Edmonton Newborn Lifestyle Session with Kamryn

I was very excited to come and do this Newborn Lifestyle Session. This family has alot of great friends who nominated them to win a free Newborn Lifestyle Shoot that I was giving away on my facebook Page. When they were chosen for the giveaway, I was thrilled beyond words to go and meet this wonderful family who had fallen upon hard times.

Its nice to go and meet people who are so sweet and appreciative of the experience they were about to receive. I drove to their home, where Newborn Lifestyle Sessions take place. I explained that the session was going to be very relaxed and comfortable and super easy going! We moved the furniture around on that very cloudy day so that we could take advantage of the natural light coming from the windows.

The beautiful shadows and lighting that come from Natural light are wonderful to shoot with. The softness of the image is superb, and help with a relaxed atmosphere.

What I LOVE about Newborn Lifestyle shoots is that the Dads dont have to participate or come and sit for 3 hours in a hot studio until they feel like it. This makes it alot easier on new moms who are worried about their newborn baby as well as their hubby! Trust me, Most Dads aren’t interested in Pictures and generally like to avoid the camera as much as possible. But because they are such wonderful guys, they stick it through anyways. BUT shooting at home, he can go have a coffee, go watch some TV until their turn comes up.

This Family was AWESOME to photograph. Both super friendly and super loving with one another. Kamryn is one lucky little girl!

You can see the love on their faces!!

xox,

Kathryn

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If you are looking to book a Newborn Lifestyle Shoot in the Edmonton Area please visit my website www.raynedropphotography.com

My Twins turned 1 year old!

I have 4 girls, but Today I’m going to talk about my beautiful twins! Addison and Demi. I can’t believe how fast the past year has gone by. The day they turned One I took them out into a field near our house and we spent less then 10 minutes taking some quick pictures. Everyone thinks that if you’re a photographer there MUST be a million pictures of your kids in your house. Sadly, in many cases with most photographers.. our family pictures fall to the bottom of the list. 

Well This time I made time to edit a few. You can see their goofy personalities and sweet smiles. Looking at these make me giggle, and love them so much more.

Enjoy & hope you get a little giggle out of their funny faces too!

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How I became a Newborn Photographer in the Edmonton Area

Many of you have been following my work for nearly 3.5 years and that was shortly after I had my second Daughter. I started doing photography because I loved photographing my own children. I had always wanted to do something that I truly loved so much, and my hubby encouraged me to do it.

How did I start this journey?

I took courses on shooting my camera in Manual Mode and shooting in RAW which is CRUCIAL when shooting professionally. However I was feeling frusterated with Photoshop so I reached out to one of my friends who was an established and amazing photographer in B.C. She helped get me started and really helped fine tune some of my work. Accepting Constructive Critism is so important yet hard to take at the same time. As a new photographer you love what you are doing so much that you obsess and analyze every photograph. Sometimes you get so excited that over editing tends to happen, taking away from the beauty of the image. It takes an experienced photographer to point you in the right direction. So although difficult to hear, it was greatly appreciated any critism or advice provided by any photographer. It helps shape you and mold you into WHO you really want to be.

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I found near the beginning that I really struggled with finding my style of editing. I tend even now to play with different editing styles, but I’ve noticed that I am drawn to warm, hazy and rich colors. Moody black and whites are some of my favorites. But Editing I feel will consistently change as sometimes my mood changes for different sessions. Such as I had the privelege of shooting a Newborn Lifestyle last week. I LOVED IT by the way, but the look I wanted to go for was completely different then my posed newborn sessions. But of course the session is completely different too!!

Anyways.. back on track

After trying out all the different types of sessions I could, My focus was on Maternity and Newborn Photography. I found that photographing expecting Moms and Dads and being able to share in their joy, making a connection with them and then photographing their new baby is something So amazing I can’t even describe the feeling.

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How did I figure out those super cute poses?

I invested alot of time and energy into doing many many newborn shoots for a fraction of the going rate so that I could get as much hands on experience as possible. Posed Newborn Photography is so much harder then it looks! It takes time, ALOT of patience and safe techniques. I Invested in some online E-Workshops and joined Online Newborn Photographers Groups on facebook where we helped eachother. After I saved, This past January I had the privilege of doing a 1:1 mentoring workshop with the very Talented Crystal Lee Photography who is based out of Lacombe, Alberta. We spent the entire day shooting two newborns, learning angles and different techniques that have evolved my workflow and made a world of difference!

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Where do I get my props?

Alot of my props I find at places such as Winners or Homesense. I dont think I ever drive by a Winners without stopping.. Unless I have a Van full of toddlers of course!!

 I do alot of Online Shopping. I dont think any newborn Photographer can resist a good Ready to Ship Sale by a talented Photography Vendor! Facebook is so great for that!

I also make alot of props. Headbands, or wraps. I will go to the fabric store and by different fabrics, hoping they work. Cutting them up and experimenting with them. 

