• 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.

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Remember that day last week when the fog sat on the harbor all day, and just wouldn’t burn off? That was the day of Olivia’s bridal portrait session. We planned to meet at the park at 7:00p, and I knew we were in for dark and dramatic images as I drove from sunny blue skies and puffy white clouds in Sackville into a wall of fog downtown.

Her friends Lindsey and Nancy were a huge help providing encouragement, carrying and arranging her dress, and sharing in the fun and laughter as we encounter all manner of characters downtown.

Bridal Portrait

Bridal Portrait

Bridal Portrait

Bridal Portrait

Bridal Portrait

    

As a general rule, I recommend photographing newborns within the first two weeks of birth. This is when they are still tiny, well fed and their most sleepy. After this period they loose some of the little things that make them new, like the fine downy fur on their back or ears, the almost healed belly button, the delicate dry flaky skin, and the general tiny squishyness. They also tend to be awake more, so they need a lot more soothing to get them to sleep.

Meet Mayah. She was born little and perfect, and when I met her at 27 days old (her session had to be rescheduled), she was only around 8 pounds. Although some of the characteristics of brand new baby had gone away, she is still impossibly beautiful and sweet, and I didn’t mind the extra time holding and rocking her at all. I almost didn’t want to give her back, or put her down to photograph her.

Thank you to her Grammy Anne for arranging and hosting her newborn session. It was so lovely to be surrounded by Mayah’s family, and a rare opportunity to capture her with Grammy and Grampy as well as Mommy and Daddy.

Newborn Baby Mayah

Newborn Baby Mayah

Newborn Baby Mayah

Newborn Baby and family

Newborn Baby and family

    

I sensed right away that family is important to Jean Paul and Tanya. I get that. I feel the same. Jean Paul and his family are originally from Hantsport, Nova Scotia, but he and Tanya and their two boys now live in Alberta, and they haven’t seen some of their family here in about two years (which is an eternity when kids are young). Life goes by quickly, and it is good to make a special effort to spend time with those you love.

They decided to come together for a week long family vacation on the sandy beaches of Malagash, on the north shore of Nova Scotia. They came from all over: Alberta, Ontario, and southern Nova Scotia. Everyone was there: Jean Paul & Tanya with their two boys, Jean Paul’s parents Joe and Jean, Aunt Linda (also known as Aunty Ninny), his sister Marie with her husband and two girls, and his sister Arlene and her partner and their fur baby. There were many games of washer toss, squirt gun fights, and explorations in the tide pools on the shore. They may not see each other often, but when they do, they make it count. I bet the kids are going to be talking about this trip for a long time.

It was such an honour to help them capture some of the good times, to look back on when they are apart. Here is the briefest of teasers from their session. More to come soon.

Doucette Family

Doucette Family

Doucette Family

Doucette Family

Doucette Family

Doucette Family

  • Tanya Doucette - Literally squeals of delight across the country as we shared this teaser among the family.
    We are beyond thrilled with the photo of the whole family, that you have captured all of us laughing together is better than we could have imagined.
    I’m already imagining where we’ll hang the pictures of the children on the beach!
    Thank you Rebecca, for a great evening and for capturing this special time for our family! We can’t wait to see the rest of your work.

  • Rebecca Clarke - Tanya, I think I said this when we were planning your session, but when family comes together like this, is exactly my favourite kind of photography session! I am so happy to have been there on your last day together. Warm squishy hugs!

  • Cora Pearson - Beautiful pictures,thanks for sharing with me and they do make a person homesick especially on a hot day like today and no ocean near by.

    

We first met Rebecca and Peter a few years ago when we photographed their wedding. We discovered that they are quiet and down to earth people, who love spending time with family. Their schedules are quite a bit busier now, since they moved to Newfoundland, started careers in medicine, and brought sweet baby Jasper into the world. (Isn’t that just the cutest baby name?) It was so delightful hearing all about what they have been up to since we saw them last, and playing with Jasper.

We started at Lawerencetown beach in the morning. It was warm and sunny as we made our way over the rocks down to the sand. Rebecca’s parents, Barb and Rob came for a few photos, and to help with their dog Jake… a big, strong, and beautiful golden retriever who LOVED the water. Peter had to practically sit on Jake in order to get him to stay put for a few photos of the whole family before letting him dive into the ocean for a dip. Once Jake got wet, he was happy (and so were we), and it made for a wonderful photo opportunity.

As the sun climbed higher in the sky, we decided to relieve tiny baby eyes and head back to Barb and Rob’s house nearby for a short break and a snack for Jasper. Their back yard was perfect, so we kept it simple and spread out a quilt under a tree for part two of the session. The shade, and our secret weapon “Piggy” (a cute little pink pig puppet worn by my husband Brodie), proved just the thing for big baby smiles.

Here is a sneak peek of a couple of my personal favourites from our time together while they were in town visiting family.

MacPherson Family Photography

MacPherson Family Photography

MacPherson Family Photography

  • Rebecca and Peter MacPherson - These photos are so beautiful! We absolutely love them!! We love how you’ve captured the moments we were just having fun together as a family. Even though it was crazy trying to keep an 85 lb golden retriever out of the ocean you still managed to take amazing shots!! You made the day so much fun! Thank you so much Rebecca! We will treasure these photos forever :)

  • Rebecca Clarke - Rebecca & Peter, I am so happy that we were able to capture your crazy wonderful family… two footed and four footed alike ;) It was a pleasure catching up!