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Meet Kelli Durham of Kelli Durham Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelli Durham.

Durham is an international lifestyle photographer specializing in commercial and editorial photography. She grew up in Houston, Texas where she first picked up the camera at the age of 12. Her expertise is in working with natural light and medium format film. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in photography from the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, and honed her skills studying under and working alongside industry veterans like Jose Villa and Ralph Clevenger. Durham is frequently published in national, regional and digital publications and sites, including Pacific Weddings Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Southern Weddings Magazine, Southern Living, Style Me Pretty, Grey Likes Wedding, Once Wed, Modern Luxury Media, Where Women Create Magazine, BRIDES and Green Child Magazine.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has definitely not been an entirely smooth road. It is always work to get to where you want to be, and the struggle as an entrepreneur never ends, it is easy to feel like you ought to be always doing more. My struggle as an artist has often been embracing the world around me, and all of its other talented professionals as inspiration and not competition or an excuse to feel inadequate. I think as photographer, we often tend to constantly compare ourselves to others. It is easy to feel small. The struggle as a woman and now a mom, is also very real. We tend to have obstacles that others don’t. However, when you love something, I truly believe that it is never work, or impossible. And every hardship is an opportunity for growth.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
O! this is a tough one. I feel so fortunate to say that I have several wonderful memories from childhood. I think my favorite memories would be those with my family. We used to travel a lot together. I was blessed to have seen many parts of the world before college. This was always a special time with my family where we got to leave the distractions of everyday life and just be together. This was also when I first developed my love of photography. My dad bought me my first camera when I was 12. I used to love bringing it on our travels and documenting life.


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