Edmonton & Area Maternity | Fresh 48 | Newborn Photographer {Baby Hendrix}

Back home from a fun and adventure filled family vacation to beautiful Montana, a place that I hope will be my second home one day. We are so lucky to have family to visit who take us to the most beautiful places in northern Montana - this time we boated on Holter Lake, hiked Slucie Boxes State Park and floated the Missouri River; and of course we set off a bunch of fireworks for 4th of July, much to the delight of my girls. Check out some of my favorite shots from our trip on Instagram. While there I was also lucky to do my cousin Katie’s senior portraits; Montana is such a pretty place you could get a great shot in the ditch, so the photos I got of her with the sunset and mountains and some horses as a backdrop are just gorgeous. The beautiful Katie will be featured on the blog soon or you could also see a few sneak peeks on IG.

My busy season is well underway, so many babies still on the way this month and lots of new families to meet and capture in the coming weeks. I can’t believe it but I am nearly fully booked for 2019 newborns, only 1-2 openings per month between August-December. If you are expecting this fall or winter, now is definitely the best time to book. Family session dates are also steadily filling up, a few last minute summer openings still available and fall is almost booked up. I am so thankful to all the families who have trusted me to photograph their family this year, I feel so blessed by the overwhelming support, especially for the families I see year after year and baby after baby - THANK YOU!

I’ve known Marisa for a few years now and have photographed her and her family and friends many times, so I was so excited to hear the news that she was expecting and wanted me to capture her baby boy’s first year. Sweet little Hendrix arrived a tiny bit earlier, as his mama expected he might. Luckily we snuck in a maternity session in the blossoms just in time as just a couple weeks later Hendrix arrived. I was so lucky to meet Hendrix when he was just over 12 hours old for a Fresh 48 session; 5 pounds of pure sweetness. Fresh 48 sessions capture those first days and moments in hospital that are so fleeting in the whirlwind of welcoming a new baby. I am always so honoured to capture these precious memories for families. Once everyone was home and settled we set up a time for me to come do Hendrix’s newborn photos. Big fur brother Cooper was the star of the show to start and then I was spoiled with the sleepiest most content little guy for Hendrix’s portraits. Marisa & Zack, thank you so much for choosing me to capture this special time, looking forward to see Hendrix grow up over the year. All the best. Enjoy.

Edmonton & Area Newborn Photographer {Baby Logan} Sneak Peek

This summer is quickly coming to an end. It'y my oldest daughter's 9th birthday tomorrow and the rest of the year seems to fly by after that, before we know it it's my birthday, Halloween, my middle ones's birthday in November and then boom it's Christmas! It is so amazing how fast time and the years fly by when you become a parent. I remember sitting in my daughter's finished nursery before she arrived thinking is this baby ever going to get here and here I am nine years later and it went by sooooo fast, too fast! This is why newborn and family photography is so important and why I feel so lucky every time I capture such fleeting moments and memories for families, your babies are only babies for so long and you only get so many years with your children. If not for yourself, give your kids the gift of images of them wrapped in their mother's arms or being tickled by their dad, my girls love looking back at our old family photos and remembering how little they used to be and how young their mom and dad used to look, how life was when their was just one, two then three of them. If you are looking to book a 2018 session my newborn and family openings are booking up fast now. Please contact me to book your 2018 or 2019 newborn session. To book a 2018 family session, please visit my easy online booking tool by clicking the button below. 

July was a full month of sweet squishy little newborns, including two little guy's named Logan. The second Logan I was lucky to meet was the 100th newborn I've photographed, and what  perfect timing as this little guy is very special. This beautiful family has been wanting to start a family for many years and after 5 years on a waiting list they finally received the most amazing news, a baby boy would be theirs through the love of adoption. I couldn't imagine the joy and happiness they must feel and did it ever show when I finally got to meet them, you couldn't wipe the smiles off their faces, just pure love and joy.  This tiny 5lb. little guy had to travel a few hours home and I couldn't stop imagining what it would be like to bring a baby home after waiting so long, the anticipation to finally get home and start your life together! For his newborn session he was so wide eyed and smiley to start then a sleeping little angel for me once I posed him, the kind of session newborn photographers dream of! Michelle and Brendan, it was such a pleasure meeting you both and capturing this very special time for your family. Wishing you the very best as a family of three. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton Newborn Photographer {Baby Alexander} Sneak Peek

