site. Kristi thoughtfully differentiated the look of each division but somehow wove them together seamlessly for the end user experience. In addition, Kristi provided all of the design work for our office signage, letterhead, constructions site signage, social media images and more. I look forward to working together with Kristi more on future projects because she is such a down to earth professional with exceptional service and skill.
The Lincoln Park District has been in operation since 1961 and we hope to continue to be an asset to the community for many years to come. I came on board as Executive Director back in 2015 and one area that needed assistance was our marketing and website operations. I hired Kristi Kern to come in and design a new website that was attractive and user friendly for the park district. Kristi came and gave us just what we were looking for. We found her to be very thorough, easy to work with and delivered her product in a professional manner with a quick turnaround. Kristi also designed our Lincoln Park District brochures and has had a hand in developing materials for special occasion events held at the park district. I have known Kristi for many years, she played college softball for me at Lincoln College and I can assure you she gave 100% during the two years she played for me, very competitive on the field, one of our team leaders. I would recommend Kristi for any job she might be seeking; she will not disappoint you.