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2016 already feels like it’s going to be a great year. There’s already been amazing things happening- I’ve been booking fantastic clients,  I have traveled to the mountains (twice!), I have been able to get my website updated with some of my favourite sessions from the last couple of years. But mostly I’m happy about having my sister home from her bone-marrow transplant. We are so grateful to an anonymous donor who made this all possible. So much gratitude.   I wanted to share some of my happiness around. So I am hosting a giveaway! I haven’t had a major giveaway in the past and so now I’m going BIG for 2016. By entering below you can win a full family lifestyle session including the high resolution files on USB and wall prints! This package has a value of over $1500. I’m not sure if I’ll ever offer a contest as big as this again, so hurry up and enter!

There’s a few minor rules-

  • The contest is open to anyone, but the session must take place in Edmonton, Alberta. However, I do travel throughout the province of Alberta frequently, and would love to make it work in your hometown,  but I can not guarantee a session anywhere else but Edmonton.
  • The session must take place before August 31st 2016
  • The session is for a single couple or a single family unit only. Extended family sessions will not be considered.
  • The contest will end on February 7th 2016 at 12am MST. Winner will be selected by random draw of those who followed the steps outlined below. Each step will be verified prior to announcement of winner.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And because I hate a post with no pictures, here are my 15 images for 2015. There were SO many great moments from the year and I couldn’t bear to post a “top 15” since narrowing it down would be impossible.  But here’s a few of my favourites.  I’m looking forward to sharing more images from these sessions on my blog in the coming months.

Happy 2016,



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And my favourite random image of the year, my daughters on Huntington Beach in California. I’m not sure why I love it so, it’s grainy and a little blurry and not technical at all. But it speaks to me, those are my girls. It’s completely them. And that’s what this whole photography thing is all about.


  • Melinda - January 28, 2016 - 9:22 am

    Going to Italy will make 2016 my best year yet!

  • Carolyn Leroux - January 28, 2016 - 9:35 am

    I’m looking forward to seeing my sister in law, brother in law, my niece and new niece or nephew when they come to visit in October from Australia. I miss them so much.

  • Kayla P - January 28, 2016 - 9:36 am

    Looking forward to all the incredible things 2016 has to offer. 2016 is a year of new beginning for many reasons, after a rough 2015 lessons have been learned and 2016 will be spent embracing adventures, trying new things, cherishing loved ones and saying more YES. Cant wait to see what your year brings you as well!

  • brittani - January 28, 2016 - 9:39 am

    I am most excited to add a new member to our family in 2016

  • Mia Williams - January 28, 2016 - 9:40 am

    It would be a dream come true to have you photograph my family of 3 this summer!

  • Tiffany - January 28, 2016 - 9:43 am

    I am looking forward to summer and spending time with the ones I love

  • Melissa J - January 28, 2016 - 9:47 am

    I would love updated photos with my family of 4! :). Your photos are beautiful.

  • Sarah Pankiw - January 28, 2016 - 9:49 am

    This year I am most looking forward to more time with my family, Clayton is finally working in town which he hasn’t done since before we were married! Also celebrating some milestones in our lives and in our families lives ❤️

  • Lisa - January 28, 2016 - 9:50 am

    Great contest. I’d love to win!!!

  • Susie - January 28, 2016 - 9:50 am

    You are sooo nice to do this. I love what you share on Instagram your positive perspective and love for life is a gift.

  • Erinn Trebaczkiewicz - January 28, 2016 - 9:51 am

    kelsy!! I am dying for a family session with you!!!!!! And this is beyond generous of you! So here’s to a fabulous 2016 (I also feel like it’s going to be an amazing year!)

  • Rebecca - January 28, 2016 - 9:53 am

    I’m expecting my second child in June, so I am most excited to see how my two kids grow up together.

  • Amber Bourret - January 28, 2016 - 9:54 am

    I’m looking forward to watching my 3 girls grow and change this year!

  • Ashley - January 28, 2016 - 9:58 am

    Looking forward to all the surprises 2016 will bring! Family additions, engagements, new opportunities!? We shall see :)
    Thanks for hosting such a special giveaway.

  • Joy - January 28, 2016 - 10:01 am

    Looking forward to expanding the family :)

  • Kelsea Nadeau - January 28, 2016 - 10:04 am

    For 2016, I am most looking forward to enjoying my maternity leave with our new baby and spending time being a family of three.

  • Paula - January 28, 2016 - 10:07 am

    I’m really looking forward to watching my family change and grow!

  • Vanessa McEleney - January 28, 2016 - 10:08 am

    You take amazing photos, we would be so lucky to win a free session!

  • Sarah Alexander - January 28, 2016 - 10:12 am

    We’ve had the pleasure of capturing family photos with Kelsy before, she is absolutely amazing. If we win I would actually like portraits taken of my best friends family, she recently lost her mum and it would mean the world to her to have amazing pictures of her family to cherish.

  • Renee - January 28, 2016 - 10:13 am

    Love your family sessions Kels!!

  • Britney Inden - January 28, 2016 - 10:14 am

    Spending time with my family and celebrating some big milestones.

  • Amy - January 28, 2016 - 10:14 am

    I’m looking forward to hopefully adding to our little family this year :)

  • Shelley - January 28, 2016 - 10:20 am

    Beautiful work! I’ve been a long time follower…would love to win a session!

  • Erin Davis - January 28, 2016 - 10:21 am

    I’m looking forward to all the opportunities to spend quality time with those that I love.

  • tina theriault - January 28, 2016 - 10:21 am

    Love this contest!

