a  little  bit  about  me

Laura is my first name. 

Kelly is the name I doodled after it in Grade 12 when I was dating a boy named Ryan. 

We were 17 years old when we made our 5 year plan that included buying a house, getting a dog, and having a destination wedding. 

I'm a wedding and engagement photographer living in ottawa, counting my lucky stars that I get to have the best job in the world.

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THESE DAYS, I DIVIDE MY TIME BETWEEN BEING A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, A WORKSHOP TEACHER, PODCAST HOST, AND A MAMA OF TWO kindergarteners. 

AND FOR THE RECORD, I STILL SMILE EVERY TIME I GET TO
SIGN THAT LAST NAME.

My husband. We are high school sweethearts and our first date was at the movies when we saw "THE PRESTIGE" for my 17th birthday.

We got married when we were 23 in a gazebo overlooking the resort in Punta Cana. 

I love him so much, I tattooed his name on my wrist.

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Mid-afternoon coffee breaks. 

When you have a job you love, sometimes it's hard to peel yourself away from the office! I force myself to breathe real fresh air everyday, and a coffee break is the perfect way to make it happen. My order: Grande Pike Blend with 2 pumps of sugar-free vanilla.

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Reality everything! When I'm editing photos at my desk, I neeeeeeed something playing in the background. I've seen every reality show there is.

Favourites in this order: Big Brother, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The Hills & Laguna Beach, Real Housewives of New York, and Vanderpump Rules.

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I'm blessed with girlfriends who enjoy wine just as much as I do, and every year we take a trip to Prince Edward County and stay at the June Motel!

These girls are my cheerleaders, my therapists,
my gossip junkies, my adventure seekers, and my
business coaches.

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I once drove to Home Sense on autopilot.

We moved into our home in the Glebe in 2018 and I've been puttering away at it with love ever since. I'm part minimalist, part candle collector.

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Life threw me a bone back in 2013 during a time when I was dedicated to saying YES to everything that came my way. Just a few days into my challenge, I was invited to join an amazing book club, and I've been a member for the last 6 years. 

I still enjoy beach reads the most, though.

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My little fam. I'm not a baby person, but I find myself falling in love with my kids more and more every single year as they evolve into incredible little people.

Cooper is 5 and he's just like his dad: smart, level-headed, and thoughtful. Jillian is almost 4 and she's like her mama: funny, free, and sparkly. Together they taught me to work harder and faster and I ever thought possible. 

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Telling stories through your headphones!

I started a podcast in the Fall of 2018 called "You Might Not Like It." It is the epitome of a passion project and I'm learning so much in the process. Make sure you tune in, sometimes I share content that's helpful for brides as they're planning their weddings! 

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this   stuff   fires  me  up

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Whenever I'm in doubt, 
I turn to the kelly cutrone episodes of The Hills for guidance.

follow your intuition,

BE SMART,
BE BRAVE,

TELL THE TRUTH,

AND DON'T TAKE ANY SHIT.
- KELLY CUTRONE

"Things I look forward to most on my wedding day: 1) Seeing my groom for the first time; 2) Uniting our friends & family from one end of the country to the other while of course lighting up the d-floor; and 3) Knowing that I am in the BEST hands when it comes to having the most well-rounded, passionate & vivacious photographer in the Ottawa area.
She has gone completely above & beyond throughout this entire process and EXUDES love for her craft -- We are SO lucky (& happy) that she is our photographer!"

MICHELLE & MIKE

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"Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. You were (and are) so amazing. 
We got (and continue to get) SO many compliments on you and your photographs. Including how comfortable you made everyone feel in front of the camera. I am so happy we got you as our wedding photographer! If we ever need photos in the future we know who we are going to first.

Thank you for everything!"

VERONICA & MICHAEL

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"Laura is an absolute gem of a photographer and person!
My hubby and I are so glad we hired Laura to capture our September wedding. She's a blast to have around on your day and the photos will leave you swooning and reminiscing forever! Laura is authentic to her brand and what you see on her instagram and website is what you get.

Having been the Bride, Bridesmaid and guest of many weddings I now know the LK difference and can never go back!"

KAYLIE & PEARSON

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"Wow! Thank you so much Laura, they look amazing! Justin and I are so absolutely thrilled with how they turned out!
 
We both had a lot of fun and I am very impressed that you managed to turn something Justin had been dreading into something he is actually looking forward to now! Very thankful to be working with you and even more thankful you were ready and willing to travel with us to Vegas!"

GRACE & JUSTIN

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Laura!! You're freaking KIDDING ME. f.r.e.a.k.i.n.g. o.u.t.
We are so incredibly happy with our wedding day and you captured it just how we wanted!! I can’t believe its only been a week and were already reliving the day. I’m SO happy!! And trust me its hard to please Jeremy when it comes to photographs ;) <3 <3 <3 We literally can’t thank you enough, you captured our day perfectly. THANK YOU for giving our families these memories to forever cherish, the tears are flowing!! 

CHELSEA & JEREMY

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"These photos are everything we could ever dream they would be, Laura!! 
Honestly overwhelmed at how amazing they turned out. Your talent is out of this world!

Wishing our wedding day was tomorrow so that we could see those too.
I can't believe I am a Laura Kelly bride...!"

KATE & CAM

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was changed in 2011. 

YOU MIGHT WANNA
READ MY STORY.

I started a business, taught myself how to use a brand new camera, accidentally sold 406 photo shoots that expired in 8 months on Groupon, and lived to tell the tale.

6 months later, I was a full time boutique wedding and engagement photographer.   

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my life

enough from me,

GO SEE SOME
BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS!
TAKE ME THERE

LAURA KELLY PHOTOGRAPHY // ottawa kingston montreal toronto