hello there.

In short, I am a person who seeks connection, values authenticity,
places a premium on inclusiveness and believes that life is good.

My name is Crystal. I am a wife and a mother of two living the good life in Northern Virginia. Originally from Alabama, I love sweet tea, acoustic music, pie, Neil Young, the smell of books, Bluegrass, dirt roads, aimless walking, red wine, and a great conversation. And, I would love to meet you.

Take a look around. Visit the blog. Explore my featured work. If my work and my words speak to you, please be in touch. Send me an email at crystal@crystalhardin.com and let’s get started planning your session. I can’t wait to meet you.

a few of my favorites
people, places & things
  • What makes
    me tick
  • 1

    I am married to my best friend, and we are raising two crazy beautiful girls. Lillian is 4. Eliot is almost 2. Life is hectic. And, it can be hard here in the trenches. But, it is also so very sweet. It is my experience with my own family that fuels my deep desire to capture your own honestly and beautifully. I know the beauty of life lived in the blur.

  • 2
    a good read

    I am a lover of books. I find comfort in their smell and beauty in their bound pages. A goodreads addict, I love discovering new authors and works. But, nothing beats revisiting old favorites. Books I read again and again: Ahab’s Wife (Sena Jeter Nashlund), Howard’s End (D.H. Lawrence), & The Prophet (Kahlil Gibran).

  • 3
    and this

    I believe that people are good. And, I believe that we are all connected. I believe love is a powerful thing. And, I celebrate love. My hope is that people will see all different kinds of love and connections in my images and will be moved to love more inclusively, more forcefully, and more fully.