As any photographer that lives in Canada – the days leading up to an outdoor shoot, we closely monitor what the weather is doing.  I was aiming to put our back-up plan in place, but this family was VERY adventurous and ready to head outside as planned anyways!  The fire was blazing inside.  And hot chocolate on the stove.  With the help of some great planning we had various family groupings popping in and out as quick as we could.  And the results were amazing! So happy to be able to celebrate their Aunt’s birthday with them. And always a fun time when I get to jump into a snow bank! Winking smile

Extended family

Birthday girl

another family of 3

family of 3

cousins

brrrr

I definitely feel ready for some outdoor SPRING photos…but I think mother nature has other plans.  However, it is the perfect time to update your child’s photos with an in-home lifestyle type session.  Please contact me for more details.  Smile

– Kim

I thought a nice Fall session would warm me up and kick those winter blahs. So here we go!

I met this family during the mini-sessions I did back in the fall.  And boy…did they keep me busy. It didn’t help that it was about +15 that day – but I was sweatin’ by the time we were done! I don’t envy mom and dad having to keep up with 3 little ones. That would be MY workout for the day. Haha! All blue-eyed little cuties though. And Mom and Dad were pretty awesome too! Open-mouthed smile

Family in the fall

cute kid

little model

tough guy pose

mom and dad

3 kids on a rock

It’s always a challenge when photographing more than one child at a time, but I always LOVE when I capture such an amazing moment of all three kids together AND happy.

I know it’s to turn cold for a little bit, but then we should hopefully get a little warm weather to get outside again for some winter portraits. If you’re interested in hearing more, please contact me. Oh! And don’t forget…still time to save 15% off of wall portraits!! Offer good until the end of February. Smile

– Kim

I had so much fun with this family! In our pre-planning meeting we were looking at scheduling the session into late November. Which I was a little worried about, because the weather was just so unpredictable. Then mom says to me, “You know, I wouldn’t mind if there was snow.”  WELL…we could not have asked for a better day! Turns out, the FIRST snow of the season was on its way. It was mild, and beautiful! Almost like being in a snow globe!  And what an amazing backdrop it was for our family photos. Smile

First snow

boy on a snowy day

We took a moment to celebrate Movember too! Winking smile

mustache family

Cozy couple

Being in Ottawa, we can get some mild, beautiful winter days. Don’t be afraid to venture outside!! You can get some beautiful results. There’s still time to reserve a winter family session. The groundhog said so! Please contact me for more details. Smile

– Kim

Nothing is better than being able to enjoy my family photos every day. And I can do this now, because they are FINALLY up on my wall! Merry Christmas to me! I had a hard time choosing my favourites…so I decided to make a little collage of photos.  This is a great idea when you want to display multiple photos or you want to take up more space on your wall without buying that massive wall print.  I have always been one to print out my photos.  It is a great way to “back-up” your memories.  But also nice to see them everyday too!  So please, if you have some old photos on a disc in the bottom of a drawer, dig them out and pick some favourites to put on your wall. You’ll love it!! Open-mouthed smile

And in case you’re not so SURE about ordering something for your wall, I will offer all my previous clients a 15% discount off your wall portrait order for the month of February. Love is in the air!! Red heartMyFamily

Our family photos were taken by my lovely friend Rowena.  Aren’t we cute! Smile

15% Wall portrait discount only applies to photos taken by K Photo and Design. Applicable sizes are 11×14 and larger. Offer expires February 28th, 2014. Please contact me for more details.

– Kim

I have come to realize you can never predict how your children will act in any certain situation. I certainly have realized that my kids will surprise me day in and day out.  So when this new mom contacted me to photograph her baby girl she was quite concerned when I told her that for some of the poses we would attempt, it’s best if baby was sleeping. She informs me that her child doesn’t sleep.  Haha! And I’m sure that’s how ALL new moms feel.  Seriously! Anyways, I have learned to just go with the flow.  If baby was awake…we just go from there.  So I show up and she’s JUST fallen asleep.  I set up and get straight to work…not wanting to waste any precious time.  WELL! I swear this has only happened ONCE in the 5 years I have been doing this.  That sweet little girl slept from the minute I arrived until well after I left.  At one point we actually TRIED to wake her up because we thought this was getting ridiculous!  Haha! But nope…she did NOT wish to show us her (I’m assuming) beautiful eyes.  Sleepy smile

Rough Riders mini fan

sleepy baby

yellow flower

I just love this mama and baby photo!  So special to capture that journey into parenthood. Red heart

mama and baby

sweet baby bits

By the way…I am SUCH a name girl.  I love hearing new names parents are giving their children and recycled old ones.  The stories behind their choices and all that fun stuff.  Anyways, I just fell in love with her name Ella.  And it suits her so well! Smile

I am now booking portrait sessions into the Spring…and hoping for some nice weather to go with it!! But there is still time to do outdoor winter family portraits.  When we get a break from this cold snap!!  Please contact me for more details.

– Kim

Okay, it’s my Happy New Year post!! Better late than never, right?

So I had a GREAT year! I met lots of new people, and was happy to hang out with some old friends too.  I just love seeing the kids grow and families expand.  I was happy to also have my OWN family photos taken this year.  And over the Christmas holiday, finally have them up on my wall to enjoy.

