About

Hi, I’m Kelly.

I’m as big a visual technology nerd as the next guy, but what I really, really like is to use my camera in the service of telling stories. Since graduating from UT-Austin and beginning my journalism career, I’ve gotten to work on some pretty interesting ones.

Like how a 1964 Rambler drove Austin’s comedy scene to the 21st century, or an Emmy-nominated video about a minor league football team, and a feature length documentary following Beto O’Rourke’s campaign for U.S. Senate.

Yes, I’m legit.

Sometimes I win awards. I get rave reviews. And of course, I like to Instagram. But I’d much rather talk about…

How I work

In a perfect world, it begins with a conversation. We’ll talk about your goals for the shoot, the message you want to convey, and the specifics of the story. Getting to know you helps me craft and refine the visuals – even if you’re not sure what that looks like yet. Once the project begins, I’ll occupy the background. You might forget I’m there. You might relax and be yourself. We’ll see what develops.

Want to hire me?

Email: kelly@kellywestphoto.com

Phone: 512.517.7444

Other stuff

I make pickles. I grow my own food. I sing in the car. I’m a journalist—proud member of a dying breed. I’m a Texan. I play percussion in the Yes Ma’am Brass Band. If this were 1872, I’d be homesteading my claim on the great American prairie and taking winters off to work for women’s suffrage. If this were pre-WWII Paris, I’d have a studio in Montmartre. If you want to speak to my immediate supervisor, see my red heeler, Seamus.