Going through all of these outdoor photo shoots is making me SO excited for summer! Let’s hurry it up Mother Nature! This little lady’s outdoor cake smash was on a beautiful summer evening.
Her mom brought all of the props along with her – all decor from her bedroom. Big brother played in the trees, joined in for a bit, ate some cake, went and played some more.
I think it’s really special to photograph a child on their first birthday. Yes, their birthday is always going to be special – but there is another reason. I think it’s a huge accomplishment to mom and dad to think – we made it through the first year! It’s hard, it’s a huge adjustment, it’s a lot of laughter and tears and exhaustion and elation and all of the things in between. And it is worth every single second. So it feels pretty darn good to take a minute and celebrate that.
Let’s all take a minute to admire the gorgeous cake her mom made!
I am way, way late in blogging this, but I will say again – happy birthday sweet girl!
Shaina and Dane! How do I even start describing these two. Lovely, generous, kind, so much fun. Their engagement session was different and unique for us. Thank you guys for pushing our boundaries and letting us explore and have some fun. And then there was their winter wonderland wedding. I think all of us just want to say….brrrrrrrrrr.
Let’s start at the beginning though. Their ceremony and reception were held at the stunning Blackhawk Golf Club. With massive windows and large rooms, it was the perfect venue. Shaina and Dane chose to have a First Look (which we LOVE!) in the paths at Blackhawk. Dane’s face was priceless! He was in absolute, complete awe of his bride, and it was so blatantly obvious. Shaina glowed the way that only brides do – feeling beautiful and perfect on her big day.
After the First Look, Gareth said we needed to head inside. He had a big idea for photos in the locker room. I’m going to be completely honest here – I didn’t see it. I saw benches and lockers. But this is the amazing thing about Gareth and I being a team. Two eyes. Two perspectives. Two shooters who work together and off of each other. The results are stunning – they’re moody and glamorous and show off Shaina’s stunning dress. They are some of my absolute favourite from the day. (and I’m so proud of him for nailing those shots!)
We headed back outside after the locker room shots. It was a really, really cold Edmonton winter day, but this whole group never once complained about it. The girls bundled up in their adorable mittens and shawl, and the guys sucked it up and braved it. Gareth and I worked fast. If you look close, you’ll see the same pose from different angles, giving a completely different look in seconds. I shot the girls while Gareth shot the guys. It didn’t take long and everyone was freezing, but it didn’t matter, it was ceremony time!
The rest of the day passed in a blur. The ceremony was stunning, funny, emotional. We went right into family photos, and then the reception. Everyone had a blast – it was obvious this group was there to CELEBRATE.
Our evening finished up with Dane’s band playing a set, while everyone rocked on the dance floor. They were still going strong when it was time for us to go.
Thank you so, so much for having us be a part of your day. It was a beautiful day, and we are so happy for you both!
Shauna & Gareth xox
I have NO idea how I missed blogging this beautiful winter maternity session (you can see their newborn session here). The day was FREEZING, so we headed to a local greenhouse for photos with little Noelle. It ended up being perfect, since Christmas is mom’s favourite season, and the poinsettias were out in abundance. We spent some time inside, and snuck outside for one quick family photo with Noelle. Then it was time for her to head out with Grandma, it was way too cold for her outside.
I’ll be honest this session was short and sweet. By the time we were done my fingers were so incredibly cold. The light was stunning, though, so it didn’t take long to create some amazing shots.
And of course, Ashley chose a gorgeous sweater dress for the session, so she just looked stunning.
We can now count so many sessions for them: engagement, wedding, maternity, newborn, 6 month, 1 year, maternity, newborn (and mini sessions in between!) It is so incredibly cool to watch “our” families grow. Love you guys!
Meeting this family was just another example of how small this Edmonton and area community is. Jayme booked her newborn photos with us, and then her and I ended up chatting at Millennium Place one day, as we both have a mutual friend I was there with. I had no idea she was a client, but I was my usual chatterbox self and we joked around about talking to random parents in the play park. It clicked with Jayme after we all left that I was one of their photographers! It made it even cooler when it was time to welcome this little sister with some adorable photos.
Big sister Gus had some fantastic facial expressions, and her pigtails were just the absolute cutest! She cuddled Margot tight and was so enthralled with her. With some time and patience and letting her run around a bit as she wanted to explore our whole house, she got in a ton of shots. It’s so worth it to work with toddlers, because these photos are just the best.
Thanks so much you guys! You have two unbelievably beautiful girls. We hope to see you again!
Shauna & Gareth
Another White Session in the books! As always, our White sessions are so pure and focused on the kiddo. How amazing is that?! And then you win one, it’s pretty perfect.
This family won their White Session when we teamed up with Edmomton (a wicked blog about being a mom in Edmonton) – and I’m so glad they did! The session turned out wonderfully, and it was perfect timing with this little beauty turning one.
So happy you guys won the session, and came to see us!
Booking a session in February means we’re usually guaranteed tons of snow, a white, winter wonderland and freezing cold weather. But the weather in Edmonton decided to throw us a curve ball this year, so we decided to turn on the city vibes for this maternity session.
Turns out it fit perfectly with Catherine and Mark’s style, as they are wayyyyy trendier than I am! It was still chilly weather so we made their session quick.
Mark was the kind of husband who told his wife she looked amazing, and you could tell me meant it. Trust me – that’s what every pregnant woman needs to hear!
Thank you so much you guys! I’m really excited for your newborn session in April.
I met these guys for their maternity photos on a warm summer day in downtown Edmonton. We had a blast documenting their upcoming arrival, and now here he is! Welcome Symon!
They cuddled and enjoyed focusing on their new little man, and Simon was absolutely wonderful! And can we all just agree how gorgeous mama’s hair?! They brought dad’s baby blanket (the blue one in the photos) – we always encourage our clients to bring any props or meaningful objects to their sessions.
We had so much fun hanging out with you guys, and we can’t wait to see you again!
These parents were the first two to book us for their wedding while we were away traveling a few years ago. I went to high school with Veronica, so it’s been pretty cool to watch her choose a pretty awesome husband, and then welcome her two kiddos. Mila is such a beautiful girl!
Newborn photos take a lot of time and patience, and that’s good with us! The results are always worth it.
Welcome Mila. You have been born into a wonderful family, you lucky girl!
I can’t believe I didn’t blog these! I’m trying to get our website revamped, and that means going through a lot of photos. We have been photographing these guys since their wedding, then their first son, and now their latest – Owen!
Thanks so much for coming to see us! It’s a bit of a drive for you to get into Edmonton, and we so appreciate you coming to the studio!
Can’t wait to see you again xox
It really, really impresses me when a guy books photos. Most guys aren’t overly excited about the idea of having a photo shoot done, but most women love to docuemnt these moments in their lives. So when guys book a session, it means they know how much it means to their lady, and they want to make her happy. Pretty amazing, right? Mike heard about us through a mutual friend, and got this all set up as a surprise for Sara. He told her a couple days early, and we chatted back and forth about outfits and colours to wear (she was even messaging me pictures from the store. This is a common occurrence!) We ended up picking a stunning day – when I get this perfect golden, wintery Edmonton light, I swoon.
We hung out for a while in a path that is well used in our photos. But I dont even care. When we consistently get results like this from a location, I’ll use it over and over and over again.
So happy you guys came to hang out with me!