Opal Images is a commercial and fine art photo studio founded by Christie Spillane. Opal Images prides itself on creating imagery for femmes by femmes. Every image we produce is carefully made in collaboration with our clients to eschew the male gaze and embrace femme subject-hood. We work with individuals, couples, (mostly) femme-owned businesses, dance companies, artisans, makers, and lovers. Trusting a photographer to launch your business’ branding, or to capture a special moment with your loved-one can be difficult. Opal Images is a safe space for all people; regardless of your age, ability, color, gender expression, or sexual orientation. We would love to bring your visions to life; whether that’s a creative portrait sitting, special event, or project to support your business.
Christie Spillane - Founder and Head Photographer
In addition to her commercial practice, Christie Spillane is a contemporary photographer who creates surreal, dream-like tableaus. Her photographs embody emotional and psychological visualizations about the impact of patriarchal oppression and are characterized by their quiet intensity, luscious textures, and uncanny compositions.
Her practice evolved as a young professional while working in the camera departments on commercial fiction films. This exposure to “movie magic,” opened her perspective around creating strange and visual realities through the lens. Throughout her photography career artists such as Gregory Crewdson and Francesca Woodman have inspired her to push the boundaries of the real and the unreal. These influences continue to inspire scenes she constructs for her camera.
Ms. Spillane is the recipient of the James B. Pendleton Finishing Grant for Photography in both 2006 and 2007. She has exhibited her artwork in group and solo exhibitions in New York, Oregon, and California. Selections of her photographs have been published in Proud Queer Monthly along with an interview of the artist. She received her BFA in Film, Photography, and Visual Arts from Ithaca College; and her MFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. She splits her time between San Francisco, CA and Portland, OR where she lives on her “urban farm” with her longtime partner, and her beloved cat and dogs.