Edmonton Newborn Photographer {Baby Sirjanna} Sneak Peek

There are so many exciting things coming up for Kelsie Kelly Photographer I can hardly contain my excitement. My new in home studio is coming together beautifully and I am finalizing a date for a grand opening soon! With the new studio space I figured it was also a good time for a little bit of rebranding, so a new website is on the way soon too. I am so lucky that I have had this opportunity to grow my business, thank you to everyone for the amazing support. 2018 is going to be awesome. Have you joined my VIP group yet, lots of giveaways and model calls are coming up soon, don't miss out!

I met this beautiful baby girl earlier this year during one of my busiest months of newborn sessions. Sirjanna's mama contacted me after she arrived and I was so happy that I was able to fit them in last minute - sometimes you don't realize how special and fleeting those early days with baby are or booking a newborn session is the last thing on your mind when you are busy preparing for baby's arrival, but sometimes it's not too late. This little sweetheart had just the sweetest chubby cheeks, but was definitely happier in her mama's arms once she woke up, I definitely had to work hard for those sleepy shots.  Baljeet & Nirmaljit thank you so much for inviting me into your beautiful home to capture this special time. Wishing you all the best as a family of three. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton Milestone Photographer {Mathias is One} Sneak Peek

Is it spring yet? I had to buy myself some tulips today to remind myself that winter is almost over. Earlier this week this winter got really long when I took a bad fall on the icy sidewalks and hit my head hard enough to knock myself out. Found out I have a pretty bad concussion, so I will be taking it easy over the next couple weeks. Something I am really looking forward to is to finally officially open my home studio in beautiful Devon. The painting was finished last week and new wooden backdrops will be going up soon! I am hoping to host an grand opening party sometime in March or early April, watch for more details in my VIP group on Facebook.

This adorable cheeky little guy has been stealing my heart since his newborn photos last winter. I was so happy to have him be one of the first to test out my new studio space and even have a bath in my kitchen sink, something I miss now that my babies are almost all grown up. Mathias wasn't a big fan of the mess of his cake smash, but was all smiles for bath time. Another baby will be joining the family later this year, such exciting news for such a beautiful family. S & F, thank you so much for sharing Mathias's first year with me. Happy 1st Birthday sweetie pie. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton Newborn Photographer {Baby Rowan} Sneak Peek

January was one of my busiest starts to the year ever, so I am looking forward to a bit of a slow down this month to catch up on editing, do some learning as well as a bit more teaching. Also, getting my new in home studio ready to start booking newborn and milestone sessions beginning this spring! My husband (how did I get so lucky?) has been busy painting this week, you can follow the progress over on Instagram. I can't wait to blog a studio tour once it is all done! If you are interested in knowing more about my in-studio pricing and looking to book from mid-March on, please contact me. Hoping to have my all new packages listed on the website soon! Also if you haven't yet, be sure to join my VIP Facebook group where I will be announcing a newborn model call soon, as well as some special giveaways, photography tips and more.

I met this beautiful family just before Christmas for Lisa's in home maternity session, and was so excited to hear that they welcomed a baby boy in the new year, Rowan, a little brother for big sister Maci. I don't think I have ever had an easier family to photograph, their love for each other just poured into every shot and they are all so laid back in front of the camera, such a joy to capture. Seeing the bond between siblings grow so early on is so precious and little Maci sure adores her brother; I am so lucky to be witness to such special moments in families lives. Lisa & Byron, thank you so much for inviting me into your home to capture this fleeting time. Wishing you all the best as a family of four. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton & Area CrossFit Photographer {Heather} Sneak Peek

Inspiration/inspired/inspirational are not words that I use lightly, so when I had a student in my photography class come up to me and tell me that I was an inspiration to them, I couldn't help but feel an enormous well of confidence and pride. It got me thinking a lot the last few weeks about how I got where I am today, running a successful photography business, teaching photography classes, supporting my family financially and really doing a job that I love. The truth is that I used to be the most introverted, shy, unconfident, self doubting person, someone who would never take chances, never try anything new, never take risks, always letting the fear of failure hold me back. It took me 30 years to figure out that sometimes, taking risks, stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something that you never thought you could do is one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself. 

For me it started 3 years ago when after thinking about starting a photography business for the better part of 5 years, but always letting fear get in the way, I took a risk and booked my first clients. My whole first year in business was full of sleepless nights, self doubt and constant fear that I wasn't good enough. I constantly compared myself to others, and I greatly under valued my time and talent and basically worked for free. I honestly don't know why or when my attitude changed, but in the past year I have gotten to a place where I am more confident in myself and my business than I ever was before. I raised my prices to a sustainable level and now I book families who aren't just concerned about price, but who love and value my work too. And I took a huge step out of my comfort zone and started teaching photography classes, something that I never dreamed I would have the opportunity to do; And wow it is so rewarding being able to share my skills with others, something that I will keep doing whether it's through teaching or eventually mentoring other photographers, I have found another love and purpose. This year I am taking on the risk of opening a new home studio in my small town, and just last week I made my first huge financial decision on my own purchasing and financing a new vehicle as a business owner, something that I worked so hard for, but really never believed would happen. The point I want to make is that doing things that scare you, that take you completely out of your comfort zone, are so worth it, it really helps you grow as a person. I saw a quote this week that summed it up perfectly - "Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will'' ~Karim Seddiki

