It’s not about the camera.

KellyMooney Photography

With today’s technology, the snap of any shutter can result in a pretty picture. But creating images that captures a person or brand’s authentic presence isn’t about technical skill as much as it is about human connection.

“To say that Kelly was amazing to work with, would be an understatement. Not only does she know how to make you feel completely comfortable in your own skin, she helps take the vision for your shoot out of your head and makes it a reality! She is kind, caring, hilarious and so fun to hang out with! I would trust her with any of my photography needs from personal, to my business! Thanks Kelly for everything, you are truly one of a kind.” – Megan Tucker, Owner | Renewal Spa & Beauty (West Linn)

I am a storyteller first and foremost. Before I became a photographer, I spent 17 years as the owner of a PR & marketing firm, telling my clients’ stories and getting them covered by high-profile media outlets including The Today Show, Oprah, The Wall St Journal, and USA Today, among others. My job then – as it is now – is to identify and focus on what made my clients unique enough to stand out from the crowd.

Today, my trusty Nikon D850 is my tool of choice for telling stories — stories which I’ve studied prior to each session so I can create a library of photos that stand out, grab attention and even inspire action.

When I’m not shooting in my sun-drenched studio on Oregon City’s historic Main Street, I’m on location helping my clients craft contemporary, branded images to help grow their bottom line.

I laugh a lot. I work a little too much. And I love creating a safe, relaxing and FUN experience for people who are not accustomed to being in front of the lens.

Photography is like gourmet cooking. It’s not the oven that creates the magic … it’s the chef. 

Kelly Mooney is a consummate professional…she mixed an amazing amount of technical skill together with a great, casual atmosphere to help me get the best out of our photo session. I was a little nervous, as I haven’t had my picture taken professionally since high school, but Kelly made me feel super comfortable, which made a difference in the images (I look happy and relaxed!) Kelly’s untouched proofs were confirmation that she is a fantastic photographer…I was profoundly satisfied with the results, and would recommend her all day long! In fact, I’m electing myself president of the Kelly Mooney Fan Club. Thank you, Kelly!

Today I went a PATA Audition Prep Workshop and when I gave the auditors my picture and resume, one of them commented on my head shot. “BEAUTIFUL picture by the way, who did them, do you remember?” I said “oh yes, it was Kelly Mooney!” He said , (looking out at the other folks), “Kelly Mooney” guys!

Can’t thank you enough.

Will be in touch..


Kelly is amazing! She made me feel very comfortable and brought out my true self on camera for my acting headshot session. I had a great time shooting and definitely got the photos I was seeking. Overall I found Kelly to be professional, efficient, fun, and very talented!!

– Lauren A./Actor

Kelly has an amazing ability to see who you really are and capture that through her camera. She’s extremely professional, takes amazing photographs, and is a lot of fun to work with. She’s hands-down the best photographer in the area.
– Brian D. | Portland Author

Kelly is an amazing photographer who immediately made me feel comfortable.

I had a wonderful time with her and the pictures were great right away!

– Ciri Ryan | Zip Realty, Portland

Random Fun Facts About Me:

  •  I’m a pretty huge fan of race car driving and the Oregon Ducks

  • My husband is a national sales manager by day and a medal-winning race car driver by weekend

  • Our son is about to graduate in Statistics from Montana State University; clearly, his left-brain power comes from his father

  •  Our daughter is pursuing her BFA in Illustration from Laguna College of Art & Design. She and I represent the right-brain faction in this family

  • I have worked with Martha Stewart and Oprah Winfrey, Travis Pastrana, Margaret Thatcher (okay, I just dated myself, didn’t I?) as well as with the Association of Space Explorers (and spent a week getting to know the world’s most famous astronauts as a result!)

  • Early in my career, I managed the second-largest hot air balloon festival in the country

  • I seriously love coffee, sparkling wine, and trying to discover the latest hot restaurants in Portland

  • When I edit, I re-binge my favorite shows and movies including: Parks & Rec, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, and everything Star Wars

  • I LOVE that I can now combine my past marketing and branding expertise, with my technical photography skills, to help my clients achieve their visual communications goals!

Thank you Kelly for a wonderful experience. You were delightful to work with and our team appreciated your time and the outcome of the pictures. I would be very happy to refer you to friends and colleagues. I am so happy to have made this connection with you!!
– Carrie H. | Financial Investment Team

Kelly made us feel comfortable from the minute we walked in. She took the best pictures and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Thank you for such a positive and memorable experience for us!! I would highly recommend Kelly as a photographer.
– Kristen H. | Parent, Portland Model

Friendly, professional, humorous, polite, unpretentious, enthusiastic, talented, and flat out cool. Very much enjoyed my session and the resulting photographs. Would recommend and use again.
– Matthew B., Portland Actor

Kelly is an incredible photographer and just a dream to work with. She has a great eye, but more importantly, she really cares about her clients and sees the beauty in them and captures that on camera. I love my business profile picture that Kelly took, and I would recommend her to anyone!
– Jeany Park, Compass Rose Video

Kelly is an incredibly personable photographer, willing to meet with you in order to understand your vision for your photos. Her ability to put you at ease will show once you receive your photos back. Kelly is a great photographer who’s passion for capturing personality can’t help, but be noticed.
– Lauren M., Portland Actress