Rundle Park Engagement Session with Zoe and Jake

14 April 2022 | Couples, Engagement

I met Zoe and Jake on a beautiful February afternoon for their Rundle park engagement session. It was a chance to get to know them better ahead of their April wedding. It was also an opportunity for them to get comfortable in front of the camera.

Rundle park is a beautiful part of Edmonton’s river valley, connecting to Gold Bar park at the South end. Together we strolled across the bridge, circling the pond in Gold Bar park. Coming back to Rundle Zoe and Jake took advantage of one of the buildings for a quick outfit change.

We finished their beautiful Rundle Park engagement session as the sun slowly sank below the horizon.

Zoe and Jake thank you so much for spending some time with me despite the February chill. Shauna and I can’t wait to see you again and meet the rest of your families for the big day in April!

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Planning Outfits for Your Mother’s Day Session

12 April 2022 | Family

Hey friends! I’m so excited to see you for your Mother’s Day Session! I had our first set up of this brand new set, so I wanted to show it to you so you can plan your outfits for the session. Remember I am always here to help! If you have any questions Planning Outfits for Your Mother’s Day Session, please email me. I suggest you put the outfits you’re thinking of down on your bed together, take a photo, and you can send it to me. I’ll let you know what I think!

The set is very bright and colourful and springy. Florals is the main focus. I have put different outfits below so you can see some different ideas. We don’t all have to be matchy matchy anymore, but it’s important all of the outfits “GO” together. We chose springy outfits, with the ladies in colourful dress, and the guys in more neutral tops:

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Newborn Pricing Guide

11 April 2022 | Newborn

Here you will find all you need to know about our newborn pricing. There is also further information about what comes next – 6 month, first year shoots and beyond. If you have any questions about our newborn pricing guide don’t hesitate to get in touch here! You can also find more information about choosing your session style here.

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Marcus and Teegan – An Alberta winter wedding

19 March 2022 | Weddings

This past family day, in particularly frigid weather, we spent the day with Marcus and Teegan. It was a classic Alberta winter day. Bright sunshine, deep blue skies, crisp snow under foot all whist the mercury plunged below -20. The perfect day for an Alberta winter wedding at Hasting Lake Gardens!

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Mike and Corinne’s Edmonton Wedding

13 March 2022 | Weddings

Mike and Corinne’s Edmonton Wedding was a beautiful, chilly day! When I walked into the bride’s bedroom in the morning, and saw all the balloons, I knew Corinne was surrounded by thoughtful, amazing women. The details, the extra care, all of it made for such a love filled day.

We got to know Mike when he was in his friend Kane’s wedding party (you can see their photos here!) When Mike contacted us about his wedding, we were obviously so excited. When we get referrals from a wedding party, we know that the vibe will be similar, the people will be wonderful, and we’ll vibe with them. Gareth first met with Mike and Corinne to photograph their fall engagement session (and Corinne had the cutest outfit!) you can check out their engagement session here.

The day of their wedding was windy and chilly, but these two didn’t care. They just wanted to spend the day with their friends and family, and celebrate their marriage. I honestly thought about leaving out the photos with the masks, but this is the story of their day, and this was the reality. I want to look at photos with masks and think – “love wins”. That regardless of the state of the world, people gathered in any way they could to celebrate love.

We had a fun stop at McDonald’s, which always ends up in some fun photos!
From there we headed to the U of A, which always provides a beautiful backdrop for photos.
We finished up at the Walterdale bridge.

The reception was really emotional, from big laughs to big tears. Mike and Corinne’s Edmonton Wedding was celebrated, and their crew celebrated them big.

We are so incredibly happy we were there to document your day, thank you for having us guys!

Shauna & Gareth xox

Ceremony Location: St. Andrew’s United Church
Reception Location: The Mirage Banquet Hall
Cake: Cake Affair

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Chelsey and Brett’s Edmonton Wedding

10 March 2022 | Weddings

What. A. Wedding! Every single time I think of this day, I just start to grin again. The smiles, the laughs, the emotions, the group of people – all of it – made Chelsey and Brett’s Edmonton Wedding such an unforgettable day.