I couldn't think of a more appropriate session to share with you all that ties right into the topic of inspiration, hard work and doing something that you never thought possible. My dear friend Heather, who I have only had the pleasure of knowing for the past year, approached me in the fall to photograph her at her gym - Leduc CrossFit. I have only known the Heather that you see in these photos, a strong, beautiful, hardworking mom of three. What I learned when I did this session earlier this month was that Heather had been working incredibly hard with her trainer for the past several months to not only become incredibly fit and strong but also for a normalized relationship with food and with herself. I encourage to read more about her incredible journey on her blog. Heather, you are truly an inspiration, thank you so much for having me capture this special time for you. I hope you can look at these photos and feel a great sense of pride in how far you have come. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton Newborn Photographer {Baby Madelyn} Sneak Peek

Late night post once again, but this month has been so full that I am surprised I am not more behind on posts! It is just impossible to find time to work during the day right now with my youngest hitting the absolutely peek of terrible twos! This January has also been my busiest yet, thank you!  So many squishy new years babies, as well as some new adventures.

I wanted to write a whole post about how I have really had an amazing start to 2018 by stepping out of my comfort zone, something that I am starting to realize is one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself, but I didn't want to put off anymore sneak peeks that I know are being patiently waited for. This past weekend I taught my first photography class - something that if you asked me even five years ago if I would do I would say you couldn't pay me enough; I started off a bit nervous, but by then end of the class I felt so comfortable and I was already looking forward to my next class. Then I had a really amazing mom boss moment the other day when I bought my first vehicle all on my own, something that might not seem like a big deal, but it means that I have reached financial independence as a business owner, and it felt amazing. Plus it's a mini van - a luxury vehicle when you are a mom of three! All in all it has been an amazing start to 2018 and I am so excited to see where the rest of this year takes me.

I was lucky to meet sweet little Madelyn a couple weeks ago; I had met her parents earlier this winter for a maternity session and was so excited to hear they had welcomed a little girl. After getting completely lost on my way to the session, thanks google maps, I finally arrived to find just the most wide eyed baby girl all ready for her close ups. After some shots with mom, dad and even grandma who was visiting from out east, I definitely had to work to get some sleepy shots of this little lady who was definitely happier in mom or dad's arms. Sometimes sessions take more patience and time than others, but the love and wonder that surrounds a first baby is so beautiful to capture and I always feel so lucky to photograph these fleeting moments for families. J & M, thank you for inviting me into your beautiful home to capture this special time. Wishing you all the best as a family of three. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton Milestone Photographer {Noah First Birthday} Sneak Peek

I am so lucky to see familiar faces every year, families that have trusted me to be their family photographer from the beginning. There is really nothing more rewarding than families that return to me. As a photographer and artist confidence is sometimes a struggle, but every time I see a family again I really feel like I am doing what I am meant to do. I have also been getting so many referrals as of late, and I truly want all of my amazing families to know how appreciative I am when you pass my name on to friends and family - word of mouth is absolutely crucial to my success and I am so thankful to all of you who helped me grow my business to where it is today. I do offer referral rewards and have been keeping track since I announced them last spring - I will be sending out a referral statement to anyone that referred me in the past year in February, just in time for spring and summer bookings, so if you showed me some love in 2017 you can expect to save in 2018. 

I met the sweet McRoberts family two years ago and was delighted when they asked me to photograph their newborn baby boy Noah last winter, one of me favorite sessions of all time..I mean how cute are they?

Edmonton Newborn Photographer

Hard to believe a whole year as almost already passed by, that first year is so fleeting. Little Noah and his mama were the first to check out my new in-home studio space, which is currently being painted and is set to officially open in March. Noah has always been such a smiley, happy baby, and he definitely didn't disappoint for his first birthday photos, so full of smiles and those baby rolls - adorable! He tastefully enjoyed his chocolate smash cake from Tripe L Cakes {FYI my go to cake lady for any occasion, Laura is the best!) and was thrilled to splash around in the tub to get all cleaned up after. Ashley and Mike, it has been such a pleasure getting to know you the past couple of years, thank you so much for choosing me as your family and special moments photographer. Hope Noah has a wonderful first birthday this weekend! Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton Maternity, Fresh 48 and Newborn Photographer {Baby Taylor}

This January has been my busiest January yet, and it will only get busier as the month ends. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to believe how far I have come with my photography business the past three years. I am starting to see families that I captured that first year again for the arrival of their second or third baby, and it is so rewarding. I just love watching your families grow. 2018 is looking like an incredible year and it is booking up incredibly fast. If you are expecting anytime in 2018 or are looking for spring or summer family photos, now is definitely the best time to book as I have very limited availability. Be sure to check back here next week as I have some exciting news to share about my studio and new newborn packages as well as a fresh 48 giveaway on Instagram - I can't wait!

