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Announcing……Our Brand Spankin’ New Site!!!

posted by Kelly

With one giant, groaning birth pang, we have brought forth our shiny new site. Isn’t she beautiful???

Can we take a moment of silence and drink in her glory?

It seemed like it would never happen. But it did.

We can not go any farther without all chanting together TEEVIO, TEEVIO, TEEVIO, TEEVIO!!! Who is this Teevio you ask….none other than my cousin Steve Hallgren. He is the mastermind designer behind Kellan Studios 2.0. By day he is one of the designers/programmers of the popular music, social, and artistic networking site VIRB. So in other words, he is wicked smart, wicked talented and it is a good thing he is in this family so we could mooch off his geniuses.

From my first email back on December 4, 2008 proposing this redesign to him, to the first mock-up on February 10, 2009, to sitting online last night making sure he was there if we needed him. He has been nothing short of tremendous in catching the vision for who we are, what we do and where we are going with our business. We double heart, triple stampy, no erasey love the new site. It incorporates not only our work but is a resource for wedding planning with style. This site is so “US”!

So as to virtually clink our champagne glasses with you in celebration of the blog launch we are having a giveaway!!!! WHOO HOO…FREE STUFF!

From Saturday, August 1- Thursday, August 6 we will leave the comments open for this post. On Thursday we will draw four winners to receive one of the following goodies.


$15.00 ITunes Card, $25.00 Starbucks Card, $40.00 Visa Card


16 X 20 Enlargement from one of our favorite sessions:

Adam and Lauren - Vintage Editorial Shoot

Contests are LAME if there is no participation so please do not make us feel like we are standing in the junior high cafeteria trying to find a place to sit with the cool kids and no one will let us!!

All you have to do is leave a comment letting us know what you enjoy most about the new site and maybe a little bit about how amazing Steve’s design is. That’s it! Bottom’s up!

Peek, poke and prod around the site! Don’t forget to watch us in action on the “About” page.

********We are still trying to work out a few bugs and add a couple more things so please let us know if you have trouble with anything********

77 Responses

Sarah says:

August 1, 2009 at 1:51 pm

So creative.. so much personality coming through from both of you… so many resources.. wish I could have used this site when we were planning our wedding!

congrats :)

The Chooches says:

August 1, 2009 at 2:03 pm

AHHHHHHHHHHHHH! IT’S SO AWESOOOOOOOOOMEEEE!!!!!!! I am blinded by it’s awesomeness. High fives and butt squeezes all around!

Lisa says:

August 1, 2009 at 2:06 pm

I was wondering when you would get this up. I love it! The best part is the personal touch to it, like the family photo at the bottom of the page. I look foward to having you photograph my family in the future!

Beth Roa says:

August 1, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Absolutely LOVE the new site! There is a new depth of color, detail, creativity, and beauty! I love following the blog and will love it even more now. Can’t wait to use ya’ll some day for my “Hallelujah” wedding.

Carolanne says:

August 1, 2009 at 2:12 pm

I absolutely LOVE the new site - especially proof your photos “button” and the bottom pictures of you guys with the paperclip - what a fun and different idea.
All the new information and ideas will be so helpful to future brides! :o)
Great job!

Aubin says:

August 1, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Yaaaaayyyyyy! It’s so awesome! I love that it’s not like any I’ve ever seen. I really like how the galleries are set up, that is really really cool. The video is AMAZING! Of course, I think it’s so great the way you guys put the out takes at the end and the whole “sexy” thing—awesome! The “about us” is probably my favorite part. So the galleries and the about us pages—probably the most important ones to future customers—are over the top! Great job! The video was kinda hanging up on me and stopping but that could probably be my computer, don’ you bet? Way to go guys!!

Kathy says:

August 1, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Kudo’s to a job well done! Wishing and prayin for God to enlarge your borders! Your work is stellar.

Aubin says:

August 1, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Oh, also forgot I LOVE on the about us page how the fonts are bold on the parts of your names for “Kellan” super cool. And after I posted, I got nervous I might’ve made a mistake—anyway to preview or delete your comments in case of that?

Alaina says:

August 1, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Girl…it is awesome! I love coming to your site and seeing your amazing work. I know and pray this will only help you very talented business. Love you both. The site ROCKS!!!!

Erin says:

August 1, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Great job! I love how everything is now streamlined into categories on the opening page…very easy to poke around!

Erin says:

August 1, 2009 at 3:04 pm

okay, and just had to add that I love the new “About” tab.

