ABOUT KERSH

  Self-portrait, 2016. 

Self-portrait, 2016. 

Kersh Branz is a professional photographer, artist, speaker, and influencer based in San Francisco, California. 

Kersh has over 13 years of industry experience working as a photographer. They have worked with a variety of publications, organizations, and individuals throughout the U.S. and the world. Their photography work focuses on portraiture, weddings and events, the arts, and curated projects. 

Kersh is an advocate for queer families, the arts, education, and inclusion and is available to speak to both large and small groups about identity, creating art through trauma, healing, and other topics relating to gender and sexuality. 

In 2014 Kersh created their first independent portrait series called, The Pride & Joy Project that focuses on queer mothers, transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary parents and their families. The work seeks to increase visibility and social equity for queer parents. The Pride & Joy Project has been featured in numerous publications, interviews, and pieces including O! The Oprah Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, and more. In 2016 Kersh created the facebook group, Queer Parents (formerly called, Queer Mamas*) that is a vibrant online community of over 18,000 people. Queer Parents provides a necessary space for conversation, support, and feedback for queer women, queer mothers, transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary parents and people. 

In 2017 dancer and choreographer Myles Thatcher, invited Kersh to collaborate on a brand new piece called Otherness for The San Francisco Ballet that explores gender and the effects of binaries in the world. Otherness is set to make its world premiere on April 21st, 2018 featuring costume designs by Sylvie Rood, promotional photos by Quinn Wharton, and music by John Adams. The podcast, Conversations on Dance, interviewed Myles, Sylvie, and Kersh during a Meet the Artists pre-show talk. You can listen to their conversation here: Bonus Episode: Live from San Francisco Ballet's Unbound Festival

Kersh is dedicated to creating work that is authentic and engaging and can often be found gardening, reading books, or eating chips and salsa in their spare time. They have a strong background in the arts that includes visual design, painting, and drawing. 

Kersh is currently available for work as a photographer, writer, speaker, or visiting artist. 


BACKGROUND 

Clients Include

Bank of San Francisco, OnePlus, Lesbians Who Tech, MotherCoders, Northern California Grantmakers, Youth Speaks, The San Francisco Opera, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Family Equality Council, Néstle, MTV, OpenTable, Bloomspot.com, EaterSF, San Francisco Classical Voice, The Merola Opera Program, Silicon Valley Boys Choir, Opera Santa Barbara, Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera, Festival Opera, The Domestic Violence Consortium, Architecture for Humanity, Autodesk Gallery, The San Francisco Health Department HIV/AIDS Awareness Program, The GLAAD Media Awards, GO Magazine, The San Francisco Ballet, The Commonwealth Club, The WNBA NY Liberty, and many more. 

Publications Include

O! The Oprah Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, A Bicycle Built for Two, Elixher Magazine, GO Magazine, 86 Magazine, SF Weekly, SF Examiner, Offshoot Magazine, INSPIRARE Magazine, Jeanne Magazine, and others.

Speaking Engagements 
Kersh has spoken at schools and organizations around the Bay Area about gender, sexuality, and identity for years. 


Creating The Pride & Joy Project and Queer Parents 

The Pride & Joy Project began in the fall of 2014 and is an ongoing, independent portrait series focusing on queer mothers, transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary parents and their families. For more information visit: www.prideandjoyproject.com 

Interviews: LezBeMommies Radio & RoundHouse Radio, Vancouver
Publications: O! The Oprah Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, Jeanne Magazine, A Bicycle Built for Two

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • Glama-Rama Salon & Gallery presents The Pride & Joy Project: Portraits of Queer Motherhood*, August 5 - September 17th, 2017. SF, CA. 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

  • The Oakland LGBTQ Community Center & The LGBTQ Perinatal Wellness Associates presents LGBTQ Family Portraits, October 2 - 31st, 2017. Oakland, CA.