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One year ago we were in Ireland celebrating the wedding of Kristina and John.  I still feel incredibly lucky to have been apart of such a magical wedding trip. I have to say “wedding trip” instead of “wedding day”, because the hospitality of the John’s Irish family lasted days. From the wedding Rehearsal Dinner at John’s moms home where we were made to feel like family,  to the day-after party into the wee hours at the Shibeen, the entire trip was incredible. I can’t believe it’s been already a year- it feels like we were there just weeks ago.   The location they choose, the Ballybeg House in County Wicklow, was something out of a movie. A quaint white cottage, surrounded by rolling hills filled with white sheep and  rustic rock walls gave the wedding truly Irish feel.  We were spoiled and delighted to stay 3 nights out at Ballybeg house in the adorable little camping (glamping!) pods.  The entire venue was just perfect- and they filled it with some of best people we could spend our time with.  My family and I were so grateful to have had the opportunity to travel with the entire Scade family and create amazing memories around Kristina and John’s wedding. We will truly never forget our wonderful weeks exploring Ireland with you all.  In fact, my daughter Maeve asks at least once a week to go back to Ireland, and has even told us that when she grows up she will be moving “back to Ireland”. She can’t help it, she fell in love with her heritage and felt truly at home.

Thank you Kristina and John, from the bottom of our hearts.  Your wedding was magic. As they say at the Scade house- Good food, good friends and good drinks.  Tim would also like to add that you really know how to throw a party. And a day after party. And every other day party.  But even with all the gorgeous scenery and all the fancy food & Irish drinks,  still nothing took away from the love you two share.  Not only could everyone see how much you love share from the way you look at each other, but it’s obvious you’re best friends too.  And that combo is a foundation of a marriage made to last.

Sláinte!

Kelsy

(and Tim, Maeve, & Violet)



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Little Kabir is one of the sweetest baby I’ve ever met.  It’s wonderful to photograph a maternity session and then several days later be able to photograph the brand new little baby. Watching a family seamlessly change from family of three to a family of four is amazing every time I witness it.  And it’s  wonderful watching babies become toddlers who become loving big brothers full of snuggles and kisses.  Every time I photograph a new baby I feel incredibly grateful for the gift of having my own little family and watching my own little girls grow. Time is a thief, enjoy every little stage.

xoxo

Kelsy

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I’m so grateful to photograph many different big moments in this adorable families’ life.  Beautiful Shradha is one of the kindest souls I know, bringing me her delicious Indian cooking to our maternity session here in Edmonton.  I’m so lucky when clients share their many talents with me (and food is always a way to my heart!).  Every time I photograph their family I love them all a little bit more-big brother Shiva is just about the sweetest little guy you can meet!  During our session I could feel the excited anticipation of baby Kabir’s birth and I was happy  to capture some of their last moments as a family of three. Shradha looks absolutely stunning pregnant and the spring flowers were a perfect addition to her session.

Thanks for being wonderful clients and friends. I’m so grateful for all the trust you put in my a my work.

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I was lucky enough to be camping at the same time as the Inden Family. It had been a long time since I photographed this adorable family, but they were as kind and welcoming as ever. I love photographing families doing the things they love- like camping in Jasper, bike riding in their crescent, or vacationing at their cabin. Anytime we can incorporate families’ favourite things I’m so happy. Personalities come out a little more and the images end up being so much fun.

If you’re looking for family photography this summer in a special place, I’m ready to travel and would love to photograph your family.

Send me a message at inlove(@)knphoto.ca and let’s connect.

Kelsy

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I’ve been lucky enough to photograph this family a second time on as they’ve welcomed their new son home. I find that my newborn sessions, in the comfort of the families home, really become a lot like lifestyle sessions. We  photograph the new baby alone, but then also spend time photographing the new family dynamics, the big siblings, pets and everyone coming together to celebrate the birth of a baby.  I love being able to get images of siblings loving on their new baby brother, and create memories for the mom to look back on with fondness. There is something very special about those first few weeks at home with a new baby. It is always exhausting, and it sometimes comes with it’s own set of unique challenges, but watching everyone fall in love with the new member of the family is the most beautiful thing to see. 

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Last winter I had the privilege of photographing Kelsi and her adorable family outdoors in winter. Lots of families shy away from creating memories during the winter months- but they embraced the snow and headed outside for their portraits.  When the weather is mild, it’s more then worth it to head outdoors!  Kelsi and her family welcomed baby Cavell a few weeks later and I also had the privilege of photographing him in his first few days. My newborn and maternity packages are some of my most popular offerings, and I love being able to work with families on multiple occasions to really get to know them.  But first, here’s a sample of Kelsi’s maternity session- how cute is that bump!?

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Fall has to be one of my absolute favorite times of the year. The crisp mornings, visits to apple orchards, warm sweaters, and of course – those colors!

There’s no surprise that it’s one of the most popular times of the year for fall family portraits here in Edmonton.

