Edmonton & Area Maternity and Newborn Photographer {Baby Bennett}

Happy Sunday everyone. I hope you had a fabulous weekend and enjoyed some of the nicest weather we’ve had in a month. Between Thursday and Saturday I shot 3 family sessions and a sweet pumpkin patch cake smash session, so busy, so today it was time to relax a bit and get caught up on some blogging and editing. You may have noticed that I haven’t been blogging family sessions; truth is I am just way too busy to blog every session over the summer and fall months, but I will be sharing all of my favorite sessions over the course of the slower winter months, so stay tuned. Are you thinking about Christmas yet? I am! The past few weeks I have been stocking up on sweet holiday newborn props for all of my holiday newborns (still some openings available) and last week I released my Christmas studio and Outdoor winter mini session dates - dates are starting to book up fast, see available bookings and book your spot here today. There are still some fall dates available and now is the best time to book your extended holiday season family sessions, there are a few openings just before Christmas and New years to accommodate families that all get together over the holidays.

I met this gorgeous couple this summer and as soon as I met them I could tell that a) they would have the most beautiful baby and b) I was about to shoot my favourite maternity session of all time. Ashley arrived to maternity session with a few just lovely dresses to wear, we had the most amazing golden hour light, and as usual we had one of my favourite spots all to ourselves. Worst part - the mosquitoes! I was getting eaten to death right through my jeans and poor mama Ashley, changing as we went nearly got eaten alive. You just can’t win here all the way in the summer.

A few weeks later sweet little Bennett arrived..my 7th newborn Bennett of the year! The funny thing is that I always loved the name Bennett for a boy, but never got to use it since I had three girls. Now I guess I just book families who have a great taste in names. I arrived to a new mom and dad who had slept in a bit late (I would too if baby was sleeping) and a wide awake baby boy. After what seemed like hours, I finally got little B to sleep and we ended up with the most adorable sleepy shots and warm cuddly shots with mom and dad who were just so obviously in love with their new bundle of joy and with each other in their new role as parents. Ashley and Matt thank you so much for choosing me to capture this special time for your family. Wishing you all the best as a family of three and p.s Happy anniversary. Enjoy, {K}

Edmonton Newborn Photographer {Baby Donovan}

Happy Thursday everyone, here is a rare afternoon post for you as last night got away from me and I never blogged this session as promised. Sending a huge thank you out to my mama who took my littlest for the afternoon so I could try and get somewhat caught up on my mountain of blogging, editing, packaging and sending USBS, banking, invoicing and some social media etc…if you were wondering what you are investing in when you book a session it’s not just the time I spend taking your photos, but all of the behind scenes stuff that takes place in order to deliver a professional quality experience to every family I am lucky to photograph. Pricing has been a hot topic as of late. I have shared this post on my personal Facebook page and had such a wonderful response and wanted to share here for every family that is thinking about investing in a session with me and as a thank you to everyone who has trusted me to capture their family’s precious memories and given me the opportunity to do a job that I love everyday. I’ve known some families for four years now and watching their families grow is really such an honour and privilege.

So something’s been on my mind.

I 100% understand everyone has a budget. I do, too. Everyone has bills and responsibilities. I do, too. We all do!
And a lot of people have their luxuries- or things they value highly.

Example: Most people have a smart phone. Those things aren’t cheap. But if it’s something you value, you invest.

Thing is- a lot of the stuff that’s expensive in our lives won’t last forever. My phone is only like 3 years old and it’s basically at the end of its life. Some people get a new phone everytime the new model comes out. That stuff isn’t cheap... but people place value to those things in their lives. If it matters to you, you’ll invest in it.

So here’s why I’m talking about this. I get really frustrated sometimes (a lot of photographers do) hearing about how we are too expensive... or our prices are ridiculous. Or cost “an arm and a leg.”

Because photography isn’t an outfit you’ll outgrow.
Photography isn’t a cell phone that’ll run too slow in two years.
Photography isn’t an accessory that’ll go out of style.
Or a car that won’t drive in 15 years.

Photographs are forever.
And photography is a way to capture life as it FLIES on by.

Photography is a way to remember how small your baby’s tiny toes were.
It’s a way to remember the smiles, the nose scrunches, the tears, the hugs, the heights, the tiny fingers and tiny toes, the kisses and the bonds.

It’s a snapshot into your lives at that very moment.
The moment’s that you can’t get back.

I promise you these photos you invest in won’t need a new battery and they won’t require a tune up.

