corpus christi photographer / motherhood, newborns, and families


The smallest of details make up our most memorable moments; your ever-growing bump, the way your baby's hair blows in the wind as she nurses, or how your soul mate looks into your eyes before he leans in for a kiss. I will help foster the goodness that is already there and create magical art from the the connection and emotion in your family’s life - to tell a story that's uniquely yours!

We will explore together, play with your little ones, and enjoy the memories being made. I am there every step of the way - from offering a client wardrobe, choosing magical locations, and CREATING a one-of-a-kind experience from beginning to end! I seek the moments that express the feelings you are unable to put into words by getting to know you, your heart and everything that matters most!



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begin at $650

retainer due at booking
styling + client wardrobe included
online gallery delivery
printing rights

Storytelling sessions include a pre-consultation, creative planning + direction, access to my client wardrobe, location scouting, and an online gallery delivery!
Studio sessions include a pre-consultation via email or telephone, access to my studio’s unique props/setups/outfits + client wardrobe, and exclusive newborn guide with tips to prepare for your session!

My collections are all-inclusive and include digital photos with printing rights. Your photos will be delivered three weeks after your session, where you can view and download your photos. I also offer professional quality prints, canvases, and leather bound albums as add-ons - uniquely made and delivered!



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What sessions do you offer?
I specialize in motherhood portraiture (maternity, breastfeeding, momma + me), newborns, families, children, and couples!

What is your process of booking?
For portrait sessions we'll get to know each other via email or a telephone call! I'll learn what you are looking for and what session you'd like. To book, we'll narrow down a date, you'll pay your 50% retainer, and sign your contract.
After booking I'll send you my session guide and questionnaire. Then we'll schedule your pre-consultation at my home studio or over the phone, where we'll begin planning your unique session location, you'll see my client wardrobe, and much more!

Do you only shoot in natural light?
Yes. Whether it’s an outdoor session with your family, motherhood session, or an indoor newborn session, I use natural light to highlight my subjects. I typically shoot at sunrise or sunset when the light is softest to create warmth in my photos, but am experienced in shooting during any time of the day and overcast weather.

What do I wear to my session?
This is one of my favorite parts about planning your session! Earthy tones, neutral colors, and prints all work well for any type of portrait session. Your session is an investment, so naturally you want to look your best. I always recommend finding something special, it may already be in your closet. I also offer styling and curated pieces in my client wardrobe!
Don't wait until the last moment to put something together, but don't worry I'll help you choose something that will compliment you and your location! Once you have booked a date, I'll send you more "What to Wear" information.

 How long does it take to see my photos?
Your photos will sent via a private online gallery three weeks from your session date! I love posting sneak peeks, so be sure to follow me on Instagram (@kerlynvangelderphotography) and on Facebook so I am able to tag you in your photos!
Your print images, canvases, and albums take 3-6 weeks of delivery after your balance has been paid and photos have been chosen!

What products do you offer?
I offer several all-inclusive digital collections and prints, canvases, and albums can be added on to any order. I am aware that in this day and age the convenience of digital copies so every collection comes with printing rights.
We offer payment plans for the convenience of our clients, please don't hesitate to ask about setting one up!

How do I get my images?
Your digital images will be delivered to you 3 weeks after your session and prints take 5-6 weeks for delivery after your order is placed!

How is the location chosen for my session? And do you travel?
Yes I love to travel and photograph my clients in new places they love! I am located in Corpus Christi, Texas and travel frequently to Oregon, shooting in both locations. I will recommend locations locally in Corpus Christi, but if you want somewhere unique to your personality, I have a travel fee and then we are free to explore!