  • Leslie brown - January 28, 2016 - 10:26 am

    Would love another session with you! We still look at our session from a few years back and can’t get enough of it! xoxo

  • Tabitha Potts - January 28, 2016 - 10:27 am

    Looking forward to camping throughout Alberta – following your travel blog for great ideas!

  • Tennille Goddard - January 28, 2016 - 10:27 am

    Looking forward to spending time with my new little family!!

  • Renee Chan - January 28, 2016 - 10:29 am

    2016 is all about love in all ways.

  • Raelene Werthmann - January 28, 2016 - 10:31 am

    Looking forward to going on new adventures with my family and exploring the city we live in .

  • Shannon - January 28, 2016 - 10:32 am

    Looking forward to a year of slowing it down. Appreciating the moments with my family.

  • Courtenay M - January 28, 2016 - 10:36 am

    This is so amazing Kelsy! Best wishes for healing for your sister :) 2016 has so much to look forward to for the Mayowski family – the new babies are almost here!

  • Francesca Giroux - January 28, 2016 - 10:38 am

    Looking forward to racing and spending time with my daughter!

  • Lindsay Mills - January 28, 2016 - 10:40 am

    How amazing this post is! Most importantly that your sister is home. Truly fantastic. I can’t wait for summer 2016! So much to be excited about!

  • Brooklyn Ellingson - January 28, 2016 - 10:40 am

    I LOVE your work! We’re looking forward to the arrival of our 4th child this year!

  • Melanie - January 28, 2016 - 10:40 am

    2016 is going to be a wonderful year! We love your work – thanks for hosting this incredible giveaway!

  • Teri - January 28, 2016 - 10:45 am

    What an amazing giveaway!! Would love to win a shoot with you, Kelsy. You capture memories so beautifully ❤️

  • Brandy Roberts - January 28, 2016 - 10:48 am

    What an amazing giveaway! Kelsy your work is absolutely stunning! 2016 will be a wonderful year and we’d love to capture some of those moments.

  • AShley - January 28, 2016 - 10:48 am

    Watching my babies grow! And the older one start Kindergarten. Wait, I’m not looking forward to that. waaaahhhh.

  • Kimmy - January 28, 2016 - 10:48 am

    What an amazing giveaway! I am looking forward to a happy and healthy 2016! ❤️

  • Kim Carriere - January 28, 2016 - 10:49 am

    I am looking so forward to 2016! After suffering a miscarriage already this year, I’m so very excited to continue to grow our little family (hopefully sooner than later) :)

  • Sarah - January 28, 2016 - 10:50 am

    My little family would love to be captured by you! Your work is beautiful.

  • Kristen McHausler - January 28, 2016 - 10:50 am

    Those are some AWESOME 15 of ’15!!

  • Shylah W - January 28, 2016 - 10:50 am

    Looking forward to more traveling :)

  • Alyse Franklin - January 28, 2016 - 10:50 am

    I’m most looking forward to welcoming baby franklin #3 in early June!!!! I love your work.

  • Ami - January 28, 2016 - 10:51 am

    You are so talented Kelsy. We need some new family photos. Would love to win the photo session. Fingers crossed.

  • Ricki Mercier - January 28, 2016 - 10:52 am

    Kelsy has documented our engagement, wedding and daughter’s newborn photos. There is no one I trust more with our precious memories as I love every single photo she’s ever taken! We are looking forward to adding to our family this year in May!

  • Alexa Blish - January 28, 2016 - 10:53 am

    Looking forward to family time at the beach this summer !

  • Irina - January 28, 2016 - 10:54 am

    looking forward to settling into our new house, and spending more family time together with our 2 little girls <3

  • Melody zawalak - January 28, 2016 - 10:56 am

    I’m most looking forward to celebrating my second sons first birthday and the first anniversary of the moment my family became complete ❤️

  • admin - January 28, 2016 - 10:58 am

    What!! Congrats Ricki!! So much love to your family!

  • Amara - January 28, 2016 - 10:59 am

    I’m so excited for 2016 and all of its opportunities, both business and personal .. and you know .. a session with you 😉

  • Miranda - January 28, 2016 - 11:00 am

    Changes again this year for us – return to work and less time with my boys means more to look forward to after work and on weekends. Looking to create memories as we go along. Would be so amazing to win this session! Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Lisa - January 28, 2016 - 11:00 am

    I’m looking forward to camping in the summer and spending time with family and friends everywhere!

  • Caitlin - January 28, 2016 - 11:10 am

    With a little one on the way, I’d love the chance to document my pregnancy!

  • Dakota Phillips - January 28, 2016 - 11:16 am

    Looking forward to wedding season and family reunions!! So many friends and family visiting and getting married this summer!

  • Dragana Reilly - January 28, 2016 - 11:22 am

    Amazing pictures!

  • Shara Cochrane - January 28, 2016 - 11:22 am

    Hooray for contests !! This is amazing. My entire body is crossed.

  • Chelsea - January 28, 2016 - 11:23 am

    I am looking forward to my girls becoming even better friends and a year when my husband will, hopefully, be home most of the year!!

  • Shara Cochrane - January 28, 2016 - 11:25 am

    It helps when you read the contest. Hah.
    We recently had our first child, I can’t wait to watch him grow.
    Documenting a session would be perfect!

  • Sherrie ellis - January 28, 2016 - 11:26 am

    This is so great! Thank you! I cannot wait for a summer of time spent with my family, hiking, camping and time in the mountains adventuring!

  • Sandra manturzyk - January 28, 2016 - 11:26 am

    So awesome. You are her talented

  • Heather S. - January 28, 2016 - 11:27 am

    I’m looking forward to a year that is bound to be cancer free.

