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.
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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.
I have Italy posts and images are coming soon. So sorry for the wait - I thought that perhaps having a working website was a bit more important, and now I have to find my brain again so I have words and feelings to put down about our trip to Tuscany for Cosmos Gathering. You'll come back for some beautiful and amazing Italy content here next week, won't you?
"do you think I'm beautiful?"
"you're so beautiful it hurts sometimes."
what's your mood? schedule a free creative consultation today. let's find out!