Duke’s First Birthday Session | { Cambridge, ON Photography }

First birthdays.

You will laugh, you will shed tears. You might be the mom who plans the party months in advance, with a wonderful theme and tons of yummy food and fun games. You might be the mom who decides to have just a little party with close family and friends. Whatever “style” of mommy / first birthday celebrating you are, there is no denying when your baby turns one, your heart aches yet you are excited all at the same time.

First birthdays.

They sure to come up on us quickly, don’t they? The hustle bustle of the first year from the moment that little bundle was placed on your chest, to their first smile, giggle, belly laugh. The first time they recognized you and then the first time they cried when you left the room. When they reached to be picked up by you. YOU. The first moment they sit up, they crawl and maybe even walk. The babbles, the talking. The mamas the dadas. The crying all night….or the sleeping all night (ever have that moment where you wake up panicked because your child slept for longer than three hours in a row??) All of that stuff, all of that amazing goodness, growth and development that comes with that first year. It’s huge!

Seriously, first birthdays.

Man. They are a big one. I can relate. I can relate to thinking back at how quickly that all comes and goes. I have shed tears over the first birthday. I have shared laughs at the party. I have looked back at piles and piles of photographs, trying to pick out the RIGHT ones from each month to display at the party. I am the mom who put that photo banner up and kept it up for months. Like months. I then may or may not have gotten upset when my husband asked if it was okay to take said banner down yet. I get it.

First birthdays are big. And so they should be captured.

Duke turns one this week.  His mom wanted to capture him as he is (bunny and blanket in tow…my favourite!). Beautiful, happy, and so darn stinkin adorable. This little man stole my heart.  When mom opened the car door, the first thing I saw was his kicks.  Shoes. Ack. I was in love already…followed by suspenders. Please! Stop it.  Then, he smiled at me. Melt. Melt melt melt my heart.  Here is Duke, in his “one” glory.

First birthdays….they kind of make me sappy.

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Duke learned a new trick just the morning of our session….how to stick out his tongue. It was perfect timing! I got to capture his brand spankin new “thing”. Amazing.

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Every time I look at this photo, I melt. His face is so precious.

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Sometimes parents don’t choose the images a photographer loves the most (and I love this one the most…) I was so happy when Duke’s mama chose this moment of the two of them. Sometimes, it’s the simplest moments that make for the best photographs…

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We ended the session with a little cupcake smash in the orchard. It was the perfect end to a wonderful session.

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Happy first birthday, Duke.

If you are interested in capturing you child’s first birthday, we offer studio and outdoor sessions. Custom photography is the perfect way to capture your child at this very moment. In the here and now. Please contact me via email at kellytemplephotography@live.ca or head to the “contact” section of this website to inquire about your session date and/or pricing options for various sessions. In studio sessions start at just $175 and all sessions include a minimum of 5 digital files.  Please join us on Facebook for the latest updates on images and packages.

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Emma Turn 1 | Cake Smash { Cambridge, ON Cake Smash Photography }

Hellooooo!! Another blog. It has been awhile. My apologies….I have a daughter who hates sleep.  She wakes up all smiley and happy, mocking me with those grins and drooly smiles…some might look at her and think she is a sweet doll who is just loves me so much she wants to be awake with me more often than any baby should be, but I see a baby who is screaming out, “SLEEP IS FOR SISSIES!!”  She is stubborn, but oh so gorgeous. Moving on….

This is Miss Emma. She is also gorgeous and celebrated her first birthday with a wonderful cake smash session here in studio. I have updated my backdrop collection, but wanted to share all of the images her mama chose from her session to show you just what a Mini Session looks like.  A lot of people wonder if it’s enough images, or if it’s acceptable for a cake smash. So, here is the outcome of a cake smash mini session.

The Mini Session studio option includes up to about 45 minutes of photography. Honestly, I don’t know many babies and young children who have much more than that in them anyway, so the time is a great amount of time to capture some seriously lovely images.  It includes 15 images (you get to choose from a gallery of them…there are usually around 25 to 30 partially edited images in the gallery. After you pick your favourites, I finish the knit-picky edits and send them your way via Drop Box – a super cool online sharing / downloading site that doesn’t mess around with the awesomeness of your photos). Then, you download them right to your computer and print and share to your heart’s content.  Please, do print your images!! Nothing lasts longer than gorgeous prints in a frame or book. If you want professionally printed images along with your digitals, I can help you with that….as I can also help with adorable mini and full size albums.

Anywhooo….enough explanation, here is the start of the show!!

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We start with “clean” images – pre cake smash – so you can get those smiles and adorable grins in a super cute outfit. I have a ton of little knit items, tutus, etc., or you can bring your own. Emma’s mom brought this super sweet dress. Loved it. Emma, however, wasn’t so keen on the whole endeavour. But hey, she’s one and totally entitled to cry on her birthday!!

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The image above makes me laugh every single time I look at it. I laughed when she gave me that look during the session, and I seriously laugh every time I see this image.  That is EXACTLY how she felt about me taking her photo. So amazing!

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She is smiling at her brother in this image.  It makes me melt how much little siblings love their older siblings.  So much love!

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We changed the set a bit for the cake smash itself. Mom wanted a different backdrop, which is great because cake smashes and mini sessions come with 2 backdrop choices. You get to pick your favourites and I just added a handful of new drops to my collection. I love how both sets turned out!

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“It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to, cry if I want to, cry if I want to…”  oh, and she wanted to. Looooove this shot!!

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But brother and cake made it all better!

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YAY CAKE!