  • Sandra - January 28, 2016 - 11:29 am

    Oh I’m looking forward to watching my children grow. Turning 6 4 and 1

  • Trevor M - January 28, 2016 - 11:30 am

    New family members on the way, would be great timing :)

  • Susan Melnyk - January 28, 2016 - 11:31 am

    Looking forward to finishing our new home and hopefully a certain someone getting down on one knee to ask a question 😉

  • admin - January 28, 2016 - 11:32 am

    I hope with all my heart is it! xoxo

  • Heather Rusnak - January 28, 2016 - 11:34 am

    Looking forward to a healthy and safe delivery of our first born this summer. Due date is on our wedding anniversary. So many things to be grateful for. If we won it would more be like a maternity session of our family. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Sarah H - January 28, 2016 - 11:38 am

    I would love to win a session! My daughter is almost 9 months old and we have only one or two photos of our little family all together. I feel like I missed out not getting maternity or newborn photos done, and I’d love to have some family photos to look at and share :) This year I’m most looking forward to watching my daughter grow (I can’t believe she’s going to turn ONE), and am so excited to go camping with her in the summer!

  • Natasha - January 28, 2016 - 11:39 am

    Looking forward to slowing down.

  • Jessica Small - January 28, 2016 - 11:53 am

    I look forward to watching my beautiful daughter grow, spending more time together as a family of 3 and trying to live the most relaxed and stress free life that I can with my loves by my side.

  • Susanne - January 28, 2016 - 11:57 am

    I am looking to spend more time with my family in 2016 and to make sure to cherish every moment!!

  • Jennifer - January 28, 2016 - 11:58 am

    Would love to capture a picture of our family. I only have one picture of all of us. I love the photos you have done for friends of mine.

  • Jodie - January 28, 2016 - 12:02 pm

    I have a brand new baby girl and I am also getting married this year, 2016 will be my most memorable year 💕

  • Cait Fraser - January 28, 2016 - 12:06 pm

    Beautiful work! This would be anazing for 2016 with our growing family!

  • Cait Fraser - January 28, 2016 - 12:07 pm

    Beautiful work! This would be amazing for 2016 with our growing family!

  • Kelsie Kelly - January 28, 2016 - 12:12 pm

    So cool seeing my girls on your website. We absolutely love our maternity and newborn photos and would totally love to do a family session with you <3

  • Inna Lyubashenko - January 28, 2016 - 12:12 pm

    Amazing opportunity for some lucky family!!! Pictures are the best way to capture the precious memories with loved ones and to have them forever!

  • Keri skoreyko - January 28, 2016 - 12:13 pm

    This year I am looking forward to more time with my family and to raising my beautiful girls 😍😍

  • Lianne White - January 28, 2016 - 12:15 pm

    Love your work!!

  • Amber Grmek - January 28, 2016 - 12:19 pm

    I’m looking forward to another year of watching our precious little man grow up. Cant believe he’ll be 3 in May already, time flies!

  • Jen - January 28, 2016 - 12:25 pm

    Your work is beautiful and I would loooove to do a family session with you!

  • Stefani Schell - January 28, 2016 - 12:30 pm

    2016 will be the best year yet because every year gets more exciting as my kids get older, crazier and much more busy!!

  • Kaitlyne Tyner - January 28, 2016 - 12:30 pm

    I am most excited to try for baby number 3!!! :)

  • Kellie Iverson - January 28, 2016 - 12:34 pm

    Love your work! It would be a dream to have you photograph my family! I am really looking forward to the spring and summer and going on lots of adventures with my boys :)

  • Amy - January 28, 2016 - 12:50 pm

    Looking forward to seeing my son become a big brother!

  • Kathy - January 28, 2016 - 12:59 pm

    Beyond growing and learning with our beautiful family, I am most looking forward in 2016, to flourishing my own business and spreading the knowledge I have with other women, mamas and whoever wants to learn! I hope 2016 is a fulfilling a successful year for you!

  • Claire - January 28, 2016 - 1:05 pm

    I’ll fly out in a heartbeat for this!

  • Melissa Kowalczyk - January 28, 2016 - 1:08 pm

    for me 2016 will be all about watching my 4 beautiful children grow and learn and taking some time for myself and my husband as well 😊
    Your photos are so beautiful. Amazing talent! Would love to see how you would capture my wild little munchkins ☺️

  • Sonnia Valiquette-Fleury - January 28, 2016 - 1:10 pm

    Gorgeous photos! This would be a wonderful thing to win :)

  • Ashley - January 28, 2016 - 1:10 pm

    this would be an awesome prize for this first-time mom-to-be! 💛💛💛

  • Sonnia Valiquette-Fleury - January 28, 2016 - 1:16 pm

    I forgot to answer the question!

    I am looking forward to many trips with my children camping this year. Also a trip to the West Coast is planned. I love the downtime that these trips bring!

  • April Quilty - January 28, 2016 - 1:16 pm

    Beautiful pics!

  • Chelsee - January 28, 2016 - 1:17 pm

    Most looking forward to watching my little man grow

  • Kelly - January 28, 2016 - 1:32 pm

    I’m looking forward to visiting my family in February after 6 long months.

  • Stacy Terlecki - January 28, 2016 - 1:34 pm

    My little guy turns 1!!!!

