Edmonton Newborn Photographer {Baby George}

Spring is finally here and I couldn’t be happier. Walks to the park, rubber boots and puddles, I love this time of year. The snow will be gone before we know it and my spring and summer dates will begin to book up - if a bug free spring family session with a little bit of puddle jumping appeals to you be sure to check out my available session dates here limited April and May openings available. Mommy & Me studio sessions are also coming up for Mothers Day on April 27th - visit me on Facebook to learn more. I have so much to look forward to this spring, my first Mama & Camera’s class and so many spring newborns. I was also thrilled to learn my favorite newborn photographers Hello Baby Photography will be in BC this summer for a workshop and lucky me I get to go! The most amazing thing about being a photographer is that there is endless opportunities to grow and learn and I am so lucky to have the opportunity to learn from the best photographers from around the world.

I was so lucky to meet this sweet family earlier this year for a maternity session and again for an in home newborn session just over a week ago once baby George arrived. Photographing families in the comfort of their home has a special spot in my heart, I love using the background of their home to really capture the story of those early days with a newborn. Big brother Cooper wasn’t camera shy at all and made my job so much fun. Little George was surprisingly wide awake for being just 6 days old, but drifted off to sleep once I got him into his comfy spot - he loved being on his side. Robyn and Aaron, thank you so much for inviting me into your beautiful home to capture your family and this special time. Wishing you all the best as a family of four. Love, K.

Edmonton Newborn Photographer {Baby Henry}

The past month has been so cold, I have never looked so forward to spring. My 2019 family session dates are now open to book and fall dates are already booking up. I would love to see your family this year, visit my online booking page to see available openings. New this year - I now offer payment plans as well as a print credit that will ensure you get some of your family photos up on your walls. I am so excited to also announce my newest endeavour Mamas & Cameras. I gained a new passion for teaching in 2018 and am so happy to offer my first class for moms on March 31 - Learn to Shoot Manual a.k.a take better photos of your kids. There are still a couple spots left, so if you are a mama with a DSLR camera that isn’t giving you great results on auto mode this is the class for you. Please contact me for more info or click button below to book your spot .

Earlier this year I was so honoured to meet and photograph sweet little Henry. He was finally strong enough to go home after spending his first three months at the Stollery Children’s Hospital, such a little fighter. He grew stronger everyday next to his twin sister Charlotte who sadly passed away just shy of two months old, such a heartbreaking loss for this young family. Henry was born with Dandy Walker Syndrome and will need surgery in the future; luckily he will receive amazing care at the Stollery. I am so happy I will have the opportunity to watch Henry grow into a healthy strong little boy, he is already reaching so many milestones. Caitlyn and Matt, you have truly been through so much and I am so blessed that I had the opportunity to capture these memories for you. Sincerely wishing you all the best.

Love {K}

Edmonton Newborn Photographer {Baby Tenleigh}

I spent the first day of 2019 photographing one of my oldest friend’s baby girl in my home studio. Miss Tenleigh (just love her name!) arrived just in time to be enjoyed over Christmas. I have know Tamalea since Kindergarten, so long ago. We lost touch for awhile but motherhood has brought us back together and I am so happy to have her and her sweet family back in my life. Tamalea and Matt, thank you so much for always having me capture your family’s beautiful moments. Wishing you all the best as a family of four. Love {K}


Edmonton & Area Family Photographer {Choosing the right season for your family session}

I’m back! After taking a much needed break over the holidays and adjusting the the back to school routine I am finally ready to dive back into what I hope will be an amazing 2019. 2018 was my busiest year as a maternity, newborn and family photographer - I photographed 50 amazing family and 32 sweet newborns, plus some specialty minis, Fresh 48s and maternity sessions. To be honest I was a little burnt out by the time December rolled around! This year I am striving to bring a little bit of balance back to my life, so I will be offering a very limited amount of newborn and family sessions each month, about 2-5 of each max. Not only is balance one of my goals, but giving the families I photograph the best experience possible from the time they inquire to the delivery of their photos and beyond is also at the top of my priority list for 2019.