Dave says:

August 1, 2009 at 3:05 pm

The new website is absolutely gorgeous. I love the way everything is so accessible. Everything is so organized and well thought out. I also love that you decided to keep your family as your own little section. Awesome job and congratulations!

chrissy says:

August 1, 2009 at 3:14 pm

holy crow. seriously guys- this site is stellar. stelllllar. i love the nuggets and resources sections a TON. what a great thing to have for potential brides and grooms or ANYONE planning for a photo shoot. it’s incredible. it’s the blending of a bridal blog and photography blog in one. fanstastic idea.

oh and the madlib style contact section is HILARIOUS!


i have but one question before i’m done. is that picture of your mom and dad’s engagement the one where they are spitting images of tony orlando and dawn????? if it is, i know EXACTLY which picture you speak of and i belly laughed when i remembered it!!!!

love you guys. xoxoxo

amanda says:

August 1, 2009 at 4:53 pm

I especially love the little details - the “proof your photos” on the top right, the picture of you guys at the bottom with the little note. The header with rotating pictures you’ve taken.

The nuggets section is especially helpful for me - and made me laugh. Did you read my mind about where I’m shopping for next month?

The resources will be so helpful for brides and grooms, I think.

The blog combined with all of this great stuff? Wonderful.

Congrats on the “new baby!”

Steph says:

August 1, 2009 at 5:09 pm


It looks fabulous!

Natalie says:

August 1, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Love the new website!!! I’m sure your web designer put in lots of hard work on the site!!! Kudos to you all…

divrchk says:

August 1, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Wow! What a great new look. I love the About tab. So much information about you two and personal to boot!

D'Rae says:

August 1, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Love the look of the new site! Awesome

Katie says:

August 1, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Love the new design!!!! It’s so easy to navigate…way to go!

Tracy anne says:

August 1, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Love. Love. Love it! The “about” page is the best part. Tells the reader exactly who you are through words and design. Fantastic job!

Chris says:

August 1, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Everything looks great- I am really proud of you guys. You were right- this site really captures who you are. I enjoy the fresh, fun feel. All the best.

Stephen Hallgren says:

August 1, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Wow! Lots of positive comments. I’m glad you all like it, and I’m honored to have been able to create the design for Kelly and Ryan!

You guys are the best!

shelly peery says:

August 1, 2009 at 7:02 pm

The new site is awesome and fresh! I like the “about”page and the video is fantastic.

Heather says:

August 1, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Love it! The front page is so streamlined and classy. I haven’t explored yet, but I’m about to now.

Amazing work, Steve!

Sarah says:

August 1, 2009 at 10:22 pm

your new website makes it even easier to enjoy your beautiful work :D

the marriage of user-friendly intuitive organization and aesthetically pleasing design has produced a winner.

congratulations and thank you, as always, for the never-ending inspiration.

Clifton Griffin says:

August 2, 2009 at 4:32 am

Love the new look. Very trendy…I see a Smashing Magazine nod in your future.

Karen says:

August 2, 2009 at 5:25 am

I usually read your blog through my rss reader but will definitely click through from now on. I’m in awe of your work anyway and the site just showcases your unique talents even more. Best of luck! It looks great!!

Heather H says:

August 2, 2009 at 9:09 am

This site is amazing! I love the bulletin board feel of it - and the handwriting…nice touch! The clothes on the ‘nuggets’ page just made me want to go shopping… Seriously - love the new site!

Savannah M says:

August 2, 2009 at 11:41 am

Wow! Totally did not expect this when I went to your website. I thought for a second that I was on the wrong website. Love your pictures and your spunky personalities!

Candace says:

August 2, 2009 at 11:58 am

This site makes me want to have another wedding….with the same groom of course.:) It is really amazing! I will direct several brides I know here for all the helpful info. and tips. I love how nothing y’all do it cookie cutter.:) Don’t forget the little people in your lives who knew you before you were the awesomeness that is KELLAN!

Julie Nickerson says:

August 2, 2009 at 2:16 pm


Wish the four of us could share a drink together to celebrate this beauty!

Amy Martin says:

August 2, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Awesome guys! Looks great! :)

Dawn Carter says:

August 2, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Found you guys via @danportnoy, an ideacamper friend … wow. Love your work. Will definitely be keeping tabs on you two.

Jenelle D'Alessandro says:

August 2, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Also found you guys through my buddy @danportnoy. Your stuff is frickin amazing. Glad to have you on the radar. Are you on Twitter? You should be.

Prue says:

August 2, 2009 at 5:08 pm

I particularly like the About page. And I’m with Ryan on the whole Britney Spears thing.

