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.

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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Sarah and Ryan won a mini-session with me through a Facebook giveaway I ran (if you don’t follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram yet, click the links to be up-to-date with behind the scenes photos, giveaways, some more frequent and sometimes personal updates as well as links to things in the community that matter to me and the families I serve).

I couldn’t get enough of little Asher’s cheeks! I just wanted to scoop him up kiss them. Self-control is such a hard thing sometimes. I should really add these to my Pinterest page. I bet this adorable family would get repined all over the place. ‘Cause they’re that cute.

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Jumping back in time again for Tina, Alex and their little family’s portrait session last fall! Tina found me through an online search (thanks, Google!) and booked her family pictures for the fall in the Edmonton River Valley. What a gorgeous backdrop! The weather was so unpredictable. It rained, hailed and then the sun came back out at just the right time. Maybe that’s why the light is so pretty.

Big sister had nothing but love for her baby brother. She was great at helping him sit up for their portrait together. Families like these are the reason I love what I do. I am thankful every day for the unique, happy and positive people that come my way through what I do.

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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 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.

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These were special portraits for this gorgeous family. It was Delasi and Joe’s anniversary, and we met at the gardens where they had been married.

I have known Delasi since we met at University. That seems like a lifetime ago! Both our lives have seen a lot of changes since then, including marriage, babies, careers and moves. Through it all, we’ve been able to keep in touch. Thank goodness for technology, because I’m a terrible letter writer!

Having the opportunity to capture the special bonds this family has with each other was such a privilege. I am looking forward to seeing their beautiful babies grow up.

If you’re looking for family pictures, I’d love to capture memories for you, either in a home documentary session, lifestyle session outdoors, or in my studio — whatever makes you fell happy and relaxed! It seems time has a way of speeding up as the years pass. It’s my job to make it slow down a little, so you can look back and be reminded of how much you appreciated this time in your life, every time you walk past beautiful images hanging on your wall from our session together. Contact me today, and we can start planning portraits that are a true reflection of you and your family.

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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.


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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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.

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