Personal | Dan and My All [Norton, NB Portrait Photographer]

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It’s hard to know where to start with this post. I debated whether I should go the ‘traditional’ route and not say much or whether I should reveal a bit more. I don’t claim to be a shy person but at the same time I sometimes roll my eyes at people who share too much online and I’m often on the fence about what’s appropriate to share publicly and what should be left between those closest to you (I struggle with this especially in regards to my kids, as I’m sure everyone in our modern world does.)

But at the same time, I WANT to say more. I want to say how this series of photos means more to me than most photographs I’ve taken in my life. About how without ever even seeing them on a large screen I knew I would love them. About how when I saw some of the final images tears came to my eyes and my heart swelled, close to bursting. About how I could not wait to get them finished and have been thinking about them constantly ever since.

I want to say all this publicly because this beautiful man, my husband and love of over 10 years, means that much to this (sometimes) cold-hearted, cynical girl. That without his support and love and encouragement I could have never started this business and that without him I would be totally lost. It’s funny, you assume that the beginning of your relationship is the ‘best’ part, but really, it’s just the most out-of-control part. You can’t control your oogey gooey feelings for that person so you end up shouting on the rooftops about your love, and your whole life becomes consumed by that person. But as time passes and things change, you regain control of your outward emotions; it doesn’t mean that the feelings aren’t still there, however. In fact, I feel more in love with Dan than I did when we first got married 7 years ago. It’s dense and powerful but it’s quiet too, wrapped up in the everyday rhythm of our lives. The more we have gone through, the more we change and grow and build our lives, the more we are eternally tied together…we’re in this thing DEEP, as I always say. I am beyond lucky to have someone like this in my life, I know it’s truly a rare thing to feel this way for someone after 10 years and have them feel the same way, and I do my best not to take advantage. He and our marriage are top priority (and I mean top priority, even over our children) and I think that is what has kept us going, even through difficult times.

Seeing him do this thing for me, agree to pose for photos when he’d much prefer to do anything else, meant so much to me. I’ve been meaning to document him at this point in his life for months now, but our work schedules have been so busy for the last 3 months that it just never happened. Finally yesterday he had a rare day off and I decided to take advantage of him being home despite having other work to do. As is his nature, he was extremely patient and willing to do whatever I asked him to do, and I did something a bit out of the ordinary myself, shooting the entire session in B&W (much easier than I thought!)  I wanted moody and sexy and serious and fun all at the same time, because that’s what Dan is, and that’s what we got.

They may not mean a single thing to anyone else and the flaws in the photographs may be glaring, but I don’t see them, I just see HIM. The long-haired, shaggy boy I fell in love with 10 years ago is now the 31 year old father of two, who works hard without complaint, raises his children equally with me, who loves playing music and being home, who still gives me a hug or kiss or back rub every single day, who is patient beyond measure, who has worked hard at taking care of his body and is proud of the results, who is getting more handsome and rugged with every white hair in his beard…this is who I see, who I want to remember when we are old and wrinkled and just as happy to be together as we were when we started. When we’re at the end, deeper than ever.

Thank you for letting me share my ooey gooey feelings and please enjoy.

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I knew I wanted to photograph his hands, they are such a huge part of who he is (skilled labourer, musician, father, hard worker), I just love how it turned out.

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My favourite (next one-this is the real Dan).

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When I said we were done I got this smile:

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And just to show that he’s not all male-model all the time, he did plenty of goofing off too…

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Have a great weekend everyone,

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Carla Bagley - These acre lovely!

Jade Shephard - Very nice Genevieve! My favourite is the hand through the hair!!!! 🙂

Stephanie Cobb - love love LOVE! Your children (and you guys too!) are going to treasure these for many years to come!

Kandise - Ah, your passion for your subject shows! These might be your best work.

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My Favourites of 2013 | Couples

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This. This is the good stuff right here. There’s nothing quite like photographing couples and people in love. These are the sessions where I would say ‘just one more’ about a million times and scream “you guys!!” when the moment was just right and when I knew some magic was happening. These are the sessions that left me driving home, hitting the steering wheel with the palm of my hand over and over, smiling like a goof, so excited to get back to my computer to see what I had captured. I love it. I love it. I love it. And I can’t wait to do it again this year 🙂

So many beautiful couples in 2013, please check out their sessions below!

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My favourites of 2013 | Maternity

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Pregnant women are beautiful…is there much more that needs to be said? I absolutely love photographing maternity portraits, either alone or with a spouse and/or other children. It’s fun, it’s exciting, it’s romantic, it’s nerve-wracking, it’s effortlessly beautiful, it’s annoying, it’s painful, it’s one of the great moments in a person’s life, and I feel very lucky to be the one to help them remember that time years (and kids) later.

Most of my maternity sessions in 2013 were bookends to the year (a few in January and then a bunch in September-October), and I enjoyed working on every single one (and meeting most of the babies afterwards!) It was hard to narrow them down, again, but here are a few of my favourites. Enjoy!

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My Favourites of 2013 | Newborns

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Oh, newborns. The tiniest of clients and yet the majority of the time they are the most work! They are also the most rewarding in many ways. Newborn photography is an art and as I learned more about various newborn poses and styles over 2013, the more I fell in love with ALL of it…even getting peed on! And as I added more props, wraps and equipment to my arsenal, the more I just wanted to play. It’s quickly becoming a passion of mine and while I would never exclusively do newborn photography (I like photographing clients who are older than 14 days too!), I could definitely see myself wanting to do more and more. I’m hoping to incorporate studio lighting this year, and to include more parent and baby shots as well…I already have a few upcoming arrivals this winter so I will get to jump right back in, yay! 🙂

(Also, it’s funny but last year was the first year I felt like I was a bit too far removed from the whole ‘newborn phase and daze’, now that my kids are well out of babyhood. I still love talking to moms about their birth experiences, breastfeeding, and all that fun new mom stuff, but soon enough I won’t be able to relate…I already wonder how I ever got up in the middle of the night!)

Please enjoy some of my favourite images of Leah, Kit, Jonathan, Damien, Hannah, James, Cole, Addison, Fiona, Scarlett, Blair, Marla, Molly and Johanna (9 girls and 5 boys!)

(Many of these kids are part of my Baby’s 1st Year Plan, so it’s even more nuts to look back on them as newborns since most of them are approaching a year!)

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My Favourites of 2013 | Weddings

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Ok, I will warn you now; this post is BIG. When I went to narrow down my favourite wedding images of 2013 I started out reasonably well but as I got more and more into it, I just could not narrow it down any more! It was an amazing year for me, I got to photograph 13 beautiful and unique couples, in every type of location (woods, fields, orchards, beaches, cities, gardens, farms, churches, camps, halls, hotels, you name it!)  It was a year of learning and growing my style and discovering how I want to move to forward when it comes to wedding photography and my philosophy behind it (basically: I do it for the client, not fame or recognition or my own ego, it’s all about servitude in my mind.) 2014 is shaping up to be a great year as well, and I’m ready to jump back in to that crazy time between June and November called ‘wedding season’.

(Please note that these photos are not in any particular order of preference or wedding-day timeline,  there is no chronological order to them, getting ready shots are mixed in with reception shots and details with bride and groom portraits…I just didn’t have time to put them all into some sort of order!)

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