Welcome to Kelly Janssen Photography

Welcome to my blogsite! Here you will find some information on how to commission photographic art, as well as samples of my work.

Kelly Janssen Photography is located on Anna Maria Island, FL and specializes in capturing your spirit and documenting it in art. We focus primarily on maternity, newborn, child, and family photographic art.

Kelly Janssen Photography tends to attract clients who are in search of a unique and specialized look. We may not be the best fit if you are looking for a quick session simply to photograph what your child looks like at this age. We are a much stronger match for clients who are looking to capture and display the essence of their child or family.

Motherhood is….

August 20, 2015

This is a monthly blog post about motherhood. For me this month is about holding on, and letting go. Sometimes it is so hard to decide which one we need to do. These photos illustrate the connection, and then also letting our children go to explore some of the world on their own.

Check out the blog circle here

Motherhood is…. · August 20, 2015 · 7:31 AM · Uncategorized

Motherhood is beauty

July 17, 2015

As a photographer I get the opportunity to photograph many different families. Every time their story is unique and special. This family had just finalized their adoption, and these girls had not seen the ocean before this trip. It was a beautiful occasion, and such a celebration of motherhood-however your story unfolds :)

Anna Maria photographer

Anna Maria Photographer

Please continue the circle by checking out another incredible view of motherhood HERE

Motherhood Is…

February 20, 2015

This is a blog circle that I take part in each month. The topic is Motherhood Is…

For me, this month I chose to focus on how Motherhood is change (with a little bit of magic as well). There is a constant change, but the love is always there. From the beginning, to adding a sibling, to welcoming a newborn, to the last baby, to the removal of a crib, to graduations, weddings, and all of the milestones of life.

In this set of images, the body changes, the sky changes, but the connection between the mother, baby, and environment all stays the same.

Florida Beach maternity photography

Florida beach maternity

Florida Beach Maternity

Florida beach newborn

Please visit Rebekah Sampson to continue the circle and view other interpretations of what Motherhood looks like this month. Click HERE to continue the circle.

Beach Family Photo Ideas {Anna Maria Island}

November 1, 2014

Anna Maria Island offers gorgeous beaches and beautiful skies which provide stunning backdrops for family photos. Choosing neutral colored clothing allows for the connection between the family members to be highlighted.

October skies are some of my favorites. The clouds and stunning colors are so beautiful to take in each evening. Please contact Kelly Janssen Photography to schedule your beach session.

Beach photography ideas anna maria island

Motherhood is … Affection

October 20, 2014

Each month I join a group of photographers who tell the story of what motherhood is to them. This month, I decided to focus on affection.
Motherhood is affection. It is that connection and love you feel from a mother to child. Motherhood is the warmth that radiates through that bond. Motherhood is knowing wherever you are-you are loved.

Anna Maria island photographer

Anna Maria Island photographer

Anna Maria Island photographer

Please follow the circle and check out Courtney at The Rusty Lens

Motherhood is … Affection · October 20, 2014 · 12:12 PM · Family

FAQ….Unicorn Shoot

October 8, 2014

Anna Maria Island  Beach Photographer


The unicorn shoot will take place on Monday November 17, 2014. Please contact me for a time slot.

Details: Location will be provided via email.

15-20 min time slots
Please arrive 15 minutes before your time slot to familiarize yourself with the location.
If you wish to use some of the clothing offered, please arrive 20-30 minutes early
(Allowing time to select clothing and get comfortable)
There will be two white unicorns.
You will receive 5-7 digital images with print release for personal use.
$110.00

Why only 15-20 minutes?
Since this is a specific themed session, I will be focusing on particular images. I will get both wide angle, and close up shots of your child and unicorn.

Why two unicorns?
I plan to only photograph one at a time. However, I plan to provide a “petting area” for the children to meet the other unicorn while they are not being photographed. This will allow the child to enjoy the animal without the pressure of photos.

What about the safety of my child?
These horses are licensed, insured, and trained with children. They are also trained to look up and respond to their trainers. That being said-they are animals. I will not shoot in any condition in which anyone appears to be in danger.

What if my child is scared?
I will work with your child and the animal to get the shots your desire. Sometimes that means I have to get creative. This does not mean I will force your child to do something if he/she is uncomfortable.

When will I get my images?
I hope to have the images delivered to all clients within 2-3 weeks. Because the next week is Thanksgiving, and I will be out of state-it might take some the full 3 weeks.

How will I get my images?
They will be delivered electronically via dropbox.

What is your style?
My style is more artistic. I enjoy turning the image into something that I see in my mind. For this shoot, that means magical and mysterious. I get all of the basics correct in camera, but I do plan to utilize photoshop to give it a magical feel. I photograph children as they are, however I will remove things that are not permanent (snotty noses, scrapes, bruises, etc).

