St. Mary’s Church - current home of the Indian River Festival. Conceived of and planned by hand and paper. Harvested and constructed by hand and tool. I can’t walk inside these structures without reflecting on their back story - the amount of work tied to each beam, each post, each plank, each moulding and each carving. Fir, pine, spruce, maple and birch are represented, all sourced from the immediate area. Heart and soul poured into every square inch - an inherent warmth as the end result. To build a structure such as this is one thing. To maintain it? Something else. Much like a relationship. Much like these two. Much like the family and friends who support them and came to fill this space with their laughter, joy and a warmth of their own.Read More
This was a fun session. Marco & Lena traveled from New Brunswick to have photos taken after their wedding. My heart was so completely set on taking them to the coast that I forgot about some of the logistics. I provided a map pin and a brief description of where we’d be heading, but failed to give them a heads up on the terrain. It’s rough and tumble. Rocks, roots, marsh and mud. Some dry spots, but you’ve got to hike to get to them. And there they were - dressed to the nines and wearing footwear suitable for a ballroom. #photographerfail.
But they were excited. As excited as I was to introduce them to Herring Cove. We took it slow. Backtracked a number of times. But didn’t slip. Didn’t fall. And what a night it was. Just the slightest breeze off the water and a lovely mix of pastel tones in the sky.
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Getting into wedding photography / engagement photography may have been a happy accident, but finding my groove was far more difficult. In starting out I had no idea which direction I should head. What is everyone else doing? Who are the other Halifax wedding photographers? What are their wedding package prices? What is their style? Their philosophy? I essentially made the incorrect assumption that I was behind - that I was in the same race and I'd need to catch up. That assumption makes things stressful and it's easy to start doubting yourself (continued.....Read More
I've failed miserably. Again. Each year I promise myself that I'll be on top of posts and up my social media game. And then the busy season hits. The life of a wedding photographer. Marlee & Ian - you have my apologies - the St. Marks wedding will be my next big blog post!
Despite being busy I've been having fun. Exploring. Wandering. Capturing. Documenting. Another 25,000km on the car since May and a countless number of footsteps and shutter counts. No trades, no take-backs. This is it.
Pashala and Klaus - thank you for introducing me to this slice of Tatamagouche. I'll be back.Read More