Krista Kiley is a Chicago based Prop Stylist and Set Designer. Krista draws inspiration from her background in writing, design, dance, styling, photography, and art direction to find magic in the details and develop ideas that are bold, unexpected, and momentous. After several years working in the photography industry, Krista carved out her own identity amongst her colleagues becoming known for her ability to create moments within the photos she's styling; she utilizes the unexpected props or creates an over the top floral arrangement that pushes the boundaries and brings the photograph to life.
In 2018, between working full-time as a designer, helping her sister and mom plan the perfect wedding, writing and editing another successful Lavish Visions video, photographing the incomparable Mary Murnane's blog photos, and working with Photographer Karl Schmid on new and exciting projects, Krista quickly realized that her love for this sort of detail existed beyond one industry, job title, or career path.
The perfectly executed project doesn’t come easy. It takes research, trust, and intuition. It requires the ability to anticipate trends rather than join them and instead do something that doesn’t yet exist. I understand the latter is easier said than done and will almost always feel uncomfortable. Not to me.
In my professional experience, I’ve worked with brands and individual clients who want what all of us want; To stand out, to push the boundaries, or to simply make some noise in the market. They come into a meeting with a ‘sky’s the limit’ attitude, but find themselves afraid of the unfamiliar. Often times, they bring with them some version of a mood board filled with concepts from their competitors, wanting to feel about their own project the way they feel when they see someone else’s. But, what they fail to do is dream bigger and that’s where I come in. My specialty is piecing together the puzzle of a client’s wildest dreams; the bullet pointed list of everything they could want from the project and then I create something better.
I’ve worked in the photography industry for over six years between the ages of 17 and 24. I’ve grown and changed with the industry while fully immersed in the culture of millennial, modern consumerism. I understand what is captivating and what is worth your time and attention. I have an unparalleled knack for anticipating trends, a piece of me that feels like a sixth sense that never fails. I reject the perfect and the curated, looking at the well-polished Instagram of any given Influencer and thinking nothing beyond, “that lifestyle looks exhausting” and “I don’t believe that you actually use that product.”
With my desire to disrupt consumerism, I will re-vamp your brand in way that feels effortless, looks fresh, and creates noise. My work has been the product of viral video campaigns, unforgettable events, award winning dance numbers, newsworthy advertisements, Pinterest-perfect home styling, and more. I’m on a reckless pursuit for success and I’ve only just gotten started.
Work with me. Let’s create perfect pandemonium that resets every bar to heights unknown and exceeds every client expectation.