Kelsa hails from the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Always artistically inclined, it was no surprise to anyone when she asked for a camera for her 14th birthday. Struggling to recreate the images of the natural world she saw all around her with drawings; it occurred to her then that photography was the perfect way to document the island’s natural splendor. Finding formal training in photography on the island was near impossible at the time. However she eventually met her first photo mentors and began taking lessons with them every chance she could while earning income as a flight attendant. After 2 years of classes and encouragement from her mentors, family and friends, she produced her first solo exhibition, Paradise Within, and from there Bartley’s photo career took off.
She left the airline industry and island life behind to further her photography knowledge with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography at Barry University in Miami Shores, FL. Following the completion of her photography degree, Kelsa became an established event and portrait photographer as well as a photography teacher. Her instructor experience began with a program teaching photography to disadvantaged youth in Liberty City, FL. For 2 years, she was a photography tutor at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad, and has also taught various classes in Miami, FL and Los Angeles, CA. Kelsa also continues her personal work in landscapes, waterscapes and outdoor photography, her first love.
You may have seen some of Bartley’s work in a variety of venues and media such as EL Nuevo Herald, Miami Herald, CNN, ArtStreet, WLRN PBS Affiliate, Barry Magazine and other media as well as a number of websites.
Kelsa is the recipient of a several Finalist awards in the prestigious Photographer’s Forum Magazine and similar accomplishments from the National Society of Arts and Letters, The Coral Gables Museum and elsewhere. Take a moment to view her slide show on this page to admire her concert images from gigs at St. Martha-Yamaha Concert Series. Her work has been exhibited in a number of noted galleries and museums including the Coral Gales Museum, Amadlozi Gallery, Andy Gato Gallery, The Kuumba Artist Collective of South Florida,
Ms. Bartley is also the esteemed author of The Shutterbug Project: How Teaching Photography to Children in Marginalized Communities may be used to Promote Social Justice.
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I ended up going over an hour for the private lesson with Kelsa. She was amazing!
It was a great learning experience and it enjoyed it very much.
Kelsa also followed up with an email with additional great tips. She went above and beyond in her job!
Thank you also for your great service. Let me know if you need my cc info to charge the extra hour.”
“It was great. Kelsa is knowledgeable and patient and I learned a lot. ”
“Bought this for my teenage daughter. We also signed her up for the class on mastering your camera, which was timely as she just received a new Canon 80D for her birthday and the class was a better ‘how-to’ lesson than reading the instruction booklet alone. The composition in the field class was a good experience, and she’s learned techniques and she can immediately apply, giving her more confidence as a photographer.”
“Excellent experience. Excellent instructor.”
“I enjoyed the workshop, although I do photography for many years always you learn or refresh something. Kelsa is very knowledgeable and clear, and is a well mannered and is a pleasure to be with her. Thank you”
“Thank you for an informative, fun, and non intimidating atmosphere! I look forward to taking the pointers from class and applying them in the field, especially moving away from automatic!”
“Taking a class with a local photographer is a great way to go home with great images!”
“The instructors bring so much creativity and enthusiasm to these workshops. Great locations, lots of talent!”
“Thank you Kelsa for the fun class and thank you for the additional resources. It was great meeting the other participants as well. Happy shooting”
“Thank you for the awesome class today. We had a great time and felt more comfortable with our cameras after. Thanks again!!”
Had a really great time at this class! I immediately learned a few tricks to composing my shots better. This class has immediately opened up my eyes to my surroundings and how to look for better locations. It can only go up from here!