  • Megan Hansen - January 28, 2016 - 1:51 pm

    This is so fabulous! I would love to get some photos of our new addition! I absolutely love your work and am always envious of Teri Hrdlikas photos !! 😃😃

  • Teagan Mitchell - January 28, 2016 - 1:51 pm

    I’ve been wanting to do family photos with my mom and sister for a very long time, but we just do not have the funds to boom a shoot. This would mean the world to us as we don’t have any family photos of us three as a family unit. I have a really cool idea involving paint and white t shirts that I would absolutely love to bring to life. Good luck to everyone and thanks for putting on such an awesome contest :)

  • Allison Meston - January 28, 2016 - 2:03 pm

    Looking forward to travelling with my family of 4 and enjoying our summer with our boat and camper :)

  • Carly - January 28, 2016 - 2:40 pm

    I loved ours from last summer and would love another session!

  • Barb Anderson - January 28, 2016 - 2:46 pm

    I look forward to improving myself.
    I’m looking forward to my 7/11 with my husband.
    I’m looking forward to camping in our little tent.
    I’m looking forward to driving to Vancouver to visit my daughter and other family.
    More to come later :)

  • Carla - January 28, 2016 - 2:47 pm

    I am most looking forward to seeing our children grow. Every year is a new adventure for us!!

  • Nicole Basso - January 28, 2016 - 2:48 pm

    Looking forward to savouring moments with my hubbie and our two year old. Time goes by so quickly and I’m determined to stop and be present in the moment whether on vacation or just hanging on the couch.

  • Lindsay - January 28, 2016 - 2:53 pm

    Great contest! Would love to do a family shoot with you!!

  • Miranda - January 28, 2016 - 2:54 pm

    You are so incredibly talented <3 Love love love!!!

  • Joy Breitkreutz - January 28, 2016 - 3:02 pm

    Most looking forward to making memories with my 3 year old and 1 year old in 2016!

  • April VanKeeken - January 28, 2016 - 3:12 pm

    Looking forward to my three boys growing up and starting new things!

  • Crystal - January 28, 2016 - 3:14 pm

    Fabulous giveaway!! I’m so excited!! I’m
    Most looking forward to the arrival of our sweet little babe, in just a few weeks <3

  • Stephanie barton - January 28, 2016 - 3:43 pm

    Spend time with the family

  • Karen Bischoff - January 28, 2016 - 3:58 pm

    Well you know we will be seeing you regardless if we win or not 😉 Do we get 2 extra entries for the use of my two adorable girls for the contest page lol :)

  • Chelsea - January 28, 2016 - 3:59 pm

    I’m so happy for your sister and your family!

    What a wonderful opportunity to win this photography package! ❤️

  • Sonia - January 28, 2016 - 4:44 pm

    Great contest! Thank you for sharing!

  • Laura - January 28, 2016 - 6:39 pm

    I would love to win this session! Kelsey did our wedding and it be wonderful to have a family session 8 years later!

  • Breanne - January 28, 2016 - 7:15 pm

    Expecting baby #2 Feb 2016!!!!

  • Sandra - January 28, 2016 - 8:07 pm

    Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy New Year Kelsy!

  • Susan - January 28, 2016 - 8:07 pm

    I can’t wait for summer days to spend with my wee ones.

  • Laura - January 28, 2016 - 8:20 pm

    Your pictures are amazing! I always love seeing my cousins photos who are done by you.

  • Leahann - January 28, 2016 - 8:22 pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing all my family for my grandmother’s 90th birthday!

  • admin - January 28, 2016 - 9:01 pm

    Yes you can have 3 extra entries! :) LOL

  • Heather - January 28, 2016 - 10:10 pm

    There is no physical artifact we treasure more than family photos that capture a moment in time

  • Tara Kilkenny - January 28, 2016 - 11:03 pm

    The photo with the bubbles was fun and reminds me to try bubble making in the winter with the kids. The bubbles are supposed to freeze – sounds like great memory making!

  • Julie - January 28, 2016 - 11:11 pm

    Looking forward to many warm days with my fam jam! That will make my 2016…more sweet memories!

  • Meaghan Galesloot - January 28, 2016 - 11:49 pm

    2016 will be the year I will watch my beautiful baby girl take her first steps. Looking forward to many firsts and family memories.

  • Janet - January 28, 2016 - 11:49 pm

    I am looking forward to travelling across Canada with my family to visit the rest of our family.

  • Cindy - January 29, 2016 - 12:51 am

    Looking forward to slowing down in 2016!

  • Allana - January 29, 2016 - 2:20 am

    Spending time with my family in our new home!

  • Tracy Hall - January 29, 2016 - 2:56 am

    I’m looking forward to cherishing the rest of my maternity leave with my three daughters and building a bond with them. Even though they’re young I can’t wait to do everything with them. Get their ears pierced, take them camping, get preschool shoes for my oldest, blow bubbles, play in the leaves – just enjoy life. Daddy can come too.

  • Lynne Erickson - January 29, 2016 - 7:42 am

    Your work is beautiful!! We would be beyond lucky to have you photograph our new little family!

  • Christine Rogers - January 29, 2016 - 8:10 am

    I’m looking forward to having a new addition to our family in 2016!

  • Rachel - January 29, 2016 - 9:18 am

    This is a great contest

  • Hailey Litchfield - January 29, 2016 - 10:04 am

    I look forward to my baby girl turning One!

  • Ashley - January 29, 2016 - 10:30 am

    Look forward to a year of spending time with my young baby girl :)

  • Sarah Zamburek - January 29, 2016 - 10:39 am

    These photos are amazing (as always)! We will definitely be needing a new family session at the end of the summer, specifically. 😛

  • Rebecca - January 29, 2016 - 11:47 am

    My husband and I are excited to officially start a family this year. We cannot wait to welcome our little one in a few short months. The love we have for this little baby already is incredible, so I can’t begin to imagine how much more in love we will be with it once it arrives!

