Hi, I am Kayla Marie!
I am a growing photographer of 8 years. I am based out of Chautauqua County, New York, traveling across the states and beyond. My main focus is on Wedding, Engagement and Elopement. This is my passion and what brings me the most joy. However, no matter what it is, as a photographer, I want to offer my clients beautiful images throughout every mile marker and season of life.
I love creating images that people fall head over heels for because of the emotion that has been captured and the memory that has been frozen in place. I am adventurous, enjoy the outdoors and always up for something new and crazy! I WILL find the epic spots, anywhere I go, I am taking mental note of all the picturesque spots and envisioning all my creative art captured there. I work confidently, efficiently and professionally which creates a great trusting relationship with my clients-they KNOW I am going to capture those timeless details and moments. I work well in high energy environments which is probably why I thrive at weddings and events. Kids are my joy! I have 7 of my own so I totally get how stressful family pictures can be-rest assured, I got you and your family session will be smooth and the images you get in return will bring joy for years. My goal as your photographer is to create a comfortable setting, empower my subjects with confidence, and deliver images that are priceless.
I am wife to a pretty cool guy, I call him Justin and we have 7 beautiful children together. We are currently homesteading; raising our kids to gather chicken eggs, milk cows, feed pigs and wrangle beef cows....it's pretty rad and such an incredible experience.
Just a little backstory on my business name; ZAG is for our beloved son who passed away at 6weeks old-suddenly and unexpectedly. His name, Zimeon Arrow Gilbert, was not only the last session I captured before I almost tossed out every ambitious dream of becoming a well known and sought after photographer, but, was also the very drive that kept me shooting-shooting through the pain and brokenness of what now was. I am grateful I took the leap of faith, pushed through and continued to define, refine and grow in my art and passion.
If you are reading this, I hope I get to meet you and work with you soon!
Many Blessings and Much Love!
“Got to do a mini session for my daughter Ami and then a family set. Kayla is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met - including her adorable camera crew! She made it easy to follow directions and had the cutest ideas for poses. 10/10 would recommend her for any photography needs!”