Wow has it really been a whole month since my last post? Summer is always a really busy time for our family as well as my business. I have been so busy in the background shooting the most beautiful families and editing like a maniac, on top of trying to enjoy on of the 18 summers I get with my girls. I really appreciate everyones patience as I get caught up on galleries and sneak peeks. I am always very upfront with my turn around times and as much as I would love to deliver your photos to you in a matter of days and not weeks raising a family and running a successful business means making some sacrifices on both sides. 2018 family session dates are booking up so fast - THANK YOU! Remaining summer dates are $50 off and fall openings are very slim. Book your spot today, I would love to see you again or meet your beautiful family. 

I had the absolute privilege of meeting this amazing family earlier this month. On Canada Day I happened to see their story featured on Global Edmonton news - you can read more here. I was incredibly touched and reached out to them to see if I could gift them a newborn session and I was so happy when they graciously accepted. Giving has always been an important part of my life and my business and I am always so rewarded in the end, in this case I met a very special family who's story has inspired me and touched my heart. You can read more about mom Kuen's journey here, and I encourage you to. As a young woman she became a quadriplegic after a horrific car accident, but she hasn't let that stop her from living a full life. Given a very small chance of ever conceiving a baby, sweet little Alexander, affectionately known as baby Thor, was really a miracle. Kuen and Jack, thank you so much for inviting me into your home to capture this special time for your family. I wish you absolutely nothing but the best, it was such a pleasure to capture these precious memories for you. {K} 

Edmonton Newborn Photographer {Baby Jack} Sneak Peek

Happy Easter everyone. I hope those of you that have school aged kids are enjoying spring break. Spring break for me is a preview for the summer, laid back days full of fun and time with my kids. I am so lucky that being self employed as a photographer I get to spend days like these with my girls, days that if I worked a 9-5 job I wouldn't get. Some exciting news to share. my home studio is now open for business. I did my first round of Easter minis last weekend (so much fun)  and you can expect more themed minis throughout the year. I am also booking 2018 studio newborn mini sessions and milestone sessions for babies 6 months to 2 years. You can find all info and pricing here. I will be releasing some mom and me cuddle minis in time for Mothers Days soon, be the first to know by joining by VIP group. And don't forget to book your spring mini session, limited openings available. 

Sometimes the stars align and a last minute booking ends up being one of your favourite newborn sessions - that was the case when I met this beautiful family last week. Rebecca and John welcomed baby Jack just a few hours shy of his due date, just in time to celebrate Easter with their new baby. I had the most gorgeous home to shoot in, every room so full of light even on a very dark and cloudy spring day. Jack was so content wrapped up and in the arms of his parents, who were so obviously smitten with him it melted my heart. For his posed photos I definitely had to keep him wrapped up to keep him happy, but he was such an angel and I even got a couple sweet Easter themed images to share just in time for the holiday. Rebecca and John, thank you so much for inviting me into your home to capture this special fleeting time. Wishing you all the best as a family of three. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton Newborn Photographer {Baby Madelyn} Sneak Peek

Late night post once again, but this month has been so full that I am surprised I am not more behind on posts! It is just impossible to find time to work during the day right now with my youngest hitting the absolutely peek of terrible twos! This January has also been my busiest yet, thank you!  So many squishy new years babies, as well as some new adventures.

I wanted to write a whole post about how I have really had an amazing start to 2018 by stepping out of my comfort zone, something that I am starting to realize is one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself, but I didn't want to put off anymore sneak peeks that I know are being patiently waited for. This past weekend I taught my first photography class - something that if you asked me even five years ago if I would do I would say you couldn't pay me enough; I started off a bit nervous, but by then end of the class I felt so comfortable and I was already looking forward to my next class. Then I had a really amazing mom boss moment the other day when I bought my first vehicle all on my own, something that might not seem like a big deal, but it means that I have reached financial independence as a business owner, and it felt amazing. Plus it's a mini van - a luxury vehicle when you are a mom of three! All in all it has been an amazing start to 2018 and I am so excited to see where the rest of this year takes me.

