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Kira Kelly is a two-time Emmy-nominated Director of Photography. She received her first Emmy nomination in 2017 for Netflix’s documentary, 13th, directed and produced by Ava DuVernay, and her second in 2020 for lensing an episode of HBO’s Insecure.
Kira’s recent projects include the Netflix limited series Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam CJ Walker, starring Octavia Spencer. Prior to that she shot three seasons of critically acclaimed Queen Sugar. Kira’s other television credits include The Red Line for CBS and the Emmy nominated Hulu show, East Los High. ICG Magazine featured her work from both shows.
Kira’s interest in cinematography started with a love of movies and a still camera. She studied cinematography at Northwestern University with an emphasis on film theory. To this day, Kira is still mesmerized by the study of film as a visual language, and is constantly striving to create images that speak independent of dialogue.
Kira’s ability to shoot iconic images earned her spots on American Cinematographer’s Rising Stars of Cinematography, Variety's Top Cinematographers to Watch, ICG Magazine’s GenNEXT, and two Emmy nominations.
Her commercial clients include Amazon, L’Oreal, Zalando, Google, Nike, Chase, Coca-Cola, Hewlett-Packard, Comcast, Cover Girl, and more.
Kira is represented by WME. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and two dogs - Birdie and Taco.