instructed an intense two day Fine Art Portraiture workshop which I attended over the past weekend. I thought I had a good handle on my photography skills, and once I began the class with the beautiful venue, models, and exquisite gowns, I was sooooo wrong! Just being overwhelmed by all of this along with Kelly saying,”Setup your shot!” Everything I had ever learned was gone, I drew a blank. That’s where Kelly and Kalina’s Fine Art skills and instruction took over. What to do first, where is the light coming from, what are your camera settings, how to pose the model, how to add light, where to add light, have your model face the light, is the gown positioned correctly, what is your main subject, what is your composition, what is in the background, do you want natural light, do you want a soft box, do you want a light wand....can you answer all of these points? Well, if not, then you really must attend a workshop/class instructed by Kelly and Kalina. You will learn these points and more. We had three groups of three shooting various models and rooms to pose them in. It was a wonderful class, very intense, but Kelly and Kalina are more then willing to help you. They don’t judge or criticize, they are there to make you a better photographer and you will leave being a better photographer.
Kelly and Kalina, thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me raise my photography to the next level, and most importantly for making us all feel like family.
Kelly and Kalina went the extra mile to present on of the best programs we have ever had, perhaps THE best. First was information, then demonstration, then reinforced by hands on in teams of three that worked together under a time constraint to create a dynamic portrait. Everyone participated. They wrapped up with an evaluation of the images each team created. We went outdoors for sessions on high speed sync and finished with some editing. EDUCATION DOES NOT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS! YOU CANNOT, I REPEAT, YOU CANNOT GET THIS TYPE OF EDUCATION FROM THE INTERNET. IF YOU ARE NOT PART OF AN EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATION LIKE THIS YOU ARE NOT LEARNING ALL YOU CAN.
"Absolutely nothing bad to say about their class!"
Which bring me to my review……. First of all I will tell you up front that I am all about an honest review! Secondly, I will tell you that I have absolutely nothing bad to say about their class! I left that class with a recharged sense of knowledge, excitement and greater passion for photography than I have had in several years! Photography has been my only source of income for 19 years now and I really needed this.
A few details that I loved about their class…..
I don’t like a lot of wasted time and they didn’t do that. The class stayed on schedule and organized, therefore we were able to get a lot done.
Their energy level and personalities were incredible! (Kelly gets tickled over little automated things that a computer can do and will jump and dance like a little girl, be sure to watch for that!)
I loved the fact that after they would show us how to do something, they would then push us to recreate what they had done. So often you write down facts and wait until later to practice them, that didn’t happen during their class.
People tell you all the time “there is no dumb question”, until you ask one and they give you the “sideways weird face”. That didn’t happen with these two. They were very open to answering questions. (Even silly ones).
(I could list more details but not everyone wants to read a book ! – besides, I don’t want to make their heads to big !)
Bottom line, not only are they great artist but also very effective instructors that I would highly recommend.
Kelly and Kalina – thank you!
Jennifer Collins - GPPA
A life Changing Experience...
