It feels like we were just freezing our butts off outside for Shaina and Dane’s winter wedding! (It was stunning, and so worth freezing – check it out here.) And yet here we are, warm and cuddly in the studio, with their newborn Logan. I say this all the time, but I don’t mind repeating myself – seeing our clients come back through the different stages of their lives means SO much to us! We get to catch up and hang out with people we really like, plus we get to document their lives. Pretty cool job, right?
Logan reminded me so much of our son Callum when he was a newborn. They’re both big boys, rolly, with the same look on their faces.
These three just cuddled up together, mom dad gazed at Logan in wonder, and we had an absolute blast with them.
Thank you so much for coming back to see us! It was absolutely wonderful to meet Logan.
Shauna & Gareth
These two have been such an inspiration to witness! They are kind, they are so loving to one another, and they both just couldn’t wait to be married. Their summer wedding at the Muttart began with their First Look photos among the pyramids. Kane was SO excited to see Alisha, his nerves and his anticipation were so evident. When they finally saw each other, everything else melted away. They only wanted to spend the day together, celebrate together. The threat of rain didn’t phase them, they only had focus for each other.
Alisha said something on their wedding day that has stuck with me, and I think it is such great advice for any couple: sometimes she thinks about them as a couple that she forgets to love Kane as an individual. So she will always strive to love him as a person, for all the things she fell in love with him for. Such good advice! Something that was a great reminder to me, and I have thought about often since their wedding.
Their wedding party was SO much fun. Everyone was so helpful, so kind, so welcoming. Their village is a strong one, and we felt so welcome into their fold. The ceremony was incerdibly emotional, and I think one of the best moments of the day was when they made a stop for slurpees! Nothing like stopping for some of their favourite things on their wedding day.
Their wedding reception at the Union Bank Inn’s Madison Grill was a classy, cozy affair. All of their friends and family all together to celebrate them.
The day was really wonderful! It is an honour to know these two, and I’m so happy we were there to witness their marriage beginning.
May you two have many years of happiness!
Shauna & Gareth
(Check out their engagement session here)
Wedding Dress: Novelle Bridal (Designer Allure Bridals)
Groom’s Suit: Curtis Eliot
Bridesmaid Dresses: Novelle Bridal
Florist: Studio Bloom
Hair Stylist: Style By Stace
Makeup Artist: Bethany Earl
Reception Location: Madison Grill
Alisha, this gorgeous bride, wrote us and said:
If you’re interested in chatting with us about being a part of your wedding day, please contact us here!)
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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
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
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.