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laurenandrob200x.jpgWe’re Rob + Lauren, and we’re super excited that you’re here! We’re a portrait photography team from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. We love shooting happy portraits of super fun people. Families, newborns, couples, and individual folks—we adore it all. 

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Oh my goodness, I think spring might be here!

Anyone who lives in Edmonton will be excited about this post. You see, over the past couple weeks we have had a fair amount of snowfall. Yes. Snow. In late May. It’s ridiculous.

Anyway, we were out scouting locations for this weekends wedding and saw actual blossoms! Beautiful, fragrant flowers. I certainly hope that’s a sign that things will be turning around weather wise!

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 We were told these are plum blossoms. They smelled amazing! Hope you enjoy this image while we head off to see Terminator!!

Lauren :)

Romy & Joyce // Concept

Rob is a guy full of ideas. He has lists all over the place; some on paper, most on his multiple computers in several different programs…

Needless to say he spends a lot of time thinking. Some of his ideas are admittedly pretty “out there”. Stuff about robots and such. But many of his ideas are pretty amazing, and we just jump on the opportunity to try them out. They don’t always go exactly as planned (well, they almost never go exactly as planned) but they always result in something totally new. And that’s exactly what we want.

Rob had an idea for a photo shoot, but we needed the right couple. Enter Romy and Joyce. A totally gorgeous couple who loves to have fun together. And yes, they are already married, and I already blogged some wedding photos, and I’m totally going out of order here, but I don’t care!

What made them absolutely perfect was the fact that Romy is a photographer himself. That meant not only that some of Rob’s planned shots would have special meaning for them, but also that we knew they would be up for whatever crazy ideas we dreamed up.

So here we are. Romy & Joyce’s concept shoot. We need a better name for that, but essentially what we mean is that we have a concept, and that drives how we shoot, rather than just shooting whatever comes to mind as we usually do!

This concept took quite a bit of prep work to execute. Here’s what it was.

When a couple books us, we often say that they get something special: two unique viewpoints for their big day. But what would happen if we took that idea, and went as literal as possible….

Well, you get this:

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 That would be two images taken at the EXACT same time. One by Rob, one by Lauren.

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 You see, Rob devised a way to trigger the two cameras at the same moment. I would set up my shot, as would he, and then he controlled when both cameras would fire. The result is two images of the exact same moment, taken with completely different viewpoints. I think what’s amazing about these images isn’t the photos themselves, although they are pretty nice. I think it’s so fascinating to see how different two people can see the same scene!!

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 This is what I meant when I said these images would have meaning. Here you can see Romy holding one of the cameras, and taking a shot of Joyce. Rob is again controlling when both images are made.

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  And as always, we have a lot of fun, even when doing something all artsy and whatnot!

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I really hope you guys enjoyed these! We have always made it a point to keep pushing ourselves, and doing something totally new. And we loved getting that opportunity with this shoot. Thanks Romy and Joyce for really making this all happen, and braving the cold weather for all those hours!

Lauren :)

Rob & Lauren Portrait Sale EXTENDED!!!!

Well, we’re pretty much all booked up for portrait sessions in May and June. Unfortunately we are merely human, and shooting 10 sessions a day isn’t physically possible (although believe me, we’d love it if we could do that!). And since we are still getting tons of awesome people looking for some killer photography, we decided to extend the offer to include July as well! YAY!!! And we have a  bunch of dates available so give us a shout ASAP before those all book up as well!

Session fees are normally $350 for weekdays and $500 for weekends, but will be an amazing $150 for weekdays and $300 for weekends! Yahoo! Hit up our contact page if you’re interested and we’ll hook you up with the details.

*New posts will be below this one, so keep scrolling to see some awesome photos!*

Sonal & Raj // St. Kitts

One of the stops on our cruise with Sonal & Raj was the lovely island of St. Kitts. The Carribbean is such a beautiful place, I just can’t get over how amazing the water looked!

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 We had a bit of time to take some shots of Sonal and her friend Jenya goofing around. Jenya came all the way from Switzerland for the wedding! Fact: the Swiss have the most fantastically designed passports ever. Google it and you’ll see what I mean.

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 As always, we just had to take some portraits of Sonal & Raj together. By the end of the whole trip, we had photographed them in five different countires. Yes. FIVE different countries. And they looked amazing in all five!

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Have a great weekend everyone!!

Lauren :)

Allow us to introduce you to....

Rob & Lauren Portraits!

Over the years we’ve been really fortunate to get to photograph some beautiful families, adorable babies, playful couples, radiant moms-to-be and straight-up awesome people. And the more we do these shoots, the more we just adore them.

So we’re beginning a new stage of our business with a strong focus on portraits. Weddings will still be a big part of our business but hopefully with many, many more portraits!

This direction is especially exciting now that so many of our wedding couples are starting little families of their own! I can’t tell you how sappy we get when we hear one of our clients is expecting…*sigh* It’s so fun to see them going from figuring out how to plan a wedding to figuring out how to change a diaper, haha!

Anyways, I’m sure you’re just waiting for all the details so here they are!

Our new portrait portfolio site is here: www.robandlaurenportraits.com

And to celebrate this new direction we’re offering a fantastic discount on our portrait sessions! They are normally $350 for weekday sessions and $500 for weekend sessions, but for all bookings in May and June they will be only $150 for weekdays and $300 for weekends! Zoinks! Did you catch that?

$350 -> $150!!! for weekdays

$500 -> $300!!!! for weekends

Hooray! If you’re interested make sure to drop us a line right away since our weeks tend to get pretty full pretty far in advance! We will also be offering gift certificates of our sessions, which is kind of like the best present EVER!

