So this is the hard part. Talking about myself with out getting all ADD. Heh. I suppose I’ll start at the begining.
I began my photography adventure at the ripe, young age of 16 when I was the historian of my drama department. My job was to record the happenings during plays and fundraisers through photos, and then make a cute scrap book to go along with it. My parents bought me my first digital camera for Christmas during that time; an Olympus point and shoot, something or another. I was completely clueless, didn’t really understand Corel or Photoshop (I didn’t even have Photoshop), but it was a start. I remember when my equally clueless friends started asking me to take photos of them for their “modeling” portfolios, and Myspace pages. At that point it was still just a hobby, and a way to make some quick cash when I needed it. By the time I graduated high school, I was doing Senior photos for other people, even taking my own and passing it off as “professional” with my Kodak EasyShare point and shoot that I later upgraded to.
My initial venture into college was a major in web/graphic design, because the job opportunities seemed more plentiful at the time, and it was another one of my hobbies. However, after a year, I just wasn’t feeling it anymore, and I took a year off to focus on other things. During that year away from school, I decided that the only thing that was consistently something I came back to was photography, which drove me return back to school to pursue a degree in photo journalism. Before returning to school, I interned for several months at the Wilmington News Journal in Wilmington, OH, and covered regular local news happenings such as car accidents, holiday events, snow storms, and most interestingly, the first press conference where DHL announced they would be giving the air park to the city in 2010.
I enjoyed photo journalism, but I wasn’t in love with it. I frequently use what I’ve learned as a photo journalism intern/major during my sessions, because the best shots are always taken when the subject least expects it. However, I love the creative freedom that comes with portrait work. Until 2011, I had never taken a photography class, and even still, most of everything I’ve learned has been learned independently, outside of the classroom. I take pride in the fact that I’m educating myself to better serve myself and my clients, but I also take pride in the fact that I’m resourceful and driven enough to try and perfect new techniques on my own time. My knowledge of Photoshop has been acquired completely on my own as well. I like things to look clean, but natural, and I’m very open to listening to the requests of my clients to ensure anything they maybe insecure about in their photos is taken care of.
In the past two years, I’ve become very interested and involved in pin up and boudoir photography through the help and support of Cassie Guard of Femme Fatale Fitness in Dayton, OH. I think a lot of people don’t realize the power that a photo can have over how someone views themselves and their life. Pin up and boudoir really showed me the service that I’m able to provide for women, and how to not only improve their relationships with their spouses by adding a little spice to their lives, but also improving their relationship with themselves. Empowering people is just as important to me as capturing their memories, so if I come out of a shoot achieving both of those things, the shoot was a success in my book.
I strive for excellence, and understand that the natural part of any business is adapting to trends, while still staying ahead of the next fad that will come around. Most importantly, I believe in being consistent with my work, and ensuring that my clients are happy and comfortable. If there is something I can fix for someone, I’m right there ready to do it, and I like to keep an open dialogue going on through out the entire photographic process. From consultation, shooting, proofing, to print, it is my goal to keep you involved and aware of what I’m doing so you can be at ease that your memories are in capable hands.
From behind the lens,
Keely Weis Photography
“[Keely Weis Photography] is one of the most creative people I have had the pleasure to work with. Her professionalism and dedication to photography is something to admire. She makes you feel comfortable, and have fun. the quality of her work is amazing.Her pricing is very affordable, receiving proofs is fast. turnaround time for edits is very reasonable. I look forward to working with her in the future.” -Carla Nesbitt, Femme Fatale client