IMG_1051-2Hi, I’m Kel.

I’m spunky, down to earth and love to make people laugh. I genuinely love photographing people and building lasting relationships with my clients. I’m a hybrid shooter, which means I use both film and digital cameras (yes, people still shoot with film). I also make documentary style super 8 films (think old home movies, set to music).

After earning my Bachelor’s degree in Art, I had a career as a photojournalist before opening my portrait business. My background definitely influences how I approach photographing people. I mix my knowledge of fine art with my love of capturing candid moments, which results in a well rounded gallery for each of my clients. My work is is heavily inspired by light and composition, as well as movement and emotion.

I live in Salem, Oregon, but I rent studio space in both Portland and Salem. I also love shooting outdoors, whenever possible (duh, Oregon is gorgeous). I’m available for weddings and portraits throughout Oregon and am also available for travel.  To contact me, please email kelwardphotography@gmail.com.

~I am an only child. People say that explains a lot about me..whatever that means.
~I have been married to Ben since 1998 and am still madly in love with him (seriously).
~I like movies and books that have happy endings and am a total romantic.
~Ben and I have three boys, ages 10, 14, and 16. Yes, they eat a lot.
~I spent a semester of college at the University of Guam (Hafa Adai!).
~I collect and use vintage cameras and often incorporate them into photo sessions with clients.
~We live in a 1960s A-frame house. It’s a constant work in progress, but it’s funky and we love it.
~I can wiggle my ears, but not while smiling. I cannot, however, raise just one eyebrow or wink.
~I teach photography at our local community college and I absolutely love it.
~I love vampires, coffee, Gilmore Girls, chocolate, shoes, sunglasses, freckles, redheads, dancing, owls, and Netflix.