As a mom of three little ones and a wife to an amazing husband, I know how important all of life’s moments are and I’m here to capture them for you, no matter how big or how small.
When I’m not behind the camera, you’ll find me with a toddler on my hip and a coffee in my hand, feeding our chickens on our ½ acre property and dreaming up designs for our home renovation.
I’ve been a professional photographer for over a decade, specializing in fun-filled lifestyle and naturally posed photography for maternity, newborn, and family sessions.
Hi, I'm Chelsey
'm so glad you found your way to my page! Let me formally introduce myself: I’m Chelsey, the photographer behind Chelsey Kae Photography.
In addition to my photography experience I have a background is Child Youth and Family Studies, Early childhood Education and I am an Ontario Certified Teacher. This means I have loads of experience with little ones and know just how to approach your unique child and family!
My background story
hen I was a little girl I was given this little Kodak camera when I visited my grandmother.
I grew a love of photographing nature and objects around her home. Fire hydrants, flowers i placed into tree bark, or snow mounds on her deck. I was enrolled in a photography class at the age of 10 and learned how to use a camera creatively.
I met my husband when I was 23, "real" camera. I had a little point and shoot which at the time I thought was enough. I choose a Pentax DSLR. It was a big deal! It was a lot of money for us back then but it didn't take long for me to be hooked. I took that little camera everywhere with me and I am so grateful to him for encouraging and enabling this dream of mine. I transformed my focus to portraits and began to photograph family and children. I joined Edge Imaging as a school photographer (remember picture day?) Yup that was me! I loved it! I had so much fun.
When my children came into this world I had a sense of urgency to record every little detail. I always knew children grew quickly. But having my own gave me a very unique perspective. I needed to record it all for myself and for everyone else!
It was then that my passion because a business. I have been so grateful to photograph so many amazing families journeys.
A Look into my
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Meet Matt! (My wonderful husband). We started dating in July of 2005 but had met a few years prior to that when we worked at the same sporting good chain. We we re-met a few years after that when my friend was set up to go on a date with Matt. We met while out in downtown Guelph and we seemed to hit it off right away. We bought a little home in Guelph, took up dog ownership with Molly, the Weimeraner. We got married in 2012 and had the most amazing wedding there ever was. We moved to Breslau and had a few babies. He’s an avid cyclist and an amazing dad. He’s my biggest supporter and always makes my (somewhat) crazy ideas come true!
We both grew up 30 minutes from each other, I in Guelph and He is Cambridge, ON and it’s so nice to be raising our family right between the two cities, in Puslinch!
My most favourite person in the whole world
My Favorite Things
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Oh, this was really hard and they all are super tied for favourites. I definitely drink too much coffee. I really want to drink more water, and I definitely know that I should drink more water but instead I find myself nuking my coffee 20 times a day instead.
Fun fact! I used to pride myself on not being a morning coffee drinker. It was so great. I moved into my grandparent's home when I went to teacher's college in 2010 and during my stay, my sweet Grandpa use to deliver coffee to my bedroom door each morning. Because I wouldn't dare turn down such a sweet gesture I quickly become a morning coffee dependent.
My little family
Coffee, wine or chocolate?!?
My Favourite Things
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If you asked me what my favourite things were a few years ago. I would have quickly said my Weimaraners. We used to have two sweet, sassy, stackable velcro dogs (if you know those dogs you know exactly what I mean). Then my children were born and and we unfortunately lost the Weims to old age... Now I have three new favourite little creatures!
These are my kids. Parker, Emerson, and Evie. They are my "why" for everything I do.
We moved from a growing town where houses were squished together and you can borrow a cup of sugar without leaving your porch, to a large property the kids can run around in and we have to hollar for them until they come running. The boys love all things superheros, biking, and roasting marshmallows on the fire. Evie is the sweetest girl and is always checking in on her brothers or snuggling a baby.
