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Engagement Portraits

Avi & Laurie Engagement Session

Avi & Laurie’s Calgary Engagement Session

It’s great to get outside while the sun in shining! Avi and Laurie wanted a laid back and relaxed engagement session here in the city. We have so many beautiful parks and this time we visited Sandy Beach for the first time. There were plenty of family BBQ’s, kids playing, people walking their dogs, and finding a parking spot was HARD! 

It was so relaxed and so many great spots, not to mention all of the pollen coming off of the trees! 

Here is a bit about Laurie & Avi <3 We can’t wait for their wedding coming up so soon! 

 

  • Tell us where and when you first met (from each of your point of views)
    We met through mutual friends. Laurie came back to Calgary from university in Ottawa. I had moved to Calgary 5 years before that. We ended up having the same social circle.
  • Tell us about your first date. Where? When? What did you feel?
    We went to Earls and just enjoyed chatting and getting to know each other.
  • When did you know your fiance was the one? Details please!
    We settled into our relationship very effortlessly. Neither of us had experienced a relationship like this in the past, so this was new & exciting.
  • When did you get engaged?
    Dec 16, 2017
  • Tell us about the proposal (from your own point of view) Details please! (we’re sappy for this stuff)
    We were in Banff as was our custom for the weekend of Hanukkah. On Saturday morning Laurie said we were going to Norquay to go tubing but then drove to a helicopter pad in Canmore. Because it was a blue sky and no wind day, we went close to the mountains and even between some peaks. We landed on a piece of land that bridged the BC-Alberta border for a chance to play in the snow. On the way back down Laurie pulled out a box, opened it, and presented me with a ring. Did he go down on one knee? Nope, he was strapped into a helicopter. Did Laurie say something mushy or even ask me to marry him? Nope, couldn’t hear him, the helicopter is very loud. Yup, just the right amount of romance for us.
  • What do you do together for fun? Watch sports? Drink coffee? Play games? Cook? Movies? Workout? etc…
    We like to ski, go for drives, and just hang out. I know, not that exciting, but it works for us.
  • What is your favourite kind of wine?
    I like wine, I’m not picky which kind. Laurie is more of a beer guy.
  • What are your favourite snack foods?
    Um, all of them!
  • If you were to have a “ME” day, what 3 things would you do for yourself?
    Sleep, eat, watch tv.
  • What’s one thing you think we should know about you that has defined who you are today?
    We are both playful/immature. Meaning we don’t take things too seriously. 🙂
  • What 3 qualities best describe your fiance?
    Funny, helpful, cute
  • What would your fiance say are your best 3 qualities?
    friendly, compassionate, helpful
  • Tell us about your personal style. Are you modern, vintage, romantic, trendy, athletic, etc…
    Simple, easy going.
  • What are you most looking forward to about your wedding day?
    Celebrating with friends & family.

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Look Of The Day Portraits

Calgary Stampede Inspiration

Who doesn’t love going to the Calgary Stampede! I am a born and raised Calgarian and I have been down to the grounds almost every year. Last year we decided to bring a few of our friends down to ride the bull and show off their Stampede duds and of course eat some mini doughnuts! 

Jewelry by Salt Water Tea 

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Family Portraits

Best Friends Summer Sessions!

Best Friend Summer Sessions #1

I have been meaning to do a session like this for AGES! I take so many photos of Toffee (pretty much everyday – See my instagram…) and I thought it was about time we celebrate our fur friends photo style! 

Our mini session event is happening on Tuesday June 27th at Fish Creek Park’s Glenfield Meadows between 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

We will bring the treats for your buddy to make sure they will smile for the camera. This will be a BYOPB (Bring Your Own Poop Bag)

What the session includes
30 Minute Session
2 High Resolution Edited Images
1 – 5×7 (Obvoiusly to put on your desk!)
$125 + 25 per extra pup

(Pay by E-Transfer or we now take credit card!)