I can’t say enough good things about Kelly and Kalina as talented artists and wonderful people. Shooting with them as a novice model was the most amazing photography experience I’ve ever had. From the initial communication, to the shoot, to after the shoot. Everything was fun, easy, and professional. They’re swift to respond to phone calls or messages, insanely knowledgeable, respectful of my time, and genuinely enjoyable to be around. Their home studio is beautiful, top quality, clean, and welcoming. Kelly is very respectful of my comfort level and I felt so safe and confident during my boudoir photo session. He kindly and patiently coached me on how to position my body and show my face to get the best shot. His creative style is something only a master of his craft could come up with and execute so flawlessly. I could not have asked for a better experience. Kalina is just as amazing. Her vision for such a unique creative concept was clear, well communicated, and her direction of what she wanted was easy to understand. She made me believe I was that character we were imagining. Her hand crafted style of the outfit was breathtaking. Her imagination is so vast, I could have talked to her for hours about photography concepts. Kelly and Kalina are truly a dynamic duo and so gifted in what they do. Their talent goes well beyond just the photograph itself and you won’t ever regret booking them for your photography needs. I truly look forward to shooting with them in the future and they’ve inspired a new passion and confidence that I didn’t even know I so strongly had. Thank you Kelly and Kalina, you two are amazing. ❤️
DC VA MD Wedding Photographer
KSFinearts did an amazing job with my wedding photos. They are the best that Washington DC Wedding Photographers has to offer. They are Certified Wedding Photographers which is what lead me to them in the first place. I live in Washington DC and with my wedding a few months around the corner I was looking for a great professional wedding photographer that wasn’t booked, was affordable and that was going to provide me with stellar service. This is exactly what I received from KSFinearts. Kelly and Kalina are very attentive and provided me with extraordinary service throughout my entire wedding. They arrived very promptly and were ready to shoot as soon as we were ready for them. I really loved the fact that throughout our whole wedding that Kelly and Kalina were never in our faces or in our way, or caused any inconvenience for us or anyone at the wedding. They were extremely respectful of everyone and very professional. In addition, they were very thorough, dependable, and terrific to work with. The best part is that their photos are so phenomenal, artistic, and high quality. They were able to capture the beauty in every photo and this is something that means so much to me and my family. Every photo is truly very touching and is a masterpiece. Kelly and Kalina really have great imaginations, creativity, and artistic abilities to create the most amazing pictures. I have never seen such beautiful pictures from anyone’s wedding photography. I am really satisfied and very happy that I decided to go with the Washington DC based Wedding Photographers of ksfinearts they are perfect for any of your photographic needs. I feel so special because whenever I show my wedding photos to anyone they are so envious and always ask who took my wedding photos. KSFinearts provided me with the greatest service and I love being able to look through my wedding photos and being able to re live that wonderful night. I loved theiruniqueness, creativity and artistic flare. They are affordable and really provide you with the most outstanding service. Kelly and Kalina are so amazing and will provide you with fabulous service and are so friendly, you really will love how attentive and respectful they are. I would definitely recommend KSFinearts they are the best in Washington DC Wedding Photographers and they are Certified Wedding Photographers.
Best Wedding Photographer
Working with Kelly and Kalina has been a wonderful experience! Our engagement photos are beautiful and artistic-- exactly what we wanted. We are extremely pleased with the result! Kelly has an eye for capturing perfect moments on film! Working with both Kelly and Kalina was a pleasure. They are truly excited about their art and they bring this to the shoot. They are accommodating, flexible, and all together nice to work with. Highly recommended! - Sarah and Phil, Washington DC
Top notch quality photography
Kelly and Kalina are the best. The quality of their work and the attention to detail is top notch. They also offer an outstanding value for the level of service provided. If you want responsiveness, quality photographs and friendly service you will not wrong with KSFinearts. I know for a fact that I will be utilizing their services for future events. - Deborah Harris, Washington DC Metro area.
I wholeheartedly recommend Kelly and Kalina
Kelly and Kalina generously donated their professional photography services to Fairfax County Young Life's Celebration Gala on March 11, 2011. Despite the challenges of a crowded ballroom with 600+ in attendance, they did a terrific job capturing the spirit of the evening in a most professional, friendly, and enthusiastic manner. To top it off, their photographs were made available in less than 24 hours after the event. I wholeheartedly recommend Kelly and Kalina to anyone looking to capture a special event in pictures. - Marty Bodrog, Annandale, VA
I give Kelly and Kalina a perfect 10
Captured Journey Photography did a fabulous job with my daughter's senior portraits. They went out of their way to ensure the best quality photographs, taking us to three different locations to get the best shots depicting my daughter’s personality. The end result was picture perfect photographs that my family will be delighted to view for years to come. I give Kelly and Kalina a perfect 10, their attention to the details and eye for photography is the one of best in the Washington Metropolitan Area. I highly recommend Captured Journey Photography for any of your photography needs. They are flexible and accommodating, just great to work with. Kelly and Kalina, thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you did for us!
These pictures succeed impressively, both speak for themselves.
