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 generally get bad before late May, 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 June. 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!

Edmonton Family Photographer {Berg Family} Sneak Peek

Today my goal was to actually finish my to do list, so here it is, the last thing on my list for today -  a blog post of my of my favourite family sessions of all time. Let me tell you, with three kids home all day long in the summer it is sometimes impossible to even finish half of my to do list, so I consider this quite an accomplishment..hahaha.

I also wanted to address all the inquiries I have been getting as of late for fall mini sessions. This year has been absolutely one of my busiest years yet (THANK YOU!!!)  and with my fall nearly booked up, I just don't have room for any mini sessions this fall. Actually the more I ponder it, the more  realize that I might begin to phase out mini sessions completely. Mini sessions are 30 minutes long and sometimes the first half is taken up trying to get that perfect family portrait. They are rushed, and I don't get to know the families enough to capture the most meaningful images for them. Last year I sold full galleries to 95% of families who in the end would have gotten so much more value out of a full hour session with me instead. In a full hour session we choose a location that is perfect for your family. I get to know your little one's personalities and a bit about your family and that helps me capture the love and connection in images that will make your heart melt when you see your gallery. Timing is also key - golden hour or as close to sunset is really the perfect time for photos (see sneak peek below) and when I host mini sessions I can't give all my families that beautiful golden light - and trust me as a mom of three I can give you tips on how to keep your kids happy past their bed times. Wouldn't you rather have all the images on a USB (I don't limit you get all the images that make the cut) than have to painstakingly choose 15? Immediately after this post I am going to open two more weekend  fall dates on the booking page - don't wait these will go fast! I hope you will join me!

I was lucky enough to meet this gorgeous family after they booked one of my spots online very last minute..I think it was 3 days in advance. I knew any family that could get ready for a photo session in such a short time frame must be a laidback fun family and was I ever right. The two adorable boys were absolutely the most charismatic pair and the whole family just acted so natural in front of the camera. A 7:00pm session also meant we had the most beautiful light to work with and I am so glad that all the bugs didn't scare them away from all the pretty settings in one of my new favourite locations. This has to be one of my favourite family sessions yet, we even picked some wild raspberries along the way. Berg family, thank you so much for choosing me as your family photographer, it was a pleasure meeting you all. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton & Area Family Photographer {2018 Family Sessions}

I am feeling a little emotional today. Milestones with my kids always hit me so hard as they remind how fast they are growing up. My sweet Taylor graduated kindergarten today and this school year officially flew by faster than any other. Next fall my baby will be off to preschool, Taylor will be in grade one and my sweet Blake, turning 9 in August, will be off to grade four. This summer I am soaking up every moment, you only get 18 amazing summers with your kids, if you're lucky, and I am already half way there with my oldest. Family photos are also a must, I love looking back every year and seeing how much my kids have grown. We are excited to be having our photos taken on the beach this fall during our family vacation, memories we will cherish forever. 

My sweet Taylor, proud mama!

My sweet Taylor, proud mama!

In an effort to streamline my booking and in turn have more time to take my kids down to the river or to the park this summer (..and leave my phone at home) I am excited to announce my new online booking tool. 2018 Family sessions can now be booked at any time of the day and you can browse all of my openings at once, instead of the back and forth that can become hard to keep track of during the busy summer months. Your session deposit will hold your session date and I will be in touch within a few days to confirm your session date and discuss the best location for your family - easy peasy. You can find all of the information by clicking the button below.

 

I still have a limited amount of newborn session openings but please contact me directly to book uour newborn photos - PS there is a new studio newborn package that starts at $450, you can see pricing here.

I am so lucky to do what I do and I am so thankful for your continued support. I look forward to seeing many of you this year. Summer, fall and winter openings now booking, which season will you choose for your family session this year?

{K}

Edmonton Family Photographer {Voss Family} Sneak Peek

Summers are here which means fun days in the sun with my girls and busy nights photographing beautiful families. Sneak peeks might take a couple days longer and blog posts might be few weeks behind, but I only have 9 good summers left with my almost 9 year old so summers means lots of family time and no work until everyone is in bed. I am hoping to fill up my remaining July & August openings so that we can plan our summer a little bit, July and August newborn and family sessions are now $50 off if booked before June 30. Contact me for more info or join my VIP page to be the first to see my online booking tool launching later this week.

I have a special place in my heart for families I photograph with three kids like me, maybe because I know how busy their lives are and how much work it takes to get organized for family photos. I had the pleasure of meeting this gorgeous family a couple falls ago, and this year we battled the mosquitos for a summer family session. As much as I love fall colors, I adore the lush green backdrop of summer sessions, everything just pops., especially blues and purples like the the girls sweet lilac dresses. We were lucky to end the session in the creek in one of my favourite locations, Whitemud creek, I just love capturing the candid moments that come with kids being able to throw some rocks in the water. Voss family, thank you for hanging out with me again another year and choosing me as your family photographer, it was wonderful seeing you all again. Enjoy. {K} 

Edmonton Extended Family Photographer {Ng Family} Sneak Peek

March is right around the corner, which means spring is almost here, almost! As much as I love winter, there usually comes a point in February where I've just had enough. I can't wait for warmer weather and longer days when I can get out and do more sessions outside. Spring mini sessions in the cherry blossoms will be happening in May again this year, be sure to join my VIP group on Facebook for the first chance at bookings, last year's sessions sold out in hours. My summer availability is also booking up really fast, so don't wait to book your grad photos or summer family photos.

