Northern California Photographer

Hi, I'm Dawn Kelly and I've been a professional photographer in Modesto, California since 2005. I used to specialize in wedding photography, and now my business has changed and taken on a whole new life. Retiring from the wedding industry has given me the opportunity to explore my creativity and forge a new path.

My style is creative and artistic, and I photograph almost everything on film. Regardless of the type of photography, I like to try new things and create one-of-a-kind images while capturing my clients' personalities. While I'm not entirely a documentary photographer, my goal is always to capture you as naturally as possible. When you look at your photos, I want you to see yourself at your best, not a contrived version of you that was created by someone else. This is about you.

Modesto Boudoir Photography

I fell in love with boudoir photography when I did my first session in 2013. One of my brides asked if I would do boudoir photos for her, and I said sure! I had no idea how it would change my life and the lives of my clients. It's incredibly rewarding because I get to help women feel beautiful and confident.

Boudoir photos make amazing gifts for your engagement, wedding, anniversary, another special occasion, or just because! It's a personal and unique romantic gift he will never forget.

My boudoir studio is in my home, which means we have total privacy. You will receive guidance as I help you plan your session, from what to wear to choosing album images. My comprehensive Boudoir Guide is packed with information, inspiration, testimonials, pricing, and much more. I even have a client closet full of beautiful, modern, and unique lingerie for you to use.

Maternity Photography

Having a baby is one of the biggest and most important events of your life. There is nothing like creating a family of your own. A wonderful way to celebrate is with a maternity photo session. Put epic, artistic prints on your walls and in an album to pass down to your child. You get to choose a location, like a forest, the beach, your home, or an amazing destination for a babymoon.

Family Photography

Outdoor Family Photos

Family photo sessions are important to do every year. Children grow up fast, constantly changing and maturing. A collection of images taken throughout the years can be passed down through the generations.

If you don't know where to start, don't worry. I will guide you through the entire process, from styling your wardrobe to choosing a beautiful location.

Indoor Family Photos

In-home family sessions are designed to document your family's interactions and traditions. It's also a lot of fun! Put on matching PJs and jump on the bed together. Bake cookies in the family kitchen. Read stories to the babies, all cuddled up in their favorite blankets. Lifestyle photography is all about capturing your life.

If you're looking for newborn photos, an indoor session is best. I can come to your home so your baby is comfortable, warm, and used to the environment. I love to photograph the in-between moments, like feeding and changing the baby. When working with me, you should feel like you're creating and capturing happy memories for your family to enjoy forever.

Wedding Portraits

The global pandemic hit the wedding industry hard. Thousands of couples had their wedding planning derailed and gave up the big wedding of their dreams. Instead, many of the couples got married at the courthouse or in a private ceremony at home without photographers.

Schedule a wedding portrait session to celebrate your marriage! California has such a wide variety of landscapes, and they look different as the year progresses. Spring is amazing for greenery, waterfalls, flowers, and orchards in bloom. Summer is perfect in the mountains, away from the valley heat. Fall is beautiful everywhere with the leaves changing to red, orange, and yellow. If you really want unique images, choose winter and go to the snow!

You'll have the chance to be that bride and groom everyone envies. Regardless of the setting, I will capture posed photos as well as natural moments between you.

Creative Portraits

What are creative portraits? They're the opposite of cheesy photos. Using a combination of natural and creative posing, creative lighting, color, black and white film, and artistry, you will have portraits like no one else's.

Couples' Portraits

Whether you're looking to do a photography session for your proposal, engagement, anniversary, holiday, or just because, try something different. When people come to your home, they will marvel at the unique photos that adorn your walls.

Artistic Portraits

Looking for some really cool photos of yourself? We can do some super artistic and unique photos in my studio, as well as in an epic location.


Since I was a child I've dreamed of having my own gallery showing. Leaving wedding photography has given me the time I need to pursue my artwork. Soon I will have my artwork for sale.

Coverage Area

Dawn Kelly Photography services Northern California, including, but not limited to: Modesto, Ceres, Turlock, Escalon, Ripon, Merced, Manteca, Stockton, Sacramento, Sonora, Jamestown, Tuolumne County, Twain Harte, Donnell Vista, Sierra Nevadas, Murphys, Angels Camp, Copperopolis, California's Coastline, Santa Cruz, Pebble Beach, Mendocino, Monterey, Carmel, Calaveras County, Calaveras Big Trees, Big Bear, Big Sir, South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, and North Lake Tahoe.