Suggested Preparation

  1. Whenever we are getting Toffee ready for a shoot we try and get him to run around for a bit first to get him a little tired so he’ll start listening to us. We strongly recommend taking your pup for a walk or play to tire them out just a little bit before your session starts! 
  2. Bring Poop Bags (cause you never know…) 
  3. Treats or their favourite toy! (The squeakier the better)
  4. It is important that you are well rested the day of your session. You want you to look your best, and getting enough sleep the night before is a good first step. Allow yourself extra time to perfect your wardrobe, style yourself, and travel. We recommend arriving for your session early and take the opportunity to enjoy a few moments of relaxation before we begin.
  5. It is not necessary to accessorize your session with props and toys unless it has already been discussed as an integral part of your session. We create timeless portraits that are natural, relaxed and pure, and we find that keeping themes simple allows for real moments, expressions and interactions.
  6. We recommend having your hands free throughout the session, and so we prefer to not have you carry extra clothing, a purse, drinks, or anything else. We will recommend that you leave your items at our starting location (most likely in your vehicle) and we can come back half-way through the session to change and freshen up.
  7. We encourage you to embrace whatever mood you feel during your session. Feel free to relax, laugh and have a good time. Portraits are best when you are being yourself. It’s important to remember that just because there is a camera pointing at you, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be looking at the camera. Sometimes the strongest images are created when you are interacting with one another and enjoying a moment as opposed to posing.
    Toffee LOVES sticks

    Clothing! 

  8. Simplicity is always best, so when in doubt keep in mind that “less is more”.
  9. Avoid patterns and stripes, as they often will conflict with other elements in your portrait.
  10. Avoid logos, as they can be visually distracting.
  11. Neutral colors such as beige, white, black, tan and grey often photograph the best, as they complement skin tones and don’t conflict with common background elements. BUT if your wardrobe is bright and bold DON’T BE AFRAID TO WEAR THIS! 
  12. Wear clothing that fits properly. A proper fit that allows you to move and feel comfortable will help you look more confident in your portrait.
  13. Always dress with full length in mind, including shoes and socks in your wardrobe consideration. Shoe styles should be simple and non distracting.
  14. If you wear glasses regularly, you should wear them for your session as we want you to look like you normally do. Don’t worry about shine or glare, as we know how to look for these things and photograph accordingly.
  15. We normally recommend wearing minimal jewellery for your portrait. Jewellery that you wear on a daily basis is fine, but we prefer to not have you accessorize and add extra jewellerly that normally wouldn’t wear. If you do wear jewellery, it should be kept simple and it’s colour should be neutral and non-distracting.
  16. Apply makeup and style your hair as you normally would. Now is not the time to try out a new haircut or a new style of make-up that you aren’t comfortable with.
  17. We recommend against going for a professional tan or intentionally tanning outdoors prior to your session. A fresh tan may look good in person but the camera is more sensitive to skin tones and your natural colour is always more flattering in photographs.

If you have any other questions or are ready to sign up send us a message here! 

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Family Portraits

Linda’s 30th Birthday Cake Smash

Yes, Adult Cake Smash Sessions Are A Thing! 

The latest Pinterest craze has been Adult Cake Smash Sessions and I couldn’t be more on board with this! If you know me I’m always looking for new ways to have fun with my clients and create new experiences for them! This is also so much about celebrating YOU! What you’ll get from an adult cake smash session

  • CAKE!
  • Champagne
  • More time to celebrate
  • Laughter (bring your friends its even more fun!) 
  • Photos to send to your parents (and embarrass them if that’s your thing!)
  • Did we mention CAKE!?

Add this onto your birthday celebration day or do it before hand to create unique invitations! The options are limitless, add more friends, do it outside, have margaritas, ANYTHING! These sessions are about you and you can add whatever you want to our already great package. 

It was so great working with Linda! We had been working together at Novia Mia and she told me she was having a 30th birthday celebration! I couldn’t help but mention the idea and she went for it hands down! We set up the studio like any other cake smash with balloons, a cake from Cake Bake Shoppe, and of course a bottle of champagne. She brought her best friend with her and it became a little party! 

Turning a milestone or just want to have a lot of fun?? Send us a message and we’ll get the ball rolling! 

Need some inspiration? Check out the photos and video below 

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Family Portraits

Mikayla’s Christmas Session!