Becky says:

August 2, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Great job on the site! Looks amazing. Can’t wait to see more work!

Seth Nickerson says:

August 2, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Wow, I’m blown away. I can just tell how much went into this, from the handwritten details to the really well-thought out content organization, to the WordPressing. I’ve been looking forward to seeing the site for a long time, and it’s exceeded my expectations.

P.S. The contact form is pretty much my favorite form of all time.

Kristin says:

August 2, 2009 at 7:07 pm

Great new site. I love looking at your work and being inspired

Kelly says:

August 2, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Kelly and Ryan…LOVE the new site! Yummy colors! I will continue to be a loyal photo-stalker! You guys are so great at what you do! I hope that God continues to bless you in this awesome creative outlet!

Jocelyn says:

August 2, 2009 at 7:40 pm

As usual you guys have delivered a delectable palette to feast our eyes on!!! Your photography never ceases to make my jaw drop and neither did the site!! Nice work. I miss seeing your smiling faces at Ritz but I love keeping up with you on this site!!! High fives on the new site and keep the good stuff coming!!

KATIE says:

August 2, 2009 at 10:02 pm

I started out reading your personal blog from a recommendation from a friend and I was hooked immediately! Your photography is amazing and gorgeous and I feel sad that I couldn’t have you as my photographers when I was married two years ago in MN! Love the new site-I think my favorites are the wedding planning tips and the madlibs contact form! Very creative!

Crystal Jones says:

August 3, 2009 at 5:45 am

The site looks great! I love eing able to see so much of your photography all around the site, and adding resources was a great idea! The design definitely suits you guys and I’m excited for the added business you guys will definitely get from having such a great site!

Sabrena says:

August 3, 2009 at 6:06 am

The site is great, I really love that it’s so original and the best of all the great things about sites! Good work guys!

Laura says:

August 3, 2009 at 6:45 am

Love, Love, Love the new site!!! Almost a year after the wedding and two years after booking, and I still check it weekly!

C8 says:

August 3, 2009 at 6:47 am

One of my favorite things to do is to peruse through your site and look at your new work. I’m always so excited to see a new post with your cute comments and amazing pictures. I really like the new website. It’s much easier to look through the pictures now that they are separated. Love it!
Just got married and I wish that we could have had you guys do our pictures. They are so touching and the emotions are just oozing out.

sarah t says:

August 3, 2009 at 7:11 am

what i enjoy most about your site is…….EVERYTHING. it is BA. well done. its funny….i can’t find the photos from my wedding on here….weird. :)

Shari says:

August 3, 2009 at 8:01 am

*squee* What a great site.. I personally adore the colors all around and the photo of you and Ryan with the paper clip.. to cute.. so I wonder.. Did you do the hand writing on the pieces of paper or was the computer generated?

Congratulations on a MORE awesome site!!!

deborah says:

August 3, 2009 at 8:14 am

fabulous! its so chic but with more personality and style! congrats ryan and kelly on the new site. its wonderful and i’m sure it will help drive your business that much more. you are my favorite photography site to subscribe to!

James Collins says:

August 3, 2009 at 8:45 am

Gorgeous. I love the big style with the personal touches of handwriting. Everything is in the exact right place. Nice work, and congratulations!

Nikki says:

August 3, 2009 at 8:52 am

A-MAZING! Love it!!!!

Maria says:

August 3, 2009 at 9:00 am

I have just been stumping around the site this AM- and it look awesome. I love the fact that you offer more than just the photography perspective, you give advice on planning and offer various places for folks to go and check out. Kudos to Steve on the design, I think it is super user friendly and does reflect a unique style. I also LOVE the madlibs contact info page. Congrats on the new site - it’s awesome!!!

Katherine says:

August 3, 2009 at 9:28 am

I LOOOOVE the whole new site! But I’m especially glad that the home page has clickable entries that take you to other pages (I’m sure there’s a more succinct term for that, haha), so that it doesn’t take 45 minutes to load on my parents’ super slow computer : ) I also love that Kelly admits to owning a Britney Spears CD…my only question is - just one?? As a proud owner of just about every Britney CD, I’m glad to see I’m in good Britneyfandom company!

Amanda Brown says:

August 3, 2009 at 10:15 am

Congrats on the new site! I love it! It’s so shiny and pretty.

Maria Williams says:

August 3, 2009 at 11:25 am

Looove the new website! You all are big time :) My favorite is the engagement photo style section, great idea! and of course I love seeing your unique style shine through. Great job and congrats!!

