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Crista Lee *Professional Wedding Photographer Based in Canmore Alberta

Here is a little about me, Crista Lee! I live in the town of Canmore nestled in the spectacular Rocky Mountains and spend parts of the year in Halifax Nova Scotia. I own and work full time at my company "Crista Lee Photography". My style is unique and wholly inspired by my background in journalism and what feels right artistically. You can count on my high-quality work and the product you will receive. My goal in photography is to capture your experience to the fullest and not to upsell you on any ‘one off’ images. I invite you to look through my galleries and be assured that the product you will receive will be consistent with the high standards I am sharing with you now. I hope my images speak for themselves!

'Crista-Lee Mitchell




I specialize in photographing love and the human experience in all its forms, from engagement sessions to weddings and family photos.     One of the benefits of residing here in beautiful Canmore, Alberta is that we have come to know Banff National Park extensively, including many of its hidden gem photography sites. Since I was 13 years old I knew I was going to be a Photo Journalist, a storyteller through images of people. After many dedicated years of photography study, and extensive experience working as a documentary maker and news photographer, I am happy to say I am more committed than ever to that lifelong passion. Storytelling through my photography is my life!  My company has been built on this concrete principal -- I believe in the importance of family, love, marriage, and enjoying it in all of its colours including the days when life is perfect and the days when we are vulnerable.  I will endeavor to photograph you and your loved ones in moments that will bring a smile to your face for a lifetime. Time passes so quickly and being able to look back on your wedding day and/or your family portraits is my gift to you. I believe these moments should be captured and portrayed with heartfelt dedication and creativity.

I am taking bookings now for 2024-2025 and look forward to hearing from you!

Testimonials from real Rocky Mountain Clients

As a bride, Crista Lee was able to quickly put me at ease. She not only connected with me, but everyone. She captured the vision we were after and added to it. The photos she produced so accurately recreated the day, it feels like we are back there whenever we look at them. If there exists a "love and joy" filter for a camera lense, I believe Crista Lee owns one.

Christa Lee also knows all the perfect spots in Banff, regardless of weather (ours was in November - brrr!) and was considerate of not only the limited daylight hours we had to work with but the well-being of our older guests.

Then there's the magic...which seems to follow Crista Lee's energy everywhere. It didn't matter if we stopped at Starbucks or if it was two deer that crossed our path when exiting the car: the story and photos that unfolded at each location were gold.

If you want something extra, something above the status quo for your special day, you've found it with Crista Lee.

Kate Vanwely

I loved Crista! She was so sweet and was the perfect photographer for our intimate wedding at Emerald Lake with close friends and family. And her portfolio speaks for itself!



Sharlene Lillo

We hired Crista Lee to capture our heli-wedding in Canmore Alberta. I can’t say good enough things about working with her. From the first phone call to the many emails I sent her, it was a pleasure working with her. She captured every moment that day the exact way I was hoping she would. It was important to me to work with a photographer who was fun, easy to get a long with, had experience taking photos in a natural outdoor environment, and above all, took original, creative pictures. Every day, I look back on our pictures and re-live that moment like it was yesterday thanks to Crista Lee Photography. Highly recommend!

Melissa Emond

Crista lee photographed our wedding in August 2013 and she made sure we were able to capture our special day. Not only was she professional but she brought her amazing personality along with her. Crista lee has great knowledge on how to capture the most amazing views in the Canmore/Banff area. I would recommend her for all your photography needs if you're wanting someone that will make you feel like a million bucks and like she has known you for years.



Nicole Thompson

Had the privilege of having Cristalee do my engagement pictures up in Canmore that turned out so perfect she made us feel so comfortable. Then somehow convinced her to come to Edmonton to shoot our wedding and I can't even begin to describe how amazing that day was and how amazing the pictures turned out. Looking at them was totally surprised how she captured everything. If anyone is looking for a photographer who will be fun and so great at what she does. . this is the one for you!

Leah Salmeron

Crista Lee was really amazing! Her energy was great and she is an incredible photographer! She is also super sweet, so made the photo shoots relaxing :) She was more expensive than others we considered, but worth the money! :) Highly recommend!



