In the winter months, it can be more challenging to choose a location for family photography sessions. When we were talking about the options, I sensed a change in tone in Laurie’s voice when I mentioned the train station. There was a pause, and a hint of wistfulness when she spoke again, and I could tell there were some good memories there from days gone by. Laurie and Erin and Cameron used to ride the train when everyone was younger. Laurie is from northern New Brinswick, and the train ride home to visit family was something that they always looked forward to. What better place to get together to capture them as a family, than a place where many a journey and good times started?

Elhatton Family

Elhatton Family

Elhatton Family

Elhatton Family

Elhatton Family

    

It was especially wonderful to photograph the You Gotta Sing Chorus concert event recently since I am a past member. It brought back lots of great memories of laughter, joy, and song.

YGS is a community choir that is totally inclusive. You don’t have to audition, any age or gender can join, and you do not need to have previous experience singing. It is such a welcoming community of people. (Can you tell that I miss it?!!)

Here are a few of my favourite moments from the concert.

A quick group photo of close to 120 singers.
YGS Chorus Event

The warm up with choir director Vanessa Lindsay-Botten.
YGS Chorus Event

Everyone immersed in song.
YGS Chorus Event

Vanessa and youth choir singer.
YGS Chorus Event

Dancing and movement during the performance.
YGS Chorus Event

This was probably one of the most interesting parts… Some of the choir moved out to the side aisles of the church and enveloped the audience with music. The acoustics were amazing, and the whole space was filled with sound.
YGS Chorus Event

Another highlight was when choir singer Kevin accompanied the choir with his bag pipes to Chi Mi Na Morbheanna, a beautiful Gaelic song.
YGS Chorus Event

YGS Chorus Event

YGS Chorus Event

Special guest singers: Women Next Door choir.
YGS Chorus Event

    

It was a dark and stormy night… no really, it was! We had been hoping to have some snow for Courtney and Stephanie’s session, and it seemed like we should have stopped hoping sooner, because Halifax had a blizzard the day before. To top it all off, as we started photographing, it started to snow which turned into sleet. It certainly was a chilly one, but these two were definitely able to keep each other warm.

The snow was gorgeous. It fell all around the ladies, and shimmered and shone like icing when it landed on them. It was like they were in their own frozen world.

Same sex engagement session

Same sex engagement session

Same sex engagement session

Same sex engagement session

It was such a pleasure photographing this lesbian same sex engagement style session with these ladies, who were totally genuine and down to earth.

  • Courtney - Thank you so much Rebecca!!! We LOVE these! I cannot wait to see the rest of the shots. You were such a pleasure to hangout with! Thank you for shooting us and making us look like lovebird rockstars!

  • Rebecca Clarke - Awww, my pleasure Courtney! You were both so adorable, and totally into each other. Just the way it should be :)

  • Paula Daniels - loved Courtney and Steph’s photos!!!

    

A huge thank you to everyone who came to visit us at Brides 2015 this year at the WTCC! There were so many great vendors, and excited brides at the show this year. It was a lot of fun to hear all about these lovely ladies’ plans for their big day. Wedding season can’t come soon enough!

For anyone who stopped by the booth and didn’t get a chance to enter our draw for a Bridal Portrait Session, the draw is still open, and will remain active until midnight on Tuesday, January 27th. Here’s that link again: www.rebeccaclarke.ca/win

Wedding Show 2015

Wedding Show 2015

Wedding Show 2015

Wedding Show 2015

    

There is something magical about a black and white photograph, and it is my opinion as a Halifax wedding photographer that moments are better in black and white. When you view it like this, somehow everything is distilled down to it’s most pure form, distractions melt away, and we make a stronger emotional connection with the story.

Here are a few of my favourites from a wedding we did at Digby Pines Resort.

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Halifax wedding photographer 02

Halifax wedding photographer 03

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Marie Claire is Chief Resident of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University, and she was recently up for an award which required an updated business portrait. She has great style, and wanted to do a head shot session that was professional, but with a little creativity and personality.

When she arrived, we photographed some standard poses in both of the outfits that she brought. We viewed them on the studio laptop as we went along, and they looked really nice, but “safe” and a touch traditional. If she left with one of those I would have been happy, but I had another idea that had been percolating in the back of my head for days. Enter the posing table… Keeping the business clothing and white background made the images feel professional, but relaxing the pose and pumping the tunes in the studio while we were working allowed for something a little more fresh and modern.

What do you think? Comments welcome.

Here is what she had to say about the experience:

“I was not looking forward to getting a required headshot for work, and I was worried that the pictures would be very boring and traditional. I shared my concerns with Rebecca, and she made sure I got a headshot that I was pleased with. With the introduction of new poses and her creativity, I ended up with a photo that was both professional and fun. She was a pleasure to work with.” -Marie Claire

Marie Claire headshot