about the girl behind the camera

I’m Kelsey! I'm a wedding photographer based in Portland, Oregon here to tell you a little bit about me (this is truly about YOU but lets make sure you like the gal who is going to be your third wheel). I technically live in Vancouver, WA aka "the couv". On a daily basis I wonder how I got so lucky to live in such a lush landscape that offers a stunning backdrop for photoshoots.  As much as I adore Portland and the PNW I also love to travel and will travel wherever the wind blows to capture your dearest moments.

Besides being shutter crazy, I am also a yoga instructor as well as an event planner for a company based in the city.  I’m well versed on the ins and outs of weddings- the craziness and the little moments that all blend into one.

I specialize in elopements, weddings (adventure included since hiking mountains are my jam), and couples. This takes up the majority of my time but I also love to photograph families, newborns, maternity, and more. Reach out if you're curious!

When choosing your photographer its important that you feel a connection. So here’s a few fun facts about muah:

• My world revolves around my dogs. The reason I got started in photography was because I started an Instagram for them which has now grown to over 40k followers!

• In my spare time you will find me outside… hiking, paddle boarding, trekking through the snow, and just exploring this place I call home.

• I will almost definitely cry at any wedding. A good toast, loving first dance, and heartfelt vows get me.

• Being healthy is something I strive to do: diet, exercise, mental health BUT my guilty pleasures are mac n cheese, pretty much any dessert, and sour cream and onion chips.

• I love the city but wide open spaces feed my soul.

• My husband and I have been together for over a decade. We fell in love as sophomores in high school and haven’t looked back since.

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Natasha & Cody

Working with Kelsey was a DREAM! My fiancé and I had never done professional photography before and she made the whole process smooth and made both of us feel comfortable. I'm super picky with how photos are edited but her pictures on instagram are what sold the deal. Thank you SO much Kelsey!


Kayla Maternity

Kelsey was SO fun to work with. I did my maternity shoot on Sunday with her & got my gallery back today! Such a quick turn around!(4 days)my husband and I are definitely not the couple to take photos together professionally but She made the photoshoot fun, and made sure that I had all the pictures that I wanted before finishing the session. We got right to the photoshoot & got so many beautiful memories! I will definitely be using her again in the future to capture my family & be recommending her to anyone in need. Very affordable, reliable & such a talented woman!

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Erika & Konstantine

Kelsey is amazing! Not only does she take incredible photos, but the energy she brings is so fun and welcoming! Finding someone you can vibe with is huge when it comes to photos and she engages so effortlessly! You WONT regret booking her. Seriously.

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Kelsey Hefner

I have worked with Kelsey several times getting photos done for my yoga business. She has a keen eye and captures me and my yoga practice in a way that no other photographer has. Not to mention, she is a genuinely kind and caring person, and it truly shows in the work that she does! She takes her time getting amazing shots, and edits them in a way that makes each session feel unique and special. As long as I live in Oregon, I will always go to her for my photography needs. Highly recommend!


Kayla Bowen

I'm starting a wellness blog and had my photos taken by Kelsey Straus Photography, and wow, I am seriously obsessed with each and every one of them! During the shoot, Kelsey made me feel comfortable and cute behind the camera (a super hard thing to do since I usually feel really self conscious and like a potato when anyone is taking photos of me) and she had a ton of great posing ideas and knew the best places for where to take photos. Plus, Kelsey is just a really fun human being to be around and easy to talk to. I immediately loved her and felt like we became instant friends. And the best part? She edited and delivered the photos to me in a very quick timeline. I can't wait to use these photos on my website and social media. Thank you so much Kelsey for making me feel beautiful! I recommend Kelsey 100%!


Libby & Tim

Kelsey is a wonderful, gentle human being who happens to be an extremely talented photographer. Before my maternity shoot I was nervous, uncomfortable in my own (changing) skin, and a little overwhelmed to memorialize this part of my pregnancy although I knew how much it would mean to me to have photos later. I can’t explain how comfortable Kelsey made me (and my husband) feel, how gentle and compassionate she was, and how non-pressured, and FUN the shoot was. I look over the finished photos and can’t help but get emotional because she truly caught all the happiest, most joyous parts of this time in my growing family’s life.


Chaneka & Family

I originally met Kelsey through modeling for a collaborative project someone I knew was running. Right away my boyfriend and I adored her. So much that I chose her for our family photos a few months later. Kelsey is courteous, flexible and punctual and as a working mom I fully appreciate that. I have a wild ten yr old, a 3 month old puppy and a self proclaimed old man boyfriend and Kelsey navigated our session with ease each time. She makes you feel comfortable and not pressured to be stuck in poses. Before we started she asked what kind of vibe we were going for and if there were certain photos we knew we wanted to take. She gives direction and tips for people like my boyfriend who hate being in front of a camera. He 100% hates getting photos taken but this last session when he saw it was Kelsey he said “ I was glad it was her. I like being around her” and although those reading this don’t know him that’s a big feat. Hire Kelsey. Again and again. You won’t be disappointed.