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

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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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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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My top picks under $50! one. This dress is so good. I love both colors! The cut is so flattering! It would be perfect for a date, night, an engagement session, or just wearing for fun! Seriously, for this price, get both. two. Love a good neck scarf to add to a look. three. Love […]

Styling

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale!

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I’ve been dipping my foot into the world of art direction and fashion photography over the last year. It’s something I’m really excited to do more of and have real dreams of being in that space. My first love will always be weddings, but I have seen such a blend of both fashion and weddings over the past couple years and hope to see even more of the two worlds coming together. Brides that have confidence in their style and a love for fashion always end up picking the most beautiful details that are totally unique to them. Which is honestly one of the coolest parts to see! I love how the personalities of couples really shines on their wedding day from beginning to end. I hope high fashion keeps inspiring brides everywhere and that they can feel confident with their wedding, even if it doesn’t look like ones they’ve pinned, but feels personal to her.

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The Met Gala, Camp, and Every Day Wear With an Editorial Edge.

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If you’re thinking about non-traditional bridal wear, whether it be jumpsuits or a colored gown, I can’t wait to capture you in it! So excited to be photographing beautiful weddings this year and seeing all of the beautiful details that my couples choose.

Elopement, Engagement, Styling

Beautiful Suits to Wear For An Elopement or Engagement Session

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Wearing a kerchief adds color and personality to any outfit and it is one of my most frequently worn accessories! Do you wear kerchiefs? How do you like to style them?

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3 Simple Ways to Wear A Silk Kerchief

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Some fun ideas for looks to wear for your upcoming engagement session! Shopbop’s BIG SALE is happening now and there are so many good pieces for any style! And I will help you find an outfit that is perfect for you and your portrait session! These are all beautiful options for spring and summer engagement sessions for various locations! And I’ve linked ALL of the best of sale items!

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Perfect Engagement Session Outfits From the Shopbop Sale!

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With wedding season upon us, even I am on the look out for beautiful pieces I can wear as a wedding guest. Award shows are my favorite time to source inspiration. Clearly, the high-fashion designers know what they are doing and they are setting the tone for the year. So I thought, why not share a few of my favorite looks from the Oscars with some similar pieces you can wear yourself, either as a wedding guest, to a fun party, or a night out!

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Top Nine Oscar-Ready Looks

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

TIMELESS. VIBRANT. JOYFUL.