We are husband and wife team of Professional Photographers based in Washington DC. We specialize in Fine Art Portrait Photography and luxury beautifully curated heirloom art works for your walls.
PPA Photographic Craftsmen, Certified Professional Photographer
Kelly was born and raised in Coronado, California, and eventually moved to Gresham, Oregon, where he lived until he joined the US Navy in 1980. During his 29-year Navy career, Kelly traveled to 137 countries. While doing so, he developed a passion for “capturing” the world around him through photography.
In 2010, Kelly expanded into professional photography, photographing weddings and growing and refining his skills in creating “salient” portraits.
While starting his family photography business, Kelly was also busy working as a Department of Defense civilian. He worked on manpower and training issues for various programs, including the Nuclear Carrier CVN78 FORD Class. Over time, he became passionate about teaching others and earned a Master’s Training Specialist from the US Navy, as well as a master’s degree in Human System Integration from the Navy Post Graduate School in Monterey, California.
Kelly continues to hone his photography skills. He strongly believes in constant learning and attends two to three developmental workshops/events each year.
He is currently writing his first book, “The Salient Portrait—The Science Behind It and How to Achieve It.” The information he shares in the book is the core of all the workshops and training events he offers.
Kelly was named Portrait Photographer of the Year in 2017 by Maryland Professional Photographers Association and again in 2018 in the state of Maryland. He is also a recipient of the 2018 FujiFilm Masterpiece Award and FujiFim Wedding Photographer of the Year.
Kalina was born and raised in Poland. Even at a young age, she was interested in visual arts, drawing, and painting, and she eventually earned a master’s degree in Art History and Cultural Studies from Silesian University. She had several successful exhibitions in Katowice, her hometown.
After finishing college, Kalina took a sabbatical and worked as a travel agent in Turkey. In 2000, she moved to London to study English. While there, she had a short love affair with fashion and started her own fashion line.
In 2006, Kalina moved to the Kingdom of Bahrain to work for their flagship airline. While in the Middle East, she met and married her husband, Kelly Schneider. Kalina’s passion for art combined with Kelly’s love of world travel and ignited their mutual interest in photography.
After moving to the United States Kalina helped Kelly run a successful landscape photography studio, but the desire to sell prints at local studios soon faded as the world of portraiture brought a new life and vision to their work.
Today, Kelly and Kalina specialize in fine art portraiture and boudoir photography in the Washington, DC, area, and they teach photography at workshops and on photo safaris in the United States and Europe.
Kalina is a member of Professional Photographers of America and the Maryland Professional Photographers Association. She was awarded Professional Photographer of the Year in 2018 by Maryland Professional Photographers Association and Professional Artist Photographer of the year in 2018 in the state of Maryland.
We can’t wait to hear your story!!!
Over the past few years, Kelly and Kalina have been hosting workshops both in the US and in Europe. The family photography business KS Fine Arts (ksfinearts.com) focuses on Boudoir, Fine Art Portraiture, Workshops and Speaking Engagements nationwide.
We would be happy to meet with you and answer your questions.