Personal-12 Year Anniversary Trip | Grand Manan, NB

Our 3rd year visiting this magical island, and it enchanted us just as much. Things felt a bit different this time around however; the weather was uncharacteristically sunny, which actually made my moody-loving heart sad, and although it was early September (because of weddings this year we had to book a week earlier than usual), it was still a bit too chilly for my chosen photogenic outfits and I ended up having to buy a hoodie and a scarf once there. An unfortunate fire burned down one of the cabins at Castalia Marsh Retreat, which was super sad to see, and our favourite cafe, Cafe Bleu Marie, had closed down over the winter. Despite all this, we had an amazing time and managed to discover a few new-to-us things on the island, including The Old Well House Cafe (#charmingaf), The Whale Cove Inn for a fancy supper, watching the sunset at The Whistle, and visiting Seal Cove Beach. We also did our old standbys like visiting Swallowtail before heading home on the ferry (we got to see seals and porpoises this time!), and of course, relishing in “our” little Birdhouse.

Within 24 hours of being there we talked about selling all our possessions and moving to the island…that is the effect Grand Manan has on you. It’s a wonderful place, and I look forward to spending a weekend there every year with this wonderful man. 12 years in, and better than ever.

(Because of the sunny weather, I actually ended up taking FEWER photos than I normally do…what can I say, I prefer the dark side.)

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Sweet Baby Wyatt | New Brunswick Newborn Photographer

When I first spoke with Nicole in early fall, she had mentioned doing a maternity session and possibly bringing her other kids. In my mind I thought ‘ of course, bring your toddler or maybe preschooler’, but then she wrote back to say that she actually had 5 kids, ranging from 14 to 6!! A blended family, they were welcoming their newest addition and all wanted to be part of the photos. So, after meeting the gang in September, I eagerly waited for them to come back once baby as born; well, I saw them a bit sooner than I thought because Wyatt decided to make his appearance into the world a bit early! He was so good for his session though, as were all the kids (photographing this group of 7 was actually easier than photographing one 2-year old, haha! Big kids for the win). This little guy is going to be well loved by many people, that is for sure.

Everyone, meet sweet baby Wyatt.

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Autumn & Erin | Sussex, NB Grad/Portrait Photographer

This was a bit different for me, but super fun! Autumn, who has been babysitting my kids from time to time over the past couple of years, asked me if I would be interested in taking some photos of her and her best friend Erin before they graduate next year, and of course I accepted! I love photographing portraits, and these girls were so much fun to shoot. The giggling was abundant, their matching coats were adorable, and, like most kids-who-were-raised-with-cameras-all-around, they were amazing in front of the lens. The late October backdrop didn’t hurt either 🙂

Oh, to be 17 again! (Actually, I wouldn’t want to, but I’m glad I remember it fondly.)

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Petrea and Jack | Sussex, NB Engagement Photographer

Petrea and Jack were my last engagement session of the year, and they were kind enough to help me check off another photography ‘bucket list’ item: to shoot a session on The Bluff in Sussex. If you aren’t from the area, The Buff is a wooded trail that runs along a beautiful ridge that overlooks Sussex Corner and Waterford, and is definitely worth the 20-mins hike for the gorgeous view. I had been there many times before growing up but never to shoot, so I was excited when Petrea and Jack were up for the adventure. We managed to score a beautiful fall day (rare this past October!), and although most of the leaves were gone we still had lots of fall colour. They brought along their sweet pup and it was nice to have the opportunity to get to know these lovely people before their wedding next year!

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