Hi! My name is Keely, and it's a pleasure to meet you.
I'm a fiercely body positive pin up, boudoir, and alternative modeling photographer who has been serving the Greater Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio areas for the past 10+ years. In my studio space I like to focus my energy on creating an atmosphere that nurtures everyone to be comfortable in their own skin, and to provide an escape from the pressures of the outside world.
I grew up in a very art-centric household, with two incredibly creative theater-degree-holding parents who gave me the opportunity to learn, try, fail, learn again, and succeed as an artist from a very young age. Like many artistic kids, I started off being very interested in making things with my hands. I wanted to spend time sculpting, crafting, painting, or drawing. Growing up around theater, I was constantly surrounded by something that was going into the theatrical production. I would often sit in on my mom during play rehearsal, watched her make costumes, or visit my dad as he built sets and adjusted lighting instruments. While in high school, I got to really experience all of these elements myself, and also during this time I picked up a camera and started exploring digital photography. It started with being the historian of my drama club, then morphed into shooting modeling images for my friends as well as doing their senior portraits.
I wish I could sit here and tell you I spent those first few years really killing it as I learned the basics, even after I invested in my first DSLR, but that isn't the case. While I improved my knowledge, I never really found my groove. I was shooting families, seniors, and weddings, and I learned very quickly that I just didn't enjoy it like I did when I did something creative with a friend. It wasn’t until years later when I became acquainted with the owner of Femme Fatale Fitness in Kettering, OH, that I first got a taste of being a pin up photographer. From there, it was all downhill. I saved up and upgraded my camera, I bought studio lighting, formed connections with makeup and hair artists, models, etc. In the past few years I've started applying all that theater technology knowledge to creating bigger and better sets.
While I feel pretty comfortable with my skills now, I never stop teaching myself, and continue to explore new techniques, developing new themes, and just generally try to out-do myself at every chance I get. I know a lot of people in the pin up community talk about their origins in the scene coming from their lifelong love of vintage and the 40s and 50s era, and that's great! That's not why I do this though. I love to create, and I love to empower, and pin up is the way that I can marry both of those things into something that brings joy to me and those I have the opportunity to impact. I am a plus size woman, and while plus size bodies are becoming more mainstream, I know it's still hard for us to accept ourselves for how we look now.
I’m not a licensed therapist, a plastic surgeon, or a magician, and I cannot change who you are or how you view yourself. That power alone lies within you. However, I am here to help support you on your journey of self-love, care, and acceptance. We’re not perfect, and sometimes things suck, but I'm of the belief that a little dress up and playing around on a cool set can help it suck less.
Thank you for visiting.