Cake Smash Bliss | Edmonton Child Photographer

14 May 2018 | Cake Smash

This guy  knew how to do a cake smash! Lie down, dive in, soak it up. We could learn so much from kids! This is what I call Cake Smash Bliss.

We always try to take portraits along with the fun cake smash photos. We want you to have something to give to Grandma, as well as watching the kiddos interact and make a mess and show their personality. Both are so important, and both are so much fun to capture.

Him and mom hung out in the studio, and we had such a fun time!

Thank you for coming to celebrate such a huge milestone in your lives. One year sessions are not just a celebration for the child, but it’s definitely a celebration for the parents as well! That first year involves so many changes and so much growth, that it is really cool to capture this celebratory time in your lives.

We hope to see you again!
Shauna

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Happy Baby! | 6 Month Session

12 May 2018 | Uncategorized

Six months old is a magical age! Babies are so full of wonder. They just started sitting, they’re in awe of their new view of the world. They’re happy, they’re bubbly, and they stay STILL. It’s a wonderful age to photography a happy baby!

I love when parents request simplicity for their photos. Focus on the baby, their rolls and dimples, because trust me, they don’t last long.

We have known this family for quite a long time now; we met them when they had their first baby girl, we’ve seen them at family weddings since, and now we get to see them again for their second little girl!

Thank you so much for coming to see us through these changes as your family grows, and thank you so much for bringing such a beautiful, happy baby! We love seeing you guys, and we hope to continue seeing you in the future.

Shauna

 

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Paige & James Rundle Park Skating Engagement Session

11 May 2018 | Engagement

Winter in Edmonton is long, and it can be cold, but man it is always beautiful. We lucked out so huge for Paige and James. Bright, blue skies, the sun shining, the air crisp but not too cold. Paige & James decided on some Rundle Park Skating for their engagement session, and it was pretty much perfect.

They showed up to their engagement session with so many ideas. Between all their plans, a beautiful winter day, and a beautiful freezeway, we had a pretty amazing Edmonton engagement session!

The freezeway at Rundle Park gave us such an amazing location for their photos. The sun was shining, the air was warm (you know – winter warm, not beach warm!) and we had such a fun afternoon.

They tied up their skates and did a few laps. Holding hands, doing a few spins, they laughed and hung out among everyone else enjoying the beautiful day.

They had a few outfit changes, so they got a lot of variety in their photos. We’re always up for different ideas, different props to make the session fun. It’s not necessary, but if there are meaningful props to add to a session, we’re all for it! We finished the session as the light was turning to pure magic. They took off their skates, and put on their last outfits. A dressy

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Welcoming Felicity | Edmonton Newborn

10 May 2018 | Newborn

I have known these guys for a really, really long time. Tina and I played baseball together through the Edmonton spring months when we were kids. We used to go out riding our bikes in the rain with a few other girls, playing in the mud and splashing through the puddles. It’s pretty amazing to see people I’ve known since we were young, growing into a family, having kids and being pretty amazing adults. It’s an honour to be the ones to help in welcoming Felicity to their family.

Everyone was so excited to celebrate her, and that was pretty cool to see. We took our time with Declan, making sure he was comfortable in the studio, and when he was ready, he was so excited for the pictures. He cuddled Felicity, hung out with mom and dad, and he did so well! Sibling photos always take some time and patience – it’s not often really young kids are expected to sit exactly in one spot, to be still, to look directly at the camera. So when we take some time to get the sibling photos done, it’s normal. Trust us, we’ve seen it many times. Declan is one proud big brother, and it was so sweet to see.

Thank you so much for bringing Felicity to see us! It was wonderful to see you guys again, and to meet your new little love.

Shauna xox

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Handsome Rowan | Edmonton Newborn

Handsome Rowan came to see us with his parents, and we spent the morning with them all in the studio. It’s so nice being able to offer our newborn studio sessions to our clients, as well as our lifestyle newborn sessions. They are very different sessions, but they both carry our same style. The studio sessions are more posed, less candid. Although we still managed to catch some smiles from all three of them!

Rowan was a wide awake, alert little man, so we wrapped him up to start off the session with the family photos. It’s always neat when we can get some photos of a newborn baby awake, because not every baby is awake for their newborn session. Sleepy, cuddly newborn babies are the best! But having the variety is pretty cool for a family to receive.

I just adore their family photos! Rowan was such a good sport; once he was sleeping we got some absolutely precious shots of him on his own.

Thank you so much for coming to see us! It was great to meet you all!

Shauna & Gareth

 

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Marisa & Zack Blue Meadows Wedding

20 April 2018 | Weddings

Spring in Edmonton is the perfect time to finally blog this stunning autumn wedding, right?! This poor blog has been neglected lately, so for anyone still checking it, thank you! My goal is always to keep this space consistent, but sometimes, life happens, and I need to work hard to get caught up. So while we’re feeling this beautiful warm springtime sunshine on our faces, let’s take a minute to think back to this windy fall day, when the leaves were all but gone. Marisa dreamed of a beautiful Edmonton fall wedding, so we searched and we found the last remnants of fall. And it’s always a treat when we get to head to Blue Meadows for a wedding!

Wind can be tricky on a wedding day, but it can make for some really stunning images. Zack and Marisa were up for anything to make their photos amazing, and their wedding party was right there beside them. It is so important to choose people to be in your wedding party who are going to support you and cheer you on. Be up for standing in a field in the gusting wind. Pick up your dress and keep it out of the mud. And even have groomsmen that will carry bridesmaids through a ditch to the pretty leaves!

