Des Moines IOWA family engagement wedding newborn photographer


Visual storytelling with a candid & lifestyle approach for all love – starting with you and following your growing family – from portraits & branding to couples & weddings, newborns & families. I edit my photos the way I like my life & my people, with a vibrant and colorful and bold vibe. Wherever you are in your story, let’s freeze time for a moment & capture the love around you.

located in DES MOINES IOWA but available for travel

Welcome and thank you so much for coming by :) It’s me – Chelsea Kyaw (say it like the cho in chocolate!) – a momma to a four-year-old named Forest & the owner and photographer for Chelsea Kyaw Photo. You’ll either find us snuggled at home with our cats or exploring all the local goodies here in Des Moines IOWA. Not too many things make me happier than going on a road trip with a fresh cup of coffee and a cool podcast. Guess what, I’m a murderino. Pretend you didn’t read that if you don’t know what it is. The mountains are my safe place, I watch too many housewife shows; And I don’t care what anyone says, charcuterie is an adult lunchable.

Let’s be honest. I became a photographer because I like making every day normal boring things, beautiful. I’ve always been the go to friend who will make damn sure you look cute in that photo because I know what it’s like having awkward hands and feeling perpetually non-photogenic. You won’t feel that way when you’re in front of my camera, though. And let me say this for everyone in the back – WE ALL HAVE DOUBLE CHINS WHEN LAUGHING. There’s no getting away from that.

I’m really into having your session be about you and what makes you YOU. We’ll get that mantle shot for Grandma – you know the one where you’re all smiling at the camera – but I want to document those moments as you play, explore, and cuddle up with each other. I focus on providing a lifestyle // storyteller approach to all kinds of life, littles, and love with an extra soft-spot for the many stages of motherhood. I’m also an animal person, so yes you can (AND SHOULD) include your pet. Whether we meet up at your home, browse downtown, or enjoy the beauty of nature – I’ll help create a unique experience and a gallery of images customized to you.

Visit the FAQ and check out each experience to learn more about my sessions. Ready to connect?  Head on over here to book a session. You can also email me at