KShiell Photography

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More catching up to do

Hi All!

It’s a cold, snowy day here in Waterloo today but I’m excited about some new shoots that I’ve got in the works.  I am still looking for a pregnant mama for my current casting call.  If you’re pregnant and interested email me.  We finally have a bit of snow so hurry! 🙂

I’m also going to show a  few images from a November shoot I had when yes, the weather was incredible, we were without jackets and it was beautiful light and the kids were adorable!

I’ve photographed Mr E (the oldest) when he was just about a year old I think and we had a lot of fun doing his shoot then.  This time around was a lot fun but he definitely doesn’t love being in front of the camera.  He did amazing but when he was done, it was over and there was no convincing him of just one more image.  We had a great time playing in the leaves and running around talking about his favourite thing – monster trucks.  Trust me, he knows more about grave digger then I do, and he told me all about it.

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Isn’t the littlest super cute!  He was happy to just laying around, soaking in the sun and showing me a lot of smiles.  He was so happy and so good in front of the camera.  We had lots of fun catching a few images of him and some even with his brother!



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Playing catch up and a not so recent shoot

I’ve been pretty lax with my blogging lately and I’m sorry for that.  I’ve been really focusing on my boudoir portraiture and have been just loving it so much that sometimes I forget that I have others on this side of the bridge that want to see what’s going on!

I also want to say thanks to all my fans on Facebook, I’m almost at 200 and I couldn’t be happier.  I’m so excited to have all of you be the first to view my recent work, to help with question I may post, casting calls I have, etc.  So thank you for that!

I had the absolute pleasure to photograph these to cuties and I had such a great time with Mr. T while his sister slept for a little while.  We had a fantastic time, finding rocks, jumping around, racing, and thinking of new ideas that we could do for his shoot.  I should mention that he came up with some amazing blue ideas! 😉  So cute


Mom even messaged me a couple of days later say Mr. T was hoping to meet up with me again sometime so we could look for some more rocks.  How sweet right!?  I love it, and I love that he was so comfortable with me that he’d want to meet up again.  I had a lot of fun with Mr. T and maybe someday in the not to distant future we’ll have some more adventures together.


Incredible eyes right?!  So blue!  Mommy, you’re definitely going to have a heart breaker with this boys eyes and his charming personality.  He’ll melt just a few girls hearts with them I’m sure!

And his little sister has just as bright blue eyes.  Incredible!



Seriously, look how much fun we had running around.  Thanks Mr. T for giving me an awesome subject to photograph, but you also helped me really work on my manual focusing! Haha!


Thank you for letting me capture some amazing images of your kids, I love capturing the sweetness, the innocence of children and when they are as fun as Mr. T and Miss J it makes my job so enjoyable and worth every second of it.


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Black Friday Sale

Even though we’ve already had our Turkey Day here in Canada, I am still happy and so thankful for all that I have.  And for all of you that have been so supportive of me and my photography in the past few years.  I am very lucky to have the friends and family I do that don’t mind me always carrying my camera with the lens in their face.  I am so thankful for the goals that I have set, and reached for myself and for the business I hope to become.

And for that I’d like to offer everyone a very special Black Friday special.

Book a session with me anytime between now and cyber Monday (11:59 pm EST) and ALL of your session fee goes towards print credits.

What a great deal and I promise there won’t be many of them! If you’re thinking of getting some family photos done, now is the time to book. 

To book all I require is:

  • a 50% deposit (paid via Paypal or EMT) to hold the price and the “booking”
  • Your home address and telephone number

There are a few restrictions and “rules” so please read further.

Restrictions include

  • Does not apply to cake smashes
  • Package does NOT include custom hardcover album for the Black Friday special
  • This special will reserve the price for 10 months.  After 10 months the credit is no longer valid.
  • Required to book before Monday November 26th to get the credit


Please email k.shiell.photography@gmail.com if you are interested in this special or have any more question I might be able to help with.

Thanks again and I hope to hear from you soon!

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What to expect during a cake smash

Cake smash photography has become a new “craze” in the photography world lately, and good thing!  They are so much fun and what a great way to capture memories of your wee ones entering the beginning stages of toddler hood.

A cake smash session takes place around your child’s first birthday.  I try to schedule them a month or two in advance to ensure you have the session booked especially during busy season.  I do not have a studio as you know so I come to your house and set up a spot or I do have a great place to set up a “studio” at my house and it works perfect for cake smashes.  We can discuss this at the time of booking.

What to expect during the session:

I like to start Cake smash sessions first by doing some portraits of your child.  Some clients prefer to display fully clothed, clean photos and then just distribute the cake smash photos to friends and family.  So I like to make sure we have a full range of options.  Now, it’s time to get dirty!  I’ll allow you to take the cloth off your babe.  I recommend a cloth diaper cover in a solid colour to cover your pamper/huggies diaper.  It just looks a little better in the photographs.  Don’t worry if you don’t have one.  I have a WIDE range of colours in cloth and we would just discuss this in our session details beforehand.

While you’re doing this I’m going to photograph the cake.  I like to get a few angles of the cake before it gets “smashed” by your child.  I’ll get the detail shots, the banner, the cake, the balloons, whatever else is included in the cake smash besides your child.

Now it’s time for some giggles!  We will encourage along the way if needed, help by putting toes in the icing, fingers in the cake, etc.  At this point, some children are very easily producing the results you will want from a cake smash but on the other hand some babes are crying, they do nott enjoy getting messy, and want nothing to do with the cake.  This is  when we will start encouraging, and helping with the “smash”.  We’ll put toes in the cake, fingers in the icing.  Icing on the noes, etc.

