Hello. I’m Crystal.

I’m so glad you’re here


Life is made up of big moments.

It’s the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, and the birth of your first child. It’s all the monumental occasions that make up a lifetime.

Crystal Berry sits on her porch in a blue, handknit sweater.


But it’s also the little things.

It’s the way my daughter’s nose crinkles when she laughs. It’s the way my son concentrates so deeply when he plays. It’s how my daughter’s hair swings when she runs. It’s all the little moments that get forgotten after they pass. Those are the ones close to my heart.


I love to…


Whenever I’m interested in something, I tend to dive deep. I want to know everything about it and I want to make sure I know how to do new things the right way. I’ve been called tenacious and passionate – I’ll take it!


Creativity makes me feel alive. I love to knit, sew, and just generally make things. My favorite things to make are useful, while still being beautiful.


One of my most mentioned traits is my laugh. I laugh a lot. I’m not sorry about it either. Life should be joyful!


More about me.

Since it’s hard to get to know someone through text and images alone, I’ve recorded this short video to introduce myself.


Let’s connect.

I’d love to connect with you to discuss how I can help capture your family memories. Take a look at my calendar to schedule a 15 minute call so we can get to know each other and determine if we’re a good fit.

My life in a nutshell

  • Born and Raised

    I was born and raised in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. I'm a Wisconsinite through and through (just listen to me talk)!

  • Began college/met Rick

    I met Rick in our first ever engineering lab at Marquette University. I was studying Mechanical Engineering and he was studying Environmental Engineering. I remember thinking he was funny...but that's about it.

  • Bought 1st SLR

    After using my dad's Pentax K1000 for a bit, I knew I wanted an SLR of my own. Digital wasn't very good at the time, so film it was!

  • Bought 1st digital camera

    After shooting with a film SLR for a couple years, I finally decided to pull the trigger and buy a DSLR!

  • Graduated from Marquette University

    I graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

  • Began energy efficiency career

    It was 2008, i.e. the beginning of the Great Recession. What a time to graduate college! Luckily energy efficiency was really taking off and I was able to land a job as an Energy Efficiency Engineer.

  • Photographed 1st Wedding

    I was asked to photograph the wedding of my sister's friend. I agreed, was very nervous, but had a ton of fun!

  • Started dating Rick

    It only took 6.5 years for him to realize I was dateable 😏

  • Married Rick

    Finally tied the knot!

  • Moved to Madison

    Realizing that Madison was where the energy jobs were at, we left southeastern Wisconsin for the capital.

  • Erik Owen born

    After two years of infertility, a miscarriage, and fertility treatments, we finally welcomed our first child.

  • Left workforce

    After Erik was born, I knew I wanted to stay home with him - at least for a little while. We crunched the numbers and figured out how to make it work.

  • Amelia Rose & Pearl Irene born

    Twins were a bit of a shock to our system, but I can't imagine life any other way now ❤️

  • Rejoined workforce

    By the time the girls were one year old, I knew I wanted to go back to work. I loved being home with them, but for both personal fulfilment and financial reasons, I needed to restart my energy efficiency career.

  • Opened Crystal Berry Photography

    After doing some soul searching, I realized that what my heart really wanted to do was photography. Crystal Berry Photography was born!

  • Switched career paths

    My energy efficiency career was draining my soul and causing more anxiety than I could deal with. Rick and I talked it over and decided to take the leap!

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