This is an intentionally welcoming space.

Welcoming folks of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds, all abilities, genders, and sexual orientations. 

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

about Kelly

Hi there! I'm Kelly. I'm an on-location, lifestyle photographer in Madison, WI taking photos of families, children, newborn babies as well as personal branding, headshots and non-profit photography. I've loved art since childhood. I find joy in creating photos that tell your story and capture the magic of being little. Having your photo taken should be beautiful, fun, easy, and a way to encapsulate the joy in raising tiny humans.

I live on the northside of Madison, WI with my partner, John and our two sweet, funny kiddos. We have a super energetic 12 year old border collie, chickens, and grow lots of veggies. 


I can't wait to tell the story of your family through timeless photographs.

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, dance with your partner. The in-between moments. The moments of connection, of life.

Contact me to create your unique family session!

Your experience

"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

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connect over at @mckennapatterson.photography

"Simply the best!!!! Over the past several years, Kelly has beautifully photographed my children, family and extended family. She is incredibly talented, consistently calm, patient, polite and excellent with children! As a result, her photos reflect a natural peace and a playfulness that I truly love!!!"

- Angie Olson

"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

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