Chelsey and Brett are a blast. They ALWAYS have fun together, that was clear when I photographed their engagement session. They felt like fast friends as soon as we met them, and everyone at their wedding made us feel so welcome all day.

This is the type of wedding that doesn’t feel like work. It feels like hanging out with friends, laughing until the tears are flowing out of our eyes, documenting such an amazing connection. Chelsey and Brett’s Edmonton Wedding was a day full of family, friends and celebration.

Chelsey and Brett, thank you so, so much for having us be a part of your day! It was truly an honour, we met so many fun people, and seeing you two tie the knot was pretty incredible. We are so lucky we got to know you!

Shauna & Gareth

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More information on our wedding packages can be found here.

Wedding Dress: Novelle Bridal
Florist: Azalea Azoreana
Hair & Mkaeup: Rock it Out Salon
Suits: Indochino
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Meridian Banquet & Conference Centre

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Nora’s Edmonton Newborn Session

9 March 2022 | Newborn

When some of our very best friends have a baby, and they ask us to document her arrival into their amazing family, you better believe I squealed! I was SO excited to photograph Nora’s Edmonton newborn session, for so many reasons. First off, just because I love them so much! Quality time with this family is always welcome. Second, I knew the older girls would be so easy to work with. Third, since we were all just hanging out with friends, it gave us the chance to try some new lighting techniques, and just play around a bit with posing. Nora’s Edmonton newborn session was so relaxed and such a nice catch up time!

We love you all so much, and Nora already has all our love too! Thank you so much for coming to the studio to hang out, for trusting us to document your wonderful family, and for being the absolute best friends.

Shauna & Gareth xox

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FAQ’s

The beautiful floral swaddle in the photos is from Copperpearl

Find our newborn pricing guide here

Some common questions we get asked about newborn photography:

  • When should we book newborn photos?
    The sooner the better! Especially in the summer, when our season is busy, it can be hard to squeeze in last minute inquiries. We typically get bookings anytime from 12 week-30 weeks. And sometimes after baby is born! We will always try to accommodate everyone, but to guarantee a booking, please inquire before baby is born.
  • How can we book a date when we don’t know when baby is coming?
    We choose a tentative date based on your due date, to make sure you are you in our calendar. Once baby comes, then we confirm the day, change it if we need to, and get you booked in.
  • When should newborn photos be done?
    Newborns are best photographed between 7-15 days old. As they get older, they are less sleepy, more alert, and less mouldable. Things happen though! We understand that – so if we need to book in a bit later than that, we will!
  • Can we request poses or colours for our session?
    Yes, absolutely! We do ask for understanding that all poses are based on baby – sometimes some poses just don’t work out. But we will absolutely try our best!
  • Are family photos included in the session?
    Yes! Our full newborn sessions include family photos, sibling photos, just mom and dad. Those family photos are SO important – they’re your first family photographs!
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Ashley and Marc Edmonton Engagement

22 January 2022 | Couples, Engagement

What a beautiful evening with these two! They just wanted to hang out and have some fun in the warm Edmonton summer. They loved the idea of using the Edmonton River Valley, and they loved the idea of having some architecture in some of their photos too. We decided to meet at Concordia University, so we could have a bit of both looks – the lush greenery, the walking paths, and the beautiful buildings! I love this spot so much, it gives so much variety to a session without any extra driving. Ashley and Marc Edmonton Engagement session is below!

I have known Ashley a really long time, so in between the posing and walking, there was a LOT of catching up. It was such a nice chance to get to know Marc as well (when he could get a word in between Ashley and I!) I have actually known Ashley since she was a kid, so photographing her engagement session made me feel a bit nostalgic, a bit old, and really really honoured.

The giggles, the snuggles, the whole evening was wonderful. Ashley and Marc Edmonton Engagement session was such a great night, I’ll let the photos continue doing the talking below!

Did you know that all of our wedding packages include engagement sessions? You can read more about our wedding packages here.

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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 | Children, Cake Smash

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

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