Breanna Albrecht

Thank you Crista-Lee for capturing our special day so beautifully. My husband and I wanted to find a photographer who would be able to capture our day with photos that told a story and really showed natural and real moments of the day and you accomplished just that and more. We absolutely adore our photos and could not be happier that you were our photographer. Your energy and passion of photography really shines through your work. You were such a pleasure to work with. Anyone who is looking for an energetic, talented and passionate photographer I highly recommend Crista-Lee you won't be disappointed! She knows the area well and all the magical spots to take wedding photos.



Jackie Gullion

Crista-Lee was our photographer at our wedding at Emerald Lake Lodge, Yoho National Park in April. The pictures are absolutely STUNNING!! Marcus and I spent yesterday afternoon going through them and we are amazed by all the beauty she captured on our wedding day! We love them so much! At the time, we didn’t realize the lighting, reflections, backgrounds she was able to capture in our photos – it is truly magic. It was a pleasure being photographed by her - she was professional, yet so much fun. Crista-Lee, Thank you so so much for photographing our wedding day. You did an outstanding job!

Zahra Ould-Hamouda

My husband and I are so happy with our choice to hire Crista Lee as our photographer for our wedding day! She and her team captured our day so perfectly and gave us much more than we expected and more than was required of her. I think it is important to have a photographer that not only takes amazing photos but also comes with a positive energy to add to your day and she has exactly that. She was an uplifting, happy presence to have around on our wedding day & a joy to hang out with! She has such a uplifting, warm, genuine personality. I could not be happier with our decision and HIGHLY recommend her.
Thank you so much Crista Lee!!

Jenna Heatherington

Canmore, Banff, Halifax, Lake Louise, Wedding vendors that Crista Lee Reccomends

As a small business owner who lives between Halifax Nova Scotia and Canmore Alberta.  I specialize in capturing amazing and meaningful weddings and family photos. I want to share with you other local vendors that can help you have the most amazing Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise wedding experience! I really love working with the companies as I have grown to trust that their products will be reliable, creative, fresh, present, and created from the hearts of very good people. With much pride, I share their names and links to their websites.






Wedding Planners

Signature Weddings By Ashley

Boutique Weddings



Wedding Commissioners/ Celebrants

Heli Weddings by Martha McCallum * please note Martha Is Based in Canmore Alberta and does do wedding commissioning in the Bow Valley as well!

Heather Klassen

Bow Valley Weddings By Marion

Aydin Wedding commissioner Canmore

Banff Lake Louise weddings By Robin White and Karyn Faryna



Makeup and Hair

Bliss Glow Artistry

Rapunzels Hair Salon/spa

Mobile makeup by Mel

Linda J Sahoo Freelance Banff Freelance Makeup Artist

The Pretty Haus

Mountain Beauties


DJ's and Live Music

Visual Sound Waves

Two Bit Bandit's - Amazing live band




Special Events Rental Banff




I cannot stress enough the importance of budgeting for limousine service if you are planning your wedding with a large wedding party during the high season months of June to September. A limo company that can chauffeur your entire wedding party in one vehicle, and knows the Bow Valley and its roads, can make or break your portrait session.  Driving can become congested here in the National Park and should not be underestimated. The local limo companies can efficiently shuttle your entire party for portraits by Crista Lee Photography, effectively eliminating any concern of getting lost or separated by caravanning multiple vehicles. This will allow for us to have much more time together taking photos. This is your day, so spend the time and money where it is best allocated.  A local limo service for large wedding parties is certainly worth its weight in gold. With either of these two companies, you will not want for anything.  Both operate out of the Canmore/Banff area and can navigate to all the great locations.  I do not recommend hiring limousine companies from Calgary without having me contact them to ensure the driver knows this area. In my experience, I have not once had any other limousine company that can compare to Alpine Limo or Highland Limo.  They know this area, have worked with me and my staff, and will look after you. Most importantly, they are 100% reliable and professional.


Alpine Limousine and Tours





Forget Me Not

Willow Flowers

Elements Flowers Canmore




Crista Lee Photography is booking now for 2024-2025Space is limited


I shoot a maximum of one wedding per week and no more than 20 weddings a year as I do not outsource any of our work!  That's right... I edit and work with each image!  So if you love my work please be sure to contact me and check our availability for your wedding!

We are booking now for 2024-2025

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