Melissa and Ben's Outdoor Celebration in Shediac

While I typically relish in the warmth of summer, the heat and humidity of the August long weekend was overbearing. It did however, make for an incredible atmosphere and stunning light throughout the day. I had never been to Shellac before but Melissa knew it inside and out - we started at Webster House, a gorgeous estate with all the amenities for an outdoor ceremony and perfect prep shots. From there, we explored some of the most famous New Brunswick tourist destinations, including the giant lobster and Shediac Waterfront. Captain Dan’s was the backdrop for the rest of the night, poised perfectly alongside the marina where we could get a few more couple photos before the night got funky.

Melissa and Ben were absolutely magical together - as you’ll see in the images below. Their wedding was a long time coming, as they have been together for some time as a young family with their nearly 2 year old son Harvey. I think my favourite moment (aside from the utensil-less cake demolishing) was the brief release of stress and emotion immediately after the ceremony. Their embrace and Melissa’s expression had me holding the camera in front of my face for a few extra seconds to recover…..

I’ll shut up now, but please, enjoy the story below!

Wedding Data

Locations: Webster House | Captain Dan’s | Shediac Waterfront 

Phrase of the day: Holy crap it’s HOT

Photo Partner: Kelly Lynn Martell

Loadout:

Tim: Nikon D850, D750, Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art, Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art, Nikon 85mm 1.4D, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8

Kelly: Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8

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Exploring Nova Scotia - Cape Split

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.....

Photos below, thanks to Scott Blackburn (@Scottophoto) and Jerry Lynds (@realtygeek)

Grace - A Beach Glamour Session

This took forever to get together, but I finally completed the images from this amazing shoot with the absolutely stunning Grace Stavert.  When we hit the beach she took it to another level and glowed in the late afternoon sun.  

Sean Snow helped me on this shoot, and the makeup was done by Heidi Amelia.  

When the sun went away we changed gears to a softer look, but Grace kept sizzling in front of the lens.  

The amazing light and beautiful beach made for a perfect evening.  

Dal Dance 2016 Posters

For the second time I had the awesome privelige of shooting the posters for DalDance's annual recital - and it was over-the-top awesome.   I'm not even sure where the inspiration came from to mix in the smoke but the results were better than I could have hoped for.   

The big recital is this weekend coming so be sure to grab tickets if you're in the neighbourhood and want to see a fantastic show. I've had the pleasure of shooting the recital for three years running now and it's always a treat.  

Thanks so much to Phil Roy for assembling the team of dancers, and to everyone who came to take part.  I'm really happy with the results this year and I think we outdid ourselves from two years past.  

Engagement at the Beach - Sarah and Josh

Wonderful things happen at the beach.  The constant ebb and flow of the tide, rock formations that last until eroded by the sea and of course, the happy memories of people who take part in making their own little piece of history.  Sarah and Josh wanted a special place to get their engagement photos done, so we hit Crystal Crescent with its white sands, big rocks and long, winding pathways through the tall grass.