When should I have baby photos done? | Calgary newborn photographers

It goes like this.

Before your babe was born, you thought about newborn photos. You added it to the list. But the list started to pile up and, before you knew it, photos were your least priority. And then baby arrived.

I get it. Prepping for a baby’s arrival is no small feat. There are a LOT of things to do and prepare before that precious soul arrives. Especially if it’s your first.

Now that things have settled down a little and you’re in a bit of a routine, you might be thinking that you’re like a couple of nice photos before they get past their chubby little baby stage.

No doubt, you’ve taken a TON of photos already (likely with your phone). The cameras on mobile phones are insane these days – they take some amazing shots! But wouldn’t it be nice to actually be in a photo without it being an awkward selfie pic?

Don’t worry, even though those early newborn days have come and gone, it doesn’t mean that it’s too late to capture some amazing images of you and your baby.

Want to know the best time to take baby photos? Right now.

Honestly, there’s no sense waiting until they can sit, or crawl, or stand…whatever the milestone, it will work.

Every child is different and, therefore, there’s no magic age. Some kids are sitting at 5 months, some are walking at 11 months…it varies.

If you’re wondering how old this precious doll was when these photos were taken, it was right around the 5 month mark. She was doing a great job at learning to push herself up but definitely wasn’t at the sitting stage yet, so pictures of mom holding daughter worked best.

Wanting to have some baby photos done? Whether it’s baby alone or parent/child, I’d love to chat with you more about your ideas.

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Kate Daniel is a Calgary, Alberta based natural light, lifestyle photographer focusing on family, children and baby photos.

Simple, real, natural – your life, my lens.




Natural newborn photos at home | Calgary baby photographers

When life gets busy, it’s only natural to let some things go. Like posting your photo sessions.

For the most part, nobody really notices if they’re a couple weeks after the fact…unless they’re newborn photos.

Actually, it kind of feels funny to even be sharing these now, since this sweet little baby is almost 4 months already. (How did that happen?!) But when they’re part of the family it’s hard not to share. Proud auntie gushing over here!

This little lady is just the sweetest thing. Don’t you agree?




Kate Daniel is a Calgary, Alberta based natural light, lifestyle photographer focusing on family, children and baby photos.

Simple, real, natural – your life, my lens.

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The days are long but the years are short | Calgary family photographers

“The days are long but the years are short.” – Gretchen Rubin

I often say this, in reference to my own family life, so it’s no surprise that other mothers share the same sentiment.

Motherhood is – at times – a challenge…but oh so rewarding. Here are a few words from Nicole about her own journey through motherhood with this beautiful family.

“Ever since I was very young, I dreamed of having a family of my own to cherish.

I imagined that being a mother would complete the longing in my heart. Many years would pass, along with heartache and loss, before God felt the time had come to gift us with our beloved Reese and later our precious Bryer.

Although motherhood was not at all what I had glamorized it to be, it offered so much more, if I was willing to accept it. A chance to face the real me, the me I preferred to hide away.

It allowed me to acknowledge my wounds from life and the unhelpful ways I had developed as a means to cope. Having babies gave me the choice to heal and grow stronger.

Being blessed with my long-awaited family did not complete me as I thought it would. Instead, I have developed self-awareness. Rather than striving for perfection, I choose acceptance.

I accept that I am a mix of vulnerability and strength with a strong will to control, but I also surrender to what is. I am fierce with love and soft in my embrace…and so, so flawed…but determined to magnify love.

Although the days are long and at times impossible, the years really are short.

So grow, and glow, my lovely girls, the adventure of life awaits you in all its wonder. I can’t help but take lots of pictures and cement each memory in my heart and mind…as messy as things seem to be at times.

Thank you so much, Kate, for your talented eye and ability to capture our family, just as we really are.” – Nicole



Kate Daniel is a Calgary, Alberta based natural light, lifestyle photographer focusing on family, children and baby photos.

Simple, real, natural – your life, my lens.

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They are not just photos. They are my heart. | Calgary Family Photographers

I am a visual storyteller.

My hope, with photo sessions, is to document a piece of your family’s story. If only just a sliver…of this moment in time.

I don’t pretend to tell it all. I know that these images barely skim the surface of your family’s story.

The triumphs. The trials.

The joys. And sadness.

That only your family can truly know.

But what I do hope, is that my photos will tell a small piece of your journey. And I hope that, for years to come, they will bring you back to this one (perfect) moment in time.

To the beauty that is your family. Your heart. That you forever hold dear.

The rest of the story is best left told by you.

And so, please read on to hear more about the photos, in a mother’s words:

“To my family,

Oh how I love you. I’ve often looked at each one of you and wondered if it would be possible to freeze – just right now.

I’m getting older now – and realize that ALL the things I thought I’d never forget – I am forgetting.

And so my hope with these photos was that – for a moment in time – we could capture “now.”


(scroll down to read more of Lisa’s letter to her family)


My little Brodie – I wanted to capture your toothless grin and the way you light up a room with your giggle. I used to call you the “joy of my day” when you were a baby – and when I see your face in these photos I see that same sweet joy.

Koen – Since you got sick, it’s hard for me to look at photos of you – because I see the shell of a boy you once were. However, these days – like these photos have captured – I see more of you again. I see the sparkle in your eyes, and the joy in your face. I see the light in your demeanor and I breathe a sigh of relief and hope – that this disease will not steal all of you anymore.

McKinley – you are turning into a beautiful young woman right before my eyes. Your sweet spirit is now transforming into an elegant young woman. I wanted to capture your smile that dances across your face, and those beautiful eyes that are so full of wisdom, warmth and strength. I see the struggle you face every day with your disease and behind the “posed” pictures were the “true” photos of how life is like for you. The shots of being carried up the stairs and the long walk on photo day did just that. “Perfect” in front of many lenses, but behind the scenes your body fails you. And yet, I have seen such growth in you as you have learned to accept life with a chronic disease, while at the same time you fight fiercely to still do the things you love to do…


Marty – the years and difficult journeys through various diseases and life threatening episodes show on our time-worn faces and yet the love we have for each other has never faded. I love that the camera has captured the strength that we have found in each other and the way we complete the other person.

You are my rock. And my everything.

We’ve lost so much, and yet we have so much. I love you.

Even beyond my last breath. I will always love you.


So – my sweet family – this is the heart behind some of the things that I’d hoped to capture. And Kate did indeed capture on that day.

They are not just photos.

They are my heart.” – Lisa


If you would like a piece of your family’s story told through my lens, I’d love to hear from you. 

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Back to School Photos | Children Photographers Calgary

I recently hosted a Back to School photo event in my backyard.

I wanted to capture some simple, real and natural images for some friends…as opposed to the cheesy blue backdrop ones that most schools have. You know the ones? 🙂

The kids were so adorable. And such troopers for braving a frosty fall morning.

Who knew it was fall already?! I guess that’s why people have indoor studios, hey? 🙂

Anyway, here are some of the cuties that stopped by for a quick photo. Can’t wait for the next event!

If you’d like to host your own Back to School photo event, drop me a line and I’ll fill you in on the details.


Kate Daniel is a natural light, lifestyle photographer focusing on family, children and newborn photography in the Calgary, Alberta area.

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