Meet The Photographer.


Hi, I'm Lita, and I'm a photographer. I'm so happy that you're interested in Lita Xú Líng Kelley photography.


I live in Beverly, Massachusetts, on the North Shore of Boston, right next to Salem & have been living here since 2011.  As a photographer it is people I love photographing the most, not only because it's what I'm best at, but also because I'm a people person. I'm highly extrovert & value human experience and interaction.


I've been creating beautiful photographs for 29 years, since 1993 while an art major at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where I was pursing my BFA in art, focusing on photography, & film and video production.  I also have 6 years experience as a freelance model working with other photographers, in addition to 7 years working in television studios & broadcast news.


As a devout Buddhist, I meditate and practice daily in the Soto Zen lineage of Shunryu Suzuki, at Zen Center North Shore, in Beverly, Massachusetts, where I'm lay ordained and was given the Dharma name Jishō Gaishin. I find the creative process to be a meditative & healing practice that brings joy to myself and others.


I'm fully present in each moment, completely aware & mindful of every little detail. I have an intuitive ability to connect with my subjects, making anyone feel comfortable and relaxed in order to capture their true essence, which helps bring out their personality and emotions. My vibrant personality is full of patience, compassion and a sense of humor. I love to laugh, as well as make others laugh. I'm a strong advocate of spreading joy, love & happiness. It's what I live for.


 I have three beautiful and amazing daughters, and a dog named Naiki-kyo. I live with my youngest daughter Luna who is a student at Beverly High School. Her two older sisters are both adults, one is attending college in London, and the other is raising horses on a farm south of Boston.

Photographer Lita Xú Líng Kelley, Beverly, Massachusetts

Photographer Lita Xú Líng Kelley, Beverly, Massachusetts

I am transgender, non-binary, and my pronouns are she/her or they/them. I'm an active human rights, social and racial justice activist and regularly participate in direct actions across the state. I'm a firm believer and advocate of equality, equanimity, diversity and inclusion.


Although my parents raised me as a boy, later in life I affirmed my gender identity by socially, legally & medically transitioning to female which was glorious and fabulous for awhile, but then nearly a decade later I vowed to live the life of a Buddha, and I renounced worldly clinging, shaved my head, & vowed to live for the benefit of all beings. As a result , I thought perhaps non-binary is the most accurate since I'm a non-dual being. Ultimately, I'm just consciousness in a human body. My pronouns are she/her or they/them.


When Luna is a grown up living her own adult life, I hope to do some traveling, wandering wherever life takes me as a documentary photographer & photojournalist.


I am looking forward to working with you on your photo session. I'm confident that you will enjoy the experience, and I promise you beautiful, amazing photographs of the highest quality.


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I'm also a photojournalist & regularly cover protests & other social & racial justice actions as an activist in support of human rights, anti-racism, against police brutality, climate crisis, Palestinian rights & more. I am also an organizer with Boston May Day Coalition, & Extinction Rebellion. From 2020 to present I have participated in over 150+ direct actions, demonstrations, rallies, & protests throughout Massachusetts.

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Beverly, Massachusetts. ph: (978) 473-7602