I'm Sorry

I'm Sorry

I’m Sorry! Have you ever needed and wanted to say I’m Sorry? Of course, you have. For some, it is easy to say those important words. I have the perfect notecard for others who need a boost. I have created a beautiful notecard titled I’m Sorry – I care about you. 
November 26, 2022 — Kelly Johnson
Photo of orange spring flower by photographer Kelly Johnson

The Making of Gratitude Part 3

Editing Photos

I photographed flowers from April – June 2020. I shot a thousand frames of flowers. In July, I was ready to start the editing process. It was daunting and exciting.

The Making of Gratitude Part 2

The Making of Gratitude Part 2

Award-winning Children’s Book Photographer Kelly Johnson chats about the process of self-publishing her new book Gratitude. A beautiful book for all who love celebrating spring.

July 30, 2022 — Kelly Johnson
The Making of Gratitude Part 1

The Making of Gratitude Part 1

The making of Gratitude was a labor of love. My heart was involved. I felt I needed to express my feelings in words and photographs without the almighty dollar as the fundamental factor.

July 29, 2022 — Kelly Johnson
Where Beauty Begins

Where Beauty Begins

Right outside my door, that’s where beauty begins.

Fine Art Color Floral Print

Sassy Spring

Sassy spring was playful and bubbly and teased us with vibrant floral colors. The colors of spring were brazen and beautiful. Ooh-wee, we had so much fun. Two blocks of bliss and an occasional kiss.

April 30, 2022 — Kelly Johnson
Love Letter To Spring

Love Letter To Spring

Dearest Spring, I love you. The way you move when the wind blows makes my heart pound. The wind blows you closer to me, closer to my heart.
Dogwoods -  Heaven On Earth

Dogwoods - Heaven On Earth

I embraced April weather like a cozy blanket. The dogwood flowers above my head danced with delight in mid-air. 

Black and White Only

Black and White Only

It was windy today. It was five o’clock, and the sun was beaming with joy. The dogwood petals were translucent and outstanding. The sunlight gave the flowers drama and presence. The flowers swung back and forth like sheets hanging outdoors on a clothesline. I rushed into the house to get my digital Nikon camera and lenses.
Orange Tulip Portrait

Orange Tulip Portrait

I decided to photograph a wilting orange tulip. A tulip that looked as if it was going to take flight. 
Spring Walk

Spring Walk

A beautiful blossom gets into your soul and creates gorgeous love pockets that embody you from head to toe. 
Photo of Kelly Johnson CEO of Photography Kelly Johnson Children's Book Author

Photo Empress

Welcome to my blog Photo Empress!

Hey Photography People!

Photography sparks our creative senses, communicates our visual voice, and touches our souls.

After thirty-five years as a professional photographer, I am still inspired by photography. Every day I wake with creative thoughts, which sets my soul on fire.

I love photography, and I’ll tell you why. Since I was a child, I have photographed people specializing in children’s portraiture. Well, lo and behold, the pandemic changed that. Isolation prevented me from photographing people. I started photographing flowers and nature about twenty years ago, just dabbling. In 2020, the pandemic came crashing down like the speed of lightning, with the loudness of a million thunderclaps adjacent to alarming silence and desolations.

I could no longer photograph children. What’s a Photo Empress supposed to do? That’s me! I just now assigned myself that title. Did I mention I have a sense of humor? I’ll redirect back to photography. Photographing flowers full-time sounded exciting and new. My mind started soaring. My heart began to bloom like a flower in springtime. Maybe, I’ll photograph flowers and write a book? Yes, that’s what I’ll do! You can’t keep a good girl down. Excuse me, not girl, Photo Empress. I’ll have to get used to my title. I will tell you more in the upcoming weeks about my flower book debuting in April 2022.

For me, photographing flowers leaves me breathless they are full of personality. Sometimes they are happy and sad. Sometimes, they are arrogant, posing, and posturing. Sometimes they’re queenly and kingly. I can’t go wrong when I’m photographing flowers. I just pick up my camera and start shooting! Everything about flowers is grand. The way flowers absorb light is stunning. Illumination guides my flower photoshoots in the studio or in a lovely garden. You can flip or turn a flower in any direction and get a great shot. Light is the essence of a photoshoot. Learning to see and control light gives a photographer photo power. Right on, right on! Photo power, I like that. Maybe photographers need to wear a superpower cape? Because whatever we are photographing takes guts, creativity, agility, savviness, and courage. Photographers go into unknown environments and make beautiful things happen. A cape is the least people can do for their superheroines and superheroes who create magnificent super moments, sometimes out of chaos, and sometimes the chaos is the magnificent super moment.

Some will see photographers as glamorous; others will see how much work we put into “getting the shot.” I have never found it glamorous, but my goodness, it is exciting, exhilarating. I have been a photographer for three-fourths of my life. I have worked as a studio photographer, medical photographer, children, family portraiture photographer, wedding and contract photographer, greeting and notecard photographer, and photojournalist. I am in awe of photography. It makes people smile and cry. It touches the soul, the mind; it makes us think, feel, and exalt. A single picture can tell a story of love, pain, happiness, and that’s why I love it!

I will share images from every decade of my career as I blog. It has been a beautiful journey. And guess what?  There were frustrations and disappointments too. Frustrations and disappointments taught me success, inspiration, and joy. Photography is the visual voice for all.

All are welcome to make comments or share stories.

Be Nice To All!

Negative comments will not be tolerated. Photography is a happy place. 😊

Let’s have some fun! WORD!

Kelly Johnson



Calla Lily by Photography Kelly Johnson Photo Empress of Flowers