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3 girls

It was awesome to feel the excitement that overwhelmed these little girls. They have a new baby sister and as you will see, they can’t keep their hands (or lips) off of her. These days are so short. Up all night. Everyone pining for mom’s attention. It’s a pretty special thing to be able to document this short part of life.

p.s.- Hi! I know it’s been a ridiculously long time. I have stuff on my desk just begging to be posted. My new years goal is to get it up and update you on what I’M doing!! Happy New Year!




AnnJanuary 5, 2014 - 6:37 pm

Oh, congrats! Such an adorable crowd you are! Sleep now! :) Love to see more from you, and hopefully, I can fulfill one of my resolutions, to be seen more on FlickR.

SarahJanuary 7, 2014 - 9:09 am

What a sweet family. It makes me want another one… not gonna happen. So instead I’ll just look at these pics a thousand times. Wonderful as always Kellie! <3

p.s. I LOVE their kitchen table. My fave color!

Soul Shooting

Earlier this month we held our second Soul Shooting Workshop in Tacoma, WA. 21 photographers from around the country (and a few from North of the border) journeyed with us through a process we have named Soul Shooting; a way to find voice and purpose in your work and shoot imagery that reflects who you are and your unique artistic vision. We chose a beautiful historic church building in downtown Tacoma to explore this process. It was an amazing day!

Here are the results of the mock session that Rosina and I shot with the attendees that afternoon. I am so appreciative to Ginnie McMillan and her darling family for for hanging in there for this not so conventional session. Mwuah!!

You can see the rest our day on the Soul Shooting page here.
Sarah’s session portion here.
Molly’s session portion here.

SarahAugust 16, 2013 - 12:48 pm

I love your pics Kellie, I’ve been missing them on IG. This family is adorable and the location, awesome! xoxo

GinnieAugust 16, 2013 - 1:50 pm

Kellie, I am in tears right now over the joy I am feeling. I am so in love with the way you were able to capture my families love for each other. If anyone wants to know or meet me, they just did through your photographs of us. This ended up being way more than I had expected and the entire experience was once in a lifetime! Thank you 100 times for this gift. :)

KellyAugust 28, 2013 - 5:53 pm

These are gteat Kellie – was so amazing to finally meet you in person xo

My Creative Truth – Collaborating around the globe

I’m pretty excited to be collaborating on this project called “My Creative Truth”.

And if I am going to be truthful, being creative is scary. I flail and I spin. These are my contributions for the last two weeks.

stephanieMay 10, 2013 - 5:54 am

I love that first one so much. Why is so scary to be creative? It makes me shake in my boots.

KellyAugust 28, 2013 - 5:52 pm

Love these Kellie!

Fishies – Maui Family Photographer

It’s been way too long since I have shared anything, but I just had to share this darling family that was visiting all the way from Australia. I could tell right away that the kids were used to being on beaches…they quickly snatched up the fins and masks that I had borrowed from my own girls, went to the water, and never came out until the sun went down. The evening was lovely and beautiful and sandy and wet….everything you would expect from a fun night on the beach.


Jennifer BarryJuly 29, 2013 - 2:01 pm

Hi Kellie,

Your photography is beautiful! I was wondering if you (or even a less busy photographer you can recommend who may be just starting out) might possibly have time for a quick session this week? We are in Kaanapali this week with our kids, and realized that we should of scheduled a photo shoot to capture this wonderful time. :) I understand the time crunch, but couldn’t resist asking. Any tips you might have to make this happen would be much appreciated.

Thank you!


Compare and Contrast

A friend pointed out to me the other day the stark comparison between my personal and professional work.  Since she mentioned it, I can’t believe I have never noticed before. It’s glaringly obvious that my personal work is dark, moody, and often in black and white, while my professional work is happy, bright, and fun.  Hmm, I’m not ready to dissect this quite yet, but I find it interesting.


SarahJanuary 18, 2013 - 1:43 pm

You are so so soooooo talented, Kellie. Holy guacamole (and I like guacamole a lot). Your photos make me smile. LOVE the 1st one. So so soooo good!

