Born and raised on a large family farm in Mid-Missouri, I have grown to love the rolling hills, golden prairies, and indescribable sunsets of the Midwest. It is where my husband and I will always call home. I'm a faithful follower of Christ, a dreamer, and a bit of a long-winded story-teller.
I became a photographer after a budding dream and a little encouragement from my husband ignited a fiery passion deep in my soul.
I have been photographing weddings and engagements from the get-go, and with over 100 weddings under my belt, you can fully trust that I will document your wedding day with the utmost precision, from your grand celebration, to the jaw-dropping Bride and Groom portraits that will have your friends and family talking for years to come, all the way down to the finer details.
I'm a lover of McAlister's half-cut tea (with extra lemon, please) and antiquing. I am very much an old soul and enjoy the simple ways of living.
I believe in hard work during the day and lazy evenings full of thankfulness while cuddled up on the porch swing.
I'm addicted to the 1950's. Really; I immensely admire Lucille Ball, and I am often scouting out the next vintage soda shoppes to visit.
I love cool, quiet early mornings on the front porch with a hot cup of coffee or Twinings Irish breakfast tea in hand. It's the best way to start the day!
My husband and I love traveling ... it was a promise that we made to one another before we exchanged vows, that we would see the world as much as we could in this life. We have traveled to Jamaica, Maui, Ireland, and Italy together, and we both agree that after several trips to Maui, the island is our home away from home.
We are building our dream home this year on our 35 acre slice of Heaven. We've been quite busy picking out house plans and browsing through Chip and Joanna Gaines' past projects for decor inspiration.
I love meeting creative Brides and Grooms with weddings as unique as they are. My favorite weddings are naturally lit, full of family heirlooms, and rich with loving friends and family and timeless memories made.
No two weddings are the same, and every couple has a one true love story that is just waiting to be told. By use of words and portraits, my mission is to curate refined portraits that you’ve always envision and everyone will remember.
I believe with all of my heart that your wedding portraits will be precious gems revealed to your daughter one day, and then her daughter; that will make her eyes wide and allow her to dream and hope and pray for a love story like yours. Just like you, she will cherish your portraits, because they are real, because they are mesmerizing, because they create the first chapter of your life together as husband and wife. Those memories will remain with you, forever a wonderful piece of history, throughout all of your walks of life.
Are you in love with the portraits, style, and branding that come along with Kelsi Kliethermes Photography, but paying $4,000+ for your wedding photography is out of your budget? You might find that working with one of our associate photographers is right for you. By booking an associate package, you are hiring a professional whose photography style is extremely similar to mine, while all of your contractual agreements, editing, and product fulfillment services are completed with me. Booking with an associate allows you to still benefit from the KKP bridal experience and brand at a much smaller investment!
I can ensure that you will be in wonderful hands when hiring an associate photographer with Kelsi Kliethermes Photography. My team has been very carefully and thoughtfully chosen. After working alongside and being mentored by me, my team is specialized in documenting the special moments of your wedding day with a lot of passion and heart. My team is sweet, kind, gracious, and hardworking, and I can promise that you are going to fall in love with them! Scroll on to learn more about our team, view their portfolio, and check their availability for your wedding!
Rachel and I first met in 2016 when she hired me to photograph her wedding! I remember after our initial meeting how fun and kind she was. Her smile truly lit up the room. At the time, I was looking for a photographer that could second shoot weddings with me on a regular basis, and I knew that Rachel would be a perfect fit! Fast forward to today, and Rachel has photographed numerous weddings alongside me. I thank God every day for Rachel, her gentle spirit, and her sweet soul!
Rachel is newly married to her sweetheart and best friend! Her loves are natural light photography, Sunday brunch with her hubby Joe (with Eggs Benedict, please!), books and reading (especially the Harry Potter series), and Game of Thrones (L+R=J). She's a mama to five fur babies and 16 chickens (and I love naming them all when I come to visit!). Her dream is to one day publish one of her many novel works. I can guarantee you are going to love Rachel as much as I do!
I met Hillary and her fiance Grant in 2017 when they asked me to photograph their intimate sunset wedding. I’ll never forget this sweet couple’s story, as Grant popped the question and they were married just 12 days later! I hit it off with the pair very quickly; they are the kindest and truly most joyous people I have ever met. My husband and I photographed Hillary and Grant’s wedding as a team, and in turn I am so excited to have this husband and wife duo on board for the KKP associate team! When purchasing an associate package with Hillary, you are also gaining an experienced second photographer in her husband Grant! How neat is that?
Hillary really enjoys traveling and adventuring around the world with Grant every chance they get. In fact, her dream would be enjoy coffee from each country that they visit all over the world! She’s been to Kenya twice and loads up a suitcase full of coffee before she returns home. Something that I immensely admire about the pair is that they both have a heart for serving others. I’ve grown to learn that this is so incredibly necessary in a wedding photographer. Hillary and Grant are both paramedics and volunteer fire fighters! You can’t go wrong with choosing an associate package with this sweet couple!