Mila Makes Them Five | Edmonton Newborn

15 December 2017 | Newborn

I met Amber when her second daughter was just a baby. We both took a Mommy Connections class and there we met. It kind of blows my mind to have them all in the studio as their family grows. When I met them they were a family of four, but now Mila makes five.

Having siblings in a newborn session always take a bit more time. We get our silly faces ready (and let’s be honest, our patience) and we’re ready for them. But these girls made our job so effortless. They sat and cuddled and were happy to be with baby Mila. I always wonder what it’s like having a sister, that built in best friend, the one who has our back. I get the impression that the older two girls are really close, so I’m sure Mila will fit right in there.

I have a lot of favourites from this session, choosing the ones to put on the blog wasn’t easy. Mom wanted pink and girly and soft and pretty. She said she just needed to embrace the pink since she has three girls now! I couldn’t agree more.

It was so wonderful to see you all again, and to meet Mila and document your family with your new addition. She’s perfect!

Shauna

 

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Sledding in an Edmonton Winter Wonderland

14 December 2017 | Family

It’s not always an easy feat to get outside in the wintertime. Edmonton can get cold, windy and unpleasant. But having kids makes us adults get outside and find ways to play, because kids always do better when they’re outside in the fresh air (and let’s be honest – we all do better when we’ve had some fresh air!). The Willie family seems to have this figured out most days – they spend a lot of time outside playing, no matter the season. We have photographed them in the studio, in the summer evening sun, and it just seems fitting to capture them playing as a family of four, sledding in an Edmonton winter wonderland.

We knew this session was going to be quick. Even though we have been having unseasonably warm days here in Edmonton, this particular day was chilly. They bundled the girls up, popped them on this adorable sleigh they have, and they were ready.

This session really reminded me that a photo shoot doesn’t always have to be in the warm summer sun. Winter is so long in Edmonton that it’s such a cool idea to capture such a big part of our lives. Gareth and I have decided we’re going to have our own family photos done next winter to document our time in the snow while the boys are still young.

This was such a fun day! So happy we got outside and capture the Willie family adventuring on this beautiful winter day.

Shauna xox

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Contented Cuddles | Edmonton Newborn

4 December 2017 | Newborn

Dark silky hair. Creamy soft skin. Contented cuddles, smitten parents, a whole new world for the three of them.

This my friends, is why we love to photograph newborns. This kind of session, the connection that we witness and get to document. How is this our job?! How is this real life? Not everyone gets to pursue their dream jobs, but it’s sessions like this that reminds us why we love to photograph people.

These three are such a team. They’re such a strong unit already. Mom and dad have been together since school, traveled the world together. They’ve taken on so many challenges, and we’ve known them through just a fraction of them. I met Melissa working at Boston Pizza, they were our neighbours for a short time, and they’re the kind of friends we always come back to and always love to see.

Gorgeous Miss Rowen, you are already so loved. So admired. So unconditionally accepted. It’s an honour to have met you, and I can’t wait to watch you grow.

Shauna & Gareth xox

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Fall, Family & Their Pup | Edmonton Photographer

17 November 2017 | Family

The colours were nearly gone by the time I met with the Rietveld family. The wind was chilly, so we found a spot that still had some of the pretty autumn colours, and they cuddled up together to keep out the cold. There is nothing better than fall, family & their pup playing together.

By the time the third child comes around, life is super busy. There are lots of kids vying for attention, and so there aren’t a gazillion photos of that new beautiful baby in the family. We made sure we documented their new addition, and she is so alert at three months old!

They played in the leaves, the kids ran off some steam, then came back for another cuddle. It was a beautiful session!

Thank you so much for braving those last chilly days of fall in Edmonton, just before the snow came. It was worth it!

Shauna

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Theodor’s 6 Month Session

15 November 2017 | Children

We met Theodor as a beautiful newborn with dark hair (check out that session here). Holy moly he has grown a lot when he came to visit us for Theodor’s 6 Month Session!

Being a newborn photographer is pretty great because it means that a lot of our babies (yes, I think of them as our babies!) come back to see us for 6 month photos and/or 1 year photos. It really is a pleasure to document these babies as they grow!

Theodor is a baby with a BIG personality. He spent a lot of the session sticking his tongue out at me, and then he would laugh and laugh about it! I’ve never ever seen a 6 month old do that, I couldn’t stop laughing! Seeing him made for a pretty fun day of work.

If you follow us a lot you’ll also notice that I’m posting these blogs in NO order. We also photographed Theo’s mom and dad’s wedding, and it still hasn’t made it on the blog. it’s really silly too, because their wedding is gorgeous and full of dramatic dark skies and they have some more of our amazing clients in their wedding party. I’m still planning on blogging it! Two years later isn’t too late…right?

Thanks for choosing us to be a part of your big moments! It means so much.

Shauna

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Baby Rhett | Edmonton Newborn Photographer

14 November 2017 | Newborn

We first met Rhett’s mamma at an amazing fall wedding last year (check it out here, it’s stunning). We had such a great day with this whole wedding party. When I opened the front door to welcome our clients for baby Rhett’s newborn session, I said “hey! I know you!” It’s rare we forget a face after editing a wedding.

