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.
When Alisha and Kane sat down with us in our studio we instantly hit it off with our mutual love of New Zealand. It was like meeting old friends, recounting anecdotes of past adventures. They are the best kind of people. Laid back, fun, the type of people we are so happy to hang out with. I met them on a warm summer evening to capture their Edmonton downtown engagement session.
Edmonton comes to life in the summer, and this year they’re pulling out all the stops. The first Happy Wall in Canada has appeared in Churchill Square, and Alisha and Kane had a blast adding their initials.
Strolls through the streets, a stop for a drink at a local favourite of ours, Tzin, they had such a fun evening celebrating their engagement.
These two are the real deal. Shauna and I are so excited to be a part of their wedding today!
For more information about our engagement and wedding packages contact us here. We are always happy to chat.
With every wedding inquiry we receive we want to meet. Preferably in person. Skype and FaceTime works too. We spend, on average, 10 hours with you and your wedding party so it is important to know that we are a good fit. On top of this we will be in contact throughout the planning stages, not to mention the engagement session.
All of our wedding packages include an engagement session. You and your partner may never have had professional pictures taken. We want to put you at ease in front of the camera, have some fun and get to know you better.
Natasha asked for water, country and beautiful light for her session. There was no question where we should go. We waited for the leaves to start blooming in early spring, then it was time for their sunset maternity session at the lake.
Anytime anyone wants to come out to our lake lot (which is two hours outside of Edmonton) I’m always, ALWAYS game! The sunsets are always incredible, the views are stunning, and I always feel so peaceful working out there.
Having amazing clients come out to such a sacred spot to us is so cool. These two fell in love with the location as soon as they arrived, and it was so obvious they’re outdoor people.
We walked the dirt roads, into the paths, and the cuddled among the birch trees and the mosquitoes. The warm summer evening made way for another stunning sunset, and they cuddled close on the lake shore.
Natasha & Ben, you are absolutely welcome to come join us at the lake anytime. This was such an incredible session, and you’re both just wonderful.
Can’t wait to meet this babe!
A bride always wishes for bright sunshine on her wedding day, right? She wants to see the rays of sun shining down on her, she wants to feel that warmth on her face. But photographers LOVE a day like this. A day that the sky has some depth. A day with some clouds to help shield the sun so everyone isn’t squinting. Don’t get me wrong, we rock whatever weather comes our way. But this overcast, cool day, made our job easy. Want to know what else made our job really easy? Steph and Tom. They didn’t get shy in front of the camera, they didn’t make it a big thing. They let their joy, their excitement, their absolute love for each other shine through. Their Old Timer’s Cabin wedding was just gorgeous, but their joy on the day was even better to witness & document.
The people surrounding Steph and Tom are amazing. They have a pretty incredible village, and we witnessed many, many moments of love. Steph’s sisters & her nieces were such a big part of the day, including two of their nieces MCing the wedding. And what do you do when you have two kids MCing a wedding? Well, you give them NERF guns of course to keep the speeches to a minimum!
Their wedding was classy but laid back, precise but friendly and full of laughter (and definitely a few tears). It was everything you could want a wedding to be.
A huge, huge congrats to you guys! We are so incredibly happy we got to be a part of your day.
Shauna & Gareth
Wedding Dress: Pure Bridal
Suit – Suits by Curtis Eliot
Make up – Amber Prepchuk
Hair – Cassandra Brea Hair
First Look Photos – Little Brick Cafe & General Store
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Old Timer’s Cabin
Florist: Tickled Floral
Dessert Table – Cake Affair
Summer in Edmonton is always beautiful. The air is warm and the city holds a laid back, happy vibe. Edmontontonians are happy to get outside, explore the city, and play in the water at the Alberta Legislative grounds. When it was time to book Eliana’s one year session, both her mom and I wanted the photos to be outside. We had photographed big brother Milano’s one year photos outside – (check them out here, he’s SO little!) – so it was only fitting to do the same for Eliana. When Maria said her plan for this session was a pineapple themed cake smash, I could just picture it! This location stuck out in my mind, so I knew it had to be done here.
Fresh pineapples was all I could think about, so Maria searched a few grocery stores (it seems they were hard to find that day!) and she finally found them! We didn’t need much else to bring this theme to life. I never want to use too many props in a shoot, I find it can take away from the focus, which is child! A few well placed details can add so much to a photo though, so that’s what we did.
Maria added on family photos to Eliana’s one year session, because Eliana looks a LOT different as a one year old than she did at her newborn photos – check them out here. A lot of people don’t think to add on family photos to a one year session, but it’s a year later! These little ones have changed a ton in the last year, so it’s worth documenting them as they change.
I have known this mama for many, many years. We photographed them when they got engaged, when they got married, when she was carrying both of her babies. Then came newborn sessions, family session, mom and me sessions. We have been able to maintain contact and hang out together largely because I still get to photograph her, and for that I am so grateful! Life gets busy and it’s hard to see everyone, so getting to photograph old friends is a big bonus in my life.
Thank you so, so much for such a fun evening! Love you guys to pieces.
What a beautiful family! We had the honour of photographing their maternity photos, their Fresh 48 photos, and now their newborn photos. It is amazing to document a family through changes and additions, it means so much to watch a family grow. Beautiful Everly came to see us in our studio, and I couldn’t love this session more.
Our studio sessions are really easy for families because you just have to get here. You don’t have to worry about cleaning your house or having messes, the studio will be ready for you. We have a cozy bed to use (a lot of people don’t realize the bed photos are in the studio!), tons of props blankets, and everything we need for your photos.
Dad brought his jerseys for some photos, which we always love; we are always happy to include sentimental props in any of our photo shoots.
The main aim of our photography is to document connection. Newness. Love. So always be prepared to cuddle up, get cozy, and let that love shine through. These guys did that and then some, it was so incredible to document them through change of adding Everly into their fold. Thanks so much you guys, we hope to see you again!