  • Micki Semeniuk - January 29, 2016 - 12:16 pm

    This would be fantastic opportunity to celebrate the newest addition of our family! Fingers crossed!

  • Miranda - January 29, 2016 - 12:56 pm

    Most looking forward to spending time with my newly completed family. And maybe getting a full nights sleep?? Fingers crossed. :)

  • Cristina R - January 29, 2016 - 12:59 pm

    I am most looking forward to the birth of my baby girl in Marchand, :)

  • admin - January 29, 2016 - 1:25 pm

    Awesome idea Tara! Thanks!

  • admin - January 29, 2016 - 1:26 pm

    I hear ya! NOTHING Better! And three daughters sounds just perfect!

  • Stacia Dolynchuk - January 29, 2016 - 1:28 pm

    Most looking forward to celebrating my little one’s first birthday!

  • Michelle - January 29, 2016 - 2:44 pm

    amazing photos! awesome giveaway!

  • Lori Erickson - January 29, 2016 - 3:09 pm

    Looking forward to new camping adventures with my family… & more time in the mountains this year. Love your work, all the best in 2016!

  • jen medos - January 29, 2016 - 3:29 pm

    Looking forward to the weeks that my husband has off and we can spend time with our baby together! Planning for lots of time at the pool, summer trips to the beach and long walks with the puppies. :)

  • Liesel - January 29, 2016 - 3:47 pm

    You’re so kind and generous Kelsey – such an amazing giveaway! Looking forward to embracing this year and soaking up the ‘everydays’ with my family! Hoping its a good year for you and your sweet family! xo

  • Liesel - January 29, 2016 - 3:48 pm

    You’re so kind and generous Kelsey – such an amazing giveaway! Looking forward to embracing this year and soaking up the ‘everydays’ with my family!

  • Chandra - January 29, 2016 - 3:56 pm

    That photo of your daughters IS very powerful! I look forward to watching my little man grow and seeing all of his first’s!

  • Gabriella - January 29, 2016 - 8:16 pm

    Disneyland is the goal this year. I can’t wait for my son and daughter (4 & 1.5) to experience that.

  • Brandy - January 30, 2016 - 12:56 am

    A fresh start. New beginning.
    Honestly that is what we need 2016 to be.
    Less chaos and more focusing on our little tribe. I can’t wait!

  • Jessica - January 30, 2016 - 1:38 am

    We would love to follow up our 2012 outdoor family session with you with another one! Our ginger kids are getting less ginger, we need to capture it before it’s gone 😊

  • carla - January 30, 2016 - 1:43 am

    so happy your sister is home and that 2016 is off to a great start for you all! I am excited for 2016 and sll the family fun we are going to have.

  • Ashley Bosse - January 30, 2016 - 9:24 am

    Can’t wait to watch my family grow in 2016!

  • Chelsea - January 30, 2016 - 12:58 pm

    I’m most looking forward to our family trip to Europe! Although, winning this would be pretty rad! 😉

  • Giselle Guido - January 30, 2016 - 8:42 pm

    I am most excited about growing my family in 2016!

  • Brie @ A Slice of Brie - January 30, 2016 - 9:24 pm

    So many things to look forward to this year…trips to the mountains, experiencing new things with our almost two year old, a big road trip to BC, just enjoying life to the fullest no matter where it takes us :) Thank you for such a generous giveaway!

  • andrea - January 30, 2016 - 11:06 pm

    Gorgeous photos from 2015! So excited for this giveaway!

  • Meaghan Kennedy - January 31, 2016 - 8:14 am

    Hoping to become a family of three

  • ELLIE LEONI - January 31, 2016 - 9:26 am

    Hi Kelsey, beautiful photos from 2015. Would love to have you photograph are crazy bunch again!

  • Shelly Toly - January 31, 2016 - 1:54 pm

    This year is going to be great because I learned so much from last year! It is going to be a great year because I plan to be grateful for each day i get to live and enjoy it and the relationships I have!

  • Sabrina - January 31, 2016 - 8:00 pm

    Looking forward to our 20th Anniversary this year😊💕and getting some wonderful photos done

  • admin - January 31, 2016 - 9:36 pm

    What!!? Congrats Meaghan!!!

  • Jody Fields - January 31, 2016 - 10:18 pm

    Your photography is beautiful! I’d love to have your talent!

  • Lena thompson - January 31, 2016 - 11:26 pm

    In 2016 I am looking forward to becoming a more educated woman with everything to offer in the buisness world. While saving the best of myself for my husband and four children. It’s my year to learn the balancing act.

  • Danielle Hubbard - February 1, 2016 - 12:10 am

    I’d love a family session to capture our completed family! We missed out on newborn session so this would be perfect!

  • Jana D - February 1, 2016 - 6:28 am

    We are looking forward to watching our little grow, but not too fast! We want to enjoy all the moments in the meantime, as time is already going too fast. She is already 3 weeks old!!

  • Melanie Spak - February 1, 2016 - 8:55 am

    Absolutely looking forward to celebrating my sons first birthday and spending time with family and friends

  • april - February 1, 2016 - 1:23 pm

    Your work is beautiful!!! We would love a session with you xo

  • Kelly - February 1, 2016 - 2:00 pm

    Getting in front of the camera more – with my kids! A shoot with you would definitely be a HUGE help : )

  • Kristy-Anne Swart - February 1, 2016 - 10:36 pm

    I am looking forward to 2016 being better than 2015 :) And hoping that it is the year I can focus more on getting my business growing, and my life more balanced.

