I'm Kelsa Kay and...

I believe in the power of storytelling though natural + adventurous imagery. I'm passionate about people, places, their purpose, + the story they have to tell of new beginnings + good old times. I'm here for all the in-between moments that make the mundane grand + large celebrations so much more. There's no greater story than the story of you + yours.
I like to photograph things as they are - the way the good Lord intended them to be. Simple + real. The best photographs capture how you felt in that very moment. Photographs are a tangible way of holding on to those feelings forever.


How I go about photographing your special day reflects the things I value.
I do love beautifully prompted photos but it's what is captured in-between that gets me. These are the moments that reveal who you are and is a reflection of you + your love - whether you're entirely sentimental, romantic, goofy, wild, or maybe even a little bit weird. THAT is what I aim to capture in every wedding, elopement, and session - everything that is you + yours.

Old Polaroid photographs have a special place in my heart. My husband and I's 8 year relationship has been primarily documented through my 1982 OneStep 600 Polaroid camera. Polaroids taken with that same camera are included in all my wedding and elopement packages.



Things  I  value :

  • The raw + real. Moments that are unposed, unplanned, + undeniably you.
  • Allowing space time + space for all those in-between moments.
  • Delivering true-to-you images. Photographs that capture the very essence of who you are + embodies the love that is shared.
  • Creating a meaningful experience for my clients and establishing long-term connections.
  • Celebrating YOU.
  • Having a dang good time!!!

About Me

I was born + raised in the suburbs of Milwaukee, WI but now reside in the sweetest home tucked away between the Mississippi River + the bluffs of Winona, MN. I'm married to one heck of a guy, Matt. He also just so happens to be Kay Collective's built-in second shooter. I love coffee, kombucha, live music, all things vintage, traveling, gardening, rock climbing, + hiking with our pup Honey. Outside of photography, Matt + I so enjoy having people gathered in our home sharing a meal around the table - we often host dinner parties. I think this is why intimate weddings hold such a special place in my heart because it often involves loved ones from near + far gathered around a table to celebrate love + new beginnings. This is how Matt + I went about our wedding day with 30 of our closest friends + family.

Kelsa Kay

A Glimpse Into My Life

Kelsa + Matt did the photography for our wedding + engagement. They were able to capture the genuine joy + happiness of the day. Kelsa really is able to get a sense of what each couple or person is like + express that individually in the photos. It is such a gift. Beyond technical capability, some photographers just have an eye for detail + setting that takes their work to the next level - Kelsa + Matt have it. I would highly recommend Kay Collective to anyone!"

Ben + Haley

"Not only does Kelsa produce absolutely stunning, genuine, + beautiful pictures, she's also just such a wonderful person to be around!

Nick + Brenna

She took amazing engagement photos of my fiance + I. She made us feel so comfortable. We actually had so much fun. I can't wait for our wedding because I know the photos will be perfect! I cannot recommend Kelsa enough. We will have her do our future family photos + recommend her to everyone we know! I can't say enough good things about this photographer. THANK YOU KELSA!!"

"Kelsa is the absolute best! I've never been so happy to look at photos!

"Kelsa did photography for mine and my husband’s wedding last year, and she was absolutely incredible! She made the day stress free and made family photos a breeze! She captured a beautiful rainbow at sunset and found just the right spots for our fall pictures. She turned our wedding photos truly into art and I still obsess over them. Kelsa is one of the most kind hearted and genuine people I know and it is reflected in her work. I’m so thankful to have had her do our wedding photos!"

Grant + Ola

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