Get to know a little more about me...

Hi! I'm Kellie. I truly believe that I'm the luckiest girl in the whole world. I'm married to an amazing, godly man and we've been blessed with four beautiful children. The fact that I get to spend my life laughing and snuggling with these people is basically the best thing ever.

I launched my photography business in 2008 & have served countless couples, seniors and growing families along the way. I also am the co-founder of The Reset Conference which is a national photography conference which trains photographers from around the nation to not only capture great photographs, but to serve their clients well & to build a life they love.

When not at a session, you can find me sipping coffee on my front porch at my home in the woods, find me on campus drinking bubble tea & hanging out with international students, or find me cheering my kids on at a school event. Our life is full...and I can't imagine it any other way. 

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I'm a midwestern girl who somehow sounds like a southerner.

my history and experience

Across the Miles is more than just a's a tribute to my sweet baby boy. 

my story

I'm a proud mom. I have three incredible kids at home, and one who is waiting for me up in Heaven. Mason & Miles are twins and were born 10 weeks early. When Miles was 10 days old, he developed an infection. He battled bravely in the NICU and we fought alongside him. I'll never forget cuddling with my boy and singing Jesus Loves Me. Tears fell as I uttered the words "they are weak but He is strong." The following day, Miles entered the arms of Jesus. The three months we had with him were an incredible gift & he truly taught us so much about life. I didn't get to raise my boy, but I do get to share his story as I capture the lives of those around me.  And for that, I'm forever grateful. 


Gilmore Girls. On Repeat.

secretly wishes i was best friends with:

Joanna Gaines.

Things I can't stop buying:

Blazers. I swear they are the new cardigan & I can't stop wearing them!

Things I'm currently loving:

Drinking bubble tea and exploring the University of Illinois Campus


"We met Kellie on a recommendation from a friend. From the moment we met her, she made us feel so special. Our wedding photos were absolutely gorgeous. Her attention to detail is unlike anything we have ever seen. When our daughter was a senior in high school we knew Kellie would be our first call. She made our daughter feel like a rockstar and the pictures are stunning. Our family will only ever recommend Across the Miles Photography by Kellie Penn. Our memories are captured perfectly through her photographs ♥️"

tara peasley

"Kellie made every part of our wedding day smoother and more fun! She captured every moment with ease, was extremely organized, and kept things fun! I would highly recommend Kellie for any wedding. Thanks so much Kellie!"


"Kellie is an amazing photographer! She’s taken family pics for us as well as sports action shots of our son. She captures the perfect moments and puts everyone at ease to get natural expressions. We loved working with Kellie, and her pictures are fabulous!."

Rae Stoner

"Kellie did engagement and wedding photos for my husband and I. During each session she was easygoing, but had a mission to get quality photos and the shots we asked her to include. Her suggestions of location and times of day for the best lighting were excellent. She’s a great human and great photographer."

Brittany Keck-Flory

"Best wedding photographer ever! Kellie is so sweet, fun, and personable. She is on top of details and always looking out for your best interest. Her photos are top quality to be enjoyed forever. I am so thankful for having Kellie there to share and capture our perfect wedding day."

lacey patterson

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