Telling your story through emotive, connected
photography + film.

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"Kelly is such a gifted photographer. She has an eye for capturing beautiful moments and magic - especially when working with children and families. I use her for business purposes and her communication, professionalism, talent, and quality are surpassed by none. I can unreservedly recommend McKenna Patterson Photography!"

-Erin Ruzicka Trondson
Head of School
Woodland Montessori School

"I would absolutey recommend McKenna Patterson photography! I have worked with Kelly twice to capture images of children using the handmade scented play dough that I sell online and have been thrilled with her work. I was in need of lifestyle photos for my website and social media, and the response to her work has been so positive and has driven customers to my site! It's not easy to photograph children, and Kelly is really able to capture their spirit in an unobtrusive way (not to mention my product as well!) Nothing is forced or contrived, so when you see the images they just come alive! Kelly is such a pleasure and her work speaks for itself."

- Kira Rama, owner of ZDough

I can't wait to tell your family's story through timeless photographs and family films.

I want to show the way your child curls their fingers in their hair when they grow tired. The way your littlest one nuzzles into that perfect place in your shoulder meant just for them. The way you spin in the summertime with your kids or dance with your partner. The in-between moments. The moments of connection, of life, of you.

My heart is in the details. During your session, you'll have fun, play, and be yourself.

Contact me to create your unique session!

Your experience

I want to create a space that celebrates your families, abilities, genders, and skin tones. I am an lgbtq inclusive photographer and a fat positive photographer. I hope that you leave every session feeling joyful, having laughed and played to your heart's content.

"Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful."
- Thich Nhat Hanh

"Kelly is such a gifted photographer. She has an eye for capturing beautiful moments and magic - especially when working with children and families. I use her for business purposes and her communication, professionalism, talent, and quality are surpassed by none. I can unreservedly recommend McKenna Patterson Photography!"

-Erin Ruzicka Trondson
Head of School
Woodland Montessori School

"I would absolutey recommend McKenna Patterson photography! I have worked with Kelly twice to capture images of children using the handmade scented play dough that I sell online and have been thrilled with her work. I was in need of lifestyle photos for my website and social media, and the response to her work has been so positive and has driven customers to my site! It's not easy to photograph children, and Kelly is really able to capture their spirit in an unobtrusive way (not to mention my product as well!) Nothing is forced or contrived, so when you see the images they just come alive! Kelly is such a pleasure and her work speaks for itself."

- Kira Rama, owner of ZDough

“Kelly is so amazing to work with. I was feeling anxious about getting my photo taken, my husband was barking at the children - expecting them to be perfect angels for some reason, and the children were not perfect angels - they were rolling around in the grass and wrestling with each other. No matter for Kelly, she took all of our collective stuff on and normalized it and managed to wrangle all of us into some fantastic, realistic-in-the-best-way, lovely photographs. She is such a kind soul, a talented photographer, and perhaps the most patient person you will ever meet. 3 cheers and a gabillion stars for Kelly!”

-Lynn

Kelly is incredible. She is such a pleasure to work with and follows COVID guidelines for safety at all times. From the very first day, she made us feel so comfortable and her style is so warm and refreshing. She really is a storyteller with her photos and they speak to her immense talent. My family has done 5 sessions with her and they're all incredible. We are hooked for life and can't wait for the next session!

-Haylie

“Kelly was so supportive in selecting a location, even with flexibility at the last minute, that would be beautiful for the season and time of day. She is incredibly skilled at being flexible and playful with kids in order to keep them engaged and happy while capturing beautiful photos. Her gentle approach and artistic eye have resulted in keepsake images that our family cherishes every year!”

- Meg

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