I met Jill and Steve back in 2015 before the arrival of their first daughter Alexis in the spring of 2016. After having the honour of capturing Alexis's first year, as well as many many mini sessions in between, I was ecstatic when Jill told me she was expecting again this winter. Sweet little Taylor, a baby sister for Alexis, was the first new years baby girl born at the Sturgeon hospital in St. Albert. I was so honoured to be asked to photograph whole story of Taylor's arrival which included a maternity session just before Christmas, a fresh 48 session at 24 hours old and a newborn session at 11 days - such a beautiful story that I was so lucky to capture. 

Taylor looks so much like her sister did as a newborn, but is even more of a spitting image of her mama. She definitely made me work for every posed shot at the end of her newborn session, but I couldn't have asked for better company while I worked. I am so excited to watch another Webb baby girl grow up as I get to also capture Taylor's first year, so many memories that both Jill and Steve and the girls will always treasure, such fleeting moments in time. Jill and Steve, thank you so much for all of your incredible support from the beginning. Wishing you the very best as a family of four - I can't wait to see you and the girls again soon. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton Family Photographer {H Family} Sneak Peek

This year one of my biggest goals this year was to try and find balance, and most of all to be present for my girls every day. Last year I shot over 100 sessions and by December I was completely depleted and wondering how on earth the year went by so fast. So far this year I have set aside specific times a day for editing, so that I am never stuck in front of my computer for 12 hours straight. Also because I raised my pricing to a sustainable level, you can see my 2018 pricing here, I have been able to take on a number of sessions per month that let me support my family financially but also give me the flexibility I need to be present for my girls. Two weeks in and I have found time to work out again, I have spent quality time with my family everyday and I have my new home studio space all planned out  -  I have never felt better. Sneak peeks might take a little longer, blog posts a bit later, and three-four weeks might become the standard turn around time, but know that you will be dealing with a much more pleasant  and attentive photographer who isn't running on empty anymore. 

I have been photographing this wonderful family for the past three years and I was so happy when they won my last family session giveaway - it seriously couldn't have gone to a more deserving family. This year, each grand mother joined us and we ended up with the most beautiful winter day, it couldn't have been more perfect, I mean the light was just gorgeous. H Family, it is always such a pleasure, thank you for choosing me to be your family photographer. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton Newborn Photographer {Baby Simon} Sneak Peek

Barely two weeks into the year and I can't believe how fast my year is already booking up. Newborns and families booked into June, plus a new teaching schedule, family vacations and everything else in between. If you are looking to book a weekend family session this summer, I would definitely suggest booking sooner than later - those tend to book up just as fast as the parks Canada campsites do! And if you are expecting this spring or summer, or even sometime in February, booking early ensures that I can fit you in, I only take on 4-5 newborn sessions a month, just 3 over our busy summer months. If you were lucky enough to get a gift certificate this Christmas, I would also recommend booking as soon as possible. Fall is by far my busiest time of year, and I am hoping to make booking your fall family photos as easy as possible with a new feature on my website, watch for more about that this summer. As always, thank you all so much for the amazing support. I feel so blessed everyday to get to do a job that I love and I am so excited to have another successful year. 

Sweet little Simon was my last newborn born in 2017, but with the rush of Christmas we waited to do his newborn session in the new year. I was greeted my the most friendly big brother and sister as soon as I arrived who were so excited to tell me all about their Christmas.  Everyone was so laid back that our session flowed so effortlessly, family photos, photos of mom and dad with Simon and some posed photos of Simon in the most gorgeous natural light. Simon was definitely more pleased being all wrapped up, and he slept like an angel once he was. Families of five or more are becoming favourites of mine, probably because they remind me of my own, but mostly because there is nothing like watching older siblings look at their new baby brother of sister with so much love, it melts my heart every time. Pam and Daniel, thank you so much for inviting me into your beautiful home to capture this special time for your family. Wishing you all the best. Enjoy. {K} 

Edmonton & Area Newborn Photographer {Baby Reagan} Sneak Peek

Happy new year everyone! I hope that you all had a nice relaxing Christmas and were able to spend time with the ones you hold dearest. After what was the worst flu season for our family in early December, we had a wonderful Christmas, especially Christmas Day which we spent all alone at home in our pjs all day...and drinking a few coffees with baileys. I am so excited and optimistic about 2018, and am looking forward to photographing so many families again this year. Very soon I will be announcing the opening of a new home studio, as well as some new newborn packages, and hopefully by February a brand new website. Also offering $100 off in home sessions booked for this January and February - spaces are booking up fast so book your spot soon!

My last session of 2017 was of just the most adorable family of five, who just like me, now have three sweet girls. Little Reagan joined the family just in time for Christmas, a Christmas that I am sure they will hold dear in their hearts for years to come. Mom warned me that her babies are always wide awake for their newborn photos, but after a few wide eyed shots little Reagan drifted off to sleep and was just a doll for me. The love that surrounds a new baby, especially in the comfort of home, absolutely fills my heart with so much joy, I am so thankful to get to do what I do. Robyn & Mat, thank you so much for inviting me into your beautiful home to capture this special time. Wishing you all the best. Enjoy. {K}