Sutton’s In Home Newborn Session

21 January 2022 | Newborn

This was a really, really special session for me! My cousin Karley and her lovely husband just welcomed their baby into the world, so I was SO excited when they asked me to document their first weeks at home as a family. I was nervous if I’m being honest – Gareth photographs all of our newborn sessions, but with him working another job at the time, I took a deep breath and decided I COULD do this! Swallowed my fear of not knowing enough, being enough, having enough practice, and I decided to try. I’m so proud of how Sutton’s In Home Newborn Session turned out! We hung out and had such a lovely, relaxed afternoon together. I adored getting to know Sutton, and can we talk about her incredible nursery?!

Karley took the time to sneak out and get her makeup done, which turned out beautifully. It’s always a great idea for new moms to get their makeup done for their newborn session if they can swing it – in a time when women might feel a bit strange and foreign in their bodies right after having a baby, it’s so nice to be pampered and to feel beautiful. Haley from HP Makeup Artistry did an amazing job!

Sutton’s In Home Newborn Session is a session I’ll always be proud of! It’s really special to photograph family and document these really special milestone’s in their lives. And I’ll always think of their session as the one I just got out of my own way.

Welcome to the family, beautiful Sutton.

If you’re interested in booking a newborn session, check out our pricing and info here.

Enjoy!
Shauna xox

Pampas from local Edmonton company Luxe Pampas Grass.

Sutton’s sign in her nursery from My Little Pinecone.

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Julianna’s One Year Paint Session

20 January 2022 | Uncategorized

Julianna is a year old! Okay…Julianna is a year and a half as I write this. Blogging ALWAYS takes a back seat, but I think it’s important to have examples of these sessions for parents to peruse, so even though I’m about six months late in blogging this, I’m going to tell myself my pace is perfect, and I’m right on time. You with me? Awesome! Paint sessions are SO fun! They’re messy and pretty and funny, and SUCH a memory. Let me present you with Julianna’s One Year Paint Session!

We have been working with this family for a long time – from big brother Jacob’s maternity, newborn, and 1 year photos. This time around they opted for our First Year Package which includes newborn photos, 6 month photos, and 1 year photos. It’s SO fun to watch these kiddos grow in a year – both the baby and the siblings!

Family photos are included in the newborn session and the 1 year session, so we captured the family first.

Then we moved on to portraits of Julianna.

We finished up with one of our favourite ways to celebrate a first birthday – with PAINT! These paint sessions are adorable, and mom and dad get a keepsake at the end! Paint sessions are SO fun! They’re messy and pretty and funny, and SUCH a memory. Let me present you with Julianna’s One Year Paint Session was so funny to watch, and it’s SO funny to listen to the parents. They have just as much fun as their baby does!

If you’re planning on booking a 1 year session, we have SO many ideas for that! Have a look at this blog post, and then let’s get planning! You can see our pricing and more information here.

Thank you for being so wonderful Julianna!

Shauna

Julianna's One Year Paint Session
Julianna's One Year Paint Session
Julianna's One Year Paint Session
Julianna's One Year Paint Session
Julianna's One Year Paint Session
Julianna's One Year Paint Session
Julianna's One Year Paint Session
Julianna's One Year Paint Session
Julianna's One Year Paint Session
Julianna's One Year Paint Session
Julianna's One Year Paint Session
Julianna's One Year Paint Session

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Paige & James Winter Wedding

19 January 2022 | Weddings

Winter weddings are magical and beautiful! They are also cold and unpredictable. Paige & James had an absolutely gorgeous day in snowy Edmonton, complete with Ugg boots and snow and cuddles and laughs. They are absolutely lovely people with big smiles and welcoming hearts. They made us feel so at home! Paige & James Edmonton Winter Wedding was such a blast, I’m so happy we got to be a part of it!

We started their day together at the Edmonton Legislature Grounds. It’s a favourite spot of ours, and it was perfect to get a mix of winter vibes and pretty architecture.

Their ceremony and reception followed at the AGA (Art Gallery of Alberta). The AGA is such a cool space! The lines and the shape in the building is a treat to work in, and we always have a blast creating photos in there.

Paige & James Edmonton Winter Wedding was such a blast to photograph! Thank you so much for having us be a part of your day you guys.

Shauna & Gareth

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Planning A One Year Session

18 January 2022 | Children, Cake Smash

What a wonderful milestone to celebrate! You did it! Your family has made it through the first year. The celebrations, the struggles, the wonderful, beautiful, messy growth of your family. There are SO many ways to celebrate a First Birthday that Planning a One Year Session can leave you with a lot to think about!

First Year Celebration Options

Classic Cake Smash

Beautiful Portraits

Paint Smash

Pineapple Birthday

Outside with Watermelon and Yogurt

Pancake Smash

Spaghetti Smash

Pie Smash

A One Year Session in Edmonton means the sky is the limit. So let’s get Planning!

Let’s chat! Let’s brainstorm, see what your style is! Do you love a white, basic look, so we can really capture your child’s features? Or would you like to dress up? Do you want to keep it casual?

Our studio has evolved quite a bit, so you can see some examples of what the studio is looking like right now in this blog post.

How Your Session Works

When we plan a session, we suggest that you choose an outfit or two for portraits, and then we will move on to the messy portion – if you choose a messy portion! It’s not necessary if it’s not your style.

Portraits are just photos of your child, to display their beautiful features at this point. Please see some examples below.

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One Year Milestone/ Cake Smash Sessions

17 January 2022 | Children, Cake Smash

You made!! You had your baby, you have made it through one of the best and hardest years of your life! This celebration is for baby AND for the parents! This is a big deal for everyone. We LOVE celebrating these one year birthdays. Please read through this post with more information about our One Year Milestone/ Cake Smash Sessions.

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Roughley Originals Studio

We have a lovely space for studio sessions. It works best for children sessions and immediate family sessions. It is a wonderful option in the winter! Below are examples of the Roughley Originals Studio.

We have two sides to the Roughley Originals Studio – one is more of a lifestyle set up, and the other is where we can set up specific backdrops. When planning your session with us, if you have a preference between the bed or the couch in the studio, please let us know ahead of time so that we can set it up for you.

As well, if you have a preference about backdrops please also let us know! We want to be ready for you, and we want your studio experience to be wonderful.

The lifestyle side of the Roughley Originals Studio features neutral colours and greenery. For outfits – our biggest suggestion is no logos. Solid colours, or prints that aren’t too busy, help show of your child’s features (and your own!). I am more than happy to help with outfit planning once you book your session.

As you can see in the photos below, we have a bed set up and a couch set up. Unfortunately these can/t be set up at the same time, so if you have a preference please let us know before your session.

A big thing to remember about the studio – we will probably see your feet! Bare feet looks super cute in photos, so plan for that for your kiddos! You are welcome to have bare feet too – a lot of moms get pedicures for the occasion. You’re welcome to bring shoes if you would rather, but please bring clean shoes and change into them in the studio.

Any questions please email Shauna at shauna@roughleyoriginals.com

Can’t wait to see you!
Shauna

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Tucker’s Cake Smash in the Studio

13 January 2022 | Children, Cake Smash

What a cutie! this session was so much fun, he was smiling, laughing, giggling. This Edmonton Cake Smash in the Studio was fun to style, especially as our studio style evolves and enhances. Tucker’s Cake Smash in the Studio was a collaboration between his mom and I, and I think we did great job working together!

Mom kept this little man’s outfits really neutral, which I love! Solid colours help show off a baby’s features. And onesies help show off those chubby, beautiful thighs!

We added some greenery into his cake smash portion, which I picked from our garden! I like working with clients to design their Edmonton Cake Smash in the Studio, but I always suggest that less is more! Let’s focus on your kiddo, not a ton of extras in the photo. I had a blast at Tucker’s Cake Smash in the Studio! Thanks so much for coming to see us and celebrating with us.

Shauna xox

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Juliana’s 6 Month Session

11 January 2022 | Children

What a sweetheart Juliana is! We have known this family for a really long time, so photographing this next step in their family is such a treat! We photographed Juliana at her newborn session, so I was really excited to see them all again! Juliana’s 6 Month Session was so much fun, from her peek-a-boos, to her no teeth smile. What a cutie!

These 6 month sessions are always so much fun to photograph. The best time is once baby is sitting, so we waited until Juliana was able to sit on her own, unassisted by mom or any pillows. It gives us so many posing options!

With these sessions, there is always a chance mom will end up in the photos. I’ve ended up photographing moms with their babes as they comfort them or play with them. It’s always a good idea to come in clothes you love (and maybe do your hair and makeup!) just in case that happens when your kiddo comes in!

Check out Juliana’s newborn session here.

Such a beautiful, happy girl! Juliana’s 6 Month Session was photographed in our studio.

Shauna xox

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Jessica and Kelly Edmonton Wedding

4 January 2022 | Weddings

Every time I start to write a wedding blog post, I get overwhelmed and avoid it. I really don’t know why! I think it’s because I always have so much I want to say about our wonderful couples. This blog post is WAY overdue, but I’m trying! Jessica and Kelly Edmonton Wedding is FINALLY up on the blog!

We had a really amazing day with these two. They’re so down to earth and made us feel so welcome. Their ceremony at St Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral is just stunning! Their reception at the Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex felt so familiar, we have photographed so many receptions here!

In the midst of their wedding day, we had Jessica and Kelly run out in Jasper Ave in Edmonton for a photograph in the middle of the street. It was shared by a local radio station Now Radio later that week! So fun!

Thank you so much for including us in such an amazing day you guys! We’re so grateful we were a part of your day!

Shauna & Gareth

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Christmas Sessions 2021

29 October 2021 | Family, Children

Christmas is around the corner! It snuck up SO fast this year, anyone else?? As always, we are so excited to be offering our studio Christmas Sessions. We are changing the way we offer the sessions slightly – you have three options to choose from:

Option 1: Milk and Cookies

Our Milk and Cookies set up is always such a big hit! We keep the set clean and simple, and kids have a blast! You can dress up in a wonderful Christmas outfit, or a big hit is in Christmas jammies!

Milk and cookies are provided – if allergies or food sensitivities are a concern, please feel free to bring your own.

10 images
20 minutes
$250 plus GST

**The set will be the white backdrop, with a traditional Christmas colour theme. Not exactly as shown below. We like to switch it up!

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