Hi there!

I'm Kelly (she/her),

I live in Madison, WI with my amazing partner, John and our two sweet, wild, and funny little kiddos. We spend countless hours outside, hiking and playing in the mud. 

I was a Montessori teacher before my littles were born and I always try to bring a bit of that lens of observation into my work. I've always been fascinated by photography, how it captures a moment, a family legacy, and passes it on. 

I take tons of photos of my kids and the kids with the dogs and chickens. I want my children to have beautiful images of their childhood adventures. And they certainly get up to some adventures!  

Do you remember those light boxes for slides and little magnifying glasses? I thought those were magical! I used to love looking at my parent's honeymoon and my brothers' baby slides. 

I love authentic, emotive images that tell the story of right now. The little details, like how tiny your child's hand is in yours or the way they hold sticks in the mud. The kind of images and videos that future generations will find magic in. I find joy in allowing children to just unfold in the moment with you and to be who they are. 

If you are looking for a photographer who will embrace your unique story, who will belly laugh with your kids antics, sit quietly with you as you cuddle your babe, or jam with you through Saturday morning pancakes, let's chat. 

Things I love

1. Getting messy in the garden with the kids, whether that's tending the chickens or the plants or watching the rest of my family take care of the bees. I don't do that. (I enjoy the honey and stay far back.)

2. Kitchen Dance Parties!

3. Travel. I miss it and I can't wait to explore with the kids again. 

4. Dogs! We have an active husky/lab/collie that we love to adventure with. 

5. Exploring parks. 

6. Hot summer evenings with perfect golden sunlight.

connect over at @mckennapatterson.photography