Twin Girls & Donut Kisses

23 February 2017 | Children

Beautiful twin girls, the perfect outfits, and a whole lotta donuts. This sounds like a recipe for the perfect photo shoot! These two have an adorable connection and their donut kisses were too sweet.

We met these babes in their mom’s belly at their maternity session here, and we’ve met them a few times since. Mom had a vision for these photos, and she worked to make sure it looked perfect! The rompers – aren’t they adorable? The donuts were such a good size for the girls to pick up and taste. This is such a fun alternative to a cake smash session – unique and adorable!

Kids are usually busy exploring the food in front of them, and they’re in awe that they are allowed to have a free for all with all this sugary goodness!

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When Fall Turns to Winter | Edmonton Maternity Photographer

18 February 2017 | Maternity

Courtney booked their maternity session with us after meeting us at Felisha and Cody’s wedding. She was a bridesmaid, her husband a groomsman (that groomsman that cracks jokes and makes sure everyone is having fun). Courtney really, really wanted fall photos so she booked her maternity session a bit earlier than we normally do. As it sometimes happens in Edmonton, fall turned to winter rather unexpectedly, so instead they got some amazing snow for their photos.

Their three dogs were quite excited by the snow, and when we took them down the path all they saw was “Time to run!” It was obvious their breed is that of working dogs.

The snow ended up being a fun surprise. It hung on the trees heavily, the branches dropping from the weight of it. It looked fresh and bright and new. Just like their babe who was coming.

The snow did melt, but the leaves went with it. Fall was gone quite suddenly and unexpectedly.

We’ll just have to save your fall photos for family photos with the new baby guys!

Shauna xoxox

 

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The Cutest Valentines | Edmonton Child Photographer

7 February 2017 | Children

These Valentine’s Day sessions are just the sweetest! It’s not for long that your kiddos are your Valentine, so it’s the perfect time to capture. And come on, these two are the cutest valentines

Both of these kids are just lovely. Big brother Kai was ready and excited for photos. Hayden was so nervous, so Kai played the perfect big brother, holding her hand and talking quietly to her. He coaxed her into the photos and even got her giggling. I told him he could be my assistant anytime!

Thank you so much for bringing the kids to see me. They were absolutey wonderful in the studio and I had a blast with them!

Loving these macaroons from Milk and Cookies Bake Shop

Shauna xox

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She Will Move Mountains | Edmonton Newborn Photographers

30 January 2017 | Newborn

This little beauty fought her way into this world and I have no doubt when I say she will move mountains.

We first photographed Sarah with her family, and then their lovely wedding at the Yellowhead Brewery. Sarah had great style at their wedding, so when we started sharing details from the nursery she was decorating, I knew she had to bring some items along to the newborn shoot!

The mountain bunting, the plaid blanket, and all of the bows are theirs. This momma has style and we showed it off big time.

The love and connection between the three of them is so obvious. Emmy has been welcomed into a world of comfort and love and protection. She has proven already she is strong and she is a fighter. With her parents by her side she’s going to do amazing things.

Welcome Emmy. Thank you guys for bringing her to see us, and for having us capture this time for you.

Shauna xox

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Salish, Brian and Nash | Country Maternity

24 January 2017 | Maternity, Uncategorized

Running our small photography business is a completely joint effort in which Shauna and I play to our strengths. We take on different roles so that everything runs smoothly. This means that Shauna handles all the communications with our clients. So when it came time to meeting Salish, Brian and Nash for their country maternity session I hadn’t yet talked or emailed with them. Some days it feels like I’m heading off to a blind date…

We met along a quiet range road south-west of Edmonton where a few beautiful red barns sit close to the road. When I pulled in Salish and Brian were already there, their lovely little dog Nash exploring the open space.

Salish and Brian loved the location and thankfully despite the recent heavy rains, the ground was fairly firm. We talked with ease and I’m grateful to have been able to get to know them.

I think, at first, they were a little nervous about asking to have Nash be in their session. He is a part of their growing family so of course, he had to be included. Nash danced around the fields bouncing with energy while Salish showed off her perfect baby bump.

