Hey! I'm Kelsey Lefever. My husband and I live in Lafayette, Indiana, with our fur children: a fluffy orange cat, a Mastiff, and two Arabian horses.
I'm a storyteller, in all senses of the word. For as long as I can remember, I have loved moments, memories, and emotions, and that means I love capturing them in all different mediums. There's something about a great photograph (or story) that stirs up emotions in all of us, a kind of nostalgia for memories or even for experiences we haven't had yet.
I got my first "real" camera for Christmas when I was fifteen. I brought it with me everywhere, and when I began taking senior pictures, Shutter Up Studios was born. One of those original pictures even got featured on the New York Times website. Since then, I've expanded into engagements, weddings, wildlife, and more. I also enjoy film photography.
Have I mentioned that I absolutely love traveling? During my undergrad, I studied abroad in Tanzania and Kenya, where I taught English in a rural secondary school, volunteered with a conservation group working to protect elephants in Tsavo National Park, and camped out on the Serengeti during a four-day safari. It was the most amazing experience of my life, so much so that I dragged my fiancee (now husband) to Kenya with me again the next summer! That time, we lived in Kibera slum and volunteered with a mission group that hires local artisans and fairly pays them for their crafts so they can afford to take care of their families.
Africa holds a special place in my heart and I can't wait to go back again, but I also have an ever-expanding list of destinations I want to go to! I love adventures - the more hiking, gravel roads, and unpredictability, the better!
In addition to east Africa, I've also spent time all around the United States including Florida, New York City, Las Vegas, Route 66, Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and abroad in Germany.
If you have a destination wedding in mind or just want to do a wild shoot somewhere exotic, I am your girl.
Upcoming Travel Dates:
July 21-29: Lima, Peru
2019 Travel Dates:
May 2-30: Boma Village, Tanzania
May 31-June 8: Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
July TBD: Leon, Nicaragua
More to be added soon!
Current travel bucket list:
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada