Christmas Sessions 2022

28 October 2022 | Family, Children

Hey guys! We are so excited to see you this year for our Christmas Sessions 2022. As always, we have two set ups – one more for traditional, cuddly, family photos. You can have your kids an outfit for the first set, and if you want to change them into pajamas for the milk & cookies, you can definitely do that. Some people use the pajamas for the whole session, some people use regular clothes for the whole session. Whatever works best for you!

Please arrive for your session 10-15 minutes early. These sessions are booked back to back, so you need to be READY to go at your session time. Come to the house, get everyone’s shoes & jackets off, outfits finalized, and the kids’ faces wiped one last time upstairs. Then once the clients before you leave, you are more than welcome to come on downstairs into the studio. **We strongly suggest you leave anything you don’t need during the session upstairs in our main entrance.

Have a look at the first set – we are using the bed for everyone to get cuddly!

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Coene Family Fall Photos

13 September 2022 | Family

This family! They ran, they played, they chased, they laughed so hard. Family photos can feel stressful, and by the time it actually comes to the shoot, sometimes parents are so nervous that they’re short with their kids. They feel so stressed that they forget to smile, they forget to enjoy the experience. Andrea and Chat kept smiling. They chased little Paisley around as they ran and giggled. And I followed! I run too, I chase too. The Coene family fall photos are some of my favourites from the year, and that’s because they look so darn happy.

Just remember to breathe. Enjoy your kiddos. Enjoy the time together, and the time to capture your kiddos in such a special time. They’ll NEVER be this age again, you want to look back and see how much you enjoyed the time with them.

Autumn is such a popular time for family photos. Maybe it’s the change of reason and the end of summer and the return to routine – most parents get the urge to document their families growing around this time. So take a minute, soak it all in, enjoy the autumn colours in Edmonton.

If you’re looking to book a family session, check out this link here.
If you want help with what to wear for a family session, please check this post out here.

Enjoy this amazing session from The Coene family fall photos!

Shauna

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Back to School Photos

8 September 2022 | Children

Hey guys! We’re so excited to see you for Back to School photos in the studio! We want to make sure this is a fun experience for you all, so take a minute to read through all the info below. There are a couple options for outfits you can do. Our White Sessions have classically been a white top, no graphics or text, like the photos below:

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Autumn Colours in Sherwood Park

3 September 2022 | Family

We have known these guys for a long time now! Engagement photos, wedding, newborn, 6 months, one year. Then momma emailed me last minute asking if we could squeeze them in for family photos. She said she needed this time captured, and so we did. We found the beautiful autumn colours in Sherwood Park, and we spent the evening together. Playing, running, giggling. All the things that small children are just so good at. They remind us to throw leaves, tickle, cuddle. They remind us to pay attention.

Autumn is such a popular time for family photos. Maybe it’s the change of reason and the end of summer and the return to routine – most parents get the urge to document their families growing around this time. So take a minute, soak it all in, enjoy the autumn colours in Sherwood Park. And play.

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Fun Family Photos in Edmonton

2 September 2022 | Family

I know what most parents think when it comes to family – did my kid even smile? That was pure chaos. Did we get a single good shot?! How do I know you think this? Because I think it too, every single time we walk walk away from our family photos. I worry if my kids smiled at all. I worry if they smiled nicely. I wonder if I looked okay or made weird faces. Seriously! Don’t we worry about it all?! But the best photo shoots I have are the ones where families take a deep breath, relax, and decide they’re going to have FUN during their session. They keep smiles on their faces, they run, they chase, they laugh. They PLAY. That is our goal – Fun Family Photos in Edmonton.

We have been photographing these guys since their engagement session. We photographed their wedding, their newborn photos with this sweet girl, and we got to see them again now that she is an adorable bundle of energy. It was so incredibly wonderful to catch up with them, and to see their family grow.

Thank you so much for being up for fun family photos in Edmonton you guys! It was so great to see you, to catch up, and to get to know your little one.

Shauna

If you’re interested in booking family photos, check out more info here.

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Engagement Photos at Chelsea Robinson Park

14 July 2022 | Engagement

When we started planning their engagement session, Nav and Andrew really wanted nature and water. I had spent some time out at Constable Chelsea Robinson Park last summer with my boys, and I just had a feeling it would be so beautiful for a session. And holy man, was I right! I am absolutely smitten with their engagement photos at Chelsea Robinson Park.

I honestly was a bit concerned when I showed up! The wind was howling and it felt chilly. Whenever the weather is a bit iffy, the couple’s makes all the difference! If you’ve made the effort to get ready, had your makeup done, planned the outfits and got out of the house, let’s make the most of it! Let’s cuddle and laugh and just have some fun. And that is exactly what these two did.

Nav and Andrew, thank you for such a fun night! I absolutely adore your engagement photos at Chelsea Robinson park.

Can’t wait for your wedding!

Shauna

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What to Wear for Family Photos

12 July 2022 | Family

The big question we ALWAYS get asked – what do we wear for our family photos?? Choosing outfits is stressful! Even when I start planning our family sessions every year, all of a sudden I feel paralyzed and like I have NO idea what I’m doing! Here are my thoughts and suggestions that cover the big question – What to Wear for Family Photos.

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Leachman Fall Family Photos

17 June 2022 | Family

This family! How I love them so. Joy is a very dear friend of mine, and our kids have grown up together. Having the honor of documenting these kiddos as they grow is amazing! Each year I photograph them I’m blown away about the changes in them, how different they look, how funny and lovely they are. It also helps that this mama has the BEST style when choosing outfits. The Leachman fall family photos is a favourite session of mine!

You can check out a really different session we did together when they chose the beautiful spring blossoms here!

When choosing outfits, it’s best to keep things mostly neutral, and then choose one or two pops of colour. Joy chose yellow, with the cutest skirt for her daughter, and a great shirt for her son that go so well together. That’s the goal! We don’t need you to match, but you do want to “go” together.

We get asked occasionally if people can bring their dog to their session. The answer is yes! It’s best to ask a family member to take over with the dog after they’ve been in some photos, or if you’re comfortable and your dog is friendly, bring a leash and we can tie the dog just out of the shot for some of the photos.

Always such a pleasure hanging out with one of my besties! It never feels like work if we get to hang out, laugh, and capture her gorgeous family.

Love you friend!
Shauna

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Planning Your Family Photo Session

16 June 2022 | Family

Thank you so much for booking your family photo shoot with us! We are excited to work with you. There can be a lot to think about, and it can feel overwhelming, but we’re here to help! Let’s chat about planning your family photo session.

When it comes down to it, photography is all about light. So our first priority is to choose a location based on the the time of day you can book your session. We always suggest the evening in terms of getting beautiful, soft light. That golden light you see in so many photos happens when the sun is low and the light is soft. That happens early morning, or in the evening. We do understand small kiddos can’t always do the evening, so once we choose a time for your photos, that will determine the type of location we suggest to you.

Choosing Location

The first thing to think about the main vibe you want for your photos. Some people don’t really care, and they really just want their family captured and documented. If that’s the case, amazing! We’ll send you some suggestions based on the time of day you book.

There are two main categories for you location: urban or rural. If you love architecture in your photos, we have some suggestions for you.

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Beautiful Light in Family Photos

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Let’s talk about beautiful light in family photos. It’s a question we get asked a lot – how do we get that beautiful light I see in photos? The bottom line you guys – you have to be willing to do your photos in the evening. I KNOW it’s hard with kids to have happy, smiling kiddos in photos if they’re up too late and they’re tired. We will always work with you to make sure we pick a time that gives us the best chance to see your kids smiling. But if your kids are a bit older, and we can push bedtime a bit, then you will get that beautiful light in your family photos.

There are other factors too, the biggest thing being the weather. We can’t predict clouds, which will block beautiful sun, but we will absolutely try our best to capture that beautiful, glowy, sunset light for you.

I also absolutely love the outfit choices mom chose for the photos below! There is no need to match anymore, but we want the outfits to “go” together. The son’s yellow jeans, the daughter’s yellow top, it all helps add a pop of colour, but they go together so well.

If your kids are just too young for an evening photo shoot, that’s okay! We’ll work with you to choose the best location possible. Be flexible, and we’ll find a spot that works best. We want to capture you playing, interacting with one another, and capturing this moment in time.

If you want to read more about choosing the best location for your photos, check out this post here.

If you want to get planning, check out this blog post!

Can’t wait to work with you!
Shauna & Gareth

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