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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.

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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

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.

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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! You can check out the email if you like, but here is all you need to know:

When you refer a friend, you get to give them a $25 gift towards custom photography, and you get a $50 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 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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As we officially welcomed the first day of summer this week, I thought it’s as good a time as any to go back in time to a sunny and colourful day last fall with this family. I first met Katrina through my mum’s group when we were both navigating all the unknowns of life as a new mum with our first babies. So many changes in just a few short years! Katrina and Joel welcomed their newest addition, a beautiful little girl, to their family a few weeks before we met for family pictures in the Edmonton River Valley.

The two big brothers were so much fun to photograph, and seemed to enjoy the running and jumping and hugging I asked them to do.

I’m so glad I was able to provide Katrina and Joel with some beautiful prints to add to their family gallery wall as their family grows. I’m looking forward to marking more milestones with this fun family through more portrait sessions in the future.

I was so looking forward to photographing this little man. I had done his mama’s maternity portraits just a few weeks prior to his arrival, and we had the chance to connect through some fun and silly photos, as well as a few quiet portraits.
Liam was such a wonderful little man to photograph. His mama said he liked to sleep a lot, so lucky me! I mean, lucky mama 🙂 Here is a sample of some of our favourites from his session.
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I’m so excited to share with you a very special Mother’s Day portrait session fundraiser I am hosting. Not only is this an opportunity for Mom to be pampered and the star of the show with a mini-makeover, you’ll also be helping to support the Terra Centre, a local non-profit Edmonton organization that provides supports and services that empower teen parents to succeed.

Mom’s mini-makeover includes hair styling, makeup application, a mother and child portrait session and more! 1/2 of the session fee profits are donated to the Terra Centre. Prints will be delivered in time for Mother’s Day. Pre-booking required.

To find out more about Terra and other ways you can get involved or provide support, visit their website. Half of the profits from these portrait session fees will be donated to Terra. Session details blow.

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Why Book a Mini-Makeover Session

It seems that you, Mom, are always the one behind the camera, or only partially visible in an awkward selfie. You give so much time and attention to your children, your work, and others, there is often little time left to do something special just for you. This is an opportunity for you to feel pampered, beautiful and to have your unique connection to your child captured in a way that you’ll re-live every time you walk past the images hanging on your wall.

Sit back, relax and get the celebrity treatment as you have your makeup professionally applied and your hair done by a professional stylist. Then join me in the studio for a 30 minute session with your children where you’ll be put at ease and I will capture gorgeous, authentic images of you and your child. This day is about you, Mama!

Shortly after our session together, I’ll visit you for a personalized image reveal and ordering consultation, where I will help you choose your favourite images and guide you in the process of choosing the best products to display your images on in your home and office — everything from custom framed prints, to high impact metal collage walls and contemporary and unique acrylic image blocks for your shelf, desk or coffee table.

This is a perfect Mother’s Day gift, or a token to show how much Mom is appreciated. If you’re booking for yourself, Mama — congratulations! I’m proud of you for making yourself a priority! Don’t forget to include Grandma — these sessions are for all generations of mamas. There is no age limit on creating lasting memories together.

What’s included

Professional makeup application for Mom
Professional hair styling
30 minute studio portrait session for you and your child(ren)
One 11×14” custom framed print and duplicate high resolution digital copy (printable to 8×10”)
Proofing gallery of 20 images
In-person image reveal and order consultation

Session Fee

$525. Half of all session fee profits will be donated to the Terra Centre.

When

April 2, 2016 ONLY. Limited sessions are available, reserve your spot now! Prints delivered in time for Mother’s Day.

Help me in this fantastic fundraising opportunity, while create lasting memories where Mom’s relationship with her child(ten) is the focus point!

If you’d like access to my presale, sign up for my email list on my Facebook page before March 12 at 3pm MT. Sessions will be open to the general public after 3pm on March 13, 2016.

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** images shown are examples of my work and what you can expect from a Mother’s Day Portrait Session with me, and are not of Terra families **

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