Send us an email at love [at] robandlauren [dot] ca and we’ll hook you up with more details. Make sure to let any friends know about our special, since it won’t be around for long! And now, for your viewing pleasure, a few portrait favs. For more make sure to check out the new site!

P.S. These sessions are also perfect for engagements or even getting dressed up in your wedding dress again and having some fun!!!

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 Tons o’ love,

Rob & Lauren :)

Looking for an Edmonton Newborn!

Hey Friends!

Lauren and I have a special new project that we’re undertaking and we need your help!

We’re looking for a newborn in the Edmonton area (less than 10 days old). We’re looking to do a special shoot at some point next week. If you or anyone you know is expecting right away, or has a recently given birth to a beautiful baby then please get in touch with us ASAP!

The lucky little baby will get the session totally free. Hooray!!

Just forward them this link, hit up our contact form, or give our studio a call at 780.758.0919

And a Happy Early Mother’s Day!

Sonal & Raj // Old San Juan

Can you imagine the awesomeness of doing a portrait session in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico?

Well you don’t have to imagine, because we did it! I think we could have shot there forever, except for the fact that it was crazy hot out! Nonetheless, it was amazing. I hope you enjoy these images!

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 We were so excited to find this stunning patch of light.

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 Yum! A gorgeous couple, beautiful light, and amazing colours. I think this might have been the most perfect little town ever!

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 Isn’t this the best puppy ever? He was just chillin’ in the window, paws crossed, watching the world go by.

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 Lol, man, it probably seems like all we do is take pictures of the animals we see while out shooting….But look how cute he is!!!

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Ok, I promise this is the last one! While we were shooting under these huge trees we heard a noise from above. I looked up and saw a CAT climbing down the tree trunk! My first instinct was, of course, to take a photo!  What an adventurous little guy.

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 But when all the craziness of tree-climbing cats was over, we went back to taking more stunning images of this gorgeous pair.

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 Lauren :)

Sonal & Raj // Mixer, Mendhi & Mayhem

Hehe, mayhem. Don’t you love alliterations?

So, here we go! More of Sonal & Raj, yay!

The first day on board the ship Sonal & Raj planned a fun little mixer activity for all their guests to get to know each other. They got into groups and dressed one team member up as either a bride or a groom using toilet paper, streamers, feathers, and all sorts of other fun little things. I love this shot of Sonal’s mom getting her tiara put on :)

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 And this guy was such a good sport as the ladies crafted a toilet paper turban for him!

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 Then in the evenin the ladies got together for the mendhi party. I gotta say that the girls who did the mendhi were all starts! Imagine doing such precise and delicate work while a huge cruise ships rocks and sways!

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 Sonal looked gorgeous as always. I love how her mom looks so happy to see her daughter all dressed up!

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 Such beautiful colours, and sparkles from their jewelry!

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In the meantime, well, this was the “mayhem”!

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 Take a moment to really look at everyone in this image and see the little story that is going on. I love it!

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 How much do you love those earrings??

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 The final product!

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 And yes, there is still a lot more to come!

P.S. DEFINITELY check in on Monday for an awesome new annoucement!! If you ever wanted some amazing photography by Rob & Lauren, you’re REALLY gonna wanna see this!

Lauren :)

Romy & Joyce // Wedding Teaser

I am seriously very very excited about these images. I had a super hard time not posting some yesterday! I absolutely love that we get so excited about every single wedding we shoot, and this was no exception. I don’t think the day could have been more perfect for Romy & Joyce, and they absolutely deserved it. Their engagement session a couple weeks ago literally had snow falling, and their wedding day was bright, sunny and hot! Hooray!

Enough blabbering, here are the pictures. I hope you love them as much as we do!

Joyce looked stunning in her qípáo, which is a traditional Chinese jacket that is elaborately embroidered.

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 I think this is probably my favorite shoe shot of all time…yep. It is.

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 And THE bridal party shot. The amount of factors that came into play on this one made this shot so unique. It would have only happened on a very very bright day (which we haven’t had many of lately), at only a certain time of day (20 minutes later the light squares were totally gone), with a certain lens (which we only started carrying with us on this wedding, we don’t usually bring it along), and with a specific number of bridal party attendants. I guess that’s a really long way of saying that this shot will be completely and utterly unique to Romy & Joyce and their wedding day. I absolutely love that!

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 And even though the previous shot is so wonderfully dramatic and beautiful, I love this one just as much!! So fun :)

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 And I don’t think I even have any words for this one. I just am obsessed with staring at it. Joyce just looked so stunning I don’t think it was possible to take a bad shot of her!

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 Adorable!

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 And I just had to share this one!! I’ve never seen so much dedication to getting that garter off! Joyce’s heels were giving Romy a lot of trouble, but he we determined to get it off!

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 Make sure to drop us a comment and let us know what you think of the images! Or just tell these two how ridiculously gorgeous they are!

Lauren :)

Sonal & Raj // Setting the Scene

I have no idea how many pictures you are going to end up seeing of Sonal & Raj, but it will probably be in the area of a billion. Their 7 day long Caribbean cruise was a photographers dream, and we took so many photos we got blisters on our shooting fingers!

Today I’m going to show you a few shots of the first few hours of the cruise to set the scene.

Leaving Ft. Lauderdale. I love the two cruise employees just enjoying a quiet moment before the madness of the cruise gets going.

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 The guests were enjoying some live music while we were enjoying some beautiful light.

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 Gotta love when the Coast Guard waves at you!

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 And because a post about Sonal and Raj isn’t complete with photos of these two beautiful people, here’s Sonal.

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 And that crazy guy on the right is Raj. Get to know them well, because you’ll be seeing a lot more very soon!

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 And check back in on Monday! We’re shooting an amazing wedding tomorrow, and I already know that photos are going to be off the hook!

Lauren :)