Chris Cummins is the president and chief portrait artist of Portraits By Christopher.

Chris is an artist with more than 25 years of portraiture experience. He began his career as a photography student in high school, earned a college degree in photography at the University of Missouri and worked as a photojournalist for a variety of publications around the country.

In 2003, Chris chose to return to the Kansas City area and start his own portrait studio. Chris has been a full-time professional portrait artist ever since.

Chris’ work seeks to combine photographic portraiture with the timeless artistry of classical painting. His clients respond to his attention to detail. They also enjoy his warm and inviting approach which helps them and their family feel confident and comfortable in front of the camera. Chris loves children and will act like a total goofball to help them give their best for a session.

At Portraits By Christopher, the photograph is just the starting point. Your portrait is treated as part photograph and part classical art. Using the image as a beginning reference an artist will carefully mix colors and brushes to create textures and strokes throughout the image.

This creates a combination painting and photographic image that has both the life-like appearance of a photographic portrait and the classical beauty of traditional painted works.

Professional Associations & Certifications

  • Professional Photographers of America

Contact Details

  Website
  Person Glow Imagery
  City Kansas City, MO
  Zip Code 64131
  Address 406B E. Bannister Rd.
  Phone Number (816) 550-8830
  Mobile 8165508830

Customer Testimonials

Absolutely a wonderful experience! My husband travels for work so our schedule was very limited. Chris helped us with finding the right time slot. He is very knowledgeable and knows how to make everyone look good. I was 5 months pregnant when we took our pictures and they look wonderful.


Christopher did an excellent job of giving our family an heirloom portrait that will be in our family forever. We were all so pleased with the high quality and professionalism. My Cadillac dealership actually referred me to him, so I knew the outcome would be outstanding and indeed it was. One of the best things we have ever done!


I know Chris for many years. He is a deicated artist and craftsman. Chris specializes in fine art portraits. He is the best in the area. A must have for anyone who want to preserve their families hostory.