photographER + EDUCATOR

Hello friend, I'm Kelly and I am so happy you are here! I abandoned my career as an OT to pick up a camera and follow my heart. I love the east coast and am fuelled by coffee, pizza and red wine. I am a wife, a mom and a lover of rescue mutts. I go adventuring in the summer and I hibernate in the winter. I blog about photography, business and all things inspirational.





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So, I have this pretty sofa now that people can come in and sit on at my office now. I pinch myself every time I peer over. I am so in love. I am finally starting to feel like the business coach I aspire to be. A psychologist of sorts? She came in, the light […]

My friends, I want to do you a solid, and save you a whole lotta time and pain with your fancy camera.   Seven years ago I took the plunge. I told my corporate healthcare employer to take that job and shove it. (Actually, I had a totally polite conversation with my lovely boss, but […]

Hooo, boy, where to begin?  I could write a book, not just a blog post, on what NOT to do when starting out. But if I have to boil it down, these are the five biggies, the low-lying fruit of what to do. 1. Hire an accountant: Nothing kills your creative buzz quicker than money […]

If you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve probably never spent a single second googling best practices for shutting down your company. I know I didn’t. Nor did I ever intend to. It is basically the antithesis for business growth. And, the topics that you don’t go searching for are often the most difficult to face, such as, […]

In 2010, I walked away from the career I’d worked towards for 11 years. After 7 years of university, two science degrees and 4 years practicing occupational therapy, I quit.  I left healthcare to follow my heart.  I was going to be a photographer. Or die trying.  I bought a fancy camera on eBay the […]

There are all kinds of triangles. Love triangles. The Bermuda Triangle. Plain old high school geometry. Why do triangles seem so difficult, if not downright dangerous? If you want to master your fancy camera – and I know you do – there’s one more tricky triangle you’ve gotta master. Allow me to introduce the exposure […]

Digital cameras are kind of like mothers: they LOVE to make decisions for us. Pop that puppy into AUTO and it will take care of all those pesky settings that are so scary to newbie photogs. And, hey, your photos will be, well, fine. Sure, you’ll get decent contrast. Passable exposure. A uniform depth of field. […]

It was supposed to be a gift to myself. A splurge as I moved from broke-ass student life to the luxuries of adulting. I bought my first DSLR camera on eBay for $600. A week’s pay in those days.  I was so FRIGGIN’ excited! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I popped in the battery and memory card, put the lens on, […]

The day I got my first fancy camera was kind of like the day my son was born. All of a sudden I had this small, precious, complicated item I’d deeply yearned for in my hands. So exciting. And so freakin’ terrifying. What the HECK do I do with this thing? At least the camera […]

I have photographed so many people in so many different settings. Sometimes I find myself in a very controlled, cool calm and collected studio setting, other times in unfamiliar environments, and more often in the hullaballoo of a fast-paced, emotionally charged wedding day. And, while the circumstances and the overall environment can vary, there are a […]