Mary Marantz says:

August 3, 2009 at 11:34 am

Looks AWESOME you guys!!! Ahhhhh-MAZING! Times infinity!! Love it!!!!

Kristin Partin says:

August 3, 2009 at 11:47 am

oh my goodness..pick a few things? how can i! I think this might sound lame…but I think my favorite thing about the new site is the fresh design and the bold colors. It lets your clients know..hey..we know what we’re doing and we’re professional…yet still a blast. so job well done, portnoys.

Corey says:

August 3, 2009 at 12:20 pm

This website ROCKS!! I love the resources section… very helpful while I’m planning my super awesome wedding, which some super awesome photographers are gonna be a part of:)

*Much Love*

Shannon Miller says:

August 3, 2009 at 1:15 pm

I Love It! I really like the graphics on the galleries page and how it all flows. Different and much cooler than a lot of the other gallery pages I’ve looked at. Congrats!

Elizabeth says:

August 3, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Yay, you guys!!! Love your work and love the site. I totally love the flow of this site… and the photos on the bottom, of you two. Sweet.

Kyle says:

August 3, 2009 at 5:12 pm

THis is looking really good. I like two things the most. One is the nice proof graphic on the top. Two is how the whole posts don’t load on the home page. I really like the small previews.

.joe says:

August 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm

i’ve already twittered my praises all over this site but wanted to put my praises here for you to look back on some day.



pretty much the best photo blog site i’ve seen on the interwebs!

nice work steve and ryan and kelly!

Loren says:

August 4, 2009 at 3:54 am

You know I don’t need a bribe to leave a comment!!! This is so amazing, guys! Congrats on this awesome new blessing.

Beth says:

August 4, 2009 at 10:06 am

It’s definitely a 10 on the WOW factor! I’m so glad that you guys have this new site!!!
Well organized & laid out— I love the little snippets that aren’t cluttered everywhere- kudos to Steve for doing a great job!
Kelly & Ryan, I love LOve LOVE the video by Shaking Hands— you guys are so beautiful & funny :)

Steph says:

August 4, 2009 at 12:17 pm

It looks great! I love your photography and enjoy all the photos you share here!

adam barnes says:

August 4, 2009 at 8:51 pm

um… love you guys hands down… and am excited we could be included on the site. oh, and did i say i love you guys? yep… love. oh… and the site is way, way cool…

kelley says:

August 5, 2009 at 5:58 am

i love love love the new site! the personal touches make it so ryan and kelly. you guys pretty much rock my socks off! :)

Sarah G says:

August 5, 2009 at 2:11 pm

As usual…amazing work!! Congrats on a great site! So fun to look around. Love you guys!

Becky says:

August 6, 2009 at 6:07 am

Awesome site….love the design. It’s so unique and fun! My favorite part is the madlibs contact form. Hilarious!

Amy Leach says:

August 6, 2009 at 6:18 am

Absolute gorgeousness as expected! Love the “about” section… adorable. :)

Erin says:

August 6, 2009 at 7:22 am

I really like the changes. First, love the pop of the photo right at the top. That catches your eye.

Second, it’s so easy to navigate now! I can find the type of photos I want to browse and go there easily.

Third, it just looks great, and you’ve done an awesome job on the site. I love your photography, and appreciate the xtra work you put into this site. Thanks! It’s really nice.

Rebecca says:

August 6, 2009 at 8:35 am

You guys are amazing! I started following you on facebook because I loved your work soooo much. You catch everyone’s personalities in your photos and I hope that when I get married I’ll be able to talk you into coming up to Philly to capture my special day!!

Steve Shockley says:

August 6, 2009 at 8:37 am

Looks fantastic. You guys have done a nice job here.

Ellen says:

August 6, 2009 at 8:38 am

L-O-V-E it ALL! makes my daily visit to your page even more exciting!!! :)

Kim says:

August 6, 2009 at 8:45 am

LOVE the new site! Even better than the old one - in so many ways! Steve did a great job!

Anna says:

August 6, 2009 at 9:44 am

The new site is fantastic! It loads much quicker and I love the madlib style contact form page! I love your work and come here frequently just to see the amazing photos you guys take.

Jackie says:

August 6, 2009 at 10:43 am

Ya’ll are so unbelievable! I LOVE LOVE LOVE to look at your pictures!! The new site looks great! The Lord is so good to you!! Miss ya’ll!!

Liz says:

August 6, 2009 at 3:45 pm

You guys have really upped your game….very cool, professional- creative plus, plus! Can I say I know you- hehe!

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