"Photography eternalizes moments by capturing them on physical media. However, photography is ever so much more than merely snapping pictures. Personally, I feel that the difference between a quick snapshot and a beautiful picture is realized by the artist’s eye for the moment, the aesthetic compositions of angles, lines, objects, depths, textures, colors and lighting. Great photography is even more, it tells a story- and achieves this impressively without using a single word. These pictures taken of my girlfriend and I, tell a story, and it is clear to see what our story is. Amidst the vivid colors of spring framed by lavish cherry blossoms are two young people very much in love, celebrating sunshine, warmth and life together. It is an art to allow to the protagonists of images to be natural and thus to capture true emotion along with the story. These pictures succeed impressively, both speak for themselves. Kelly and Kalina Schneider have done it again- a beautiful moment of a special journey in life captured ever so beautifully." - Nikolas Weissmueller, Washington DC
It was an excellent experience enjoyed by everyone.
My family did an on location photo shoot with Kelly and Kalina. It was an excellent experience enjoyed by everyone. The pictures were incredible and will provide us memories for the rest of our lives. We will certainly be doing another session with them in the future. I most highly recommend them for any photo event you might have.Todd and Shannon Shaw, La Plata - Maryland.
KSFinearts are the best
When I started planning for my wedding I had no idea of what style of wedding I wanted to go with. I went with a friend of mine one day to Washington DC Wedding Photographer KSFinearts to see what they had to offer and was very pleasantly surprised with their wedding portfolio. The photos captured so much beauty and were so unique that I was very intrigued to find out more. I was very lucky to be able to speak with Kelly one of the photographers who was very easy to talk to and friendly. Right away I felt a connection and told her what I was looking for, when my wedding was and she was able to answer every question and made me feel very comfortable about hiring KSFinearts for my wedding. First of all Ksfinearts is a Certified Wedding Photographer and both Kelly and Kalina are very helpful and provided me with outstanding service for my wedding. They went way above and beyond what I thought that a photographer would do for a wedding, they were very involved in their portrait taking and were actually taking photos from all different angles; which sometimes meant they were on the floor looking up or laying down on their sides. Our chemistry was great we had no difficulties and I felt as though Kelly and Kalina were guests at our wedding instead of the photographers. The quality of their pictures is excellent and I couldn’t have asked for more. They were extremely professional and they took photos that were not posed they were all taken of everybody doing normal or natural movements. Therefore, none of my pictures were posed. The photos were so elegant and magnificent. They were able to capture the most amazing parts of my wedding and I am so grateful for the services KSFinearts provided me they are worth every penny. KSFinearts is the best and has a great artistic ability to catch the perfect moment on film. I would definitely use this service again for my photograph needs and have recommended them too many people. If you really want breathtaking photos for your wedding a great cost with people that are fabulous at what they do than I suggest that you definitely hire KSFinearts. You can find more information about them at http://www.ksfinearts.com. You will not find a better and more qualified wedding photographer in the DC area then KSFinearts.
Hiring KSFinearts for my wedding was one of the best choices I have ever made in my life!! I can not begin to explain how well Kelly and Kalina captured each and every moment with such intricate detail and thoughtfulness. Not only was it an emotional experience--Kelly made it so much fun that we were beaming throughout the process (and not just from getting married)! They were very punctual and timely in getting some initial images to us to be able to share with family and friends! The images were amazing and we received numerous praises and compliments about them. If you are looking for a very professional and talented photographer for your wedding or ANY event please use KSFinearts! You will not be disappointed! Thank you!Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0Satisfaction : 5.0 Creativity : 5.0 Unobtrusive : 5.0 Value : 5.0
All inclusive collection
Nick and Erin ParkerNick and I were given Kelly and Kalina’s name by our best man who had worked with Kelly and Kalina for their engagement photos. We were able to see a sneak peek of this engagement photos and feel in the love with Kelly and Kalina’s photography style. We contacted Kelly and Kalina soon after and received an immediate response. After a few e-mail exchanges, we knew we found the right photographer for our wedding. Kelly and Kalina made the entire process as easy as possible for us. We thought we would never have engagement photos taken due to cost and time (since we don’t live local to the DC area); however, Kelly and Kalina flexed to our schedule and included engagement photos in our total cost. We were comfortable with them moments after meeting them. We received electronic proofs of the most gorgeous engagement photos one day after the engagement session. These photos became the foundation of our wedding website and were used at our wedding. They sent us all of the engagement photos on a CD a week later. Prior to our wedding, Kelly and Kalina took it upon themselves to drive the two hours to our wedding location (St. Michaels, MD) in order to scope out the