Meet Kelsey Dawn

It all started with a baby boy...

Or, truly, maybe even before that but my photography journey officially started when my first kiddo was about six months old. I bought a used camera from a resale shop and started taking pictures of my little person, who was so special to me. It was essential to me to capture as many moments as possible because I knew that I would miss them almost as soon as they happened.

Hello friend

I'm Kelsey. I am a wedding and family photographer based out of Southeast Tennessee and Northeast Alabama. Growing up at the bottom of the Appalachian mountains in a quaint, little town called Mentone, Alabama, it was easy to develop an enthusiastic love for art and, although I didn’t appreciate it as much as I should have growing up there, I can now doubtlessly give credit to the beautiful place that I call home for my passion of photography.

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My photography journey is typical in the way that I grew up holding disposable cameras in my hand, taking friends outside for photo shoots, and scrapbooking everything throughout my childhood. What sets me apart now is the way that I capture authentic connection and romance with couples and families today. With over 10 years experience, I take pride in my ability to learn about the precious souls that I work alongside and preserve a little bit of them in each photograph.

pictures are everything

I understand the importance of memory keeping

a mama first & foremost

these are a few of my favorite things

I am a passionate mother who understands the value of creating documentation of special memories.

"Take care of all of your memories, for you can not relive them."
– Bob Dylan

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words from clients

"Kelsey is hands down the best there is."

“When I was searching for a photographer I was constantly worried they would not understand my vision for what I wanted my wedding images to be. Kelsey has a talent for film photography that I cannot even begin to explain. I never once questioned her creativity when she shot our wedding. She was professional, punctual, and made us feel comfortable and confident. Kelsey is hands down the best there is and she was the perfect fit for us on our wedding day.”

"I couldn’t have made a better decision on who to trust with such a monumental day."

"Kelsey was phenomenal! She brought all of my Pinterest wedding dreams to life. She made the process so easy and allowed us to get all the photos I could’ve ever asked for. She was very quick to respond, so professional and very very organized. I couldn’t have made a better decision on who to trust with such a monumental day. We will forever cherish her photography, time and love she poured into our day."

"She captured every moment perfectly!"

"Kelsey is absolutely the best! She has photographed my wedding as well as my two sisters and always kills it with the stunning pictures! I couldn’t have been more pleased with how our wedding pictures turned out. She captured every moment perfectly! I cried all over again looking at the pictures! I cannot thank her enough!"

"I'd choose her again and again."

“Kelsey is seriously the best! I’ve used her for several milestones in my life and I have never been disappointed. If I had to do it all over, I’d choose her again and again. She is super organized, she makes you feel comfortable, and she is the sweetest person ever! You really get your money’s worth plus more! I could go on and on. I will forever recommend her to everyone!”

"Kelsey is amazing at what she does!"

"Kelsey is amazing at what she does! She is so down to earth, friendly, and makes you feel so comfortable. I will be forever grateful that I chose her as my photographer for my wedding day! She works with you in every aspect to make it easy on the bride! Kelsey literally takes all stress away by helping you, answering any question you may have, and giving you detailed instruction and timelines that you need to make your day go so smoothly. Amazing! Everyone needs that on their wedding day! If I had to do it all over again I would pick Kelsey every single time!"

"Kelsey was a wonderful photographer."

"Kelsey was a wonderful photographer for my wedding in August this past year! I could not have asked for a more professional, empathetic, or talented photographer. We had already worked out an itinerary beforehand so that the day of the wedding ran so much more smoothly. If you want someone who will patiently answer all of your anxious questions, make your life a thousand times easier, and give you photos that you can admire for a lifetime, please hire Kelsey Dawn Photography and I promise you won’t regret it."