Hi, I'm Kelly!

I am a music, wedding, and lifestyle photographer living in Oakland, California but ready and eager to explore the world.

Born and raised in Burien, Washington, I started Rain City Ambience with a few close friends and found my place in the Seattle music community, photographing and writing about too many bands to count at hundreds of shows from 2005 through 2016. I also tour with bands sometimes hope to be able to keep touring for as long as I can crawl into a bunk.

My mantra has always been to stay true to your weird self and do what you love until it works out, and photographing weddings made me fall in love with my job all over again. Head over to my wedding mini-site to learn more!

I love photography in all forms and believe that you don't need to specialize to be a professional. In the age of the side hustle, my side hustles just happen to mostly involve photography.


These are a few of my favorite things

(plagiarism not included)

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I live with my amazing partner Kirby and our collection of cats and plants. We moved to California from Seattle together, and I couldn't imagine doing life with anyone else. He also owns a cannabis business and as soon as I tell anyone this he is instantly the most interesting person in the world.

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Our children take the form of three cats: Radwulf, Bigglesworth, and Frankenlarry. They are all exactly 15 pounds and the most social little fur babies I've ever owned. One day I'll be home consistently enough for a dog, but these dudes are great for now!

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My plant space is my favorite place. Our loft has huge windows that we wanted to fill with nature, so we started collecting greens and never stopped! I recently discovered propagation (1 plant = infinite plants?!) and sometimes post succulent progress on my Instagram stories. (Photo by Meilene Long as I haven't taken any nice ones yet hehehe)


does this smell like a resumé to you?

Zumiez Couch Tour 2012

Zumiez Couch Tour 2013

Warped Tour 2015 - Adam Elmakias

Neck Deep 2016 - Photographer

The Wonder Years 2016 - Photographer and VIP Coordinator

PVRIS 2018 - Photographer / VIP

The Wonder Years 2018 - Photographer / VIP


for your viewing pleasure and/or confusion, this website is divided into three sections

here are those links again!