About KellyBehind the Lens

   My name is Kelly Miranda MacNiven and I am incredibly passionate about photographing families and weddings. I grew up in the peaceful mountains of Durango, Colorado where I acquired an appreciation for art and nature. In my childhood, I developed my love for theatre, music and eventually photography. I love Durango and all its beautiful people and there are endless things to do here. I am passionate about photography and family so it makes sense that those two things would combine to allow me to follow my career path as a professional family photographer. Since becoming a mother, I’ve gained a whole new understanding of what family means, how to capture the most special moments between parents and their children and how to work with little ones in a way that makes them shine in front of the camera. I am learning to ski this year ( YAY!!) and enjoying this last year with my son before he starts kindergarten. In our free time, we like to go camping, hiking, biking, snuggling (we are big cuddlers), and spend time enjoying the sunshine outdoors. I am addicted to chai tea, baby snuggles/giggles, and anything scented with lavender.

    I love photographing weddings because they are always such a fun time, celebrating love in the most joyous way and telling my couples’ story through the photographs. It makes me so happy to be able to create beautiful images of my couple’s day that they will enjoy year after year. I like to have FUN with my couples and make their day unforgettable for them and their guests while capturing all of the details, joy, laughter, and wild dancing into the night!

I believe that there is something very special about every age with your children. I know how quickly time flies with little ones and how easy it is to put family portraits on the back burner while you are chasing toddlers around and just trying to keep everybody alive every day! But, having these moments captured in beautiful portraits is so important not only for you, but for your children and their future children and so on. Watch the video to find out more about what I do and why I am so passionate about capturing family portraits!

     My husband and I welcomed our first child, Carter Thomas MacNiven, into the world December 2nd, 2012. We are having a blast being new parents and enjoying watching him grow. Since becoming a mom, I discovered my love for child portraiture and am finding new creativity through photographing my son. Being close to our family here in Durango has been such a joy and having the support is priceless. I am so happy to be able to do what I love in such a beautiful place!

If you are searching for the best family or wedding photographer in the Durango, CO area please fill out the contact form or call me at (970) 946-7279.