I was lucky to meet sweet little Madelyn a couple weeks ago; I had met her parents earlier this winter for a maternity session and was so excited to hear they had welcomed a little girl. After getting completely lost on my way to the session, thanks google maps, I finally arrived to find just the most wide eyed baby girl all ready for her close ups. After some shots with mom, dad and even grandma who was visiting from out east, I definitely had to work to get some sleepy shots of this little lady who was definitely happier in mom or dad's arms. Sometimes sessions take more patience and time than others, but the love and wonder that surrounds a first baby is so beautiful to capture and I always feel so lucky to photograph these fleeting moments for families. J & M, thank you for inviting me into your beautiful home to capture this special time. Wishing you all the best as a family of three. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton Newborn Photographer {Baby Lincoln} Sneak Peek

The summer of adorable newborns continues. I have had the pleasure of photographing more newborns this summer than I ever have, and I just seem to fall more in love with these sessions every time.  There is just something about the love that surrounds a newborn that I just find intoxicating, and because all of my newborn sessions are done on location in my newborn families homes, families are always so relaxed, making the sessions seem really effortless the more I do them.

This session might be one of my favorites of all time. As soon as I walked in I was greeted by the most gorgeous family in a beautiful light filled home. Little Lincoln was a surprise baby boy, so we promptly took him out of the pink blanket he was in and wrapped him up in a blue one. Big sister Jemma proudly showed me her big girl room and her favorite stuffies, one of which made his appearance in some shots because, why not? Sometimes those stuffies are really part of the family. Mom, who looked absolutely stunning after having a baby just 5 days earlier, had the cutest ideas for some sibling shots in Lincoln's nursery, and it really turned into the sweetest moment when Jemma read her baby brother a few stories in the cute little canvas tent. After some lifestyle family shots, Lincoln was a dream for me when it was time for his posed shots, so curled up and sleepy. I seriously didn't want to go home. Jill and James, thank you so much for inviting me into your beautiful home to capture this special time. Wishing you all the best as a family of four. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton & Area Newborn Photographer {Baby Arianna} Sneak Peek

I met this beautiful family on a gorgeous summer day a couple of weeks ago now. When I arrived Grandma was busy chasing around big brother Matthias and mom was feeding little Arianna while dad finished getting everything ready, a typical morning when there is a new baby. Little Arianna arrived at a very busy time as her aunt was to be married the coming weekend. Such a joyous time for the whole family.

Once everyone was ready to go we hopped onto the master bed for some family shots. Matthias was so sweet and gentle with his new sister, and so full of smiles for me. Little Arianna drifted off to sleep just in time for some shots with mom and dad and on her own. We got through the first few posed shots of her and then that was enough for this little lady. You never know if baby will last a whole session after one feed, or need to be fed a few times to settle, which is why I always allow 2-3 hours for my newborn sessions. In the end we got some sweet shots of mom and Arianna in her gorgeous nursery and memories I hope that this family will cherish for years to come. Michael and Amanda, thank you so much for inviting me into your home to photograph this special time. Wishing you all the best as a family of four. Enjoy. {K}

Edmonton & Area Newborn Photographer {Baby Makenna} Sneak Peek

Is it just me or is this summer flying by way too fast? I didn't really hit me until my daughter asked me how many days it was until her birthday and I realized it is only 2 weeks away - 2 weeks and my oldest daughter turns 8. Talk about time flying. 

I had the pleasure of photographing the newest addition to this family a couple weeks ago. Sweet little Makenna joins big brother Haestin who was to turn 2 the day after our session. Little Makenna was wide awake most of our session, but would close her eyes just long enough for me to get some sleepy shots.  Haestin was so sweet with her, full of kisses and cuddles for his new sister. I found out that this family is from the same small Alberta town as my husband, Peace River, so it was cool to chat about some of the common people we knew, even if they didn't recognize my husband's name;  small world we live in. Josee and Dustin, thank you so much for inviting me into your beautiful home to capture this special time. Wishing you all the best as a family of four. Enjoy. {K}