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Canberra Kids: a photography book project

celebrating our kids ...

their uniqueness, diversity, sense of humour, interests, dreams, personalities and relationships.

Imagine having stunning photos of your child that show their true personality! 

No fake smiles or awkward posing, just who they really are.

And for bonus feels, your participation helps raises money for kids in need! 

If you’ve been thinking about having photos done for a while, this is the perfect opportunity.

What is Canberra Kids?

Canberra Kids is a new photography project run by Heartstory (one of Australia’s most awarded and experienced family portrait studios) for families with children aged 1-18 years old. 

This project is an amazing opportunity to have beautiful, fun and creative portraits of your child/children that celebrate their personality, interests and uniqueness. And if you would like to include the whole family in the experience and grab some updated family photos, you can do that too!

We are donating 5% of all sales of prints, files, wall art, albums and other products to a charity that supports kids in need. You or your child/ren can choose the charity from our list, or nominate another.

When we have completed all the sessions, we will design and publish a beautiful hard cover coffee table book called Canberra Kids featuring our favourite photo of each child alongside some fun facts about them, which will be a treasured keepsake for them and their families, not to mention an important piece of social history about kids living in Australia’s capital in 2022!

Scroll down for more detailed information about cost, inclusions & availability. 

LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE! Once we’ve filled all the pages in the book, we will close applications. 

Apply for a spot

Meet some of our recent Canberra Kids!

How does it work?


Sessions will take place at Heartstory’s natural light studio, Suite 104, Loop Earth Building, 17 Market Street, Belconnen, ACT 2617.

What’s included

  • A Heartstory studio portrait session available to book on weekdays and weekends at various times. (value $200)
  • A double page spread in the Canberra Kids book featuring our favourite photo of your child and their answers to our fun questionnaire. (value $100)
  • A copy of the Canberra Kids book, which will be designed and published at the conclusion of all the sessions later this year. (value $75)
  • A personal purchasing appointment after your session with access to exclusive Canberra Kids packages as well as all our regular packages.  
  • Sibling photos will be included as part of the session if all children from one family are going in the book. 
  • The option of including the whole family and/or other kids in the session for no extra cost! 


  • $75 per child
  • Additional children (from the same family and in the same photo session) are $25 each, not including a copy of the book. 
  • There is no additional cost to add on family photos or include other children in the session who aren’t going in the book. 

What’s not included

The photos taken on the session are not included. At your purchasing appointment you will see a beautiful collection of photos of your child/ren (and the family if they came along) and can purchase prints, artwork, albums and digital files. Special packages and upgrades are available just for Canberra Kids families! And don’t forget, we will be donating 5% of all sales to your charity of choice, to support kids in need in our region. Or, your family or child may wish to nominate their own charity! Find out more about our pricing and products here

How to book a spot

Fill out the application form on this page, and we will be in touch to book your session. 

Have we convinced you yet?

Katie and Jeremy were wonderful to deal with from our very first contact. The photo shoot was a wonderful experience, trying lots of creative ways to take natural looking photos. The photos hanging on the walls of our house are complimented by everyone who sees them! They are hanging pieces of art. We love looking at them too!
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- Dave & Anne
Some of our previous books

What to expect 

Your photographers are Katie Kolenberg and Jeremy Byrnes, two of the most awarded photographers in the Canberra region. Katie is two time winner of Australian Family Photographer of the Year in 2015 and 2017, and Jeremy won the most recent ACT Professional Photographer of the Year award. They are parents to two boys (a preschooler and a teenager), are excellent at fart jokes and have been shooting professionally for a very long time – so long that they don’t like saying because it makes them look old! 

How we will photograph your child

Young kids just want to be themselves. That’s all they know! They love it when you enter their world and that’s what Katie and Jeremy love doing as photographers because it’s the best way of capturing their true nature. 

Older kids can take a bit of warming up, which is why we want to really embrace who they are for this project – whether it’s toys, activities, clothing, accessories or other objects, we would love you to bring these to the session so we can capture your child’s true authentic self! 

Katie and Jeremy know how to quickly build rapport with children so they trust what they’re doing and feel comfortable with the process. We want your kids to be excited about this experience and feel empowered afterwards!

How to prepare

We recommend two outfits for kids. One for a truly authentic capture of them (why not let them pick their own outfit?!) and another for some portraits that are a bit more classic and timeless.
If the whole family are attending, you can follow our clothing guide, which will be emailed to you in the lead up to your session. 

Chat with your child/ren about what they might like to include in their session: favourite toys or collections, special clothing or accessories, activities they love, objects that are meaningful to them. Think sports equipment, books, musical instruments etc. Please feel free to chat with us about this if you need inspiration. Or use the photos on this page to get ideas! 

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Toby, aged 14 and August, aged 3
Heartstory took our family portraits last year and I can't explain in words how amazing they were. For starters, the shoot was fun and relaxing for us all, the process pain free, and the finished product has all visitors to our home gobsmacked at the quality. There's a reason these guys win so many awards!
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- Kate

Don't miss out on this opportunity!

Your kids are going to love it too!

A few important things to note

  1. The Canberra Kids book will be published, so you must be willing to give us permission to display photographs of your children in print and online, as part of your involvement in this project. This will include the use of first names in the book and some other details about your child/ren (nothing identifying). Please discuss this with us if you have any concerns.
  2. The charities we have chosen to donate 5% of sales to are Karinya House, Roundabout Canberra, Kids in Care ACT, Stella Bella Little Stars Foundation and Headspace. You or your child/ren can nominate which one of these you’d like your donation to go to, or you may nominate a different charity or organisation that’s important to you!  
  3. The Canberra Kids participation fee of $75 per child and $25 each for additional children is due in full to confirm your booking and is non-refundable. 
  4. We are aiming to complete 56 Canberra Kids sessions by the end of September 2022 to create TWO volumes of the book, which will be ready prior to Christmas – probably early December. This will be confirmed when all sessions are complete.
  5. Your booking will be subject to terms and conditions and other policies, which you can review during the booking process. 
Family photos in the Heartstory studio


photography that moves you

2015 and 2017 Australian Family Photographer of the Year

2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019 ACT Family Photographer of the Year