Lauren and Alex Engagement in Lunenburg

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.  

Nathanael [Halifax Portrait Photographer]

Nathanael hired me to do a portrait set for him when we passed through Fredericton on our way back from a wedding.  I love working for clients like him - he wanted us to simply do what we do best and make some magic.  As usual, with this kind of outdoor location we took a fashion editorial approach and sought out some unique locations around the gorgeous yet small downtown Fredericton core.  

The sun shining, we went to work and found some great light. And a bathtub.  

Big thanks to my pal Sean Snow for accompanying me and helping out on this shoot.  

Kelly and Ryan - Quick outdoor couple's shoot

Kelly and Ryan needed some portraits to do up as Christmas gifts, and since the weather was cooperative we headed out in search of some snowy winter wonderland areas.  Thankfully, the previous night's flurries had left a light dusting on the ground: just enough to create that nice winter touch.  

It helps that both of them have had a lot of time in front of the camera before, are a little goofy and that they were adorable as hell.  It also helps that they snickered at my poor humour, which usually consists of TV show references and the odd misplaced comment.  Whoops, did I say that out loud? Sorry! (all positive comments, don't worry!)

We shot for about 45 minutes, which was all we could stand.  Despite the appearance of the sunlight, it was pretty cold out and my fingers were starting to miss the buttons and dials on the camera.   Worth it.

Jobless Project - Julie Fredericks [Halifax Portrait Photographer]

When I arrived for the portrait session, Julie welcomed me into her home and offered me a cup of tea. The environment was warm and welcome, with a lot of wonderful conversation.  The weather outside was what you might consider typical in Halifax, foggy, misty and drizzly, but the tea warmed me up and we got to talking about the "Jobless" project.   

Julie studied Medical Office Administration through a correspondence program at the Centre for Distance Education in Sydney, and graduated with honours.  She's been looking for work in and around Halifax for the last five months. I asked her if she'd probed around within her circle of friends, or in her church group for a lead on employment, but sadly the opportunities just aren't there. 

When she does see a chance, the job application process is tiresome, leaving Julie frustrated, depressed and feeling aimless.  The stress takes its toll; the last time she looked for a job it took almost a year and over a hundred resumes to get anywhere.  

She's not giving up though, she happens to be lucky enough to live at home with her parents and her dog Brutis while she continues to look for a job that makes use of her skills. In the meantime, she still has student loans to think about.  

If you or anyone you know would be a good candidate for this project, please contact me.  I'm currently seeking any and all people who are willing to share their story, a cup of tea and a portrait session.