2015 Fall Mini Sessions

Thursday, October 15, 2015

It's been a few years since I've done Fall Mini-Sessions and I'm excited to be offering them this year! These 20 minute sessions are perfect for updating your yearly family photo, for Christmas Cards, or gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

 So here are the details:

1.) The sessions this year are $150 and include immediate family only. If you want to include extended family, just let me know and we can book 2 sessions back to back.

2.) You will receive 15-20 proofs from which you will select your 5 favorite digital images (a print release is also included so you can print and use them as you like). 

3.) This year, I'll only be offering mini-sessions in Sacramento and the location is near the Arden Park area (the look and feel of the location is like the first few photos below). 

4.) The sessions will be from 8:30-10:30 and then again from 2:30-4:30. 

5.) To book your spot, just send me an email (kelliseeley@gmail.com) with your time preference and date!  

At Home

Thursday, October 8, 2015
When I decided to take a break from my business a few years ago, I knew it wouldn't be forever. But I also didn't know when I would be able to start working again. I'm happy to say the time has come and my business is officially going to be open again!!  Over the next few months, I'll slowly be updating my portfolios, making a few changes to this blog, and resurrecting the ol' facebook page (which I haven't updated since 2012!). 

Since it is officially the season of Fall (even though it's still waaaay too hot here in Sacramento), family portraits are usually on people's minds...which means I'll be offering mini-sessions this year! In the next few days, I'll be posting more info on that, but feel free to email me if you want to get the details a little early. The date for the mini-sessions will be November 7th & 14th.

And finally, I wanted to share one of my favorite families that I photographed a few years ago in Sonoma. It's not everyday that a family invites you into their home and lets you photograph them in their day-to-day lives. I think there's a purpose for all the different styles of family photography, but hanging out with another family while they love each other, is probably my favorite. 


Hi, there!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
It may be 8 months later, but I'm here, ready to start blogging again.

First things first, our baby girl is nearly 4 months old! After our last baby was a bit on the colic-y side, we're so grateful that she has an easy going temperament. If we're friends on Instagram, you've probably witnessed how pictures of her have been slowly overtaking my account. She is the best!

Annie's labor + delivery was definitely my favorite. Maybe one day I'll get it written out here, but the Cliff's notes version is I went into labor in the evening, got my epidural around midnight, and she was born around 5am. No complications! Having had both natural and medicated births, I'll be honest, I much prefer the medicated ones!  She was 9lb, 15oz, 21 inches long, and had a ton of black hair (still does!).

That's it for now....glad to have broken the awkward blog silence! I'll be back tomorrow to share a few small things about my blog and some photography related news! 

A Big Thank You for a Sheenazzing Nomination and a Baby Bump!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

How do I begin to say thank you to whoever nominated me for a Sheenazing award (named for Venerable Fulton Sheen)!?! There are so many insightful, well written blogs on the internet, and I highly recommend checking out the other nominees, but please know how grateful I am for nominating mine! I'd be lying if I didn't admit that it brought a big smile to my face when I read my name on Bonnie's blog; so again, thank you. 

If you want to cast a vote my way, vote here. I am in the "Best Looking Blog" category (next time I recommend reading that in your best Zoolander voice). It's quick, easy, and you don't have to sign in or sign up for anything.

And since there are a few new people stopping by from the contest, I wanted to say a brief "hello" and maybe share a tad bit about my blog. 

In 2007, I opened up a photography business and also started my very first blog which had a few personal stories, but it mainly focused on the weddings and kids I photographed. Then, three years ago, I stared at a computer screen with that same blog front and center and asked myself, "why am I doing this?" I was burnt out on running a business while balancing the needs of my family, burnt out on all aspects of social media, and life all around was overwhelming. I stared at that screen for 20 minutes before it became clear that my blog had to go. I hit delete, and 5 years of blogging disappeared. All of my pictures were backed up to external hard drives, but everything I had written, was deleted. I know, so dramatic.

But I have never regretted it. I guess you could say, that in order to get more "balanced" I had to completely put my business, blogging, and social media on hold. I've made a lot of dumb choices in my life, but this one happened to be a pretty good decision. I'll likely never have this domestic-parenting role down, but once I freed up that time, I was able to start climbing out of the hole I was buried in. Another baby joined our family, and things were hard, but they were also good. 