There are some exciting new changes coming to my family sessions in 2019 and I am so happy to finally share some details with you. You can see my updated pricing here, but what I am most excited to share are some of my additional offerings this year. First, all 2019 family session dates from February to December will be released for online booking starting February 1st; I wanted to make choosing a date that works for your family as easy as possible. This year I am happy to also offer payment plans that can be structured to fit your family’s budget and make investing in your families memories possible. High resolutions images with print release will still be delivered via an online gallery and USB, but I also wanted to give everyone the best opportunity to print their photos via their online gallery; your memories belong on your wall or your coffee table, not on a USB in the junk drawer! This year each session will include the option to pre-purchase a custom designed album of your session images at a discounted rate of $250. When you pre-purchase an album you will also receive an $100 print credit to use towards additional professional quality prints from your session. Album not in your budget? No problem, all families will receive a $25 print credit to use towards beautiful professional prints. Photos are printed at a local professional lab and will give you quality printed photos that just don’t compare to the prints you can get at the local drug store (watch for a side by side print comparison on the blog soon!) Lastly, your feedback is so important to me as I am always striving to deliver the best family photography experience; so following the delivery of each session I will be sending a short survey that I hope everyone will take the time to complete and share with me what they loved about their session or what they think I could do better.

Choosing when to book your family session can be difficult. I am happy to share some of my favorite shots of 2018 as well as some helpful information that I hope makes choosing the season for your 2019 family session easy. We live in a very interesting climate and choosing the right season for your session will include many factors such as temperature, sunset times and some pros and cons of each season.

Winter Family Sessions

Winter Family Sessions

Winter family sessions take place between late November and March. The average temperature ranges between 0 and -6℃. The lighting or sunset times in the winter range between 4pm in November (after day lights savings) to 7pm in late March which can be convenient for families with little ones who can’t handle staying up too late. All of my family sessions are within 1-2 hours of sunset and in winter we can get that beautiful golden light as early as 3pm in November or 6 pm in March. Temperature is usually the main reason for rescheduling as I tend to reschedule if it is really windy or if the temperature is below -8. Some of the reasons I love winter family sessions are the adorable array of touques I see on little ones or when families bring hot chocolate to share with each other during the session. There are also some amazing winter events in YEG that I would be happy to photograph your family at including the beautiful Ice Castles; or we could hit up an Edmonton area rink for some skating or hockey themed family photos. In home sessions are also available this time of year, I’d be more than happy to come photograph your family baking Christmas cookies or snuggling up in front of the fire place. Snuggles to keep warm are what I love most and your kids will be more than happy to get nice and close during a winter family session.

Spring Family Sessions

Spring Family Sessions

Spring family sessions take place between late March and May. Weather can be fairly unpredictable (who still remembers our April snow storms last year!) but the average temperature ranges between 11-18℃. The days get a bit longer but no too long for little ones. Sessions will take place between 7pm in April to 8:30pm in late May. Some of the reasons I love spring family sessions is the light - I always seem to catch the most beautiful light this time of year. Plus- no bugs! The mosquitos don’t come around until summer, but spring brings the beauty of summer with green grass and cherry blossoms by mid to late May. Spring is also the perfect time for grad sessions; I can capture the new grad the afternoon of graduation between the ceremony and banquet or the week or two before or after. Book your graduation session today by contacting me directly, spots are already booking up.