Salish also brought with her, Great Grandpa’s vest, and Great Grandma’s shawl. We love it when our clients bring such a valuable piece of family history that holds so much meaning. Something old doesn’t have to be just for your wedding day! To have these beautiful pieces adds so much more value and meaning to the photos.

My blind date with Salish, Brian and Nash was a success, we all like long walks in the country!  I can’t wait for our second date once their little baby has arrived.

Having a country maternity session at the end of Autumn was the perfect excuse to get outside, away from the city. There are always those days when you can feel stuck at home so this was the perfect tonic for a cool autumn day. Thank you.

 

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Valentine’s Sessions 2017

23 January 2017 | Children

It’s pretty much the cutest thing in the world for your little one to be your Valentine, so we have to offer our Valentine’s Day Sessions again!

Here are the details:

The Valentine’s Day session will only be offered to children

Book anytime until Feb 14
Sibling photos will be offered
They will take place in our home studio
15 minute sessions
5 Full Size digital images (full session will be available for purchase)

One Child: $150 plus GST
Per Additional Child: $50 plus GST
**This only applies to siblings added onto the same session**

We are so excited to offer these again! Minimal props allow us to focus on your child.

Email me at shauna@roughleyoriginals.com to book your session!

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Winter Came Early | Edmonton Wedding Photographer

18 January 2017 | Weddings

Jenna and Mitch planned a stunning fall wedding. Their colours complemented the autumn landscape, and everything just went together perfectly. Their First Look was chilly but definitely had that autumn feel to them – but we were definitely in for a surprise when winter came early!

Jenna and Mitch’s whole day was described in two words – intimate and fun. Every single person who was at their wedding was there for a reason. There was a connection with everyone, from friends coming from New Zealand, to a guy in the band being Mitch’s former volleyball coach. It made us feel really honoured to be there. They had found us from a relative of theirs in New Zealand, while they were living there for a year. We had met a lovely farmer and his family while we were there, living in a van, and it turns out, it was Mitch’s relative! The world truly does work in mysterious ways, and they booked with us while they were still living in New Zealand. I’ve said it a million times, our trip to New Zealand did more for us than we’ll ever be able to explain.

Back to Jenna and Mitch 😉 They had their ceremony planned outside at Greenland Garden Center, and the day before the wedding they made the call – it was just going to be too cold to have all those guests outside. So we planned for their First Look to still be at Greenland, and everything else was inside.

They invited their immediate family and their wedding party to be at the First Look, and I’ll be honest and say I was skeptical of this idea. I always thought a First Look should just be the two of them. I was wrong. It was so cool to have them there. For those they love the most to witness their First Look was incredible. I would definitely suggest it again to our future couples.

These guys braved the freezing cold wind, and they were even game when we jumped out of the limo right before reaching the Ardossan Recreation Complex,  and they ran into a snowy field for a few more photos.

The reception was chalk full of life and so, SO much laughter. Such a perfect day to be a part of. It most definitely had the best parent speech from Jenna’s dad…who know he could rap?!

Best of luck you guys. We’re so happy we were there to document it for you.

Shauna & Gareth xox

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Grayson’s White Session I Simple Perfection

12 January 2017 | Children

Grayson’s White Session took place on a cold wintery day. The perfect day to be hanging out in our cosy studio.

It is a lot to expect for your kids to come into a new, unknown space and feel comfortable enough to show us their true self. We allow enough time for everyone, parents included, to relax and understand what is about to happen. Often times if you have had to drive for more than thirty minutes many babies and toddlers will have napped so it becomes even more important to have a few minutes to acclimatise.

Grayson did exactly this!

He woke up to new surroundings, new faces and the expectation of a successful photo shoot.

Grayson is everything you would expect from an almost two year old. Shy at first, but fascinated by his new surroundings. He wasn’t phased by this new situation in the least. He plopped himself down on the paper and pierced Gareth with a stare, intent on taking in his surroundings.

