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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50% off Branding Sessions in Edmonton
I’m launching a new photography service: Branding Sessions. These are ideal for entrepreneurs, the self-employed, musicians or anyone who needs some amazing images of themselves.

An extension of my headshot services, Branding Sessions include:

  • up to 1.5 hours photography time
  • headshots
  • portraits (studio or environmental)
  • several different looks/outfits
  • 7 final high resolution images and web sized copies of your choice

As I’m building my portfolio for these sessions, I’m offering these for half price. Regular Branding Sessions are $700; for a limited time, book a session for just $350.

Professional portraiture helps brands build credibility and trust with their clients. Plus, who doesn’t want killer images to share online?

branding sessions are 50% off! Just $350 with Pause Photography

Isn’t it time you updated your LinkedIn, dating site, Instagram, Facebook (or other social network) profile image, or refreshed your website with clean, fresh and professional imagery?

Boost that brand even more

Enhance your branding package! Logo design, add $500; brochure or business card design, $200; other design services quoted separately.

I enjoy working with other local businesses, entrepreneurs and people who are generally all-around awesome, so please get in touch with me and we can set something up!

I’m excited to once again be partnering with Cameron Homes to bring you this once-a-year opportunity: Making Memories of Motherhood portrait event, in the gorgeous neighbourhood of Keswick in Southwest Edmonton.

When: May 5 and 6, 12–4pm, by appointment (May 6: all sessions reserved)
Where: Cameron Homes Keswick show home (4004 Kennedy Close SW)
Sessions: 15-minute sessions for mum or grandma with the kiddos (hint: grandmas loove this gift!)
Session Fee: $75/ea (includes one 8×10″ print); additional prints, products and digital files sold separately

Mother’s Day Collections

available to purchase after your session. Included in your session is one 8×10″ print

  • Two prints, up to 8×10″ | 100;
  • Two prints, up to 8×10″ with duplicate digital files | 150;
  • Full collection of 10 high res digital files | 500

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)
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 am so excited to add this gorgeous vintage frame set to my framing choices (I have always been a bit of a sucker for anything vintage). They complement each other beautifully in this new wall gallery arrangement, too! Can’t you just see your own portraits displayed on your walls at home in these? I can’t wait to help you decorate your home with images of those you love.

Vintage Frame Set Wall Gallery

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.


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 **

Edmonton Mother's Day Pictures by Pause Photography YEG

Pause Photography Edmonton Mother's Day Pictures

Family Pictures for Mother's Day in YEG by Pause Photography

Studio Pictures for Mother's DayMother's Day Photos supporting non-profit Terra CentreEdmonton Baby Photographer. Book a Mother's Day Session and help support the Terra Centre

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.

I am so excited to share my new holiday card designs for this year. If you’ve subscribed to my email list, you’ll have a promo code to receive $50 off your holiday card order. These custom designed and professionally printed cards are $125 for a set of 24 5×7” lay flat cards complete with envelopes and printed on beautiful fine art pearl paper. Additional cards may be ordered in multiples of 12.

Update: Confirm your order by December 3 and save 50% off your entire holiday card order! 24 cards are just $62.50 with additional sets of 12 for $20. Cannot be combined with other offers.

For my clients who have had a session with me this year, get in touch with me to have your proofing gallery re-activated free of charge to choose the image you’d like featured on your card. If you haven’t had a session with me this year, just email me the image you’d like to use and the number for the design you’d like. Cards will be shipped to you within 2 weeks of your order.

Pause Photography 2015 Holiday Card Design 1

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Priscilla heard about me through a colleague who posted a link on Facebook to one of my photography promotions — talk about six degrees of separation  (or more like two degrees in our case)! Even before we met, through our first communications with each other, I got the sense that Priscilla was a kind and thoughtful person. When I got to meet her and Danny in person, my hunch was confirmed! They brought along their four-legged baby, who was very well behaved for their portrait session.

Danny and Priscilla were so easy-going and followed my posing tips to the letter. Toffee did well, too — she only sat with her back to me once. Priscilla and Danny, I had a great time meeting you both and I look forward to having the opportunity to photograph you three again in the future!

Edmonton Couples PortraitureAutumn Couples Portrait in Edmonton River Valley

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.