I met this beautiful family a couple weeks ago, after Sarah contacted me to photograph her family while she was in Edmonton visiting from out of province. It was too cold to head outside,  but luckily her parents have a light filled front room that was perfect for some family portraits. Sweet little Ella wasn't too sure about being the centre of attention, but nothing a few gold fish crackers couldn't fix. 2018 is going to be an amazing year for this family, with a new baby due in the spring and a summer wedding. Ng fmaily, thank you so much for inviting me into your home to capture your family. Wishing you all the best. 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 Family Photographer {S Family} Sneak Peek

Kelsie Kelly Photographer is growing. I have been so lucky to be a newborn and family photographer for the past three years; but while I have been so busy from the beginning, I have not built a business that can remain sustainable for years to come. Deciding to start a photography business came from my love of both children and photography, but was also the best way for me to provide for my family while still being present for my three girls. In the past year, sadly, I have not been there for my girls as much as I want, all while not really providing an income that can support my family. So I came a turning point and decided now was the best time to raise my prices. I am still and will always be an all inclusive photographer, I love giving you all of the special memories I create for your family, but it will be at a price that will keep my business sustainable long term. You can see my new pricing here. 

I have some other exciting news to announce as well. In the spring of 2018 I will be opening my new home based studio where I will be offering mini posed newborn sessions, as well as milestone sessions up to age one. My husband is busy drawing up plans for all of my prop storage and backdrops;  I can't wait to share the progress with you in the new year. A new website is coming in January and galleries are once again going to be delivered on a USB. I am also so excited to be offering professional quality prints and custom albums that will be available to order directly from your online gallery. I think 2018 will be my best year yet!

A big reason that my business has been so busy the past three years is because of amazing families like this one that come back to me year after year and pass my name of to all of their friends. I photographed Najla and Geoff for maternity photos in this same spot the very first time I did fall mini sessions a few years ago. Now they are proud parents to busy little Aiden, who definitely doesn't want to sit still for photos now, but who is just the most adorable little guy ever. Najla and Geoff, thank you so much for choosing me as your family photographer, it has been so wonderful getting to know you. Wishing you all the best. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton Extended Family Photographer {W Family} Sneak Peek

Sitting in my office staring at the snow covered pine trees it is hard to believe we were enjoying the fall colors just a few weeks ago. Winter showed up fast this year I think it is definitely here to stay - I am not a huge fan of the cold temps but I do love the snow and so do my kids. This cold weather made me realize that I am so behind on blogging! October was such a busy month, but I am finally at a point that I think I might get caught up! Starting with two blog posts today! 

Extended family sessions are so special to me as I know that sometimes these are the last photos families have of everyone together and that they become photos that are so cherished for many years to come. I met this wonderful family a few weeks ago on a beautiful fall evening in Rundle Park. Watching this family of three gorgeous daughters, two with adorable little ones of their own, had me thinking about what my family might look like in 20 years with three daughters of my own - hopefully as happy as this one. Thank you all for having me capture these special memories for you. Wishing you all the best. Enjoy. {K}  

Edmonton Family Photographer {R-J Family} Sneak Peek

Wow, winter sure came early this year. Looking at the forecast I think it is safe to say that this snow isn't going anywhere. Hard to believe that I was doing family sessions into mid-November last year with little to no snow and if I recall gorgeous temperatures. The silver lining is that hopefully in a couple weeks we will have a winter wonderland for my winter mini sessions.

This family booked me fairly last minute and I am so happy that I was able to fit them it. They were seriously the most fun family I have ever photographed. They were even so forgiving when I got stuck in traffic and was so late to their session - seriously who decides to pave the highway on a Friday afternoon? We lucked out with the most beautiful fall colors and boys who were full of smiles and laughs - having a teenage brother is obviously so awesome. Lee-Anna and Bryan, thank you so much for choosing me to capture your family. Wishing you all the best. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton & Area Family Photographer {Schmidt Family} Sneak Peek

Happy Halloween everyone. I hope that you all stayed dry and warm and that you are enjoying some of your kids candy while reading this - it's called candy tax in our house and this mama goes right for the crispy crunches every year. I had such an amazing fall and was so busy right up until this past weekend, so blog posts are definitely piling up. Hopefully come November I will be caught up! Thank you all again for choosing me as your family photographer and make this my busiest fall yet.  I really appreciate your patience while I work through all of your photos and promise they will be worth the wait. 

I met this family on a very brisk fall day, the day after mother nature came through with a vengeance and blew away all that was left of the leaves. Luckily the river valley near Devon is such a pretty spot any time of the year. Little Dylan was much more interested in playing with the rocks, but big brother Mason was such a charmer with his piercing blue eyes. Trina and Warren, it was so nice meeting you and your boys and Jersey the dog. Wishing you all the best (and lots of Crispy Crunches!). Enjoy. {K}