  • Danielle - February 1, 2016 - 10:51 pm

    My husband and I have been wanting to get some new family pictures. We would love to win this so I can put up the frames I bought over a year ago.
    We have two boys that seem like they are growing up way too fast. I’d love to keep them my babies forever but I know I can’t, but I can in a picture. 😉

  • Nicole - February 1, 2016 - 11:26 pm

    My husband and I are expecting our first child on May 19th of this year! We are so excited to share all the love we have with our little miracle. I would love to capture these first few months with your talented hand in photography. Anxiously waiting for baby and to be announced the winner of your generous contest!
    Sincerely, Nicole.

  • Lindsay - February 2, 2016 - 10:28 am

    I am looking forward to this year because we have a 3 yo and a 6 yo and they are so excited about life and doing different activities. While we live in Calgary, we are often in Edmonton. I’d love to record this stage in our family’s life!

  • Megan andersen - February 2, 2016 - 12:49 pm

    Wow! Gorgeous photos! My husband and I would love a lifestyle shoot!

  • Heather Seib - February 2, 2016 - 5:33 pm

    2016! Wow it’s just begun and the possibilities are endless! Hoping to expand our tribe in 2016 and travel to BC!

  • Josca Remerie - February 3, 2016 - 9:29 pm

    2016 is going to be filled with amazing adventures, memories, camping and fishing trips! To continue to grow and inspire. These and many more are things I look forward to. Oh and of course more of your blocks. 😘

  • Stacey - February 3, 2016 - 9:41 pm

    Love your work! I’m looking forward to spending and enjoying every moment with my kids this year, they are still small and it all goes by way too fast

  • Lindsay Zukowksy - February 4, 2016 - 8:22 am

    Thank you for sharing all your adventures with us. Love your travel blog.

  • Christine - February 4, 2016 - 10:41 am

    Kelsy! I would love a family session with you!! xo

  • Teresa - February 4, 2016 - 10:47 pm

    I’m looking forward to a year of celebrating the simple joys everyday.

  • Michel - February 4, 2016 - 10:48 pm

    It’s stupid that I sometimes don’t think of Matt, Solly and I as a “family” because we don’t have kids. But I’ve never felt more at home than when I’m with them. Fingers crossed we win!! Eeeeeeps!!!

  • Karmen - February 4, 2016 - 11:09 pm

    This would be ever so lovely!!! Wishing you the very best in 2016 ❤️❤️

  • Tami - February 4, 2016 - 11:29 pm

    I look forward to planning my wedding in 2016! It would be a dream come true to have a session with you :)

  • Malaika - February 4, 2016 - 11:36 pm

    I am a brand new mom and I love my sweet family of three. I really hope I win so we can capture super cool moments!! I love photography and I love your photos! Especially the one of complete joy from your daughters ❤️

  • Allison S - February 4, 2016 - 11:41 pm

    I love your work; would love to win a family session! Especially since three will become four this year!

  • Stephscade - February 5, 2016 - 1:47 am

    Looking forward to so many things.. Filling up the year with as many adventures as possible with family and friends.

  • admin - February 5, 2016 - 8:44 am

    Of course you’re a family and it’s perfect ! I would love to photograph your tribe!

  • Desiree Veldkamp - February 5, 2016 - 9:13 am

    My husband and I are expecting our first baby in the beginning of July. I’m really looking forward to meeting baby, capturing our journey through pregnancy, and those first moments with our baby.

  • Alyssa Carson - February 5, 2016 - 9:27 am

    Amara and I are embarking on a new chapter in our life as a family of two. I would love to be able to capture this new beginning for us!

  • Jessica - February 5, 2016 - 9:30 am

    2016 …. Infinite possibilities!

  • maja - February 5, 2016 - 9:32 am

    Love your work and I would be honoured if you took photos of my family.

  • Lauren Gizowski - February 5, 2016 - 9:36 am

    Love this! Look forward to 2016😊

  • Charmaine Poulin - February 5, 2016 - 9:42 am

    Weekends with my family!

  • Monika Valentovic - February 5, 2016 - 9:43 am

    We just had a baby in June 2015 and I can’t wait to see him grow and become even more amazing each day. I’d love to capture his first birthday!

  • Poly Grigoropoulos - February 5, 2016 - 9:47 am

    Looking forward to celebrating 10 years with my amazing husband and creating more beautiful memories with family and friends☺

  • Enrica Calabria - February 5, 2016 - 10:05 am

    In 2016 I am looking forward to spending more time with my beautiful family. We get so caught up in dance and sports that 2016 I vowed to enjoy the simple things. The smiles and the laughs, the cuddles and even the cries. My husband and my 3 babies are my whole world 💞

  • Melissa - February 5, 2016 - 10:12 am

    Beautiful photos!!! I would love to get family photos to capture this stage of my growing family!

  • Alisa - February 5, 2016 - 10:15 am

    Looking forward to arrival of my first little baby in July 2016 💕💕💕

  • Mekaila - February 5, 2016 - 10:16 am

    We are looking forward to the arrival of baby #2 on March 4th.

  • Jenny - February 5, 2016 - 10:22 am

    We haven’t had family photos done in a few years… Would love to do some this year!

  • Tricia Victoria - February 5, 2016 - 10:22 am

    Have always loved your work and would love to win this session with you!! 😍

  • Melissa - February 5, 2016 - 10:24 am

    Winning this would be amazing! You are fantastic! 😍

  • Mary - February 5, 2016 - 10:32 am

    To see my son turn one and take his first steps!

  • shannon - February 5, 2016 - 10:36 am

    Beautiful pictures – hope we are lucky to have you shoot our family!

  • Jennifer Kramps - February 5, 2016 - 10:37 am

    I’m a first time mom so Enjoying my maternity leave with my sweet son Emmett!

