About Our Photographers
We appreciate real moments and we believe in beautiful details and portraits in our photography. We know you are coming to Sedona, Grand Canyon or Flagstaff for the beauty that surrounds us so we incorporate those landscapes into our Arizona weddings and portraits. We feel that telling a story with each image is important and even with our smaller events, we are able to capture the essence of the event. Preparing for the event means understanding the relationships in your family so that we can anticipate certain moments. The more time we have to be a wallflower around those you love, the better your photos will look. Our desire is the pictures will tell the real story of your family. We also create photo-documentary albums that will be part of your family’s history forever.
For portrait sessions, we want it to be fun for the whole family. We keep all our sessions 80% candid and 20% posed. We tell the kids that we are going to “play” with them and so try to keep it from feeling like a stuffy posed portrait session. With the family’s trust and support we can capture their true essence. If you arrive with the goal to have fun with your family, our job is easy.
If you asked me if I would end up in Flagstaff, Arizona, I would’ve said, “Where?” Before moving here in 2003, I was a staff photojournalist at a newspaper in Athens, Georgia. I relocated here with my husband because I always wanted to return to the west. Admittedly, I thought I’d spend half the year shooting weddings and half the year working on my documentary photo projects. Lots of mountain biking, traveling, and two kids later, my personal documentary work took a back seat to my growing wedding business and endless western adventures. My photojournalism roots make me a people photographer and I owe my career to Amber and Dave (my first wedding clients in 2002) for being so emotional when they first saw their wedding images. I never experienced that connection with my newspaper work and wedding emotions still keep me motivated. Two hundred weddings and 10 years later, I am still here chasing the perfect moment with perfect composition. Photography is the greatest and only job I’ve ever had. I live in downtown Flagstaff with my husband, Matt, and our kids: Owen age 8 and Harper age 7. I couldn’t ask for a more ideal place to raise children.
When I decided to attend Northern Arizona University because Flagstaff seemed like a great town, I didn’t realize how influential that decision would be in my life. That decision – and Flagstaff – became the foundation for my photography career and for my family. After falling in love and marrying my college sweetheart, I realized that our family has a rich heritage in Arizona. My kids are seventh generation Arizonans and enjoy exploring the beauty beyond Flagstaff’s charms. I have pursued photography since 2003, but was thrilled to turn my passion into my career after meeting Cameron in 2007. Since she couldn’t live without me (true story), we became business partners and created Cameron & Kelly Studio, a boutique based in Flagstaff that serves discerning clients worldwide. In addition to photographing weddings, I also lead the portrait and printing department. That role parlays perfectly with my MFA in Photography. Outside of my photographic pursuits, I take time to enjoy family, especially adventures with my children Naomi and Blair. One of the greatest – and most rewarding – challenges in life is creating a harmonious balance between home and business. To achieve this, I focus on surrounding myself with uplifting and motivating people who challenge me both as an artist and as a mother. The goal is to work hard and play hard!