Edmonton Family Photographer {Bishop Family} Sneak Peek

It's officially the first day of fall. Does anyone else feel like this summer flew by way too fast? I am actually a fan of fall, the beautiful colors and being able to wear cozy sweaters everyday, but I hate knowing that our bitter cold Alberta winter is just mere months away and that my outdoor family sessions that I love shooting will start to slow down come November until next year.

Winter on the other hand is the perfect time for indoor lifestyle family sessions; I book these sessions year round, but winter is usually the busiest time. I do all of my newborn sessions in home and can tell you that doing a session in your home is a very laid back and fun experience. You can play board games, bake cookies, jump on the bed, or just snuggle your babies in bed while I capture some truly meaningful images that you will cherish as your children grow up and your home changes. 

I have had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful family for the past three years. Tamalea is one of my oldest friends, we have known each other since Kindergarten, so it is always wonderful to see her family and catch up every fall - though we really need to make an effort to get together more often! Little Maddox was a joy to capture as usual, he just has the cheekiest little grin, and Suri the family dog even gave me some great smiles. Papa even joined in this year, it was so nice to see you Leo. Tamalea and Matt, thank you so much for choosing me as your family photographer every year and for joining me in my little town this year for your photos. Enjoy. {K}

Devon Family Photographer {Hayley Mommy & Me Sneak Peek}

Being a mom photographer, I am almost never in photos with my girls unless it is an iphone selfie. So earlier this week, when our family photographer, the amazing Vannessa Brown, shared a collage of photos of just me and my girls from our family photos, I was absolutely moved to tears. Motherhood is an amazing journey and something that is so worth documenting for your children to look back on when they grow up and for you to cherish as your babies get older. 

When Hayley contacted me she originally booked a family session, but when here husband got called in for work we decided to go ahead and just do some photos of her with her two sweet little girls. It was a chilly night, but we had the most amazing light and a stunning location to capture some truly magical moments. Hayley, thank you so much for having me capture these special moments for you, you are one beautiful mama. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton Maternity Photographer {Jyoti Sneak Peek}

I can't believe we are already half way through September (and on another note that we have already seen snow) My busiest time of year is here and that means lots of sneak peeks from fall mini sessions on Facebook and Instagram, but less blog posts as I take on less newborn and maternity families in the fall. If you are expecting this winter though, or are looking to book winter family photos or an in home lifestyle session in winter 2017, now is definitely the time to book. I will be releasing winter mini session dates soon!

This gorgeous couple is expecting their first baby and I am so excited to have the opportunity to also do a fresh 48 session and newborn session for them very soon. I can't wait to hear the news that their baby boy has arrived. Jyoti looked absolutely stunning in her final weeks of pregnancy and the love between her and her husband was so beautiful and easy to capture, I can just imagine the joy in their eyes when they are looking at their new baby. Thank you both for this amazing opportunity to capture this special time in our lives. Wishing you all the best as you prepare for baby's arrival. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton Family Photographer {Singh Family Sneak Peek}

Well that time is officially here, the equivalent of what summer is to wedding photographers or what spring is to accountants, fall is family photo season. Most families booked me last year to make sure they got one of my weekend evening sessions and I filled most of my September and October spots by the end of July. To say it is going to be a busy couple of months would be an understatement; with kids also starting new activities, trying to find balance might be a bit difficult the next couple of months. Please understand if it takes me a bit longer to respond to your emails or messages or get your sneak peek up. Thank you all so much for the amazing support the last few years, I am so lucky to do what I do.

I met this gorgeous family this past weekend in one of my favorite places in my small community. Devon Voyageur Park is a hidden gem for many, and I am loving sharing it with so many of my Edmonton families. This family was so easy to photograph, so happy and in love, and we had the most amazing light and colors as a backdrop. The family dog Thor, the cutest tiny puppy ever, even smiled nice for the camera. Kristelle and Ricky, thank you so much for having me capture your family, your girls were just delightful. Wishing you all the best. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton Family Photographer {What to Wear for Fall Family Photos}

School is in full swing, the days are getting cooler, fall is almost here; which means the busiest time of the year for me, photographing your beautiful families. I often get several emails leading up to fall mini sessions asking for advice on what to wear. I generally refer you to Pinterest where there are thousands of pins on what to wear. This year, since my family is prepping for family photos ourselves, I thought I would share the fool proof way I dress our family for photos as well as some dos and don'ts that always apply.

