in-home sessions.

When I go home to my parents homes, I occasionally leaf through the photos from when we were kids. My dad, a photographer himself, was constantly capturing us and we have many photographs of us playing dress-up, exploring around outside, overflowing our Jacuzzi with bubbles, and lazying around the couch on rainy days. Those are the memories I want to remember forever. Those are the photos I want to someday show my own littles. Those were the good days and I hope I can capture the same feelings for my clients in their homes! DSC_0627copy

With the weather getting colder here in Nova Scotia, I find myself doing more and more photo sessions in-home. The photos are a true reflection of your family. They range from baking cookies with the kids, snuggling on the couch, playing dinkies on the living room floor, reading books to each other and sometimes even bath time.

The photographs show messy, well lived-in homes and families with full hearts and beaming smiles. The floors may not have been swept in weeks. You might have dishes piled up and laundry all over the place but guess what? I don’t care! That’s life. It’s chaotic. It’s messy. It’s your chaos and your mess and it’s perfectly perfect in it’s own chaotic, messy way.

Here’s a couple of my favourite “in-home” photos taken over the past few years! There were lots of messes, tickle fights, monkeys on the bed, giggle fits and overall, lots of love!

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Meet Meaghan and Marie Wright. Identical twins hailing from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia who are videographers in Halifax. I’ve been blessed with their friendship for a few years now. It all began with a serious Instagram crush and a little envy that I don’t have a twin. After much deliberation, the three of us went out for breakfast at The Ardmore Tearoom and it was as if we had known each other for our entire lives. I’ve got nothing but mad love for these two. I also kinda wish I was the third Wright twin. Actually, not kinda; I do wish I was the third Wright twin.

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The girls came to me with an idea to get some Christmas shots to send out to their clients; the cheesier the better! While we grabbed some seasonal photos, I couldn’t help but take some “normal-ish” shots of them for social media. The session was full of laughs, hugs and a pizza break at Yeah Yeah’s Pizza (sweet Jesus, if you haven’t had it, drop everything and go… RIGHT NOW!)

I encourage you to check out their work and keep them in mind for any neat video projects in the future and brides; THEY DO WEDDINGS!

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Here’s a peek of our little session from the weekend!

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newborn // caroline.

Newborn sessions have quickly become a favourite of mine. As much as I love newborn portraits, I have always gravitated to capturing the whole family, including the fur family! For me, having mum & dad in the photos is so important! Any parent will tell you that those first few weeks go by so fast making it ever more crucial to photograph them!

I love the raw moments that happen when I’m behind the lens – moments that might seem so routine that you might not think to capture them with an iPhone or camera on your own. I’m not really one to put a newborn in a basket and props. I’ve always enjoyed the at home atmosphere more!

Baby Caroline’s session was very laid back and casual. The focus was on the baby and a whole lot of snuggles! I’m so so so happy with these photographs and happy this little family will have them to cherish forever! BABYGROVER-0090BABYGROVER-0123BABYGROVER-0155BABYGROVER-0199BABYGROVER-0354BABYGROVER-0378BABYGROVER-0398

newborn // ruth.

I met The Lukeman’s for the first time just after they introduced their first daughter, Cora, to the world a few years ago! I was over the moon when Ellen informed me they were expecting again and that they couldn’t wait to have me capture their growing family again!

Welcome to the world, sweet Ruth! You’re one lucky little peach with the sweetest family around!

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s’more sessions.

Families.

They’re unpredictable, chaotic, usually kinda messy and it’s easier to corral kittens than it is the corral your family and make them smile at the same time for ONE photo.

Conversely, they’re adorable, heartwarming & oh SO fun.

A question I get asked most is “what is your favourite thing to shoot” and my answer is always families.

Over the past few years, I’ve had the privilege of capturing moments for so many families in the small town I’m based in and it fills me with the same amount of joy nine years later as it did the first time I photographed a family. I have captured a new addition within the first 24 hours of joining a family. I’ve been there for christenings, birthdays, and family reunions. I’ve been lucky to have some of my favourite families behind my lens three and four times a year and I’ve had other families who have never had a family photo and I get to take their first one. I’ve photographed multiple generations and at weddings, I get to capture two families coming together. In the past few years, I’ve also captured families facing a terminal illness who want to make sure they get a few more special photos with their loved one. These are never easy but those moments are a something to hold on tight to.

I’ve seen so much love happen on the other side of this lens of mine and it never ceases to amaze me. I’ve laughed and cried with families during sessions. I’ve been invited to dinner or in for a beer after sessions so many times I can’t count and I’ve made so many amazing connections that it makes my heart burst at the seams.

This year, I wanted to do something a little different. I wanted to catch those little moments that families tend to capture on an iPhone but that will likely get forgotten in a cloud somewhere. I wanted to catch the bedtime routine, days at the pool, a picnic in the middle of a hike in the woods, or a bonfire at the beach. THESE ARE REAL MOMENTS that beg to be captured and I want to be able to do that.

I was able to get The Hayne family out for a “s’more session” at sunset and we mixed traditional photos in with a super fun bonfire/messy s’mores! Here’s the incredible results! I love love love these shots so much and had a smile on my face the entire time!

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sarah & tom // antigonish wedding.

Dear Tom & Sarah, 

Thanks for making me cry a thousand times at your wedding. For good reasons. The profound love you share for each other is so heartwarming that your feelings become contagious. The words swapped between you during your vows were so genuine and beautiful that I know there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Your sense of humour as the day progressed made every ounce of your wedding day one of the most fun days I’m sure not many will forget. Thank you for allowing my to be a part of your day! May the love that you share for each other never ever fade and I hope you keep the jokes flowing! 

