Occupation: Owner, Kristina Carlson Photography
Hometown: Overland Park
Current neighborhood: Olathe
What I do (in 140 characters): I am a wedding and portrait photographer, with a background in art education from KU.
What's your addiction? KU basketball and Walt Disney World; if you could somehow combine the two, it really would be the happiest place on Earth.
What's your drink? Pinot grigio, preferably at Young Friends of Art Second Friday happy hours
Finish this sentence: "Kansas City got it right when ... " They decided to embrace the arts, thus putting Kansas City on the international map of acclaimed fine-art communities.
"Kansas City screwed up when ... " They didn't put a rolling roof on Arrowhead Stadium. Without the roof, we will never get the opportunity to host the Super Bowl or the NCAA Final Four.
"Kansas City needs ... " An NBA team.
"In five years, I'll be ... " Having a gallery show of my personal artwork.
"I've been known to binge-watch ... " Weeds and Prison Break.
"I can't stop listening to ... " Adele.
"I just read ... " The Art Forger, by B.A. Shapiro.
The best advice I ever got: To network, network, network! Once I started networking in KC and other professional communities, my personal and professional life was impacted in a truly positive way.
Worst advice: My high school counselor told me I shouldn't take art classes. She said having a creative profession as an adult was not a reality for most people. It's a good thing I didn't take her advice.
My sidekick: My awesome 5-year-old son
My dating triumph/tragedy: I recently celebrated my ninth wedding anniversary; when I met my husband, he said he wasn't looking for anything serious. #triumph
My brush with fame: I was in a Worlds of Fun commercial with my dad when I was 7. Apparently looking terrified while riding down the Viking Voyager doesn't get you a talent agent.
My 140-character soapbox: I am saddened by how many people don't enjoy the actual moment anymore but instead try to capture the perfect Instagram/Facebook/Twitter version of the moment. Life is sadly being experienced through the back of a screen.
My recent triumph: Being the chairwoman of the YFA's annual Summer White Party, and selling the event out over a month and a half ago. My amazing co-chair and subcommittee have helped in planning the best party of the summer. The YFA is an amazing group that supports the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art by hosting Second Friday happy hours, Party Arty, and other fun programs that engage the city's young professionals. I feel blessed to be a part of it!
The Young Friends of Art Summer White Party is Friday night, July 12, and is sold out.