Walk in any store, or browse any store online and it won't take to long to find pieces for the whole family that coordinate nicely together. So step one is decide where to shop. Some of my favorites for the whole family - Old Navy, H&M, Zara, Target, Joe Fresh, Gap. 

Everyone is generally afraid of patterns, but I'm telling you right now, a simple pattern is ok as long as not everyone is wearing it. I like to limit it to two patterns in my family of five, and luckily I was able to find a pretty feminine blouse for myself that coordinated well with the bolder pattern I chose for two of my girls. Here are the patterns.

Now this is where  coordinating the rest of the family gets easy. If you look at both patters you can easily pull out four colors that coordinate beautifully. Maroon, Navy, Mustard and White.

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Now it is time to shop for the rest of the family using the colors pulled from your pattern as your color guide - easy, right?

Some things I am looking for when shopping for my girls are clothes that are comfortable and that have some detail or movement to them. Dresses are great options for younger girls for some candid spinning photos. For boys, look for shirts with collars or pocket but avoid any logos or wording. Again a simple pattern, like plaids for boys or florals for girls are great options. My husband usually gets the color that is left over, which in this case was navy. While collard shirts are great options for guys, my husband is almost always in a t-shirt so I got him a navy tee with some button and pocket detail. Pair your top with well fitted jeans and some accessories and you are ready to go.

Here is what we ended up with, all from Old Navy. Dresses for my two littlest, a blouse for my oldest and tops for my husband and I. I actually ended up with a tunic style top with some detail that I may wear instead of the blouse. I just love the pops of mustard yellow, perfect for fall.

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What I love most about these clothes are that they are so us, clothes that we could easily find in our every day wardrobe. I know we will be comfortable in them and in turn be more relaxed in front of the camera. 

Accessories will really pull your look together. Jewellery, scraves, and belts are great options for ladies.  Belts, watches and fun socks are great for the guys. You can never go wrong with a brown boot for fall, but any scuff free shoes will work and can add some personality to your photos. 

Some do's and don'ts to always remember. Logos and any wording on clothing is a big don't. Avoid wearing white alone, and definitely don't try to be matchy matchy. Do choose timeless pieces - scarves, blazers, cardigans, simple outfits for baby. Patterns are ok, just keep them on a smaller scale.

I hope this proves helpful to you as you prepare for your family photos. I am so looking forward to seeing so many return families from last year and meeting some new families too. Thank you to everyone for all of your amazing support year after year. {K}

Edmonton Newborn Photographer {Baby Davies} Sneak Peek

The last few days have been a whirlwind, sending my oldest off to grade 3 and my 4 year old off to Kindergarten; I have definitely done more crying than usual. Both girls are back full days tomorrow so it will be time to get back into our normal routine. Slowing training myself to get back to waking up at 5:45am, giving me enough time to catch up on my email, have a quick work out and, if I am lucky and I don't wake the kids up, a shower without interruptions. Time to get ready for my busiest time of the year and start thinking about the year ahead.

I got to photograph this little beauty last week, sweet miss Davies. I know, is that not the cutest name ever for a baby girl? I met this adorable family last year when big sister Hayden had just turned one. I was so happy to see so much of my work hung up their walls when I arrived.  Little Hayden, now so sweet with a full head of hair and a fun 2 year old personality. Davies was so awake and bright eyed for the family shots, but slept like a dream for me once I got her all wrapped up. She was not a fan though of getting unwrapped and dressed, as you can can see in our crib shots. Jackie and Stephen, thank you so much for inviting me into your home to capture this special time. It was so nice seeing you all again. Wishing you all the best as a family of four. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton & Area Family Photographer {Vaughn is one} Sneak Peek

This past spring we moved out to Devon, a little town just outside of Edmonton. We were drawn to the big lots, beautiful parks and trails and just the small town way of life. My business started in Edmonton, and I have been lucky to photograph many families from Edmonton and  surrounding areas, areas which I continue to serve. My goal this year though is definitely to reach my small town market and photograph families that call beautiful Devon home, or bring some Edmonton families out this way for a photoshoot down by the river, an absolutely gorgeous spot.

