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Top 5 locations for family or maternity photos in Halifax

As a Halifax photographer, I’ve had the chance to visit some truly beautiful locations around our province. Following is a list of my top 5 favourite locations in the HRM. There are many more hidden gems, but I keep coming back to these, time and time again when my clients don’t have a special spot in mind for their photo session.

Peggy’s Cove

Incredible wide open spaces beside the sea. Stick to the water, or venture among the fishing boats. This place is bursting with Atlantic Canadian flair.

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Point Pleasant Park

Great if you are located downtown. It has a small sandy beach, some open grassy areas, as well as some forrest trails. It also has some old military fort walls. It’s a great all around location with easy parking.

Cleveland Beach Provincial Park

Located between Queensland and Ingramport. What’s not to love? A sandy beach, a lake, and warm sunsets lighting up the water.

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Oakfield Provincial Park

Near Fall River, it has a lakefront beach, lovely large open grassy fields with foot paths, and trails through the woods.

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The Sir Sanford Fleming Dingle Park

A paved walkway along the water, lots of trees and shade, a stone tower, and lots of benches make this spot a wonderful option near the Armdale Rotary.

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Runner up: The Frog Pond

Also super close to The Dingle is the Frog Pond. Let’s call it our runner up! It features a hiking trail around a lake, that is stunning in the fall.

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    Peggy’s Cove family photos in Halifax, Nova Scota

    The Enge family live out in Saskatchewan in farm country and have never been out East. They decided this year’s family vacation in Halifax was time to change that. It was the perfect opportunity to capture some very Atlantic feeling images at Peggy’s Cove.

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      Rainbow Baby

      This wonderful little miracle is a rainbow baby; a baby that comes after a miscarriage, stillborn, or neonatal death. She is like a rainbow after a storm: something beautiful after something scary and dark. Her parents experienced not one, but two losses before she arrived. The second of which, they had made it past the risky period of the first trimester only to loose the baby shortly after they announced the pregnancy to family. During this incredibly hard time, daddy got mummy a teddy bear to snuggle while they recovered and grieved. This teddy now snuggles baby as mommy once snuggled teddy. I understand how precious she is, especially after a loss, as my husband I also have a rainbow baby. I was so happy to make this image for this family.

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        FEATURED POST: Point Prim Lighthouse, P.E.I. Wedding | Halifax wedding photography

        I have known Laura since we were in high school. She has always been so vibrant and playful, and she loves to laugh. Even though she and Keith now live in Edmonton, and we don’t get to see each other very often any more, nothing has changed!

        There is something about the red cliffs in PEI that just feeds the soul, and everywhere you look on the Island, there is lots of red dirt. We started the day with the gentlemen on the riverbank in Cardigan. Keith was really looking forward to surprising Laura with a cool fedora that found while shopping. It was a somewhat mischievous purchase, since he knew he was pushing his luck with her a little, but it turned out to be all good. (I thought it was awesome!)

        The ladies were getting ready just across the water at Keith’s mother’s house. Laura has dutch ancestry, and she chose to honor that by wearing a bracelet with a tiny little china clog charm on it. She also wore a delicate necklace with a horseshoe on it. I think that was for equal parts luck, and equal parts because she loves horses so much. Her and Keith even had their engagement photos done in Alberta at a horse stable.

        In the morning it poured rain for about 30 minutes and then, as if the sky knew it was time, the sun came out and beamed down on the two love birds for the rest of the afternoon. The ceremony was held on a point of land with a beautiful historic light house, called Point Prim. When Keith saw Laura for the first time, coming down the isle toward him and the rest of their lives together, he totally teared up. It was magical. However, she knew that if he started then she would start. This would lead to a chain reaction and everyone would be crying by the end, so she kept him laughing and smiling during the whole wedding ceremony. Afterward, we photographed some family and bridal party photos at the lighthouse, and then headed to the reception location at the Dundas Plowing Match fair grounds. The fair grounds are a wonderful place featuring pioneer agriculture… grassy fields, white wooden fences, big red barns, and no shortage of eye candy.

        It was so wonderful spending the day with Laura and Keith and partying with them when our official duties as photographers were over. Laura was a bride’s maid in our wedding 10 years ago, and it totally brought back lots of good memories. Congratulations to you both, and welcome to the married club!

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        • Laura MacSwainAugust 20, 2014 - 2:55 PM

          We were so happy that you were able to do our pictures for us and just as I thought, they turned out amazing. We had such a fun time (just like back in high school) and you made our day go so smoothly. With these being a taste of what is to come, I can’t wait to see the rest.

        • Rebecca ClarkeAugust 20, 2014 - 5:56 PM

          Laura, it was our absolute pleasure! Anyone can tell that you and Keith are meant for one another… makes photography feel easy 🙂

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