I’m Kelley, a photographer living in the tiny town of Tonganoxie, Kansas, just outside Kansas City. My husband, 2 little boys, 2 horses, 1 pony, 1 rescued pit mix pup, and I live on 10 acres where we can see the stars every night and the boys can run wild during the days. I’ve been a photographer since discovering my love of the medium in my second semester of college. I started my own business shortly after that in January of 2005 and have never looked back. I’ve shot weddings, seniors, families, boudoir, and commercial images over the years, and still do a blend of all of them, but now focus mostly on portraits and commercial work.
I love capturing genuine moments. I thrive on seeing a person’s guard relax, and eventually crumble as we get to know each other during a session. To be honest, I’m kind of a dork, and I try to use that characteristic to help make my subjects feel comfortable and at home with me while we shoot.
I have a tattoo that reads, “twist, twirl, swirl, sway,” that has caused many people to wonder if I’m a dancer - that’s a hard no…I have little to no rhythm. Those words represent the creative rush I get when all the elements of an image come together to be the perfect moment captured. Beautiful light, gorgeous colour, a real glimpse at someone’s true self.
I think that is the essence of good lifestyle photography - the combination of perfect timing, environment, and pulling real expressions from the subject. Being genuinely comfortable with another human being and allowing their story to be told, their voice to be heard. That's probably the best advice I have - look for the beautiful light, and then truly see your subject and who they are.
On the technical side of things, I shoot as often as possible with wide apertures. It’s rare that I shoot over 2.8, maybe 3.5. And I use natural light almost exclusively. The shoot for 500px Studio was shot almost entirely around my own house - the cute little boy models are my own kiddos!
I love working with 500px Studio! The creativity and flexibility of the shoots is so nice, and my project manager is always fantastic to work with! I’ve already referred friends to join - it’s a great gig! I’m always excited to see an email come through with a new assignment.
Check out more of Kelley's work below:
Instagram - @kelleyphoto
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/kelleyphotodesign/
Website - www.kelley-photo.com