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!
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!
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.
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!
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!