Bay Area Watercolor Artist | Kelly Maughan Personal Brand Session


"Your smile is intoxicating". I remember saying those exact words to Kelly during our session and still feel those hold true today. A light radiates from Kelly that is indescribable. Yes, she is absolutely stunning inside and out, but the warmth that you feel when you are around her is very rare to find in such a young person. I truly feel honored that she entered my life three years ago and that I call her one of my best friends.

Kelly ventured to the Bay Area because when she visited here 5 years ago. She fell in love with this city and "just knew" this was where she was meant to be. I have laughed, cried, paddled, toasted, cooked, explored, and worked with Kelly and every time I am with her I know that I am lucky. Lucky to know her, lucky to love her, lucky to call her a dear friend. Kelly is an insane talent. Not only is she an incredible photographer, but she is also a sunset whisperer (a term I coined for her) and an incredible artist - predominately watercolors. The way she is able to capture sunsets - not only with her iPhone (kid you not) - but with her mind and heart and transfer them to paper with pastels and a brush is absolutely beautiful. She has a way of taking the emotions and thoughts that she had with each sunset and translating them into a painting. Its awe inspiring.

These photos make me smile. They are of someone I love dearly, whose smile is intoxicating and infectious, but this session also happened right when I needed it. Isn't it funny how a simple photo shoot, with one subject, in one location can bring so much inspiration? Because Kelly loves sunsets, we were hoping for an epic one for her shoot; we had an entire setup in the works. But then the wind and Karl the fog rolled in and decided that the only star of this shoot would be Kelly. I have to say, I think the city knew what it was doing. ;) Kelly wrote this on her website and I couldn't agree more, "Life is messy - it surely isn't perfect. However, it is always perfectly unperfect."

If you are interested in purchasing an original piece from Kelly, you can email her at, visit her Instagram Page @kellyeatsavocados which showcases TONS of her work and you can help me pester her to get her artwork OUT THERE into the world for people to have in their homes!!! <3

Ps, theres a good amount of 35mm film mixed in here that makes me giddy!!!

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