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.

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School’s out for summer! And with that, some of you may be wondering how you’ll fill your extra hours together as a family. I know family outings can get expensive, so I’ve compiled a list of some of my own family’s top things to do over these summer months, that won’t break the bank. Here, in no particular order, are my

Top 13 Free (or low cost) Family-Friendly Things to to in Edmonton this Summer

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  1. Outdoor pools
    The City claims their outdoor pools are a perfect place to cool off over the hot summer days, and I agree. From the City’s page: “Visit any of the City’s outdoor swimming pools and have a whale of a time splashing, socializing with friends and family or simply relaxing for the day. The City manages a total of 5 outdoor swimming pool complexes including the newly refurbished and first of its kind in Canada, Borden Natural Swimming Pool.” BONUS: access to the outdoor pools is FREE this summer! Pro tip: go on a weekday, as early as possible to avoid some of those long lines. Don’t forget the sunblock!
  2. Edmonton Prospects Baseball Game

    There are two July afternoon games (July 15 and 29 at 2:05PM; see the full summer schedule here.) so you can still get the kids to bed on time! Kids 5 and under are free, tickets for kids 6–12 start at just $10 and adult tickets start at $18. It’s a fun way to spend an afternoon in the sun enjoying baseball concession and the occasional heckler (I’ve heard hotdogs at baseball games taste better than regular hot dogs. As a vegetarian, I can’t vouch for this, but my source is extremely reliable). Don’t forget the sunblock!
  3. Spray Parks
    Find a listing of all the City spray parks here. Chances are, you’ve already visited your neighbourhood park, so why not explore the city and try a new location? Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it. This is a great place for free play, to keep cool and meet some new friends.
  4. Telus World of Science

    While at the top end of admission prices in this list, if you invest in a family membership, it pays for itself within just a couple of visits. We have chosen to have a family membership here for the past few years, and have never regretted it. The kids love the Discover Zone kids area, and we’re looking forward to checking out Down to the Bone, Dinosaurs Unearthed. It’s the perfect place to spend a day at if there’s a summer storm, or if it’s just too dang hot out. Plus you get discounts on admission to the IMAX theatre. Find out all TWOSE has to offer on their website.
  5. Cineplex Movies Family Favourites
    Speaking of movies, we are big fans of the family favourites at Cineplex. Usually on Saturday mornings at 11am, they’ve added Wednesday morning showtimes for July and August! With $2.99 admission prices, you can’t go wrong. A portion of the proceeds goes towards supporting WE Charity. Get details and listings here.
  6. Summer Starts at EPL
    Running from June 23 – August 25, this program “offers games, prizes and activities to encourage kids to read, create and explore during the summer months”. We’ve registered and are starting our reading log. There are awesome weekly and grand prize draws for reaching your goals. You can register for the program any time throughout the summer. We’re already planning which events we’re going to participate in. Get details on what’s happening at your branch here. Don’t forget to check out EPL’s podcast around summer reads for both kids and adults.
  7. Art Gallery of St. Albert
    AGSA has a pile of community programs for all ages. Check out a collaborative art making series of 3 classes with your 3–5 year olds, or if you’d like to jump into a Saturday class, there’s Preschool Picasso for kids 3–5 and Artventures for your 6–12 year olds; both scheduled for the 3rd Saturday of each month. Pre-registration is required. Be sure to check out their current exhibition while you’re there.
  8. Arts and Heritage St. Albert
    Arts and Heritage St. Albert has a big list of Canada Day events at their heritage sites (helloooo homemade ice-cream!), Food Trucks with beer gardens on August 31, ArtWalk, St. Albert Historic Walking Tours, Harvest Festival, as well as drop in and community programs at their heritage sites and the Musée Héritage Museum. Check out the Summer Events brochure here.
  9. Monthly Mini Model Build at the LEGO Store
    Kids 6–14 can build their own free mini model at the LEGO store and take it home when they’re done! Register online to secure a slot. Registration for the August build opens July 15. Visit the LEGO website for details. July dates: July 3 and 4.
  10. The River Valley
    Explore the River Valley on bike or by foot. With both our kiddos on two-wheelers now, we’re anxious to get out on more trails. The paved trails around Rundle Park are great. Bikes are not required though; Rundle Park has playgrounds for the kiddos, paddle boat rentals and more.
  11. Cats on your Mats: Family Cat Yoga at the Humane Society
    It’s the puuuurfect opportunity for the whole family to stretch, practice their cat pose and snuggle with some shelter kitties. I’m not sure if downward facing dog will be allowed, and chaos might erupt if anyone tries pigeon pose, but fun is sure to be had by all. And now that you’ve seen my punny side, pounce on over to the Humane Society page to register for their upcoming classes on July 21 or August 25. These sell out fast.
  12. 4Cats Art Studio
    Book an art party, or take your kids (ages2–15) to art classes or camps. With a tonne of options for mediums and skill levels, you’re sure to find something for yourself your your budding artist. Find the studio closest to you, along with a complete listing of what’s available on the 4Cats Art Studio website.
  13. Viva Clay Works
    Visit Viva Clay works just off Whyte Ave on Saturdays for pottery classes for kids and teens. Kids classes start at 11am ($19), Teen classes start at 1pm ($25). Supplies are included. Visit their website for details.


