Hello :) My name is Keli White, and I am a documentary-style photographer in Greenville, Texas.
My love for the art of photography stemmed from a passion I've always had for creating and savoring memories. I am very sentimental. Even as a child, I recognized great importance in the significant things in my life such as family heirlooms, handmade gifts, and photographs. So these days, I photograph with a purpose. To create from what is, to tell a story, and to show the beauty of being yourself. I love to capture people in their element, doing what they do. Real smiles and raw affection are what I look for while shooting.
I'm usually filling my calendar with family, child, and senior sessions, along with events and weddings that I enjoy so much! But two years ago, I was asked by a friend to shoot a birth. I had honestly never thought about that before! I shoot events all the time, but never anything as spontaneous and raw as childbirth.
Once I arrived, I introduced myself to the nursing staff and discussed hospital rules, expectations, and etiquette. They seemed to be just as excited for me to be there as I was! I walked in the room to see a mother, VERY much in labor, and her loving husband by her side. Immediately, I felt such gratitude for this couple who was allowing me into one of their most personal and private experiences of their life. Overwhelmed with joy, I got out my camera and started doing my thing.
This opportunity opened my eyes to the real documentary experience. Nothing was staged here, there was no direction or lighting, and no one was asked to pose. I was in their world, documenting from my point of view. THIS. This is my dream. It's what gets my adrenalin going and challenges me to learn new things. I left that night with so many wonderful emotions flowing through me. That feeling is something I'll always remember. Two years and several birth sessions later, Baby Layton's journey Earth-side will forever be my favorite session.