Depending of course on the child, a session usually lasts about 20-30 minutes with the cake.  That’s perfect.  Plenty of time to get the photos we need and I’m sure we’ve had a blast watching the action.

Off you go with your very messy, sticky baby in tow for a bath.  If we are at my house – you are welcome to use the main upstairs washroom for a washing.  I wouldn’t expect you head home with such a mess.  If we are at your location, easy as pie.  I just clean up my mess.   Most of all the mess is contained to my area and I’m done.

We say good bye and in about 1-2 weeks I’ll have proofs for you to decide on.  Included in the session fee of my cake smashes are 20 5×7 custom templated cards that can be distribute to friends and family.  If you’re interested in ordering other images from your cake smash session we can definitely make arrangements for this as well.  Although I do not plan for a one on one ordering session for cake smashes, if you would like to set this up I am 100% willing to work with you.

If you are interested in setting up a date and time for a cake smash now is the time to send me a quick email to k.shiell.photography@gmail.com to get the ball rolling.  I hope this helped you understand exactly what happens during the session and I hope to hear from you soon!

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Casting call #2

Last week I posted my first casting call for siblings and very quickly they were filled.  Thank you very much for that! 🙂  I appreciate everyone that sent emails to help out!!  I love it!

This week I’m looking for something a little more specific.  I understand this will take a bit longer to fill so please share with friends and family and let them know what I’m looking for!

What I’m looking for

  • A pregnant mama that will be right around 35-37 weeks pregnant in January around the 3rd week (I need snow on the ground) but dates will be figured out closer to the session date.
  • A great sense of style
  • Lots of energy

This will be an outside shootin January so please do not apply if you are allergic to snow, don’t like evergreen trees, are afraid of trekking though the snow, hate being cold, do not like hot chocolate or are NOT interested in this type of shoot.

How to “apply”

If you are okay with the above “requirements” and would like to “apply” please send me an email to k.shiell.photography@gmail.com with a bit of your story.  Why would you like to do this?  What would you offer that someone else might not have?  You tell me.  Make it fun, make it exciting.

I’m looking for something pretty specific for this shoot and I don’t mean you have to be 5’10” and 180 lbs. I just want someone fun, energetic, excited about be pregnant, willing to get cold/snowy/etc.

What will you get from the session

From the session you will be able to pick 1 8×10 image and of course you can purchase any of the images separately (packages, mounted images, books, etc)  in a one on one viewing about 2-3 weeks after the session takes place.  And of course the pride in helping a photographer 🙂

Why should you do this?

It’ll be fun!  You’ll have the opportunity to have a session done without paying session fees.  You are helping me out of my creativity lull.  You’re being inspirational.  It’s exciting and you’ll have photos to cherish for the rest of your life!  Why wouldn’t you!? 😉

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Watch out for a few Casting Calls in the next couple of months

Hi everyone!

If you’re a creative person, I’m sure you faced the dreaded creativity dull.  You find your doing the same thing over and over and you’re getting bored and just looking for the inspiration.  Well I’m there.  I’m finding I’m looking for something and just don’t seem to attain it.  So that’s why I’m reaching out to you, my readers, my clients, my friends and family.

I’m going to start of my whole series of “planned/themed/personal/creative/’ photograph series.  I’m starting with some of my favorite things to shoot and will continue to see where my inspiration and creativity take me next.  As I mentioned on my Facebook group the other day I’ll be posting some casting calls to help get my creativity flowing.

What I’m looking for

With each casting call I’ll post exactly what I’m looking for.  Some will be pretty specific and and I’ll need exactly that, some will just be generic, a child at this age, boy with red hair, etc.  You get the point.  I’ll make sure to be as descriptive as possible with what I’m looking for.  I will never say, you need to be be 5’10 and weight 130lbs.  That’s not everyone I shoot and I would hate to leave all women out because they didn’t have model measurements.  This is real life not the runway!

How to “apply”

All you’ll have to do is email me with why you’d like to help me out.  k.shiell.photography@gmail.com

What will you get from the session

From each session you will be able to pick 1 8×10 image and as always you have the option to purchase any of the images separately in a one on one viewing about 2-3 weeks after the session takes place.  And of course the pride in helping a photographer

Why should you do this?

It’ll be fun!  You’ll have the opportunity to have a session done without paying session fees.  You are helping me out with my creativity lull.  You’re being inspirational.  It’s exciting and you’ll have photos to cherish for the rest of your life!  Why wouldn’t you!?

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Fall mini sessions

Hi everyone! Hope your enjoying the cooler weather, the changing leaves, and the welcoming of fall. We’re prepared for the fall season with warm hats, mittens, our rain boots, pumpkin spice (for my coffee obviously) and a comfy warm knitted blanket to snuggle with. How are you preparing for the cooler weather? By the way can you believe it’s only about 10 weeks until Christmas?

Fall is my favorite time of year and don’t forget that I’m still offering fall mini sessions. Each session is about 30-40 minutes Thursday-Friday evenings and Saturdays throughout the day from now through to the end of November. I have a fantastic place picked for these mini sessions in Waterloo, Ontario.

Each session will include at least 5 fully edited High Res 8×10 photos for you to print as you like. Mini session are priced at $100 and require a $50 deposit at time of booking (sent either by EMT or Paypal). Please email me at k.shiell.photography@gmail.com to book a mini session.

Don’t forget print prices are still 30% off. My print packages start at $200$140 up too $500$350

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Two beautiful girls

I had such a fun time shooting these two girls.  We just walked to this location from our house (the are neighbours) so it was great to be close to home and enjoy our very own neighbourhood.

Once the camera got in my face and they started to warm up to the idea, they LOVED being photographed.  It was a lot of fun and they enjoyed it just as much.


Thanks so much girls! 🙂