At the beginning of 2013, I missed photography and blogging and thought it would be a good idea to try something new, so I made a New Years Resolution to pick up my camera more and start a personal blog. I did the 52 week project, which you can see and read about here. The truth is, I don't have a very profound reason for keeping this blog other than the fact that I just really enjoy it. It allows me to do something creative and I think we all need to find something we enjoy that's creative, right? My husband likes to do crazy things like run ultra-marathons, and I like to take pictures and occasionally over-share on the internet. I also think drinking wine is a good creative outlet.

I hope this year to write a little bit more, and finally hit "publish" on all the unfinished blog posts I wrote last year but was too embarrassed to share, but this blog will probably always focus on photography in one way or another. So thank you to anyone who continues to read!! 

Ok, let's switch subjects to something I'm pretty excited about.

We're expecting a new little Seeley this June! On Monday, we should find out if I'm having a boy or girl, and while I can't promise any grand gender reveal parties or details, I'll be back then with an update!

With our upcoming move, I haven't had the time to start the 52 Week project this year, but I'm hoping to start a new project in February. For now, here's a couple pics I took last weekend when I went with a few friends to the Abbey of New Clairvaux, which is a winery run by Trappist Monks. It's located just outside Chico, and they have great wine, and the location is quaint and good for pictures. If you're ever in the Chico area, I recommend stopping by.  


How About a Few Family Photos

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Eight days into the New Year, and I'm still struggling to come up with any concrete goals to accomplish this year. And I definitely don't have a Word to inspire for the year, except maybe: survive! I think that's okay though. I still appreciate new beginnings, and it looks like we're going to have quite the new beginning since we're moving in just a couple weeks. This move is a big answer to our prayers. We'll still be in Sacramento, but it will mean less driving, more space, and a neighborhood with a great community....and hey, Ryan and I will each have our own bathroom sinks!

Since the title of this post has to do with family photos, I'll just get to the point and share a few of our most recent pictures we had done last fall, taken by my lovely friend Ingrid. The session started out a little rough, since the boys had fallen asleep on the way there and were not happy to be awoken and forced by their mother to smile. They eventually warmed up and had fun for the remainder of the shoot. I love getting family pictures done each year, but I'm not that great at printing them. Maybe that will be my resolution, organize and actually print all my photos!

12 in 2014: And other Attempts to Recap 2014

Friday, January 2, 2015
We all know that some years are better than others, and 2014 was pretty great in the Seeley House! Of course, we can't escape from the day to day struggles, but when I look back at 2014, it was one of those better years.

It started off with a lot of sleepless nights because Dominic, well, just wasn't one of those sleep-through-the night babies. By the time he turned one in June, we made a few changes (namely, moved him out of our room) and that made a huge difference. I found out what 8 hours of sleep felt like again!

You know you're a mom when you're measuring your year in terms of how much sleep you get, right? #allworthitofcourse

Let's see, what else. We went to Disneyland and learned where the Infirmary is located, went camping with friends, made a few trips to Southern California, and I had a few semi-deep thoughts while celebrating birthdays. One of my dearest friends and I went to Austin, Texas, and Ryan and I celebrated 9 years of marriage. Oh! And we started a garden.

Riley made her First Communion, started taking piano lessons (and loves it) and Luke, proved me very wrong by loving his first year of preschool. There was also that time we were out in the woods and Dominic spiked a 105 fever. Life!!! 

And of course, so many of my favorite moments, don't often get photographed: the daily meals around the table and meals spent with friends, unexpected lessons, morning playdates where you laugh-vent with girlfriends, and all the small moments of joy (and strife!) that accompany parenthood. It was those more unknown moments that inspired The 52 Week Project, which you can read about here. 

In a few days, it will officially be 1 year since I started this blog, after taking a 2 year break from the blog world. I even made this an official mom blog by writing out 2 of my 3 birth stories (8 Years Later, and 3rd Baby, 1st Epidural). 

 When I first started picking out my favorite pictures from this past year, I narrowed it down to 344 pictures....and I finally decided on these 12, mostly because of the memories associated with them. 

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I'm still thinking about 2015 and if there are any major resolutions I want to make....it's going to be quite the year (details coming soon!)!
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