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The Deans | Coonskin Park Family Session

If you're a regular reader of the blog the subjects of this family session from Coonskin Park will look familiar to you.  You recently saw this beautiful family for their maternity session.  Since then they've added a beautiful baby girl to their crew and we had to capture updated family images for them during a mini-session at Coonskin Park.
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The Boehm Family | Downtown Charleston Family Session

Flipping through most family photo albums you'll notice a lull between mid-elementary years until senior year of high school.  Life gets busy, kids grow up and family photos take a back seat to everything else.  I strongly encourage my friends and clients who have children in pre-teen/teen years to have family photos taken and let their child have some fun photos of his/her own in the process. I met up with this fabulous family in downtown Charleston for a mini-session.  We focused mainly on the beautiful Bella; we also updated their family photo.  Plus a photo of husband and wife......
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The Jones Family | Charleston WV Family Photographer

If there is one thing I could stress to my senior parents it's hire a family photographer.  Everything is about to change and taking photos before it happens is important.  The first year of college will mold your child into an adult.  Most of their senior year was focused on them but a family session the summer before real life starts is an amazing gift for the mom. I met up with the Jones family kids for their family mini session which included their adorable puppy.  The kids in ages from heading into kindergarten to starting college.  Everything is about to...
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The Results are In… 2017 Shoot & Share Contest

When I started my journey into photography in 2009 (as a hobbyist) I never dreamt I would be where I am today.  I also never dreamt I would have the confidence to enter a contest!  This year with the urging of my close friends, Andrea Martin and Autumn Branscome, I entered the Shoot & Share contest.  I had no idea what to expect when entering.  It was my first contest ever!  My goal was to hit the top 30% with one image out of the fifty I entered. (Spoiler alert: I hit the goal!!!!) Over 332,768 photos were entered in this year's...
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It’s Been An Amazing & Blessed Holiday Season | WV Family Photographer

Every fall I transition into an almost 100% dedicated family photographer.  I am blessed with familiar faces contacting me to capture their Christmas photos and a few bring along a surprise announcement!  These three families come to me every year to have updated photos and I adore them so very much.  I love watching their children grow up and families expand. (Congratulations Kelly & Mark!  I cannot wait to meet your little girl.)  Because of clients like each of you I had such an amazing and blessed holiday season... I'll see you next fall (and hopefully even sooner!)
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And, Baby Makes 6 | Charleston WV Family Photographer

I am so blessed to be invited into my client's lives.  They trust me with their secrets in order for us to create adorable announcements for their biggest life events.  This adorable momma & baby have invited me into their life over the last year for many events and now they're excited to announce that the family is growing... and, baby makes 6! Of course with a family of six nothing is ever simple.  The morning of their session Traci frantically told me she'd forgotten a key element of the session: the baby shoes!  The entire purpose of the session was...
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Vote Angela Cantrell! | WV Family Court Judge 16th Circuit

On a very chilly morning I met this beautiful family to capture a few photos for their momma's campaign.  Despite the incredibly cold temperatures they were troopers and supported their mom.  Luckily for them they didn't have to be outside long because nothing motivates me to work quick quite like twenty degree temperatures, ha. During the session Angela & I chatted about her desire to become a family judge.  I was shocked to learn that only ONE other female attorney in Clay County, WV.  That means there are only TWO female attorneys in the entire county.  TWO!?  Think about that for a...
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The Enicks Family | Charleston Family Photographer

The end of last year was full of meeting many new faces.  Many of you fell in love with this little man during the  Let's Go Glamping mini-sessions in the early fall.  He captured our hearts with his adorable stuffed animals cuddled under a tent.  Now his adorable family will capture you heart with these stunning family photos.  I keep trying to convince his momma into buying a house near me so my daughter & he can be great friends, ha.  They would be the dynamic duo of adorable! Kelly Broyles is a WV Family Photographer based in Elkview, WV.    
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Boys Will Be Boys | WV Family Photographer

Boys Will Be Boys | WV Family Photographer

These adorable guys & I hit it off from the start probably because I have an extensive knowledge of PJ Masks.  Those adorable little kids who turn into super heroes at night have a way of making us love them.  Seriously, the show is cute y'all!  We had so much fun during their session chatting about cartoons, gathering up leaves, acorns and other goodies we found and laughing at their mommy & daddy (telling their mommy & daddy to kiss makes them giggle.)  We had so much fun that after this session we met up for a visit with Santa! Kelly...
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Baby Giggles & a Cuddly Dog | WV Family Photographer

Baby Giggles & a Cuddly Dog | WV Family Photographer

Every year I look forward to participating in Girl's Night Out WV.  Sadly in 2015 I was unable to attend and I donated a session to be given away.  This adorable family won the session and I'm absolutely thrilled to have met them.  Ms. M was one of the easiest babies I have ever photographed.  Despite the chilly 39' morning she was all smiles as we captured her photos!  M was mesmerized by the leaves, her puppy & based on the amount of giggles I received it seems she found me rather entertaining. Kelly Broyles is a WV Family Photographer based...
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Year in Review (Thank You for a Fabulous 2015!)