Gareth made silly faces, played peek a boo from behind his camera. Grayson played on the floor and stuck out his tongue. He laughed when Gareth did the same.

It doesn’t take long at all to capture a child in this moment in time.

The White Sessions grew out of an idea for simplicity. We want to see the smiles, the frowns, the giggles, and the cheeky grins. Without complication, kids show us themselves, their thoughtfulness and inquisitiveness, their humour and excitement. Grayson’s white session was everything we hoped for.

The White Sessions

The White Sessions will only be offered to children
Sibling photos will be offered
They will take place in our home studio
15 minute sessions
5 Full Size digital images (full session will be available for purchase)

One Child: $150 plus GST

Per Additional Child: $50 plus GST
**This only applies to siblings added onto the same session**

 

Just your child. No fuss, no props,  no distraction.

The White Sessions are here, and we are so incredibly excited.

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Sitting on a Tree Swing with Their Love | Marisa and Zack

11 January 2017 | Couples, Engagement

Marisa has been the most fun to work with! She is so excited about all of her plans, which always makes planning an engagement session so much fun. She fell in love with the tree swing my friend’s dad made for their AMAZING family session (check it out here – seriously, go check it out!) Thankfully my friend is an absolute gem and lent it to me for this engagement session. Thank you Katrina!

When we arrived to set up for the shoot, Gareth and I realized something…getting the swing UP the tree hadn’t been thought of…I had scouted locations trying to find a good tree – and I did! But the whole idea of a ladder didn’t exactly cross my mind.

My first thought was to illegally drive our car over to the tree and stand on that, but before I could even suggest it, Gareth had dropped his bag and started shimmying up. It took less time than I thought it would! As he got pretty high up the thought occurred to me – ummmm Gareth is running a marathon in LESS THAN A WEEK…why is he climbing this damn tree?! I tried to banish thoughts of him crashing to the ground and instead tried to be encouraging and upbeat.

Of course he did it – he got the swing up and it looked amazing. The summer sun was at its finest and totally showed off for us, especially for the photos of Marisa and Zack over looking downtown Edmonton.

We wanted to fit a lot in for them, so as soon as the sun dropped, we raced over to the Leg grounds. It was a little windy, so Marisa and Zack definitely got sprayed by the fountains! But they just laughed and held on tight. It was the perfect end to their session.

Their fall wedding this year will be wonderful! And it will look so different from this lovely summer session. Can’t wait you guys!

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The White Sessions | Edmonton Child Photographer

6 January 2017 | Children

This all started with a simple request from Gareth’s mom – she wanted a photo of “just Callum” when he was a baby. No frills, no props, no distractions – she just wanted to see her first grandchild. She adores babies in white. We dressed him in a white onesie she had sent him, put him on the white backdrop in the studio, and The White Sessions were born.

We have been photographing the boys like this ever since. Periodically we dress them all in white, and we capture them as they are in that moment. Sometimes their hair is long and scruffy, sometimes they are feeling silly and mischievous. But it always captures them. Their personality. Their tiny little features. The details about them that seem to change overnight.

They have become some of my absolute favourite photos of the boys. The simplicity of the shoot has really highlighted how they have grown. They are changing so incredibly quickly, sometimes I forget until I look at these all together.  I’m feeling so thankful we’ve taken the time to do these so far!

Now we want to offer it to you.

We’re officially launching The White Sessions. We have been shooting this way within our sessions for ages now, but we are offering it now as a mini session.

The White Sessions

The White Sessions will only be offered to children
Sibling photos will be offered
They will take place in our home studio
15 minute sessions
5 Full Size digital images (full session will be available for purchase)

One Child: $150 plus GST

Per Additional Child: $50 plus GST
**This only applies to siblings added onto the same session**

 

These sessions will be offered anytime we are available in our studio. We strongly suggest dressing your child in a white onesie or a white top, and very neutral bottoms. No logos, no text, no graphics. We want the focus to be on your child.

(psssssst – leave a comment here until January 13 and you will be entered to win a FREE session!) Check out Facebook and Instagram for more chances to win

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