My Journey through life's radiant moments. Documented frame by frame.

Passionate about photography. Inspired by life. Always seeking to combine the two.

I see beauty and inspiration everywhere I look and it's my hope to capture bits and pieces of it wherever I can. To relive life's shining moments and to share with all of you. Here you'll find images and words that give you a glimpse of my world. Hopefully you'll leave inspired by something you see...and when you are I'd love to hear about it. If you want to drop a note, say hello, or inquire about a session or event, please email me at
Browse around, share your ideas, be radiant in life!

- kelli

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Falling For Fall

I LOVE fall.  It's such a beautiful time in upstate NY.  The crisp blue skies, reappearance of apple crisp and pumpkin pies and of course the vibrant colors.  My schedule has been packed with fellow fall fans and I'm loaded with gorgeous pictures with perfect fall backdrops.  There's plenty more to share but currently I'm loving this picture.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Things I Love

Working with newborns and children so much, I am frequently asked for ideas on everything from what to wear for a photo session to a good place to get funky nursery furniture.  I've made a list of "things I love" for my family, friends and clients that I love.  All of these links are worth checking out for some adorable clothes, accessories, and furniture for your little ones.

The Little Seed - furniture, fashion and accessories with an environmental twist

Posh Tots - clothes, furniture, playhouses and more...everything from a-z for your "posh" baby

Serena & Lily - sweet bedroom collections and furniture

ShopGenes - cool gear for the urban family

Babylegs - dress up your little one's legs

Kukunest - fabulously modern kids bedding

As I find more things I love, I'll be sure to share here with you.  Check back for additions and feel free to share any suggestions you have here too!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Heroes 4Hope Gala

Last week Tom and I were invited to photograph The Heroes 4Hope Gala for The Jorge Posada Foundation.  It was the 8th annual gala for the foundation which was created to raise funds and awareness for children with Craniosynostosis.  The theme of this year's Heroes 4Hope Gala was a salute to Yankee catchers. Joining Posada were Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, Yankee manager Joe Girardi, Rick Cerone, Mike Stanley, Charlie Silvera and the widows of Elston Howard and Thurnan Munson.  Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams we also on hand to show their support.  It was a huge honor to work with the Jorge Posada Foundation for such a worthy cause and to have our work linked on their website.  Click here to view the slideshow. 

Many thanks to Tomas Flint for sharing this experience with me and to Mike Macchione at Catch 24 for believing we were the best photographers for the job.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

What I Did This Summer

In the spirit of back-to-school time I thought I'd write a "what I did this summer" essay. I'm trying to relive the good old days of 5th grade here...humor me :)

The recent months have been extremely busy, but extremely awesome. Tom and I moved into a new home. We weathered a seemingly endless remodel that had the fridge in the family room and the toilet on the balcony (no, we didn't use it out there), and boxes that still need to be unpacked. We've traveled across states for concerts, workshops and weddings.

The last few months have whirled by and mostly I'm just trying to keep up. But when I stop and take a moment to look back I am so grateful. My life has been enriched by each place I've taken in and by each unique person I've shared the moments with. Sometimes I can't believe how fortunate I have been.

Once the dust settles (literally) I will be back to blogging. In the meantime here's a few cel phone pics I've snapped along the way.

under construction

enjoying the new view

Andy, Mike and me reflecting with Tom at Phish, Darien Lake

Pittsburgh roadtrip to see the The Decemberists play "Hazards" in full

Kenny Kim's shot of us modeling at the Davis Love Story Workshop in MD


Tom's view of the Tahoe wedding

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I Have The Best Job

I have the best job. It's true. Every photo session is a new experience. Peeking into people's lives and the bond they share as a family. It's an opportunity for me to connect with new people and capture their spirit to be looked back upon for years to come. Each family is beautifully unique and I always take so much away from every experience. I had so much fun taking pictures with Annemarie, Jeff and their two adorable daughters. Emily is at the stage where she sticks her tongue out at's so funny and adorable at the same time. Makayla has boundless energy. She's spunky and carefree; just like a 4 year old should be. I had to sneak my shots in between playing with her dollhouse and a few rounds of zingo, which of course she beat me at fair and square! I'm looking forward to a rematch at our next session, and hopefully more fun pictures of this beautiful family.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


When I received an email from Theresa months ago, I was so excited. She and her husband Jim were in the process of adopting a baby from Ethiopia and wanted to have someone at the airport to take pictures of a small gathering of friends and family that would be there to welcome them. I knew it would be unlike any other job I've had and was thrilled to be a part of it. I didn't want to miss a second of such a monumental event so I asked Tom to come along too. Neither one of us had any idea what was in store.

