Inspiring Instagramers: chrysti

Username: chrysti
Name: Chrysti Hydeck
Info: Co-Author of Photo Craft (transform your photos!) Storyteller. Dreamer. Seeker of Light. Wanderer. In Manassas, VA (near DC).

As if a beautifully composed photograph wasn’t already a work of art, artist and photographer Chrysti Hydeck has a way of using mixed media to transform her photography. She goes beyond digital alterations, combining her photography with art and home improvement supplies to create tactile, dimensional works of art. And her popular Instagram feed is a place for her to share her enchanting photography.

Sometimes, I am an artist. Other days I am a photographer. Most days I combine the two and call it artography.

Chrysti is the co-author of the book Photo Craft, which is about “creative mixed-media and digital approaches to transforming your photographs.” But what I love most about her photos is that they don’t look “crafty.” As any artist or photographer knows, there is very fine line you can cross where your work goes from simple and beautiful to overdone. Chrysti’s photos retain that simplicity, only taking on new depths and dimension with her creative enhancements.


I like to say that I’m a designer by day, blogger by night and photographer on the side. I started my career in package design before going into advertising, then B2B communications, a small stint back into packaging and I now work for a large digital agency. I am so lucky to get to do what I love every day, but I am always looking for creative outlets. My blog, Girly Obsessions, allows me to design something that represents me – my aesthetic and my obsessive personality! I love taking and editing photos, and am slightly addicted to Instagram and Lightroom. I also love to travel and explore. I love to bake. And most importantly, I just love to think creatively.

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