Wednesday, October 22, 2014

emily + bobak | orchardview fall wedding

Emily and Bobak were married on a beautiful Fall day in October, smack dab in the middle of Thanksgiving weekend, which was fitting because it is one of their favourite holidays. Good food, quality time with family and friends, and gratitude -- that's exactly the type of day Emily and Bobak wanted for their wedding.

Enjoy just a few of my favourites from this recent wedding at Orchard View... 

A blush pink wedding dress? So very "in" right now!

We had a (not so) small audience for shooting wedding formals...

Upon showing her grandfather that she was wearing her grandma's ring on her right hand for the wedding, Emily said, "I wanted her to be here with us." Without the slightest hesitation, he replied, "She is with us."

He then pulled out a laminated photo of Emily's beautiful grandmother.

Congratulations Emily & Bobak! Thank you for everything -- it was a wonderful day!

375 ballots later... (WINNERS ANNOUNCED!)

By now you know I took part in The Ottawa Wedding Show last weekend. Well, I also did a draw for a FREE ENGAGEMENT SESSION and I'm happy to report that I'm drawing TWO WINNERS! In order to get myself organized and email all of the participants, I sorted through 375 ballots and took down the data.

375 ballots are a few things I've learned.

Number one: There are a lot of girls named Stephanie.

Number two: There are also a lot of girls named Jennifer.

Number three: There seem to be a million different ways to spell Caitlin. (Katelyn? Kaitlin? Caitlyn...? I could go on and on.)

Number four: Wedding emails are adorable, ex:, or 

Number five: My clients are awesome. When asked, "On a scale from 1-10, how important is photography on your wedding day?" the results were hilarious. I received:

318 responses of 10 
5 responses of 100+
1 response that said "all the numbers in the world."
and 1 person who just filled in the box with as many hearts as possible and then wrote, "we choose YOU!"

Number six: zeros look a lot like O's, and people who do that line through their zeros deserve extra karma points throughout their lives.

On that note, it's time to announce our winners!

(Even though you're probably reading this on your phone 
during your commute to or from work, 
give me a little drumroll in your head, okay?)


Kristina Abretti

--- and ---

Caitlin Thumm

I can't wait to get together for your engagement sessions!

A huge thank you to everyone who took time to fill out a ballot. 
It means a lot!

Monday, October 20, 2014

ottawa wedding show recap!

I feel like I blinked and suddenly it went from Friday morning to Sunday night. This weekend at The Ottawa Wedding Show was absolutely insane! 

I have such an amazing support team, from family who helped to set up my booth and watch Coop while we worked, to friends who took time out of their weekend to help me answer questions and meet new clients. I am so thankful!!

I took a few photos of my newly renovated booth (we call it LKP 2.0) once everything was ready to go, just minutes before showtime. 

My goal was to create a booth that gave clients a glimpse into my brand, even if they were planning on walking by without stopping to say hello. I wanted it to look crisp and clean, without any clutter. And lastly, I wanted clients to know that I put a lot of care into everything I do :) 

I think we achieved that!

One of my favourite details of my booth this time around is the wooden sign with my new logo on it. Every letter on there was stencilled onto the plywood, outlined with painter's tape, and hand painted.

I also invested in 4 new canvasses to show off some of my favourite photos ever. My goal in choosing these photos was to emphasize my love for happy people, colourful shoots, and simple, clean photography. 

My two large Ikea tables were perfect for giving clients a chance to flip through all of my sample albums. I know the "Laura Kelly Bride" pretty well, and chances are she's toting around a Starbucks -- so I knew I needed the tables to be big enough for her to set it down. 

You remember my risky little handouts that I love so much :) I gave away close to 600 of these!

This last photo is courtesy of Ryan Kelly Photography (AKA the most amazing husband who dedicates 100% of his energy to making my dreams happen).

A little note to all of the amazing people I met this weekend:

Thank you so much for coming up to say hi. Thank you for sharing your engagement stories with me, and shedding some light on the AMAZING weddings you are planning. I hope you know how much it means to me to be considered to document the happiest day of your life. 

Also, if you entered my draw for a free engagement session, stay tuned on the blog and on Facebook because I'll be announcing the TWO WINNERS on Wednesday!

Friday, October 17, 2014

a trip down memory lane... (wedding show prep!)

The car is packed. I have everything I need (or could possibly need) for my weekend at The Ottawa Wedding Show. When I woke up this morning there was just oooooone more thing on my master to-do list: 

Choose the photos for the slideshow. 

I'll be setting up my huge Mac on one of my booth tables and it will play a slideshow of my favourite images ever. But I have so many favourites!! I planned on getting it down to 50 photos but it turns out 150 is the magic number...

I thought it might be kinda fun to take a trip down memory lane and share a few of my favourite photos here too, for those of you who can't make the show :) 

I'll be updating via instagram during my booth setup today (@laurakellyphoto)! If you're planning on attending the show, make sure you come up and say hi!! (I'd give you directions on how to find my booth, but I'll be the very first person you see when you walk through those doors at the EY Centre, woo!)