Meet Kelly

Houston portrait photographer

As a child, I dreamed of becoming a children’s storybook illustrator when I grew up. Let's just say I lack any painting or drawing artistic ability outside of doodling. But the dream developed into photographic storytelling and I'm so lucky to be able to do what I love. I promise you will not look upon the images from your session and think about how your husband rolled his eyes and your toddler threw a tantrum beforehand. All you'll see is the story of your family. How your baby looked at you. How small he was in your arms. 

Let’s capture your story together; I can’t wait to get started!

Image by Alicia Pyne

My Story

Photography has always been a part of my life. Like many of my interests, I was drawn to it because my dad enjoyed it. He'd develop as many film rolls as I wanted to shoot, gave me his Canon AE-1 when I joined the high school yearbook staff, and took me all over Houston looking for darkroom equipment to build my own space in the room above our garage. 

My time on the yearbook staff led to a Photojouranalism degree from The University of Texas. I’ve worn many professional hats since then — including Graphic Designer and Email Marketing Manager — and I currently sport the luxurious crown of Doer of All the Things at The Mills Household.

My Style

I love color. I love connection. I love details. My favorite images from a session are the ones you didn't know I was taking — the moments in between posing, the close-ups of tiny fingers while baby takes his time to warm up to me. 

My goal at every session is to have fun. To elicit genuine smiles and emotions that encompass your family's spirit. Your session will consist of posed and candid moments with plenty of attention paid to making the little ones comfortable in front of the lens. I strive to capture unscripted moments rich with personality and family connection.

My editing style is colorful and classic. Your final images are edited to achieve natural colors, rich tone, and punchy contrast. 

Sound like a great fit? Let's plan your portrait session. 

people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

I have my parents to thank for a full prop closet of vintage crates, quilts, and wash tubs. Growing up, our home decor was farmhouse chic way before HGTV made it cool. I also have a collection of old cameras and antique bottles. love #1 : vintage
Road trips + national parks rank high on the list of favorite vacations — while I didn't grow up camping, I am quickly falling in love with it! There's no better way to unplug. love #2 : travel
See these 2 cuties all over my website? These babes are all mine and have my whole heart. My full-time job is changing diapers, and kissing boo boos. You won't hear me call it my life's passion, but it's the most fulfilling work I've ever done. love #3 : my babes