Hello! Edmonton Newborn and Family Photographer | Pause Photography

Thanks for stopping by! I'm Rona-Marie Harvey, and I hope this is a place where you can get to know me.

Since the birth of my daughter in early 2012, I have been focusing on family portraits, lifestyle sessions and newborn photography. It's nice to always have access to a willing model at home!

When not making portraits, I also work as a graphic designer. I love having family time at home with my husband, daughter and son. Coffee, walks, going to the playground with the kids and anything chocolate are things I enjoy on a daily basis.

If you'd like to connect with me, feel free to drop me a line at any time.

Thanks to Jaleen Lessard from Sweet Life Photography for my portrait with Parker.

It’s GIVEAWAY TIME! I’ve teamed up with Cameron Homes to give away a $75 mini portrait for one lucky mama to be photographed this Mother’s Day (May 14)! If you love to snuggle with your mama or if you’re a mama who loves to snuggle with her littles, this is for you. Simply follow the instructions below:

  1. Follow @pausephoto and @cameronhomesyeg on Instagram
  2. Like the giveaway post and the same on Cameron Home’s feed
  3. Tag a friend who would love a short and sweet 15 minute portrait session with a complementary 8×10” print in #yeg on May 14

1 tag = 1 entry. If you’ve purchased a session already, you are automatically entered in the draw and your session fee will be applied as a print credit! We ask that private accounts are made public during the giveaway in order to qualify. All entries must be submitted by 12pm MT on Friday, May 12.

Check my Instagram feed on Friday to find out who won. The winning entry must confirm within 4 hours, or a new name will be drawn. The winner will be contacted via direct message on Instagram.

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 14+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.

All About the Mini Portrait Event

These short and sweet 15 minute sessions are just for mums and their kids or grandmas, or any combination of those. Sorry, no dads allowed!

Make this Mother’s Day one to be fondly remembered with a portrait for mum. A day for her to exist in pictures.

Sessions are available on May 14 from 12:30 – 4m. Your session fee must be paid in advance to reserve your time slot.
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Date: May 14
Time: 12:30-4pm, by appointment
Place: Cameron Homes Show Home, 4004 Kennedy Close SW
Session Fee: 75, includes complementary print up to 8×10″

Mother’s Day Collections:
Two prints, up to 8×10″ for $100
Two prints, up to 8×10″ with duplicate digital files for $150
Full collection of 10 high res digital files for $500

A la carte:
Prints start at $50, individual digital files are $125/ea

In the blink of an eye, Spring Break is over and we’re back to our regular routines. I don’t know about you, but for me, it didn’t feel long enough.

I’ve spent these last few weeks building snowmen and jumping through puddles with the kids at nearly every chance we’ve had. I’m excited to see spring arriving, and with spring comes Mother’s Day. I’m so excited to be offering a day of special mini-sessions for mum. Session fees are $75 and include one print, up to 8×10″ in size.

These short and sweet 15 minute sessions are just for mums and their kids or grandmas, or any combination of those. Sorry, no dads allowed!

Make this Mother’s Day one to be fondly remembered with a portrait for mum. A day for her to exist in pictures.

Sessions are available on May 14 from 12:30 – 4pm. Your session fee must be paid in advance to reserve your time slot. Please email with any questions or to book your session.

Date: May 14
Time: 12:30-4pm, by appointment
Session Fee: $75

Mother’s Day Collections:
Two prints, up to 8×10″ for $100
Two prints, up to 8×10″ with duplicate digital files for $150
Full collection of 10 high res digital files for $500

A la carte:
Prints start at $50, individual digital files are $125/ea

Mother's Day 2017 MIni Session

This little ham’s mummy brought him in for his first Baby Steps Milestones Session with me when he was sitting, rolling and starting to crawl. It seemed like he was moving faster as his session went on. I’m pretty sure he was a pro crawler by the time we wrapped up his session. Spencer is a charmer, always full of grins and trying to chew on everything (getting new teeth is tough!). Mum brought in lots of fun outfits for him to wear, I barely needed to dip into my own stash of baby boy outfits.

This age is one of my favourite to photograph — they’re so in awe of everything around them, they are full of social smiles and can’t quite run away from you yet. I don’t count rolling or crawling as running away.

I think Spencer is going to continue to be quite the little comedian as he grows up. And he’s going to keep his mama busy, always chasing after him!

One of my all-time favourite pictures is Spencer with his mama at the bottom of this blog post. I love the combination of her colourful tattoos with Spencer’s almost permanent grin. I can still feel his mama’s connection with him when I look at that picture.

10 comments and/or social shares of this post will get Spencer’s mama a new 8×10″ print from his session. Spread the love.

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Brandy and I first met a few years ago at a playground, when my daughter, Parker, was just toddling around. Parker and Julian played, and Brandy and I ended up exchanging numbers. We’ve been good friends ever since. I’m thankful every day for the good, caring people like Brandy who are in my life and in the lives of my family.

When Brandy asked me to photograph Julian and her together for the holidays, I was ecstatic! There’s little more that I love than a cozy in-home portrait, combined with a Christmas tree, decorations and the antics of a certain little someone. I have so much love for these two.

