The Andersons in the Edmonton Blossoms

15 July 2019 | Family

There are some people that come into our lives and we just know they’re going to stick around forever. I’ve known this girl for so many years. We met waitressing and we’ve stayed a constant in each other’s lives. It’s pretty amazing to have a friend who continued to email me while I was traveling the world, who I still talk to on the phone most days. Who I text endless photos of outfit choices and potential shopping purchases. She just gets me. It’s an honour to photograph these guys every year, to watch my best friend’s family grow and change. To laugh about her choosing outfits, and her husband pretending he hates photos. (Right, Danny? Pretending, right?) I love doing these photos of the Andersons in the Edmonton blossoms every year.

I just love you guys so much! Love being Auntie to Emily, love watching her giggle and play. These kiddos all grow up so fast that it is pretty cool to be the one photographing them year after year.

Love our yearly photo date.

Shauna xoxox

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Lauren and Adam’s Alberta Lake Engagement

24 June 2019 | Couples, Engagement

The air hung in a heavy green haze as I headed north of Edmonton. Forest fires and strong winds in Northern Alberta had sent smoke billowing southward to engulf Edmonton as well as much more of the province. Lauren and Adam’s Alberta Lake Engagement session had been planned for weeks. After checking and double checking with air quality readings we decided to go for it. But, and at the time it felt like a massive BUT, the air seemed to grow thicker the further North I travelled. By Highway 643 I could have cut it with a knife.

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The Leachmans | Spring Photos in Edmonton

20 June 2019 | Family

My dear friend has wanted family photos in the spring blossoms for a LONG time. We have tried to organize it for a few years, but both mom and dad work shift work which has made it tough to coordinate in the short time these beautiful blossoms are their vibrant, beautiful colours. This year everything finally lined up and we got the The Leachmans | Spring Photos in Edmonton.

I have photographed this family since Gavin was a baby, and this year felt like such a big shift in how we photographed them. The kids are getting bigger, they’re tall and have opinions and personalities of their own. Things are changing! Just like I’ve found our kids are changing so much, our clients are growing alongside us too. It took a few minutes to chill out, slow down and let them connect as a family without the throwing up in their and babies on their hips.

I am a firm believer that families should get photos done as their kids grow. Once children are in school we find a lot of clients stop booking annual family photos. I want to be comfortable photographing kids at any age, so it’s something I’m going to work hard on. I want a beautiful photo with my mom just as much as I want beautiful photos with my kids! Both are important. Relationships may become more complex as everyone grows, relationships change, and the family dynamic shifts, but documenting it is still just as important.

So I guess what Im getting at. Get your photos done. Keep doing them as your kids get older. Their height will change. They way they cuddle you. The way they lean into you. The way they smile at you. It’s al going to change and develop over time. I have no doubt mamma from this session will (she loves her photos!).

Love you friend!
Shauna

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Heintz Family in the Edmonton Blossoms

11 June 2019 | Family

What a gorgeous morning! The rain has been so unpredictable so far this year in Edmonton, but the morning of this photo shoot was lovely, warm, and almost misquote free! This is the perfect day for the Heintz family in the Edmonton Blossoms.

We didn’t plan their session around the blossoms, it was just a happy coincidence that the trees were bursting with this stunning colour. All these guys cared about was  capturing their family right now, in this moment. Ellie has grown a ton since we saw them a year and a half ago! She has glasses now, she’s silly, spunky and giggles like crazy. All she wants is to play and run and have her daddy airplane her around. She is such a joy to be around! You can see it in her parents’ eyes that they feel the same. Just watching them watch her fills my heart right up, it’s so obvious these three are such a team.

This is the kickoff family session for my summer season, and it was a perfect one to start with. We took our time, played in the blossoms and the paths. Ellie ran and played and everyone laughed. It was truly a wonderful time.

It was so wonderful to see you all again!

Shauna

 

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Hot Chocolate and Cookies Engagement

15 May 2019 | Couples, Engagement

Rachelle is the owner of the wonderful Milk and Cookies Bake Shop. This summer I am happy to say she is marrying her lovely fiancee Derek. As with all our wedding clients who choose one of our three wedding packages we like to get together well before the wedding. We include an engagement session so that we can get to know each other better. With Rachelle and Derek we did just that with a hot chocolate and cookies engagement session.

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Life Changing Moment – Welcoming Levon

It feels like a long time now since we met Keira and Mike. So much has happened since 2014 when they came to see us in search of a wedding photographer. In those 5 years experiences have changed us all. For this reason alone we are always grateful that we remain in their thoughts to be able to share in their life changing moment – welcoming Levon.

