Kelly Hill is a 15-year veteran with a thirst for photography. Kelly was born in Indiana, grew up in a military family where her father recorded family events, particularly holidays and birthdays, either through the lens of a 35mm or 16mm film camera. At the young age of 7, she owned a 1960 Kodak Brownie Starflash camera, keeping the camp counselors searching for her when sneaking away from camp to photograph trees, flowers and wild animals. Remembers the trip to Washington DC with her family, during the bicentennial and her dad with his new Minolta camera gear in tow.
In high school, she was a yearbook/newspaper photographer. Begged the photography teacher to allow her to take classes as a sophomore, even though juniors and seniors were the only ones who could take any kind of photography classes. Mr. Lambert, took her under his wing, and taught her everything about photography. When her school counselor asked her what she wanted to be after graduation, she replied a “National Geographic’s photographer”. Kelly was quickly crushed after learning that all photographers who take pictures for National Geographic are freelance independent business owners, not employees of National Geographic.
Turning to her dad’s friend Russ, who was an Army recruiter, she found out that she could enlist and become a photographer in the army. October 1982, Kelly enlisted in the army as an 83E. However, the job was not quite what she thought she had signed up for! Instead, she learned photolithographic using copy camera, stripping, plate making, film processing skills to make maps for off-set printing, as opposed to using a 35mm camera and an enlarger in a darkroom setting.
Today Kelly just learns new ways to enjoy photography. Graduated from the Art Institute of Colorado in 2017, earning a degree in digital photography. She loves sharing the knowledge she has gain through the years. Her styles are endless, as she learns that art is about self expression and joy. She presents this through the lens of her camera by creating images with photography. Her camera is merely an extension of her mind.