Jessica DeaneJanuary 18, 2013 - 2:28 pm

I’ve totally noticed this. I’m a sucker for your personal work :) The way you capture the everyday… & your light usage. DROOL.

Lindsey BergstromJanuary 19, 2013 - 12:45 pm

love these images…really do

KellyFebruary 5, 2013 - 2:23 pm

I adore your personal work Kellie.

stephanie jacksonFebruary 8, 2013 - 5:22 am

I’ve noticed this…and I personally love your personal work! So beautiful. That said, you’re not the only one that I’ve noticed does this. What do you think it all means???

margie woods brownMarch 26, 2013 - 3:43 pm

Kellie, Your friend Sara Burns who is on the BSchool FB page (Im in B School right now) was raving about you so I came on over…glad I did!! Your work is beautiful. I like the light AND the dark. Its a reflection of the balance of life. We all need to be more comfortable in embracing all sides. You do that in a powerful way as far as I can see!!I am from the Big Island and love seeing your Hawaii shoots!!!! Aloha!

Jen DownerApril 22, 2013 - 7:48 am

I see it. I see it in my own work as well… and several other photographers that I think are amazing. I think it has everything to do with comfort level. Clients, even when they are relaxed and trusting, are much less likely to show you the dark and moody. I’m sure you would see the beauty in it and capture it in the gorgeous way that you do if it were there for the witnessing. Know what I mean?

Love & Laughter – Maui Family Photographer

Here is just a peek of the awesome bunch that I got to photograph over the holidays.

I felt so grateful that I got to absorb the incredible love and energy that engulfed this extended family. Thank you so much for finding me. xo, Kellie

How FUN!!!!

AngelaJanuary 9, 2013 - 2:33 pm

It’s been forever since I’ve been to your blog! Wonderful captures of a fun family…love it!

Mary PatJanuary 10, 2013 - 3:38 am

You are just the sweetest photographer ever!! Thanks for making our session so fun and memorable. Can’t wait to see all the pictures! Lots of love from South Africa!

Happy – Maui Family Photographer

Happy to be in the sun, happy to be together, and happy to feel the love. I absolutely loved my evening in Lahaina with this incredibly fun and happy little family.

amy graceDecember 13, 2012 - 11:28 am

kellie, you all are a perfect fit. i think they call this brand of styling, “real life”. who they are just shines from the inside out. and who YOU are is reflected back in their images. xoxo

CandaceDecember 13, 2012 - 11:34 am

Kellie! Love these. So fun. Loved the ones of them on the beach :)

Anna RobertsDecember 13, 2012 - 6:32 pm

Really enjoyed looking through these!

CandyJanuary 29, 2013 - 2:59 am

I love your work! These photos are very beautiful! After being cold for so long I wish I was on a beach. ; )

Coming up for air on Veteran’s Day

My Define class just ended and I finally feel like I can come up for a little bit of air before we get into the thick of the holidays.  I’m grateful that I can be busy, grateful for the calm, grateful for my family, my freedom, and for those that have served or are serving our country. My big brother is serving in Columbia away from his wife and 5 children…sending him lots of love on this day and everyday.

Big BrotherDecember 17, 2012 - 3:33 am

Came to your site to check out your picks. What a special surprise to read your comment on Veterans Day. Made me cry on my computer. Thanks Kel. Keep up the great work. Love you!

Proof – Honua Kai- Maui Family Photographer

The energy and warmth exuded by this family reminded me of how lucky I am to be invited to capture these special moments. Michelle emailed me only 2 days before they arrived on Maui and since I hadn’t taken any sessions this month because of my October Light & Life class, I quickly responded with a big fat “YES!” Apparently, Michelle had panicked last minute at the thought that she wouldn’t be in any of the images she was taking of her children on vacation. I don’t really blame her for waiting, it’s totally something I would have done… it’s hard to decide to have your own picture taken, and she freely admits to not loving being in front of the camera. But after going through these images, I, for the life of me can’t figure out why….Michelle you are beautiful, inside and out, and I can feel your loving soul in every image.  Thank you for letting me be a part of your evening in giving “proof” that you existed on this vacation. xoxo!

