Out in Great Village

I knew Mike & Kaylee were going to be a treat as soon as we met last year. I had been looking forward to their wedding in Great Village for months! Turns out I was right (as usual- *wink*) and they were even lovelier than I could’ve wished for! Completely smitten with each other, relaxed and lots of smiles. I really enjoyed getting to know these two and the location of their wedding was a beauty as well, at Mike’s family floral nursery. They even did an amazing choreographed dance together to wow the crowd!

Loving the Landry’s

This summer I had one of the most fun days I’ve ever had at a wedding shoot. Erin & Rene were super fun to spend the day with- they were up for anything! We had a blast returning to their old high school (Horton) to muck around in the classrooms and play. I loved the creativity and joy coming from these two!

Gaspereau Valley mist

Landscapes are undoubtedly my best work, and also my favorite thing to shoot. There’s nothing like being completely connected to your environment with no one else’s wishes but yours.

This shot of Gaspereau Valley was taken one morning when I was dropping my dog off at daycare- and I spotted the mist rising off the valley river. I just happened to have my camera with me and asked if I could borrow my friend’s deck- and voila, one of my favorite new shots was born.

Sandy Cove

I went out to this lighthouse half a dozen times in all different types of weather, attempting to get this shot. It’s foggy out there! Finally got it around 7 am on an early October morning. Terrance Bay, NS.

 

Reservoir Park

Going home in autumn is always a treat. This photo was taken at the reservoir park in Wolfville on an October afternoon. Yes, it is right way up.:)

Blomidon in Summer

When newcomers visit the Annapolis Valley, there’s only one spot that we locals take them to get a feel for the valley- up to the lookoff, or “Blomidon.” I’m up there all the time, as the view never gets old. Here are two of my favorites from the last day of Summer- early morning sunrise.

Indian Harbour

Travel along the road to Peggy’s Cove a little further than expected and you will encounter a wonderful series of little inlets, restaurants and other magical sights. This was taken in Indian Harbour, just behind the Rhubarb Restaurant.

 

Lawrencetown Beach

This little gem is Lawrencetown beach, at sunset in July. We climbed to the top of a grassy hill to get a better view across the little town. This first shot has ended up being one of my most popular, and personal favorites. Lawrencetown looks different every season, and every time you visit.

Fun Fong wedding!

I have been looking forward to my friend Emily’s wedding all year. She and her awesome fiancee Stan are super fun and I knew it would be a day filled with love and creativity! I was not dissapointed! Emily and Stan made the majority of their decorations (including the beautiful silk corsages and bouquets) and did fun things like have a toss bouquet of scratch tickets rather than flowers. Amazing! I loved working with this happy couple!

Hanging out in the woods after the ceremony.

A little afternoon singing!

Love this one.
They were so in love and happy!
A little romance.
This was wonderfully creative Emily’s vision – I love the idea and may use it again!
I couldn’t resist stealing these two away for a sunset kiss.

Cameron Wedding

Oh yippee! It’s wedding season! My first of the year was with the AMAZING Jenn & Dave… these two had been together a long time, but it was so obvious that their love had only grown over the years. They were such a delight to work with, beautiful, pleasant, surrounded by family and friends who loved them- and that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it!

Cape Breton

So, I had never really “seen” Cape Breton before this summer. I had been to Sydney a few times, and along the way just thought… “Okay, maybe this is what everyone is talking about….?” (no offense, Sydney or surrounding area!) However this summer my bestie and I did a road trip together around the Cabot Trail, and I had my “ohhhh…. NOW I get it!” moment.

Here are some of my favorites. And trust me, there are many, many more. Every corner you turn on the Cabot Trail is usually a “oooh can we pull over for a photo?” moment.

 

Driving along this road in Judique for the first time.. I said to my friend “look at those cool clouds. You know what would be great to photograph with those cool clouds? A church.” And literally, five seconds later, there it was.

Some lavender by the sea.

A little tiny beach off Little River Road… nobody was there but us!!

Cape Smokey on the Cabot Trail

Keltic Lodge  РI fell in love with this place!!

 

Margaree River at first morning light

Home of my heart

Those who know me well, know that Newfoundland is the home of my ‘heart.’ Whereas Nova Scotia is where I reside. Every chance I get, I hop aboard a plane to St. Johns to visit three of my best friends in the world. Here are some landscapes from a recent visit.

 

Winter Blomidon

A few years back, my friend KT hired me to photograph Blomidon- but at sunrise, and in all four seasons. Here is the final installment, winter.

Tors Cove, Newfoundland

This is on a beautiful perfect July afternoon at Tors Cove, which is a good drive outside St. Johns. On the opposite side of this view, there is a little island with sheep roaming around. It’s kind of charming out there.

Sydney River Bridge

I was sent up to Sydney, NS for the first time last month for a corporate photoshoot. I was really excited about seeing Cape Breton! It was a lovely drive. My hotel was about two seconds from the Sydney River Bridge, where I caught this lovely sunset.