  • Chelsea - February 5, 2016 - 10:41 am

    This year we are looking forward to celebrate our baby boy’s 2nd birthday! We are also very excited to attend summer festivities this year (Zoo, Street performers, Fort Edmonton, etc.) and spend time with his aunties and grandma/grandpa.

  • Shauna S - February 5, 2016 - 10:42 am

    Your photos are amazing! Would love the opportunity to win a family session.

  • Jamie Hunter - February 5, 2016 - 10:49 am

    Seeing my best friend in Autumn. She lives in BC and we haven’t seen her in 2 years. And taking a trip to Calgary with my mom and daughter.

  • Kim @ Farm Wife Style - February 5, 2016 - 11:06 am

    Super generous giveaway, so excited to see what 2016 brings to my business. Growth and publishing my first lookbook!

  • Nicole - February 5, 2016 - 11:48 am

    I’m looking forward to lots of summer road trips with my kiddos and maybe a weekend mini break somewhere hot for mama!

  • Maria Shanks - February 5, 2016 - 11:53 am

    Your work is stunning! I would love to win a photo session for my husband and I for our first wedding anniversary coming up in July!

  • Rachelle - February 5, 2016 - 12:07 pm

    Get to meet our second baby any day now 😍

  • Jessica - February 5, 2016 - 12:40 pm

    I’m excited that we have come to a place where we are finished growing our family and now the real adventures get to take place. Our kids are so full of wonder and I’m looking forward to their eyes widening at every twist and turn as we watch them experience thjngs for the

  • Carling stiksma - February 5, 2016 - 12:41 pm

    Watching my kiddos grow up and enjoying them everyday, going on new adventures and being spontaneous…. these are the reasons 2016 will be the best year yet!! And hopefully a session with you to cap it all off!!

  • Leah - February 5, 2016 - 12:42 pm

    The colors you bring our are really amazing!

  • Kristine Nguyen - February 5, 2016 - 12:55 pm

    What I’m looking toward to 2016.. Would be take every moment and just be happy and not stress to much!

  • Jill Aytenfisu - February 5, 2016 - 1:19 pm

    I just had twins so im looking forward to spending the year off work raising my kids!

  • Leslie - February 5, 2016 - 1:29 pm

    I look forward to watching my baby grow in 2016.

  • Xandré Verkes - February 5, 2016 - 3:01 pm

    HHmmm… getting our permanent residency!! (Finally!!)… having friends visiting from the Netherlands and South Africa!! Lots of Mountain Time!! Spending quality time with my hubby and our darn cute dogs!! 😀 So much to look forward to!!

  • Lisa T. - February 5, 2016 - 3:39 pm

    Looking forward to spending time with my family and watched all the new X-Files series (Go Scully!). Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Kristin Janzen - February 5, 2016 - 4:14 pm

    I’m most looking forward to watching my children grow this year! They are at the most precious ages – 4, 3 and 1.

  • lisa - February 5, 2016 - 4:33 pm

    Watching my little girl turn one this year!

  • Briana Robertson - February 5, 2016 - 4:54 pm

    I am excited for all that 2016 will bring! Watching our little girls grow, completing a degree and enjoying every minute with my beautiful family. Fingers crossed we win as your photography skills are amazing.

  • Nancy Luyckfassel - February 5, 2016 - 5:00 pm

    Looking forward to milestones to remember – daughter’s first house (February), son’s graduation (May), my Lymphoma going into complete remission (June or sooner!!)

  • Kimberly - February 5, 2016 - 5:00 pm

    Beautiful photography.

  • Mandy - February 5, 2016 - 5:15 pm

    Your work is beautiful and the contest is very generous. I hope I have the opportunity to work with you :)

  • Heather - February 5, 2016 - 6:19 pm

    I’m looking forward to getting a bike this summer and going for bike rides with my daughter.

  • Christine - February 5, 2016 - 6:24 pm

    I love your work it’s beautiful! ❤️

  • Dori - February 5, 2016 - 6:52 pm

    I look forward to spending time with my parents who have been away from home for work for a long time! I also cannot wait til my husband and I get our little bunny at the end of February! :)

  • Girudiha - February 5, 2016 - 7:00 pm

    Looking forward to welcoming our daughter in March!

  • Brenda Hampton - February 5, 2016 - 7:55 pm

    I am spending 2016 enjoying the little moments with my 3 girls and wonderful husband! Looking forward to summer fun!

I know it has been near silent on my blog this year. So I’m not going to lie, it has been a rough year.  There were the normal trials we all go through, but then my little world came crashing down. In late March my wonderful Mother was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. It was a shock to myself and my siblings, but we all kept positive and prayed the chemo would do it’s job. It was painful but we pushed on, supporting and loving her through her difficult days.  Then, less then 2 months later,  my beautiful older sister was diagnosed with the exact same Leukaemia. Shock and dismay doesn’t begin to describe the how we all felt. But, my family and I  tried to remain positive  and watched both our mom and our  sister put up the most amazing fight possible. In late August we received some great news, my sister had found a bone marrow donor and was able to receive a bone marrow transplant. What a tremendous  gift a stranger has given her and my entire family. She is still at Tom Baker Centre in Calgary, receiving excellent care and support. But sadly, my mother lost her fight against cancer in November after remaining positive and grateful the entire year through.  She was true example of living a life full of gratitude for the blessings we have been given. How lucky we were to have her as a mother.