As soon as the session started it was so obvious how these parents were meant to be with Rhett. They just gazed at him with wonder, smiles on their faces. It’s sessions like this that makes it so amazing to be a newborn photographer!

Rhett’s mom asked for pure photos for their session. No hats, no props, no distraction. They just wanted to focus on timeless photographs, so that’s what we did.  More and more clients are coming to us with this desire, and it makes my heart so happy. Let’s focus on this new life in the world, with nothing else clouding the photograph.

I am so honoured to have met Rhett and documented his first weeks in the world. Newborns make way to smiley, moving babies far too quickly, these photos will always serve as a reminder to those first days.

Shauna & Gareth xoxox

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Berezowsky Family of 5 | Edmonton Photographer

12 November 2017 | Family

I have started writing this blog post and deleting in a few times now. There is a lot to say about this lovely family, and yet there isn’t a blog post long enough! We have photographed this family since Kendra was 1, and we have been there along the way as each new addition came along. They’re dear friends, and I am so grateful we get to photograph the Berezowsky Family as a family of 5.

These kiddos are friends with my kids, so I know them well. We make faces at each other and play peek-a-boo. They take a minute when they need it, and then they come back when they’re ready. We haven’t photographed them outside since before Josh was born, and their last session was just gorgeous. Candace chose St. Albert for their session this year, and it was a great choice!

The fall light is always gorgeous, and along with the changing colours it made for a beautiful evening. It’s nights like this that makes being a photographer in Edmonton so wonderful!

Thank you for another fun session guys! Until next year xoxox

Shauna

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Tamara & Eric’s Wedding at the Quarry

9 November 2017 | Weddings

Tamara and Eric met with us last year, and we could instantly see how excited they were about their wedding at the Quarry in Edmonton. As we listened to their plans we knew we wanted to be a part of their day. It helped a lot that they’re the kind of couple that we ended up chatting with for ages, forgetting work and wedding and any sort of photo talk. All four of us love traveling, and it was so easy to get lost in conversation, about past and upcoming trips, and dream destinations. I had so much fun with them at their engagement session, it was so obvious to me how much they love each other, and that made my job so much fun out at Hastings Lake Gardens.

The day of their wedding was bright and  sunny. I arrived to a loud, buzzing house full of beautiful ladies getting ready. Tamara’s pup hung out close to his owner, as bubbly was popped and poured with orange juice. The girls were all so excited, and it was completely contagious.

In the moments leading up to the ceremony, the air was electric. Tamara was all but bouncing with excitement, so excited to have her dad walk her down the aisle to Eric. Their love was just pouring out into the room.

The rest of the day was celebration time! Their wedding party was a BLAST, seriously such a good group. It makes weddings so amazing for us when we can hang out with everyone and just feel so welcomed. The reception was gorgeous, and sneaking out for photos at golden hour was the best. Always, always sneak out for golden hour photos if the sky is looking good and you’re in a pretty location.

Tamara and Eric, from the absolute bottom of our hearts, congratulations. We think the world of you both, and we are thrilled we had the chance to document your wedding day.

Tamara wrote us the most amazing review the day we delivered their photos:
We just got our wedding photos back from Shauna and Gareth and we literally could not wait to write them a review! From the moment we contacted them they were amazing to deal with. Always easy to contact, even when they were in another country, and made everything so easy for us. Our engagement photos turned out perfect for us and we get so many compliments on them. Our wedding photos honestly leave us speechless. Gareth and Shauna have exceeded our expectations on so many levels and we could not be happier with our pictures! Thank you, Shauna and Gareth, for all of your hard work and for being a part of our day!

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Christmas 2017 | Edmonton Photographer

5 November 2017 | Children

Christmas 2017 sessions are underway, and I’m loving them so far! This year’s theme is plaid, and it’s lovely. These are the perfect photos for Christmas cards, and we have an adorable sign this year to remember what your child is asking for for Christmas.

We’re also offering, as always, our Milk & Cookies set, with our homemade oreo cookies!

Our Christmas Sessions include:
-2 set ups
-milk and cookies
-10 high resolution digital images you choose from an online gallery

$300 plus GST
(add on family photos for $50)

Weekend dates available, as well as weekday spots.

Please email me at shauna@roughleyoriginals.com (or use our contact page here)

Can’t wait to see you!

Shauna

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Wedding Quilt | Edmonton Newborn

4 November 2017 | Newborn

We photographed this beautiful couple at the Edmonton Muttart a few years ago. It was a really wonderful day, and when the sun was setting we headed outside for a few sunset photos. We grabbed a quilt Jordan’s mom made them as a wedding gift, and they wrapped up tight in it as the sun set over Edmonton. It’s so fitting they brought it again to their newborn session, now the three of them all cuddled up in their wedding quilt.

They cuddled up together, Isaac cozy between his two parents. Once he got to sleep he slept through the whole session, which made things so easy!

It is such a huge honour for us when our wedding clients come back to us when they have their babies and expand their family. It’s amazing to document families through the seasons of their life.

Congrats Daniels family! So happy for you.

Shauna & Gareth xox

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