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 & Area Family Photographer {Grimson Family} Sneak Peek

Fall is coming to an end here and that means major catch up time for me. I am hoping to have all of my September sessions and October mini sessions sent out by the end of next week. Thank you so much to all of you for your patience, I promise your photos will be worth the wait. 

Something this beautiful mom said to me when I was shooting this session has really stuck with me and that was that no one needs to be perfect in front of my camera. It's so true. Yes, I definitely guide you along the way, but sessions with me are very laid back.  I want to capture moments, not just perfectly posed shots. I totally get it, getting photos done with little ones can be so stressful, but come to your session with the mindset that you don't need to be perfect and I promise you it will rub off on your kids and make for photos that will really mean something to you.

Serena and Mark, it was so nice meeting you and your sweet boys. I am sure it will only be a matter of time before our paths cross again in our little town.  Thank you so much for choosing me to be your family photographer. Wishing you all the best. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton Family Photographer {Crawford Family} Sneak Peek

Seriously how is it almost the end of October? I know, I am so behind on my blogging schedule, in fact I think this is the longest I have gone in between posts. The reason, you guys have made October absolutely my most successful month ever, which means I have barely any free time between sessions and all the editing that comes after. But thank you all so much for the amazing support, I really couldn't see myself doing anything else, I love this job so much.  

On top of working non stop I also took on a new challenge earlier this month that I am super excited about. I will be teaching photography classes at the Canadian Photography Learning Centre in the new year - specifically a how to shoot manual/use your DSLR class in January and a Lightroom class in March. This month I am training a couple nights a week, which has put me a bit behind, but I just couldn't turn down such an amazing opportunity. You can find more info at - www.cplc.ca.

I met this dad and his sweet kids on a blistery fall evening a few weeks ago. I don't get to photograph dads with their kids as often as I'd like, so when Ryan contacted me about fitting him in fairly last minute I couldn't say no, especially when he offered to drive over an hour so that I could do the session in my favorite spot - Prospectors Point in Devon (such a pretty spot all year long). We tried to get through the session as quickly as possible since it was freezing, the silver lining was that the cold really brought out so many warm hugs and moments that truly captured this dad's special bond with his kids. Ryan, thanks so much for choosing me as your photographer. Wishing you all the best. Enjoy. {K}

 

 

Edmonton Family Photographer {McRoberts Family} Sneak Peek

Thank you so much to everyone who has made this my most successful fall yet. I have met so many new families, as well as so many families that have been with me since the beginning. I am so grateful for all of you and am so happy to be your family photographer. My turn around right now is about 3-4 weeks, the longest it's ever been, but I promise all of your photos will be worth the wait. 

I met this sweet family almost exactly a year ago when they were just three. One year later and a baby brother has joined the family, you can see his newborn photos here, and they are the sweetest family of four. Kate was only 2.5 when I did her photos last year, and what a difference a year makes! She was just a darling this year in the most adorable dress and boots. Little Noah has grown sooo much since his newborn session, at 8 months he is almost as big as my 2 year old. Ashley and Mike, it has been wonderful getting to know your family the past year, thank you so much for choosing me as your family photographer. Wishing you all the best and hope to see you again soon. Enjoy. {K}

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}

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 & 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 & Area Extended Family Photographer Sneak Peek

This summer has been so busy that I am way behind on my blog posts, so thank you to everyone patiently waiting for their sneak peeks. Hopefully if this rainy weather continues I can get closer and closer to being all caught up.

I met this wonderful family for a fun family session a few weeks ago on a gorgeous July night. Grandparents recently located from Ontario to be closer to grandson Cole and family, so it was the perfect time for a session to celebrate everyone being together! Little Cole had us all on our toes most of the session, but what 2 year old wants to stay still for one second ever! Luckily I was able to capture some sweet candid moments and smiles that I hope this family will cherish for years to come. Thank you all for having me photograph your fun loving family, it was fun! Wishing you all the best. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton Graduation Photographer {Kelli} Sneak Peek

I am so lucky to have family that live in the beautiful state of Montana, and even better family that asked me to photograph their gorgeous daughter for her senior year. Earlier this month we travelled down to Montana with our three girls and spent the most fun filled days over the July 4th holiday. It was hotter than we could have imagined, about 38 degrees the whole time we were there, but nothing some visiting in the shade or jumping in a pool couldn't fix. On our last night I had the pleasure of photographing my husband's aunt's oldest daughter, who will be graduating high school this year; hard to believe she was the same age as my little Taylor the first time I met her! We took photos on a gorgeous ranch that she works at part time, then back near her home with her beloved horse. I was seriously in photography heaven! Amazing light, stunning girl, a barn and a horse, I felt like I was shooting a country star, it was awesome. Ober family, it was such an honour to capture this special time for you. Kelli you are a smart, kind and beautiful young woman and I am excited to see what the future brings for you, only good things I am sure. Auntie, I will come back anytime to capture your wonderful family again. Enjoy. {K}