Hello Callum | Edmonton Newborn Photographer

19 September 2018 | Newborn

If you know us at all, you know we’re in love with this little man’s name! He has a pretty easy name for us to to remember, as we’re pretty used to saying Hello Callum to our own son!

Ashley found us through Mommy Connections, which I have been photographing for for years now! I was so excited to see them all again at their newborn session. Big brother Bensen is such a good kid, he was happy to read to his little brother and cuddle with mom and dad.

Newborn sessions always take some time. Baby needs to eat, siblings need a snack or just a break from having to sit still. We get it! We’ve done it. We’ve photographed SO many newborns by now that this is all normal to us. Don’t stress, and it will go amazing.

We had a lot of fun hanging out with you all! Bensen did so well, so did Callum!

Can’t wait to see you again.


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An Evening by the Water | Paly Family Photos

17 September 2018 | Family

A warm summer evening, time spent with a really great family, and the most beautiful golden hour light. There is nothing as good as an evening by the water.

We’ve worked with this family since the beginning – we photographed their engagement and wedding, and we’ve seen them every year since. It makes me incredibly happy every time we get to connect!

They made the drive up to our lake lot for these photos, and I am ALWAYS, ALWAYS happy to photograph a session up at the lake.

They splashed and they played, threw a ton of rocks in the water and explored every nook and cranny of the shoreline. There is a beautiful innocence of watching a child play in the water. Ryley is absolutely in her element when she’s playing in the waves.

You all are wonderful, and I’m already excited about next year!


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Twins Who Paint! | One Year Session

These paint sessions are just so much fun! As soon as their mom saw a one year old painting, she knew she wanted her twins to have a session just like this. It’s a really cool alternative to a cake smash – they get to create something and you get to keep their painting! And when we have twins who paint – what’s better than that?!

Their mom was really conscious about getting photos of all three kids together, as well as individuals of each child. I love that. They’re all siblings, and they’re all individuals, so it was really nice to focus on those two things during their time in the studio.

When it was time to paint, mom chose different colours for each child, but as you can see, they ended up sharing!

Thank you so much for bringing your kiddos into the studio to hang out with us, it really was a wonderful session!


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Kao Family on a Fall Day | Edmonton Family

13 September 2018 | Family

I met these kiddos last year to photograph them for their birthday, and this year it was time for the whole family. I met the Kao Family on a Fall Day.

We hung out at the University of Alberta together, which is so fitting since both mom and dad went to the U of A. There were twirls and jumps, laughing and running and chasing. It was truly one of those run family sessions that just makes me smile. Not every photo has to be posed and perfect, but they should be full of the family’s personality.

I’m so glad we captured this session! Especially because this was last fall (better late than never!) and now Gareth just photographed their newborn session welcoming a new baby to the family!

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Baby Grace | Edmonton Newborn Photographer

11 September 2018 | Newborn

Baby Grace came to see us at the studio recently with her amazing mom and dad. We met these guys through mutual friends, and we had forgot how awesome they are!

We chatted through the session about traveling, and how we want to add in our kiddos to the mix to our travels. It’s so nice hearing about other people who want to show their kids the world!

We try really hard to add in natural poses and elements into our studio sessions. The studio just means our light is controlled, and you don’t have to worry about cleaning up your house! But trust me, we still capture the connection and love in your family.

Thank you so much for hanging out in the studio with us! Hopefully we get to see you all again.



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Summer Wedding at the Red Tin Barn | Emilie & Andrew

7 September 2018 | Weddings

Wow where is the time going?! I feel like we were just at this stunning summer wedding at The Red Tin Barn, and here is it September already! I really had a big goal for us to get all of our weddings blogged within a couple weeks of each wedding, but it just didn’t happen. Again. It’s more important to us that our clients are delivered their photos on time, so that has been our focus. None the less, here we are!

Emilie & Andrew, your whole day blew us away. From the love and connection we felt with each person in your wedding party, to the detail you thought of in all of your planning. To the way you looked at each other and the whole world just melted away. You two are absolutely made for each other and I’m so happy you chose us to document your day. Each and every time we meet a couple that we feel like we connect with, we feel like we’re a part of the day, not just standing on the outside documenting it. I’m not sure if that’s normal, but when you see me crying at your reception, you know you have won my heart!

The day was one full of sunshine, in a stunning location right in nature, with so much laughter. You have truly built a strong, supportive village around you and I know that will serve you for years to come.

Our sincere congratulations you two. May this be just the beginning.

Shauna & Gareth


Ceremony & Photo Venue: The Red Tin Barn
Reception Location: The Slovenian Hall of Edmonton
Wedding Dress: The Bridal & Tuxedo House
Hair & Makeup: BeautyBoss
Groom’s Suit: Indochino¬†
Florals: Wonderful Weddings

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Grace & Kaiya | Edmonton Newborn Twins

20 August 2018 | Newborn

One really cool thing about meeting so many people, and photographing so many different families, we are always learning so much about different situations. Mike and Desiree brought their twins to see them when they were brand new, and it was simply amazing. We have photographed quite a few twins by now, and I love hearing about the community for Edmonton newborn twins.