What if I need to reschedule?
I understand that you may have a sick child or the weather isn't cooperating. If you need to reschedule please let me know 48 hours before your session (if the weather isn't not in our favor I'll be contacting you) and we will find a better date!



i came across kerlyn’s beautiful work on instagram and fell in love with it. her ability to capture connection and emotion stood out to me. i had expressed to kerlyn that more than anything, i wanted the connection and love that we share as a family captured. when we met her, we all felt comfortable with her and like we could be ourselves. my kids had fun during the session and we truly enjoyed our time at the beach and with kerlyn. when i received our photos from kerlyn, my heart was so moved. she captured the joy, the love and the deep connections that we share with each other so beautifully! she captured us as we are. our session was a dream come true, and i’ll always cherish our beautiful photos. kerlyn has a love and passion for what she does and it shines through in her work.
— Naomi Ovando
the whole process up to the shoot i felt so at ease with her and really felt like she got to know me and my family well, with the intention to fully capture who we were. when it came to the actual shoot she was so gentle in directing us and was all for letting our little one lead the way. it made it such an enjoyable experience. when we got our pictures i couldn’t stop looking at them!!! each time i looked i saw with different eyes and saw more and more layers!!! i was so moved and grateful for the way she had so carefully payed attention to who we were .i will cherish them for ever.
— Tatum Pfeiffer
Kerlyn captured such beautiful moments of my little family, even with a challenging toddler. We will be forever grateful for the images we now have and will cherish them for years to come.
— Rebecca Rizzo
Kerlyn is an extremely talented photographer. She genuinely cares about making a connection with the people she is photographing. She instantly makes you feel comfortable and all our of pictures turned out stunning. She provides a client wardrobe which took the stress off of trying to figure out what I was going to wear. Everything she provided was beautiful and we honestly couldn’t be happier with how all our photos turned out! We will definitely be using her for all our future photos!
— Kayla Cameron
Kerlyn’s work is incredible and she is very creative. She has great natural style in her work. Our session with her have been very comfortable because of how professional she is. And when she has worked with our boys she is very patient and good with them. No matter your type of event you won’t be disappointed.
— Aidee Almeida
Kerlyn photographed my family on the Oregon Coast this summer and was a dream to work with. She was patient and worked really well with my two small children and delivered photos to us that we will cherish forever. She has a wonderful gift of showing the emotion and connection between parents and families. I could not be happier with how our photos came out.
— Summer Hughes
An amazing photographer who really cares about the connection she makes with her clients. All of our photos turned out stunning! Her client wardrobe is amazing, every piece I’ve put on I’ve fallen in love with. Will definitely continue to go to Kerlyn for all of our futures photos! I recommend to all mothers, mothers to be, & couples!!
— Suzan Elkhalili
I am in tears. This is the greatest gift anyone has ever given me and I can’t thank you enough. I can hear every single dinosaur noise that DJ made during the session and I can feel Zeke’s little fingers gripping my arm while we were spinning and laughing in that field. These photos have made me fall more in love with my husband and with motherhood and I will be forever grateful to you. You have a talent that is unmatched and I hope you keep doing this forever. I LOVEEEEE these images SO much and I can’t wait to decorate our home with them! You froze time for us. I adoreeeee you! Thank you so much.
— Jennifer Ryals
Where to even begin. Being the mother of all boys I anticipate anytime we gather for photoshoots because, I mean common let’s face it, you NEVER know what mood a child may swing. She was so patient, loving and compassionate. I love the pace and the mood that was set. I also love that not every picture came through as a pose. Kerlyn capture the heart of our family in our photoshoot and I couldn’t be more thankful!
— Sabrina Cotham
Kerlyn has a way of capturing my family’s love so purely. Every session with her has always been a pleasure to say the least. She is such a joy to spend time with. The soothing music she plays, the way she so naturally interacts with my family, her motherly instincts to calm my cranky 2 year old on her hip while taking photos still. I can honestly say I have never met someone with the raw talent and artistic eye that Kerlyn has. Looking back at our photos brings tears to my eyes almost every time. I will never be able to thank her enough for capturing my children and these sweet perfect moments in a little time capsule for me.
— Lauren Love
