Sarah and Brent

21 January 2014 | Engagement

Autumn in Edmonton is always a gamble. Is it going to be nice? Warm? Freezing? Sunshine? Snow. You honestly never, ever know.

Sarah and Brent’s engagement shoot was a huge gamble. Storm clouds were rolling in, the wind was picking up and heavy rain was imminent. It was a challenge to get everyone’s schedules coordinated, so we decided to just go for it. I mean, what was the worst that could happen? We would have got a little wet.

We didn’t. We may have froze just a bit, the wind may have howled and we may have been running back to our cars by the end of the session, but we beat the rain and created some beautiful images.

Your wedding this summer is going to be fabulous…I can just feel it.


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On This Day…

14 January 2014 | Personal, Travel, Maternity

A bit of a trip down memory lane for today’s Travel Tuesday! Ever think…oh man, a year ago today I was….3 years ago we were…..

Well here is ours! On this Day…

January 14, 2005. Gareth was in Melbourne, Australia soaking up the sunshine whilst I was back in Canada freezing in the midst of winter. This purse in the heart of the city gained cult fame thanks to a naked Billy Connolly who also sat here. Hopefully it was washed before Gareth climbed aboard!

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2013 in Review

We started out 2013 with me – massive, uncomfortable, exhausted, nervous. Gareth was carrying the load of most things in our life so I could rest. He was a superhero, as he continues to be.

Our first wedding was a couple who have grown incredibly close to our hearts. Ashley had such faith in us that our news of a little one on the way didn’t move her decision at all – she wanted us to be there on her day. Thank you for your faith friend, and for trusting our pact that I wouldn’t go into labour before your first dance!

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9 January 2014 | Children

This gorgeous newborn boy came to visit us, and he was wonderful! His session went so smoothly, he slept like a dream, and his parents were so laid back.

Thanks so much for coming to meet us you guys, we hope to see you again soon!


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Stewart Island, New Zealand

8 January 2014 | Personal, Travel

Some of you have started following us because of our portrait work. Some of you joined us when we were on a pretty amazing adventure a couple of years ago. For those of you who don’t know, Gareth and I spent 17 months traveling in 2011 and 2012. We never finished sharing our shenanigans, and one of our goals for 2014 is to finish up that chapter of our story.

Welcome to Travel Tuesdays. Every Tuesday we will feature a travel story. I cannot guarantee they will be in order. I can’t guarantee you will see the same country every week. But it will be personal, wonderful, silly, fun.

If you you want to check out some of our other travel stories, we would be honoured! You can find them here.

Let’s begin, shall we?

Stewart Island is the third island of New Zealand. The one a lot of foreigners don’t know about. Gareth and I had heard great things about it, so we had decided we needed to check it out.

We left Bingo the Bongo van (our home for the year we lived in New Zealand) parked at a home we had camped at the night before we caught the ferry to the island. Taking a car across is an astronomical price and given that there are only about 20km worth of roads, frankly pointless, so we stayed in the YHA on Stewart Island and used our own steam to get around. That was the whole point of heading somewhere for a hike after all.

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Maria and Tony – 1 Year Later

6 January 2014 | Couples

These two were married last summer, in a big greek/italian wedding full of fun and laughs, plate throwing and the groom serenading his bride.

Flash forward one year later. They are happy, smiling and more in love than ever. Spending time with these two is always a privilege, and this breezy fall Edmonton evening was no exception. I found out soon after this session that it meant more to them than we all realized it would – they found out they were expecting right before the session! We had a very similar photo shoot with NC Photography, so I know how amazing it is to look at the photos and know there is a family being made right then and there.

So happy to be working with you both, as always. You are both wonderful.

Shauna xox

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Roughley Christmas 2013

24 December 2013 | Personal, Children

Callum’s first Christmas was one of smiles, laughter, and a fascination with bows. He laughed hardest at a $2 spiky ball I stuffed in his stocking. I’m so glad we decided to not buy him anything substantial this year. He was in awe of the process.

Christmas has its magic back thanks to our little man. We’re so incredibly lucky we were surrounded by so many people who love us this year. We’re a blessed little family, we are.

I wrote this on Christmas eve and never got around to posting it, so I shall post it now.

It’s the day before Christmas
and my house is a mess. But if I’m being honest
I wouldn’t want anything less.

It’s loud, it’s noisy
There’s sequels and there’s shouts.
I’m really starting to understand
What this season is all about.

I won’t remember that I’ve cleaned
the same mess 4 times today
But guaranteed I will remember
that my whole house is somewhere to play.

We’re all crawling on the ground
we’re building castles with blocks
There is rarely a time
we’re staring at the clock.

My little man has a smile
that lights up my whole life.
As we laugh and play I’m so proud to be a mom
so proud to be a wife.

Tonight when we lay down our heads
I’ll be thankful for my ever after.
Thankful for this time
thankful for this laughter.

My hope for all the Christmases to come
that they’re all this merry and bright.
Merry Christmas to you all
and to all, a goodnight.


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Lydia and Tyler

I can’t get enough of this snowy winter session. Edmonton may be freezing, but the cold is absolutely beautiful. Lydia and Tyler are getting married next year, and we’re SO excited to be a part of it…they’re going to make our jobs pretty easy.

I’ll have lots more to share from this session soon!


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Hobbes – 9 Days New

19 December 2013 | Children

Number 1 – He has a fantastic name.

Number 2 – He has a pretty amazing family.

My friend Jen from Snow Pea Portraits just added another awesome member to her family. When she asked us to capture them all together in his first days, I was touched. It’s an amazing experience to witness new families as they all find their groove with one another. it’s an added bonus that I get to cuddle these gorgeous creatures for hours during their sessions.

Jen, thank you so much for bringing Hobbes to see us when he was brand new. It was so lovely to meet him, and to see you all. I know we’ll be seeing a lot of you all in the future.

Lots of love,
Shauna xox

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The Friesen Family

12 December 2013 | Family, Children

Having a baby is a pretty massive game changer. I’m going to go so far as to say it’s the biggest game changer. New friends are a must, moms who you can talk to and vent to and hang out with.

Enter Tawyna and Ryenne into our lives. They were a part of our mom’s group we joined through Alberta Health Services. Every week we have hung out and had a blast and watched our babies grow.

We hung out with them one weekend at The Prairie Gardens corn maze – and Callum came along!

Ryenne just turned one and Tawyna has returned to work, and we miss them terribly! We’re so lucky to have met you and have you as our friends.


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