ABOUT ME

Ciao!

My full name is Maria Cristina, but since it’s a bit long, everyone calls me Cristina instead.  

I was born in Sicily and came to the UK over twenty years ago, as a fresh-faced university student. Since then, I have built a family, a life and a business here. I love all three with all my heart, and consider myself lucky to have two home countries that have given me an unforgettable past, an exciting present and a promising future.

Basingstoke is my current home, where I live with my two daughters, my partner, and a tiny feline called Gremlin (whom you can even follow on instagram!).  Even after all these years, I have never stopped carrying the warmth, light and colour of my Italian home with me. Sicily remains a huge inspiration for my photography and I like to visit as often as I can.

 

I can never be apart from the sea for too long and visit it often. My favourite moment to be near it is at low tide on a windless day, when it looks like a mirror and you can see underwater without goggles. Rockpooling on an early morning is my happy place and snorkelling has been a staple of my summers as long as I can remember.

I am a complete coffee snob and pretty decent home barista. I can even come up with some quite impressive latte art about once every five attempts or so 🙂 When you come see me, let me make you a flat white to back that up.

Cooking, travelling, keeping fit, eating well and spending time with my family and friends are all big parts of my life. I make an effort to live every day mindfully and with good humour. As the kids say, “YOLO” – make the most of it!

 

I can never be apart from the sea for too long and visit it often. My favourite moment to be near it is at low tide on a windless day, when it looks like a mirror and you can see underwater without goggles. Rockpooling on an early morning is my happy place and snorkelling has been a staple of my summers as long as I can remember.

I am a complete coffee snob and pretty decent home barista. I can even come up with some quite impressive latte art about once every five attempts or so 🙂 When you come see me, let me make you a flat white to back that up.

Cooking, travelling, keeping fit, eating well and spending time with my family and friends are all big parts of my life. I make an effort to live every day mindfully and with good humour. As the kids say, “YOLO” – make the most of it!

 

ABOUT MY PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Photography is in my blood. My parents are keen amateur photographers and have documented my childhood extensively. I am able to relive many key moments of my life that I would have forgotten otherwise, because of their gift. And it is the same gift I want to give to you.

I launched my portrait photography studio in 2008, one of the first in the country to specialise in contemporary newborn, children and and baby photography.

My work has been featured in national and local press and parenting magazines, as well as a number of advertising campaigns for brands big and small.

Until early 2019, I traded under the name of Cristina Licata Photography.  As I grow older, I feel the evergrowing pull of my roots and, in a bid to be truer to myself, I made the momentous decision to reclaim my birth name as part of my profession. 

During the past eleven years, I have photographed hundreds of wonderful families and children of all ages. Forming friendships with my clients is one of the most fulfilling aspects of my job. I feel a genuine bond to my families and enjoy seeing them again and again as their babies grow into happy toddlers and confident children – and as new little ones join the fold!

The excitement at witnessing and capturing real life and raw emotion like this never gets old – I feel very privileged to do what I do.

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