The Crouses and a really hot, thundery day

Laura and Brian are one of those really cute couples who you just know are going to actually make it last in this crazy world. They have such a tender, fun, and respectful play between them- that it’s a joy to be around them and watch them interact. I knew their wedding day would be amazing! Despite what was probably the hottest day of the summer inside the sweltering Acadia Chapel, this lovely couple exchanged vows and we moved along to do our photos in between the raindrops at the Irving Centre – followed shortly by one of the wildest, loudest thunderstorms I’ve ever witnessed!!

If crazy weather is an indicator for a good marriage, this couple had it all that day- and I know they will make the most of their wild ride!!

Carters Beach

Discovered this little gem in June on a road trip with my friend. The sand is almost white, it’s hot, and the beach was completely empty. This is Carter’s Beach, down near Port Mouton in Nova Scotia.

The dark clouds and their perfect timing

After a wedding I did in June with some good friends, we ventured to the Dartmouth waterfront to catch some great photos. We had so much fun, as you can see- and just as we were walking back to the car to head to the reception, this huge, grey-blue, looming monster of a cloud started swirling in above the bridge. I’d never seen anything like it. I had to hold up the party for a minute to grab a photo of this beautiful sight. No sooner had Cyn’s feet got into the car and the skies opened up!!!

It’s a nice day for a… White wedding :)

It was, in fact, a beautiful day. Sarah & Darren White were a fantastic couple, and it was a beautiful summer night at St. Mary’s Boat Club. I enjoyed getting to know them during our engagement shoot last spring and it was even nicer to get to know their friends and family during their special day!

Even in the rain… a wonderful wedding!

I’ve been looking forward to Katie & Jonathan’s wedding for months. When I met Katie and her fab family last year, it was a little preview of the big day- they are all so energetic, beautiful, funny and relaxed. I knew the wedding would be a blast- both to spend time with them, and to get great photos. Even though it poured rain, Katie and Jonathan never stopped smiling and we got some lovely photos at some cool spots around the city!

Jaclyn & Kris

I first had the pleasure of meeting Jaclyn & Kris two years ago at their friends wedding, which I was photographing. They are a lovely couple and I was thrilled when they asked to meet to discuss their own wedding! We had a great time getting to know each other at Point Pleasant park during their engagement session (where Kris had originally proposed) and then the big day this May- an amazing kickoff to wedding season! Here are some favorites from their special day.

St. Patrick’s Day wedding!

 

It’s always a pleasure to get to photograph a wedding at the Blomidon Inn. (Check out their website here.) I was particularly looking forward to Jackie & Gary’s special day, as they were recommended to me by a mutual friend. Here are a few of Jackie, glowing with excitement, just before we headed downstairs for the ceremony.

With her son

The blushing bride- doesn’t she look gorgeous?

Laura & Brian

I’ve known Laura for quite a few years, through a number of mutual circles. I was really excited when she and her fiancee Brian asked me to photograph their wedding. I was even more excited when we went for our test run, the engagement shoot, and I discovered how much fun these two are!!

A Valentines Wedding

 

Sarah & Quinton were married on Valentines Day, before heading down south for a wedding celebration with family and friends. They were so sweet and excited, with a party of six and beautiful smiles on their faces.

Stealing a kiss in the lobby.

The happy couple after the ceremony.

It’s all about the shoes, really!

My favorite shot from the day- Sarah, a bundle of happiness, moments before the ceremony.

Cyn & Dave at Giant Robot Comics

How fun is it to have clients who are also friends? Yay! AND they are fun- they wanted to do their shoot at Giant Robot Comics in Dartmouth! Owner Darrell was kind enough to let us take over the store. You really have to check this place out- it’s on Woodlawn Road in Dartmouth- I found all kinds of things to feed my various Star Wars and Firefly obsessions. Can’t wait for Cyn & Dave’s wedding!

A brave bride!

I had the pleasure of photographing J & A’s lovely wedding ceremony just before it really turned into winter. However, it was still very chilly and windy, and our brave bride was a great sport about having her photos taken outdoors! (I think the groom was keeping her warm.) I love the way he kept making her laugh- he did this all day, during the ceremony, the photos, and I suspect, for the rest of her life… (AWWW!)

Silver wedding bells

Jess & Kyle’s wedding day was a beautiful summer afternoon, with the ceremony and photos happening in the amazing backyard of a family friend. They were so sweet together, and we had a lot of fun exploring the huge, sprawling property together! However in the end, you can’t pass up the chance to do photos in front of a truck!

Engagement shoot with M&M

I’m very excited about Matt & Meredith’s wedding next summer. I’ve known Meredith’s family a long time, and it was a treat to hear from her. Meeting up with them at Kingsport Beach proved to be just as wonderful- they have two big dogs, so we bonded over that quickly as well. Can’t wait for next summer!

Paige & Jon’s October wedding

Had a wonderful October afternoon in Onslow, NS with Paige & Jon. They were beautiful and completely in love- very cute and we had a great time together! One of those amazing fall afternoons where the colours are perfect and everyone is smiling.

Love on a boat!

My friend Jenn and her husband Trevor very kindly included me in their beautiful wedding day. Starting at the Dingle and finishing up with a tour around the Arm on a boat, the entire day was spectacular. These are some of my favorites from our day together!