Studio Name: Kelli Wilke Photography


Editor: Serena

Can you tell us how you got started in photography?

I went to commercial photography school after college (The Portfolio Center in Atlanta, GA). After I finished the two year program, I assisted a variety of photographers in Atlanta. The work varied from studio, fashion, food, architecture and even industrial. After assisting for a couple of years, I began to pick up some clients and eventually was shooting for myself. I didn't start shooting weddings until about 5 years ago when I moved to Delaware to raise my family. After 20+ years of commercial shooting, I was ready for a change! I never thought I would a. be shooting weddings and b. love it so much!

What was the first camera you ever purchased?

Besides my first camera I got at 7 years old (a Polaroid SX-70) , my first camera when I was 16 was a Canon EOS film camera. It still sits on my shelf at my desk. After that I moved into 4x5 film, then Mamiya 645 film and eventually Nikon Digital then Canon Digital

What's the latest piece of equipment you bought?

Mag Mod Mag Box (it's brilliant)

On average how many pictures do you take per wedding?

I usually shoot around 2500 - 3000, between the second shooter and myself we will have 5000-6000

How do you find inspiration?

I follow a lot of photographers with a LOT of different styles. I find bits and pieces of things I like from all over and then try to visualize an image before I go into it. I also think studying the old masters is a great way to learn light and see how light works.

What would be your dream assignment and where would it be?

An tuscan or southern france countryside wedding

How do you spend your day away from the camera?

With my 7 year old twins and their 9 year old brother usually fishing with them and their dad.

How much time did you spend editing each week before The Image Salon?

WAY too much. I was up at all hours of the night stressing about getting caught up and getting the images delivered.

Why did you decide to outsource? Why did you choose The Image Salon?

I had tried a few editors and never clicked with anyone. There was no personal relationship and I didn't think it was very custom. The Image Salon was recommended to me and I couldn't be happier with my experiences so far. Serena helped me tweak my preset to make it my own and works closely with me to streamline my look (something I was having trouble with )

Now that you outsource, how has your business benefited from the extra time you have?

I've been able to expand my business by adding a luxury photo booth business, spending more time with my family, going to bed at a normal hour (usually!). The stress level has gone WAY down in my life!