Fall 2003

CK Gallery Portraits

by John Fries

Eight years ago Christy K. Forrest launched CK Gallery Portraits, a home-based professional photography studio that specializes in capturing the magic and innocence of childhood memories. Forrest's repertoire also includes high school senior portraits, families and children of all ages.

This past April, she outgrew her home-based studio and moved into a larger commercial storefront on West Valleybrook Road, adjacent to the former Sue Richards Dance Studio (now Kickline).

Upon entering CK Gallery's reception area, one can't help but be impressed with the quality of portraiture on display. Forrest refers to her work as "creating timeless images."

The portraits that line the walls of her studio are stunningly displayed in high quality frames and mattes, all of which are available to her clients. Her gallery of portraits is an equal mix of color, black and white, and nostalgic sepia-toned prints.

Her most proud accomplishment has been winning the hearts of her many clients by creating unique and timeless portraits that literally capture the heart and soul of her subjects. A portrait session with Forrest is truly an enjoyable one-of-a-kind experience that will be remembered for a lifetime. Her exceptional, God-given talent for seeing the beauty in every individual who steps before her camera has deemed her more than a mere photographer, but a true photographic artist.

Forrest stays on the cutting edge of portraiture by studying with some of the country's most respected photographers. "I've attended seminars all over the United States," she said. "This gives me the opportunity to be among the first in this area offering state-of-the-art photographic techniques."

Forrest's unique style of portraiture is appreciated throughout the community and is on display in several local businesses, doctors' offices and children's boutiques. A key to her success is the rapport she establishes with her subjects. When a parent schedules a portrait session, Forrest will set aside adequate time to get to know the child and help him or her feel at ease in order to capture the child's unique personality.

Forrest is a native of Upper St. Clair and is an active member of Triangle Photographers Association. She invites anyone interested in having a portrait made to visit her studio or contact her to check availability. An informational brochure is also available by contacting CK Gallery. Portrait sessions are by appointment only.

Forrest considers it a privilege to do what she does, and brings her fresh outlook and positive demeanor to each session. CK Gallery Portraits West Valleybrook Road McMurray, PA 724-942-4956

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