Matt and Alexis are quite the adventurous couple, willing to get up at crazy-o-clock to go check out the sunrise at Duncan's Cove with Blake, their adorable Boston Terrier. This morning had it all, gorgeous clouds, a handful of cruise ships coming into the Halifax port and of course, the glowing light kissing the beautiful landscape. Can't wait for their wedding next August!
Holy wow Lunenburg is pretty in the summertime, and what a perfect setting for an evening engagement shoot with these two amazing humans. We spent a good couple hours exploring the waterfront, downtown area and its amazingly colourful nooks and crannies. It wasn't long before we found ourselves at the Ironworks Distillery, a sensory overload with its visually rustic charm, intoxicating woodsmoke-and-rum aromas and the incredible people who were kind enough to let us take a few photos inside and out. The Dockside Restaurant and Inn deserves special mention as well, allowing us to take a few photos on their patio overlooking the Lunenburg harbour and Bluenose Avenue.
Lauren and Alex are so in love and were an absolute joy to shoot. Their adoration for each other showed through every time they looked at each other, and I can't wait to be a part of their wedding day.
The trail into Cape Split is well maintained, groomed and subjected to heavy traffic all summer long. It's also challenging, largely uphill (heading in) and about 6km one way which makes it a great challenge while toting a camera bag full of gear. The big question: is it worth it?
In a word: Yes.
The views at the end are other-worldly, a phrase I've been using more and more often to describe Nova Scotia's incredible scenery. Situated on the Bay of Fundy, Cape Split is subjected to tides that rise and fall as much as 10m every 6 hours. Combined with the landscape, this has led to erosion and striking rocky formations that beg to be photographed. My weapons of choice for this trip were all film - a Nikon 35TI loaded with some Fuji 400H and the Hasselblad (Which I saved for the end) loaded with Tri-X.
It's worth mentioning that our excursion started just in time for us to catch the sunset at the end of the trail, so our walk back to the car was even trickier as we picked our way along the trail in near-complete darkness (with the help of a few flashlights). I do not recommend this but unfortunately as photographers we often find ourselves in challenging situations in the pursuit of great lighting.....
Sambro Island is a pretty remarkable place. Home of North America's oldest operational lighthouse, an entire flock of territorial seagulls and several run-down and abandoned buildings, it has stood guard at the very tip of the Halifax harbour since before the American Revolutionary War.
While tours are normally not conducted, once a year the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society organizes an open-house day run by volunteers and semi-retired fisherman out of Sambro Head. I happened to have some time to go explore the island with some friends (Shout out to @Scottophoto and @realtygeek on Instagram!).
The photo below shows a view of the island (in the bottom left quadrant of the image, you'll have to squint) as it can be seen from Crystal Crescent on a clear day.
The Halifax Pride Parade is one of the biggest events the city sees every year. I decided this year to head down to the prep area and make some new friends through the viewfinder of the Hasselblad. I packed up the camera, a couple rolls of Kodak Ektar, my 80mm lens and tripod and hit the road to hang out with all the amazing people getting ready to march in the parade. Needless to say it was very easy to ask people to pose for a portrait, and the energy of the group was astounding!
Here are my 20 photos from the 2017 Pride Parade Prep Area, mostly portraits but a few candid snaps as well.