Fine Art and More
This post is one that has been a long time coming but I think that I am in need of a major change in my life and how I relate to my photography passion.
First I want to thank all of my past clients, my friends and my family for their amazing support over the last 13 years of my professional photography career. This has been an amazing journey where I have met so many wonderful people and spent the happiest day with so many unforgettable couples. Many of whom I now count as my friends.
Going forward into 2016 and 2017 however I am going to be switching gears and making some changes to how I run my business and practice my art.
Starting immediately I will no longer be accepting any new clients for 2016 or 2017 for weddings or any other paid work.
All existing contracts will be honoured as they stand and I look forward to celebrating with all of the clients I have already booked.
To the fans of my work don’t worry I will not be putting my camera away in mothballs. Starting this year I want to concentrate more on creating art and less on running a business. I will still photograph some very select weddings. Weddings that truly speak to my soul and fill a creative void. Over the years I have photographed many fairytale weddings but now I want to concentrate more on the atypical fairytale, the one that is completely off the wall. Weddings that I choose to take on will be selected very carefully and it will be less about the business of wedding photography and more about the art of capturing images that are beyond compare for a couple that compares to none. In addition to these very select weddings (no more than 2-3 per year) I will be concentrating on creating magical landscapes to photograph fantasy creatures and models both in my studio and in outdoor sets as well as spending more time in nature photographing the world around us and the magic that exists under our feet that we so readily take for granted.
So once again, I want to thank everyone who has supported me this far and I hope that you will enjoy what is coming up in the next chapter in this storybook that is my life and my art.
2015 was another amazing year for me with regards to weddings. I met many wonderful families, made some new friends and helped many brides to capture their wedding memories. This past year I spent a bit of time traveling for weddings. I started my season off with a spring wedding in Lunenburg NS, spent some time in Grand Falls, Kingston, Saint Andrews and Oak Bay NB along with the many weddings I captured in Saint John NB. This year was a very busy year for me as well as I shot over 18 weddings. Due to client privacy requests I am not able to share all of them with you but you can see previews from 18 of my 2015 weddings here. I had the privilege of shooting in so many beautiful venues and working again with many of my favourite wedding vendors including Ticklebelly Hill in Oak Bay, Lily Lake Pavilion in Saint John NB, Spur your Imagination Decor from Saint John NB, Port Saint John (Diamond Jubilee Cruise Ship terminal), and many others.
Thanks to my amazing husband Ken 2015 also saw the construction and opening of my very own studio in my home where I can now shoot Boudoir, Product Images and Creative portraits. It is an amazing space that I can call my own. It is my happy place.
This year marked the switch of my business from Weddings, Family, Children and Model photography to a service that is dedicated to weddings, couples and creative work. While it was difficult to leave my family portrait work behind it allowed me concentrate on helping my brides more and spend more time working on improving my services and techniques and business acumen. I got to once again spend some time with the zoo keepers and animals at Little Rays Reptile show and exhibit and I was able to shoot the first installment of a fantasy series which I will be working on for the next 3-4 years.
Here are a few of my favourite photos from 2015.
(Please note some of the photos below contain boudoir images of women in lingerie or implied nudity. Don’t worry though you won’t see anything you wouldn’t see at a beach)
I hope you enjoyed seeing a few of my favourite images from 2015. I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for me.
As Pachelbel’s Canon began to fill the sanctuary of St. Pius X, the groom, Matthew, and his best man joined with the Monsignor walked into the room in front of the few family and friends that were gathered for their Monday evening ceremony. Slowly the door at the back opened and the bride, Ayimah, joined by her mother walked in and as they began walking down the aisle Matthew’s face filled with emotion. He held it together, but you could see the utter feeling of joy he felt as he watched his soon to be wife walking towards him down the aisle. Ayimah was stunning in her beautiful and classy gown, featuring peak-a-boo details at the mid-section and below her knees. Her classic and somewhat traditional veil, with the blusher subtly covering her face, completed the look that was a wonderful mix of classic and modern. Ayimah walked slowly with her mother, her hands were shaking ever so slightly as she beamed with happiness and love.
