Kerry McGehee is a multiple award-winning freelance photographer. She first fell in love with photography taking pictures with her Kodak Instamatic at age eight. Her education comprised the close study of art history, past masters, and contemporary artists. Some of her artistic influences range from distinctive painters such as Rembrandt, Chagall, O’Keefe, and Maxfield Parrish to brilliant photographers like Eliot Porter, Jay Maisel, Linda McCartney and best-selling photography book author/photographer Harold Davis, whom Kerry has studied under.
After graduating from college, Kerry worked with both the Terra Museum of American Art and the Circle Fine Art Gallery in her hometown of Chicago. Working on exhibitions and with other artists led to other positions with art galleries, and then a long career in advertising, where Kerry did commercial photography for her clients. In fact, that was her intro to the then-emerging world of digital photography, where she was the first to use a Sony Mavica, the world’s first electronic still camera, at her firm.
In 2001, Kerry moved from her Chicago home to her current home in Northern California. Indeed, she credits the move to beautiful California with providing the unshakable inspiration to share what she is fortunate enough to view each day. Kerry is deeply attracted to nature’s organic perfection. This attraction has led to her passion and first love, macro photography as well as landscape photography. She often trains her lens on the simple things- from everyday wonders in her backyard garden to the awe-inspiring views and landscapes near her present home. She sees the extraordinary where others see the ordinary. Her photos are known for their bright vivid colors and sharp details, drawing her viewers in for an even closer look.
As part of her commitment to nature as it spontaneously occurs, Kerry does not stage her nature images. She enjoys using her digital darkrooms, Lightroom and Photoshop, in much the same way as film photographers used their dark room; for cropping or perfecting contrast, creatively employing the use of Topaz and Nik’s Color filters in post, depending on the image. She has a love affair with her collection of vintage Russian and German lenses (Helios, Trioplan, and the rare Rubinar 500mm) finding a beautiful depth of field and creating lush bokeh, as well as her art lenses (Petzvahl 58mm), especially in her macro work. In her landscape and street photography, Kerry focuses on color, detail, shadow, and light. Her current gear includes her Sony Alpha 7R iii, a Canon EOS 5DS R, a Really Right Stuff Tripod, and her Lee Filters. She also has a lot of aerial fun with her DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone flying camera.
Many of her landscape and nature images have won numerous awards, including winning the prestigious “City of Livermore Special Award” twice, an “Outstanding Recognition Achievement Award” by the Olympic Gold Medalist Peggy Fleming Jenkins, in a juried art exhibit, been published in several magazines, including Wine Enthusiast Magazine and permanently hang in several public exhibits. Her corporate collections include Kaiser Permanente, Valleycare Medical Foundation, and the Tri-Valley Conservancy office, all located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has also been selected for showing by prestigious jurors including Jack Fulton, Professor Emeritus of Photography at the San Francisco Art Institute, for various national and international juried gallery exhibits throughout California, and can be found in continuing exhibits at the Livermore Art Association Gallery, as well as in private residences in America, Australia, Japan and Europe. Kerry takes great pride in hand-printing her own images on the finest art papers. Her images are available for licensing and her archival museum-quality prints are available for purchase. You can view her website at kerrymcgehee.com.