Bryden & Nathan | Fredericton Family Portraits

That end-of-fall sun... the warm glow of fallen leaves at sunset... an epic Frisbee arm... a tree fallen but not forgotten.

I was lucky enough to have photographed Bryden and his mom, sisters, and gorgeous dog Roxy last spring. So when I had the opportunity to photograph him and his dad, I was excited.

Bryden is one of those pretends-to-be-shy-but-is-downright-sweet little kids that you want to photograph for hours. Those bursts of joy that beam across his little face are utterly heart warming, and he is clearly the apple of his dad’s eye.

We chose the beautiful hilltop location locally known as the Potato Research Station for a special reason. Bryden’s dad had himself been photographed here with his own parents at Bryden’s age, and we just had to try to recreate that shot. Our detective work led us to examine many trees, many of which looked so very similar to the one in the photo from 30 years ago, yet none seemed to be the one. After careful examination, we discovered a foot-high stump located in the exact place that this tree seemed to be. The tree may be gone, but now Bryden and his dad have a new tree right next to the old one, where their story begins. Photos don’t just record memories, they craft stories—and now Bryden will have a story of his own that he can perhaps share by the tree with his little one someday.

Interested in a personalized photo shoot experience that is unique to you? Write me and let me know you how I can craft your story.

Emilee & Tim - An Autumn Mountaintop Marraige of Two Best Friends

That first peak of autumn colour... a breathtaking mountaintop view... a most magnificent sight of a bride in rubber boots on an ATV climbing up the mountain, through a puddle, to her wedding ceremony...

I love photographing weddings. Weddings of all sorts, in all kinds of locations. But I LOVE photographing mountaintop weddings. When Emilee and Tim contacted me about their early-fall mountaintop wedding, I knew I had struck photographers’ gold. This was going to be incredible. Top it off with a reception at the beautiful, rustic, and picturesque Homestead, and you’ve got a match made in Heaven. And did we ever.

The day was chilly but the laughter was warm. And can this family ever laugh. I spent nearly 14 hours capturing every detail of this magical day, and I have to admit, a good portion was spent laughing. From the blow-up doll’s appearance during hair and makeup, to the mother- and grandmother-of-the-bride’s stunning dance moves, this wedding was certainly a fun one. But also a touching one. Emilee and Tim are that best-friends-for-life kind of couple, who will love each other through thick and thin. It was an absolute pleasure and honour to bear witness to, and capture, the unfolding of their special day. Getting married? Interested in having an authentic, professional, creative, and unique visual memory of your day? Write me and let me know you how I can craft your story.

Reception: The Homestead

Carito | Fredericton Family Portraits & Cake Smash | Kelly Baker Photography

That late autumn chill... A rainbow of fall colours... The bluest of icings... and one of the sweetest babies I have ever laid eyes on... This little fella’s one year birthday shoot was a literal smash!

Carito wrote me asking for two things: First, she wanted a place where her little guy could happily dig into his first birthday cake. And second, she wanted big, bright colours. She was in luck. Two sheets of fabric and a backdrop stand converted my living room into a studio just the right size to capture some toe-dipping and finger-licking one-year-old joy. And those bright October leaves clung just long enough for our early November photo shoot to really show off the big bright colours of a Fredericton fall. It took less than two hours for us to create some of the sweetest, most loving family photos my camera has ever captured.                                                                                                                        

Carito and her family were a true pleasure to work with. Two hours of smiles and laughter and the most adorable costume changes had us all counting down till birthday #2. Interested in a shoot like this for your little one’s big day? Write me and let me show you how I can craft your story.

Roger and Ryan - Kelly Baker Photography - Fredericton Wedding Photography

                                              Could these two be any cuter? Like, really.

I've been to a lot of weddings. And have photographed quite a few, too. But never have I seen a standing ovation at a wedding ceremony - until now. Roger and Ryan's summertime Annapolis Valley wedding was a powerful one for this photographer. This wasn't just the first same-sex wedding to happen in the area - Ryan also happens to be part of my new family now that I've decided to marry into the Fredericks clan. With deep love for my new cousin (cousin-in-law?) I was honoured to be asked to capture the details of welcoming Roger into the family.

And what a tear-jerker it was.

Firstly, this happens to be one of the closest, loving families I have ever met. But secondly, there were a number of perfect star-alignments than contributed to the tear-jerkiness of this particular day. Of particular note was the surprise arrival of Keith, Ryan's grandfather who had suffered a heart attack mere weeks before the wedding and was not expected to arrive. But he did. And he wore a funky hat. And both he and Ryan couldn't have been happier.

                                                          Is that a funky hat or what?

So this wasn't a quaint little wedding. This was a rather huge, and incredibly gorgeous wedding. The rather modest white building doesn't really prepare you for the gorgeous stained glass interior and solid wood features that define the vast interior. Architectural wonder aside, this church was also the very church Ryan's parents got married in themselves. This was an extra special wedding before it even began. And once it began, it was just beautiful.

                                                       I think he's kinda happy...
                                            Yup, a couple of happy fellows right here.
                                                       I told you it was a tear jerker...
                                                 These two are in it for the long run             

Little did I realize the most touching parts of the day may be yet to come. Oh, the reception. The "Apple Dome" didn't know what was coming. The night was off to a great start - Ryan's aunt Jill was the kind and witty MC everyone wishes they could be; the food was GREAT (and made by Ryan's dad Brian and by Roger himself - as if he didn't have enough on his plate already... yeah that pun was totally intended).

And then came speeches. Ryan's uncle Allan filled in for a longtime friend of Ryan's who was unable to attend. Though attempting to impersonate a mid-30s young woman as he read her letter aloud, Allan still managed to move many - to tears of both happiness and of course hilarity.

But the real humdinger was when Brian Ettinger, Ryan's father, took to the mic and delivered a surprising and what was one of the most touching speeches I have ever heard. There were few dry eyes in the house.

It's tough to hold a steady camera when you're stifling sobs but I managed. Somewhat.
The sun just happened to be setting during Roger and Ryan's first dance, and was just dipping below the horizon when Ryan and his mother, Becky, began their dance to "Mustang Sally," which involved some mighty fine grooving and lip curling (see below). But just when I thought I might be in a tear-free safety zone, Becky and Brian pulled their son and new son-in-law to the floor as the classic "We Are Family" started to fill the room. Geez, I'm getting teary just thinking about it.

From there, the night took off into an insanely fun Rankin Family-fueled Maritime dance party that lasted well into the night, with Roger and Ryan's competing/complimentary music choices giving everyone a reason to take a spin on the dance floor.

If you haven't been moved to tears yet, check below for my short film recounting some of the magic of this day.