When the date finally arrived, we got to the airport early. I pulled a few strings and got to the gate to wait for them while Tom stayed on the other side of security waiting with the small group of friends and family that had already gathered. When Theresa and Jim got off of the plane they were excited to show off their beautiful little angel. They were all smiles and definitely had no idea of the reception awaiting them. None of us did. As we approached the exit we could see rows and rows of friends and family, balloons and banners, it was unreal. When the doors opened there was an explosion of cheers, crying, laughter, and hugs. I wasn't prepared for how hard that would hit me. Overwhelmed by emotion I fought back tears while I tried to catch every smile, every hug, every once in a lifetime moment. This was the beginning for them. After a long road of paperwork and trip around the world...they were finally home together, and their friends and family made sure they had the warmest welcome home ever. It was one of the most beautiful moments I've ever witnessed.

I will forever remember Luca's excited smile...and the way Jim and Theresa beamed as she carried him around and introduced him to all the people that will be a part of his new life here. Several weeks later and I still get choked up thinking about it. It was amazing; and unforgettable and I am so honored to have been a part of such a monumental event in their lives.

Many thanks to Tomas Flint for coming along and catching some fantastic shots of this incredible day. For more information on BFAS Ethiopian Adoption click here.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Art for Art

A while back Kerry contacted me looking for headshots for a project she's working on. A super talented glass bead artist, she was looking for some pictures of herself at work in her studio for a book she's writing. I of course was jazzed about seeing her in action. She's an artist with a talent I wanted to know more about, and I was going to watch her work her magic! When the day finally came, I was as fascinated as I thought I'd be. Kerry was so cool; she made my job easy! She excitedly welcomed me into the studio, showed me all of her 'gear' and chatted with me while she demonstrated her skills. With a rainbow of glass rods, torch, steady hand, and her incredible talent she whipped up little masterpieces. In between snaps I found myself in awe of the glass, their brilliant colors and her ability to meld them into beautiful, wearable pieces of art. I'm telling you, she is amazingly talented. Don't take my word for it though, check out her site and her blog to get the full impression.

I had so much fun watching Kerry in action and now that I've seen her stuff first hand, I know more than a few people that will love to have one of her creations for themselves, myself included (hint, hint). If you're ready to own a beautiful piece of jewelry that will wow people you have to talk to Kerry. Be on the lookout for news of her book coming out...I for one am definitely psyched to see it!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Songs At Home

There are so many reasons I love sharing a home with Tom. He doesn't mind doing the dishes. He's not that much of a sore loser when I beat him at Wii bowling and doesn't gloat too much when he wins. He makes me tea in the morning. The list could go a mile long but one thing I'm particluarly grateful for is the music he fills the house with. Guitar in hand and full of passion he'll belt out favorites from Pearl Jam, The Beatles, Jack Johnson, or one of the many beautiful songs he's written. He can make me laugh, warm my heart, or bring me to tears with the sounds and songs he makes. I can't imagine living in a house without music and thanks to Tom I won't ever have to.

Here he is after some songs at home with his much loved guitar.

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. - Plato

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Mind of His Own

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with David and his parents Steve and Mary.  From the moment I got there David was only interested in one thing, play time.  The images I caught were stolen in between bribes of time with his just one more minute.  Thankfully we were able to distract him long enough to catch him being his charismatic self.  David has quite a big personality for such a little man.  He took over the room...where he sat, how he sat, and who he sat with... it was all up to him.  Pictures with mom and dad weren't enough.  We HAD to take some with his green dinosaurs too.  He is sweet, funny, and clearly knows what he wants.  A little man with a mind of his own for sure.