Love,

Your sappy little wedding photographer.

Tom & Sarah’s wedding date got changed around a few times. When we finally settled on a date, the day started out beautiful and quickly progressed into downpours that you couldn’t see through. In case you didn’t know, a downpour isn’t optimal for an outdoor wedding. About 10 minutes after the ceremony was scheduled to go forward, the sky cleared up and it was go time for this beautiful couple. I meant it above when I said there wasn’t a dry eye in that yard (and maybe not a dry bum either as the chairs had been left out in the rain). Tom and Sarah’s words they exchanged were so captivatingly beautiful that everyone was deeply touched. It was absolutely beautiful!

We didn’t have much time after the ceremony to catch sunset BUT what we did catch was spectacular! The sunset that poured through the dark clouds at the top of Beech Hill was one of the most stunning I’ve ever seen. I was in my little happy place playing with the gorgeous light that glowed through the dark clouds!

Thank you so much, Tom & Sarah for including me in your day! It was truly a pleasure! 20160903-hbh_206720160903-hbh_208220160903-hbh_209120160903-hbh_217520160903-hbh_226820160903-hbh_2304hbh_2609-copy20160903-hbh_269020160903-hbh_297820160903-hbh_330920160903-hbh_320920160903-hbh_312720160903-hbh_307720160903-hbh_309820160903-hbh_304620160903-hbh_3949

trevor & sarah // antigonish wedding.

Sarah emailed me what seems like so long ago and explained she was getting married in Georgeville with a reception in Cloverville, both in Antigonish County! Trevor & Sarah had a traditional Catholic ceremony with friends and family filling the pews at the church in Georgeville. Once the ceremony was over, we headed out on a “tour of the Cape” which if you’re from Antigonish, you know what it means. If you’re not, it means you do a drive all around the 337 until it meets the 245 and you head back to town after you’ve gone all the way around! We took the wedding party all along the coast, stopping at perfect spots to grab a few pictures and enjoy the day! Thanks so much for letting me tag along on your incredibly fun East Coast wedding day!! hbh_6343-copyhbh_6349-copyhbh_6385-copyhbh_6406-copyhbh_6440-copyhbh_6836-copyhbh_6903-copyhbh_6952-copyhbh_6968-copyhbh_6995-copyhbh_7010-copyhbh_7026-copyhbh_7030-copyhbh_7037-copyhbh_7045-copyhbh_7156-copyhbh_7207-copy

brianna & mike // antigonish wedding.

I met Mike & Brianna last year when they visited Antigonish in the fall. I photographed a sunset engagement session for them at Arisaig and created some of my favourite images (check them out here). This gorgeous couple exchanged vows at one of the most picturesque venues  in Antigonish at The Locharber Centre right on the lake! You can tell from their smiling faces that these two had the best day! hbh_3494-copyhbh_3837-copyhbh_3216-copyhbh_4085-copyhbh_3772-copyhbh_3853-copyhbh_4174-copyhbh_4197-copyhbh_4218-copyhbh_4236-copy

ashley & chris.

What started out as a beautiful morning quickly turned to a windy & rainy scene. For a couple who planned on having their dream wedding on the l’Aboiteau Beach, it wasn’t looking great but no one was scrambling or panicking. The positive thinking worked! The sky cleared up, the sun came out and the wedding went off without a hitch! Ashley & Chris said “I do” surrounded by friends, family and a few beachgoers on their fifth anniversary!

The friends and family that Ashley & Chris chose were far from boring. The day was full of laughs and good vibes – a great way to start a lifetime of happiness together! Félicitations! 20160827-hbh_868320160827-hbh_878820160827-hbh_887620160827-hbh_902820160827-hbh_897920160827-hbh_917520160827-hbh_937820160827-hbh_939620160827-hbh_920420160827-hbh_921620160827-hbh_929120160827-hbh_956320160827-hbh_943320160827-hbh_960120160827-hbh_004920160827-hbh_992920160827-hbh_020920160827-hbh_991720160827-hbh_0125hbh_0321-copyhbh_0300-copy

 

alister & kate.

Thunder showers & showers of love were in the forecast for Alister & Kate’s wedding day at Crystal Cliffs. The skies broke about an hour before their ceremony and about ten minute before they were to say “I do” the clouds broke, the sun came out and everything happened according to plan!

Surrounded by family & friends, their big day went off without a hitch despite the weather bumps. As a photographer, this couple was my dream! I didn’t have to pose them or tell them how to be – they are so in love after 12 years of companionship that they had it all down pact! Their love for each other warmed my heart. Alister and Kate were beaming all day as were their families & guests! It truly was a beautiful thing to be a part of! HBH_2932 copyHBH_2789 copyHBH_2793 copy.jpg_DSC0892 copyImpending doom before the skies opened.HBH_3268 copyHBH_3256 copyHBH_3231 copyHBH_4039 copyHBH_3794 copyHBH_3296 copyHBH_3969 copyHBH_4176 copyHBH_4192 copyHBH_4205 copyHBH_4168 copyHBH_4129 copy_DSC0898 copyTo table 12, I was a hero. We won’t go into details but I was “Jamie Myra” for the evening (hope your cracked rib gets better… I’m terrified to sneeze after that story!) HBH_4593 copyThis shot gets me right in the feels. So. Much. Love!