photographic artist  |  available worldwide

i believe
that you are enough
because
you were created enough -
enough for this,
enough
for breath,
for glory,
for being...

and you can be
something,
be anything,
be everything
because
you were meant to be.

and i want to
tell your story

intimate photography for old souls in a modern world

When people ask me what I shoot, I never know quite how to describe my signature photography collections except to say that I believe that "fine art" is found in life itself, in the way we move and live, in the beauty of our being just who we were created to be. With a little bit of styling and creative collaboration, the images I make for this sensual collection take portraiture and lifestyle photography to an almost-reverent level. These are the images that take my breath away.


INCLUDED SESSION TYPES: branding photography, social media content creation, product & fashion photography, fine art portraiture

I believe in loving your real life and making much of what you have and the people you love. I also believe that laughter is the best recipe for the best memories, and letting down with your people is more important than being perfect. Peter & Piper portrait collections contain some of my favorite unstyled moments, stories of people being people and living full into their lives, no creative direction required. I will always talk styling with you, but I love you where you are, as you are.


INCLUDED SESSION TYPES: family, maternity/newborn, seniors, and some limited life event coverage (birth, birthday, anniversary, etc.)

Thirteen years ago, I created an exclusive wedding photography brand for "the girl in the white dress." I wanted to capture the exquisite range of feeling wedding days bring to a bride, everything from giddy celebration to the tender familiarity between my couples. Exquisitrie collections let me apply my art to love stories, bridal sessions, and bridal fashion, making timeless, unforgettable images that speak of real-life memories and dreams-come-true.


INCLUDED SESSION TYPES: weddings, elopements, bridal, engagement, boudoir

Exquisitrie wedding collections begin at $2,500

exquisitrie portrait collections begin at $950

SIGNATURE portrait collections begin at $950

SIGNATURE lifestyle collections begin at $1,450

Peter & Piper Portrait collections begin at $450

Peter & Piper event collections begin at $375/hr

intimate weddings, elopements, bridal photography, & boudoir

lifestyle & fashion-oriented photography with creative direction for brides and brands

narrative lifestyle portraiture for families and individuals

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I want to know you. I want to take your picture.

Sit in the sun with me for a while? Let’s forget about time a little bit, remember how to breathe. We could travel the world, feel out a love story, say real things, get carried away by wonder. 

I'm kelle sauer.
I am a person
who sees.

[ read more about kellē ]

And i think you are the most beautiful girl in the world.

I know you might be shy to say that about yourself, who you are, and what you do (I know I am!) but I know that you believe it deep down, and I also know that you are here because you want to be seen for who you really are -- even if you're not a person who hangs everything
out for the whole world to see.

I'm based in Central California, but I will travel anywhere in the world to get to know you and  your story and make pictures with you. Whether we create portraits, photograph products you've made or sell, have a wedding, or just enjoy spending a day together, I know you're worth it, and I know I'm going to love sharing a few moments in your story with you.

I want to have a conversation with you. Why don't you schedule a free creative consultation or book a shoot with me, and we can chat about the way you want to see you? I honestly can't wait to meet you.

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Kelle ("Kell-ee") Sauer was born in upstate New York to a mother who had known poverty and a father with a movable job. Her earliest memories come to her in pictures – snippets of real life recomposed into snapshots never captured. She remembers lamplight, fire and sunsets she couldn’t draw, rose-gold light spilled over crystal snow. She couldn't hold these memories outside of her imagination until her thirteenth Christmas, when she was given a little blue 35mm camera. Her first photo captured a frost that iced the fence around her family’s Illinois farmhouse. 

Shaped by her nomadic childhood, Kelle has sorted her life by the familiar, imagining and reimagining her identity in each new home. She learned to find the old in the new and make memories where she had none, traveling the whole world in her own backyard, creating space for her old soul to breathe. 

As an entirely self-taught artist, she grounds her dramatic vision in her grandmother’s organic european aesthetic, drawing inspiration with authenticity from high fashion and 18th Century art. Her current work is characterized by a textured, understated elegance that honors real life, real emotion, and the oft-unnoticed little things
that make life worth remembering. 

I am drawn to the light, to its strength and its softness, to the front of it and the back of it, to its gentle caress and to its wild glory. My work is to seek it out - in my subjects and in my everyday - and to share it. To catch it revealing the life we live and the way we live in it, to chase it falling into the shadows and layering into the dark, inviting wonder as it moves. I photograph the flow of it everywhere, softness within structure, movement against form. 

There is no perspective that is not changed by its path, no texture or color that remains the same when the light splays itself out over it. I have seen it weep, and I have seen it rejoice. I tell its story. 






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