Matthew & Ayimah met on the stairs in Market Square a couple of years ago and that is where the spark ignited. I could see this spark very clearly every time that Ayimah smiled at Matthew and their intense love was in his eyes as he smiled back at her. Their wedding was planned quickly over a break in Ayimah’s schooling as she is on the path to becoming a doctor. Their ceremony was held in the evening so when it came to their wedding portraits we decided that the holiday lighting in King Square would be a perfect location. Unfortunately, mother nature had other plans. Just as we walking into the park it started to rain. So under the cover of the bandstand we continued to photograph a few images but decided it would be best to move inside for the remainder of their portraits. We agreed that revising their first meeting place in Market square would be a perfect alternative to the outdoor locations we had planned. Their reception being held at The Taste Of Egypt restaurant on King St.
Here are a few of my favourite photos from their beautiful and intimate wedding.
Thank you Ayimah and Matthew for inviting me to capture your wedding moments. I wish you both many years of love and happiness.
Adam & Amanda have been together for over a decade but when they decided on November 22nd that they wanted to get married nothing was going to stand in their way, not even time. So they began planning right away to have their wedding on December 19th at Calvary Temple in Saint John. Having a wedding in Uptown Saint John over the Christmas Holiday season means that their was ample locations that were beautifully decorated where we could take their portraits. We took some time out to do photos at the Saint John City Market and Brunswick Square and even went to visit Santa. For Amanda & Adam it was a fairytale brought to life. Amanda’s Dress was from Simply Bridal, her Cathedral Length veil, pew markers, flower girl dresses and the flowers for her attendants were from Alicia’s Wedding Fairy Services. Amanda’s beautiful Broach Bouquet was made for her by a friend. Adam’s Top Hat and tails suit was from Moores. The cane he carried once belonged to the grandfather of the bride. It was a beautiful day surrounded by faith and family and many happy tears for Adam & Amanda. It was such a pleasure to be included in their day. Here are a few of my favourite photos.
Thank you Amanda & Adam for allowing me to be a part of your day. I wish you many years of happiness and love.
This past Saturday marked the official end to my wedding season with my last of 18 weddings. I am so glad that I have had the opportunity to photography so many amazing couples this year. Each with their own unique celebrations of love. This has been an amazing season and the perfect way to end such a wonderful season is to go out with a bang. Thanks to Shannon & Mohammad and the crazy, yet perfect weather, with a mix of good luck rain, sun and clouds for the photos followed up by booming thunder, amazing skies and a little bit of hail for good measure go out with a bang is exactly what happened.
Thank you Shannon & Mohammad for allowing me to capture not only your special day but for allowing me to be a witness to your wonderful love and friendship which no amount of weather could ever dampen.
When Mohammad looks at Shannon his eyes light up like the stars. I could tell how deeply this couple not only love each other but how much fun they have together with every moment I spent with them. Shannon & Mohammad met at UNBSJ. After being friends for 3 years they decided to take their friendship a step further with a first date at the Ale House and a walk on the Harbour Passage. After 8 years Mohammad proposed on the Boardwalk not far from where they had their very first kiss. To celebrate this we did their wedding photos by retracing the steps of their first date as well as doing a few photos at Rockwood Park to capture the beautiful fall colours.
The wedding was a beautiful celebration that was attended by many friends and family members. Unfortunately, Mohammad’s family was not able to make it, but you could feel them their in spirit and they sent their blessings from away. The ceremony and reception were held at the Lily Lake Pavilion which was beautifully decorated by Spurs. The beautiful and delicious cupcakes and cake were provided by Katie Kimbel. Wendi from Spurs provided the beautiful flowers which were a mix of silks and fresh flowers. Make-up was done by Fareeda Sheikh and hair by Sheri Dow of Haircy’s – Chateau Champlain.
Following the wedding on Monday Shannon & Mohammad met me again at Rockwood park so we could do a few photos with their traditional garments that were sent to them by Mohammad’s sister from Bangladesh.
These are just a few of my favourite photos from their incredible wedding.
I wish you endless years of love and happiness as you embark on the new journey of your live as husband and wife.
Early this spring, before my crazy wedding season began, I decided to begin a wonderful fantasy themed series involving Faeries, Unicorns, Mermaids and Dragons. This is the first shoot of that series and involves a wonderful young model named Peyton. I designed and made her costume and did her hair and make-up myself. We shot this series of images in Saint John on a beautiful wooded trail in Mispec Park. Peyton was a delightful fairy and played the part perfectly. As Peyton frolicked through the moss covered forest among giant paper mache mushrooms that my son and I made in my living room, you could feel the magic in the air.
