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 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 :)

    

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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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

    

Brandon and Ryan hatched a plan while everyone was together during the Holidays… an extended family photography session. Ryan and his wife Jennifer with their daughter Havana live in Alberta, so family time isn’t everyday for them and the rest of the Silver family. It has to be scheduled and planned for, and so it’s all the more precious when it does happen.

When Brandon first got in touch with me, he asked about doing a studio session. We went back and forth about clothing choices and background colours, but there was a general feeling of wanting something more. More creative, more unique, and yet something meaningful. In the winter months in Halifax, photography outdoors becomes a much bigger challenge, so the options are more limited. Through conversation we decided to change the location to the Keithe’s Brewery Market, and finally, it felt right. As it turns out, I didn’t know just how right on it was, because Michael (Brandon and Ryan’s father) used to work at Oland’s Brewery, and being at the Brewery Market was nostalgic for him.

This is kind of a neat time for the Silver’s… Brandon and Elena are expecting a baby very soon, Havana is growing and changing so fast, and Marion and Michael are enjoying retirement and grand babies. It was an honour to capture some beautiful memories for them.

Sliver Family

Sliver Family

Sliver Family

Sliver Family

    

Jennifer and Paul just moved to Nova Scotia about four months ago with their two year old son William (Liam for short). They are all settled in now for the most part, just in time for the arrival of sweet baby Clara. Both of the children have beautiful names. (If you love Dr. Who, you’ll immediately think of Clara Oswald. It’s a wonderfully pretty name in it’s own right, and really suites her.)

One of the things that Jennifer told me when we planned the session, is that they love images that are free of to many props, preferring to keep the focus on the magic of new life. She also wanted to know if we could use a black background for some of the images, because they had done that with William’s newborn photos, and they ended up being the images they liked best from the session. What was great about this, is that it allowed us to focus on relational images that showed off how much Clara was loved, supported, and cherished as a new addition to their family. William even cuddled her for a few minutes, and he was very gentle with her.

A few highlights from their session:

Newborn baby Clara

Newborn baby Clara

Newborn baby Clara

Newborn baby Clara

  • Jennifer Niefer - Thank you for the time and care you took with our family. Your relaxed and professional attitude put us all at ease and made the newborn session, which can be long and stressful, a stress-free event. It was particularly good that you were able to do it in our home and we were impressed with the efficiency with which you set up an entire studio right in our living room! It was really important to us to have newborn photos of our second baby that captured this fleeting time and that included the whole family, and we really appreciated your enthusiasm about including our son in the photo shoot and about getting sweet pictures of all the little details. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the pictures.