Iceland Scenes

In six short months AG and I got from the farthest south we’ve ever been to the farthest north we’ve ever been! (And yes, those two trips are utter extremes from each other in pretty much every other way, too.)

Iceland is magnificent. I’ve seen mountains and I’ve seen plains and I’ve seen the ocean, but in Iceland I saw all of those things in one vista. I saw a volcano and where two tectonic plates are smashing into each other. Swam in sublimely warm geothermal waters while freezing rain pelted my face. Experienced every kind of weather that can be had in the space of only a few minutes. Happily froze in the dark while watching the sky set itself on fire.

It lives up to the hype.

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Travelling Mini Sessions!

Like every year, I’m going to be on the road a ton this summer! But this time I thought… what if I offered mini sessions?!

These will be 20 minute sessions held on Sunday mornings; Cambridge and St. Andrews in June, Annapolis Royal in July, and Charlottetown in August. Family portraits, couples, individuals… all are welcome! As with all my sessions, you’ll receive the edited high-resolution images in both colour and black & white through an online gallery. Please email me at hello@kandisebrown.com for specific dates and to book!

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Fredericton Engagement Photography: Jenny + Grant

Great light, great smiles, and No! Winter! Coats!

I’ve missed this.

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Goodbye, Winter

There’s no particular theme here, I just wanted to share some of my favourite frames from the last three months, shot around New Brunswick and on the Toronto leg of my recent trip to Iceland (the blog post for which is a work in progress!). So long to winter fun!

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Month in Review: March 2016

Okay I actually had a bunch of stuff that I wanted to post about in March and the month really got away from me! It started out with nearly two weeks away, with several days in Toronto and a full week in Iceland, which… I took over 5000 photos on that trip. I have plenty to share with you, but I’ve been sick as a dog since getting home and suffice to say the culling and editing part is DAUNTING. The trip was amazing though, every bit as epic and majestic as expected. (The weather was crazier than imagined.)

March marked six months in our new home, and I took a bunch of interior photos with an eye to share… but then we lucked into a hand-me-down piano, resulting in a total (and ongoing) furniture reassignment, so those photos are no longer relevant. Whoops. Plus, winter officially ended, and with it my first winter fun list – I have to say this really worked, because for the first time I felt like winter was not nearly long enough to accomplish everything I’d wanted to do!

With warmer weather on the horizon and my calendar for the rest of the year pretty much set, I’m thinking about offering mini portrait sessions in various cities for the first time ever. What do you say?

xoxo,

K

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Month in Review: February 2016

February is the shortest month, but daaaang. It wasn’t my intention to let the whole month go by with almost complete radio silence, it just kind of happened. I shared Melanie + Jon’s winter wedding and did a second session with NBCCD, but beyond that it was pretty much all personal time! I bridged the gap with photographing my own family, as my grandmother is dying (she has deteriorated so much in the past 14 months). Frankly it was incredibly depressing to do, but I don’t think any of us will regret having those images in the future.

In more cheerful news, AG and I knocked a few things off our winter fun list (snowshoeing, visiting the ice caves, marathoned a show, I painted a room [FOUR COATS]) but also I’ve had to accept that with these bizarre temperatures we’ve been having, a good chunk of our list is going to be left over for next winter! Indeed, having the list has also contributed to my perception that winter is flying by… a nice feeling to have! Did some knitting, read some books, caught a movie, got an early start to the maple season by tapping a couple of trees, went antiquing. February, in retrospect, was in large part about indulging my not-so-inner Old. But hey, got Beyoncé tickets!

xoxo,

K

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Fredericton Wedding Photography: Melanie + Jon

Hockey in one room and mimosas in the other. A voice like Morgan Freeman. The niece who shares her Goldfish crackers. A big construction break to put the reception hall together. The wheel of kissy fortunes. S’MORES. What Arrows. Mad Libs and playing cards. The mid-afternoon snow that fell big and fluffy and enveloped everything. Having to snuggle to stay warm. A new year and a new page in life: married.

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Month in Review: January 2016

To my complete surprise, January was jumping. I always start the year a bit behind after the insanity of the holidays, and this year was no different in that regard, but normally the rest of the month is fairly leisurely, indoors & think-y/plan-y (the technical terms). This year I was out and about constantly, with events and/or shoots every weekend. Actually upon review I was out doing stuff and seeing people 13 days straight now, which is highly unlike this homebody! I did absolutely no thinking, though. (Just kidding.)

