About Kelly

"The MOUNTAINS are calling and I must go!" - John Muir


Sitting on a mountaintop with my partner's hand in mine and the wind on my face, staring at a golden fiery sunset - feels like a perfect moment to me! Adventure is what I crave and what I live for!

 

I have a great love for so many things, here are just a few:

  • Horses
  • Dogs
  • The Mountains
  • The Ocean
  • Going on an Adventure
  • Exploring new sights
  • Traveling
  • Sunsets
  • Photography

I see so much beauty in this world and the people around me that I want to capture it. I am a photographer and a storyteller at heart.

 

All of my life I have NEVER not had a camera in my hand taking photos of something. My love for photography and telling stories is a huge part of who I am. I probably need a t-shirt or tattoo that says "I see the world through my lens"! Heck, I even schedule photo shoots when I am on vacation in new places!

So let's tell your love story together, shall we?! Xoxo kiss

          

My Story

Kelly Szott Photography | Kelly Szott | Kelly Szott and her Horse | Alberta Elopement Photgrapher | British Columbia Elopement Photographer | Canada Elopement Photographer | Destination Elopement Photographer | Rocky Mountain Elopement Photographer

“Into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul!” - John Muir (I like his quotes, lol)


That phrase speaks to me on so many levels. I spent my teen years living in the countryside and I spent my childhood hiking, biking, and horseback riding, as well as camping in the mountains of Alberta & British Columbia. Therefore, After 22yrs spent living in an urban environment, I cannot get into the mountains, the forests or nature enough!! I could happily live in one of those tiny homes in the mountains and shoot your love stories every day!

 

I truly feel that I have the most amazing job in the world! I get to jump in my SUV and drive into one of the MOST BEAUTIFUL mountain ranges to capture emotion-filled intimate weddings in nature! We can hike or take a gondola, ride horses, or hire a helicopter, but I will take you to an epic backdrop and tell your love story for you.

 

I have been drawn to love stories since I was a child, so my job is a dream come true! I get to create beautiful memories from your love story and showcase all the intricate parts, not just the big moments - brushing a hair off your partner’s face, a kiss on the shoulder out of nowhere, a crazy laugh, paw prints on your dress when your dog got too excited, or the unexpected tear rolling down a cheek! My photos will forever be your reminder of the day you chose yourselves over tradition and had your own adventure in the place you wanted to be most, NATURE.

 

LOVE is meant to be an ADVENTURE.” - Gordon B. Hinckley

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INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT KELLY

 

* I HAVE BEEN RIDING HORSES SINCE I WAS 8YRS OLD

 

I begged my mom to learn how to ride horses and she found a place for me to start on a school horse. The path to my addiction to horses was begun!! I finally was gifted my own horse at thirteen after riding other people’s horses for five years. Frisco saved my life in high school from severe bullying and I have a tattoo on my back to honor him. Now I have my own mare, Kahlua, and she is my therapy, my soul-healing and my never-ending entertainment thanks to her sass!

 

* I AM A TRUE-CRIME JUNKIE!
 

Would you believe that I was going to become a criminal psychologist and specialize in profiling before I met my husband?. I was accepted into both Simon Fraser University and UBC universities. My acceptance letters came when my husband and I were shopping for our very first apartment together and I chose to stay here in Calgary and build, what looked like, a promising future with him. It’s through the life that we built that I found photography and I wouldn’t change my job for the world!! Enter the world of podcasts! I can indulge in my love of true crime stories and learn about the twistedly depraved minds of killers, kidnappers, and more. What do you think I do on those long car drives to your epic elopement locations?! ;)

 

* I AM AN ANIMAL LOVER TO MY CORE!

 

When I moved in with my hubby a year into dating (22 years ago), within 3 weeks I went and bought myself a mini schnauzer puppy, Misfit, for my own birthday. We added a second schnauzer, Jinx 5 years later. Today we have Rogue and Domino, named after X-Men characters by my hubby and my teenage son! So I will always welcome your pets at your Elopement, you don’t even have to ask ;)

 

* MY OWN LOVE STORY IS PRETTY AMAZING!

 

I met my husband at 20, and we started dating just after my 21st birthday. We’ve been together ever since for a total of 23 years; married for 16.5 of those years now. I fell for the way he could make me laugh even when I was fiercely mad, the way he made me number one in his life right from the first date, and the way he loves me just for who I am. As a survivor of childhood abuse it’s pretty incredible to me to be able to be myself and never put on a mask with him! This makes me passionate about capturing your love story!

 

* BORN AND RAISED IN CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA

 

I have lived my entire life at the foot of the incredible Rocky Mountains!! Little not-so-secret fact, they are bigger than the Rockies that stretch into the US in Colorado, and such, because they are younger and haven’t been weathered as much! I love to work and play in the mountains. My hubby keeps joking that I spend more time there than in Calgary and we should move there…I am like SIGN ME UP AND LET’S GO!!

 

* I CAN CONNECT WITH ANYONE!

 

I have been told numerous times by couples that it was like having their best friend capture their wedding! I attribute this to my ability to connect with people and my chatty nature. I can talk your ear off about anything and my constant stories and questions about your life set you at ease if you are nervous in front of a camera. It’s my superpower! wink

 

* I LOVE ALL THINGS ADVENTURE AND NEW EXPERIENCES!

 

I skydived on my 23rd birthday, despite MY ABSOLUTE TERROR OVER HEIGHTS AND FALLING!! I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it, but the moment I left that plane it was nothing but utter quiet and a lot of wind, but no sensation of falling! I was addicted to doing things that scared me after that. Except spiders…NOPE, I will NEVER get over that and if you get one stuck in your dress I will NOT have your back on that one; I will probably run screaming and stay 10 feet from you! laugh

It's my goal to get a camper van one day and just head out on a big road trip down the west coast of North America; oh the adventures I will find!! 

 


REVIEWS AND WORDS FROM MY COUPLES

 

13 REVIEWS (ALL 5/5 STARS)
 
8 REVIEWS (ALL 5/5 STARS)
 

“If you are looking for a photographer,
Kelly is your girl! Don’t think about it, just
BOOK her! She’s WORTH every penny and more!”

-Jessica & Jordan Baier {2022}

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In Their Own Words

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and I couldn’t agree more! I want to believe that my work speaks for itself; I hope it does. But what may speak even louder, are the words my clients have to share about their experiences working with me. Here are their words:

 

Let’s Go On An Adventure Together!

So you are Eloping in the Rockies?! I would love to hear all about both of you; your love story and why you’ve chosen to have an intimate day just about the two of you and your adventure! I am excited to meet you in a zoom call or in person (we’ll grab a cocktail or a coffee). Let’s tell your story together! Xoxo 

Connect with me at kelly@kellyszott.com. :)

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Illustrate Your Story

Illustrate Your Story

If you have a story to tell, I can help you do that. I create beautiful, dynamic, honest, vulnerable, and powerful images of personal stories, love stories, and yes… horse stories! Let me illustrate your stories with images that tell the truth and give a glimpse into the heart of who you are. Email me at kelly@kellyszott.com and let’s take a journey together.

 

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