I know there’s a recurring theme to many of my posts, but it’s no coincidence that I’ve known Emily since she was a very little girl, because back in grade school, Emily and my daughter Alexis were friends, so I have had the pleasure of knowing Emily and her family for many years. I took photos for her gorgeous sister, Hailey, a few years ago, and now it was time for Emily to be in front of my lens for the first time in nearly a decade. It was hard for me at first to shake off the memories of the little girl I knew, but it was hard to escape the absolutely sweet and gorgeous young woman she’d become.
Given her favorite quote, it seemed only appropriate that we shot her photos around fields of beautiful blossoms. “Remember this: a flower does not think of comparing itself to the flower next to it. It just blooms.”
As have you, Emily! Thank you for letting me help you capture this time of your life. It seemed like the perfect bookend to the funny, silly pics I have of you when you were a little girl. And don’t worry – I won’t share those here! 🙂
I am so lucky to work with students who are both beautiful and exceptionally talented. Case in point: last month, Emily Martin was named Oregon Journalist of the Year by the Oregon Journalism Education Association … I was jumping up and down for her when I heard her news. I also had a thought: “hmm… a journalist might want to write about her own session, huh?” Fortunately, she answered in the affirmative, so I’ll hand over the copy to her from here:
My experiences with Kelly have been nothing but positive and fun! After my senior portrait session with her, it became evident that she would become more than just my amazing senior portrait photographer; but a friend.
Being a photographer myself, I was very nervous about being in front of the camera, but Kelly knew that before we even started. She made me feel very comfortable and the shoot was one of the highlights of my summer because of how fun it was. She picked the PERFECT locations for me even after only meeting me one time prior, which still continues to blow me away.
My roommate in the fall, Maddy Itschner, was a senior rep for Kelly and the two of them generously thought to include me. The shoot was so so fun and I went to parts of Portland that I’ve never been before. Spending time with Kelly is never boring and the end results are outstanding.
THANK YOU so much, Emily! I adore working with you and am so excited to hear what you do with your amazing career!