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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

My husband and I have been married for 5 years and are the parents to the two cutest fur babies there ever were. Follow along on the gram and you’ll see them everywhere- no shame. We love Jesus first + are passionate about seeing marriages grow stronger, even when times are tough. We are big fans of small business entrepreneurship (we are both self employed!) + love encouraging others to follow their dreams in business. We love the desert, the snow + being outside. We are currently based just south of salem, Oregon and love our community so much. We keep pretty busy running our businesses but in our free time we are traveling, spending time with our people, being outdoors, wine tasting, having fires + playing board games. 

On a lighter note...

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’m a passionate family, maternity and newborn photographer! This business is my baby. It was something I always wanted but was too afraid to even try (any other chronic perfectionists out there?). One day, I picked up a camera for basically the first time ever + invested in some education. A year and a half later I quit my comfortable day job and became a full time wedding + family photographer. Since that day I picked up a camera for the first real time, my life has never been the same. It is richer, more full of love + more full of life. Documenting in love couples and connected families gives me life. I’ll say it every day- photography has given me more than I could have ever imagined and each day I wake up to photograph a session or edit is a true gift.

Fast forward to today, I now joyfully specialize in all things family photography. Maternity, birth, newborns, families and even generational family sessions. Every session I think I determined what one of these is my true favorite, but change my mind when I shoot the next session. They're all so great! It's truly the connection that makes a session special.

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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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