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.

MORe >

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

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.

NEXT >

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.

< PREV

NEXT >

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.

< PREV

NEXT >

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.

< PREV

NEXT >

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.

< PREV

NEXT >

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.

< PREV

NEXT >

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. 

< PREV

NEXT >

< PREV

NEXT >

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! 

< PREV

< PREV

this   stuff   fires  me  up

MORe >

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

"I can’t believe these are OUR wedding photos…. they are soooooo dreamy. 
There are things I didn’t notice at the wedding, that you caught on camera. 

Your photos are snapshots of moments that I will never forget. Thank you doesn’t really seem like enough,
so I’ll say it in Italian (because it sounds even more special)…. grazie mille!"

meaghan & adam 2016

NEXT >

KIND WORDS FROM DEAR CLIENTS

"Ahh!!!! No way!! Laura, you are the absolute best! I definitely wasn't expecting to get these for a couple of weeks! Omg I'm so excited that I can now spend my 28 hour journey to the Maldives looking over these photos, choosing our favourites for our wedding album! You are honestly the best and we couldn't be happier with how the photos have come out.

It has been so fun reliving this amazing day through all of these pictures!"

michelle & andy 2015

NEXT >

< PREV

KIND WORDS FROM DEAR CLIENTS

"Oh Laura... Words can't express how THRILLED we are with these photos!! You did such an amazing job of capturing the day and I just know our families and friends are going to be ecstatic to have such fantastic pics, too (...the photos of my niece...? I DIED...).

And your timing is impeccable - we're just back from our honeymoon so it was such a treat to see that the photos were ready so we could jump right into reliving June 11th!  It really took us back to look at them all. From the bottom of our hearts - thank you SO MUCH."

JULIA & JEFF 2016

NEXT >

< PREV

KIND WORDS FROM DEAR CLIENTS

"When I first saw one of Laura’s Wedding Blogs, I instantly fell in LOVE! I had never seen such beautiful wedding photos in my entire life. I knew that this girl absolutely had to be our wedding photographer, no matter what it took! Our wedding photos are more than I could have ever imagined and I love them more each day. She’s professional, passionate, energetic, and inspirational and puts so much love into her photos and her clients. I couldn’t say enough about how wonderful she is!"

KRYSTYN & RYAN 2015

NEXT >

< PREV

KIND WORDS FROM DEAR CLIENTS

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 2018

NEXT >

< PREV

KIND WORDS FROM DEAR CLIENTS

"I knew I wanted to be a Laura Kelly bride before we even got engaged and I’m so happy I got the honour to be one of her clients. Not only is she an amazing photographer, but she is an incredible person. Laura loves love and loves weddings and that really shines through when you see her in action. When someone loves what they do, you can see it in their work and Laura’s pictures speak to that."

MELISSA & SEAN 2016

< PREV

KIND WORDS FROM DEAR CLIENTS

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.   

CLICK HERE >

my life

enough from me,

GO SEE SOME
BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS!
TAKE ME THERE

LAURA KELLY PHOTOGRAPHY // ottawa kingston montreal toronto