Testimonials

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Kelly is an absolute dream to work with. Not only does she totally deliver a stunning finished product, but she knows how to stay on task/schedule, how to make us camera-shy people comfortable in front of the lens, and how to capture candid moments like a seasoned photo journalist. And she does it all with a killer laugh and sense of humor. —Devon

Kelly helped us with a family portrait session and a small wedding party. SHE WAS JUST WONDERFUL and I hope she will be our photographer for life 🙂 I love her observational, candid, editorial style. We specifically didn’t want cheesy, silly photos, and Kelly really understood what we wanted and delivered far beyond what we expected.

For the portrait session, we had both sets of parents with us and we met Kelly in a park. She was really great at loosening us up as we’ve never done a photoshoot before. Pictures came out gorgeous: a mix of good smiley ones that our parents wanted, as well as the more moody editorial ones that we wanted.

For the wedding party, Kelly captured lovely candid shots of every moment and everyone. I don’t know how she managed to scurry around in the background and capture all that but we are so grateful for her magic.

What an artist, and lovely person to boot. Thank you so, so much! —Evelyn

Kelly was absolutely amazing. We decided we wanted to combine our baby moon and a maternity photography session in the same trip. I found June Lion online and really liked Kelly’s style and perspective. Kelly was really great directing us and giving us advice throughout the way. I usually hate taking pictures, but Kelly made me feel comfortable and at ease. Definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Portland. The pictures are beautiful and we couldn’t be happier! —Michal

Kelly is a photo ninja. She is everywhere at the same time, catching all of the the little moments that flit by and you think (there is no way she saw that) She not only saw it but totally nailed the shot! I am obsessed with her images of my family. My kids jump out of her images as their own little eclectic, squirrely, brilliant little selves, and as she puts it she made pictures of me that “I don’t hate” A real feat!

As a photographer I am absurdly picky when it comes to images that move me. Her work is just alive and legit. Love her and her work. Hire her. —C

 

I’m not that into weddings. But then I got engaged, and I had to make a lot of decisions about wedding things, which I did very reluctantly. I was reluctant even to hire a wedding photographer, but I wound up choosing Kelly and June Lion because of her beautiful photos (very much the creative-dreamy-photojournalistic style I connect with) and some excellent referrals from friends.

As I looked through the pictures, which were more perfect than I could ever have hoped, my husband and I cried and laughed, and said “OH MY GOD LOOK AT THIS ONE” for each of the 700-odd photos. Every single one captures the happiness and laughter of the day, somehow imbuing them with even more beauty and joy than I remember.

Kelly is a wonderful photographer. She loves the whole process of weddings, from engagement to the day, and she’s intensely thoughtful about everything about the event, which makes her so good. For me, though, what sets her apart is her deep care and thought for the people she photographs- she brings a wonderful empathy to her photography in addition to her abundant creativity and artistry, which makes her photos uniquely moving and memorable.

The process of working with Kelly on your wedding day is painless. She captured literally every moment. She was everywhere- getting every emotion, every beautiful shot, a lot of wonderful things that you miss when you’re the one getting married and are thrilled to see later in the photos- but she allowed things to move so fluidly.

We <3 June Lion. Thanks for making our wedding day so perfect. —Caitlyn

Kelly is absolutely amazing! Her boudoir work is phenomenal, not to mention how attentive to detail and nice she is! She is a total wizard with the camera, and knows exactly what is going to look amazing. She’s also so patient, especially with my multitude of questions and tweaks on my order. Thank you so much, Kelly!! —Alexandra Resto

I fell in love with Kelly’s work after looking through her Website and Insta. I really wanted someone with a modern vision for photography to capture moments that are truly reflective of our family. She is also a miracle worker when coming to shooting pictures in a less ideal setting. Kelly was able to capture the moodiness of the dark November sky that ended up accenting my maternity photos. Now that our baby girl is finally here, I look forward to having Kelly to continue documenting our family. —Anna

I feel so incredibly lucky to have found Kelly 7 years ago when we were looking for a wedding photographer. When we met with her in 2012, I knew instantly that she was going to be the best fit for us–it felt like I had known her already when we first met. She is easy-going, funny, bright, flexible, creative–and her photography is absolutely incredible. In the last 7 years, she has captured our most special moments: engagement, wedding, boudoir, maternity, newborn, family session, and most recently a documentary family session. The documentary session was so fun to do and relaxed, and it’s so special having an “ordinary day” captured so magically. She gets the little moments and the big moments, the tears and the smiles. Kelly is simply amazing!

Kelly took newborn/family photos of us and it was a wonderful experience! She had tons of great ideas and was super efficient and flexible, which was key with a baby! The photos were gorgeous and we LOVE them and the mix of candids and portraits. Kelly was also great about getting us some good pics a bit early despite the busy holiday season so that we could order some holiday cards in time, which we really appreciated! —Stephanie

Kelly did an amazing job on our wedding! We booked with only a few months notice and she didn’t even have a chance to meet the bride prior to the wedding day but she did beyond amazing at really capturing the essence of the day for us. We had her climbing under waterfalls and hiking through the woods around construction workers and she was still very enthusiastic about it all. She did a great job building a package that catered to our smaller wedding plus the photos come in a gorgeous box with a unique thumb drive. We couldn’t be happier with our photos and were so glad to have Kelly as a part of our day. —Shana