They will exist for years and years to come.
When your kids are all like “Mom, you’re embarrassing me”
Or when your kids have somehow grown taller then you.
These photos will exist when your kids have moved into their own homes and have their own families.

They become priceless.
I’m writing this not to say HEY ignore your budgets!
No.
Not at all.
I’m writing this to maybe give you a different perspective. To educate about the importance of photography and why we all believe it’s a high priority. And maybe help you understand why we believe in the experience and product we give you.

Honestly, we just want you to love your photos and FEEL the memories flood back when you look upon them over the years.

When you invest in your photography, you invest in memories.
You invest in life.

It’s an honor to be apart of something so much bigger then myself and to be apart of your memories.
— Bethany Hope Photography - Chicago

I met little Donovan a few weeks ago now and could not wait to share more from his session. First - oh my gosh that red hair, I don’t think in four years of photographing newborns I have ever met a more gorgeous ginger baby. And on top of that, 9.5 lbs. of pure baby squishiness. Sometimes I have to pinch myself, I really do photograph the most beautiful babies. This little guy is lucky to have two big sisters and you could just see the joy in their eyes and heart every time they got to hold or snuggle their new baby brother, so heart melting. Michelle Ann & Todd, thank you so much for inviting me into your beautiful home to capture this special time for your family. Wishing you all the very best as a family of five (or 6, we have to include Norman the Great Dane) .

Edmonton Newborn Photographer {Baby Xavier}

Summer sure came and went in a hurry this year! I met so many beautiful babies this summer that I am definitely playing catch up on my blog posts, so get ready for lots of beautiful squishy newborns featured over the next few weeks. Kids are off to school, well almost, my youngest will start pre-k in a couple weeks, and then I will hopefully have a bit more time to stay on top on editing and social media and everything else that goes along with running a successful photography business. My busy fall season is already underway and I am so excited to meet so many beautiful families and also see so many familiar faces this fall. I still have a few fall openings available so if you are thinking about booking a family or even an extended family session this fall this is your last call! Book your spot online here . Christmas believe it or not is only 109 days away (thanks Siri) and I am now booking Christmas studio and Outdoor winter family sessions! I am so happy to be able to accommodate families in my studio this year so you really have two options now - indoor (cozy pjs optional) or outdoor fun (snow angels and sled rides). Spots will fill up fast! Book Now

I have been so lucky to have watched this family grow since they welcomed their first baby Alena a few years ago and was so thrilled when they contacted my to photograph their second baby’s first year. A little brother Xavier for Alena, and oh my heart does she ever love him. I still remember her love of baby dolls and now she has her own real life baby, she had so many snuggles and kisses for her new baby brother, so heart melting. Brittany and Aaron, thank you so much for choosing me as your family photographer. I can’t wait to watch little Xavier grow. Wishing you all the best as a family of 4.

Edmonton Maternity & Newborn Photographer {Baby Winnie}

Only 3 more weeks until back to school Once again this summer has flown by. As mush as I love my girls this is around the time of summer I reach my breaking point and start to look forward to school - the routine and the few mornings I get of quiet with my littlest in pre-k this fall. This summer has been my busiest yet business wise, so trying to stay on top of blogging and editing has been a struggle with three kids almost constantly needing something or my puppy needing to be walked or entertained. I really appreciated all of my amazing clients who have been more than patient as I get caught up. Fall is right around the corner so I won’t be slowing down anytime soon - snap one of my last fall family session openings online today.

My last session of 2018 was held at the ice rink across the street from my home and it was to capture this amazing couple finding out they would be having a baby girl this summer! What a perfect way to end a year and look forward to a new one.

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Fast forward to July 20th and Miss Winnie Louise was finally here! I had photographed Nicole’s maternity session back at the beginning of June and thought baby would be here a lot sooner, but she definitely made her parents wait - but as well all know a sweet baby is always worth the wait. I got to meet her at just a week old and she was just a dream to photograph, and her nursery was something else, just perfect! Ash and Nicole, thank you so much for having me capture this very special time for your family. Wishing you all the best as a family of three (or five if we count the dogs!) . Enjoy! {K}

St. Albert Newborn Photographer {Baby Asher}

Happy Sunday, I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. My favourite holiday of the year, Easter, is just around the corner and so is my last weekend before I start my busiest time of year - family photography season May to October. My 2019 newborn session availability is booking up faster than ever and now is definitely the best time to book for any due date between now and November. Family sessions will also start to book up fast once the grass turns green so book your session today, very limited openings each month, click the button below and conveniently book your session online. Mama’s your day is just around the corner too and it is time to treat yourself to a mini session for just you and your babies (or big kids!) Studio Cuddle Mini Sessions are coming up on April 27th and there are a few openings left - contact me to book today and give yourself and your kids the gift of emotive images featuring your special bond.