Where do I shoot my newborn sessions?

I use to shoot out of my living room in my old house! Yes, I know it sounds funny to have a living room studio. But the truth of the matter is that most newborn photographers start out this way! We either shoot in our living room, re arranging the furniture or coming to the clients homes and completely packing our cars right to the roof with props, equipment and gear. I honestly hated taking over my living room in my old home, I felt like it took away from my family. But It worked for the time being. And you can’t be picky if thats all you got!

But I have some of the fondest memories in that living room studio. I’ve met so many amazing people there, who didnt judge but were just so happy to have their beautiful new baby photographed. But Of course, we out grew that house pretty quickly. I found out I was pregnant with Twins…. and our Lives completely changed!

IMG_0275.jpgFinding out I was pregnant with Identical Twins was a complete game changer. I came back from a fabulous Caribean Holiday in January, My photography schedule was booked right up to October. Finding out I was pregnant with Identical twins changed everything! My Doctor told me that If I wanted to keep these babies safe and inside as long as possible, I would need to quit working. Identical Twins are a high risk pregnancy because they share one placenta. There were months where I was having an ultrasound every week to make sure everything was alright. 

But the Twins were born happy and healthy. I made it to nearly 37 weeks! Thats great when you’re pregnant with Identical Twins!

Anyways, Long story short… We sold our House and Moved into a House some home builder friends of ours built. I was able to design a Studio in the Bonus Room and thats where I shoot all of my studio newborn and maternity shoots. Its still based out of Calmar. Calmar may seem like its in the middle of no where, But it only takes us 30 minutes to get to south common!

Back to Newborns… Why do I love newborn photography? I LOVE the challenge, plus I get my new baby fix every session! Its so cool when you get to mold this perfect little thing into this cute beautiful flattering pose that you know is going to make the perfect photograph. I love the challenge. And I love learning. Each baby is so different from the last, I try to embrace every moment with every baby. And Its hard to believe but I may actually be more obsessed with your gallery images then you are! Thats what makes me love my job as a photographer. Its not a job to me, its an artistic outlet that lets me have fun while creating beautiful images that will last forever!

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There is nothing better then enjoying what you do!

Thanks for reading,

xox - Kathryn

Graysons Family Pics this Fall!

Jannelle and I have known each other for a few years and she was a great supporter of my Photography Company when I first started. She was one of my very first clients and has come back to me several times over the years and I’m so greatful for wonderful people like her!

We shot this session at the Devon River and enjoyed the beautiful day.

Her little guy was soooo cute, only 3 weeks younger then my twins but a whole 5 pounds heavier!!! Such a tank but such a softy:)

Meet Grayson and his awesome Parents!

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Sweet Newborn Kenzie.. Petite and Beautiful!

Sweet baby Kenzie, 6 days old at her newborn session. They drove all the way from Drayton Valley to my In-Home Studio in Calmar. Big Brother was brought for the beginning and was so good! This family is so beautiful. I truly enjoyed their session.

I love it when Mom’s are willing to let me try different colours and ideas that I may have. I’ve been dying to use this Coral Blanket in a session and finally felt that I had found the right baby for it. Kenzie was such a good sport for her prop shots!

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Beautiful Janelle's Maternity Session

Janelle was the winner of my free maternity shoot giveaway! Following my facebook page has its perks!! ;)

Janelle was amazing, and drove over an hour to come in for her studio session. We had planned to do some outside, but shortly before she arrived the weather turned bad:(

She brought her super adorable 2 year old son in with her. Her session was the DAY before her due date!!! Can you say she’s amazing or what?!?

Enjoy her Beautiful Mini Maternity Session:)

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Hanging out with the "D" Family

I met this mommy & daughter a few years ago already… and i’ve been able to photograph them a few different times. How CUTE are these kids??? We had alot of fun;)

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Cousins.. Creating Beautiful Memories that Will last Forever

Meet 5 Beautiful Cousins.. and enjoy how much fun they had together:) They were super fun and easy to talk to, happy to listen and just play together while getting photographed. Polite and Beautiful inside & out :)

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"E" Family.. Sweet as can be!

Meet the Ewchucks! They are such happy down to earth people. They have a sweet adoption story with their beautiful daughter Julia! I love hearing and seeing adoption stories. When I get to photograph them in the moment with their child and see how much they love eachother it really makes me happy for Julia. 

She was blessed with some pretty amazing parents.

Enjoy their Session!

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"N" Family Enjoying the Beautiful Day

We had a great time with their little 18 month old chasing him around! It was a gorgeous day on the Devon River, one of my favorite places to shoot at!

We enjoyed a fairly quiet shoot with barely anyone else around, it was great! Little Reggie has been an all time favorite of mine, since i’ve photographed him since he was in his mommies tummy!

Isn’t he a cutie with all his hair? And his parents had so much fun with him, you can see the love on their faces. Its so much fun to photograph happy families.

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