grounds of the bed and breakfast where our wedding took place. On our wedding day, Kelly and Kalina arrived earlier than planned to ensure they captured both me and my groom getting ready. Again, they made everything so easy and provided a sense of calmness in what is, as every bride knows, usually a high stress atmosphere. They stayed the entire wedding, nearly 10 hours, and even captured us leaving our wedding reception together as husband and wife which was used as our Christmas card this past year. Not only did they capture every single moment of the most important day of my life (about 500+ photos worth), but in a way that captures the romantic and joyful essence of the day. I remember scrolling through the proofs and each photo was more beautiful than the next. Deciding on album photos would be difficult due the flawlessness of each photo; however, Kelly and Kalina also made this process extremely efficient and effortless. All we had to do was provide them with the photos we liked which ended up being nearly all the proofs they provided. Before we knew it, the most gorgeous thick leather bound wedding album with our names and wedding date arrived on our doorstep. I’ve looked through the album countless times and notice something new each time. The attention to detail, time and effort they took for perfect placement of each photo is incredible. They were not only able to capture the most elegant photos from our wedding day but they were able to create an extraordinary album filled with breathtaking photos that will serve as the happiest memories of our lives. In addition to the album, we also received prints of our favorite photos and a few select larger prints. Lastly, everything was included in one set price that we found to be very affordable and my husband’s service to this country was recognized with a military discount. We absolutely loved working with them and still maintain a relationship with them today. We have and will continue to recommend their exceptional wedding photography to friends and family.
All my wedding images are incredible. It was hard to even narrow down to the top 100 favorites for our album. If I had to choose, I'd say a closeup from our "first look" shoot where I am smiling so big and my husband is kissing my cheek. It is so genuine and this picture literally makes everyone smile.Kelly and Kalina basically became a part of the family. Everyone absolutely loved talking to them which made our friends and family comfortable and ultimately I think this is what made their work so top notch! They are so friendly and really engaged our wedding party, family, and friends and a personal level. They were great all around with formals, candids, details, etc. Photography is a passion for Kelly & Kalina and this is so clear in the way they interacted with our guests and us. They arrived hours early and everything they do is above and beyond what you would expect. They do everything with such personality & style.We got one of their basic packages which started with an engagement shoot. They are a husband and wife team so there are the two of them and they each bring unique talents to their photos. We got a full 8 hours of coverage, and Kelly and Kalina were going to arrive when the girls were getting dressed. They actually showed up to the hair salon hours several hours early completely unannounced and unpaid for- they are seriously the best! Our package also included an album (beautiful leather bound), DVD of high res images, wedding website which posted our engagement photos and was a great way for me to communicate wedding info to the guests. Kalina even hand delivered our prints which are beautiful. They completely went above and beyond in every aspect of the package.Our guests all LOVED Kelly & Kalina and are still talking about how much fun our photographers were (6 months post wedding!). Not only did they take beautiful and artistic photographs of the wedding, but they really got to know our guests on a personal level and made everyone feel comfortable. Kelly even went as far as remembering our guests & posting individualized photos afterwards to their facebooks. Such a personal touch and completely above and beyond what we could have ever asked for. - Megan
They captured those moments
Kelly & Kalina recently shot our whole wedding weekend. As they worked, our friends, family and guests raved about what a wonderful job they were doing and asked where we found them. Even before they saw the photos, our good friends wanted to hire them for their wedding. They are so professional and were every where at every angle, even on the ground taking photos of us. They made us feel so comfortable. Not asking us to pose but just to be natural. Our photos are breathtaking. We don't even know at which point some of the photos were taken but you can just see and feel the emotion from each individual picture. We highly suggest booking KSFinearts for any milestone in your life. Kelly and Kalina have a natural gift f making you feel so comfortable with them and the ability to capture moments that some photographers may generally miss because they're too busy trying to get you to pose. It's the moments when no one is looking that the most special things happen and Kelly and Kalina captured those moments for us! Thank you so much for being a part of our special day
WE LOVE IT WE LOVE IT
Hi Kelly,WE LOVE IT! We opened it last night really late. Nick worked late last night.... and I was waiting. WE LOVE IT WE LOVE IT. You all did such a great job! We couldn't have asked for better photographers. I can't wait to show it off to all of my friends and family. We were thinking about us trying to make the decisions for which photos to choose and which photos should go where and it would have taken us forever.. well we probably just wouldn't have done it. IT'S PERFECT! Thank you! You guys rock!
