About - Kristen Kay Photography

Hi there friend, my name is Kristen and I'm the lady behind the camera.


I'm a small town Iowa girl, living in the gorgeous, mountainous desert of Las Vegas, NV.

I specialize in elopements for couples who crave adventure and love to focus on the simple beauties of life and love.

I love shooting at sunset and do so to achieve my sun-flared, film-like, artistic style. I promise your shoot will be gorgeous and full of laughter; it's kind of my specialty!

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Tell me more about you and your love!

What I love.

I love white walls, neutral colors and all things mid century modern. I'm a sucker for succulents and the vast, desolate desert. I'm a frequent flyer, the one with her face and camera plastered to the window. I'm a gardening, gluten free health nut.

I'm a lover of road trips and adventures with my hubby, who I may have met on an airplane (read below for that story)!

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My photography & travel story.

At age 10 I was photographing Iowa sunsets with my little point and shoot film camera. My parents thankfully paying to develop them even though they knew the whole roll was sunsets. My love for photography led me into starting my business when I was in high school and attending the University of Northern Iowa for photography. The coldness in Cedar Falls is UNREAL, so after two years living there, I had to get out. I signed up for every travel opportunity available. I lived in: New Mexico, Utah, South Africa and South Korea. All unbelievable places and I'm so thankful because traveling has taught me loads and shaped me into the human I am today.

'Nothing quite compares to being lost and finding your own way all while seeing and photographing the absolute beauty of the world!'

Our love story.

It all began September 10, 2010. I was flying Delta from Salt Lake City to Chicago to see my cousins. He was flying Delta from Salt Lake City to Chicago and then on to England, where he was living. He spotted me across the airport and hoped by some miracle we would be on the same flight. Well, the stars aligned that day and our seat assignments landed us in the same row, right next to each other. We talked the entire flight and at the end of the flight he asked for my Facebook, incase I ever decided to travel to England and needed advice (or whatever excuse he used). We chatted on social media, FaceTimed for hours upon hours, took a 9 day first date road trip around the West. Oh yeah, he knew the way to this wanderer's heart. I couldn't help but fall in love with this man and his sweetness. He's my rock and my best friend as all spouses should be. :)

We eloped!

May 10, 2015 --  because 5 + 10 = 15, even though math is so not my thing, but I solved this one correctly! We drove down to the Little White Chapel's Tunnel of Love in Las Vegas and eloped. It was just us, it was perfectly simple complete with homemade twisty-tie rings. It's a day I will never forget.



Our wedding and reception.

September 10, 2016 we had a very simple ceremony at my grandparents farm and a lovely reception at an old train depot in Iowa! We had smoked pork tacos for dinner atop eclectic plates from thrift stores, airplane cookies (because we met on an airplane) and square dancing for all ages all complete with a sparkler send off.

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