The journal

Recent work, inspiration, my process.

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Kelsey Cowley is a wedding photographer who services Napa Valley, Newport Beach, and destinations around the world

TIMELESS. VIBRANT. JOYFUL.

Follow along to catch behind the scenes, tips and tricks, fashion inspiration, and recent work.

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Explore The Journal

Follow along to catch behind the scenes, tips and tricks, fashion inspiration, and recent work.

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Photography during a wedding is important to preserve lifelong memories. There are candid moments happening all around during a wedding. These emotional moments can be captured during your wedding day.

California, Photography, Wedding

Candid Photography During a Wedding Day

candid wedding photo of bridesmaids helping bride with her wedding dress

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If Rachel Parcell wears a swimsuit and a gorgeous dress to a family session, I know it’s a great idea! Some of my favorite inspiration pieces for beautiful beach dresses, swimsuits, and sandal that would be perfect for an organic and elegant beach session.

California, Family, Photography, Styling

Rachel Parcell and Ideas For Elegant Beach Family Photos

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Newport, Rhode Island Timeless wedding at Our Lady of Mercy Chapel and Reception at Rosecliff Mansion. During this time of Covid, we may need to adjust our wedding celebrations.

Elopement, Photography, Rhode Island, Wedding

Timeless Wedding at Rosecliff Mansion

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Mothers deserve more recognition because not only are they caring and loving, but they are beautiful!

Family, Photography, Wedding

Celebration of Mothers

A mother during a lifestyle family session

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I fall somewhere in between being a homebody and travel lover. I love my home but boy do I love to be miles and miles away, breathing new air, taking in new smells, new sounds, new people, new architecture. Home is where I’m safe, where I’m able to workshop ideas, create, log some serious working […]

Photography, Travel

Let’s Travel To Paris Together

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Because every day in isolation still deserves to be beautiful! And one day, when portrait sessions resume, we can all come out of hiding looking like superstars, I’m sure of it. So, if you are like me, highly inspired by fashion, color, and distractions from the world, here are some beautiful pieces of inspiration! More […]

California, Engagement, Photography

Spring Engagement Session Inspiration

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During high school, we would stay up late talking about our future husbands and kids and all of the many dreams we had.

California, Family, Photography, Uncategorized

Beach Pregnancy Announcement and Portrait Session

A couple posing, the mom is holding her pregnant belly.

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A stolen moment. The kind that almost feels too sacred to capture. I like to step back, to observe. Us knowing each other first gives me the ability to better anticipate these moments, to wait, and allows you to be comfortable with me waiting in the distance with the camera to my face.

California, Family, Photography

Crystal Cove Family Session

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  Darren and Joanne just celebrated their first year of marriage! They met on match.com and really were such a perfect match. We photographed their engagement session in Downtown San Francisco, which is also where they live and met. They were married last August at the Four Seasons in Palo Alto. This was a special […]

California, Photography, Wedding

Palo Alto Summer Wedding

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I’ve received a few emails and direct messages on Instagram asking about what to wear for a family session or just beautiful dresses for summer. So I thought I would round up a few- 18 to be exact- of my favorites! I also wanted to include a few criteria I look for in choosing dresses to be photographed! Click here to read my 4 tips for finding the perfect dress for you!

Family, Photography, Styling

Beautiful Dresses for Your Summer Portrait Session

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Kelsey Cowley is a wedding photographer who services Napa Valley, Newport Beach, and destinations around the world

TIMELESS. VIBRANT. JOYFUL.