So now that it’s getting close to half-way through November, I think it’s okay to start decorating (or at least planning decorations!) for the holidays. It’s one of my favourite times of year.

If you’re thinking of family pictures this holiday season, get in touch with me and we can plan a custom portrait experience for you and yours and we’ll capture those cozy holiday feels for you to relive all year ’round.

If you’re in the holiday spirit, 10 comments and/or social shares of this post will get Brandy and Julian a shiny new 8×10″ print from their session. Spread the love.

YEG Christmas Mini Sessions

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I couldn’t be happier with how my Themed Mini-Session set came together! I had my 2 year-old son come out and help me set it up on his sister’s first morning of Kindergarten — I thought we would both need to keep a little extra busy that morning. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may have already seen the set, but if you haven’t yet… well, you’re in for a treat!

For those who know me, you know I have a soft spot for anything vintage, so it was hardly unexpected when I chose to create a set with a vintage feel to it. The only thing missing from the below images are the apples and perhaps a pumpkin or two I’ll be adding.

My Mini-Sessions always sell out fast, so don’t wait to reserve your spot or get in touch with any questions you may have. Give me a call 780-235-7955 or send me an email. I can’t wait to photograph you and your family in this gorgeous set!

Pause Photography Vintage Mini-Session Set

When: September 24 and October 1
Cost: $225 ($175 for previous clients)
Details:
20 minute sessions
3 Gift Prints (8×10” or smaller)
Duplicate high resolution digital files + print release
10 proofs to choose from
In-person image reveal and ordering session or online proofing gallery

BONUS: Get THREE additional gift prints with web-ready digital copies ($150 value) when you book an in-person image reveal and ordering session and invest in wall art 11×14” or larger.

In addition to digital files, I am proud to offer heirloom quality and locally produced or Canadian made albums, framed wall art, unique wall displays and more.

I was excited when Natalie’s mum and dad contacted me about setting up a newborn session for when she would be born. I had photographed her big brother 3 years ago when he was first born. That’s one of the best things about being a newborn photographer in Edmonton — I get to see families grow‚ and firstborns become big brothers and sisters.

Getting big brother and new baby sister together for a portrait was no easy task though, and I actually ended up compositing this one together. What’s that saying… if at first you don’t succeed‚ Photoshop! I do my best to get everything just right as I’m taking the pictures‚ but keeping the littles happy is more important.

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Documenting my children in their every day activities is something I need to do more often. I love looking back through these images and seeing them as they really are – totally engrossed in finding ants, breaking sticks, digging in the dirt and being just plain silly. They don’t give me long, as they would prefer if I played “real” games with them instead of chasing them around with a camera in hand.

They are usually the first ones I practice new techniques on. In a few of the images below, I broke away from perfectly sharp and focused images for some slightly whimsical and artistic images with some tilt shift – I love how it turned out! These are the pictures I’ll treasure as our family grows older. The ones that show a little behind the scenes of our lives together.

I am planning on making the most of our next few weeks together. In September, my daughter starts Kindergarten. This mama is having a hard time coming to terms with that. I’m sure I’ll be pulling out pictures of her to look at while she’s away in school. Any other mamas out there sending their littles off to school for the first time? How are you managing with the upcoming transition? I feel my babies are growing up just a little too fast for me. The days are passing us by at whirlwind speed.

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Oh my gosh, how did I not blog this earlier? If you are on my email list (if you’re not, visit my main website, wait for the popup, then enter your info), you should have seen an email land in your inbox letting you know about my referral program, and how you can even earn your next portrait session on me, just by referring your friends! Here is what you need to know:

When you refer a friend, you get to give them a $50 gift towards custom photography, and you get a $100 credit to put towards your next session. Refer 5 friends, and get your next portrait session on me! If you’d like to give your friends something tangible, let me know and I’ll get as many cards ready for you as you need. Otherwise, just have them tell me that they heard of me through you, and I’ll automatically credit both of your accounts.

The small print: Credits are applied once session is booked and confirmed. Credits are not valid if session cancels.

That’s it! It’s never been easier to get a complementary portrait session with me. I can’t wait to photograph you and your friends. Get in touch with me to book your next portrait session, or to ask any questions you might have.

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I have had the pleasure of providing this family with updated portraits for the past three years — they’re one of the reasons I look forward to the fall! It’s hard to say what makes me happier — seeing their family growing together (especially little Max), or hearing about their yearly photos framed together in their home. Max and my daughter are both the same age, so I feel like I have almost seen them grow up together. Every year, Max has brought his favourite wagon with him and we’ve incorporated it in every portrait session. The wagon seemed a little smaller this year… and was it just my imagination, or did I have to hustle a little more to keep up with him?

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I have all sorts of love for this cutie’s newborn baby pictures. And that new baby smell (swoon)! Paige brought her big sisters along for a few of the pictures, too. They both agreed that having a new baby to help take care of was pretty great. I still get warm fuzzes looking at Paige’s pictures with her Mum and Dad — I can just feel the love they have for her.

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