LOVE her and her work!!! We have worked together twice and are planning a third photo shoot session!!! She photographs every detail naturally and it comes out amazing in her pictures! I highly recommend her for any type of photographer you’re looking for. She is the whole package! Plus, she is a sweet person and works hard to plan a shoot around your availability. I would rate her higher than 5 stars!!!! Great Photographer and sweet person!
— Lillian Jamfar
Kerlyns work is nothing less than stunning! My little family of three did one of her mini sessions at the beach. She made us feel comfortable while also having so much patience with my toddler who threw sand everywhere. In the mix of all what seemed like chaos at the time, she captured the most heart felt moments. I was so pleased and can’t wait to plan our next session in the future.
— Cassandra Hernandez
Kerlyn is amazing!! This was our very first time doing a family shoot and it was wonderful. We were a bit hesitant at first due to the fact that we have never done something like this before and neither of us is quite comfortable in front of a camera but Kerlyn made our experience so fun it didn’t even feel like someone was taking our pictures. I will cherish the photos she captured of us for the rest of my life, they are so unbelievably stunning I will forever be thankful we were able to have our pictures taken by her. 10/10 recommend. xx
— Madeline Watkins
I’ve followed Kerlyn for sometime on Instagram. I’m not even sure how I stumbled upon her work but the moment I did, I fell in love. The warm tones, natural lighting, and captivating storyline told by just her photographs really caught my eye. Finally, this spring she was able to have capture a piece of our lives! She took my maternity photos, as well as my sons newborn photos. Her personality is so soft and kind. Upon meeting her, you can tell she is the warm soul behind her art. I let her eye lead the way, letting ourselves just trust in her- every moment. I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. These aren’t just pictures. This is art in form of photography. I am so honored to have been at her fingertips, for her to be apart of these moments I’ll treasure for the rest of our lives, and to have her photographs displayed in our home. The years will pass, we will age, our story will change...but these photographs that she captured for us, I will forever hold close to my heart. Thank you Kerlyn! You are truly amazing!
— Marisol Bynum
In a social media world filled with blurry selfies and Instagram filters, having a professional take pictures of your family with the love and care that Kerlyn possesses is a blessing. When pictures these days are so disposable, she has the ability to capture and create beautiful, frame worthy photographs that a family can cherish for generations. Her style is so organic and elegant. She easily captures the beauty of the human spirit. Not only is she incredibly talented behind the lens, she has a very warm and friendly presence that always makes working with her comfortable and easy. She opens up to you and shows genuine care in your life story.
— Valerie Garcia
Working with Kerlyn was such a treat! She made everything so convenient for us and was so patient and sweet during our shoot. She definitely has a creative eye and makes you feel so comfortable. I absolutely love the way our photos turned out! A huge bonus is her passion for the mamas and their babies and their stories. I love reading the stories behind all of her photos and the honest moments she captures. I’d definitely recommend her; all mothers and their families deserve something like this.
— Sammantha Turner
Everything about this photoshoot was so true and raw and unique. We didn’t stop for poses and fake smiles and a typical background. Kerlyn is a skilled photographer. She takes you into areas of the trails that you didn’t think existed; places where you can capture images and scenery that you didn’t even know could make your photos so beautiful. She is in no way amateur, but a professional unlike any photographer I’ve seen before. I was so so impressed and pleased with not only my photos, but the blog she put together. She was able to capture my story in photos. The images of feelings and emotions will never be forgotten because of the photos that I can look back on. Not everything’s a smile, or perfect hair or a pose... You will only get veracity out of Kerlyn’s photos. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone!
— Sabrina Lozano
Working with Kerlyn was a breath of fresh air. She made my boys and I feel so comfortable throughout our shoot and was so compassionate and loving as my littlest one can be a bit noncooperative at the most inconvenient times. Also, I loved the location which provided the best nature has to offer: the wind, the waves, the fading sunlight.. It was absolutely gorgeous. To top it off she provided a beautiful client wardrobe which was perfect and saved me so much in time and money. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I loved the dress I chose. She was so patient the entire shoot, and then there’s the photos.. I am so in love with them and if ever there was a way to capture heartfelt emotion Kerlyn has mastered it. I look forward to future shoots with her I can’t imagine hiring anyone else. She is AMAZING!!!
— Jessica McDaniel

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