Earring admiration. Bratzoid. Picking up every leaf and twig in Odell Park with 50 pounds of tulle. A blind-folded, be-sunglassed first look by firing squad. Dodging disc-golfers during portraits. Ranking PDA. “You Are The Best Thing.” Mother-son choreography.
…and the flower girl “high-fived” me right in the crotch. It was a party.
Continue reading Fredericton Wedding Photography: Megan & Steve
Jill & Dan made the drive from Moncton for their engagement shoot. I did the Fredericton Hospitality thing of taking them on a guided tour of some walking trails… we got 10,000 steps and just about as many laughs.
Continue reading Fredericton Engagement Photography: Jill & Dan
AG & I finally broke the travel fast! After 3 (record-breaking?) consecutive months at home we finally couldn’t take it anymore, and hit the road to visit family in Moncton. This lovely trip was made even better by coinciding with the end of our Lent-inspired personal challenge to give up bread. That was a horrible idea and we’re never doing it again. (Bread, I’m sorry! I love you!)
… anyway, needless to say, we ate a lot of bread in April.
In April I once again had the pleasure of speaking to the photography students at NBCCD. It’s always weird for me to go from months of talking to my cat to talking to a group of humans, but I’m glad to have the opportunity. Another opportunity I was thrilled about was being able to witness baby Azalea in the hospital just after being born. I’m keen to do birth photography, if anyone out there has a pregnant woman to connect with me! I also shot Megan & Nathan’s laid-back downtown engagement shoot, and cleaned my office enough to develop and share some old Holga film photography!
As the weather creeps towards warm, we’ve started feeding the Fitbit again, getting near-daily long walks to shake off winter and get in shape for our honeymoon later this year. Not to mention wedding season! Which starts this week!
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It’s finally happening! The snow is nearly melted, the river runs high. Wedding season is just around the corner, and how better to get shake off the cobwebs than with a relaxed engagement shoot? We were due to have rain, but Megan & Nathan decided to make the trip from Moncton anyway. They came packing with umbrellas and rain gear… and we were rewarded with the only sunny hour of the day. We stomped around downtown Fredericton for the session, and I love what we captured. It’s going to be a good year.
Continue reading Fredericton Engagement Photography: Megan & Nathan
As I’ve mentioned a time or two, I embarked on a majorly thorough cleaning of my office (and the rest of our space) over the winter. One of the things I found was 6 rolls of exposed film I barely remembered shooting. I packed them off to Richard Photo Lab, and got the scans back in lightning time — turns out they were vacation shots from our 2011 trips to New York City, Charleston/Myrtle Beach, Montreal, St. Martins, and Halifax! Since I also found a bunch of UNexposed film, seeing these has me wanting to bust out the Holga again. Those light leaks…!
Continue reading Film Flashback
Birth photography is probably at the top of my “want to shoot” list right now. I’d hoped it would happen as little Azalea entered the world, but the thing about babies is they’re a liiiiiittle bit unpredictable. Even so, I feel fortunate to have captured some moments on her first day of life. I even got a snuggle and whiff of New Baby Smell! Welcome to the world, little one. There’s a big miracle packaged in that tiny body.
Continue reading Welcoming Azalea
These long brutal winter months are finally – maybe? surely? – coming to an end. Jenn & Kyle made it look cute in their engagement session, but all the same I’m ready! I’ve certainly kept busy, between my off-season to-do list, making pretty huge progress on the great Office Clean, and doing taxes and all kinds of yoga. We celebrated AG’s birthday with beer, board games, and cake. Baseball is (almost) back, flowers are coming inside. I’ve got the itch to go outside.
Oh hello there.
There are still mountains of snow outside my window, and this has been one of the quietest winter seasons in recent memory, as our nasty stormy weather has crushed the spirit of myself and nearly everyone else. That said, I’m the master of “make work” projects and I can’t say that I’ve been bored! I’ve enjoyed having the occasion to really sit down and look at things from the inside and have the time to do those tasks that seem impossible in August.
Summer is coming, my friends, I promise! But maybe not for another 2-3 months, so here are some projects to keep a photographer busy:
- albums: design and order new sample albums, photograph them, update album info guide for clients
- client communications: review and create/update canned emails, contracts, session information guides, timeline worksheets & questionnaires, etc; re-evaluate your workflow to make sure it’s consistent with how you actually work/connect with clients; achieve inbox zero and keep it that way
- computer: clean up your system, update software and applications, backup presets and scripts
- gear: clean or send away for maintenance, record your serial numbers somewhere safe (I use Lenstag), update firmware, consider selling things you’re not using
- office/studio: clean! it! out!: read and discard your hoarded industry magazines, shred unneeded documents, organize your receipts and bookkeeping, etc.; it’s tax season so make sure you’re on the ball with that, too!
- photography: is there something you’ve been dying to shoot? try to make it happen! submit work for publication consideration, share your work on social media, book things like massages and biz travel in advance
- product packaging/stationery: re-evaluate it, order inventory, prepare/assemble anything you can do in advance
- website/portfolio: update, maybe re-edit images if necessary if your style has changed, check links (especially for press features), catch up on blogging sessions
- workshops: watch/do them!
- and finally… personal: Enjoy it! Read books, do fitness, unfuck your habitat, print your images… try to form good habits to take through the busy season, so that you can return to work with fresh eyes and a renewed enthusiasm!
I’ve completed pretty much everything on this list over the past two months (still to do: finish cleaning out my office, make prints, and watch tons of workshops!), so if there’s anything I’ve overlooked, let me know!
I only published one post in February — an updated look at my wedding albums. Two if you count January’s review post. That should give you a clue as to how magnificently leisurely February was. Client meetings, a photographer meetup, and one lovely shoot on the very last day of the month (coming soon!) got me out of the house. That said, it’s pretty hard to work up enthusiasm for shoots when there’s 6+ foot snowbanks and subfreezing temperatures the entire month, so I accepted my fate and turned to indoor activities.
For the second month in a row, we spent it entirely at home — practically unprecedented! — so knitting, visits with my niece, yoga, reading, the Oscars, restaurant trips, and recording the antics of our cat are just some of the ways I whiled away the hours. We finally booked our honeymoon (September! Peru!), so I’m learning Spanish with Duolingo. I tackled a “decluttering” challenge and managed to do every room, closet, and junk drawer in our home… except the one that needs it most. That, of course, is my office. Looking at you, March.