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 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 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 & 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}

Sherwood Park Family Photographer {M Family} Sneak Peek

Well it is snowing in Edmonton today so it looks like our fall is almost over. I honestly would give up a little bit of summer for a longer fall, the changing colors and warm sweaters, perfect weather for family photos. Now it's time to camp out in my office all day editing, so many families this fall I think I am the busiest I have ever been.

I have been lucky enough to photograph this family every year, and little Braxton has always been so sweet. This time though, while still the cutest little guy ever, he just wanted to run! I definitely had to work hard for each shot and got a pretty good work out in chasing him around. This location in Sherwood Park is so pretty for photos and works great if you have a cute dog too. Brittany and Grant, it has been lovely getting to know you and be 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 & 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 Family Photographer {Tebb Family} Sneak Peek

A little fact  about me that not everyone might know - I love to travel across this beautiful province and I am happy to photograph you anywhere in Alberta. We have such a gorgeous province and I absolutely love a change of scenery every once in awhile.

I met this gorgeous family in a place they call their second home just over an hour west of Edmonton. I instantly fell in love with the gorgeous location backing onto a trestle bridge, pond and golf course. We had a beautiful sunny evening to work with so I started off the session grabbing a silhouette on the top of the hill. To say this family was easy to photograph would be a complete understatement. They all we so natural in front of the camera, even the littlest one who didn't have the best pre-photoshoot nap, and they looked absolutely stunning in their pops of greens and blues. T & R, thank you so much for the fun session, it was such a pleasure to capture these memories for you. Wishing you all the best. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton Family Photographer {Voss Family} Sneak Peek

It's hard to believe that today is nearly a 20 degree day in November, but we had no leaves, snow and lots of mud on the ground when I photographed the wonderful Voss family back in mid-October. Luckily the winding trails, creeks and bridges of Millcreek Ravine with the sun setting still made for a gorgeous spot for family photos. Families with three or more kids are always a challenge, but always so much fun, and my session with the Voss's was no exception. In between wiping mud off our boots, and stopping for all the dog's walking by much to the delight of the youngest miss Ivy, we got everyone looking at the camera at least once with some candid moments in between. Voss family, it was a pleasure meeting you all, thank you for spending a beautiful fall evening with me. Hope you get out and enjoy the creek again one day. Enjoy. {K}