I am blown away
Kelly & Kalina,
I am still going through the pictures on the site. Can I just say how I am blown away I am by the pics you captured. At first, I was a little unsure of what kind of pictures we would get because the wedding was a little different. But as I am going through the pics, I see that instead of standard wedding shots that you see in most portfolios, what makes our pictures so special and unique is in each one, you captured the moments of the wedding. This is really what I wanted. Each picture takes me back to a point and time in the wedding and it makes me smile. It was such a happy day. I appreciate your hard work.
I can't wait to see the finished product. You guys are awesome!
Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits? Both are Very professional
What was your favorite wedding photo?I loved all my wedding pictures but our portraits stood out the most! Kelly is a great photographer and without Kalina my wedding shoot would not be the same. They understood exactly what I wanted!How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?Both are Very professional and were able to get great pictures in this chaos :) Kelly did a great job managing all the guests and took care of everything with minimum disruptions for me.What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?I had a Platinum Package and it included 2 photographers: Kelly and Kalina, Engagement session , Bridal shower Session, Mini website for my engagement photos, CD of engagement images, flash drive, Guest Book for my Wedding Day , photo album, prints of my choice and post wedding fashion shoot.How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?I didn' t have to worry about a thing. They came prepared and stayed positive and professional throughout the day. - Olga
KSFinearts workshop - such a rewarding experience!
If you want to take your images to the Fine Art level, I HIGHLY recommend Kelly Schneider’s Fine Arts Glamour/Boudoir Workshop! What an amazing experience! A weekend jam packed with nothing but HANDS-ON instruction. No better way to learn than to DO it yourself. The day started at Union Station, DC where Kelly demonstrated each session from concept of the shoot, to lighting, to composition, to taking the shot! He coached each of us individually, then teamed us up. He and and his gorgeous wife Kalina guided us through our shoots, as we each took turns being photographer and lighting assistant (PS everyone should learn to be a lighting assistant). We continued later that day with more of the same back at his beautiful studio for GLAM/Boudoir shoots. I lost count on how many beautiful models were involved, but what an awesome selection! They were so professional and pleasant to work with - even in the below freezing conditions!!! As if Day 1 wasn't enough, the next day we came back to the studio to learn how to edit the images we took, turning them into Fine Art pieces. All of us were at various levels of experience with photoshop, but Kelly and Kalina provided such a wealth of knowledge in one day, we ALL walked away with BADASS images!!! Trust me when I say I avoided Photoshop like the plague - now I have the confidence to explore more! Oh and did I say, Kelly and Kalina give the best gifts at their workshops?!! How's about a brand new eVOLV 200, a Bowens Mount, AND a Softbox for the winning image below!!! Not too shabby, huh? Thank you Kelly, Kalina Schneider, Danny Douglas, the MUAs, all the beautiful models, and my fellow photographers for making this such a rewarding experience!! Marcia Kirton-Caesar
From the Ft Myers, Fl workshop a couple of weeks ago. Can't wait to start using some new lighting accessories I ordered afterwards. Thanks Kellyand Kalina! This was just the workshop I needed to take my photography to the next level!
Hi all...I'm compelled to randomly post, figuring it's a "safe" space. Kelly and all of you have been a great inspiration. Long story short: the last several years I've tried to "shed" my ID as a photographer (30 years this year) because I lost my mojo as midlife hit. I pivoted to women's life and business coaching, but still serving some long time photo clients. But when photography is your calling IT pursues YOU. Thanks to 1. my open heart (finally) listening to the nudge and 2. the timing of Kelly and Kalina in NE Pa in May teaching; I'm falling BACK in love with my lifelong craft again and am re-configuring and reinventing what that all looks like with my coaching now- my goal from the start and never could quite grasp. Ironically it was all there right in front of me all along. Thank you all for beautiful work that inspires...soon I'll be back and this style is my jam! Thank you all, thank you Kelly Schneider and Kalina Schneider! (here is an image I created not long ago.)