Ivy and Gold is a fine art photographer serving Salem and Portland, Oregon, as well as the surrounding areas, and is happy to travel for work as well! Kelsee creates timeless, creative, heirloom images that are treasured by all who encounter them. 

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Meet Kelsee

Hi, I'm Kelsee. 

An Oregon native. A wedding and portrait photographer. I'm married to David. Cat-mom to DJ Roomba, (if you get Parks and Rec references, then I already think we'll get along just fine.) I'm a girl with an ache to create.

I've been photographing for as long as I can remember. My passion for portraits really grew in early high school, though. My friends modeled for me nearly every day, and when they weren't there, I was busy stretching my creativity through artistic self portraits as a form of personal expression. I don't think there was an exact moment where I "decided" on photography. It just kind of fell into place in my life, and before I knew it, it was my full time career.

 I believe I'm in the business of creating heirlooms, not snapshots, and capturing your most precious memories. The way he brushes your hair out of your face, the way you can't help but laugh when you're together, the way your hands seem like they were made just to fit into each other's... These are the moments I look for and take captive. Creating images that remind you every time you see them why you're so in love. Your photographs are a priceless investment in your love, your family, and your future. I'm shamelessly nostalgic and sentimental, so to me, there's just about nothing more important than beautiful photographs, printed and on display, of your precious memories and the people you treasure. Tangible - in albums, prints, wall art. The stuff that you flip through or walk by and it floods you with memories and love. That's what I'm all about.

I'm madly in love with film, (yes, they still make film, and it's awesome!) and my Contax 645, but believe there's a place for digital photography as well; so you'll probably see me shooting with two cameras more often than not.

 I find joy in exploring new places, and finding beauty in simplicity. My style lends itself towards the poetic, the free spirit, the bride that carries wildflowers and isn’t afraid to walk barefoot. I’m inspired by nature, and deep personal connection. 

I love little details, and natural light. I love the way that photography allows me to help people see themselves as beautiful as they truly are.

I enjoy making things with my hands, playing my ukulele, singing, baking, thrifting, indie/folk/acoustic/quiet music, (Iron & Wine and Bon Iver are some of my favorites!) and good books. I'm a fan of dry humor, and have a shameless love for puns.

If my photographs resonate with your heartstrings, send me a message! I'm based out of Salem and Portland, Oregon, but excited to travel worldwide to photograph your love. I'd love to get to know you and talk about your engagement/wedding/portrait session dreams. Thanks for taking the time to explore my work! I’d love to document the true story of your love. 

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