hey there, i’m chelsea!

Wife, mom & photographer! I have been married for going on 9 years and we have two daughters. Aria James – our first born who came just when we needed her most & Austin Rose our little IVF miracle. I gave up my nursing career shortly after having our first daughter so I could be home more with her and have never looked back!

I think the moment I felt photography as a calling was when I was still working as a floor nurse at the hospital. Before I even owned my own camera, I was given the task of documenting one of my patients weddings in the hospital during their final days. I used my units camera we used for wound documentation to take the photos. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room as they said their vows. The weight of knowing those photos would likely be the last photos that family would have together and seeing the brides face when I handed her a few images printed out on 8×10 computer paper from a terrible quality hospital printer is a feeling I don’t think you ever forget.

After that, I dove headfirst into photography. Wanting to give my clients the best experience & the best quality photos of their memories. It sounds cliche- but life is short. When your baby isn’t a baby anymore, when a loved one isn’t here anymore – your photos are.

I love golden hour photos, especially amongst a field of flowers. Sessions that feel a little chaotic but end up being perfectly unposed. I love giving goofy prompts to capture genuine laughs, coffee anytime of the day and stubborn little kids who I can usually win over. I love the joy of newly engaged couples & the look on a dads face when he sees his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time. I love the emotion of a mom when she has her dance with her son & when the wedding guests all obnoxiously sing the lyrics to their favorite songs during the reception. I love the wrinkly little skin on a newborn baby & the sound of their new cry. I love bagels, Rihanna & country music. But mostly, I love trying to encapsulate all of those moments and emotions in a image- frozen in time.

My work is colorful & warm, my sessions are laid back & upbeat. I promise not to be too serious & can guarantee you’ll have a laugh or two if you book a session with me! Thanks checking out my little corner of the internet, I hope to work with you soon! <3

Chelsea is without a doubt one of the greatest photographers and people I have ever encountered. Hire Chelsea to capture all your special memories in life- I promise you, it will be the best decision you make! She went above and beyond to make my fiancé (who hates taking photos) feel comfortable at our engagement photoshoot, which I didn’t think was possible! Chelsea has such a calming presence about her and if you hire her to photograph your wedding she will make you feel calm on one of the busiest and best days of your life. I can’t recommend Chelsea enough. We will use her as our family photographer forever and we trust her to highlight all of our milestones. Thank you Chelsea for everything!

jennifer simko

I was lucky enough to have Chelsea photograph one of the best moments of my life, my engagement! My boyfriend at the time (now husband) contacted her prior to our family pictures and together they planned the most perfect proposal! I had no idea it was coming and the pictures are absolutely beautiful! They couldn’t have turned out more perfect. Chelsea is the best there is and is so unbelievably talented! She goes above and beyond for her clients and is one of the sweetest people I have ever met! I plan to be a client of hers for years to come and will always refer everyone I know to her!

holly paige

Chelsea is our absolute favorite photographer!! We’ve had sessions with many different ones over the years, and Chelsea is hands-down, the best. She has a natural eye for capturing the moment and goes above and beyond to make sure the photo isn’t lacking in detail. My personal favorite is all of the touching up of my hair placement, tips on how to pose or reposition – all the little things that I may be upset about after the fact had she not helped. Besides being insanely talented, she’s incredibly kind and funny. You won’t regret choosing Chelsea to capture your memories!

whitney smith

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