Kel Ward Photography

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Hi, 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).

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 [email protected].

~I am an only child. People say that explains a lot about me (pfffft).
~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, two of which are teenagers. 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 love vampires, coffee, chocolate, shoes, sunglasses, freckles, redheads, dancing, owls, and netflix.

Kel Ward Photography is based out of Salem, Oregon. Areas of coverage include Salem, Portland, Beaverton, Tigard, Sherwood, Albany, Eugene, Corvallis, Jefferson, Turner, Keizer, Woodburn, Wilsonville, Silverton, Stayton, Dallas, Hillsboro, Lincoln City, Bay City, Bend, Vancouver, Battleground, and all surrounding areas. Also available for destination weddings and other travel. Kel Ward Photography specializes in Black and White photography, in both film and digital mediums. Color photography also available. Coverage includes weddings, funerals, birth, childbirth, portraits, families, senior portraits, and boudoir. Outdoor and on-location are preferred.


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