“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.” -Joseph Campbell
Kelly created her first darkroom inside her parents garage at age eleven, exposing leaves on photographic paper. The process was absolute magic to her as she spent countless weekends developing black and white prints at night. She later graduated from Pratt Institute, NY with a BFA in Photography in 2000. During an internship with renowned photographer Joyce Tenneson, she learned the art of portraiture. She opened her own photo studio in 2008 specializing in vintage style pin-ups. In 2014, her imagery caught the eye of art director, Anna Delis for Goorin Bros., and was featured in the "CA Girls" hat collection, sold in stores nationwide.
Inspired by her experience working as a travel photographer/blogger on the island of Palawan, Philippines (www.discoverpalawan.posthaven.com), Kelly started working on an underwater photography series after her daughter was born in 2011. As an avid swimmer and diver, the water naturally became a place of refuge and rebirth of her creativity, bringing a sense of new possibilities, play and wonder.
Kelly's currently based in CA and her photography has been exhibited in galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, and Madrid. For bookings and inquires, please contact Kelly via email or phone.