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.

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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 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 & 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}

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Edmonton & Area Family Photographer {Labrenz Family Sneak Peek}

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope that everyone is enjoying the long weekend surrounded by family and friends and good food. My husband had to work today, so we are hosting turkey dinner for my whole family tomorrow. I am the oldest of five kids, so I usually host the holiday dinners; I have cooked quite a few turkeys over the past 8 years or so I think I can say I am pretty good at it now! This year I have so much to be thankful for. Most of all my amazingly supportive husband, three healthy beautiful girls, family that helps us out so much and a thriving business- thanks to all of your incredible support. 

I am very thankful for all of the sweet families that choose me to be their family photographer every year. Keri is a long time friend of mine, and I have had the pleasure of photographing her family for the past three years. It isn't always easy to guess when the leaves will turn and we will get perfect fall colors, but for the past three years the Labrenz family has lucked out with just gorgeous fall colors - last two weeks of September/first week of October seem to be the best bet. Keri and Garry, thank you so much for spending another beautiful fall evening with me, it's always a pleasure capturing all the love you have for eachother. Hope to see you again next year. Enjoy and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. {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 {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 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}