I had the joy of spending about an hour with Phoenix and her mom and dad a few weeks ago. This little girl stole my heart with her big eyes and happy smile. I also loved the way she beamed at her momma and when daddy came back after getting a coffee… well the look on her face was the sweetest thing. She’s a very special girl that we can learn a lot from. She was born with dwarfism, which  means she comes in a smaller package than the rest of us, but I can tell you her heart is just as big.

I’m no stranger to ‘different’ with my little Bella, so I absolutely love getting the opportunity to work with kids that might have something a little bit different about them. Different is what makes the world interesting and teaches our kids (and us) about tolerance and respect for other people and their feelings.

Here are a few from our session. I’m especially partial to some of the ones with Dad. His arms around her says so much about how loved and protected she is.

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I have a fun family contest on right now until the end of February!

  • First 5 bookings: Win a FREE 11×14 Gallery Wrapped Canvas
  • Next 5 bookings: Win a Custom iPhone Case (your photo on it!)
  • Next 5 bookings: Win a $50 Gift Card Towards Your Session
  • First 15 bookings will be entered into a draw to win your session and all the files FREE!!!
  • *offer expires February 28th, 2015

Please visit the investment tab above to find current pricing. Please send me an email to karey@kareywood.ca or send a contact form with your details to book a session. I will reply to all emails in the order they are received and prizes will be given in the order of confirmed bookings with forms filled out and deposits made. Good luck!

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Today it’s a slushy, somewhat warm 5 degree day outside, and although it doesn’t look like much now, soon spring and summer will be here. I’m not going to lie… I’m getting pretty excited to spend some time in my new backyard working on the garden and watching my kids run through the sprinkler.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how I want to structure this year as far as the outdoor shooting season is concerned. The last few years I’ve struggled to find time to fit everyone into my schedule, so I started offering mini-sessions which are essentially super fast sessions that I book lots of clients back to back in order to get everyone in. There are some great things about these sessions… they’re fast and kids that don’t have a lot of patience are done quickly and of course they cost less because I’m editing less and spending less time with each family.

They do however come with some challenges. When I shoot 10 sessions in a day, it’s impossible for me to find good light for everyone. I work around that by shooting in the shade, but some of the magic and emotion is lost when you don’t have that gorgeous sunset or sunrise light to work with. The results are just not nearly as stunning. I also don’t get to spend as much time with each client and don’t get to capture some of those more natural moments that to me are the best part of a family session. Yes it’s nice to have a shot of everyone smiling and looking, but to me, the magic is in the shots where someone makes a joke and everyone smiles and laughs, or when a baby has a sweet cuddle with mom or dad, or when a little girl decides to dance in the sunlight.

I have also struggled the last few years with just doing too much, and everyone loses in that situation. My work isn’t as good as I want it to be, my customer service isn’t as good as I want it to be, it takes me longer to edit, etc. And, I lose those moments with my family when I’m working so much.

So, this year I’ve made a really hard decision to ONLY offer full family sessions. That said, it really is a better opportunity for anyone who used to book me each year for a mini. Now, I will be able to spend more time with you and I know you will be happier with your photos. We can shoot in that magical light and find the moments that will be really special for you. If finances are an issue, please talk to me and we can work out a payment schedule or another option for you. The price difference won’t be huge if you want the smaller package and you will have so much more to choose from.

The downside to this, is that I will not be able to take the same amount of clients that I have taken the last few years. I will be limiting my sessions throughout the spring, summer and fall to 4 evening sessions per week. I used to do up to 15 some weeks in the past, so this is a pretty big reduction.

I am going to do a fun contest over at my Facebook page as well so check there for some cool prizes!

Please feel free to email me at karey@kareywood.ca if you have any questions at all or would like to go ahead and book your session. Thank you so much for your support! It’s been a year of lots of changes!

These are a few small collages from last year’s family sessions.

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“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
— Aaron Siskind

I don’t often take many shots of the parents soothing their babies in newborn sessions… but I’m going to more and more. I’ve started to include shots of the babe crying, parents soothing, because it’s the truth of what happens during a newborn session. It’s great to have the ones where the newborn baby looks like an angel fast asleep, or better yet, smiling, but it isn’t the whole truth of a session like this. There is a lot of soothing, patience, love and care that goes into it. I love these shots of Lisa soothing and shushing Scarlett. It’s a beautiful truth about being a new mom that I think is worth remembering.

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