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There it is! A Mini Session cake smash done in studio. Mom brought her own cake, I supplied the romper, headband and pearls. There are endless options. This type of session is great for older babies and younger children and siblings. They are available ALL the time for booking, not just special mini offerings one day here or there.

If you are interested in booking a mini session for a cake smash or a regular session to update photos of your little one(s), please contact me via email at kellytemplephotography@live.ca or phone at 519-717-7002 or by clicking on the “CONTACT” link via this website. Also visit us on Facebook for more information and samples of images.

Kelly - Hi Haley,
I just saw this comment now. I have sent you an email. Be sure to check your junk mail as sometimes my emails go there. I hope I didn’t miss your child’s birthday!!
Thank you so much,
Kelly

Haley - Hi there,
This shoot is so cute looking.
How much do you charge for cake smash/1yr shoots? And what does it include?
Thank you,
Haley

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Family Orchard Fun { Family Photography | Brant, ON }

I feel like having my own little family has made me appreciate and love family photography just that much more.  I mean, I always enjoyed capturing the family moments, but now having my own kids has made me realize just how special those moments are. A slice of time; captured. Those silly smiles, the sweet snuggles…it’s all just magical.  As the days fly by and the years just seem to blur past, we forget those tiny moments.  My daughter isn’t even six months old and I already have trouble thinking back trying to remember details of her as a one week old, a two month old, etc…..

Having these photographs to look back on is just so precious. Capturing the personality of the children and the families interacting together is always my goal. Sure, we get posed photos, but we also capture those moments that you try so hard to to squeeze out of your memory when you close your eyes: of how they felt in your arms, what they smelled like, and to try to hear those sweet giggles all over again. Those moments flash by in an instant but the photographs live on forever.

Here is one of those family photography sessions I just adored capturing. Maybe it’s because little Mr here is just about the same age as my son, or maybe it’s because I adore this family in general, but either way we sure had fun during this session. This is one of the reasons family photography has become my absolute favourite to capture….when you laugh throughout the whole session, something is going right!!

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Miss Victoria { 10 months | Indoor Studio Photography | Paris, ON }

I’m not going to lie, I loooooove taking photos outdoors.  There’s something so laid back and natural about being outside in nature. Kids get to run around, we don’t have to worry about backdrops being gorgeous (because nature is the most beautiful backdrop possible) or things getting knocked over. I get to scour the areas for stunning spots, I get to play with natural sunlight bursting through…and I could go on and on and on. However, sometimes it is not always possible or desired to go outdoor for photos. Here in Canada, we have such a short season that lends well to outdoor photography that indoor studio photography is definitely something to consider and thing about.  It’s amazing for newborns, maternity sessions when mama wants to show off that belly without a crowd of people walking by, or for children who hit milestones during the winter months, etc.

Indoor studio photography can be absolutely fun and beautiful too.  I have some adorable props and items, along with some neat backdrops ranging from plain white to funky brights and gorgeous neutrals.
Here is one sample of a lovely indoor session. This is just one set up, in one cute little knit outfit (I knit this for my knitting business and Miss Victoria modeled it for me).
You can see how the light is still lovely, the session is fun and we can incorporate various props and cute little outfits, bowls and lovely furs that we just cannot take outdoors. Each type of session has their wonderful aspects. Here are some gorgeous photographs from our indoor studio photography session with Miss Victoria at 10 months of age.  Older baby sessions are great to hold in studio from about 4 months onward to one year birthday sessions!

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If you like my work, please be sure to follow me on Facebook.  Photography sessions of all kinds are offered both outdoors and in-studio all year long. I  specialize in family, child, cake smash, maternity and newborn photography, including Baby’s First Year packages. My studio is located in Paris, ON. On location sessions take place within the area, or at requested locations, from parks and orchards to your own back yard.  For more information, please fill out a “contact” form, or call me (Kelly) at 519-717-7002 or send me an email at kellytemplephotography@live.ca

Thanks for stopping by!! More blogs coming soon!!!

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Jacob & His Family! { Outdoor Family Photography | Paris, ON }

HOLY GOODNESS, I BLOGGED!!!!!!!

Did you feel like I left you? I guess I kind of did. I have been turning to my Facebook page for more updates than my blog for a few reasons. First, I welcomed a baby girl to complete our little family on July 1st. Life has been hectic sense juggling our rambunctious toddler on top of the new baby.  This fall proved to be busy with photography, family and getting myself in order.  I also run another knitting business, which has been giving me a bit extra to do on top of everything else! It’s so amazing to be busy but blogging has taken a hit. While, now that the fall outdoor family and child photography sessions have slowed down, I will be playing catch up so stay tuned for some gorgeous sessions coming your way….they will make you hungry for yummy apples and for the sweet warm weather that seems so distant already.

This family is absolutely fantastic. I had the opportunity to photograph Jacob last year on his first birthday at this exact spot.  We decided to come back to capture just how much a year can change a child….seriously, it NEVER ceases to amaze me at how quickly children grow and change. One year makes a world of difference!

We capture a ton of lovely images during this session, but here are a few of my favourites.

 

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If you like my work, please be sure to follow me on Facebook.  Family sessions are offered both outdoors and in-studio all year long. I also specialize in child, cake smash, maternity and newborn photography, including Baby’s First Year packages. My studio is located in Paris, ON. On location sessions take place within the area, or at requested locations, from parks and orchards to your own back yard.  For more information, please fill out a “contact” form, or call me (Kelly) at 519-717-7002 or send me an email at kellytemplephotography@live.ca

Thanks for stopping by!! More blogs coming soon!!!

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