Lisa and Dallas grew up in Devon, but call the city home now. I was so excited when they suggested we do their session in Devon down in my favourite spot - Voyageur Park. They have had many special times here, so it seemed fitting to do their little guy Vaughn's first birthday photos here. We lucked out with a gorgeous evening full of light, and the park provided us with so many pretty backdrops from tree filled paths to the river that we of course dipped our toes into at the end. Vaughn was mister serious, but after some tosses in the air I was able to catch a couple sweet smiles, not that it mattered as he was so handsome with his big blue eyes and little bow tie. Lisa and Dallas, thank you so much for coming out this way and having me capture your sweet family. Wishing you all the best. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton & Area Newborn Photographer {Baby Joshua} Sneak Peek

I have been so lucky to have my named passed on by families happy with their past sessions with me. It is cool when people tell me that they found me on Facebook or google, because that tells me all of my hard work is paying off, but I feel such a sense of pride when I find out that someone who has already had me photograph their families passed my info on.  Any photography business thrives on word of mouth, so I thank you all for your amazing support. 

I met this sweet family way out in their beautiful country home after they were recommended to me by another newborn family. Little Joshua was a spitting image of his daddy, the perfect compliment to big brother Nathan who is a spitting image of his mama. These little guys just melted my heart. I have never met a big brother so in love with his baby brother; Nathan was so sweet to his new brother, smothering him in kisses any chance he got. These little boys have the most gorgeous home to grow up in, a home their parents worked hard to build on their own. I insisted we finish their session on their sprawling back deck as the view is simply spectacular. Tammy and Chris, thank you so much for inviting me into your home to capture this special time. Wishing you all the best as a family of four. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton & Area Milestone Photographer {Maisie First Birthday} Sneak Peek

Milestones like first birthdays and anniversaries are a perfect time for family photos. First birthday sessions can be photos of just baby, a mix of family and baby or just family photos.  Anniversary can be of just the happy couple or of an whole extended family. The perfect way to capture a special time that you won't want to forget. 

I met this adorable family on a sunny morning in one of my favorite spots in St. Albert. Little Maisie was a sweet as any almost 1 year old, full of smiles the day before she was to to turn one. Big brother took some convincing, but nothing some tickles couldn't fix. {K} family, thank you so much for having me capture your family during this special time. Hope Maisie had a wonderful first birthday. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton Newborn Photographer {Baby Lincoln} Sneak Peek

The summer of adorable newborns continues. I have had the pleasure of photographing more newborns this summer than I ever have, and I just seem to fall more in love with these sessions every time.  There is just something about the love that surrounds a newborn that I just find intoxicating, and because all of my newborn sessions are done on location in my newborn families homes, families are always so relaxed, making the sessions seem really effortless the more I do them.

This session might be one of my favorites of all time. As soon as I walked in I was greeted by the most gorgeous family in a beautiful light filled home. Little Lincoln was a surprise baby boy, so we promptly took him out of the pink blanket he was in and wrapped him up in a blue one. Big sister Jemma proudly showed me her big girl room and her favorite stuffies, one of which made his appearance in some shots because, why not? Sometimes those stuffies are really part of the family. Mom, who looked absolutely stunning after having a baby just 5 days earlier, had the cutest ideas for some sibling shots in Lincoln's nursery, and it really turned into the sweetest moment when Jemma read her baby brother a few stories in the cute little canvas tent. After some lifestyle family shots, Lincoln was a dream for me when it was time for his posed shots, so curled up and sleepy. I seriously didn't want to go home. Jill and James, 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 four. Enjoy. {K}