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.

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.

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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.

Anna Maria Island Beach Photography {Sisters}

June 28, 2014

Anna Maria Island is so beautiful, and provides many hidden location gems. I tend to chase the light and find these little spots of sunshine. This session is meant to showcase the bond between sisters. It also shows how the same location can be photographed in two very different ways.

Anna Maria Island Photographer

Anna Maria Island Photographer

Anna Maria Island chid photographer

Anna Maria Island Photographer

Anna Maria Island Photographer

Anna Maria Island Photographer

Anna Maria Island Photographer

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Anna Maria Island {Florida Child Beach Photography}

June 11, 2014

Here is a quick image share of a recent child session on the beach. Anna Maria Island offers countless opportunities to photograph children against stunning backdrops. Our sunsets do not get more beautiful than this :) The photographs were taken on the north end of the island in Anna Maria City.

Anna Maria Island photographer

Anna Maria Island Photographer

Anna Maria Island photographer

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Beach child photography

Florida beach photographer

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Anna Maria Island Photographer {Beach Photography Florida}

April 22, 2014

I will be starting a new category for the blog! I often have families asking questions about some activities to do in the area, what to do if it rains, local wildlife spotting, etc… I have decided to slowly but surely tackle this subject on my blog. Once a week (at least) I will do my best to feature a particular island feature, restaurant, activity, etc….

Enjoy a beautiful newborn sneak peek as well!

Beach newborn photographer Anna Maria island

To see more of my portfolio click HERE


April 12, 2014

Limited Time Only!
Perfect Mother’s Day Gift!

On TWO DAYS ONLY, I will be offering mini-sessions at the beach! This is a fundraiser for my son’s karate Dojo. 100% of proceeds will go to the DOJO STORM TEAM to compete in the World Championships.

Below are the details:

DATES: May 2 & 3rd 2014
Limited times between 5:15 and 7:30 (sunset is at 8:00 pm)
Location: Anna Maria Island

30 minute family/child session
10 digital download files suitable for printing and personal use.

Please contact me at: Kelly@kellyjanssenphotography.com to book.
Times will be first come, first served in choice.

At this time these are the only mini-sessions I have planned for this entire year!

Anna Maria Island newborn beach photography


Mini-Sessions! · April 12, 2014 · 9:44 AM · Anna Maria Island Photography

Me and Mine {Anna Maria Island Newborn Photography}

April 12, 2014

Yay! I am finally getting back to things after my recent maternity leave. I added one more sweet little boy to our home. Here are a few photos of what I have been doing on my break. So incredibly happy to raise one more little islander.

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Anna Maria Island Newborn

Anna Maria Island newborn

Anna Maria Island Photographer {Beach Family Photography}

September 25, 2013

Kelly Janssen Photography-an Anna Maria Island photographer

I so enjoy photographing families who travel to this beautiful area for their family vacation. I also so enjoy documenting the way in which a family interacts with one another, as well as the environment. This particular evening we were squeezing in as many shots as possible before the evening storms rolled in, but we were able to capture some beautiful moments.

mother and child on beach

mother and son beach photo

anna maria island family photography

anna maria island photography

anna maria island photography

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Anna Maria Island Photographer {Beach Senior Photography}

September 25, 2013

Anna Maria Island is a beautiful back drop for photography of any kind. On a recent evening, I photographed a Manatee High School senior on the beach. As a resident of Anna Maria Island, I am aware of some gorgeous hidden gems all located near the water. Many times a backdrop of greenery can provide a nice compliment to the standard beach images.

Anna Maria Island photography

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