I have learned a lot from Desiree over the years. She has been my massage therapist for a long time, she’s a dear friend’s cousin, and we share a birthday! We’ve been connected by different threads. Desiree has such a peaceful way about her, and her entry into motherhood was done in the same fashion.

One thing that Desiree specifically asked for, was individual shots of both her girls. Yes, they are twins, but they are individuals as well, and she wanted to be sure to celebrate each of them. I just loved this! They are twins, but they are their own people¬† and should be documented that way. Ever since Desiree said that, I’ve tried to make a point to prioritize a few individuals for each twin session. We always have, but it’s been on my mind even more so.

I absolutely love having clients like Desiree, who teach me and help me grow and change my view when photographing different situations. Thank you for putting a new spin on things for me, I love learning from you.

Welcome Grace & Kaiya, you both are so loved.

Shauna & Gareth

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Who is the Better Photographer?

6 August 2018 | Personal

We got asked the other day during a meeting – “who is the better photographer out of the two of you?” Such a good question, and one we’ve actually never been asked before by a potential client.

In case you haven’t heard it before, our business story goes something like this:
– We photographed our first wedding in 2008. It was for friends, and we had never worked as “photographers” before.
– I tried going full time for our business in 2012. I was the WORST work from home person EVER. I kept falling asleep on the couch everyday after lunch. I couldn’t figure out why I was so bad at this. Turns out, I was pregnant! So, I went back to work (I did school photos) so I could earn maternity leave.
– I went full time in 2013 when Callum was born. It was then that we decided I wouldn’t be going back to work for anyone else. Instead, I worked in the cracks of motherhood. Nap time, after bed time. It was tough some days but so worth it.
– Gareth went full time with our business in January 2016. With two kids, and our photography business, something had to give. He needed to spend more time with the boys, and this was how it was going to happen. It was a giant, scary (TERRIFYING) leap, to let go of a secure income to peruse our dreams. BUT we did it, and we have never looked back.

So when people hear this, they assume that I was a photographer before Gareth, since I went full time first, but he had a job we could rely on, which is the only reason I went full time. The truth of the matter is that Gareth has taught me everything I know. He has owned a camera since he was 12, and he has always been passionate about photography. He is constantly reading, always learning new techniques and new ways to edit. He’s always trying to improve on his craft and works really hard to do so. He was the one asked to photograph our friend’s wedding, and he taught me to use a professional camera just so I could help him.

So in my very roundabout way – we are both great photographers. I’m not tooting our horn, it’s just a fact that we’ve worked really hard to become. But Gareth is always in the trenches learning ways to make us BETTER photographers.

That’s why we work so well as a team! He knows all the gear, all the ins and outs. He teaches me what I want to shoot so I can create long lasting images for clients. I work hard to keep in touch with all of you.

So, if you’re new here – hi! We’re Shauna & Gareth Roughley, the photographers behind Roughley Originals Photography. You hear from me the most, but trust me when I say, this is a full partnership. And those gorgeous boys in the photos with us? They’re ours, and they’re amazing.

Shauna xox


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Edmonton Downtown Engagement | Alisha and Kane

4 August 2018 | Engagement

When Alisha and Kane sat down with us in our studio we instantly hit it off with our mutual love of New Zealand. It was like meeting old friends, recounting anecdotes of past adventures. They are the best kind of people. Laid back, fun, the type of people we are so happy to hang out with. I met them on a warm summer evening to capture their Edmonton downtown engagement session.

Edmonton comes to life in the summer, and this year they’re pulling out all the stops. The first Happy Wall in Canada has appeared in Churchill Square, and Alisha and Kane had a blast adding their initials.

Strolls through the streets, a stop for a drink at a local favourite of ours, Tzin, they had such a fun evening celebrating their engagement.

These two are the real deal. Shauna and I are so excited to be a part of their wedding today!



Getting Married?

For more information about our engagement and wedding packages contact us here. We are always happy to chat.

With every wedding inquiry we receive we want to meet. Preferably in person. Skype and FaceTime works too. We spend, on average, 10 hours with you and your wedding party so it is important to know that we are a good fit. On top of this we will be in contact throughout the planning stages, not to mention the engagement session.

All of our wedding packages include an engagement session. You and your partner may never have had professional pictures taken. We want to put you at ease in front of the camera, have some fun and get to know you better.

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Sunset Maternity Session at the Lake

4 July 2018 | Maternity

Natasha asked for water, country and beautiful light for her session. There was no question where we should go. We waited for the leaves to start blooming in early spring, then it was time for their sunset maternity session at the lake.

Anytime anyone wants to come out to our lake lot (which is two hours outside of Edmonton) I’m always, ALWAYS game! The sunsets are always incredible, the views are stunning, and I always feel so peaceful working out there.

Having amazing clients come out to such a sacred spot to us is so cool. These two fell in love with the location as soon as they arrived, and it was so obvious they’re outdoor people.

We walked the dirt roads, into the paths, and the cuddled among the birch trees and the mosquitoes. The warm summer evening made way for another stunning sunset, and they cuddled close on the lake shore.

Natasha & Ben, you are absolutely welcome to come join us at the lake anytime. This was such an incredible session, and you’re both just wonderful.

Can’t wait to meet this babe!


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