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A Photographer’s Worst Nightmare Turned Beautiful

We were on our way down to North Carolina to the Outer Banks for a family vacation. The worst thing to happen to a photographer is not having their camera during a special moment. Read more to find out the FULL story of what happened on our family vacation:

I knew my sister’s boyfriend (now fiancé!) was going to propose at the end on Friday. Unfortunately the worst thing to ever happen to us photographers happened…my camera bag got left in the car that didn’t come down to OBX with us. I could have put myself down the whole time and felt like a failure.

Instead I went into survival mode and rented a lens to our AirBnB, since I found that I had a camera body in another bag. Well I had no battery, no memory card, or lens. K, so I went to Walmart and bought a memory card. Unfortunately they had no batteries. It was setting in now I was feeling like a complete failure.

My sister was about to get engaged right before my eyes (my artistic photography eyes – without a professional camera)

I took it to Facebook groups and told the story. The photography community is ONE OF THE BEST! Multiple people commented and reached out to help me figure out how to make these images happen!

I was about to drive an hour and a half to meet a girl who was going to lend me a camera battery the night before. My family didn’t know the proposal was happening so they didn’t understand my stress of getting a camera on our last day of vacation.

As I was getting defeated and full of anxiety, I finally took a breath and told myself – it’s fine. Many people do iPhone photos for proposals. Not everyone has a photographer in their family. As soon as I released all the stress, someone commented who was 10 minutes away from me saying I could borrow their entire camera. (It was a Nikon and I shoot Canon)

I believed this was a sign and that it was meant to be. This woman let me borrow her life, basically. Lending it to a complete stranger. I am so grateful and humbled by this community. The support I feel is huge, I am so grateful. The love is radiating from every inch of my body!

Fonzie proposed on his birthday. All he wanted for his birthday was my sister, forever. He secretly knew she was going to source videos from his family and friends to put together saying Happy Birthday. He had recorded a little something to interrupt the video to propose. I had made a shorter version of this video for him so when she went to show him his video it wasn’t the entire video she was expecting.

We woke up at the crisp hour of 6am to watch the sunrise. It was pretty hard to get my parents on board. They’ve seen sunrises, they’re on vacation, they don’t want to wake up early. Without giving it away we got them to agree to come. Thankfully everyone was there to see this milestone happen in our lives!

Congratulations to my sister and her now fiancé!! I love you guys!

- Melissa & Mitchel

She is so kind, caring, professional and goes above and beyond. The only thing that “went wrong” on our big day was a button that popped off on my husbands suit and Kelly was right there to save the day and help sew it back on. Kelly was open to the locations I had in mind for our wedding day pictures at our venue, The Garrison, and 100% listened to my wants. She got every shot that I wanted and knew which ones were most important to me. Her edits are gorgeous and timeless and we got our pictures back in a timely manner. I have highly recommended Kelly to other friends who are in the planning process. Book her ASAP!

If you’re still looking for a wedding photographer- stop looking! Kelly is the most amazing human being to work with - ever.

-Jenna + Brian

We are FOREVER grateful we found Kelly Jean and have all these stunning memories to hold onto for life. Her unique, artistic approach and attention to detail truly shines through every photo. We haven’t been able to stop looking through our gallery and reliving every special part of our day!

Even under a constant cloud of rain, Kelly Jean captured our day better than I could have imagined.

- Taylor + Blake

From DAY ONE of working with Kelly, she removed so much stress and truly CARED about our big day. Her work speaks for herself but her personality, organization and actions are what makes her the best possible option for your big day. Kelly truly goes above and beyond to make not only the physical pictures everything you could have ever dreamed of but makes the entire experience that much better.

Book Kelly as your photographer and you will not regret it one bit.

I don’t even know where to start when it comes to Kelly but I know one thing- if you want to have the best wedding and day ever, book Kelly.