As I continue to update my blog, I’m loving going through the sessions from last year that haven’t gotten posted yet. I’ve known the two youngest girls in this family for a couple of years now, and it’s been fun to watch them grow. I can easily remember the youngest sister as a baby in a stroller, all bundled up in the wintertime with just her big, blue eyes showing. So when I got a call about doing a photo session with all three girls, I was excited to do it. They were a great group to have in my studio and the pictures and loved to pose – which is fantastic for any photographer. The pictures turned out beautifully and I still can’t get over the beautiful eyes on these three.
Posted by Julie McDowell on February 20, 2017
I don’t get to see my brothers and their families very often. They both live more than a day’s drive away and visits are rare and much anticipated by my entire family. So when my middle brother announced that he and his family was coming home for a visit last summer, traveling to my parents’ place to visit for a few days was a no-brainer. And, when they asked if I could do some portraits for them while I was there, that was a no-brainer, too. I keep hoping that everyone will move back to the Maritimes, but so far it’s not on the agenda, my to my family’s chagrin. Until they get back though, I’ve got some pictures to tide me over.
Posted by Julie McDowell on January 27, 2017
If you’re ever in need of some great kitchen stuff, I know a lady who can help you out with that. My friend, Angie Jensen, is a Pampered Chef Consultant here in Halifax and if you want top quality kitchen tools, she’s the lady to call (pssst – you can get in touch with her by clicking here).
We had a great time and lots of laughs doing her headshots (who knew getting the perfect “blowing flour” picture could be so hard?). And, happily, she was totally on board with doing some fun and fancy shots just for her once we got the business-side of things out of the way. Now she has the pictures she needs and a few she wants and we’ve got some more stuff to laugh about when we see each other on the playground. Need headshots? Just let me know.
Posted by Julie McDowell on January 26, 2017
I’ve had the fun of photographing some amazing graduating girls last fall. This is the final of the trio and I’m so glad to be able to find some time to post the pictures. Shot in a beautiful little park on a crisp, October day, these pictures show the great style and fashion sense this high school senior has. The one thing that I keep hearing about her is that she’s as lovely on the inside as she is on the outside, and it shines through in her portrait session.
Posted by Julie McDowell on February 24, 2016
I was really excited when this graduating girl wanted to get senior pictures done. Just like the grad in my last post, she was full of personality and we had lots of laughs.
We started out at the park, but when rain cut our outdoor portraits short, she was more than game to head inside (which actually worked out well, since she was freezing). I’m still hoping to get a shot of her with her guitar, but we did manage to fit some beautiful pictures of her with her violin in before it really started to pour.
One of the great things about ending up inside, though, is that it shows that you can still get great, personal grad portraits without braving the elements.
And that something as simple as a different outfit can complete change the feel of a picture.
If you’re interested in senior/grad pictures that go beyond the cap and gown, I’d love to hear from you. We can brave the snow or stay inside – your call.
Posted by Julie McDowell on January 15, 2016
Whoever you are, graduation from high school is a big deal. You’ve worked hard for 12 years and nothing says “excitement”, and “accomplishment” like that last year of school. And, t0 celebrate that, most people having grad photos done. You know what I’m talking about: you (and all the other kids in your school) make an appointment to get your cap and gown picture done. On the day of, you fix your hair (and your make-up, if you’re a girl), put on the school-colors gown, try to find a way to get that crazy hat to stay on, sit on a stool and smile for five or six pictures, just like everyone else.
But what if senior photos could be more than that? What if a senior portrait session was less about the cookie cutter cap-and-gown pictures and a lot more to do with who each high school senior was? Those are the kind of grad pictures I want to shoot. Sure, we can do a couple cap-and-gown shots, but the cap and gown is just part of your story.
Love sports? Let’s hit the court or the field with you in your uniform. Love the beach? We can do pictures there at sunset. Love all things shabby chic and country? Then put on a plaid shirt, grab a quilt and we’ll head to this amazing farm I know of. If we’re lucky, the old black truck will still be there.
I want to take senior pictures that tell about who you are. If you’d like grad pictures that tell your story, like the ones of the fabulous girl in the pictures above, just let me know. We’ll come up with something just for you.
Posted by Julie McDowell on January 13, 2016
So we have this schnoodle dog. For those of you that aren’t familiar with that breed, she’s a schnauzer/poodle mix – hence the schnoodle name (as a sidenote, we joked about how, if we bread her with a Cocker Spaniel, we could call their puppies schnoocopoos, a word that still makes us laugh). When her litter was born, we decided she was the perfect kind of puppy for us: non-shedding and free. Now, she’s still the perfect kind of dog for us: she loves to snuggle with my boys, she makes us laugh, and she’s a great friend to them. Sure, she gets in the garbage if we’re gone too long and we leave it out, and sometimes she runs away when my boys tell her to come, but there are also times like this, when they’re looking out the window at a snowstorm, just quiet and together. It makes picking up the chewed up garbage a little easier to handle.
This photo was entered into the I Heart Faces photo challenge – www.iheartfaces.com
Posted by Julie McDowell on November 6, 2015
I’ve been so busy with photo sessions and editing that I haven’t had to post some of my favorites from the summer. When my niece was visiting New Brunswick all the way from the mid-western US, we decided to head out for a photo shoot at Pointe-du-Chene Wharf in Shediac. They have a beautiful wharf, fantastic little buildings in a fishing-cove style, a beach and a place to get ice cream (because sometimes you just have to stop for ice cream after a photo session).
We got there just as golden hour (the time when the sun just starts to set) began, and the combination of great light and a great subject lead to some gorgeous shots. I love the fact that this girl is equally at home on the wharf by the water as she is breaking horses on the ranch at home.
Posted by Julie McDowell on October 13, 2015
While I don’t try every picture in black and white to see how it looks, there are some pictures that definitely lend themselves to that genre. Once I started editing this portrait session, the dress, the pearls (a gift from her great aunt) and the wing back chair seemed to call for black and white. I love how it highlights this young lady’s gorgeous eyes (seriously – I can’t say enough about those eyes!) and gives the pictures a timeless feel. And I also cannot get over how grown up she looks in these pictures.
Posted by Julie McDowell on September 25, 2015