For starters, I’ve already knocked out my first two weddings of the year: Kupa + Mike’s part one (with the rest to come this summer), and Melanie + Jon’s winter wonderland, coming up next. I shared my final engagement shoot of 2015, Justina + Lacey, and my first of 2016 with Laura + Ron. I caught up with past clients Heather + Randy as they wait for their new baby to arrive, plus I made a trip to NBCCD for the fourth year in a row to tell them everything I know about this whole photography thing. I wrapped up 2015 with my best of the year roundup, and – not a moment too soon – wrote about what I’m looking forward to in 2016.

I celebrated my 33rd birthday (celebrated accidentally by eating at restaurants 3 days in a row) and the first adoption anniversary for our crazy cat. Got to knock a couple of items off the winter fun list with a sleigh ride at Mactaquac Park and seeing a few Shivering Songs shows. Trivia, tennis, Turandot, tea, trails… de-trimming the tree? Now I’m reaching to keep that alliteration going. Point is, it was busy and it was fun. Let’s keep that going.

xoxo,

K

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2016 Goals + Resolutions

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I’m a relentless goal setter, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned in all the years that I’ve been thinking of things to achieve, it’s that I’m not very good at predicting the future. I’ve never been able to imagine what my life would be like in 1, 5, 10 years with any degree of accuracy; for example, this time last year I would not have believed I’d be writing this from the cozy comfort of my own house. But still I like to make these resolutions… or more accurately, set these goals. Little compass guideposts to point me in the direction I want to go, even if the actual destination is not what I anticipated.

2016 PERSONAL GOALS

(Pretty much the same as last year.)

1. Try to walk 200 km/month. Last year my goal was 150 km/month and my actual average turned out to be 190 km/month, so I only have to kick it up a notch to make this happen!

2. Finish printing my photos from the past few years, and do that album organization. Sigh. My album situation has possibly gotten worse in the course of “not quite finishing a #KonMari” plus “moving.” My intention is to tackle this, for good and ever, in February.

3. Cook a new recipe from each of my cookbooks. Luckily after the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, we once again have fewer cookbooks than in 2015. For now. I’m a cookbook addict…

4. Yoga. Go sometimes. (I did go sometimes in 2015! 76 times to be precise, which is more than double what I did in 2014. But I haven’t been since May, so… there’s room for improvement here.)

5. Make my best effort to be the FREX’s Grand Champion Knitter. I knit a few things in 2015, but then ended up booking travel over the FREX week for the second year in a row, meaning I didn’t enter anything AGAIN! I will try to avoid that this year, but… travel IS great.

Some other things I’m looking forward to include our upcoming trip to Iceland (with an extended layover in Toronto), (hopefully) getting kayaks and doing lots of kayaking, and working on making our house a home.

LOOKING BACK: 2015 IN BUSINESS 

In 2015 I hit a milestone – six years in the photography business, and five years of being a full-time professional. Thinking back on the year it strikes me how, for maybe the first year ever, my business was not my #1 priority. That seems awkward to admit, but it doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a priority. I think it was a good & healthy thing — my work was and is very important to me, but for the first time I was able to let it be in the background — working hard in my business without having to work so hard on my business.

The main changes that I made – delivering all sessions in both colour and black & white; delivering weddings on USB; and making wedding slideshows – all went great. I was more proactive about sending timeline information early, and got good feedback about that. I was also more thoughtful about the quantity and timing of each wedding I accepted, allowing me to stick close to my goal turnaround times while also maintaining some semblance of a life!

2016 BUSINESS GOALS

2016 is shaping up to be about a 50/50 split of home weddings vs. on the road weddings, so I know it’s going to be a busy summer! I’m really happy with where things are right now, and there’s not a lot I’m looking to change. Here are a few things to tackle:

1. Improve my shooting & storytelling. As always. I can get better.

2. New website. I still get compliments on this site, which makes me very happy, but at the same time I’ve been living with it for 3.5 years (! whoa!) and I’m feeling ready for a refresh!

3. Get my office space finished. I have the beginnings of a really nice set-up at home, but much of my junk has been in a semi-unpacked limbo state for the past few months. I need to truly move in!

Plus, a potential to-do list: move to all-digital delivery of images when my current supply of media runs out; try outsourcing editing?; get some gear serviced; look at different photography associations to join.

What’s in store for you in 2016?

Best of 2015 | Awesome Wedding + Portrait Photography

2015 was a great year. I photographed 15 weddings and a whole bunch of portraits, won a Junebug award, spoke at NBCCD, scored features on Ever Ours and Reef to Cove, and worked up and down the Maritimes from Glassville to Charlottetown to Halifax. Plus I got a cat, bought and moved into a house, and went on my honeymoon in Peru. There was a lot going on.

In between the action I spent a lot of time at my computer, because over the course of the year, I delivered 31,787 images to clients. Here, in no particular order, are a few of my favourites.

(PS… to see Best of 2014 and earlier, click here!)

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