Kiley Stephens has held a lifelong passion for photography, and as a child, she used her parents 35mm Pentax to take portraits of siblings and friends. This led to a B.A. in Photocommunications in 2008, which began a career of wedding and portrait photography that spanned several states across the nation. Kiley has also worked as a Photo and Video Coordinator for a national non-profit animal rescue organization. Here, she photographed animals at the sanctuary, along with events, products, and staff portraits. Kiley takes a photojournalistic approach to her work, finding the beauty in details that many might overlook. She has always been drawn to working with people and animals, and capturing the raw emotion of expressions and the moments that bring us joy and wonder.
I love the feeling of freezing moments in time. When I look at old photos, of times that I have never experienced - I feel a sense of connection that can only be achieved through visual aids, such as photos and videos. Story telling is a timeless art that we have used since the beginning of humankind - capturing human stories in a visual way, and being able to creatively manipulate these moments (slowing a shutter to show motion, for example) is a beautiful representation of telling our stories. I love having the ability to meet new people, and to bring them joy through this art. I love capturing so many different stories, and keeping the human connections alive - especially during a time where human connection is tragically waning.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I have photographed many weddings, and always try to make a point to capture the family and guests in candid moments of joy. For example, during speeches at the reception, I take photos of the couple's and guests' reactions and laughter or tears. I also enjoy using interesting lighting for the couple's portraits - such as off camera flash at dusk, to create a dramatic look. I also focus on details that many people might overlook, such as signs, table arrangements, flowers, or the couple and family getting ready before the wedding.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
Best of "The Knot" Wedding Photographer - 2010
A fun fact about this photographer
I enjoy a healthy lifestyle - rock climbing, hiking, and spending time outdoors. And I have been a vegetarian since childhood, turned vegan 14 years ago.