Raliegh, NC Fine art portrait photographer

I have been a professional photographer now, for more than 7 years, but I've had a camera in my hand for as long as I can remember.  It began with albums overflowing in high school, college, and years of friends weddings and new babies. I don't really remember a time in my life without a camera by my side.

The why behind the business has so many facets.  The biggest thing for me has been, and always will be the memories.  I truly feel that photos are the way to tell your story.  What was happening in your life at that moment.  I'd love to be a part of capturing those exact moments for you to look back at many years from now.  I'd like to guide you in printing them for exactly what you want to use them for, to keep them available to enjoy every day!

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I am currently living in Durham, NC, and moved here from a 7 year stay (and non-stop game of finding these flower fields) in Kingman, AZ...A far different environment from where I grew up in Western NY.  The beauty I found in moving to the desert is just amazing to photograph.  There are so many gorgeous and inspiring places!  They were sometimes well hidden treasures, and you had to be patient and put in your time to find them....but the result was simply breathtaking.  I am convinced that the 7 years that we lived in the desert made me a far better photographer, pushing me to see new beauty, lighting, color and creating a far more challenging place to push myself. 
Since relocating back east, I am so excited to continue my learning and growth in the much greener surroundings.  I do travel back to the desert to book sessions at least once a year.  I also have expanded to including other travel destinations in my plans.  If you have a gorgeous place you think that I need to visit, don't hesitate to share it with me!

Loving life in the lush surroundings of Raleigh, NC.  Transplanted "back east" after a seven year stay in the desert.

My background story

his gorgeous field is a piece of me, my life in the desert.  A place where I chased the wildflowers for years.


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This little family of mine breaths life into my soul.  For years we moved along blessed with 3 beautiful children (hence the name Kelly Ann 3...)  Then along came our sweetest little blessing.  Our youngest, Hazel Grace was born with a bonus chromosome.  She has Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome).  Following her diagnosis and birth, I "retired" from my professional career in Physical Therapy, and pursued my passion for photography full time.  After all, it had truly been a longstanding love that needed tending to, along side of our sweet baby girl.

Along with our 4 children, my husband (of 20 years, and high school sweetheart before that) also have 2 dogs, and my extended family, who we are very close to.  We love to travel, watch our boys play soccer, make Starbucks runs and shop with the oldest, and I tend to live out of  my car most days.

My beautiful children


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We love to explore and travel as much as we are able to.  These years seem to be flying by at lightning speed, and somehow filling the days with memories helps to give us something to look back on.  With our oldest away at her first year of college, it's like the pause button is harder than ever to find, and the minutes are racing past faster than they should.

The little one, Hazel Grace models for several big and small clothing and apparel companies. We try to incorporate some of these shoots and fun fulled dresses with our travels whenever we can.  I love the opportunity we have to share her sweet nature and love for life with the world. 

When we have the time and opportunity we try our best to spend time, and travel with our family, cousins, "Bamie and Papa" and all the aunts and uncles. We are a tight knit, big and crazy bunch of people, and we wouldn't have it any other way

Exploring new places


Kelly is an artist. We have used her for our family photography year after year because she is patient, kind, and provides beautiful, artistic photos. We have several of her works hanging up in our home and we cherish the moments she captures for us. ~Nicole

"We had a really nice, and relaxing session with Kelly.  It was so fun, and the pictures turned out more beautiful than we ever expected.  It's a lifetime experience for us." ~Kim

"Kelly is hands down the best photographer. she is extremely personable and makes the experience feel very laid back all while paying incredibly close attention to every detail. My daughter felt like a true princess and these moments captured will be something our family cherishes for many years." ~Emily

"My family and I have enjoyed working with Kelly over the past several years. Our photos always turn out beautifully and are true works of art....I'm always happy! She takes the time to make sure that she understands the aesthetic..and that you understand hers. She is warm, caring, and a true professional!" ~Nicole

"Working with Kelly is always an amazing experience!  She is helpful, kind, professional & incredibly talented.  She always creates pure magic in her photos of my family!  Kelly always brings my visions to life & her photos capture precious memories we will cherish forever." ~Samantha

"My family and I traveled from Florida to North Carolina so we could have a session with Kelly. It was completely worth it. We had a great time, and the images that Kelly delivered are stunning. Truly art that will be treasured for a lifetime! Looking forward to the next time!" ~Ashley

Kelly is amazing! She is able to capture our personalities in such an ethereal way. Portraits I will treasure for a lifetime! ~ April

Kelly has the best eye for photography! She is so amazingly patient and her family photos are a must have! She is also great with engaging little kids and their short attention spans to snap the perfect photos every time. Highly recommend!! ~ Sarah

Kelly is so wonderful to work with! She is patient and found a way to capture moments while we were just being us, the natural glances and smiles while walking with our children. Nothing felt posed it all flowed so well and relaxed. Her editing and gallery presentation is flawless!! So impressed! Thank you Kelly for sharing your gift of freezing these family moments in time!! ~ Christie

Kelly Anne 3 photography is amazing!!! She made everything easy. I was able to express the ideas I had and she brought them it to life. Amazing!!  ~ Kelly

Kelly is so creative and great with kiddos! I loved the way she took the time to give suggestions on outfits and help with placement. She’s so patient. Our family will absolutely use her again!  ~ Maggie

Incredible experience from booking the session to completing my professional business profile. Kelly has a unique eye and unmatched creativity! ~ Katie



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I am a Raleigh, North Carolina photographer looking to create an experience to reflect the beauty and magic all around us.   I want your family to have heirloom artwork to treasure and reminisce on for generations to come.  I know that I am just the person to bring that bit of magic home for you.

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