Getting to know Marisa and Zack has been pretty amazing. Her vision for their engagement photos was so fun to bring to life! From that session I knew their wedding was going to be stunning. There was a lot of love displayed through the day – Zack surprising Marisa by wearing his uniform for the ceremony, the look on their parent’s faces through the ceremony, their wedding party doing everything they could to make the day special. All of the guests even came out in that wind to capture a photo of everyone at the wedding, just after the ceremony.

Venue: Ceremony was held at Parkland Village Community Centre. Reception was held at Blue Meadows
A big thank you to Michelle Gamble Events for all of your hard work! Always a pleasure to work with you.

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Edmonton Fresh 48

19 April 2018 | Newborn

We’ve started posting about our Edmonton Fresh 48 sessions over on Facebook and Instagram, and I’m sure some of you are wondering what exactly a Fresh 48 session is.

This isn’t birth photography, and it isn’t a newborn session like you’ve seen from us before. This is an opportunity to capture those first hours of your baby entering the world. Once the birth is over, once you’re moved into your hospital room, or in your home, that’s the time we come see you.

We want to capture your older child meeting their new sibling. We want to photograph the looks on Grandpa and Grandma’s face the first time they lay eyes on their new grandchild. We want to capture those raw, real, first moments for you. Giving birth is one of the hardest things you’ll do, so there is a good chance the time will be a hazy memory in the years to come. So let’s have those emotions, those connections, those moments captured forever.

When I gave birth to both of my boys, the experience was amazing, exhausting, wonderful, and overwhelming. There are so many moments that Gareth talks about, and I don’t have a clear memory of them. We have some photos that Gareth took, but having those first hours documented (with Gareth in the photos!) would have been so special.

Being parents has changed our perspective of our photography over the years. Connection over perfection. Moments over poses. Those are some of the reasons we are so excited to be offering Fresh 48 sessions!

Feel free to email us about more info.

Shauna & Gareth

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Winter Bumps Bring Spring Babies | Edmonton Maternity

5 April 2018 | Maternity

Winter sessions may be freezing, but man they are beautiful. And it’s really fun to think that winter bumps bring spring babies.

We lucked out with a warmer winter day (is that even a thing?! Winter is always cold). But we were able to stay outside for a while, to hang out, change outfits and add some props. Winter sessions are never incredibly long, so we always make good use of our time!

This baby is going to arrive anytime now. It’s really amazing for us to work with couples for their maternity sessions and then again for their newborn session. We get to see the excitement, the nerves, the connection between them. We get to witness the anticipation on their faces. Our job is really special, and we’re so grateful!

I’m so happy that we got outside and documented their growing family in the beautiful snow. Winter is cold, but the photos are worth it.

We can’t wait to meet this baby!

Shauna

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Project 52 | Close to your heart – Gareth

30 March 2018 | Personal

Week three of project 52 is close to your heart. This I found to be a very broad subject with a wealth of meaning. I considered a straight forward family picture, or alternatively a shot that shows us all happy and busy with some activity. These photography projects are supposed to stretch our creativity and imagination, remind us that there are different ways to convey a message. So instead I decided to look for something a little more abstract.

The picture I chose to make, at first glance might seem materialistic. In reality, each item has a story and meaning that weighs more than its physical bounds. They represent a moment in time, a piece of the jigsaw puzzle of my life.

  • Necklace: a gift from Shauna and Callum the day I became a dad.
  • Cufflinks: my dad bought these in memory of my grandfather after he died.
  • The silver watch: a gift from my sister on her wedding day.
  • Currency: there is money from where I was born, where I live and where I have travelled. It reminds me of past adventures and adventures yet to come.
  • Greenstone necklace: bought during our New Zealand adventure. Carved by a local Maori artist to bring luck to travellers.
  • The small blue case contains Callum’s front tooth. He had to have it pulled out after an accident when he was only eleven months old.
  • The towel upon which everything sits I have had at least twenty years. It was a gift, given to me along with a snooker cue by my Aunty one Christmas.
  • Chapstick: The least significant but most needed. I can’t go longer than a couple of days without needing one.

Keeping clutter under control with a growing family is a constant struggle. Sometimes though it is good to remember the value in the little things that have helped to define who we become.

 

Elsewhere in our Project 52:

01. In the Beginning

02. Fun

04. Light

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Fun | Project 52 – Week Two – Gareth

26 March 2018 | Personal

Fun is the key word for week 2 of our 52 week project. Thankfully it coincided with some fresh snow and slightly warmer temperatures.

 

Here in Edmonton winter is a reality for a large portion of the year. Because of this we try our best to embrace it, and get outside. Callum and Max have both been learning to skate and ski. When the chance comes we also head down the street to our little toboggan hill. So one evening Max and I decided to zip up our jackets and do exactly that.

It turned into a bit of a mad dash to get down the street before darkness swallowed us. So with Max sitting high on my shoulders, toboggans tucked under an arm we stomped off.

 

The hill was ours! For a glorious hour we skidded down the hill and Max bumped over jumps. We watched the sun set with no other soul to give us pause.

 

When the darkness brought a fresh wave of chill air it was time we headed home for dinner.

 

Elsewhere in our Project 52:

01. In the Beginning

03. Close to your heart

04. Light

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