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I was born and raised on the south side (south suburbs) of Chicago, and came to Iowa to attend college - majoring in Child, Adult & Family Services, then moving on to earn my Masters (MBA). My background is varied - from operations to grant writing to marketing - but I've always loved creating and building relationships, later, finding myself picking up a camera and never putting it down. In 2021, I became a published photographer, and I couldn't be more excited!

As an entrepreneur and self-taught photographer (I even take my own portraits), my goal is to create an exceptional experience - from initial contact to delivery of your images - because You Deserve It!


Ward Creative Studios is a photography company dedicated to capturing YOU - in every way that means. My studio is based in Downtown Des Moines, IA, offering engagement, wedding, maternity, newborn, family, individual, grad, headshot, and branding photography, as well as studio rental to local photographers. I believe that every person and every moment is unique, and I strive to capture that uniqueness. At all times, I want you to show up as YOU. Many of my clients have never been in front of a camera before coming to me, which is why I make it a point to help you feel comfortable; and before you know it, your confidence level has magnified x10. Just call me your hype-woman!

You'll see that my style is minimalistic, clean, and modern. Though my studio is based Des Moines, we can also take your session outdoors or to other indoor locations. When in-studio, have a glass of wine or sparkling water, and let's get your favorite music playlist going.


dsm Magazine - Vow renewal photography work

ABC Channel 5 News - You are Your Brand Marketing Series | WHO 13 News - Black Love Photography Mini Series

Little Village Magazine - Annual Black Women Empowerment Photoshoot


Host annual Black Women Empowerment formal event

2022 West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce - Mentoring for Women Speaker/Expert Mentor

2021 Iowa Center for Economic Success - Small business owner speaker


Stephanie A., Belin McCormick

"From start to finish, Keesha was wonderful to work with. She took professional headshots for us and we couldn't be happier with how they came out. Keesha got everyone to not only feel comfortable and relaxed, but turned what can sometimes be an awkward experience---posing to have your photo taken---into a fun and joyous experience. It was nonstop laughter in the conference room at our office where the photos were being taken. Multiple employees came over to me to tell me how much they enjoyed working with Keesha to get their best shot and you can really see her talent and skill (not to mention the joy she brings out in her subjects!) in the final photos. I cannot recommend her enough."
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