Kelsy Nielson Photographer – Blog » Recent Edmonton Wedding Photography from Kelsy Nielson

Masthead header

My Girls- A Weekly Personal Project

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.

  • Sue Haddow - February 5, 2016 - 8:33 pm

    Oh Kelsy! All the photos are magnificent…..but my favorite is the one of the girls in the tutu’s, high heels, bare tummy and band aids!! Ooooh it is so precious!

  • sandra - February 6, 2016 - 7:37 am

    Kelsey, I love the pictures!! I love how you captured their personalities 🙂
    On some of the pictures i can even hear Violet’s laugh lol
    Hope you guys are having a wonderful holiday!! Pls give her a hug from me