And here are some of my faves of 2013! Happy New Year! Open-mouthed smile

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Favourites of 2013

Wishing you all a fabulous 2014!! I hope to keep in touch this year!! Smile

– Kim

There are so many things I love about this time of year.  Once the gifts are bought/made and under the tree, I feel as though the stress is gone and I can just enjoy.  Well, aside from the guests, cooking and keeping everyone happy and healthy.  Then the holiday is completely stress-free! Winking smile

Just for fun, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite things that I love about the holidays.  So here we go!

1.  I LOVE sitting in the dark beside the glow of the Christmas tree.  There are a few special ornaments and decorations that make me smile each year they come out.  I love my fat Santa!  My hubby bought him for me the first year we were married.  And he his just the cutest! (Santa’s not bad either…haha!)  And then there’s my little cardboard Santa troop.  My first Christmas after I moved from home I didn’t have very many decorations to put on my tree.  So co-worker had given them to me.  They still make me smile.  Even more so now that the kids have taken to placing them ALL ON THE SAME TREE BRANCH!  They know how much that bugs me.  (I’m a bit of a Monica Geller when it comes to my tree decorating!)  But this year I have just decided to….let it go.  Haha!  (But I did turn that side of the tree to the back so I don’t have to see that branch every day.)

Santa

2.  And when it comes to decorating….I like to spice up EVERY room.  And what a better excuse to decorate your bathroom??  My toilet paper tree is a big conversation piece whenever my sons friends are over.  I swear they think his mother is nuts! Open-mouthed smile

Xmas bathroom

3.  And if it looks like Christmas…it might as well smell like it too!!  I admit, I can get lost in Bath and Bodyworks for a good hour or so smelling all the various scents in there.  But I was so happy with their holiday selection this year.  This is one of my favourites.  And while I think I’m a relatively decent cook; and I CAN bake.  When it comes to Christmas baking…I am just no good at it.  I don’t know if it is the added pressure or what.  But I currently have about a 5% success rate at ANY recipe.  So now my house SMELLS like baking!  And all I have to do is wash my hands.

Christmas scents

4.  And if it LOOKS like Christmas, SMELLS like Christmas…it must SOUND like Christmas.  These are a few of my favourite Christmas albums this year.  As well as a multitude of OTHER songs of course.  I usually have a playlist going on the computer of all my favourites.  I have found that I seem to really like the song “Little Drummer Boy”.  It makes me laugh when my shuffle lines them all up and I have various artists singing the SAME SONG over and over.  Haha!

Christmas tunes

5.  I am so happy to have a flexible schedule for this alone.  I LOVE to participate in the school’s craft days!  The little ones made Christmas ornaments and the bigger guys made gingerbread houses.  It’s so neat to see all the kids creativity go wild.

School crafts

6.  CAUGHT YA!  Even kitties get excited about Christmas!  I swear they think I put this stuff out just for them.  So many new toys to play with when they think no one is watching.  If she could read, she’d know that present is NOT for her.  Haha!

bad kitty

7.  And while I am NOT a big fan of COLD.  I do love how pretty the snow is when it’s mild and the flakes are so big and fluffy.  I have been very excited to have had a couple of brave families to run out in the snow for their family photos this year.  I hope to have more opportunities in the new year.  Nothing is prettier than a nice white blanket of snow.  Smile

Snowy wonderland

Well, it will be 2014 before we know it.  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season…and I can’t wait to hear from you in the New Year!!

– Kim

I was advised that this little guy was a sleeper.  He had been sleeping for quite a while before I arrived.  I quickly set up and was ready to go before he needed a feeding.  As soon as I positioned him and we were ready to go – BOINK!  He was WIDE awake!  I was so happy to be able to capture those beautiful blue eyes!  He was just so interested in what was going on.  Eventually the excitement got to him and he fell into such a deep sleep – I’m sure we could have done anything with him.  Haha!  And well, BECAUSE he was so cooperative, I had so many favourites…I had a hard time deciding what to share!  So this is what I came up with.  Open-mouthed smile

Lil Sens fan

sleeping baby

baby blues

new family

Dad had this incredibly old trunk that we decided to use.  I love the contrast of the old trunk and new baby. old trunk new baby

sugarplum wishes

Fingers Toes

New babies photograph best when they are brand new.  Therefore it is best to reserve your session while you are still pregnant.  Now accepting clients for 2014.  I can’t wait to meet all these new babies!! Smile

– Kim

I absolutely fell in love with this little cutie’s mop of dark hair.  While hidden under her adorable hat most of the time.  She kept whipping it off to show me!  Then that became a fun game.  “Take my hat off and give it to that crazy lady who keeps giggling at me.”  It has been a while since I have seen this wonderful family.  I can’t believe how much she’s grown since her newbie session.  I’m so happy she’s kept those beautiful blue peepers!! Smile  (And Mom and Dad are pretty cute too!!)

park bench

cozy family

Miss Smiles

cuddles

As 2013 is coming to a close, I am beginning to book for 2014.  Please contact me if you would like to talk about a session for yourself.  Or even for someone else!  Gift certificates are available in any amount, and are the PERFECT gift idea.

– Kim

It’s been a few years since I’ve seen these cuties.  But my oh my…how they have changed from their newbie and even their one year sessions!! They were so cute and chatty.  I love hearing kids little stories.  They have such a neat perspective on the world.  And they always keep me laughing!!   Smile

twins

boy in fall leaves

hugs

girl in hat

Christmas deadlines are fast approaching.  If you’re thinking of re-ordering some past photos for gifts, please contact me as soon as possible!

– Kim