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Conversations with Kelsey Ulmer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelsey Ulmer.

Hi Kelsey, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
We are a team of two photographers, mother (Michele) and daughter (Kelsey), based out of Ladera Ranch. Each specializing in a different type of photography, we offer a wide range of photography services that are centered around documenting all of your life’s most important moments.

In 1998, Michele started Captured Forever Photography. I was about eight years old and I absolutely loved watching my mom grow and develop her talents as a wedding photographer. As I got older, I began to grow a passion for photography as well.

Due to the various twists and turns of life, my mom needed to take a step back from being a business owner and sadly Captured Forever Photography was dormant for about ten years. Until 2018!

After having followed my own life’s journey, I found myself in love with photography again and ready to take the leap to business ownership myself. I felt it was only fitting to reignite my mom’s legacy with Captured Forever Photography. This time though, as a mother / daughter team.

Each specializing in a different type of photography, we offer a wide range of photography services that are centered around documenting all of your life’s most important moments. We believe in capturing the moments and memories that make your story unique.

We are so excited to be on this journey together and to be able to get to know and work with all the wonderful families in this incredible community!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Business ownership is rarely a smooth road and this last year has been a prime example of that.

2020 in general has definitely been our biggest challenge. Like so many people, when COVID-19 first showed up on our radars, we had no idea what was in store for us. What we assumed would be a short two weeks break from photoshoots quickly turned into months of having absolutely no work. While it was certainly challenging to worry about the business side of things, like paying the bills and keeping the lights on, it was equally challenging to see all of our clients have the most special moments of their lives ( births, graduations, weddings), celebrated at a distance. It broke my heart to not be able to help capture these life-changing moments for them.

But, as time went on and the world started to adapt, we slowly were able to find new and creative ways to get back out into the world. Drive through birthday parties, outdoor newborn photo sessions, and masked elopements became a thing of beauty.

We are still navigating this new world and its new challenges, but we are so thankful for everyone that continued to support and trust us through this hectic time.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Here at Captured Forever Photography, we are photographers to fun families, adventurous couples, and anyone excited about life.

To us, photography is all about connection. We are passionate about creating and documenting all the things that make you and your life special. We believe in capturing real moments to be looked back on for a lifetime.

We are most known for our unique perspective and ability to connect with our clients. There are SO many talented photographers out there, but when you work with Captured Forever Photography, you get so much more than just a photographer. You get someone who is passionate about her clients and telling their unique story in a beautiful, one of a kind way.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
One of my favorite childhood memories would probably have to be an RV trip we took as a family to Yellowstone National Park. It was one of the first times I really got to appreciate how beautiful our world is and I have been in love ever since!


  • Engagement Photography: $250
  • Maternity Portraits: $275-$300
  • Newborn Photography: $325-$400
  • Senior Portraits: $275
  • Family Photos: $300

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