As such, I’ve put together a what-to-wear guide that should help you figure out what you should be wearing to your fall family portraits. I know it’s one of the most stressful parts of booking a session- but I hope to make it a bit easier for you.

Lots Of Layers

It’s fall, and one of the best parts about fall is being cozy! Lots of layers are great not only because the weather is changing, but also because it gives your wardrobe some variety.

In contrast, a single t-shirt is a bit boring and doesn’t give us variety.

So when planning your wardrobe think in layers.

And if you’re concerned about how to put pieces together, have no fear! Pinterest is great for finding ideas for what to wear to family portraits and how to put together nice layering pieces. I’ve even put together a Pinterest board just about what to wear for fall family portraits too, and you can find it here.

Here’s an example of a family that did a good job with layering that added a lot of really great variety.  The kids both have jackets they’ve worn at various parts during the session, and the mom has a really vibrant sweater as well.

The different layers not only add more color, but also gives their wardrobe variety just by taking off/putting on a sweater or jacket. They also brought a blanket that tied all the colours together.

Accessorize

Lots of simple  accessories like scarves, jewelry, and jackets are awesome, as well as fun socks and shoes. I love different rich textures all put together to give your images that extra bit of interest.

It’s easiest to dress adults in simpler styles and layers, while letting the kids clothing and accessories pull the color palate together.

I also like hair down opposed to all up, it gives another dimension to images, especially if we have a bit of wind. Which, in the fall, is very likely!

Here’s a few examples of some cute accessories, jackets, and and jewelry that really added a little bit of fun or elegance to the wardrobe choices.

Coordinate and Complement

I’m not a huge fan of wearing lots of black to a portrait session- plus, if you’re all wearing the same color, it can look unfortunately bland.

Instead, try pulling together 3-4 colours (especially if they’re fall colors!) and working your wardrobe around those colours.

It’s not too matchy-matchy, but it still makes you all look like you belong together.

And again, if you’re struggling with coming up with a color palette, check out my board on Pinterest. There’s some great ideas and inspiration for pulling together outfits for family portraits.

Here’s a couple examples of color palettes that complement each other well and also play perfectly into the beautiful fall colours.

Stay Away From Branded Clothing

Branded clothes really bring your eye to the slogan and distract from the real focus of the photo – your family and the gorgeous fall colors.

This doesn’t mean you have to stay away from clothing with any writing on it – in fact, shirts with funny or cute slogans can be good for layering and showing off your personality simultaneously.

Even though the family below is utilizing a lot of colors, patterns, and textures, yet doesn’t draw the eye or distract the viewer as much as logos.

Play Up Your Personalities!

My goal as a lifestyle photographer is to capture who you and your family are, and your lifestyle. The more you can show off your personality in your photos, the more your images will truly reflect who you are as a family.

If you’re bright and bubbly, exaggerate it with your choice of fun and bright-toned clothing. If you like more of a modern style, wear your best.

Use your clothes as an extension of your personality and have some fun!

Here’s an amazing example of a family who used their wardrobe choice to really play up their personalities.

I’m also more than happy to help if you need suggestions as well. So don’t stress about your clothing!  I love walking my clients through choosing what to wear- just send me over a over a quick flay lay of your selections.  We can work together to achieve the best results for your family’s lifestyle session during Edmonton’s quickly approaching fall.

Have You Scheduled Your Fall Family Portraits Yet?

We only have a short window for fall family portraits, and my availability  is limited. If you haven’t taken the time to schedule a portrait session for your family yet, reach out to me so we can get something on the books.

Just shoot me an email at inlove(@)knphoto.ca or head to my website and use my contact form.

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I was lucky enough to spend a week at the beautiful Grand Bahia Principe Tulum on the Riviera Maya with Brittany & Matt.  This resort is such a fabulous place to bring a big group for a wedding- there’s something for everyone. I even blogged about our family  experience over at Twirls and Travels -it was highly recommend!

Back to Brittany and Matt. The feeling of anticipation leading up to their big date was high- they had so many friends and family fly down to Mexico to celebrate with them. It was truly a week long party full of sun, sand, great food and drinks. When the day arrived we were blessed with perfect weather (mid twenties with a light breeze) and nothing but smiles from all in attendance. Everyone was so relaxed and ready to enjoy the day.

The ceremony was oceanside and intimate. I’m pretty sure everyone got a little teary more then once that afternoon. After our portraits we were able to relax with the guests before taking a little train ride to another part of the resort reserved just for beach front receptions. Being able to keep your toes in the sand and hear the waves crash during dinner was nothing short of perfection. A dance party on the beach finished up the evening- I couldn’t think up a better day if I tried.  Or think of lovelier people to share it with.

Thank you Brittany and Matt for having my family and I at your destination wedding. We truly enjoyed every minute. It’s so great to escape from an Edmonton winter to the beach, even for a week. Thank you for trusting me with your memories.

Hugs,

Kelsy

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