The G Family | Outdoor Family Photography {Hamilton Family Photographer}

The G Family  |  Hamilton Outdoor Family Photography

This family is so darn adorable.  I photographed this sweet little girl a few years ago when she was brand new and here they are again (they haven’t had professional family photos taken since then so I was happy to see them back and update their family images)!!  Outdoor family photos allow families to run around and have fun. We always capture some classic poses and move onto taking images of more natural and fun family reactions throughout the session.

This field is the perfect spot for outdoor family photography and is located in town here close to my studio.  The sunlight is perfectly amazing in the evening and the backdrop is pretty. When we arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to find it was covered with beautiful Queen Anne’s Lace wildflowers! It made for the perfect field backdrop.
Here are a few of my favourites from the G Family’s outdoor family photography session:



Some of the images I captured while she was being thrown in the air were amazing crazy hair photos! It was hilarious to see her hair go right up.


I love the smiles we get playing “one, two, three, swing”! It’s always so sweet.


My family photo sessions are filled with laughter and fun. We run around, chase each other and play silly games. We roar, give high fives and just bring out all of the energy the children have to offer.  However, once in awhile we slow down to smell the flowers (fun fact: Queen Anne’s Lace smells like carrots…weird right?!). This moment happened suddenly and amidst the craziness of an excited three year old running around a field having fun with her family <3


I love the progression of the pictures of mama and daughter. They make my heart happy.


I have fun capturing children just as they are…and it’s a good thing my camera is quick because they sure do move fast!!


Mama is a HUGE fan of the movie Dirty Dancing, so we ended it with some DD running and catches. Ah-mazing way to end the session.


If you are interested in booking an outdoor family photography session, please reach out to us soon. Our fall weekend evenings dates are more than 60% booked. We are booking into the end of October. However, we also offer weekday evening and weekend sunrise sessions (thankfully, the sun rises a lot later in October than it does in June & July!!). We specialize in capturing your family’s interactions together and love for one another. Come prepared to snuggle and have fun.
We also specialize in maternity, newborn, baby and child photography both in studio and outdoor. Please follow us on Facebook to see our latest images and to keep up to date with new special offers and session details!  I can’t wait to kick off our fall outdoor family photos.

Kelly - I will send you an email 🙂 Thank you!

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Emma Turn One | Baby’s First Year Birthday Bash!! {Brantford Cake Smash Photography}

Emma Turns One!  |  Brantford Cake Smash Photography

This sweet baby girl turns one! To celebrate her first birthday, we planned Emma’s cake smash session in the colours mama loved on her the most.  My cake designer loves coming up with all of these adorable cake designs for our cake smash photography sessions.

Emma is one of my Baby’s First Year babies….and her brother was one of my first BFY babies over 6 years ago. I’m so thankful that this family came back to me again for their second child. It’s amazing to see people come back to me years later. It’s such a delight and it makes me feel pretty darn awesome. I have to go back and look through my archives to find big brother’s session…but if memory serves me correctly, he was not nearly as interested in smashing his cake as his little sis was. She dove in head-first, then sampled a bit of icing. From there, she went to town on the cake! When she got a little bored, she moved onto the balloons and ran all over the place (it’s always so different having a walking cake smash baby than a non-walker). We gave her the wooden spoon and it was glorious!  Here are a few of my favourites from Emma’s first birthday cake smash session:


Before the cake smash session, we start with “clean” or pre-cake photos. But what do you do with a fast little baby who is walking all over the place? Why, you put them on cute little chairs!


Adorable outfit by Pup and Frank Props


Her mama brought in this cute little dress for her second set up!


Here are a few more that weren’t in the collage or that I feel like need to be seen bigger because they are just too darn adorable.


I wish I could dive into cake with no inhibitions like this….sheer awesomeness.


Just as her brother did years ago, we ended with some watermelon in our backyard.  Using the same chair and the same backdrop, we got some really cute photos of Miss Emma refreshing herself and washing down all of that icing (post bath) with some cool watermelon. She loved it!


If you are interested in booking a cake smash photography session, do not delay! We plan your custom cake smash session from start to finish with a colour scheme and theme of your preference.  The sooner you book, the sooner we can start planning your session.  It is possible to schedule your cake smash prior to your child’s birthday to have you images completed in time for the party or you can schedule your session right on your child’s birthday – the choice is yours. But, it’s never to early to secure your cake smash photography session and secure your date.
We specialize in child, cake smash, family, maternity and newborn photography. Paris, ON based photographer, our studio is located in our home in South Paris. Bookings are taken on a first come first serve basis, with a limited number of sessions booked each month to ensure the highest quality service. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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Baby A Turns One | First Birthday Cake Smash {Kitchener Cake Smash Photographer}

First Birthday Cake Smash  |  Kitchener Cake Smash Photographer

Some sessions are a bit more memorable than others. That’s not to say I don’t remember ever single client I’ve had – because I do!! Believe it or not, I really really do. I may not remember dad’s first name, but I remember the faces of my clients and the moments that we spent together.  This sweet girl is so adorable I don’t think I could forget her amazing smiles or her sweet but somewhat sassy personality.  I couldn’t forget her lovely parents who were so amazing throughout the whole thing.  This birthday cake smash session ended up being amazing…but it didn’t necessarily start that way. Oh no….it started a little differently.