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Christmas Home Sessions <3

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and the time for Christmas sessions! We are so blessed to be invited in on the Waites’ family tradition of photographing Mikayla next to their Christmas tree in their home! This family has been so wonderful to us over the last year and meeting them has truly been a treat. Watching Mikayla grow has given me a bit of the baby fever and I can’t wait to start our own family traditions! Anywho, the session was so great, we were a little shy at first, not quite sure what was happening but as soon as she had something to do like play with her stuffed animals, reading a book, getting tickled by Dad, all was right in the world. 

She has SO much personality and love, love, loves to play. I can’t wait for her next birthday and to continue to watch her grow up into a beautiful and smart young lady! 

Thank you guys for inviting us in and letting us capture your Christmas traditions. 

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Engagement Portraits

Stephanie & Mike’s Engagement Session

A Rocky Mountain Engagement Session

I know I take for granted that something so amazing an beautiful is just in our backyard. This engagement session definitely reminded me how I need to get out more! Stephanie & Mike only requested 2 things for their engagement session. One was water. Two, was mountains. Well how perfect is Canmore for just that!

We started out our session with my favourite part of the day. Dinner at The Grizzly Paw Brewing Co. where I think we spent most of our time together. Something I absolutely love about these two is how incredibly authentic they are, we sat talking and laughing for close to an hour and a half missing the sun before it hid behind the mountains… Oh well! We obviously still got some incredible images. We are so lucky to know these two and beyond happy that they chose us to photograph their engagement and their soon Wedding.

Love you both! <3

 

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Engagement Portraits

Chris & Cassie Engagement Session

Rainy Calgary Engagement Session

Summer in Calgary usually means rain, and this week there hasn’t been a shortage of that! Reminds me of when we went out to photograph Chris & Cassie’s engagement session in Edworthy Park. It was beautiful and sunny until we had to start then BLAM! Rain started pouring down, but thankfully that didn’t stop them, they were fully willing to walk around in the rain (with umbrellas of course).

We are so excited to see them say “I Do” This weekend!

 

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Portraits Weddings

Lisa & James Wedding On Ice!

Taking “On Ice” To A New Level

If you live in Calgary, you know that hockey is an incredibly precious game for most people. In 2004 our city became friends, brothers, and sisters, when the Calgary Flames made it to the final round of the NHL Playoffs. You couldn’t walk down the “Red Mile” without getting a hoot and a holler GO FLAMES! or even a giant hug from the guy next to you when the Flames scored a goal.

Hockey brings people together and its a beautiful thing. This is also true for newlyweds Lisa & James. They were married at center ice in the Winsport arena at COP. On Skates. Yes, when you ask what brand of shoe the bride wore on her wedding day you can put down “Easton.” They created a center isle right on the red line, the bride, holding hands with her mom and dad skated down to meet her soon to be husband. There wasn’t a dry eye during the ceremony lead by one of our favorite officiants Rork Hilford. Once they made it clear that they would still love each other even if the other was a better hockey player and my favorite part “You  may now kiss the bride!” They did something truly unique. A victory lap as husband and wife! What a better way to ring in a new chapter in life! (Makes me wish we could have done that.)

But not only did the couple get a chance to go skating, the rink was open to everyone for a free skate with the bride and groom. Receiving line shmeiving line! Just skate up to them and congratulate the newlyweds!

We couldn’t be more thrilled that Lisa and James invited us into their lives for their wedding day. We are excited to share a little sneak peek with you

 

 

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Engagement Portraits

Lisa + James Engagement Session

Lisa + James Winter Engagement Session

When you meet Lisa and James, not only will they strike you with their insane good looks, crystal blue eyes, and beautiful blonde hair, but they are the kindest people we have met until you ask James to have a snowball fight… We had so much fun during their Engagement session in Bowness Park, we met their beautiful pup who also happens to be blonde and blue eyed. It was a real treat to meet them all for the first time. We ran around and played, wanted to go skating but because they met on skates, proposed on skates, and will get married on skates, we opted for a snowball fight and wondering around the outskirts of Calgary instead.

One thing we love about our couples and our engagement sessions is we start with a general plan but we always find beautiful places to stop, interesting things seem to follow us around. Our session with Lisa + James was no different. We are so glad they trusted us. As we were driving to our second location Elijah spotted some really awesome fog happening just by a little bridge. We quickly ran over there and got some really neat shots with the fog and a beautiful sunset. How lucky are we!? Photography is definitely 25% planning and 75% luck.

