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. 

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!