My three creatures
Always a fun day when we get to do a photo shoot with Chelsey! We have had the pleasure of having Chelsey photograph many of our big life events; our engagement, wedding, the newborn days of both our babies, and our family as our girls grow. Her approach is relaxed and she gives great direction that is playful and natural rather than posed. I love the way the photos reflect the little things my kids were doing in those moments, capturing them in the pure joy of childhood.
I came across Chelsey's website when I was pregnant with my first baby nearly a decade ago and booked her for a newborn session because I liked the look of her photos! 3 babies later, many photo shoots and lots of laughs I can honestly say I wouldn't trust anyone else to capture my family in photos! Chelsey is honestly the best and I without a doubt love every picture she takes of my family! She is amazing and my kids love her too!
Chelsey has taken photos of us for over 8 years beginning when I was pregnant with my first child. We have 2 walls devoted entirely to photos that Chelsey has taken of our family and we receive so many positive comments on them. Chelsey has a knack for getting reluctant little ones to smile and with posing newborns! Very happy with all of our photos!
My husband and I went with Chelsey for our maternity and newborn photo shoots and we had an EXCELLENT experience with her!
Her fun, flexible, relaxed attitude makes her easy to get along with and provides a comfortable environment for photo taking. She has a great eye for candid photo opportunities and more staged shots that will blow you away (see two examples attached). She turned the photo taking experience into a joint effort - gauging what's important to us and what our personal taste would be while also offering great suggestions along the way. As parents of a newborn, we weren't sure if we wanted to have anyone in our - let's be honest, messy and chaotic - home. When Chelsey came for our lifestyle newborn shoot, she was amazing at working around the messes to capture some wonderful shots that felt like us. She was also great at handling our little guy - helping him look his best and making him feel comfortable. Looking forward to working with Chelsey again in the future! :)
Chelsey was fantastic to work with. She photographed my mother’s 60th birthday celebration as well as my son’s 6 month photos. She engaged so well with both the children and adults and made the whole experience so easy. Chelsea was so natural and easy to talk to, and was able to capture everyone’s personality in her photos. The only difficult thing was choosing which photos to purchase because they were all so beautiful ❤️ I would definitely recommend Chelsey Kae Photography. #guelphbabyphotography #torontobabyphotography
- Kate McWade
Chelsey has been nothing but professional for the several photo shoots we’ve done with our family. She always makes it fun, and never forced or awkward. I’ve often recommended her work to friends, and would do it again!
- Lindsay GM
Chelsey started taking photos for our family just before our first child was born. Since then, we keep coming back for more and more amazing photos. Chelsey is professional, flexible, and a pleasure to work with. She is patient with young children and making sure you love your photos is her top priority. She is extremely talented and dedicated. I have received countless compliments on photos Chelsey has done for us, and I am constantly asked for the name of my photographer. I can not recommend chelseykaephotography strongly enough! You won’t regret it!
Chelsey’s photography lines the halls of our home. Over the past seven years (and four children!) she has captured beautiful images of our family by keeping the atmosphere relaxed and comfortable. Chelsey is wonderful with children of all ages and we have been very fortunate to work with her.
Chelsey did an absolutely fantastic job on capturing mine and baby’s first mama outing together. We used nature as the backdrop and she took the time to make us feel comfortable; giving tips/ideas for endearing positions and placements, which helped to snap the perfect shot! Thanks Chelsey, we will be seeing you again :)
Chelsey has taken photos of us for years and the outcome is always great. The images are beautiful and Chelsey is wonderful to interact with. She makes you feel comfortable.
Chelsey did an amazing job on our maternity, birth and Christmas mini shoot. We couldn't have been happier with the quality of the photos and her professionalism. She made us comfortable behind the camera and was extremely patient with my daughter while trying to capture her at her best! I highly recommend her services.
So happy with the location of the photos, very professional attitude but fun to work with! Overall, great, creative photographer and a great experience!
- Brittany Plummer