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Jackson Edmonton Newborn

7 May 2019 | Newborn

Well…I know it’s a bad sign that it’s MAY and I’m blogging a session with Christmas themed photos. Geez! One step forward 5 steps back with blogging I tell ya. Here we go again, I shall keep trying. Here is Jackon’s Edmonton newborn session.

I met Shayla at a really fun session for Fit Your Life (a really amazing fitness studio in Edmonton!)

She was expecting this babe, and ended up booking us for their maternity session as well as their newborn session. Their maternity session was done in their home, especially in their GORGEOUS nursery, and Gareth rocked that session. Check it out here.

They came to the studio for their newborn session, and it was a blast. We had a really great time hanging out with them, they’re a really lovely couple and their babe is ADORABLE!

It doesn’t get old that we keep meeting so many amazing people through this business, we appreciate the community that has built around us so much.

Thank you so much for coming to see us you guys! Can’t wait to see you again.

Shauna

 

 

 

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Laura and Neeraj’s Hotel MacDonald Wedding

1 March 2019 | Weddings

We met Laura a long time ago now, when we photographed her grade 12 graduation photos. We drove through the countryside and hung out in an abandoned barn, and we had the best time! Fast forward to her wedding, and she said that we’re “her” photographers so of course we were doing her photos! That hit me straight in the heart making it such an honour to be a part of Laura and Neeraj’s Hotel MacDonald wedding.

The day started with a total snowstorm! The flurries swirled around outside the window as the ladies got ready in their hotel room in the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald. I had images of beautiful snowy photos, but once we finally got outside, it was RAINING. But these two didn’t care. At all. They were chill and happy and they just really wanted to enjoy their day and be together.

The day was spectacular, and it was really obvious how much time and energy they put into their plans. Their ceremony in the Hotel MacDonald ballroom was all sorts of beautiful, and it held such a classy feel. The atmosphere was light and happy and joking, and everyone was so excited to be there.

Lucky Laura had a dress change, as did the ladies because the reception was a full on Indian celebration! So so, SO fun! The decor was stunning thanks to Dress my Day, the speeches were unforgettable, and the dance was incredible.

We adored being  a part of this day and we are so happy we got to know this incredible couple! Congrats Laura and Neeraj, we couldn’t be happier for you!

Shauna & Gareth

 

Thank you to the wonderful vendors who helped make this day possible!

Wedding Dress: Bridal Debut (they helped Laura with a ton of alterations!)
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Bride’s Hair: Amber Ali
Bride’s Makeup: Sandeep from Glamourai Studio
Bridesmaids – Hair and Makeup by KD Artistry
Reception Decor: Dress My Day
Cake: The Art of Cake
Flowers: Petals in the Trail

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Brand New Baby Girl in the Flowers

3 February 2019 | Newborn

It was so good to see this family again! Gareth met these guys while I was away on a trip for their family maternity session, and the photos were GORGEOUS! We were so excited to see them again when Mila was born. Her mom came with some really beautiful ideas for the session, so here is their brand new baby girl in the flowers.

Newborn photos are always a big priority to us.  I remember desperately wanting photos of the boys together when Max was born! Most toddlers are busy, full of energy, and not interested in sitting still and looking exactly where we ask them too. Kids aren’t built like that! It takes snacks, toys, silly singing, we have a whole host of tricks up our sleeves!

Big sister Blakely was wonderful. She was so excited about her baby sister, so easy to pose, so willing to sit and cuddle Mila.

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Lamb Family Newborn Session

30 January 2019 | Newborn

We met this lovely family for the first time in our studio! It’s so cool as our business has evolved and grown. It’s meant that we are constantly meeting wonderful new families. We just love The Lamb Family Newborn Session. Cuddles, smiles and so much sweetness as they welcomed baby Jennifer to their family!

What a game changer when we added the bed into the studio! Newborns stay safe as older sibling wants to cuddle. It’s a great space for families to cuddle on, and get some really natural, beautiful photographs. We use the bed now for almost every newborn session that involves an older sibling, because it just works so perfectly.

Our newborn sessions always focus on the child, so our use of props is minimal. Mom brought a few sentimental items, and other than that we stuck to our classic style.

As always, I loved the baby snuggles and the time hanging out with this wonderful family!

Shauna xox

 

If you’re curious about our newborn sessions, check more out here!

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