Category: Anna Maria Island Photography

Motherhood is…July

July 25, 2016

This is a blog circle that I take part in every month to celebrate what motherhood looked like to me over the past month. This month my view has been filled with love, excitement, and adventure. We went scalloping, celebrated some holidays, and soaked in the beauty of our nightly sunsets.

My goal has been to be the light for my children, so I have tried to branch out and try new things. I want them to be confident enough to follow their own path in life. Just last week I caught my youngest listening to a lone seagull fly overhead. It reminded me of the song lyrics “don’t be afraid to fly alone, find a path that is your own”. I hope that my boys own that life lesson.

There is beauty in every day. The chaos of having three boys can be swarming around me, but this month I worked hard to find each of them in solitude. I wanted to see how they each chose to soak up time. That my friends, is where the beauty lies. Don’t get me wrong, there is also beauty in the chaos, and that may be my next personal challenge.

Sorry for the overload of images this month-we were busy!

crystal river scalloping

crystal river scalloping

anna maria island at night

anna maria island

anna maria island

anna maria island child

anna maria island child

anna maria island beach

anna maria island

Now please complete the circle and view the work of Anne Marie Denis

Motherhood is….all about the light.

June 25, 2016

This is a feature where each month a group of photographers post about what Motherhood looks like to us for that particular month. This month the post due date was just after a very long week with a lot of personal and national tragedy and heartache. I decided to look over the images I had been taking, and see what I could find within them. I was expecting to talk about peace, love, family, bonding-or something of the like. Instead, I discovered something unexpected-quite literally I saw the light.

As a photographer I am always drawn to light. I find myself looking for good light (or complete lack of it), interesting light, warm light, small slivers of light….really I spend days chasing light. It is quite often that motherhood feels like this as well-chasing the daylight until time for the kids to go to bed, and then rushing to complete chores and get some sleep before daylight. What I noticed is that I very rarely have to position my children within the light. They simply find it themselves. I set out to see how and why they could so easily find this often elusive perfect light.

I discovered that my children are drawn to light. It gives them energy and joy. They turn to face the sun, they alert me to the gorgeous light of the sunrise or sunset, they love how the clouds glow at the beginning and end of the day, the can always find the moon-even in the glare of the sun. Children are always seeking the light, and choose to have their face toward the sun. They bathe in the light, are warmed by the light, play with the light, and in darkness are even comforted by light.

I am not quite certain when we lose this ability to always be drawn to the light, but I know it happens. I know now I have to look for light, and it doesn’t always come naturally or easily. I also found that my children look to me to provide the same warmth and peace as the light. It is my job to be the light for my children and others. I want to be the place that can brighten their shadows, that can provide warmth when it is cold, that can offer comfort in the night, that can help them find their way when darkness falls. My focus now is on how to be the light each and every day. I also plan to learn from watching them and allowing them to teach me how to find the light in every day.

anna maria island photographer

anna maria island photographer

Please continue the circle by viewing the work of Melissa Hines HERE

Motherhood Is…May

May 25, 2016

This is a blog that I participate in on a monthly basis. We examine motherhood, and what it looks like for each of us. This month I focused on water. I love this quote:

Thousands have lived without love, not one without water. – W. H. Auden

I am so grateful that we have the opportunity to raise our children by the water. After a busy day going down by the water is cathartic. It is amazing how the salt water can wash away the challenges of the day and restore a renewed faith in tomorrow. The ocean can definitely be a dangerous place as well, so it is my hope to make certain my children realize the power of water as well. Mostly, I love how it connects us all, and how there is such beauty in so many areas. Even when the road floods after a few hours of rain, the boys find beauty in the puddles.

Please continue the circle and view the work of Gretchen Willis HERE

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.

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 to book your Anna Maria Island Beach Photography session!


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: 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

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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Anna Maria Island Family Photography

August 5, 2013

Anna Maria Vacation Photographer

This gorgeous family has a lot to celebrate. A recent move to an island paradise, an anniversary, a recent birthday, and two beautiful children. It is so nice to live and photograph in this paradise. I love to capture the connections that are weaved between mother and child, father and mother, children and their environment.

Anna Maria vacation photographer

Anna Maria vacation photographer

Anna Maria family photographer

Anna Maria child photographer

Anna Maria family photographer

Anna Maria Island photographer

Anna Maria Island Photographer

boy on beach photography

Contact Kelly Janssen Photography for all of your Anna Maria vacation photography needs.