Are there any other specific rules?
Yes. Please come, have fun, and enjoy the experience. I do allow cell phone cameras when I am not shooting, but please leave the big cameras at home. I have a contract and commitment to the horse owner of what and how I will photograph her animals. I need to honor that and be in control of the images that leave the session. It also makes it incredibly difficult to do my work with someone photographing over my shoulder. You are hiring me to deliver a particular product to you, so please trust that I will deliver.

What happens if the weather is bad?
We will reschedule. If you cannot make the reschedule date I will refund you.

How do I pay?
Cash, check, or paypal. 50% is due to hold your spot and is non-refundable with the exception of weather.

If you have any other specific questions or concerns please contact me at kelly@kellyjanssenphotography.com
instagram: @theislandwife

FAQ….Unicorn Shoot · October 8, 2014 · 12:50 PM · Uncategorized

Motherhood Is…..

September 19, 2014

This is a monthly blog feature about what motherhood looks like. Please follow the blog circle below to see amazing images from many different photographers.

To me, this month Motherhood is-the calm in the storm.

anna maria beach photos

Anna maria island

Please visit the rest of the blog circle by checking out LaShawn’s work HERE

Motherhood Is….. · September 19, 2014 · 11:00 PM · Uncategorized

Family Beach Photography Ideas on Anna Maria Island

August 21, 2014

Many families contact me looking for a family beach photography session on Anna Maria Island, FL. I tend to focus on the interaction between the family members, as well as the environment. This summer has been super busy with many new clients, and I have enjoyed getting to know so many new faces. Anna Maria Island has everything you need for a fabulous “Old Florida” vacation. Beautiful accommodations, stunning beaches, gorgeous sunsets, no high rise hotels, a free trolley, numerous boutiques, and plenty of space for old fashioned family time. Here are a few highlights from beach family photography sessions on Anna Maria Island, along with some tips for a gorgeous beach session.

Family beach photography ideas

DO go for neutral and seashell colored clothing. This allows the beauty of the surroundings to shine through, and allows for the focus to be on the connection, and not the clothing.

DO go for more flowy clothing. Clothing with movement works well with my style.

DO wait for sunset (or sunrise) for a beautiful sky and softer light.

DO consider a midday lifestyle session if your intent is to capture the kids enjoying a day at the beach.

DON’T worry about posing-just have fun together!

DO get wet. Most of my families end up in the water at some point, so come prepared with towels for the ride home.

DO let the kids bring bathing suits. See above!

DO relax and enjoy the evening!

DON’T focus on too many props, but DO bring a bucket or net for your beach treasures.

Contact Kelly Janssen Photography at kelly@kellyjanssenphotography.com to book your Anna Maria Island Beach Photography session!

Motherhood is…

August 20, 2014

I am part of a group of photographers who are working to tell the story of motherhood. Each month we will form a blog circle and share images of what motherhood is to each of us.

As I sat down to gather my thoughts on motherhood, a million things ran through my mind. I believe that there are so many facets of motherhood. Modern motherhood is also viewed in terms of how busy you are, what your decor looks like, what sports your kids are involved in, how hard it is to juggle everything, whether or not you are a pinterest professional, and how many hours you volunteer in Church. We are judged by our Facebook and Instagram accounts, and by other mothers in virtually every encounter (at least in our minds that is). So, I took some time to think about what exactly motherhood means to me. I came up with these thoughts:

Motherhood is the emotion that connects us to our child. Period. The End. Motherhood is how we feel, and how our child(ren) feel about us. Motherhood has nothing to do with a messy or clean house, picture perfect teacher gifts, soccer games, homework, changing diapers, or making dinner. All of these things can be done by caretakers. I have been both a working mom, and am currently staying at home. Never once have I felt that someone else was raising my child. Caring for a child during the day is never going to replace the example I set, or our bond. Caretaking is hard, motherhood is not.

Motherhood is loving our children through all the behavior challenges, the joys and the setbacks. Motherhood is loving our children enough to make tough choices for them. Motherhood is loving our children so that they know that every time they reach out, that the hand of their mother will be close by. Motherhood is being the safe place for them to fall. So for my first image in this series, I chose to focus on the power of touch between mother and child.

motherhood anna maria island photographer

Please continue the circle and check out Courtney’s interpretation from The Rusty Lens HERE

Motherhood is… · August 20, 2014 · 11:45 AM · Family

One Comment

  • Eva · Posted August 20, 2014 at 2:23 PM · Link

    Kelly, I love your perspective and how you separate mothering from caretaking. The latter is replaceable while the former never is. And touch–so important and overlooked. It can be healing and energy giving, growth stimulating and comforting. Love the picture!

Mother and Child Beach Photography

June 28, 2014

One of my favorite types of sessions to shoot are the mother and child photography sessions. I love capturing the tender peaceful moments of motherhood. I know all too well that these moments often get us through the difficult and chaotic ones. On this particular evening, the sunset was stunning. This particular mama has my respect. She joyfully embraces each day…challenges and the victories.

“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” – Agatha Christie

Mother child beach photography

mother child beach anna maria island photography

Contact Kelly Janssen Photography for your mother and child beach photography session.