Cristina Photography


The Artist
The Girl Behind the Camera

I remember that on every family trip my father was always taking pictures of my mom with his Pentax MX. When I was “old” enough to hold the heavy camera, he explained that the camera was a precious treasure and I needed to be verrrry careful when holding the precious camera. He also taught me to look into “the little window” and to move slowly the little “wheels” from one side to the other until I got the “green light”, which meant it was ok to take the picture–just imagine a 3 ft high little girl holding a camera bigger than her head. Yes — that was me — and that is when my curiosity for photography started.

I got my first camera when I was in fourth grade; since then I was the “photographer of my class.” Every trip, party, birthday, and school event I was always there with my camera capturing all the fun moments of my friends and the other students. During high school, I took several classes in oil and watercolour paint, mural drawings, and graphic arts. That’s when I knew my future was going to be something related to ARTS. During the 90s Costa Rica didn’t have a Photography University, so I went on to study graphic design in university, where I had the opportunity to take a few black & white photography and darkroom courses.

After getting my degree, I spend several years doing graphic design for commercial ads, magazines, websites, newsletters, logos for different industries from fashion to sports. It was a cool and interesting time in my life, and it went well. However, as funny as it sounds, most of the projects I had were somehow related to photography. Photography kept popping out in my life so I decided to complete a bachelor’s in photography and do what I love the most professionally.

XO.  — Cristina ♥

Cristina Arce is an awarded and published portrait / fine art photographer, born in Costa Rica. Since her childhood, her experiences in nature were to become a large influence in affecting her ultimate passion for the beauties of the natural world.   As she started reading everything she could get her hands on about photography, she quickly realized that this was an art form that would enable her to express her inner feelings about the world around her. This soon became an insatiable desire to record that rare magical moment when the perfect light embraces nature in all its glory, and the camera became the perfect medium to do it.

Cristina’s background truly prepared her for where she is now. Growing up, she was always the child who signed up for art camp instead of soccer camp, and took painting classes for her elective in high school and college.

Cristina views photography as a natural extension of her passion for the arts. With a designer’s eye, she is constantly searching for the perfect moment to tell the whole story with a beautiful composition, while applying all her knowledge of 15+ years as a graphic designer consultant and more than 15 years as a photographer.

Her goal in photography is not just to produce beautiful works of art, but more so to capture those moments that represent the beauty that is life and the emotions we all endure as we travel along its path.   Combining her love of travel with her dream-like aesthetic, Cristina creates visual poems that evoke a sense of magic.  When she is not traveling, she turns her eye and her camera to nature for inspiration and for subject matter, with a particular fondness for trees and coastal landscapes.

Cristina has been part of several groups and individual photography exhibitions in Costa Rica, Panama, Spain, and Canada.

Photography Exhibition at City Hall, Toronto

Photography Exhibition at Mississauga Celebration Square


I am based in Toronto, Canada.  Available worldwide.

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Wholesale inquiries are welcome. Please contact Cristina by using the contact form below. Please also include the following information in your inquiry:

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