Lola is one of the sweetest pups you will ever meet. Her big brown eyes are trusting, and there is not a mean bone in her body. She is a Long Coated Akita, and she is basically an oversize teddy bear.

It was really funny during her session when we attempted to get her up on the bench. She stands tall enough that she could lie down with her front paws on the bench, while still standing on the floor with her back paws. With LOTS of chicken and some help from mom and dad, she got a boost and lots of kinds words to keep her feeling secure.

Check out some of my favourite images of this sweet soul.

Lola, long coated Akita dog

Lola, long coated Akita dog

Lola, long coated Akita dog

Lola, long coated Akita dog

    

Erica and Colin are getting married in August at the elegant and cozy Halliburton House Inn in downtown Halifax. Since it is the perfect place for their wedding, we decided it would also be the perfect place to kick off their engagement session too.

They met on a blind date while Colin was still in college at his school’s Christmas Ball. It was kind of a chance meeting, but they hit it off. The rest, as they say, is history. They like spending time with friends, going to the movies, and spending time outdoors… just not to much time outdoors. Colin tried to get Erica to go on a hike in Cape Breton once, and they joke now about how he had to keep her going with promises of breaks and snacks. Erica is more of a hanging out at the waterfront and local parks kind of girl, than a long hike in the middle of the wilderness kid of girl. (Summer, and Beavertails at the waterfront can not come soon enough! Am I right?!! If you don’t know what a Beavertail is, you haven’t lived until you’ve tried one. Fried pasty smothered in your favourite sweet toppings like maple and chocolate, cinnamon sugar, or chocolate and bananas. Mmmmmmm!)

We had lots of fun during their session, and for two people who told me that they are not really “photo people”, I think they totally rocked it! What do you think? Comment below!

Erica & Colin engagement session

Erica & Colin engagement session

Erica & Colin engagement session

Erica & Colin engagement session

  • Erica - Wow they look amazing ! We actually had a great time. You made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera.

  • Rebecca Clarke - Happy to hear that you enjoyed the experience Erica! Now your wedding day will be a breeze ;)

    

Most of my boudoir clients have some sexy photographs made for one of three reasons: A gift for their sweety (Hint: this makes a great groom gift), as a reward to themselves for reaching a fitness goal, or as a reminder that even in this barbie doll world, they are beautiful no matter their dress size. For Miss J, her session was a combination of all three.

Miss J’s place was made for photography… and what was in the way or distracting was easily moved around. She is a mom of two gorgeous girls, and she wears the proof of motherhood on her body with pride, but she wistfully remembers how she looked before they were born. Her last outfit was a bra and panty set, complete with a silk robe to help camouflage her tummy. She wanted to have pictures of herself like the ones she has seen online of beautiful women with perfectly flat stomachs bared for all to see, but wasn’t sure I could make her look good that way. The wonderful thing about really great posing and lighting is you don’t need to be nipped and tucked and turned into something completely unrealistic during editing. When I showed her the last photo in this post, she told me that she loved it, and that it is a pose she never thought she would ever have of herself. Yay!

Here is a little something hot from Miss J’s boudoir photography session to warm you up during this winter that seems to keep going on forever.

Miss J. Boudoir

Miss J. Boudoir

Miss J. Boudoir

Miss J. Boudoir

Miss J. Boudoir

Miss J. Boudoir

Miss J. Boudoir

    

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