Meet Kelsey

Kelsey Bio Pic
Lead Photographer

I felt an instant connection to photography at an extremely young age. My childhood house had bookshelves overflowing with photo albums from random family vacations to the Cape, to camping weekends in upstate New York, to my Mother and Father just hanging out in our living room on our couches. I loved being able to look back on the moments that were documented, see how they were taken and try to figure out why they wanted to photograph my mother’s hands reading a book or my Dad drinking a beer by the campfire or why everyone in the 1990s was a cigarette smoker. When I began seriously photographing in high school, I slowly started to realize that it’s not one singular thing that makes an image great.. its every surrounding detail, its the meaning behind the moment that you’re capturing, its the authenticity captured in that split hundredth of a second that makes it a successful image .

I’d define my photographic style as illustrative – a blend of traditional and photojournalistic with special attention to lighting and background. I’d define my approach to photography as comfortable and fun. I love helping couples feel at ease in front of the camera in order to let who they really are shine through in their photos. I don’t mind going to great lengths to embarrass myself to make you laugh during our time together – I never want my subjects to look like stiff statues. I encourage spontaneity and playfulness with one another but can also bring us back to a more serious, focused note. I love getting to know my couples, the opportunity to photograph their connection on such an important day of their lives is a dream come true.

“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”

-Robert Frank


“We had Kelsey as our photographer and she was particularly INCREDIBLE! We got to know Kelsey over the phone when we had our consultation and knew immediately she would be a great fit for my husband and me. We had a 1 hour engagement session with her in March where we really began to build our relationship and needless to say we loved our photos. When it came to our wedding day, Kelsey was MUCH MORE than a photographer. She was a therapist and a friend and helped keep us calm all day. She made sure we took EVERY SINGLE PHOTO that we talked about and was adaptable throughout the day when our timeline got a little tight. During our first look, my dress ended up getting a bit dirty from being outside and Kelsey got down on hand and knee and helped my bridesmaids get every speck of dirt out. I am speechless about the service she provided. Knowing that Kelsey had shot tons of weddings at the Barns helped the day flow seamlessly. I could go on and on about how fantastic she was :)…BOOK HER!”

– Holly & Brendan Crouse

“Kelsey made the entire picture process extremely enjoyable. My husband absolutely hates having his picture taken but when I asked him about his favorite parts of the wedding, he said having the pictures done. Kelsey was professional the entire time but still fun and played around with us. Kelsey was very flexible as well. We had 7 children in the wedding, ranging from 2-11 and Kelsey did a superb job getting some great shots of them. I have been asked many times since the wedding who my photographer was because everyone at the wedding recognized what a great job she did.”
– Julie McLaughlin Demsky

“Kelsey was the photographer for our wedding at the Pavilion on Crystal Lake and we are so happy with our choice! After our first meeting with Kelsey we knew that she would be the perfect fit for our wedding. As a notoriously camera-shy couple it was important to us that we felt comfortable and not overly ‘posed’ with our photographer. Kelsey’s positivity and genuine happiness for us at our engagement shoot and on our wedding day was infectious. Our friends and family could not stop talking about how professional she was and how well she knew the venue. We LOVE our engagement shots and the teasers from our wedding, all of which arrived promptly and very easy to access and share. Everyone who sees our photos comments on how well Kelsey captured real moments and our personalities.”

– Lindsay & Scott Grant

Kelsey our photographer was an absolute dream! She was so easy going and efficient! She was more than a photographer that day, she helped with so many things from putting on the boutonnières on all 9 men to sipping up bridesmaids dresses and taking my veil off my head and putting it back in the bridal suite! She was more than willing to help in any way and she was completely focused on getting all the right shots of the wedding and wedding party!

– Katie & Erik Genest


Behind The Scenes with Kelsey