Thank you for a fabulous year! 2015 was a year of change for KBP as you'll see in this year in review blog.  In the past I focused on engagements & weddings but in 2015 I made a change.  I found myself falling in love with photographing children, families & seniors.  I cut back on weddings and focused more on portraits in 2015.  I am happy to say I'm thrilled with the results!  In fact I am so happy with the results that in 2016 I'll be taking on limited weddings (only 5!) and photographing lots of stunning portrait sessions....
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The Most Magical Reindeer | WV Family Photographer

The Most Magical Reindeer | WV Family Photographer

Back in October I introduced you to the lovely Ms. C and her adorable camping mini-session.  When her momma contacted me in December to capture their Christmas photos I was thrilled.  I love working with children consistently because I'm able to build a relationship with the child.  C was completely comfortable in front of my camera, taking direction from me and even letting me hold her while her momma made some outfit changes.  (Take note parents: Using the same photographer(s) pays off because your children get to know them and become comfortable!)  C is definitely her momma's mini-me from her looks down...
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Family Is Love | WV Family Photographer

One of the biggest blessings I receive as a photographer is being able to photograph my own family.  If you've been a reader of my blog for long then you'll recognize these faces.  I photographed their engagement two and a half years ago.  Then when I was 7 months pregnant I photographed their wedding with the help of my dear friends Sara Merritt and Autumn Branscome.   And, over the past year you've seen their adorable baby girl pop up in a blog post or two.  A few evenings ago we headed out to capture their first official family photographs!  Yes, I said...
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So Mothers, Be Good to Your Daughters Too. | Charleston WV Family Photographer

I will not lie to you, when Melanie contacted me to photograph a session for her mom's birthday I was nervous!  I had never shot a mother & daughter who were both adults before and stepping out of my comfort zone makes me, well, nervous.  Five minute into their session I was in my zone.  Melanie's mom, Kay, was one of the sweetest people I have met.  Despite the sweltering heat we laughed, talked about Melanie's plans after graduation and their matching tattoos.  It was such an amazing experience to capture their bond on film for them to have for many, many...
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Birthday Photos are the Best! | WV Family Photographer

It's the impossible question we all ask ourselves on holidays: "What do we get our parents?"  Once you're an adult you realize that mom & dad, as a general rule, have everything they need/want.  And, if they don't have something they'll just go buy it.  It makes shopping impossible!  I was thrilled when 'E' contacted me about an idea for her dad's birthday.  She wanted a family photo session at his home with his grand babies.  It was a wonderful idea! Kelly Broyles is a WV Family Photographer based in Elkview, WV.
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Amy + Josh | Charleston WV Photographer

Aside from wedding days many couples neglect to have photos taken of themselves.  Life happens and one day they wake up to realize that the last photo taken was many years ago!  How crazy is that?!  It makes my heart so happy when couples contact me to have updated photos.  Amy &  Josh were amazing to photograph and I'm so thrilled that they recognized the importance of having photos of themselves taken!  I am going to have to require them to bring their adorable puppy to their next session though. ;o) Kelly Broyles is a Charleston WV Photographer based in...
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Mini-Session Mania! | WV Children Photographer

I have a confession: I love mini-sessions. No, I'm not referring to the cutesy staged mini-sessions that many people do on holidays and at the change of seasons (though many of those are super cute!)  My idea of mini-sessions are a bit different.  Mini-sessions are a custom session just like a full portrait session but shorter and they include 5 digital images.  They're perfect for families with little children because most littles (and many husbands) cannot stand being in front of my camera for an entire hour! This spring has brought on mini-session mania.  I'm not sure if it's the...
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The Burdette Family | Charleston WV Family Photographer

I am fairly confident the Burdette family (most likely Amy) opened up the latest J. Crew catalog and picked their outfits directly from its pages.  Their outfits made me drool.  No joke!  I even messaged my best friend who is a photographer afterwards to tell her about the amazingly dressed family I photographed.  Aside from being well-dressed they were full of laughter, smiles, amazing interactions and all the things that make a family session spectacular! Kelly Broyles is a Charleston WV Family Photographer based in Elkview, WV.
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