bio page about kelly prizel

My Mantra: The reason I started in this industry was because I had something to say. Namely,

“Where are the f***ing gay people? The people of color? Where are the rip-your-heart-out-emotionally-gorgeous weddings minus the trendy hipster-gear?”

I love people choosing to commit publicly to each other. Each wedding I shoot, whether you’re 20 or 50, gay or straight, black, white or anything else, I strive to tell the story of what your wedding is about: love, community, and commitment.
kelly natalie from emilia jane

I’m pretty much the gayest photographer you’ll ever meet. That means lots of different things to different people, but for me it means:

  • Though I’m inexplicably attracted to Jeff Goldblum, I’m married to my lady- friend and wife, Natalie.
  • I bleed glitter.
  • I’ve focused on LGBTQ folks from the inception of my business and have made those countless couples the center of my mission.

If you’re LGBT or Q or all/none of the above, I want to shoot you. In a good way. With my camera.

As the late-great queer theorist Eve Sedgwick once put it, “People are different from each other.” Difference is what I love most about wedding photography: if I wanted to work in a uniform setting with uniform objects, I’d be a food photographer. Or at least do only one kind of wedding with one type of couple. Yawn.
What excites me most about my job is the opportunity to meet widely divergent people, celebrate with them, and carefully craft aesthetically compelling images that have the emotional feel of an old snapshot.

I’m a FEMINIST, pet mom, a dinosaur nerd, a huge Jad Abumrad fan, and an avid watcher of The Wire. Also, you should know, I’m half of a wife-wife team. Natalie, whose day job is getting a PhD in Victorian literature, is my second shooting side- kick, co-pet-parent, and the Bert to my Ernie—but not quite as cranky, just practical.
If you’re looking to hang out with some baller lesbians who also take fantastic photos of everyone, we’re your girls.

I love New Haven, NYC, and DC, but I go other places too. Contact me to tell me where you’re getting hitched.