Chrystal Kelly

Chrystal Kelly is a concept driven photographer. She specializes in creative portraiture and fine art photography. Her style is narrative, whimsical, evocative, and poetic. Her passion and creativity for the work she creates is her driving force. Chrystal’s work is heavily influenced by her childhood love of performance, participating in dance recitals from the age of 5 she was in tap, jazz, ballet, rhythmic and gymnastics. Her love of costuming and stage continued into adulthood when living in New Orleans she became a bartender treating her position behind the bar as her stage. While in New Orleans she also began dancing for a 50’s-60’s bump and grind band, The Sophisticats she became a Sophistikitten. Performing on pedestals in homemade reproduction vintage gogo costumes and kitten ears was one of many highlights during her time in New Orleans. Her interest in photography developed at the age of 14 and almost immediately she was making images, staging scenes and having her friends become characters to portray a story or narrative that interested her. Her conceptual work and style have developed along with her technical skill becoming distinct and evocative. Kelly is looking to create portraits that transform the subject from how they are seen in everyday life by exposing the beauty and intrigue that lies beneath the surface. She received her BFA in Photography Dec. 2015.  Chrystal and her 10-year-old son Logan currently reside in Durham, NC.


2018 Published: Photography, Photo Essays and Journalism

Hopscotch Music Festival

Performance Artist JoRose at The Fruit published by The Indy

2018 Published by Clarion Content:

Pride Parade and Festival

Full Frame Documentary Film Fest

March for Our Lives in Washington DC

Liberty Arts Annual Iron Pour

Peirce Freelon’s MLK Day Address to Durham

Durham Mardi Gras Celebration

2017 Published by Clarion Content:

Durham Comic Con

Durham Democratic Mayoral Forum at The Rickhouse

Durham Halloween Houses

Beaver Queen Pageant by The Ellerbee Creek Watershed Association


Durham CenterFest

Pride Parade

2016 Published by Clarion Content

Pride Parade


2018 Raw: Raleigh Envision Showcase

2017 Pleiades Gallery, Better Together group show

2016 Through This Lens, Emerge group show


2018 Click Photo Festival volunteer and attendee

2017 Click Photo Festival

2016 Promoting Passions Conference

2015 SPE Society for Photographic Education