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful family and their newest addition, sweet baby Asher. Big sister Emery was such a helper showing me around as soon as I arrived then being just a doll when I photographed her with her new brother. Photographing families in the comfort of their homes is how I started my newborn photography journey and I still love these sessions the most. Families can just be themselves and the older siblings always seem to warm up to be a bit faster. I also love how I am able to really tell the story of your baby’s first days using the backdrop of baby’s new home - maybe not their forever home, but the home that first welcomed them into the family. Meghan and Troy, thank you so much for inviting me into your gorgeous home to capture this special time for your family; wishing you all the best as a family of four. Love {K}

Edmonton Maternity & Newborn Photographer {Baby Graeme}

Spring is officially here and for me that means the start of my busiest time of year is just around the corner, 80% of family sessions are booked between April and October. Weekend session dates are booking up the fastest, be sure to visit my online booking page soon to secure your 2019 family session date. This past week was amazing, I shot the newborn session featured below, as well as a branding session and my dentist’s office, can’t wait to share more from each unique session. I also taught my first Mama & Camera’s Learn to Shoot Manual class to six wonderful ladies yesterday and wow does teaching again ever feel good. It is truly so rewarding to share my photography knowledge with others and I am looking forward to teaching another Mama’s & Cameras classes again later this year.

I met Taryn and Nathan earlier this year for a maternity session in the always beautiful Hole’s Greenhouse in St. Albert. We had the most beautiful light and you could just feel the excitement and joy these two had for their very special IVF baby that they had been waiting many years for - made with a lots of love and a little bit of science. I couldn’t wait to see them again and meet their little boy this spring.

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Little Graeme couldn’t have been more perfect when I met his for his newborn session when he was 12 days new. He was so calm as I wrapped him up and he drifted off to a deep sleep for most of the session. I could only imagine waiting so long for your first baby and then finally getting to snuggle them in your arms, must feel like heaven. The love and joy that surrounds a new baby is such an honour to capture and these two sure adore their baby boy. Taryn and Nathan thank you so much for having me photograph this very special time for your family. Wishing you all the best as a family of 3 (pius one - glad we got Edison in some shots)

Edmonton Fresh 48 & Newborn Photographer {Baby Brynn}

It’s officially spring break and after a fun weekend with family, including checking out the new Royal Alberta Museum (highly recommend!), I’m ready to enjoy having my kids home this week. We will do some baking, check out the new children’s area at the Telus World of Science, maybe go swimming, and hopefully get outside a lot, the perfect staycation. Hope you and your family have some fun planned for the week if it’s spring break for your kids too. With spring officially here and summer just around the corner now is absolutely the best time to book your 2019 family session. Weekend dates are all ready booking up into the fall. Some pointers again for picking the right season for photos - late May means cherry blossoms, late July canola fields (and bugs!), fall officially starts in September but colors are usually best between mid September and early October, and winter makes the perfect backdrop for holiday photos or extended family sessions when everyone is together for the holidays. Click the button below to see current openings.

I am so lucky to have the absolute honour of capturing this beautiful family for their baby girl’s first year. I got to meet Brynn when she was just hours old for a Fresh 48 session. Fresh 48 sessions are done in hospital when baby is 12-48 hours old, usually timed for when older siblings come to meet their new baby or brother or sister for the first time. The pure love and joy that surrounds a new baby those first days is full of precious moments that are so fleeting and I am so lucky to freeze time for these families. Fresh 48 sessions can be booked alone or at a discounted rate when booked with a newborn session or first year packages.

A couple short weeks later I photographed sweet little Brynn again for her newborn photos. It is always fun to see how families are adjusting to having a new little one and I am always amazed how much babies can change in as little as 10 days. Miss Brynn was so alert and spent a lot of time awake before melting into her dad’s arms and drifting off to sleep for her posed portraits. Big brother Chase was full of love for his new sister and even though he was a typical busy toddler, we got some very adorable snuggly shots of him and his sister. I cannot wait to see this family again later this year when Brynn is ready for her sitter session, the time will fly by I am sure. Meghan and Garret, thank you so much for having me capture this special time for your family. I am looking forward to getting to know you more this year and wish you all the very best as a family of four. 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 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}.