Our experience with Kelly was top notch, to say the least! When looking for photographers I found Kelly immediately when googling photos of our wedding venue, the Sou’wester. Her style blew me away and I knew that it would be a great fit. We then hired Kelly to do an in home engagement session back in March and it really captured the essence of our lives in Portland and what a real Sunday afternoon might look like for us. She is funny, honest and very real which comes through in her photography. Special moments are something she excels in capturing which made us really excited for her to be there on our wedding day in August. She was easily one of the most professional people there and worked tirelessly to get perfect shots of us on the beach despite the very cold wind and sticky sand. Everyone looked beautiful and full of life in our photos! We are grateful for her partnership and couldn’t recommend her more! P.s. she’s SUPER detail oriented, which is so helpful when planning alone!  —Aubrey Ament

 

Wow! Seriously. Just wow.
I’ll start by saying I’m not photogenic. Spare me the “yes you are” stuff and let’s be real, it’s rare I take a good picture or at least one my scrutinizing eye can be happy with. My husband is like-wise photo challenged, love the guy but this is some real talk. I’ll fast forward a bit and let you know that we had to re-shoot our Engagement session for this very reason. None of this was due to Kelly, it was strictly due to all the weird faces and strange postures we insisting on making. Now Kelly knew what to look for and prompted us which was just what we needed. So we did a re-shot ! With that little speed hump behind us we soared on to what is now our amazing engagement session and wedding photos.

June Lion, and more specifically Kelly Wilde, is it. One of the comments I most received post wedding (after how gorgeous I am, duh) was how impressed they were with the photographers. Kelly is like a ninja, there is no obstacle to large to climb atop or to low to crouch under that will stop her from getting the perfect shot. They captured every moment – my wedding could be a flip book!

I love Kellys style which is very modern and artsy. Like a real live Instagram she uses different lenses, and even double exposure, to turn out some amazing and timeless photos far beyond the scope of that app I assure you. In our package we also added a Photo Booth which her assistant manned. She brought chalkboards and all types of props so it worked out to be a guest book of sort which was a nice touch.

Another thing I feel is worth mentioning is Kelly herself. She is so so kind and fun. This wasn’t specifically something I was thinking when I hired a photographer but I’m so happy it worked out this way. She was with me the whole day from getting ready to going back to the house. You want someone with you who you feel comfortable around. Even more so – she made me smile – genuine teethie smiles because she was so fun. That’s who you want as your shadow on your big day, not some stick in the mud or someone with no personality. You choose the guest list, why invite someone to your big day who isn’t as wonderful as everyone else there.

Still on the fence? Check out our photo blog she created with pictures from our wedding, she is magical. http://junelion.com/blog…. We were even approached to be featured on a major wedding blog.  Now, my wedding wasn’t that ground breaking I strongly believe that this is all due to how beautifully it was captured. See for yourself. I would recommend her for any occasion in need of an extremely talented photographer.

I’m not quite sure where to begin in covering how happy I am with the quality of service and photography provided by June Lion!  First of all, Kelly was extremely professional and dedicated to the task at hand.  I felt like she was even more concerned about getting the best photos possible than I was, and I trusted her to get those shots because of her vast experience and dedication to quality.  She made a point of talking with me about what my style is and what kind of photos I hoped to have, and she organized our time to make sure those shots happened.

I was amazed to see the photos after all was said and done, because Kelly appeared to have been everywhere at once!  Our photos were simply incredible, and I had so many people gush over how beautiful and poignant they are.  I also had several people ask who the photographer was and whether they could use her for weddings or other family events.

I would not change a single thing about our wedding photos or the experience we had with June Lion.  You could not pay me to go back and have it all done by another company.
Sincerely, Kate Palazzolo

I can’t really even express how pleased my husband and I were with the wonderful pictures from June Lion Photography. I found June Lion online after searching the web for days, reviewing portfolio after portfolio of different wedding photographers. Kelly’s work just resonated with us. I had hoped that the resulting photos from our engagement session and wedding day would garner at lest a few standouts like the ones displayed on her website. Well, we got those few, and many more. Now the only problem has been narrowing down the favorites for our album!

We have such beautiful moments and emotions truly “captured” in photo form from this past summer, and from our wedding. Beyond the preservation of memories, Kelly’s work is also truly artful. Truly, Kelly was lovely to work with, and easy to feel comfortable around. She was very flexible, and creative in working with a variety of settings and subjects. Throughout preparations for (and follow up after) the event, Kelly was always quick to respond, and clear in her communication. When I think about all the time she invested in working with us, and the wonderful end product we received, I have to say it was a tremendous value as well.

We are so thrilled with Kelly and June Lion, and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a fantastic photographer with a distinctive, imaginative eye.

Sara + Eric

I couldn’t have asked for a better eye to photograph my wedding. We are so pleased at how much emotion Kelly captures in photos. There are several pictures of various family/friends of ours who she managed to capture the “essence” of in such a way that blows our minds because she’s never even met them. Her photos were so intimate and exploded with so much beauty. She creates images by watching people just “be”. She doesn’t force things and it allows for so much beauty to come through. Kelly is also SUCH a gem. She’s a very cheery person and you can tell she loves what she does. She’s so much fun to work with because she gets excited about YOU. She goes FAR beyond creating photos of your event and turns it into a timeless art piece. I cannot rave enough how pleased I have been with June Lion and I highly recommend her to YOU, whoever you are that is reading this. Thank you again, Kelly. 🙂 —Shaylee

 

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