Summer Family Sessions

Summer Family Sessions

Summer family sessions take place between June and August. This short and sweet season can see temperatures between an average of 21-23℃ with spikes a lot warmer. Thunderstorms are the main reason for rescheduling. Summer days are long! On the longest day of the year in late June the sun doesn’t set until after 10pm. Session times will range between 8:30pm in June down to 7:30pm in late August. This can seem alarming to some families who’s kids are in bed by 7 (like mine!) but trust me, our session will be so fun and action packed that any kid can handle one later than usual bedtime - Don’t worry! I will also be sure to prepare you for this later session with my family prep guide that I send to every family when they book a session. I love summer family sessions! Everything is green, flowers are bloomed and we can dip our toes in the water in some locations. I find dressing for a summer family session a bit more laid back too (not as many layers and kids can even go bare feet!). I would love to go berry picking with your family ( I know a couple good wild spots) or even photograph you amongst the big blue sky and canola fields in mid to late July. The main con - mosquitos! I carry a good supply of repellent to every session and tend to avoid areas where they are particularly bad; you can definitely prepare for mosquitos but it is something to keep in mind if you have little ones who are really bothered by them. Overall summer is a very popular season for family photography for good reason, book early to avoid missing out!

Fall Family Sessions

Fall Family Sessions

Last but definitely not least - Fall. The ever popular fall family sessions take place between very late August to early November (if we are lucky - as we saw in 2018 fall can turn to winter very fast!). Temperatures are sweater weather nice with an average temperature that trends down from 17 to 0℃. Days start to get shorter which means earlier session times ranging between 7pm in late August to 5pm in November (prior to day lights savings), perfect for little ones. Cancellations are generally rare except for very cold days. The beautiful fall colors are the main draw, but they are honestly fairly unpredictable. My suggestion would be early to book between mid-September until early October - that would be the best bet in an average year. These session dates book up fast! In 2018 my fall was fully booked by July. What don’t I love about fall sessions! Bugs are generally gone, weather is fair and the warm tones really suit my editing style the best; mostly I love that I usually get to see the same beautiful families year after year.

I hope that this helps you decide when the best time is for your 2019 family session! It’s going to be an amazing year, I hope you will join me! Watch for dates and online booking on February 1st!

Much love {K}

Edmonton & Area Newborn Photographer {Baby Madelaine} Sneak Peek

Happy Cyber Monday, I hope everyone was able to snag some great deals and get some of their Christmas shopping done. If you are looking for a last minute deal, I am offering my absolute final opening of 2018 for $100 off tonight only - visit this link to book. If you are looking for a really meaningful gift for family that seems to have everything, the gift of photography provides memories that last a lifetime. My {Give & Get} gift certificate promotion ends November 30th! Buy a gift certificate in any amount and you will receive 20% off any 2019 session. If you are one of the wonderful families I see every year, you may purchase a gift certificate that can be added as credit to your account to use towards a 2019 session - a session that you can book for 20% off {savings up to $180}

I am officially fully booked for 2018 - except for that one date mentioned above !!! Thank you so much to everyone who made this year one of my best! I am currently booking 2019 newborns; 2019 family dates will be released in mid-January. Be sure to join my VIP group on Facebook to be the first to see 2019 dates. Newborn openings for January-April babies are filling up fast, now is definitely the best time to book if you are expecting a new year baby.

I was so happy this family contacted me last minute to capture their new arrival. I can’t always fit last minute newborn sessions in, but when I do I am almost always rewarded with the most wonderful families to photograph. After a bit of a scary drive outside of the city on the first day we got snow I was greeted by the most gorgeous family of six in their beautiful light filled country home. Mom is a very talented photographer and you could definitely tell that the kids were used to having their photos taken, I’ve never had such easy siblings to capture, so full of love for their new baby sister. Little Madelaine was just a teeny little doll, so alert and awake most of the session, she really made me work for those sleepy shots! But you’ll never hear me complain about a baby that needs some extra snuggles. Bobby & Justin, thank you so much for inviting me into your home to capture this special time for your family. Wishing you all the best as a family of 6. Enjoy {K}.

