About Kingsley Photography

"Strangers are just friends I haven’t met yet."

-Will Rogers

That’s how we feel about our clients. Kingsley Photography was born out of the desire to create compelling images for our relatives and friends. However, we soon realized this was something we wanted to share with others. We want our clients to feel like family and believe your portrait session should be a relaxed and enjoyable event. Our goal is to make you feel as comfortable and, well, like family. Our philosophy is to document your life. We feel strongly that the images we create for you will be the window to your family history.

We work together as a team, each bringing our own talents to the business. Billy is the main photographer and Dawn runs the business and shoots as well. You will meet and work with both us and we hope to build a relationship that lasts for a very long time. Our business is centered on customer service, family and personal relationships.

About the photographer

Billy Kingsley

Billy Kingsley is an award winning photographer currently on staff at The Tennessean in Nashville, Tennessee. He has been documenting life through photographs for over 25 years, graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Photography. He has served on the photo & media relations staff at Vanderbilt University as well as successfully freelancing for many years. His editorial work has been published in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and USA Today. His work has been seen in numerous publications worldwide including Newsweek Japan.

Billy has freelanced for corporations, public relations and advertising agencies as well as many major record labels. He is sought after as much for his style, skill and photojournalistic integrity as well as his professionalism and laid back approach to his work.

He is also an adjunct professor at Nashville State Community College, teaching photojournalism. He emphasizes an ethical and truthful approach to every situation. His favorite quote to new students is, “I am only a photojournalist, but I am a historian as well, and the images I record of the communities I cover are moments of history preserved for posterity to study and observe. Through my eyes a community can see itself reflected on the printed page.”

He has photographed a wide variety of subjects from American Presidents to pastors to pet therapists. His love for sports shows in his captivating images. He has shot every sport at every level. He has photographed nearly every major music act in Nashville on film and digital image and frequently shoots for the Grand Ole Opry. He has also photographed some notable rock musicians, politicians and celebrities. His style is unique and introspective, looking for a private moment in a public event in order to reveal the true face of a subject.

What to Expect

We are a completely mobile studio and can come to your home or favorite location for your photo session. We use natural and studio lighting - always looking for the finest and most distinguishing angle for the session. We employ a distinct photojournalistic style with the capability of shooting very traditional images. We welcome the use of your favorite prop and encourage creativity in your session. Bold, bright solid colors are encouraged along with hats, scarves and bare feet. We have a variety of backdrops and can tailor the session to fit your request.

We look forward to the opportunity to work with you.