Meet the Team! I am so excited to introduce you to the Kay Gilgan Photography Team. I couldn't do what I do, without each & every one of them. Over the years, I have always dreamt of the day I could bring on a team to help run this business & thrive beside. I have ran myself into the ground over the last five years trying to accommodate everyone in their schedules, fitting you in & taking little to no time for myself or my family. I absolutely love what I do & all of you, which makes saying "no," nearly impossible. Bringing this team together to help run, assist & step in when I'm unavailable will help keep the doors open & my burn-out gone. Please take a second to read about the team below, put a face to a name & get to know these incredible individuals.
I'm Kay, the owner, lead photographer of Kay Gilgan Photo. If I'm not traveling between sessions, glued to my computer editing, you can find me taking care of my three children & watering my plants. I married my best-friend back in 2016, jumping straight into parenthood & small business owner just one short year later.. literally, our daughter was born on our one year wedding anniversary. After having our daughter, my husband gave me the nudge to become a stay at home mother, afraid of losing myself in motherhood, I picked up my camera & declared I was going to turn my passion into a full time business. I never looked back, because of that, I have had the opportunity to meet & create with some of the greatest people I have ever known. I have gotten to travel to new states & countries to document love stories, something I probably would have never done if I stayed in the medical field. Most days, you can find me surviving on cold brews, tacos & tequila shots.
Kaleb, husband to Kay, father to three beautiful children. When Kaleb isn't shooting weddings with his wife, you can find him complaining about not having enough time to clean the garage or work on the yard. Kaleb & Kay have been a team since 2017. If he isn't actively shooting, he is finding the bride & groom a drink, making pokes & jokes at his wife to keep everyone laughing or found on the sidelines giggling as his wife takes the dance floor to cupid shuffle. This husband & wife duo will leave you laughing, easing any stress or nerves of the day.
Jonna, mother, wife, and expert thrifting shopaholic, is the assistant and friend you wouldn’t know you needed, until you had her! Jonna’s heart might just be made of gold and many times we believe she is just too good to be true, but listen up folks! She is just that; An AMAZING human. Jonna will be there for many of our mini sessions to greet you, walk you onto location, fix your fly away hairs, fluff your dress, and make faces behind the camera to get your children to laugh and smile. When it is time for some one-on-one couple photos, not to worry, because she will have already made besties with your child(ren) and help watch over them as you get shots with your significant other. Jonna is also an expert location scout. She is always finding the most insanely beautiful places for a photoshoot.
Jessica, mother to one, nanny to many. Like a mullet, she’s business in the front and a party in the back; you know like that fun drunk aunt at at all your family events that everyone can go to for advice (take at your own risk)…
Jess is the gal behind your first initial contact with Kay Gilgan Photo. She will not only help schedule your time with photographers on the team- Jess will give you that extra boost of confidence while you’re investing in such an intimate, important, and valuable moment in time; Capturing your memories! She will coordinate your wedding timeline, help you pick that perfect location you’ve envisioned, or help you coordinate outfits for the whole fam. Jess is here for ALL the nitty gritty in every detail pre-session/pre-wedding.
McKenzie, mother, wife, sister and sushi lover, is here to steal our hearts! She is outgoing, goofy, energetic and extremely fun to be around! Her free time consists of playing with her kiddos, having family game nights, and just hanging out with her family. While the importance of family is a huge aspect of her life, so is her and her husband's passion to serve as a youth pastors at their local church.
McKenzie has a strong passion to capture intimate wedding and lifestyle family portraits. She’s here to show your love story in such a passionate way, to show the intimacy and connection through light and body language. She is in love with love! Discovering her talent, to capture a frozen moment in time- that will last someone a lifetime - is ultimately what launched her passion for photography. She says, “Losing someone is hard, but having photos to look back and reminisce about is absolutely amazing.”
Sierra is your all around easy-going, roll with the punches, kind of gal! Motocross, snowboarding, and getting crafty are just a few of this little lady’s interests outside of her full time job, as a licensed real estate agent AND mother to son, Clayton. Coffee is her love language, along with surprises and bad puns! Her hubby and her enjoy family movie nights with their son and dog, Henry. Fun fact: Sierra lived in Australia for a year! But she absolutely hates flying!
Sierra is one insanely talented photographer! Her passion started at a young age, when her grandma let Sierra play with her film camera. She hasn’t put a camera down since! She especially has a niche for shooting lifestyle and sports. She absolutely loves weddings and when pets are included in any session! Getting creative is her jam. Whether it be for your professional headshots and branding sessions or for yearly family photos, she is 100% sure to make you laugh and enjoy your time with her!
Calling all brides, wives, girlfriends, and single ladies!!! Let us introduce you to the queen of empowering women, Jen! Her husband might deserve a little credit when it comes to her photography journey, as he is the one who planted this little seed of interest, years and years ago, he taught her everything she knows about photography. That little seed has now bloomed into her becoming a dual state photographer. Jen and her hubby have a dog named, Canon (yes, like the camera). In Jen’s free time she likes to brunch, hike, float down the river by day, and try every brewery by night!
Jen has been a photographer for 7 years and the last 4 years, a specialized boudoir photographer. She has photographed over 340+ boudoir sessions. Jen has always felt like she could view a woman’s body differently. She wants to show that it is possible to be sexy and classy at the same time. So ladies, Jen has freakin’ got you when it comes to such vulnerable photos. She knows you might be nervous as heck, but trust her, trust the vision. Every decision made during your session with her is made with confidence. Fun fact: Jen could probably shoot a full session in less than 15 minutes, but we schedule an hour so you can listen to music, drink a mimosa, and she can get to know YOU. Realistically Jen works super fast and her mind can be creative QUICK. It is like her weird superpower to be able to photograph a woman’s body in such detail.
Morgan, a true Oregonian! A girl who loves the outdoors, smell of fresh rain, and warm fire crackling in the hearth. She thinks Settlers of Cantan is the greatest board game, and she is addicted to laughter and seeing joy in her loved ones. Morgan is married to her best friend and high school sweetheart. Together they love to find the best little food spots and are obsessed with their 2 dogs and cats. Fun fact about them, they can play Trivia Crack for hours together and have no shame (nerd alert!). Outside of photography, Morgan is an educator for our youth and life long learner herself. She teaches to make a difference; “I can be an encourager for dreams and help ignite the spark of passion for learning.”-Morgan
Photography has been a curiosity of Morgan’s from a young age, however grew into a fierce passion, right when she needed it the most in her life. Soon after, it became obvious that this is what she was meant to do. With her camera in hand, she is continually inspired by the beauty of the world around her and the humanity it holds. Morgan’s favorite thing to photograph are love stories. Whether that be from capturing the strong bond between parents and their children through warm embraces, or the soft and sweet intimate eye contact between soulmates as they say “I do”. She loves that she gets to be a witness to your love stories!
Are you an experienced photographer who loves shooting, but doesn’t necessarily enjoy the business side of things? Are you a seasoned pro with gaps in your schedule? Maybe you are not really interested in making photography your full time business, and you just want to shoot and work with great clients, but not worry about editing, marketing, scheduling, etc…
We are always looking to expand our team with friendly and outgoing associates, who love to shoot in a documentary style, but also know how to direct clients as needed. If this sounds like you, click here to join the team!