Happy New Year everyone!!  What a year this has been for me!  I’ve had the opportunity to photograph many expanding bellies, lots of wee babes and a pile of families.  You can now view my work at quite a few places around the city.  3D Miracles ultrasound clinic, Ottawa Integrative Health Clinic, Hands on Health massage therapy, and now at FAB Baby Gear!  (You can also purchase newborn packages directly through them AND the packages are on their baby registry.)

Okay, I have to share some favourites from 2011!!  Open-mouthed smile

2011 faves

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Thank you all for making 2011 such a great year – and I hope to hear from you in 2012!!

– Kim

With Christmas only a few days away, I thought it might be fun to just share a few of my favourite things about the holidays.  Or perhaps it’s an excuse to avoid all the cleaning I SHOULD be doing.  All I can say, is thank goodness I am finished my shopping!!

Every year I get so excited for Christmas tree day.  Which usually turns out to be an all day decorating event.  I think that it’s awesome that we have an Incredible Hulk ornament on our tree.  And my little mouse on the roll of 35mm film (a classic).  And I love that all the Santa’s MUST go on the same branch.  (They do it to mess with me, I know it!)  And of course, my favourite are the hand-made ones that come home from school.  Red heartOrnaments

But to get into the Christmas spirit – I MUST have some good Christmas music playing!  Every year we start off our Christmas tree decorating by throwing on Kenny & Dolly’s “Once upon a Christmas”.  I listened to it every Christmas as a kid; and was so happy to find it on CD a few years ago.  Oh, and we can’t forget about great Christmas movies!  We watch the same ones almost every year.  But there are some that are definitely more favourites than others.  The kids of course love Elf, but my all time FAVOURITE is the Family Stone.  I don’t know if there could be a more perfect movie.  SmileChristmas movie and music

Perhaps I like the holidays to have the excuse to decorate things that I wouldn’t normally decorate. (Or maybe I just feel like I can get away with it better!) Open-mouthed smiletoilet paper tree

I also love my home-made stockings. The cats stockings are my favourites. Heehee. I think the kids almost are more excited about what Santa put in the cats stockings than their own!! Stockings

I love doing Christmas activities with the kids.  This year we painted ornaments (so much fun!) and constructed a little Gingerbread masterpiece.  They TOTALLY try to mess with me by putting two jellybeans of the same colour beside each other!!  Winking smileGingerbread house

It has to SMELL like Christmas too!  I admit, I LOVE Bath and Body Works.  I can spend hours in that store picking out the perfect scent.  And I settled on Mistletoe Kiss.  It’s a very fresh Christmassy smell. Holiday scents

I’ll admit it – I’m NOT much of a baker.  I’m in awe of people who whip up these amazing little treats for the holidays.  I usually end up having to make two batches because the first one messed up in some way.  Or giving up completely!  But I DO like to decorate.  This year I managed to make THREE different things, without messing any of them up.  Yay me!  I think the problem is that I’m always up for trying something new, and maybe I should stick to the tried and tested ones.  Heehee.  We’ve got decorated sugar cookies and reindeer peanut butter cookies.  (If you’re counting, I also made a peanut butter marshmallow treat (or dainties as my family always called them) – but the photo didn’t look very appetizing. Winking smile)  I had some great testers too!Christmas treats

And any excuse to put up coloured lights all over the house is good for me!  I just love the glow of our tree. SmileChristmas lights

Seems like Christmas will be here before you know it – and then over in the blink of an eye.  Take the time to enjoy it!  I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!!  I’m excited to see what 2012 brings!!  Open-mouthed smile

– Kim

I was so excited to meet up with this family again.  It had been a while since we’ve gotten together.  QUITE a while.  (Their little girl was just a wee newborn back then; as you can see here.)

She’s much bigger now, and LOADS of energy!  I have no idea how her parents keep up to her.  She is sooo cute, and so much fun!  This little family of three will be a family of four in the new year; as a baby boy is on the way!  I can’t wait to meet him!!  Smile

girl with teddy

baby in belly

expecting

little girl

I’m now booking portraits into the new year.  Please contact me early to avoid any disappointment.  Thanks!!

