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Hey- I'm Kenzi! I'm glad you're here!

I get that photos can feel overwhelming- the outfits, the investment, the idea of wrangling kiddos. Or maybe life just feels chaotic right now and it's hard to commit to one more thing. I get that,  it's a lot! But you know what? I am passionate about documenting life in the season you’re in. Good, hard, messy, wild, sweet- any of it. I'm here to meet you where you’re at and approach sessions in a grace filled, relaxed + fun way. I believe it is so important to connect with you + make you feel right at home during your session. As a result, I've built this business on CONNECTION as the core value and the #1 reason for why I do what I do and how I do what I do. It’s the little special sauce to creating images that warm your heart for years to come. We’ve seen first hand how photos can move your heart when times are hard + how they can impact generations of loved ones in your life. Years are short and life isn’t always rainbows + butterflies- but photos have a special way of preserving these seasons of life to hold tight to your heart forever. So basically, I love creating a relaxed, connected and meaningful experience that is actually fun! My favorite thing to hear after a session is how relaxed it was and how the photos feel like "you."

The WHY behind Kenzi Shipley Photography

Harry Potter + Disneyland are life. Add a Diet Coke, Target shopping, desert life, red wine + Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and that’s probably my best day ever.

I am an obsessive TV show re-watcher and it drives Justin crazy (but who doesn’t want to rewatch HIMYM, Parks + Rec, OTH, Gilmore Girls or Friends for the millionth time?).

Fall is my favorite season of all, followed by Winter + Spring. I love all the cozy things like wine (red + white, because I don’t hate on any kind of wine), candles + coffee.

My favorite place on the entire planet is Disneyland followed closely by Sedona, AZ and Bend, OR.

I like long walks anywhere, HGTV anything, am a proud enneagram 6w7 and the truest definition of an extroverted introvert you’ll ever find.

I’m currently dreaming of sipping wine in Italy, hanging out in the Dolomites, exploring the Alps + kissing stones and drinking beer in Ireland. 

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A few little fun facts:

salem, oregon based family photographer obsessed with telling your story

I joyfully specialize in all things family photography. maternity photography and  newborn photography. In 2021 I stopped photographing weddings full time and jumped fully into family everything. I even stepped into a huge dream of mine and opened my own lifestyle newborn photography studio in Downtown Salem, Oregon! 
I feel so crazy blessed that this is my job and that each and every client has been so amazing these last few years in business! 
Personally, I have two doggos and the sweetest new baby girl at home! We love the beach and doing life with those in our community. On my "favorite" list you would see: Wine, campfires, family, going on long walks, Harry Potter and Disneyland. 
Personally, I am a big believer that life isn't always sunshine and rainbows- but we are carried and blessed by a God that loves us. I feel uniquely equipped to walk with clients through what they are going through in an understanding way. Life is hard, and I get that. I believe though that in any season, there's something special about photographing it along the way. The valleys make us appreciate the peaks. Both are equally important to be captured, both for you and for future generations. So if you're going through a lot or in a season of celebration- I'm here for you and I get it. 

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Meet Kenzi

— Gaona, Couple + Family

"I cannot say enough good things about Kenzi. She is so incredibly warm and easy-going and talented. She made us feel at ease from the second we met. She guided us so well throughout the shoot (embraced and rolled with our awkward selves lol) and delivered an outstanding gallery."

what clients are saying

— Kayla, Wedding, Engagement, maternity, newborn

"Kenzi made the whole experience so fun which for us is hard because we are awkward when it comes to being photographed but it was so easy and seamless with her. ... Her photos are so beautiful and she really captures our personalities and the emotion in every shot!!

what clients are saying

— Nikki, Wedding + Engagement

Kenzi is simply amazing. She pours her whole heart into her business and it shows. She takes the time to connect and get to know her clients so that when picture taking time comes, you’re already comfortable.

what clients are saying

Each time, we experience an intimate lifestyle photography session. Kenzi’s work is unique in that it feels like a family date! It’s intimate and creates a family memory while we’re being captured. It reminds us of the love we have and what makes us special and precious. Our whole family absolutely looks forward to it We always leave our photo times more connected as a family than when we came.

what clients are saying

katy, family, maternity, birth + newborn


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