I will also remember this amazingly fun first birthday cake smash session because my studio flooded (LIKE WATER WATER EVERYWHERE….FLOODED) about five minutes before we were set to begin our session. It FLOODED. I had set up the majority of what I would need for the session and had everything ready to go. The rain was pouring down and my husband and I were standing upstairs chatting away and watching the water spew out of our neighbour’s downspout. We were giggling and joking our car was going to float away in the lake that had become our road.  Then, I decided to go down to the studio (which is in the basement of our home) and then I saw it: The giant puddle of water at the bottom of the stairs. We have had water there before in big rain storms but we hadn’t in so long that it didn’t even cross our mind. I screamed (insert frantic panic here as my equipment and everything is down there) to my husband to come heeellllp. He ran down to check it out and I ran up to get towels. I grabbed two thinking it was small and he yelled back up it was throughout the ENTIRE basement.  Thankfully my computer was saved and we caught my light just in time and my camera gear was on top of a shelf. It covered all 20 feet across and was being soaked up into the walls. My heart sank. I lost a couple of backdrops and floor drops, but overall I was so lucky. We have some construction to finish on the walls, but realistically it could have been so.much.worse.

Cue family coming to the door in this insane storm about five minutes later. My husband was still downstairs sopping up water. We ended up needing far more than two towels and went through every single towel in the house (I had just said I finished the laundry, too….I should have known better…). I greeted them outside with an umbrella and we walked into the house where I looked at them and broke the bad news that my studio was under water.  They had traveled almost an hour, there was a cake begging to be eaten and the rain wasn’t letting up.  We decided to continue with the session by having me move what I could upstairs to my kitchen. It was completely unplanned and not at all where I would normally hold a session, but it did the trick! It took some time and patience but my wonderful clients stuck through it all and we managed to have a really fun and super cute first birthday cake smash session. Although the story behind the images is quite long, the photos speak for themselves….this session was so cute.  By the end, we were all happy and I am so thankful they were that understanding about everything. There’s nothing better than a session that ends in a round of hugs for all!

Here are some of my favourites from Baby A’s first birthday cake smash session:


Baby A’s mom told me she loved this outfit and set up. Thankfully I had an extra dark wood floor (my regular one got destroyed by the flood) and we could still make her vision a reality. My husband makes these beds (!!!) and I knit the outfits with my shop Noa’s Knits. The uber talent Myrtle & Moss Props made the headband. This whole outfit and set up is just adorable and Baby A looked super sweet in it.


I was editing these on a Monday and just thought, well…if this adorableness can’t cheer up a Monday then nothing can <3


ACK! That face though….so sweet….she looks like a little doll.


Getting this bonnet on and keeping it on for longer than 10 seconds was tough. It’s a serious art getting hats on older babies. The struggle is real.


Okay. I love everything about this. It makes my heart happy. I love customizing sets to suit the parent’s style. Mama wanted something more classic and subtle instead of the more bright and colourful birthday set up.
Outfit & headband by Pup & Frank
Curly rug layers by Buttercup Baby


This face of sheer joy was over bubbles. Who doesn’t love bubbles?!?


This gorgeous cake wasn’t the highlight of her day….she preferred the bubbles more than anything but dad was happy to help her out with the cake <3


She was over the cake, so cue dad blowing more bubbles…honestly, these are from Walmart. The best.bubbles.ever.EVER.


Hehe I love toes in cake icing. Simple yet it says it all.

kitchener_cake_smash_photographer_018Once again, we made the most out of a crazy and freakish situation and I’m so glad we did! This session turned out beautifully.  Happiest of Happy Birthdays to Miss A.

If you are interested in booking a first birthday cake smash session it is best to do so as far in advance as possible in order to customize your cake, outfit and backdrop preferences (we do accommodate last minute bookings as we have TONS of designs and outfits here already. We design the entire session together from start to finish! Mini and full cake smash sessions are available in our newly refurbished home-studio any time of year.

For more information, please send me a message by clicking on the “contact” link above or by emailing me or call 519-717-7002. We specialize in child and family photography, as well as maternity, newborns and head shots.