– Kim

Christmas is such a fun time of year, but it can be nerve racking if you cannot figure out what to give someone on your list! This is the PERFECT idea for that person that HAS everything. There’s nothing more unique or personal than offering them a portrait session. PLUS, a little something for yourself. Because seriously – don’t you deserve it?? Winking smile

Gift Certificate packages 2011

Gift certificate packages include a certificate for one portrait session ($150 value) and a $100 print credit for K Photo and Design.  All that for only $200!!  Newborn packages are available for $300.  And of course, regular gift certificates are always available in any amount.  Please contact for more details.  info@k-photo.ca

Gift packages are available for a limited time, so please don’t delay!!  Happy Holidays!!  Smile

– Kim

I had SO much fun with this little guy!  He constantly had his hands doing something.  At one point it looked like he was talking on the phone, then he relaxed them beside his face and he looked so peaceful.  I even managed to catch him playing a little air guitar!  This kid was crazy!  But very content, and he let me play with him until he was tired…and then he let us know he was done.  Smile

sweet dreams

visions of sugar plums

baby bum

sleepy baby

No more pictures please!!

camera shy

squishy baby

This little guy was a rock start at 5 days old.  If you would like to schedule your own newborn portrait session, please contact me while you are still pregnant to ensure availability.  Winking smile

– Kim

I was very happy to have the chance to meet up with this family a few weekends ago.  (Even though the weather was NOT looking that great…I was glad that the clouds parted and gave us some sun to work with.)  These guys were so much fun, and up for anything!  Even when I handed the girls some moustaches!  Dad is participating in ‘Movember’ to raise money for Cancer research, and we didn’t want to leave the girls out for the photos.  Winking smile

The girls are VERY excited for their baby brother to arrive.  Could be the BEST Christmas gift EVER!  Smile

Movember

awaiting baby boy

baby belly

expecting

baby shoes

I am currently have some spaces available in December, but am mostly booking into the new year.  If you would like to book a session, please contact me early to avoid disappointment.

Gift certificates are PERFECT Christmas gift idea, and are available in any amount.  Feel free to contact me for more details.  info@k-photo.ca

– Kim

I love to get families out to the local parks when the leaves start to change.  It’s such a fun time of year to get into those nice cozy sweaters and cuddle up for a nice family portrait.  Not to mention EXCELLENT Christmas gift ideas!  (I’m talking about Mom’s, Dad’s Gramma’s and Grampa’s – the people who have absolutely everything and just want to stare and your nice sunny faces all day. Winking smile)

I had a blast with these guys.  I’m soooo happy we found some nice fall colours and some great weather to capture this little family of three.  I even had D posing his Mom and Dad at one point.  I’m sure I have molded a great little assistant for future shoots if needed.  Smile

Fall family

boy

anniversary photo

cool guy

family of 3

I’m hoping we still have a few weeks we can enjoy some nice outdoor fall portraits.  Please contact me to book yourself a spot!!

– Kim

With so much rain this fall, I was wondering if I would EVER have a chance to photograph this family.  Luckily we had a great window of opportunity, and we couldn’t have asked for a better day!  This little guy was so cute!  Just check out those big, bright eyes!

fall family

baby outside

baby walking

baby with pumpkin

family of three

Fall is a GREAT time to get your family out to update those old photos on your wall.  There’s still time before the new flies!  If you would like to talk about your own family session, please contact me soon!!

– Kim

I thought it has been a while since I posted some cool ideas for what you can DO with those photos.  (In hopes that they are not spending their days in an envelope sitting in the back of a drawer.) Winking smile

A coffee table book is a GREAT idea when you have so many favourites you just can’t decide what to do with them.  Each book has 20 press-printed pages, hard cover with photo and is custom designed by me!  It’s fun to have a mix of colour and black & whites – even full page spreads!  The possibilities are endless!

The 7×7 coffee table book:

7x7 book inside

7x7 book

Or option to upgrade to the 8×10 size:

8x10 book

8x10 book inside

These books are also GREAT gift ideas!  For full pricing, please check out my website or feel free to contact me.  info@k-photo.ca

– Kim

The name of a familiar dancing penguin, the name my son wanted to give our baby girl (don’t worry…we didn’t listen to a 4 year old!), and also the nick name I’ll give this little guy.  He was so happy, and just LOVED those toes!!  4 month olds are not an age that I commonly have the chance to photograph.  But I just love ‘em!!  Babies are so full of expressions at this age, and this little guy did not disappoint.  Just look at those smiles!!  They grow so quickly, it makes me happy to capture these moments of discovery.  Smile

baby loves his toes

cool baby dude

baby toes

baby in cute hat

baby sandwich

You may ask: “When is the best time to schedule a photo session for your baby?”  The answer may surprise you: ANYTIME!  Most parents feel the need to wait for that perfect moment, but in all reality there’s no reason to wait.  If your baby has just hit a milestone and you’d like to capture it with a photo session – just do it!  It doesn’t matter if they are 2, 3, 7, or 10 months old.)  Winking smile  I’m happy to hear from you!!

– Kim