Kelly Marie Photography
We are so excited to introduce you all to Kelly Marie Photography, based out of Bainbridge Island, WA. We love the light, airy and joyous way that her images pop off a screen!
How did you get started?
I grew up with photographers in the family. At an early age, I became both a model and an assistant to my family members, carrying their bags and posing when the lighting was spectacular. How could I not develop an interest in photography? My parents bought me my first camera in middle school. I started photographing anyone who would let me. My camera became a part of me; my high school friends were shocked when it was not glued to my hand. When the time came to decide on my major, the thought occurred to me that maybe I could do this for a living. In 2009, I began the journey to becoming a professional photographer by attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, majoring in art and design with a concentration in photography. The business came soon after. I have loved turning my passion into my career.
What is your favorite part of weddings?
My favorite part of weddings is bound to be a favorite among many. I love the moment the bride and groom see each other for the first time. Whether it’s at the ceremony or the couple does a first look, I love seeing the nerves beforehand, the excitement. The emotions are so raw and true; it is a beautiful moment to capture.
What makes you cry?
Proposals. Proposals make me cry, which can be problematic when I'm photographing them. Typically, I'm in contact with the bride, not the groom. The proposals give me a chance to talk to the other side and see the nerves. I love seeing how much planning these amazing guys put into the moment the ask their girlfriend to be with them for the rest of their lives. Toasts will also get me teary, either from the sweetness or the hilarity. The toasts allow me to get to know my couples even better and hear all the fun stories that their friends and family have to share. The love for the couple is overwhelming at times like these.
What makes you unique?
Weddings can be extremely stressful, especially for the bride. I have a talent for remaining completely calm, even in the craziest of times. This certainly comes in handy when the bride gets dirt on her dress or nobody is on time. I tell them to remember the important thing: at the end of the day, they’re married to the man they love. When it comes to the portraits, I’ve been told that I make people very comfortable. Couples come to me very camera shy, and by the end of the day, they’re telling me how much fun they had and how easy it was to be themselves around me. I love hearing that! My couples also tell me that I’m fantastic at being a fly on the wall. During the ceremony or reception, I feel like you should not be aware of your photographer. I try to be as discreet as possible while still being there when my couple needs me. The fact that I’m short (I’m only 5’2!) also makes it easy to maneuver the space without disrupting the event. Above all, I’m passionate about what I do. I leave every wedding with a huge smile on my face, not being able to wait to look at the photos. When someone loves what they do, I believe this comes across in their work and their demeanor.