Hazel was turning one and her mom had the best idea! Instead of the traditional cake smash, she switched things up. A trip to Duchess Bake Shop (an Edmonton favourite), a box of their famous macaroons, and they were ready. I mean, what’s better than a macaroon smash?!
The set up was beautiful, the session low key and relaxed. We added in Hazel’s brother for some photos (which we always think is a great idea!) and we captured some family photos as well. Hazel’s mom wanted the photos to be earthy but classy, casual but girly. I think we found the perfect balance.
I absolutely love when moms have a vision for their photos. It’s totally cool if you don’t, but I love collaborating and making their vision come to life.
When you’re planning your child’s one year session feel free to get creative! We love cake smashes, but these unique ideas are always welcome in our studio.
Fall is fleeting in Edmonton, there is no doubt about that. But there are some spots that have the most beautiful, vibrant colours. I adore when we find a bit of red in the trees, beacause that doesn’t happen very often in Alberta. I planned out this engagement session by parking on two ends of a park we love to shoot at – Amanda and Ryan’s car at one end, mine at the other. That way we could walk and have a lot of variety in their photos, without having to backtrack. It worked perfectly!
We spent the evening walking and chatting. I love to get to know our clients before their wedding day. It makes the wedding so stress free. We get rid of the nerves and everyone realizes that this picture thing isn’t so bad!
Amanda and Ryan both said they were nervous, but they did so great!
Thank you so much for hanging out with me! (and since I’m posting this AFTER their wedding day, their wedding photos are coming!)
Jack’s family was one we clicked with right away. Big bro Ben was full of energy and just like our boys – busy, silly, wanting to play. He loved all the toys we keep in the studio and he happily played with dad.
It’s perfect that dad brought along his Firefighter gear, it was really cool to incorporate it into the session. We love love love when clients bring personal touches to their sessions! And when a baby is named Jack and born on Easter weekend, we have to put him in a bunny hat and nickname him Jack rabbit for a few minutes.
Thank you for choosing us to document your growing family It was so fun to spend the time with you.
Shauna & Gareth xox
This adorable 6 month shoot was for little Miss Aria, but to say she wasn’t into posing by herself was an understatement! She is a mama’s girl through and through. Luckily Shannon added on the family photos onto her First Year package, so they all cuddled and played together, and Gareth captured some amazing photos for them. And choosing to have your photo shoot just before sunset is always a good idea – look at this light!
Thank you so much for having us capture your family as you grow! We have documented both of these girls as newborns and through their first year – it means so much to watch our families grow.
What a beautiful newborn baby boy! We couldn’t get over how smiley he was during part of his session. That is rare, so it was so fun to see!
I first met these guys At the Muttart for their maternity photos. It was a chilly day, but they rocked it as they cuddled and enjoyed thinking about the baby they were about to meet.
Their newborn session was so much fun and they were such an easy family to work with. They brought some really cool ideas we tried out, and they were happy to sit back for the rest of the session and let us do our thing.
The family photos are so sweet, their connection obvious, their adoration of brand new Micah apparent as they took the time to just gaze at him and take it all in. I really love that about newborn sessions – it gives parents a couple hours that there’s nothing else happening. It’s a perfect time to just focus on their baby.
Thank you so much for trusting us to capture this huge change for your family you guys! You’re all so much fun
I’ve had this blog post sitting in my drafts for months now. Waiting for adequate words to note down, to serve this afternoon justice. I don’t know if they will ever come, so here we go. Karley is an amazing woman. She is a teacher who cares deeply for her students, and works her butt off for them. She is funny, incredibly caring, and last but certainly not least – she is my cousin. We were the only girls out of our cousin bunch growing up, so we have a really special relationship. It’s no wonder Adam wants to marry this girl – to say she is a catch is an understatement. Adam had been planning this proposal for a long time. He kept us in the loop about his plans, and once the ring came in it was go time. It was a chilly winter day, and I made up a big story about needing them to model for us, and we got Karley on board with the photo shoot. It was time for this beautiful winter proposal.
We had a signal all figured out with Adam. I had a clear vision of the photo Gareth captured of Adam down on one knee, them in the middle of the path. We couldn’t have planned it out better – it all went off to absolute perfection. To be honest though, the plan stopped mattering as soon as it was all happening. What mattered was them, in this moment. This once in a lifetime moment between two people. We were just there to capture it.
We didn’t stay out too long, it was damn cold! We had bubbly waiting for us all back at our house, as we celebrated this new beginning.
I can’t WAIT for this wedding. I can’t wait to see Karley and Adam take this next step. And if I know them at all, they’ll be taking it hand in hand, with a life full of laughter.
Love you both xox
We met beautiful Ella for her newborn photos when she was just 7 days old. Her parents were SO excited for the photos. They brought her baby blanket and headbands, which I love! They cuddled up and take time as a family of three. It’s so cool to witness these first days for a family, watching parents in absolute awe of their new addition. I adore it. I love it all.
Thank you so much for coming to see us! For bringing Ella in, with her wonderful full head of hair, her little smile, her cuddly self. She’s going to change SO much in the next few months, treasure these.
Family photo season is RIGHT around the corner. The warm sunshine beaming down on us today reminded me how busy our summer is getting! So trust me when I say – you want to think about booking your family photos! We get so many emails in September – HELP! I forgot to book photos this summer! Can you help?! We try our absolute best, but we can only fit so much in. So be proactive, email me today, and let’s get you booked in!
This extended family session just makes me smile every single time I look at the photos. You would never believe that 20 minutes before this session, it started POURING! We were all at a birthday party, and we ran inside for shelter. I was texting with Danusia, and we both just said – let’s do it! Let’s try to get this done. We had been delaying their photos because of all the rain last summer, and she just decided enough was enough.
Gareth left the birthday party and headed over to photograph them. The sun broke free from the clouds, and a couple adorable little superheros seem to break free to! Never, ever ever hesitate to bring personal, sentimental, fun additions to your photos. Seriously, they are some of my favourite sibling photos!
Grandpa and Grandma were included, cousin photos were taken, siblings – you name it. When we photograph family photos, we always try to get every combination. And then we’ll add in all the fun shots we can!
Thank you so much for having us photograph your family you guys! It means so much to capture these moments, especially for longtime friends.
Shauna & Gareth xox
When we first started out with newborn shoots, we tried newborn lifestyle photography. I’m going to be honest, it was a disaster. Instead we decided to focus on the studio. We have worked so hard at it, and we truly love the ease of studio sessions. But – there is something so unique about a newborn session in your home, especially when siblings are involved. Toddlers have a lot more flexibility at home, and sometimes they are just more comfortable in their space, their environment, with the flexibility to roam around a bit more than in the studio.
Lifestyle sessions aren’t for everyone. Our clients love that they can come to our studio, not worry about cleaning their house, and have those styled studio photos. On the other hand, it’s so cool to capture a family, in their home, in the place they have worked so hard to make their own.
It is a personal decision, and we’re happy to chat with you and decide if studio or lifestyle is your jam. I’m working on a guide to help you decide which is best for you, but it comes down to this:
We are now offering Lifestyle Newborn Sessions in the Edmonton area.
Whichever way you decide, we’ll capture some amazing memories for you. Let’s chat, figure out what kind of photos you love, and what your objective is. Maybe you worked really hard to decorate your nursery and you really want that documented. Maybe you can’t get enough of a family all cuddled up on the bed. Maybe you love those posed newborn photos where everything looks just perfect. We will help you figure it out, and choose the type of session that fits your style best.
Here is the lifestyle session Gareth took on that made us change our minds. Who could resist, right?
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!