So yes, it was quite the year over here. It all feels like a whirlwind. But even though my blog was neglected, my clients were not and I photographed so many amazing families and couples this year. I even kept up with a little personal project of taking pictures of my girls every week. They are always holding hands- a sign of the deep bond they share- and I decided I wanted to photograph their love for each other while they’re both still little. I know they might not always want to call each other “best friends” or beg to “sleepover” in each other’s beds, so for now I’ll document it the best way I know how and cherish these images of my little girls forever. I actually never thought I’d share the series publically as shooting for perfection was never my plan, but rather it was a way to keep my camera on me and capture our big moments and every day memories.  Now with everything that has happened this year it feels really good to write this post and show all the wonderful parts of 2015. It’s also cleansing to remember that life isn’t always perfect, sometimes it’s grainy and ordinary, but that’s what makes it life.

So here it is, 52 images of my girls holding hands from each week in 2015. We explored, we traveled, we camped, we read, we travelled some more, we played, we got messy, we laughed, we cried. 2015 was full to brim of every emotion I could imagine. And I’m grateful for it.


“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary.

That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.” -L.R. Knost

  • Tabitha - January 4, 2016 - 6:32 am

    Stunning. These photos and the relationship your girls have that shine through is breathtaking. What a wonderful project. I have two sisters of my own and I also have two daughters (a wild, wonderful son too!) and the bond between sisters has always been a bit magic to me. Your photo series is further proof of that. Thank you for sharing! Xxoxo

  • Amanda - January 4, 2016 - 12:42 pm

    This is amazing, Kelsy. The words and the images.

    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your mum, but wow this photo series. Just wonderful.

  • Karen McLeod - January 4, 2016 - 2:26 pm

    your girls will always be thankful for all the pictures you took. Sure wish I had taken picture after picture. You are so very talented and I know how proud your mom was of each and every one of you

  • Lindsay Carlson - January 4, 2016 - 5:37 pm

    Beautiful pictures Kelsy… Very sorry for the loss of your mom. Thank you for sharing your story and your pictures xo

  • Gloria - January 5, 2016 - 11:00 am

    Just lovely!

  • Twyla Jones - January 5, 2016 - 6:10 pm

    i smiled the entire time. thanks for sharing this is so beautiful.

  • Jillian - January 7, 2016 - 7:17 am

    I can’t even. These are so perfect and capture their sweet childhood impeccably! Well done Mama, your girls will love to look at these when they are grown up.

  • Natalie Gibbs - January 7, 2016 - 9:08 pm

    So sweet and beautifully done. Made my night!

  • Renee - January 28, 2016 - 10:27 am

    Gorgeous! I love your idea for a 52 week project……it’s go my wheels turning. What a beautiful expression of love:)

  • Kim @ Farm Wife Style - February 5, 2016 - 11:09 am

    These shots are gorgeous, I have two daughters also and I love seeing the moments like this. Photographing them is such a wonderful gift they’ll each be able to treasure all through life!

  • Evelyn - February 5, 2016 - 11:57 am

    Capturing more moments with my children; is what I look forward to in 2016❤

  • Cassandra Graham - February 5, 2016 - 6:05 pm

    I love, love, love these! What a wonderful project with such inspiring images. Thank you for sharing.

It’s wonderful to have clients that turn into friends. I’ve been lucky enough to document the different stages of this couples’ life together- their wedding, their little family of three with their adorable puppy, then Ashley’s stunning maternity session and now their family of five as they’ve welcomed baby Ladi and Zoey into the family.  I loved seeing how effortless they made being parents of twins look (even though I know it’s really really hard!) and I loved seeing them so enamoured with their little ones.  Both babies were  perfect for our family session together and I loved getting double my baby snuggles in.

Thanks Ashely and Ladi for inviting me into your lives again. I can’t wait to document these two perfect kiddos growing up.

Big Hugs,



  • Steffi R. - August 17, 2015 - 1:56 pm

    Beautiful shoot and family. Stunning work. Hugs from germany. Steffi

This winter we went on another fun adventure to Honduras and this time The Scade family joined us.  Together we explored hidden hot springs,  deserted islands and rural beaches. On their last night we got outside at sunset and I was able to photograph their family of three before they became a family of four.  Neko is one of the cutest kids I’ve ever met (I might be a little bias because she reminds me SO MUCH of my Violet at that age, but still, she’s adorable) and Shaun and Steph are some of my favourite people in the world. I loved spending time with them my favourite place on earth and creating a little magic in the setting Caribbean sun. Honduras is such a special place and I love photographing there. My kids might be a little tired of it, but that’s the life of a photographer’s kid on vacation. Speaking of exploring with kids, I’ve started a new blog all about having adventures with your children. It’s just in the infancy stages right now, but coming up in the next month there will be lots of posts about camping, local places to explore and travelling advice. I am SO excited to share a little more of our lives with you there (and as always, I’m over at @kelsynielson on Instagram sharing our daily happiness).  Please check it out via this link Twirls and Travels.

Thanks again Steph and Shaun for a beautiful evening and a perfect holiday.




Chai and Alan were lucky enough to book their “fall” engagement session on the first snowfall of the year. Booking late fall sessions is a little bit like Russian Roulette, you’re never really sure when it’s going to snow and if the snow is going to last. We decided to go ahead and shoot instead of rebooking for a warmer day and I’m super glad we did. The softly falling snow added that extra special touch during session together.  Although it was a bit slippery  (and a wee bit chilly comparable to the warm fall we had been having) it all came together. Add some yummies from Jelly Modern Doughnuts and I’d say it’s near perfection.

Thanks Chai and Alan for a lovely snowy afternoon. See you this summer:)



  • Leahann - January 28, 2016 - 8:20 pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing all my family for my grandmother’s 90th birthday!