• 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.

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

    

One could argue that little baby Lachlan is a family treasure, and while that is certainly true, Paul and Beth brought along a couple of other things that made his session even more special than it otherwise would have been.

Beth got in touch on Wednesday about doing a short notice session with their two week old baby while they were in town. They were coming to Halifax from Yarmouth (where they are newly settled), for a family visit and a wedding, and they decided to come up a few days early. As luck would have it, I had one appointment open the following day. Generally newborn photography sessions are held in my client’s homes, but we decided the studio would be best.

Lachlan is the biggest snuggle bunny I have ever met. The whole time he was here, he just wanted to snuggle and rock. The most amazing thing happened when we put him on the cream coloured baby blanket (belonging to Paul when he was small): Lachlan seemed to settle right down. Paul’s mother gifted them with the soft, hand knitted blanket for Lachlan, so it was extra wonderful to have. The beautiful baby quilt was also a gift, hand sewn for Lachlan by Paul’s step mother. All of the little ruffles on the back were stitched on, and then individually frayed; a family heirloom for sure.

Baby King

Baby King

Baby King

Baby King

Baby King

    

The first thing Patrick did was convince Ashley that they should get a dog. Jersie, a beautiful chocolate lab with soulful eyes, became a part of the family in a big way. Now Jersie and Ashley are best buds, and she was the first baby of the house.

Fast forward a few years. Ashley has always wanted to go to Costa Rica… like since she was in grade school. She has always been fascinated with the monkeys there, and when she and Patrick finally had the chance to go, something wonderful happened. She had an experience that she has always dreamed about, and she came home with a new glow about her. She told me that she remembers Patrick saying that he was excited because he thought she might be pregnant. Sure enough he was right.

Patrick and Ashley are quite proud of their new nursery: Monkey themed. It was so much fun to capture them in this special place, and to include their fur baby in the images.

These two are so sweet, and I am looking forward to working with them over the next year during their Baby Plan, a collection of four sessions including maternity, newborn, 6 month, and 12 month.

Patrick & Ashley Maternity Session

Patrick & Ashley Maternity Session

Patrick & Ashley Maternity Session

Patrick & Ashley Maternity Session