Pure Newborn Session | Welcome Jasper

11 August 2017 | Newborn

Jasper’s mom had a really simple request when she booked his newborn photos with us – no props. No fuss, no muss, nothing to distract from her brand new baby. We couldn’t ask for a more ideal client. Our jam is 110% a pure newborn session.

This family cuddled and smiled and we could really tell mom and dad were completely taking in the time with Jasper. He’s a beautiful boy and they are so smitten with him.

Thank you for trusting us to photograph this gorgeous boy of yours. I just love the perfect simplicity of his session, and I’m so happy we could capture these for you.

Congrats, and welcome Jasper!

Shauna & Gareth

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Beautiful Summer Family Session | Edmonton

10 August 2017 | Family

These beautiful people are dear friends of mine, and it makes me so incredibly happy to document them every year. This is my favourite kind of beautiful summer family session – a great mix of playing and jumping and twirling and laughing. And the classic family photos as well.

I have photographed them in the fall, in the summer, in the studio and now we needed spring! We tried our absolute best to catch those pink blossoms, but they just weren’t ready yet so we rocked the white blossoms.

Mom pushed bedtime, as moms have to do in order to catch this beautiful light. We brought along some treats and let them run and play.

Thank you for having me capture you every year. It means so much!

Lots of love,
Shauna xox

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Happy Josh is Six Months Old

Happy Josh is Six Months Old! Josh is baby number three in his family, so he definitely has learned to go with the flow. It was so nice to have some one on one time with this little guy. This is the same baby Callum called “baby Uncle Josh” when he was born! I love that so much.

I love 6 month sessions, babies are just sitting, so they are thrilled to be upright and grin at the camera. It’s the easiest child session we do!

Thanks for being such a happy boy Josh!

Shauna xox

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A Baby Bump in the Blossoms | Edmonton Maternity

1 August 2017 | Maternity

There are some people who have been on this blog so many times their faces must be familiar! Maria and Tony have been in our corner from the VERY beginning, and for that I am so grateful. There is a photo of their wedding up in our studio, and we have photographed them yearly since then. We photographed their first maternity session in the blossoms, and three years later here we are again. Hanging out on a warm spring evening documenting this growing family and a baby bump in the blossoms.

These blossoms don’t last too long at all, so Maria, your timing to have them in your photos is impeccable!

Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for having me continue to document this amazing family of yours. You’ll never know how much it means to me.

Shauna xoxo

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Textbook Twin Newborn Session | Edmonton

26 July 2017 | Newborn

If I could write a textbook about how a newborn session should go, this session would be a prime example. Trust me when I say – this is an amazing feat with twins!

Just like most of our clients find us, Mel and Murray were told about us from friends. Referrals make our business turn around you guys, and I’m always, always grateful for that. Twins Jack and Zoe came to see us when they were just 7 days old. They slept like a dream, they stretched and smiled and cuddled up close to mom and dad.

Mel, their lovely mom, wrote us after the session:

“We are so, so in love with ALL of these photos!
You and Gareth were able to completely capture what we wanted and we will cherish these images forever!
These kids are growing so fast and I’m so glad we came to you in those precious early days.”
What a great session, and just the way we love it. Focused on the babies, on the family, on the early days of this brand new unit.
We can’t wait to see you all again!
Shauna & Gareth

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Amanda and Ryan | Edmonton Winspear Centre Wedding

25 July 2017 | Weddings

Amanda and Ryan seemed so calm and cool about their wedding that I always got the impression it was going to be quite a simple, laid back affair. Well, it was definitely laid back – there was an abundance of laughter and joking and teasing all day long – but simple…no way. Amanda thought of so many details to make their wedding feel so personal, and they had so many touches to make the guests feel welcome. They had an incredible team that worked to make sure their wedding was stunning – right from the ceremony at the iconic Edmonton Winspear Centre, to their reception at the The Polish Hall, there was so much they thought of!

A few of my favourite moments:
-Amanda opening her letter from Ryan in the morning
-Amanda’s parents opening their letter (this doesn’t happen often around me, it was so emotional!)
-Ryan watching Amanda walk down the isle at the Winspear Centre
-The AMAZING ice cream bar they had set up at the Polish Hall

What a day!

Thank you so much for having us, and including us in your long list of talented vendors. The day was bright and sunny, such a perfect Edmonton summer day. The vibe was calm and playful. The speeches made me cry (as usual!) and the stories during the speeches made me laugh out loud.

Congrats you two!
Shauna & Gareth xox

Wedding Planner: Forever Enchanting
Florals: Studio Bloom
Wedding Dress: Pure Bridal
Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist: Modern Urban Designers
DJ: Happy Wife Happy Life
Himmeli Center pieces: Salvage + Bronzd
Sundae Bar: Ice Cream Depot

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An evening in the Blossoms | Edmonton Family Photographer

24 July 2017 | Family

Sometimes photo shoots don’t have to be overly complicated. We booked this session super last minute,  outfits were thrown together, and we managed to have the perfect evening under these fleeting spring blossoms. There aren’t many spots in Edmonton that hold these gorgeous colours, and they usually only last a few days. Every year it feels like nature wants us to remember how beautiful they are, and so Edmonton often gets hit with a storm and huge winds right when they bloom. We caught them this year before that happened, and I’m so happy we did.

We photographed their maternity session in this same spot two years ago, so it was really cool revisit the same spot and capture Emily on the outside, running and playing.

As always, these family photos are an honour to capture. These are really close friends of ours, and I think it’s the coolest thing that I can be a part of our friends lives in such a unique way.

We love you guys! Thank you for spending the evening with me xox


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Playing in the Devon River Valley | Edmonton Family Photographer

23 July 2017 | Family

I still can’t believe this shoot actually happened on Mother’s Day. As I drove from Edmonton out to Devon, the rain was pelting down on my windshield. I called Dana to see how the weather was at the Devon River Valley, and what she wanted to do about the shoot. As only a mom can fully understand, she said – the kids are dressed and my hair and makeup is done – let’s try to do this! So we ended up playing in the Devon River Valley.

We packed umbrellas and jackets and we even hid under a tree for a few minutes. Miraculously the rain stopped and we headed out into the trails. I’ve never been out in the Devon River Valley so it was awesome to have a family who spends so much time on the trails show me the cool spots.

The weather definitely was on our side for this session! Thanks so much for hanging out with me.

Shauna xox

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Birthday White Session | Xavier

18 July 2017 | Children

Last week I helped celebrated with Xavier at his birthday white session. The White Sessions are our ongoing project to capture the simplicity of kids.

I spent a few minutes just sitting on the floor playing to make Xavier feel as comfortable as possible. We always strive to capture kids looking as natural and relaxed so a few minutes to quietly play can make the world of difference. We drove trucks and cars until I felt ready to pick up my camera and capture his lovely smile.

For more information head over to the contact page. You can also click here to learn more about our white session pricing.

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Hazel is One! | Macaroon Smash

9 July 2017 | Children

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.

Shauna xox

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