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50 Essential Portrait Photographers: Cristal Sawatzky of Level 6 Images

50 Essential Portrait Photographers: Cristal Sawatzky of Level 6 Images

Cristal Sawatzky of Level 6 images is a very proud mother of two boys ages two and five. She’s been told that she has buckets full of energy and limitless patience and looks forward to each day that she gets to photograph people and their experiences of new life, beginnings and celebrations.


Why did you get into photography?

I grew up encouraged to become a visual artist originally delving myself into paintings and charcoal sketches until I found the therapy of photography.  I started it as my new loved art form showing at galleries which led to the beginning of my business. My wonderful husband saw my passion and told me to “do what you love” and I have never looked back. He has supported my vision, celebrated my successes and held me when I cried…..10 years ago I found my true love and my true passion for photography.



Tell us a bit about your company.

My family and my studio is based in Mission in our warm and family friendly home which I offer private, by appointment only sessions.  I started shooting weddings 10 years ago which naturally led to bellies, babies and families.  I have been specializing over the past few  years in maternity and babies which has given me great delight.  I also shoot limited weddings with my husband as my second shooter but we balance the weddings with the demand from my portrait studio.  Staying true to our origins, we still show our paintings and fine-art photography in galleries at least one showing a year.


How would you characterize your style of photography?

Fresh, fun, and playful with strong composition.  This style has become very popular among my young families although I do tend to create stronger and more artistic maternity and wedding photos.  There is something very dynamic in relationships that when I am able to capture it in my sessions, in my mind it becomes art.  My company tagline is “where art meets life”.


Who are your clients?

Most of my clients are young and fun families looking for a non-traditional take on the family portrait or urban young couples looking for an artistic edge to their wedding day photos.  Almost all of my clients are from word-of-mouth referrals which is the best compliment I could ever receive.

What should your mom clients expect when working with you?

I believe that it is important to have a good experience which creates wonderful emotions captured during the session.  I am the kind of mom that gets down on the floor and plays trains or climbs up the jungle gym to hang upside down.  I like to bring this into the studio and have fun with families.  Becoming friends with my clients has become habit and I wouldn’t have it any other way.


Anything else to add?

When you invest in a session with me, you deserve my full enthusiasm and consideration toward making sure you get the style of and quality of images you have imagined in your heart but hopefully they will surpass your expectations.

Level 6 Images | 604.835.2747

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  • Cristal took photos of our blended family, including my husbands former wife, all of theirs, mine and our kids, in the fall. I wasn’t sure how it would all go but thanks to Cristal we had so much fun! She made the moody teens smile, our tired little one giggle and the pictures turned out – beautiful! She has the perfect mix of professionalism and fun that really made our day.

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