Edmonton Newborn Photographer {Baby Bennett} Sneak Peek

I am blogging, I know, I know, it’s been MONTHS! This fall was my busiest fall yet and for that I am so thankful. This year I saw so many of you for the second or third time and it really felt like I was photographing my dear friends, not clients. Thank you so much for your continued support. I almost haven’t stopped this fall (with the exception of an amazing family vacation and a much needed photography retreat just last week - post to come soon!) but I have been busy doing a job that I love and I will never take for granted how lucky I am to be your photographer. There is so much coming up in the next couple of weeks, be sure to join my VIP facebook group so you don’t miss out on some amazing promotions, announcements (online gift card ordering soon!) and giveaway.

I am so happy that this beautiful family contacted me just before their baby boy was due to arrive and I was able to fit them in last minute. I do take a limited number of newborn families each month, but never hesitate to contact me if booking a newborn photographer slipped your mind until baby is almost due or arrived, I can usually fit you in. I was welcomed into their gorgeous light filled home by the most wonderful big brother and sister, so excited to introduce me to their new baby brother Bennett. I am sure that I have a special place in my heart for families of five because I have three girls myself, but these sessions never fail to have so much emotion and love that I just melt. Third babies are often the last, and knowing that I am capturing such a special time for families is so heart warming. Evan & Natalie, thank you so much for inviting me into your beautiful home to capture these memories for you. Wishing you the very best with three little ones to love. Enjoy {K}.

Edmonton & Area Newborn Photographer {Baby Logan} Sneak Peek

This summer is quickly coming to an end. It'y my oldest daughter's 9th birthday tomorrow and the rest of the year seems to fly by after that, before we know it it's my birthday, Halloween, my middle ones's birthday in November and then boom it's Christmas! It is so amazing how fast time and the years fly by when you become a parent. I remember sitting in my daughter's finished nursery before she arrived thinking is this baby ever going to get here and here I am nine years later and it went by sooooo fast, too fast! This is why newborn and family photography is so important and why I feel so lucky every time I capture such fleeting moments and memories for families, your babies are only babies for so long and you only get so many years with your children. If not for yourself, give your kids the gift of images of them wrapped in their mother's arms or being tickled by their dad, my girls love looking back at our old family photos and remembering how little they used to be and how young their mom and dad used to look, how life was when their was just one, two then three of them. If you are looking to book a 2018 session my newborn and family openings are booking up fast now. Please contact me to book your 2018 or 2019 newborn session. To book a 2018 family session, please visit my easy online booking tool by clicking the button below. 

July was a full month of sweet squishy little newborns, including two little guy's named Logan. The second Logan I was lucky to meet was the 100th newborn I've photographed, and what  perfect timing as this little guy is very special. This beautiful family has been wanting to start a family for many years and after 5 years on a waiting list they finally received the most amazing news, a baby boy would be theirs through the love of adoption. I couldn't imagine the joy and happiness they must feel and did it ever show when I finally got to meet them, you couldn't wipe the smiles off their faces, just pure love and joy.  This tiny 5lb. little guy had to travel a few hours home and I couldn't stop imagining what it would be like to bring a baby home after waiting so long, the anticipation to finally get home and start your life together! For his newborn session he was so wide eyed and smiley to start then a sleeping little angel for me once I posed him, the kind of session newborn photographers dream of! Michelle and Brendan, it was such a pleasure meeting you both and capturing this very special time for your family. Wishing you the very best as a family of three. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton Maternity & Newborn Photographer {Baby Logan} Sneak Peek

Hope everyone is enjoying the last weeks of summer, we sure are, and the countdown is on for our big Disney vacation in September! 28 days until we can finally surprise our girls with a Disney Cruise from Vancouver to San Diego! So far they just think we are spending a weekend in Richmond visiting friends..hahaha. I am sure ready for a bit of time off after what has been an incredibly busy summer full of beautiful families and sweet newborns. The time crunch is on to try and get all caught up before we go away for 10 days - hopefully my faster new I Mac will help a bit with my productivity; I finally had enough of my slow 2010 Macbook Pro earlier this week and headed to the Apple store to get a new system. The 21.5" screen and 4K display is probably my favorite feature so far, I am seeing colors and details I couldn't see before. You might have noticed above that I am going away in September...yep I know, the busiest time for family photos. While my availability is very limited, there are still a handful of September dates open, even a couple weekend spots I believe. My fall inquiries have definitely picked up this week, so now is definitely the time to book your fall family. Click the button below to book using my easy online booking tool.