AmyOctober 30, 2012 - 10:52 am

…and what beautiful proof it is!

oh my gosh- the black and white of the daughter is to die for!!!! The silhouettes of them on the hill *gasp* amazing!

KettiOctober 30, 2012 - 12:19 pm

Oh, these are gorgeous!

SharonOctober 30, 2012 - 12:37 pm

I love these SO MUCH!! I wish everyone would get family photos done while on vacation! I gasped out loud as each one loaded on my monitor! These are remarkable!
Michelle… You are gorgeous.

ellen zesersonOctober 30, 2012 - 2:03 pm

thank for taking such great pictures of my Daughter and her family loved the black & white of Michelle and Zoe
thank you again

christineNovember 1, 2012 - 8:16 am

What an amazing love filled session. I can’t stop looking at them…you are incredibly talented!! If I ever make it back to Maui (with my kiddos in tow this time) I pray you are still taking on sessions. Fabulous job Kellie!!

ro roNovember 1, 2012 - 10:25 am

i love this so much kel. i can’t get over that last one. just can’t.

BreannaNovember 7, 2012 - 11:54 pm

WOW! speechless. I love your art and your how your mind works. Such beautiful work!

kellyNovember 25, 2012 - 8:40 am

We are in Maui until December 3 and would love for you to take nontraditional family photos, meaning not the typical beach scene but other unique but cool Maui locals. Please email me at or try phoning at 206-3355833.
Thank you

10 on 10 – September

well, i’m back at it….at least for this month.

it seems my procrastination was meant to be, because yesterday the little one learned to ride a bike.  and i captured it with my big camera instead of my iphone.  sid said it perfectly, “that was AW-AW-AWESOME!”  and, I agree.:)

here’s a little slice of our yesterday.

don’t forget to check out Kristin M. Young | Central Florida Photographer!

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Rachel (sesame ellis)September 10, 2012 - 3:20 pm

The water sprinkles on the cheek…stunning. Big congratulations on the bike riding, little one! And in flip flops no less! Way to go!

emilySeptember 11, 2012 - 3:36 am

seeing your everyday how you see it is always such a treat…
congrats on Big Girl Status with no trainers! ;) xoxo

SuzanneSeptember 12, 2012 - 3:40 am

glad to see you back-at least for this month…

Amy Lucy LockheartSeptember 12, 2012 - 12:39 pm

What precious little moments from your day, Kellie! Congratulations to your little one for learning to ride.

Life with KaishonOctober 8, 2012 - 5:26 am

I love her bike ride. What a beautiful day! You always make me smile. You also remind me that life is beautiful.

cool, calm and collected – maui family photographer

every time i start a post, i write a long story that has nothing to do with the session. usually something about me losing my car, or using an entire bottle of dry shampoo, or dying my hair with box color.  you know, things that make people feel better about themselves. then i  delete the entire thing leaving only a few sentences relating to the actual session. i did the same thing when i wrote this post, wrote and deleted. maybe next time i will leave the scatterbrain thoughts at the beginning of my post.

i loved this little family. we were lucky to catch a little glimpse of a hula show on our way to dip our toes in the pacific. these two made life with a 3 and 1 year old look too easy! so cool and calm….they were definitely not the hot mess of nerves I was when mine were this age.  meet phoenix and clover and their ridiculously cool (and sweet) parents.

SharonSeptember 5, 2012 - 11:59 am

Oh wow….what a fantastic session! I absolutely adore these images!

kerriSeptember 6, 2012 - 5:27 am

this has to be one of my favorite sessions you have done. beautiful Kellie.

AnnSeptember 9, 2012 - 10:50 am

Such beautiful pictures! I have not been shooting as much as I’d like with my “big camera” at all lately. Or, I shoot, but I don’t process. Need to life back in order after my dad’s sickness and death this spring. Still post an occasional pic on FlickR, but mostly from my iPhone. :/ I hope you are getting what you want from life! :) Hugs!

the Modchik and family – maui family photographer

Meet the ultra cool Modchik and her oh so modfam in their first family photos since their 6 year old was born.  Thanks for letting me follow you around, it is truly an honor every time I get to capture these memories.

