Meet your photographers!
Hey there! Thanks for coming to check us out! We’re ready to get to know you and tell your story so we thought we should share our story too!
We met just a few short years ago (sometimes it feels like forever – In a good way!) We actually met on a photo set that I (Kaela) had put together because Elijah was looking to learn more about portraiture for his graphic design and website company. This still feels like yesterday to me when he walked in the door and hugged me right away! There was an instant connection and we started dating the next week!
When we were celebrating our 3rd month anniversary Elijah headed off to Jakarta to be in his friends wedding! He called me a week before the wedding and said I had to meet him in Bali where they were all planning to go. I said “Heck yeah!” fully knowing I didn’t have my passport (and a few other key things) By the grace of the universe everything came together and I was in Bali, Indonesia just a few days later! We were so excited to see each other. Elijah will blame it on the punch at the hotel but he proposed to me right then and there in our hotel room. I knew we were meant to be so I said YES!
When we got back home it was like a snowball gaining speed and size down the side of a mountain. We decided to merge our companies into K&E Imaging. It wasn’t long before we made photography our full time career. K&E Imaging has been our focus with a couple other adventures tied into there. (Voice acting, singing, programming, drawing, designing… I could go on)
We got married August 22nd, 2015 with our family and friends all around us. It was an absolutely spectacular day with laughter, tears, excitement, and at the end of the day we knew it was one of the best days of our lives.
We can’t wait to share your day with you!
I was born and raised here in Calgary, Alberta, by my wonderful parents who have always been so supportive when it comes to finding my art and my passion. I started loving drawing and painting from very young. I always thought there was something different about taking photos of family and friends than trying to recreate it from memory. It was a way for me to remember conversations and special moments. I took my first camera (A Nikon D40) on a trip with The Youth Singers of Calgary to Europe. I have so many silly photos and memories that I can cherish forever in an artful way.
I briefly studied at Alberta College of Art and Design where I primarily focused on photography and graphic design. I am mostly a self taught photographer but I learned all the techy things from working at Camera Stores around Calgary. I guess you could say I’m an artist first, geek second haha! I love learning, I am constantly watching things on Creative Live, Lynda.com, and working along side some of the industry’s top photographers and industry professionals.
Some other little things about me: I absolutely adore my husband (que awwwws!) He is my rock, my friend, my business partner, and I can’t imagine K&E Imaging without him. I guess at that point it would just be K Imaging… Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. He is the reason I keep trucking forward and going outside my comfort zone. I also love our dog Toffee, he has a permanent smile on his face, I can guarantee you’ll see plenty of photos of him if you follow us on instagram.
Music I’m into: Anything 1940’s big band all the way to 1950’s rock n’ roll. I’ll throw in some current pop now and again so I can bust a move at any party.
My Art Heros: I am constantly inspired by some of my close friends. Amaira Hansen is an amazing artist in Calgary who I am so lucky to call my friend! I am also a big big fan of Kate Spade!
Hobbies: Photography is still my hobby but I am hoping to start sewing again and making my own clothes. I also love video games and binge watching shows on Netflix.
Player 2: Elijah
Calgarian born and raised, and I don’t think I could ever leave… though in the winter time, my “mexico plan” gets ever more solidified (not a cold weather lover). I love to experience new things as often as possible and I challenge myself to do something that scares me anytime the opportunity presents itself. I can be described as a ‘serial learner’. If there is something I dont’t know, I will most likely google it or ask a friend that knows the answer. This is actually how I became involved with wedding photography (as well as my awesome wife, too!). I had asked Kaela to teach me portrait photography, and we instantly clicked. My shooting style is mostly candid in nature, I love to capture people in their most raw, real moments, though, thanks to Kaela I have learned a lot about posing people and communicating how to get the best picture from an implied candid portrait session.
Some other little things about me: I am very blessed to be able to shoot weddings with my wife, Kaela. The way we are able to communicate our ideas without words has always been kind of mind-blowing to me. I love that we share a bond like this, and that we both love to shoot long wedding days together.
Music I’m into: I am a huge fan of anything that’s a bit funky and electronic, though I also like the early 1940s big band music. I have a huge respect for those musicians that had only 1 take to get their performance recorded. I also like to write the odd song, and attend open mics.
My Art Heros: I have always loved artists that live loud. Most of my inspirations are musical, but I have always believed that creativity extends past the borders of genre or medium. David Bowie, Dean Martin, Lady Gaga are a few that I put in the loud living category.
Hobbies: I am a recovering Jack-of-all-trades type. I’m always striving to focus on one thing at a time, but can’t help but tinker in various things. Electronics, Programming, Music Production, Macro and Time-Lapse photography, and Video Games are all things I love to do.