Kelley Raye
photographer

What I'm About

photo by andria lindquist. makeup by gaylinyet roberts.

photo by andria lindquist. makeup by gaylinyet roberts.

 

Hey!  *this is more like a squeal btw*

You're here and thats pretty cool, not gonna lie.

I'm Kelley. And Raye is my last name not my middle name. Photography became a necessity in my life from a very young age. I used to move around ALOT as a kid. Having to start over at a new school every year forced me to not only perfect the art of making new friends quickly but also to find a way to remember the friends I knew I would be leaving behind at the end of the school year. I started carrying around disposable cameras so that i could snap anything and anybody I wanted to remember. I knew that the memories would always be there, and photos would help me unlock them whenever I wanted. Thats how my obsession with photography started.

Thats me in the blue (and corduroy, no doubt) jumpsuit holding my first film camera circa 1987. I was living in Indianapolis, Indiana. My parents were divorced. My great grandparents, my mom's mom and my cousin had come to visit my mom and I. My house had an exposed brick wall and my bed was under the loft stairs. At one point I pretended to be asleep on my grandmother's lap so that I could listen to the adults talk. I remember all this from one photo. Taken when I was three.

Thats me in the blue (and corduroy, no doubt) jumpsuit holding my first film camera circa 1987. I was living in Indianapolis, Indiana. My parents were divorced. My great grandparents, my mom's mom and my cousin had come to visit my mom and I. My house had an exposed brick wall and my bed was under the loft stairs. At one point I pretended to be asleep on my grandmother's lap so that I could listen to the adults talk. I remember all this from one photo. Taken when I was three.

Fast forward a few years later (and a couple of camera upgrades), and now I help rad people hold onto their memories in the same way i did (and still do) for myself.

I don't shoot cold, stark, inauthentic photos. I probably couldn't if I tried. I shoot with purpose. Life goes by so quickly, you know? I'm a photographer because its important to me that we remember. The mood, the smell, the butterflies in the stomach, the time, who was there, the season, the excitement, whether they were chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookies, the feelings, the reason. I'm about the memories. I do what I do because one photo can help recall 1,000 amazing memories after the people, places and things pictured have loooooong since faded away.

And who the hell doesn't love that?


prosecco is my spirit animal.

my wife and i on our wedding day (and 5 year anniversary), march 2017

my wife and i on our wedding day (and 5 year anniversary), march 2017

 

now aside from my love for white walls and photo montages..

 

i judge latte art, so if you ever make my vanilla latte, don't half ass it. Do it with your full ass.

i check my delta airline app twice a week to see how many days I have until my next flight. if the list gets short, i go into depression. so i keep it long.

i'm a cheerleader for other female entrepreneurs. I honestly wish every girl with a dream would just quit her 9 to 5 and pursue what she dreams about most. that's why i love to do this. i absolutely love helping women reach new heights through creative branding, tips and advice so that they can continue kicking ass doing what they love.

one day, an image i take will be on the cover of vogue. you heard it here first. unless you know me in real life, in which case, this is in fact not the first time you have heard it.

my wife's name is fallon. she is also my assistant photographer. 

I have a morkie named martini.

i was a squirrel in a past life.


Martini requested that his girlboss branding session be included. He does no work.

Martini requested that his girlboss branding session be included. He does no work.


Upcoming photography workshops/Speaking engagements

2018 Dates Coming Soon!

Past

WRKSHP // Brooklyn, NY // Oct 23-26, 2017

{UN}CONVENTION // Richmond, VA // Nov 13, 2016


and before you go, check out some of my 2017 interviews

Here, here and here!


 

Copyright 2018 Kelley Raye //  Los Angeles - New York - Atlanta - Hawaii - Tulum - Destination