Posts Tagged ‘Ottawa family photographer’

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 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

Anytime I make a trip back to my hometown of Brandon, Manitoba, I always make sure to set aside a little time to do some photos of this family.  This gal and I have been friends since the first day of kindergarten!  (And I’ve known her hubby since we were in high school together – I won’t say how long ago that was…that will TOTALLY date myself!)  But I have been lucky enough to be their designated photographer to capture some of their most special moments.  Starting from their engagement photos and onto 3 pregnancies, 3 new babies, and several family photos later we come to summer of 2011.

I have to say it was one of my more CHALLENGING experiences.  The boys have always been such pros whenever it came to photo time.  So I knew I had NOTHING to worry about.  Winking smile  And then you throw a spunky little 1.5 year old girl into the mix…what the heck was I thinking??  She was seriously a blur for most of the shoot.  And all we could do was was laugh.  What a family!! Rolling on the floor laughing

family in canola field

family fun

family of 5

swinging their sister

kiddos

Fellow Brandon people!  Interested in booking your OWN portrait session with me?  Please inquire about available dates for next year.

– Kim

Waaay back the beginning of July I had the opportunity to take the kiddies back to my hometown of Brandon, Manitoba.  Every visit is always so jam packed with trying to see everyone, and catch up with old friends.  Luckily I usually manage to sneak a few photos sessions in here and there.  This time I managed to get my good friend and her fabulously coordinated family together.

They are in desperate need of something nice for their walls.  I think a family portrait is just the thing for them!  (Especially since the largest photo on their wall is a photo of their CAT!!)  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful cat – and it was me that took the photo.  So I’m really not complaining.  But after having 3 beau-ti-ful children – it’s time to show them off already!  Winking smile

family of 5

kids in a park

crazy family

siblings

Hey, fellow Brandonites!  If you would like to book a portrait session with me, but think it’s way too far to travel to Ottawa.  I’m back in Brandon once a year for a few weeks.  Please contact me to inquire about future dates.

– Kim

The summer is going by so fast!  I can’t believe it took me this long to have the chance to photograph my contest winner from the Valentine’s Day contest that I ran back…well, in February.  Winking smile  She mentioned to me that they had never had professional photos taken of their family, and they JUST had a new baby in January.  I was so glad she won, I believe EVERYONE should have a family photo whenever they can swing it.

She has the sweetest three girls.  I will never forget at our initial meeting her oldest daughter asks “Mom, can your friend stay for lunch?”  I thought it was the cutest.

I think we picked one of the hotter days to schedule the session. Luckily we got out of there before it got too hot.  But not before snapping a few cute shots of the kids, and even snuck a few family ones in there.   Check out this adorable family! Smile

All girls

Smiley baby

Happy girl

Girl and her daisy

family by the pond

Now booking for Fall of 2011.  I look forward to hearing from you!

-Kim

I believe newborn photos are best taken within the first ten days of a baby’s arrival.  Not only do they cooperate a little better, but the reality is they don’t stay small forever.  (As much as you’d like them to)  In my experience, I noticed a huge change within the first month – they are completely different looking babies.  Photography is an EXCELLENT way to preserve these memories, and also document your kids as they grow (and unfortunately KEEP growing).  Most of my newborn clients know how I LOVE to capture a new babies little fingers and toes.  But another way I have discovered is by doing hand and feet prints.  Whether you want to get out some finger paints or clay; it’s a fun way to keep track of how much they have grown, or how big they are at a certain age.

Now this by no means a professional art quality piece of work; but it was definitely a fun project to do.  Now I have this awesome little keepsake!  I did the first little hand print with my son when he was 3 years old.  Just your standard kit from Michaels; nothing too fancy.  Although I do admit, I didn’t really follow all of the instructions.  I decided to create my own look rather than the one they showed on the box.  And now 5 years later I got the same little kit and did a matching hand print of my daughter at age 3.  I think it’s so neat to see how small they were at that age and compare the two.  I can tell that my son has got my hands, and my daughter – definitely my hubby’s.  But what’s interesting to me is how their fingers are in the EXACT same position.  With their index and middle fingers closer together, and then the pinkie way off doing something else.  Interesting, hey?  Well, these are my little people’s little hands.  Aren’t they so cute??  Open-mouthed smile

hand prints

Would you like to capture some memories of your little ones growing up?  Please contact me to schedule your very own portrait session.  I can’t wait to hear from you!!

– Kim

I was so excited when I was contacted to photograph this little family again.  I feel like they have grown before my eyes!  One of my first portrait sessions when I started K Photo and Design was this mamas maternity session.  Then the newborn session followed, and last summer I managed to photograph this cutie again when she was almost one.  And now here I am photographing another belly, and soon to be new baby.  It’s quite amazing actually.  So here are a few of my favourites.  Smile

expecting

big sister

ultrasound image

baby in belly

expectant couple

K Photo and Design is now booking for August and September.  Only a few dates remain available for July, so don’t delay in contacting me to set up a summer portrait.  I look forward to hearing from you!!

– Kim

This family is going to be expanding by one more little boy in the very near future.  Although you’d never think that there was a baby in there.  It literally looks like she’s just shoved a little basketball up her shirt.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we could ALL look that gorgeous while carrying around an extra 15(ish) pounds?  Their hands will definitely be full if he’s anything like his active big brother.  He was so talkative, and funny…I definitely got my workout for the day, that’s for sure!  Here’s a few snippets from their session.

perfect round belly

expectant mama

pregnant mother

mom with son

Maternity session are best done while you are 34-38 weeks pregnant (depending on how your belly is growing).  If you would like to book a session for yourself please contact me so we can chat.  I look forward to hearing from you!

– Kim

I know we’re almost halfway through the year (if you can believe it!), but I wanted to share a new package that was introduced back in January.  It has quickly become one of my more popular items, especially for new parents.  I’m talking about Digital Packages.  I currently have two packages available to suit your needs.

Each package includes:

  • High resolution images on a CD for printing
  • Low resolution images on a CD for online sharing
  • Professionally printed 5×7 of each image chosen
  • Custom CD case to hold everything together

Digital package boy

Digital package girl

Full details for these packages can be found in the pricing section on my website.

Don’t forget, the summer months book up quickly, so if you’re thinking of scheduling a portrait session, please don’t delay!!

– Kim

Father's day

gift tokens

I had so much fun giving out these tokens for Mother’s day, I thought I’d Dad in on the fun!

Gift certificates are available in any amount, but must cover full session cost ($150) to receive a prize token. Prizes worth up to $85! Only one token per gift certificate. They are sealed and randomly selected by photographer. Offer valid until June 21st, 2011. So contact me ASAP at info@k-photo.ca or by phone 613-668-5464 to order your very own gift certificate for Father’s day!  That’s coming up on June 19th in case you were not aware of that! Winking smile