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Lavender Field Maternity Session | Kitchener Maternity Photographer

Sunset at the Lavender Field. 34 weeks   |    Kitchener & area Maternity Photographer

A large part of the world of photographing families outdoors is finding amazing locations.  Part of my job is to make suggestions of fabulous photography locations.  I drive around and scout out new places that will work as a stunning backdrop to the photos. I talk to people who own farms and lovely spots. I knock on doors and take risks to use properties that catch my eye. I always have a few ideas at the back of my head for future sessions.  But the truth is, I can photograph just about anywhere. It doesn’t matter what is surrounding people because the most important thing is to capture the connection between my subjects and to find spaces with gorgeous lighting.  Some families prefer flowers or trees or a more rustic look. But the truth of the matter is, the light is by far the most important thing you can have in a photo.  Without good lighting, the session is just meh.  People can look shadowy or have green tones. I’m picky about my lighting, and I am the first to say that something won’t work if I don’t love the light.  I believe I attract people to my photos because of the lighting that they see (although they might not realize that is the key ingredient).

For this session, we traveled to a gorgeous farm in Ayr called The Lavender Farm.  Family owned, this farm produces gorgeous lavender and has a stunning property to use. But beyond that, the sunsets are perfection. Like sheer perfection. It doesn’t get much better than this.  This location takes “Golden hour” to a whole other element.  This amazing couple wanted their maternity photographs taken somewhere with a little pizzazz, and I think we found it here!

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During the right time of year, the lavender is a brilliant purple colour. This year it wasn’t quite as vibrant as it can be because it was just so darn hot and dry. But it still looks pretty amazing.

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I can’t wait to meet and photograph the little baby girl in there! It won’t be long before she arrives.

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Brant maternity photographyI love when all I have to do is ask people to hold hands and walk toward me. The connection between a loving couple is just so beautiful to photograph.

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The above image is my absolute favourite from our session. I just love it.

Brant maternity photographyIf you are interested in scheduling a maternity and / or newborn photography session, please contact us via email at or follow the “contact” link above. Feel free to call or text 519-717-7002 to speak with me directly!
Be sure to ask about our maternity mini session special. With the booking for a Regular or Full Newborn session receive a complimentary 20 minute maternity session with 4 digital images of your choice. It’s an amazing opportunity to work with each other before your baby arrives and to capture such a wonderful and special time in your lives.
We specialize in outdoor maternity, child and family imagery, as well as in-studio newborn and child photography. Newborn sessions are taken in limited numbers for each month so be sure to book early to secure your session spot.

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Sweet Silly Seven Months | Kitchener Baby Photographer

Sweet and Silly Baby S – 7 months old | Kitchener Baby Photographer

To be honest, I used to find this age a little bit crazy. Babies at “sitter” age (when they can sit up on their own…so about 6-9 months or so) are slightly unpredictable. Sometimes they can crawl. Sometimes they cry. A lot. Sometimes they are big smiles. Sometimes they play shy to strangers. Sometimes they just look at me with no expression whatsoever.  But honestly, after having my own babies and realizing what an amazing age this is and how fun they are when they have those big smiles and amazing expressions, I feel this is an age that NEEDS to be captured.

Being a baby photographer is always full of surprises, and I’m so thrilled to photograph sitter baby sessions. These are quickly becoming my favourite age to photograph. Honestly, the older babies are stealing my heart away. The laughs, giggles and yes…the unpredictability of it all is quite a challenge.  I play a lot of peek-a-boo and make crazy noises and we get this goodness right here.  Here are just a FEW of my many favourites from this sweet girl’s older baby session:


See….I mean, how cute is this face? The nose scrunch is just so stinkin cute!
Set up of rug, headband & wrap by the amazing Luneberry



I like to think many years from now there will be lots and lots of my photos being shown during wedding slide shows. I hope my images get lots of “awwwwws” from the crowd and slightly embarrass the bride or groom!
Bed by Noa’s Knits


I think she looks like a little Cabbage Patch Doll – she’s so perfectly adorable!
Headband by the uber talented Myrtle & Moss


These next few photos make my heart so happy. She was content and all smiles so we kept on going during her session (we kind of let baby decide how many set ups and outfits we will get through). I’m so thankful she was happy to let us dress her up one more time and to try out this sweet little set.
Romper & Bonnet by Noa’s Knits
Fur, bowl & headband by Myrtle & Moss

Sitter_photography_kitchcner_007Sitter_photography_kitchcner_008Sitter_photography_kitchcner_009Well, they don’t get much sweeter than that! I had so much fun capturing this adorable milestone. Next up will be her first birthday!!

If you are interested in booking an older baby mini session or a baby milestone session, please contact Kelly today! We are always booking mini sessions or a special one-day event for older baby minis with special pricing will be held Thursday, September 15th, 2016 with in-studio and outdoor session spots.
Please email or follow the “contact” section to our website or call / text 519-717-7002 for more information.
Be sure to visit us on Facebook for more information about older baby mini sessions. Kitchener Baby Photographer and surrounding areas. Located in Paris, ON serving Cambridge, KW, Brantford & Brant County, Guelph, Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville and more!

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