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!)


Thursday, October 16, 2014

krista + michael | mooney's bay sunset engagement

I met Krista at my very first book club meeting. She was the other new girl and I remember it vividly -- sitting beside her, confessing our nerves, and critiquing what's possibly my least favourite UBC book to date (The Prisoner of Tehran, in case you were interested!). 

Fast forward a year and a half and suddenly there's a post on my newsfeed about Krista's recent engagement! I was so excited for her and couldn't wait to see the ring in person :) I am so touched that she thought my work when it came time to choose her wedding photographer. 

I met with Krista and Michael for an official consult and next thing I know we're standing on the beach at Mooney's Bay shooting their engagement session! We were blessed with the most amazing sunset that night. While you take a look at the images below, just know that we almost rescheduled on account of cloudy weather in the afternoon...

Last frame of the night, just as the sun dipped below the horizon...

Monday, October 13, 2014

liz + craig | cozy breakfast in bed couple session

It's a beautiful day to see a feature from Style Me Pretty Living :)

I'm thrilled to have our photos from the breakfast-in-bed styled shoot on such a beautiful lifestyle blog, especially since it means I can finally share my favourites! As always, I'm thankful for the amazing team of people who make this kind of shoot possible. Check out the feature in SMP! There you'll find the full gallery of images, as well as the story of how this shoot came to be, straight from Miss Brittany Frid. She is so amazing at what she does... 


Design by Brittany Frid
Photography by Laura Kelly Photography
Hair by Showpony Hair
Vintage Rentals by Amy + Jen Decor
And the beautiful couple: Liz & Craig! We love you guys!