Kayla Lilli Photo

Documenting love across the American west & beyond for seven years and counting.

I can tell a story as good as your Grandad.


 I was born + raised in the mountains of Nevada City, CA. 

I've lived in Chico, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Silverlake, Spain and Topanga Canyon.

Currently based in Northern California.

I'm most inspired by the outdoors. When I'm not shooting you can find me hiking, camping, or road tripping. 


I am a documentary wedding + elopement photographer,  working primarily with digital, medium format, polaroid and 35mm (super 8 coming soon!).  

I love photographing in the outdoors. Landscapes in the wild inspire my work greatly, and working with natural light is my preference.

I like to think working with me feels like hanging with a friend. My style is candid + natural, allowing space for you to be your best, natural self.

Let's Connect

Shoot me a message here  and we can discuss rates, availability + special packages for film and destination weddings.

 I'm always a fan of meeting in real life. If you're around my neighborhood ( currently Nevada City, CA), let's grab coffee and have some old fashioned facetime. 

If you can't meet in person, complimentary consultations are available Monday - Friday via phone call or FaceTime .

All are welcome here. 

See my latest published wedding here

Currently booking '23- '24 weddings.

UCSC  banana slug alumni

travel junkie

slayer of style 

I pour a lot of my heart into every wedding I document. I craft my own presets. I never outsource editing. I hand pick each image. I send my film to a lab run by the sweetest small family who know me by name. I take great care of every single aspect of what goes into your gallery. Because of this, I only take on a limited amount of weddings per year so I can always deliver the highest quality images and experience with a reasonable turn around time.

Some of my offerings:

weddings + micro weddings+ engagements + elopements 

branding for small businesses

styling and art direction consultation included

small events

retreats, celebrations, festivals and intimate gatherings


family, headshots, maternity, lifestyle, musicians, boudoir

I am now also offering mentorship sessions for photographers wanting to learn more, with an emphasis on mastering film photography. Inquire here for rates + more information.

Clients + Collabs + Publications include:


Stay wild Magazine

Lexie Alford

Explore Auburn

Squash Blossom Vintage

Bandit Brand 

Knee Deep Brewing


Double M Ceramics

Long Dream Farm

Royal & the Serpent

Farrow and the Peach Leaves

Kiss the Ground

Nicholson Blown Glass

Kris Hall Surfboards

Soul Seed Gathering

Low Leaf

Green Wedding Shoes

Easy To Breathe

Hill View Farm

Chacos del Caribe

Martin Mattox

Jung Maven

Jesse Daniel

Two Runner 

Kind Words

Check out some reviews  here  + here from my clients who are makin' me blush. 

Follow along:    Instagram

This job makes me feel like one lucky dog. I  pour my whole heart into this process, and I hope you find yourself feelin' that too. If you think we're photo soul mates, drop me a line here 

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Much Love and happy trails,

K a y l a   L i l l i

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