Behind the Camera

I am Ken Clough, the owner, and founder of Ken’s Portrait Photography

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Welcome to Ken Clough Photography. I am so happy that you are here. 

About Me 

Hi, I am Ken Clough, the owner and founder of Ken Clough Photography. I am a lifelong photographer and educator. As an educator, I have created new knowledge and educated so many students. As a photographer, I have created award-winning images that for so many satisfied clients. 

In both education and photography, I use the same approach. I want to get to know you, find out want your interests, and create something new. I keep you informed of what we will be doing and how we will reach our common goal, and of course, get your input and ideas in the creative process. 

Personal learning and education have been an important part of my life. I earned my doctorate in educational administration at the Univerity at Albany. I am a member of the Professional Photographers of America and the Professional Photographer Society of New York State because I want to continuously learn how to improve the artistry and craft of my photography. 

I volunteer because I believe that giving back to your community is important. I share my education, administrative, artistic, and photography talents with various community groups. Community groups we support include Flashes of Hope which raises funds to accelerate a cure for children’s cancer while honoring the unique life and memories of every child fighting cancer, Autism Society, and the Twin Rivers Council.

Photographic Beginnings

I began shooting pictures when I was about sixteen years old. I purchased a used 35 mm Topcon camera at a garage sale.  The camera was a little quirky, and every so often, the mirror would stick and ruin the picture I was taking. Every shot was an adventure. I learned how to use the camera and began shooting any subject I could find. Since that time, I have been taking photographs wherever I go, and every shot is still an adventure.

A Vision for a Collaborative Artistic Studio

When I created Ken Clough Photography, I had a vision of a collaborative and creative photography studio. As an educator, I work collaboratively with faculty, administrators, and students. We all work together to learn, explore the world around us, create new knowledge. I wanted to take that same collaborative spirit and make it the center of an artistic photo studio. 

Today that creative vision has been realized. It is a creative vision that continues to grow and flourish every day. I welcome new artists into my studio. We are always trying new photographic techniques, working together to create great images for you. 

To me, photography is an art form. It is capturing an image through the camera lens and taking that image, and making it into something more. As a photographic artist, I am always pushing myself and my studio contributors to do more, be better and expand our creativity. Whether it is adjusting an image in post-production or getting a creative team together for a large production shoot, I always want to create a better image today than I did yesterday.

Today, Ken Clough Photography has become what I envisioned it to be, an award-winning photography studio located near the heart of the Albany, NY arts district.

History of Ken’s Portrait Photography

For many years I was an avid nature photographer creating images under the name Square Knot Photography. I would seek out natural scenes, scenic vistas, critters, and animals to photograph. I would get up at 3 am to photograph a sunrise. I would sit for hours in the woods just waiting for a deer I was tracking to cross the path of my camera.

When it seemed that I had mastered nature photography, I had the urge to photograph something new and reemerged as Ken’s Portrait Photography. For about a year, I operated as an on-location photographer. I would capture outdoor or in-home portraits. I began photographing weddings.

As I photographed outdoor and in-home portraits, I began to think that my clients could benefit from an indoor studio. After some searching, I found a location I could afford in Lansingburgh, NY. It was a small 450 square foot indoor studio with just enough room for a backdrop, two light-boxes, and of course, me and my camera.

It was a small but functional studio space that allowed me to serve more clients. I had numerous clients visit my studio for all types of professional and family portraits. My studio space became a place to meet my wedding clients for consultations and image reviews.

I began inviting other photographers to my studio. We would get together every so often to share ideas and experiment with different techniques. The studio became a place for artistic collaboration.

I soon realized that I and outgrown that studio and began looking for a new location. Today, as Ken Clough Photography, our studio is located at 33 Elk Street, Albany, NY. In addition to what can be created in the studio, this historic and architecturally rich area provides beautiful backdrops for professional portraits, couple portraits, senior portraits, family portraits, engagement portraits, and wedding portraits.

Weddings are my Favorite

I must say that my favorite type of photography is wedding photography. I get to meet and know so many interesting couples. I get to really know each couple, from the initial consultation to the save-the-date portrait, to the pre-bridal portrait, and of course, the wedding day.  

Photographing a wedding day is such fun. There are so many different photographs to take on the wedding day. The bride getting ready, the groom getting ready, the first look, the ceremony, the vows, the first kiss, family portraits, and all of the celebrating. 

I love the fact that I am capturing memories that will last a lifetime. 

Let’s design your unique wedding photography experience together.


“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” — Ansel Adams



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