A Fall Senior Session | Halifax Nova Scotia Grad Photographer

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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.



A Girl and her Pearls | Halifax NS Child Photographer

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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.

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.


Senior Pictures | Halifax Nova Scotia Grad Photographer

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When we lived in the US, I had the opportunity to photograph some wonderful high school seniors.  When a student graduates from high school there, it’s understood that grad portraits are more than just a quick cap-and-gown shot, but rather include on location shoots with settings, outfit changes and props that tell about who the grad is and what he or she loves.  Upon moving back to Canada, I’ve noticed that this doesn’t seem to be the case as much.  Grads are more than just a cap and gown, and I miss seeing senior pictures that celebrate the individuality of the student in them.  That’s why this session was so refreshing.  From this grad’s clothing choices to his rugby ball showing his favorite sport, these pictures are all about him and his personality. I’m looking forward to doing some more sessions like this one!

Beautiful Baby Belly |Halifax NS Maternity Photographer

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I was so excited when this Mamma-to-be said she wanted to do maternity portraits.  Not only is she flat out beautiful, but she was so much fun to photograph.  She was super easy-going and we had a bunch of laughs as she put up with some different ideas for poses that I hadn’t used before.  I also loved the fact that her little ones jumped in for a a few pictures.

A Baby Girl and a Birthday Cake | Halifax NS Baby Photographer

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This little lady recently had her first birthday and came by my place to celebrate with an adorable chubby-cheeked smile and a gorgeous cake. She was wonderfully laid back and didn’t mind my camera a bit.  I, in turn, couldn’t get enough of her beautiful dark eyes and hair – she was such a little doll.


Sweet Little Sisters | Halifax NS Children’s Photographer

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One of the fun parts of being a photographer is being able to watch little ones as they and their families grow.  I’ve been photographing the girls in this family since the oldest was a baby and it’s been wonderful to help chronicle their little lives as they grow up.  Although they definitely have they’re own personalities (big sister was all about posing and loved being in front of the camera, while little sister took some time – and some well-placed bribes to warm up), they’re both sweet and were great to photograph.  I’m looking forward to see how they’ve changed when I’m back to photograph them again.

Cake Smash and First Birthday Pictures | Halifax NS Baby Photographer


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So you take a cute baby, a first birthday, a cake and a whole lot of frosting and this is what you get – pure sweetness on a number of levels.  This little guy was gung-ho for his cake and dove right in without any problem.  And, since he was still happy after his clean-up bath, I took a couple more shots.  I’d say he’s super-cute messy and he cleans up pretty well, too.

A Huge Dose of Cuteness | Halifax, NS Baby Photographer

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Have you had your daily dose of cute?  If not, here it is.  This little doll is all eyes and cheeks and rolls and sweetness.  I have a very good hunch that she’s been known to give her mamma a run for her money, but you’d never know it from her pictures.

Capturing the Moment

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One of the things I love about being a photographer is catching a moment that beautifully shows people as they really are.  It means going beyond the “Everyone!  Look here and say, ‘Cheese!'” moments and looking for a way to capture the feeling and the personality of those I photograph.  This was one of those times.  Our family picnicked at the park with this family.  The kids could barely eat, they were so excited to play together.  Then, in the middle of it all, this boy came over for a quiet moment with his dad.  I turned, saw it and snapped the picture as quickly as I could. I love the relaxed pose: dad’s hand on his son’s shoulder, the boy leaning into dad, and the quiet connection it shows.  Other people there don’t even remember when this took place.  But it did.  And I’m glad I caught it.

This photo was submitted to the I Heart Faces photo challenge – www.iheartfaces.com
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