• Why I became a photographer

    Portrait of Dad
    This is my dad. My hero, my mentor, and one of my career inspirations. He comes from hard-working people. He’s a provider. I love him for his strength, his perseverance, and his love for his family. I’m his only daughter.

    Ironically, he’s not overly fond of the lens, so there are very few photos of him in existence, save the ones I’ve secretly snapped when he hasn’t been watching, which isn’t often. He’s a quick one. Someday, photos will be the tangible legacy of our family’s memories. They’re precious cargo. Snap that shutter today, or commission me to photograph your family’s most special moments. They will be glad you did.

It’s hard to believe how quickly time goes by! When I first met Carla & Sean, baby Alexis was still in her mommy’s tummy and now she is six months old. This was our third session of four in her Baby Plan.

The session day started out a wet one, and it rained heavily the day before. Carla and I emailed back and forth several times about weather and clothing, and we were hoping that mother nature would co-operate since we were really looking forward to taking pictures that day. Our original plan was to go back to the park near Carla & Sean’s house were we photographed their maternity session, but when Sean headed down on the morning of the session to check the place out, he sent me iPhone photos of a boggy, swampy, and wet place… not the sort of location where you could sit on the ground cuddling your baby. Our backup location ended up being The Dingle, and it was wonderful. It is sheltered there, so all of the best fall colours were still out in abundance, and it wasn’t to windy. When we started setting up, I had to laugh, because both Sean and I brought a tarp to put under blankets so we could sit on the grass. Great minds think alike!

Check out a few great moments from their session:

Baby Alexis Sangster

Sangster Family

Baby Alexis Sangster

  • Carla - Rebecca, These are amazing photos. You have taken a quick glimpse in our life and captured a special moment for our family. These are the best memories that need no words as your photos say it all. Thank you.

  • Rebecca Clarke - Thank you so much for your warm comments. It has been so wonderful watching your little miss grow! Can’t wait to see you and her again at her one year session :)

    

You may remember Patrick and Ashley from their maternity session post, where I talked about the story behind their monkey themed nursery. Since they booked a Baby Plan (four sessions including maternity, newborn, six month and twelve month), I knew I’d see them again soon after their maternity session.

While Patrick and Ashley were in the hospital, Ashley’s sister came over and took care of their dog Jersie. The funny thing is, she is not a dog person. While they were away, Ashley got a message from her sister saying that she was sitting in the middle of the floor with their 80 pound lab sitting on her lap getting a good scratch. Pretty funny from Patrick and Ahsley’s perspective. Since she had access to their house, she surprised them with a cute welcome home sign, complete with a monkey on it.

Enter sweet little Charlotte. She has this cute habit of lifting her arms up around her head. Sometimes her tiny fingers cover her face, and sometimes they end up around her ears, almost like she’s trying to cross her arms behind her head. She also has found that her fingers are good to slurp on. It is amazing how fast her personality is taking shape.

In honour of the monkey theme, I couldn’t resist knitting a monkey set for Charlotte’s session. (Yes, I knit a lot of my own props. A great way to relax in the evenings, and I make one of a kind pieces.)

Here are Patrick and Ashley with their little monkey Charlotte, and their tail-wagger Jersie.

Newborn baby Charlotte

Newborn baby Charlotte

Newborn baby Charlotte

Newborn baby Charlotte

    

Kimberly and Paul and their kids just moved to Nova Scotia from Newfoundland and Labrador, and although they have many friends and family remaining there, they are ready for this next exciting chapter in their lives. A photography session seemed like the perfect way to keep in touch, and show their loved ones back home what their new home is like.

The back yard was filled with fall colour, and Kimberly has always wanted to do a session in the bright colours of autumn. The kids kicked around a ball as we got setup to start photographing, and their energetic Husky/Sheppard mix was as excited as they were. He was super talkative, and one of those dogs that loved to be right in the middle of things. Our plan was to have some treats to get his attention, and then photograph a couple of quick images of the whole family, before tucking him away in the house where there was less excitement happening. The plan was perfect, and you would never know that he was a high energy pooch. It was so wonderful including him.

Here are a few teasers from their session:

Best Janes Family

Best Janes Family

Best Janes Family

    

At her newborn session, little baby Alice was 8 days old. I know, it’s hard to believe she was so young, with her full head of hair that is as soft as silk. She is Alexandra and Dave’s first, and you can see that she is very loved.

Alexandra and Dave have been together for years, but had been apart off and on while Dave traveled for work and Alexandra studied to become a doctor. It worked for them, but now Dave doesn’t have to travel so much, and Alexandra is a resident, and life seems to be giving them more time together. It seemed like the perfect stage to grow their family from two to three.

Newborn baby Alice

Newborn baby Alice

Newborn baby Alice

    

Emily told me that she was drawn to the images on our website that were more in the moment and fun, so for their maternity session, the theme for the evening was a light hearted one. The beach itself was a natural choice. Emily and Tim spend a lot of time on the beach and at the cottage. They love being by the water. We ended up at Rainbow Haven Beach, and since it is only open until 6:00p at this time of year, we knew we would have a limited time, or risk being on the wrong side of the gates when they were locked.

The bromegrass was long and golden as we headed down the board walk to the ocean. We brought a nice little a-frame tent to give Emily, Tim and Jesse some shade on the otherwise shadeless beach. Since the parking lot closes early, we knew were going to miss out on the golden hour that gives that beautiful rich honey coloured light, and in the harsher light shade was a must. Jesse thought the tent made a great fort, and he was inside it before we even finished setting it up!

We had a great time playing in the sand, drawing pictures, and looking for creepy crawly things in the tide pools. As 6:00p approached we headed back to our cars and moved over to the harbour across from the main beach, and more importantly, on the other side of the gates. We ended up with beautiful honey light after all, and I think my favourite moment of the whole session was when Jesse ran along the shoreline with a beach towel billowing out behind him like a cape. That was good stuff!

Maternity session Rainbow Haven Beach

Maternity session Rainbow Haven Beach

Maternity session Rainbow Haven Beach

Maternity session Rainbow Haven Beach

    

That weekend was a time for the Unwin family to come together, and remember all of the good memories in the home that they built to be their happy place. This home, where they laughed and got caught up with each other’s lives, and enjoyed a slower pace.

It was super important to Anne to capture some portraits here before the house sold, so she organized a gathering of her children and grandchildren at their Chester, Nova Scotia home. The visit was spontaneous and bittersweet as they said goodbye to a beloved place.

Annabelle and Timmy were super playful, full of energy, and loved exploring. Tristan, just nine months old, was full of smiles and nothing made him smile bigger than when we was being tickled.

Here is a little sneak peek from this special time in the Unwin family’s special place:

Unwin Family

Unwin Family

Unwin Family

Unwin Family

Unwin Family

Unwin Family

Unwin Family