Tricks of the Wedding Photojournalism Trade

Bride and groom at a Maritime Parc wedding

Wanna know a secret? The spontaneous photos you see in my portfolio aren’t always quite so spontaneous. The trick for setting yourself up for wedding photojournalism success is to make sure that you take care of the details beforehand. Enjoy a peek behind the curtain and find out how I capture every moment as well […]

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KellyWilliamsPhotographer.com: A Fresh New Look for Spring!

New mission statement video for Kelly Williams, Photographer

I have some exciting news to share on the marketing front: a new logo, a new website, and new changes over all.  Here are all the details.

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Venue Checks: How They Help Me Prepare For Your Event

Bride and groom portrait for an article on event photography preparation

You may have heard me say, ‘I’m going for a venue check.’ Sounds like I’m going to the doctor, no? In short, it means that I am going to physically visit your venue. When I do, I’m looking for a few key things. Here is your all access, behind-the-scenes view of what happens next in […]

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The Mystery of the Backwards Flash

Harsh flash pHarsh flash photo for an article on camera flash tipshoto for an article on camera flash lessons

If you have ever watched me at work, you might have noticed that the flash on my camera points backwards.  Why?  Simple answer: I am using the wall and ceiling behind me to bounce off light for maximum depth and softness.

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A Peek Behind the Curtain: How I Edit Photos

Picnic House wedding portrait for an article on 'How I edit photos' by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

I’ve been asked countless numbers of time to ‘just take a few quick photos and send them to me.’ Not such a quick request, as it turns out. For every hour spent shooting, I have to spend at least three hours editing and processing the images. Want to know what takes so damn long?  Go […]

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Headshot Retouching: Before and After

Headshot retouching before and after in one image

Last week I photographed the portrait of an aspiring actor, and as with all of my photo packages, his included retouching services on select photos. Actors and models use headshots – a portrait literally taken from the shoulders up with a focus on the face – as their calling cards. The headshot is the make […]

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For the Best Portrait Lens, (Focal Length) Size Matters

An engagement shoot photographed with a 70-200mm lens, by engagement photojournalist, Kelly Williams

One question I always get when taking someone’s portrait is, ‘what’s with the big lens?’ The lens I use most often for portraits is my huge 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens. The lens is 7.8 inches long, and weighs a little over three pounds. It’s an arm workout for sure. That said, this lens is great […]

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The Love Lists

Geisha double exposure, by NYC photographer, Kelly Williams

Valentine’s Day is this weekend, and in honor of the holiday, I thought I would share with you some of my all time loves.

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Finding the Perfect Exposure for an Office Portrait

The waiting room of a dental office, as photographed by executive portrait photographer, Kelly Williams

Or, all of the preparations that went into making a dental office with a dropped ceiling look good… Last Tuesday I took a trip to the far northern reaches of Westchester to photograph the office of Bridgham Barr Orthodontics (BBO). These are the orthodontists I wish I had as a child. Dr. Barr, Dr. Bridgham, […]

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