Golden Hour Farm Portraits

I’ve been meaning to get some new pictures on the blog for what seems like ages. I guess when you’re taking pictures, but also a mom to three very busy boys, the blog generally takes a backseat to soccer, Taekwon Do, Baseball, swimming and life in general. But I’ve got some beautiful pictures of some fantastic people and I think they need to be shared.

The pictures for today’s post are what you get when you combine a woman full of joy, life and beauty with an amazing location (this is her farm! Love it!) and fantastic evening light.

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An Impromptu Family Photo Session

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.

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Country Girl at Heart | Halifax Senior Photographer

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.

Shabby Chic style senior portraits

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.

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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.

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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.

Boy’s Best Friend | Nova Scotia Child Photographer

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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

 

Halifax Headshot Photography – Featuring Steph Robbins

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As I’ve mentioned before, a headshot is a valuable part of your business.  In this day of social networking, it’s very likely that someone will see you online before they meet you in person.  Since first impressions are so important, it makes sense to ensure that what people see communicates you and your brand.  When Steph Robbins, of Steph Robbins Ministries, contacted me about new headshots, she said she wanted something a little different than the typical pictures of executives one often comes across.  As a teacher and conference speaker, Steph wanted a picture that made her seem approachable.  With this in mind, I used posing, props and lighting that are a little more informal, but still very professional.  The pictures speak to the fact that she is poised and put-together, but allow a little more personality to shine through.  And the take-away?  A professional picture for business needs to convey to others that you know what you’re doing, but it also can convey to others that you (and they!) know who you are.

For more information about who Steph Robbins is and what she does, please check out her page.

 

Moncton Flight College Graduate

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I’ve known this young man (wow – when I say “young man” I feel old) since he was in my husband’s youth group nearly 10 years ago.  So, when his mom told me he had graduated from Moncton Flight College as a pilot and she wanted pictures of him in uniform, I happily obliged.

Photographing Everyday Life | Halifax Nova Scotia Child Photographer

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There’s an old saying that shoemaker’s wives go barefoot and doctor’s wives die young. Essentially, it means that people are so busy doing their jobs for others, they don’t do their job for their families.  I could take it a step further and say that, at least in this house, photographers’ children don’t get their pictures taken.  I know how I want pictures to look:  pristine, distraction-free, 16″x20″ canvas worthy – the kind I would take if I were setting up a shoot.  But, my house is rarely distraction free or pristine or – well – perfect, and so, I rarely get out my camera and document the every day.  And I miss a lot of every day moments because of it.  I love this picture of my boy.  I think it was the first time I had him put his socks on himself and I actually got out the camera.  I captured the moment.  I’m glad I did and I really need to do it more often.  I know eventually my house will be clean enough to take pictures all the time, but I have a feeling that it will be because they’ve grown up.

This photo was entered into the I Heart Faces photo challenge – www.iheartfaces.com

Brothers | Halifax NS Children’s Photographer

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February’s photo challenge theme at I Heart Faces is “Heart and Soul”.  Next to God and my husband, my three little men in this picture are just that.  They are loving, smart, funny, caring and determined.  They play hard and fight hard and daily make me want to pull out my hair and hug them fiercely – sometimes at the same time.  They are God’s gift to me and their lives are woven with mine.  A little cheesy?  Yes, but that’s okay.  Any mom would understand.

 

All About the Boys | Halifax Nova Scotia Children’s Photographer

My husband calls me the Mac of photographers.  This isn’t because I’m so high tech, but because I’m all about simplicity in my pictures.  While I do occasionally have stylized photo shoots or make use of a well-placed prop, for everyday sessions I prefer keeping things simple.  I like to keep my studio portraits clean and uncomplicated for a couple of reasons.  First, I believe that it makes the photograph a little more timeless.  If my backdrops are plain, then one isn’t as likely to think, “Oh yeah – that’s when every one wanted barnboard for backdrops.”  The other reason is that there are no distractions to take away from my subjects and their personalities.  Take the boys in these pictures for example:  The pictures are all about them and their expressions.  While they’re handsome enough to look great no matter what, the simple background really helps them shine.

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These boys were fantastic to photograph.  They settled right in, gave me lots to work with, and got along beautifully.  In fact, I had so many great pictures of them that I had a hard time picking just the ones I did.  Their faces and expressions pop in these pictures, and the pictures are all about them.

 

Our Schnoodle Dog| Halifax NS Photographer

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I’m not a pet photographer.  But we have this schnauzer/poodle mix that calls our family her people and calls our house her home.  Our boys love their schnoodle puppy and, if I have to admit it, I’m pretty fond of her, too.  And even though I’m not a pet photographer, when you see moments like these, sometimes, you just have to pick up your camera and be one for a minute or two.

 

This photo was entered into the I Heart Faces photo challenge – www.iheartfaces.com

 

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