I’m Kel (short for Kelly). I’m spunky, down to earth, and enjoy making people laugh. I’m a hybrid shooter, which means I use both film and digital cameras. I genuinely love photographing people and building relationships with my clients. I also make documentary style super 8 films using an old school home movie camera.

After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Art, I had a brief career as a photojournalist, before opening my portrait business. My background definitely influences how I approach photographing people and events. I combine my knowledge of fine art concepts with a knack for capturing candid moments, which results in diverse, yet cohesive galleries for my clients. When shooting portraits, I am most inspired by light and composition, but I also love texture and movement. When I’m documenting a wedding or a birth, raw emotion is what drives me.

I grew up in Portland, Oregon and am now settled in Salem. I love shooting outdoors, but also have a studio in downtown Salem, which is great for client meetings and indoor sessions. I am available for commissioned work throughout Oregon and the U.S., as well as some international destinations.

To contact me, please send an email to kelwardphotography@gmail.com



~I am an only child and need time alone on a regular basis.

~I married Ben in 1998 and am still madly in love with him (yes, seriously).

~We have three teenagers. All boys. Yes, they eat a LOT.

~I spent a semester of college at the University of Guam, on student exchange.

~I collect and use vintage film cameras (even with clients on occasion).

~We live in a 1960s A-frame house, which is a constant work in progress.

~I can wiggle my ears (or even just the left one), but I can’t raise just one eyebrow.

~I teach photography classes at a local community college and love it.

~I am obsessed with all things Outlander and anything Vampire related.

~I’m grumpy in the morning until I’ve had a decent amount of coffee.

~Once upon a time, I was a cheerleader and on dance team.  I even coached for 7 years.

~I adore Gilmore Girls, but the “year in the life” mini series was an abomination.

~I love quirky accessories…sunglasses, big rings, shoes, etc.

~My husband claims that I say every song is my jam (not true, but I do have a lot of jams).

~I love reading, but don’t do it as often as I’d like.

~I love watching television, but do it more often than I should.