photo by diana palmer / yan photo

photo by diana palmer / yan photo

 photo by ashley jennett / the stork and the beanstalk

photo by ashley jennett / the stork and the beanstalk


My name is Kelsey. I see life in pictures… I am a photographer, an artist, a moth chasing the light. I find the extraordinary in the ordinary, and frame simple scenes as art. I am an observer of movement, vibrancy and connections. I grew up steeped in art and I live for color, composition, layers and texture. I look for the moments we tend to take for granted. I value the outtakes. These are the pieces I want to preserve and remember.

I am a Virginia native (the northern part) who has lived half of her life in California (the southern part). I have an MFA in Photography from Cal Arts in Los Angeles (one of the top art schools in the world), a BA in Art from UC Santa Barbara and I have been studying art and photography seriously since age 14. 

My photography style has been described as dreamy. gorgeous. emotive. whimsical.  My personal artwork has always focused on every day life with roots in my own narrative. My story.

I am based in Oakton, Virginia and I serve the Washington, DC area. I also travel often to Ventura and Ojai, California and the beaches around Santa Barbara, as my loved ones long to be near the sea...


When working with clients, I shoot a mixture of more formal portraits and lifestyle images, beautifully tailoring each session to your family or teen/senior. All photo sessions include up to two hours of shooting time, all of the high resolution digital negatives (at least 75), and an elegant online gallery from which to order albums/prints/frames (and share with family/friends who can place their own orders, too). Session prices begin at $850 for senior portraits, and $950 for new babies and families (please contact me for more info). A small sampling of my family/senior sessions can be seen through my portfolio on this site, and the "client" link at left.

I would love to create a tangible collection of beautiful memories for your family, too. - xo

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Kelsey Gerhard | Washington, DC 

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