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About Us

Kris Ugarriza

My life as a photographer began as a boy growing up in Lima, Peru. As the son of a photojournalist and journalist, I was fully immersed in the newspaper and magazine lifestyle from the
get-go. My mom’s talent exposed me to countless stories, images, and perhaps most importantly—her antiquated Pentax SLR. For me, that old camera was synonymous with a kid’s toy truck, and I’m forever grateful.

For me, the lens has always been about storytelling and the art of capturing connection. My work reflects this affinity through the shaping of natural and artificial light, personal passion, and years of experience.

During my college years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I worked as a photographer for the Daily Cardinal, The Badger Herald, and the University’s newspapers. After graduating, I interned for the Wisconsin State Journal, and I have been happily freelancing as a photojournalist ever since.

My work has been published in publications such as the Wisconsin State Journal, The Capital Times, Madison Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Star Tribune, and numerous others.

As an avid rock climber, backpacker, mountain biker, dog lover, and novice snow-boarder, I am constantly finding peace and inspiration in nature. Every year during my off-season I travel with my dog, Kyra, who keeps me safe, around the US, Canada, and Mexico.

I currently live in Boulder County, CO, and am also the lead photographer for Red Wave Weddings in Colorado and surrounding areas.