LisaAugust 20, 2012 - 10:40 am

oh these made me tear up. just precious.

That last image of the brother and sister is so beautiful!!

Lindsey GAugust 20, 2012 - 11:49 am

Oh Kellie I clutch my heart as I type these words “thank you for rising up the task of photographing and photographers family” I don’t think people realize how hard that is, my kids, especially my husband are extremely turned off by having cameras in their face. Through wind and sand you make it look easy!!!

much love & aloha!

mollyAugust 20, 2012 - 12:19 pm

kellie, the interaction between this son and daughter is SO sweet. i would love to have pictures of my children together like this. such a gorgeous family in an idyllic place! beautiful post!

CherishAugust 20, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Lovely photos of ModChick! I love the light and relationships between everyone.

SarahAugust 20, 2012 - 3:15 pm

amazing Kel! you are redefining the family beach portrait!!!! gorgeous family too, so many of these should be on their walls. really totally ka work.

LisaAugust 20, 2012 - 6:48 pm

Linz- These are GREAT.. LOVE! There is one picture, with you and Pat, that i think i hear him laughing and saying “this is so lame, you owe me” and you are smiling” back…. Great to see so many smiles on your FAM!


Musing on Vacation | Mortal MusesSeptember 3, 2012 - 11:50 pm

[...] Vacation this year was about just being together with no agenda. Really we only planned one thing and that was to have our photos taken while we were there and we did. We have never had our family portrait taken so when I found out we were going to Maui I instantly knew who to call first, Kellie Hatcher. Next time you see me musing around these parts I might just ask Kellie to join me for a conversation here on the blog. I know you will enjoy her work click here to see our session. [...]

Michelle NicoloffSeptember 4, 2012 - 5:32 pm

Oh Kellie, I adore these!!! You are just so amazing:) I am so happy that Linds hired you to photograph her family:) xo

10 min of fun

sometimes this happens when kids are tired.

and when it does, it makes me happy.

i mean, we are talking crazy, but oh so real.

and i love it.

amy graceJuly 24, 2012 - 4:44 pm

i am fully convinced the happiest moments and memories will always be those very close to unhinged. kellie, that first image…that light. pure beauty.

TrishJuly 25, 2012 - 4:54 am

Love it!!

mollyJuly 25, 2012 - 8:35 am

perfectly imperfect! love these.

Jessica DeaneAugust 11, 2012 - 6:54 am

Just beautiful

Soul Shooting Workshop Session – Maui Family Photographer in Newport Beach

these were taken a few weeks ago at our soul shooting workshop. i’m so grateful to the uber talented kristianne, an attendee, who gave up her time to watch our mock sessions and let molly and i and several of our attendees photograph her family.  thank you for opening your hearts, bearing with the chaos, and giving an audience just a glimpse of your life at the beach.


to see the other mock session we did at our workshop from sarah’s perspective go here.


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kristianne kochJune 22, 2012 - 8:58 am

aaah! I love them. You are amazing. How did you get in front of Merrik running into the water with his board? no wonder you were soaked!!
the B&W are gorgeous and I love seeing the images where we are all together but not standing there posing for the camera. They have to be my favorites and most cherished.
Thanks for sharing so much of yourself with everyone at the workshop. The ongoing experience is having an incredible affect on my photography and my life!!

nicole dykJune 22, 2012 - 9:34 am

that one…..oh that one where she is sucking her thumb. please do another work shop. [denver colorado] mountain air, fall leaves, streams——-come on!!!!

Life with KaishonJune 22, 2012 - 6:55 pm

What a beautiful family! I am so glad you had a wonderful time at your workshop. It looks like it was a truly special day! These images are superior.

sharonJune 22, 2012 - 7:27 pm

love how real and intimate these are

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