Member of the Month April 2014: Kelly Brown
by Hillary Becker
April 01, 2014 — If you’ve been to WPPI, by now you’ve heard of Kelly Brown. It’s hard to miss the Australian-born brunette with her warm and inviting manner. Maybe you’ve been lucky enough to make it into one of her quickly sold-out Master Classes or had the chance to meet her in person at this year’s WPPI Conference + Expo., but one thing is certain: after making a killing at this year’s WPPI 16x20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition (1st place for Children/Babies, 1st place for Individual, 1st place for Group, and last but not least the Grand Award for the Portrait Division), she is sure to be a photographer everyone will be keeping tabs on this year.
Kelly first started her Brisbane-based photography business Little Pieces Photography in 2004 after the birth of her first daughter. While studying photography at night at a nearby college, she began selling her photographs at local craft markets and gift stores.
Slowly inquiries would come in to shoot families and it wasn’t long before she began shooting weddings as well. Although now a specialist in newborn and baby photography, Kelly’s philosophy stays the same throughout all styles of photography: “I love beautiful, simple portraits that tell a story [that will] hang on walls for generations to come.”
The now proud mother of three had been quite busy running her booming business and blog, teaching classes on creativeLIVE, holding mentoring sessions and hosting workshops across the world from Dubai to Los Angeles.
It’s hard to believe that this was only Kelly’s third year entering in the WPPI 16x20 Contest. “In 2012, I entered WPPI for the first time. I submitted 4 prints into the premiere category and sat mesmerized listening to David Williams for 2 days straight,” Kelly reminisces. “Only one of my images scored an accolade but what I gained educationally from him was worth far more than any trophy. He was the reason and inspiration for me not just to be a better photographer but to be the best photographer I could be.”
We can’t wait to see what Kelly produces next and look forward to what the future holds for her!
“I started entering print competitions 3 years ago and haven't looked back. It's so nerve racking waiting for your image to come up in front of the judges but whether the result is high or low it continually pushes me to create a higher standard of work personally and for my clients.” -Kelly Brown
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