Our last little part of the session we have to thank Orange Trunk Vintage Rentals for the awesome vintage sled. We also wanted to create a cozy winter photo. They made me feel warm and go “awww”we hope you will too 😉

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Boudoir Engagement Family Portraits Weddings

2015 K&E Year In Review

Goodbye 2015…

HOLY SMOKES! Is it really end of the year already? I think I blinked or something. It all seems like a dream, a very busy, love filled, crazy awesome, dream. The last year has been such an inspiration to us. We have really found who we are as a team and continually have to thank the people who got us here. I am so proud of where K&E Imaging has gone and where we’re about to go. We wanted to share bits and pieces of our life from the last year and some of the highlights we can’t seem to stop talking about.

Along with all the little sessions we did, there were some AMAZING weddings we were so lucky to capture this year. Adam + Jessie, Hadija + Blaine, Cassie + Matt, Brie + Dave, and Selena + Sean. Thank you to all our amazing couples who invited us into their lives and were so welcoming. We feel like family and we are so happy for all of you!

This year felt like a very busy one, not only were our wedding clients getting bigger and better weddings, but we also wanted to say I Do! So… We did!

We Got Married!!

We said “I Do” on August 22nd with all of our family and friends. Thanks to our amazing team of people and vendors who made our dreams come to life. Just to name a few : Blue Devil Golf Course, Dana Cole Photography, Dee Vine Petals, Love Sky Designs, Durand Bridal, Bonnie Inglis, The Bridal Centre, Peoples Jewelry, and of course our bridal party and our parents and grandparents for being our financial support and emotional support through this journey. One of the questions everyone asks us is “how is married life?” and to be honest? Nothing has changed! We’re still the crazy couple that does almost everything together with our pup Toffee and we’re full steam ahead to enjoying our lives together.
There’s only a couple things I would change about our wedding day is to make it longer… Jeesh, they aren’t kidding when they say it flies by. To hire a videographer to capture our awesome slideshow musical number. And I’d hug everyone a little tighter and a little longer.

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Photography by Dana Cole Photography

We’ve Been Published!

Oh yeah! Just a few weeks ago we headed out to the launch of Luxe by Calgary Bride at Hotel Arts. It was an amazing night for our industry. So many amazing photo shoots came together to make this magazine what it is. If you haven’t gotten your copy be sure to head out to any location that sells Magazines 🙂
Our shoot in particular was really quite interesting. Dana Heald from Dee Vine Petals talked with us about doing a Frozen Flower wedding inspiration shoot. We wanted to make things look cold and icy in a location that was warm and summery… We chose the conservatory inside the Calgary Zoo… Definitely warm and summer in there. We had the ice centerpiece up there for a couple hours and it had soaked through the table cloths!! Brides probably not the best idea for your hot summer wedding… haha! Everything else smoothly fell into place with Boutiq Weddings & Events at our sides. She perfectly laid out the table setting and truly truly made it beautiful. To top everything off we had stunning stationary from our good friend Kelly at Love Sky Design (If you’re planning an event and need escort cards, menus, invitations, and anything else you can think of you NEED to see this girl)
Anywho! Go get your copy! RIGHT NOW! or after you’re done reading this blog post.


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What Else Happened?

I honestly didn’t expect to write this much in this blog post… If you’ve gotten this far good for you! and you deserve a cookie.
Other than all our amazing sessions, weddings, etc… We had some fun of our own. I did the whole bridal shower thing in my moms backyard, we had a stag and doe for our bachelor and bachelorette party (we’re not really party people) we hit over 100,000 K on my car, did some voice acting for video games, attended an awesome wedding summit, and made so many more new friends. We also shipped of to Mexico for a mini honey moon (our 2nd honeymoon is in April so I pre-apologize for the inconvenience anyone…) Los Cabos Mexico was incredible. It was blistering hot, the hotel was practically empty, we’ve never done an all inclusive before, and I don’t think I’ve ever eaten that much in my life…

Other than that I will leave these photos to tell more of the stories 🙂 I hope you enjoy