Thank you Peyton for being such a perfect faerie.
A cool crisp October day made for the perfect seaside wedding day for Jessie & Ryan in Saint Martins New Brunswick. Jessie and Ryan are truly each others best friends. They love to spend time together and with their two beautiful fur babies Tanner and Mackenzie. They love their puppies so much that they decided to do their first look at Duck Pond beach with them. Despite the chilly fall wind Jessie and Ryan had a wonderful day filled with family, friends and a bit of silliness. So much of their wedding was handmade with care by many of their friends and family. Jessie’s dress was purchased but the changed to suit her more by her Aunt. The jewelry that she and her bridesmaids wore were all handmade. Ryan’s mother helped them to make all of the bouquets and Jessie’s Aunt made the wedding cake and cupcakes. The scrumptious Turkey dinner was provided by Creative Catering. The reception was held at the Saint Martins community hall and the photos were done at the wharf and the Caves beach. And of course Haley From Menus to Venues wedding planning service helped to make sure that the day went off without a hitch.
Here are a few of my favourite images from their day.
Thank you Jessie & Ryan for including me as part of your day. Wishing you many years of happiness and love.
Shannon and Stephen are not only devoted to each other they are devoted to their daughter Lauren. While they celebrated their wedding and their love for one another they always made sure to include Lauren in each part of the day. It was wonderful to see this beautiful family together and the love they shared. It was a beautiful day for a riverside wedding. The boys arrived via pontoon boat and were wearing tuxes from Moores featuring Orange details as Stephen is an avid hunter. The girls looked stunning in their purple gowns from Carousel bridal while Shannon had an exquisite gown featuring lace details from Lockharts Bridal. Galbraith Florist did an amazing job of incorporating the purple and orange into the bouquets. The Cake was delicious and beautiful and was provided by The Cakery and the amazing dinner was made by the Marina’s restaurant. Shannon and Stephen finished off their day with a beautiful sunset, a gorgeous full moon and a sparkler exit.
Here are a few of my favourite images from their day.
Thank you for having me be a part of your day. I hope you have a long and wonderful marriage.
Amie & Mitchell love being silly together and their wedding day was full of silliness. Even during their ceremony Mitchell couldn’t refrain from getting a laugh. When they did their grand entrance for their reception they danced their way to their head table. Amie looked stunning in her gown from Carousel Bridal in Quispamsis. Her hair and make-up was done by Sarah & Emily from The Hickey Sisters in Millidgeville. The cake came from Pink Icing and the catering was done by Childs Catering. The grooms tux was from Tip Top Tailor. The Ceremony and Reception location looked amazing in an array of Purple, Silver and white. Elegance Event Decorating did an amazing job.
Nothing could dampen their day, not the weather nor the fact that their venue was under construction. They had a wonderful day and it was a perfect beginning to their new life together.
Congratulations Amie & Mitchell. I wish you many years of love and happiness.
Terry and Mandie met at The Salvation Army, where they both worked as caregivers. Mandie was originally hired to take his place while he was on vacation, but continued to visit his floor with convenient excuses to talk to him, and he came to anticipate these visits. From co-workers, they became friends and from friends they became… more than friends. Both agreed that they should “Take it slow”, but love very soon followed and they knew it was right. Terry proposed less than a year later on Mandie’s birthday and Mandie accepted. On August 29th, they were happy to tie the knot in front of their friends and family. Mandie got her dress was from Heavenly Gowns before they closed their doors. Hair was done at Design Freedom on Germain street and make-up was done by Pampered by Patience. Their cake was made by Mandie’s brother. The absolutely delicious catering was done by Jeremiah’s. Their ceremony and reception were both held at the Forest Hills Baptist church and were both absolutely beautiful and simple.
Here are a few of my favourite pictures from their day.
On the Monday following their wedding Mandie and Terry began a trek away from their family and across the country to their new home in Regina Saskatchewan as they moved their for work. I wish you all the luck, love and happiness in the world as you start your new life. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day.