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kayla illies photography about me
Hello! My name is Kayla. I am married to one of the most supportive and loving husbands. While my business started in 2009 with me photographing everything under the sun, I made the switch to wedding, engagement, elopement, and anniversary photography once we moved to California. Being a military wife, I also love capturing military homecomings and military ball portraits as well.

My passion is photographing couples and showing their love for each other; to capture that spark that makes their heart skip a beat! I strive to create good relationships and friendships with my clients too by taking the time to get to know them as a couple, their dreams, their visions, and their passions in life! I love being able to provide my clients with a full service client experience beyond just photographing them by doing in person ordering sessions to show them their photographs, helping them plan their wall decor, and helping them design their wedding or engagement albums!

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KIP Couples

What makes a KIP Couple you ask?

KIP couples are the couples who believe in building a marriage more beautiful than a wedding day, regular date nights, hold hands or cuddle every chance they get, and love to explore the beautiful world around them whenever they can!

South Coast Winery

Chris & Tabitha


Ben & Emily

Camp Pendleton

Chris & Escely

Kind Words

From Amazing Clients

"Everytime I look at my photos, it reminds me of the way I felt in that moment."

First let me say how amazing Kayla is to work with, she is beyond sweet, easy to talk to, and is a lover of coffee, what could be better? From the moment we started working together, it was like speaking to an old friend. She wanted to make sure my husband's homecoming photos was about the love we shared. When I first met up with Kayla, we sat down and just talked about our lives and my relationship with my husband, that way she could get a personal understanding of how to shoot our reunion. The day of, she was extremely accommodating and willing to wait, no matter how long it took. When my husband finally arrived, Kayla show the most breathtaking photos that will forever have a place in my heart. Every time I look at my photos, it reminds me of the way I felt in that moment. It was an amazing pleasure working [with] Kayla and I HIGHLY suggest anyone who wants a professional and personable photographer to go with her. Not only will you end up with beautiful stories told within a photograph, you will end up with a life long friend. Thank you so much Kayla!

Escely Marr

"She is outstanding!"

Kayla did such an amazing job! We loved working with her. We had a great time during the shoot, poses were easy yet creative and the photos turn out just beautiful! Hair and makeup that was done for the shoot was good. The photo canvases and books look like great quality pieces and we're excited to order! Definitely recommend her, she is outstanding!

Amy Ziems

"Overall rating of her and her work is 6 out of 5."

I recently had Kayla do my homecoming photoshoot and she was absolutely amazing! Her attitude towards doing this was so energetic. I'm pretty sure she was more anxious for my husband to come home than I was. She was very easy to talk to, and not just on a professional level, but personal. She made sure that we got the best spot to get the best quality of picture and no one was going to interfere with them. Overall rating of her and her work is 6 out of 5. She replies within a day, if not in a few hours. The photos she took have come out great! Definitely am going to her first for any photo shoot I want in the future.

Eddie Gunderson-Outlaw

"Her images are incredible!"

Kayla is wonderful. My husband and I had a session with her last week, and we enjoyed every single second. She helped us pose and was so easy to work with. Her images are incredible! You will not be sorry for choosing Kayla as a photographer! Thank you so much!!!

Tori Theimer

"She...made us feel at ease and welcomed."

I had such an amazing experience with Kayla. She was so energetic and outgoing and it was a wonderful experience. She did an amazing job! She was so patient with my husband and I, and it made us feel at ease and welcomed because we are not so much the photogenic type, but she managed to still make us laugh and feel comfortable! I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for a professional, personable, creative photographer! You're amazing!

Brandi Nicole Hamilton

Kayla and her horse.

Supporting What I Believe In & Giving Back

I’m a horse lover and practically grew up on the back of my horse. In honor of that, I donate 10% of all wedding collections, session fee's, and product orders to the local HiCaliber Horse Rescue in Valley Center, CA! I love that they give horses a second chance at life. Helping others is a fundamental principle of my business and when you book me, I'm so happy to help others with a portion of each investment.

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