This was my first of two baby Logan's I was lucky to photograph back in July. I met this beautiful family for the first time last summer and was so excited to hear they were expecting a second baby this summer. We had the most gorgeous summer night for Miss M's maternity session, here is a little sneak peek since I am soooo behind on blog sneak peeks!

Edmonton Maternity Photographer Madelaine Sneak Peek.jpg

I got to photograph little Logan when he was just a couple weeks old, such a handsome little guy like his big brother. He definitely enjoyed being snuggled and swaddled up, but sometimes a baby that needs a little more soothing is a nice change; I wouldn't be a newborn photographer if A - I wasn't patient and B - I didn't love the feeling of a baby in my arms. M & J, thank you so much for inviting me into your beautiful home to capture this special time for your family. Wishing you all the best as a family of four. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton Newborn Photographer {Baby Isabella} Sneak Peek

I can't believe it is already August 3rd and summer is half over! Don't forget that means fall is just around the corner, book your fall session soon before it's too late. My plan this summer was to take it easy and soak up as much sun as possible, but it's been rainy a lot this summer and I have shot more sessions this summer than I ever have before, so many beautiful families and summer babies. In fact, I did my 100th newborn session not too long ago, which had me look back at one of my first sessions - I think it's safe to say that I have grown a lot since then.

2015 vs. 2018 

2015 vs. 2018 

I am so lucky to do what I do, and I can thank my growth to so many other amazing photographers that I have inspired me or who I have had the pleasure to learn from, everything from wrapping and posing techniques, editing and something I learned just recently that has really let me use my creativity in my newborn edits -  creating composite images like the one on the right above that really lets me add more variety and personalization to client's galleries - special thank you to Luisa Dunn. Of course I also have to thank all of the amazing families who have given me the opportunity to capture their growing families, thank you all for your amazing support. 

I met this beautiful family just over a year ago when they had me photograph their first baby, little Mathias, and luckily they had me photograph his first year. I was thrilled when they revealed they were expecting baby number two at Mathias's one year session, and even more excited when later that spring they told me they were going to have a baby girl. Sweet little Isabella arrived with the fullest head of hair and was just a joy to photograph just like her brother, so content and full of sweet baby smiles. I am so grateful for the opportunity to capture her first year, I can't wait to design her one year album full of sweet moments and memories for this family. S & F, thank you so much for inviting into your home to capture this special time for your family. Wishing you all the best as a family of four - see you soon! Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton Newborn Photographer {Baby Eddie} Sneak Peek

I can't believe we are already in the last week of July, this summer is flying by way too fast! Headed over the canola fields just outside of town this evening to snap some photos of my girls, such a pretty Alberta summer landscape but they come and go in a matter of weeks. Still looking to book a summer family session - perhaps in the canola fields? I have 4 openings left in July & August and at $50 off they will book up quickly. I also announced in my previous post that I will not be hosting fall mini sessions this year - I did however add a couple weekend spots in mid September and early October that I am sure won't last long. Book your session now with my easy online booking tool - just click the button below.

I have been fortunate to meet so many brand new babies this July and little Eddie was one of my first. I just love meeting new parents, and this couple was just glowing with happiness and love for their first born and each other in their new roles as parents. My wrapping skills have definitely reached a high level after nearly 100 newborn sessions and I always giggle a little inside when new parents ask where to buy the wraps and watch intently as I wrap their little ones - Andrea & Blair hope some wrapping tips helped you get a good night's sleep after our session! Sweet little Eddie was just a dream to capture and I had the prettiest light to work with in the lower level of the family's beautiful home. Andrea & Blair thank you so much for inviting me into your home to capture this special time for your family.  Wishing you all the best as family of three. Enjoy! {K}