Make these summer memories last with a fun and stress-free family portrait session that even dad will enjoy. I’d love to capture these fleeting summer family moments of you together. Get in touch with me to find out how I’ll be able to provide you with portraits of your family where your personality and the connections you have to one another really shine through.

Do you have any favourite family activities around the City that you’re looking forward to? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

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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.

Tilt Shift Artistic Lifestyle Images Edmonton Lifestyle Photographer, capturing children playing Lifestyle Family Photographer, Children Playing

I can’t believe it’s 2016 already (even as I type this, I had to go back and delete “2015” and replace it with “2016)! This past year seems to have just flown by. I was privileged to photograph so many wonderful families and snuggle some very sweet little babies, I barely had time to blog them! What’s the best way to resolve this? Why, post a video, of course!

To all of you who chose me as your photographer in 2015, THANK YOU! It was an honour and a pleasure to have you put your trust in me to capture your first portraits together as a growing and changing family. That’s what I love about working with families — they’re never static. I have had the unique opportunity to photograph some families for several years in a row, and I can tell you, it’s so much fun to see people’s relationships changing and growing over the years.

Enjoy this peek at some of my favourite images from 2015. I’m currently booking newborn and family sessions for 2016, and looking forward to creating more memories for families this coming year. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me so we can start chatting about your portrait goals for the year.

If you would like to enjoy this in video format, head on over to my Facebook page for a recap of my favourites from this year in under 3 minutes.

This session is very close to my heart, as it is my own newborn son. Logan made us a family of four (well, technically 5 when you count Rascal, our dog). I am perhaps a little biased when I look at these pictures, but I think he is the most handsome little man I’ve ever seen. I wasn’t sure if I’d find the time (or energy) to do my own newborn’s photos, but I managed, with a lot of help from friends and family. I am so pleased with the results!

Edmonton Newborn PicturesNewborn Baby Pictues with SiblingEdmonton Newborn Baby Pictures

The much anticipated designs for this years holiday cards are complete! You have the choice of including a space on the back to write your own message or not. Images shown include white space to write you own message. Cards are 5×7″ and are press printed on fine art linen paper. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here they are.

2013 Holiday CardsClick the below thumbnails to see larger details of each card.

This lovely lady is my cousin. We don’t often have the opportunity to see each other, so this photo session was extra special. Natasha had never had glamour portraits before, so I hope she had just as much fun as I did!

Beautiful makeup provided by Lindsay Waddell. Shot on location at The Pint off Whyte in Edmonton’s Old Strathcona.

Edmonton Glamour Portraits

Natasha | Edmonton Glamour Portrait Photography

I had the pleasure of photographing this sweet little man when he was just 6 days old. I can’t get enough of his itty bitty baby fingers and toes and his sweet little baby nose. There’s nothing quite like snuggling with a newborn. I look forward to photographing baby Ryland again soon… they change so quickly! Congratulations again to his lucky mama and daddy.

6 day old newborn photography

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Alex was fun and a breeze to work with! We seemed to have a connection where she knew what I wanted her to do before I could even say it. We shot these on location at The Pint Off Whyte in Old Strathcona (check out what they have happening this May long weekend!). I had a fantastic makeup artist to work with, Lindsey Waddell, who I would recommend to anyone in a heartbeat. Her work is amazing, as you can see.

I got to have complete creative control over the entire shoot from start to finish, and was was happy to explore a few different lighting techniques.

Oh, and if you work for Stella Artois, I am available to work on your next print advertising campaign.
Alex | shot on location at The Pint Off Whyte

I took the puppies for a walk in the river valley the other evening. It was still cold, and snow was on the trail, but the beginnings of the sunset were so pretty. Here are a few dusky images (featuring Tucker) from our time. Soon the snow will be gone and we’ll have green grass again. I can’t wait!



I’ve been shooting, but neglecting to post. This is a catch up weekend for several things, including blogging. It’s a good weekend to spend indoors anyway, with temperatures below -20. I’m outside long enough to walk the dogs, then it’s back inside for teas and coffees.

A few weeks ago, my younger brother was in town. He plays on the University of Manitoba Bisons basketball team. They were here in Edmonton to play against the University of Alberta Golden Bears. Ian was here for just the weekend, and a lot of his time was spent with the team, but Ian was able to have brunch with Cody and I on the Saturday, and I was able to snap a few quick pictures of Ian before he had to head back for a team dinner.

We ran to the back of our building into the parkade for our photo shoot. All of these images are lit using a 60″ umbrella. Here is a sampling of Ian’s grasshopper abilities.

On-location photography, Edmonton photographer, sports photography

On-location photography, Edmonton photographer, sports photography

On-location photography, Edmonton photographer, sports photography, portrait photography,

On-location photography, Edmonton photographer, sports photography, Portrait photography