Family Portrait 2018

Our 2018 family portrait maaay have been done in January 2019. I told you last year it was getting pushed further and further. We had a pretty good reason this time around. I was about ready to pop! After 8 months of misery, I was actually feeling really good towards the end. What better excuse does one need to catch up on much needed portraits! Our 2019 family portrait will look very different!


Some surprise portraits

There’s nothing like surprising your house guests with portraits. Or is that just me? I guess the moral of the story is to always come to Kaitlyn’s house ready to SLAY.




New post on the portfolio side of the site! Check out the work I did recently for Edmonton’s Next Gen, PechaKucha Night. The annual event brings people together to share ideas through a series of 7 minute talks. PechaKucha is Japanese for chit-chat and the short presentations force speakers to be concise, kinda like the Twitter word limit.  😉


Family Portrait 2017

It’s a tradition in the Petry-Jewell home to do a family portrait once a year. I used to make a point of doing them in February, but it seems to keep getting pushed later and later — we did our family portrait this year (above) in the last week of December!

It can be hard to wrangle two people and two pets, especially when natural light is at a premium in the winter months. The above pictures are full of little changes I don’t think about until looking at them in the context of our previous yearly pics (below). Check out the new couch, and a completely different backdrop! Still wish I’d remembered to move that fan…

The Muttart Conservatory at Night

A few weeks ago my family kicked off the holidays by attending a free membership appreciation event at the Muttart Conservatory.

If you’ve never had the pleasure, It’s a sweet little place, a real gem in Edmonton’s river valley. My husband and I had some of our first dates at the Muttart, and I’ve been going since I was a child. Typically, my family would choose a sunny winter afternoon to visit — when we were most missing the green of summer.

One time we’ve never been is at night! Of course, it was scarcely five pm, but it was dark as night. The pyramids certainly took on a different feeling whilst lit only by soft twinkle lights and Christmas decor. It was very romantic and definitely got me thinking about the holidays.

Baby it’s Cold Outside: Tips for Winter Photos

Just because it’s frosty outside doesn’t mean outdoor photography is down for the count. Actually, the fog of your breath, frost on your eyelashes and the rouge in your cheeks can be quite appealing. If you’re willing to suffer a little for your portraits, don’t let a little winter get in the way.

Some things to remember:

  • The sun is setting around 4 these days, if you’re planning an outdoor shoot, magic hour is a little easier to come by. A simple google search is all that’s required to find the exact time of sunset in your city. Take a look and plan your shoot about an hour before sunset.
  • Dress for the cold! Work your scarves, mittens, and hat into your outfit and choose clothing that’s got texture and colour, embrace the weather! While you’re at it, you might as well bring along a cozy blanket.
  • Keep moving — it’ll keep you warm, and you’ll get great photos with lots of variety in your poses. Plus, you’ll feel more comfortable in front of the lens if you’re focusing on having fun.
  • Bring some props. In the winter you have all kinds of fun options, from a warm and cozy cup of coffee to a bundle of string lights or just a pile of snow for jumping into. Pay attention to your surroundings and what you might utilize.

If you’re looking for more inspiration, I’ve been collecting some on my Couples: Inspiration board on Pinterest.

If you’re ready to book a portrait, get in touch!