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Lisa & Jesse – Family Session in Bridgetown, NS

What a pleasure to meet Lisa and Jesse and their girls.  Not only are they a wonderful family, and totally gorgeous, they even met me on my home turf for a gorgeous sunny Saturday afternoon pre-wedding photo shoot.

So: one gorgeous family, one gorgeous day, one very happy photographer = one super sweet set of photos!  I’m so looking forward to your wedding in Annapolis next year, you two!  Congrats!

Lens Love – My New Petzval

So, I just purchased myself one of these gorgeous Petzval lenses, put out by, and based on an 1840 design.


That little knob coming out the bottom is the focussing knob – nothing automatic here!  And the lens creates it’s own strange world of swirls and depths that you just can’t see with the naked eye.  Functionally it means that sometimes I miss with the focus, and it’s not tack sharp.  You also get a darkening and softening of the image, as you move away from the centre of the photo.  So, you may be wondering, what’s the point?

Well, in a world where 21 MP cameras exist, we can edit down to individual pixels.  We are used to seeing everything super sharp.  And there is definitely a place for that.  But, truthfully, most of us don’t look our best at tack sharp.  Most of us, myself included, could do with a little softening, once in a while.

These images won’t be for everyone, but in my experience, those who like it, like it a lot!  I definitely count myself in that category.  We all need a little magic in our lives.  Photography, in the days of digital, has lost a little of it’s magic – no more cracking open the film canister in the pitch black, no more waiting with bated breath, and staring at contact sheets through a loupe to see what you got, no more exposing images onto paper, and dropping them into baths to see the final result.

But now, I feel like this lens brings a little of that magic back.  It surprises me, in delightful ways.  It seems to capture moments the way that I feel them in my heart, and not necessarily the way a computer would.  It reminds me that the one thing that never changed for those of us who love to capture light, is that the final image often says as much about the photographer as it does about the subject.

These are some of the images from my test run – the kids and I playing together in the backyard.  I hope you enjoy them!

jocelyn - May 31, 2015 - 7:44 pm

Beautiful pictures (and words)!

Tina’s New Press – Annapolis Valley Photography

So it turns out that Tina, who I’ve photographed a couple of times with her beautiful family, is a super talented graphic designer.  And she just got a new letterpress!  It was so much fun spending the afternoon in her gorgeous studio, taking photos and watching her work.  Here’s a little taste of our afternoon – bet you wish you could have joined us!

Baby Llewyn – Wolfville Newborn Photography

Welcome to the World, baby Llewyn!  It’s always such a pleasure to spend some time around someone so new.  Especially one who is as patient as you!  Llewyn let us move him all around, and kindly slept through it all.  Irresistible!  Sweet sleepy smiles, stork kisses, and adorable little curls – what a fun session this was.  Thanks for having me again, guys!  Enjoy your Sneak Peek!

Marie Penner - May 28, 2015 - 2:33 am

Congratulations! Thank you for sending the pictures. Has llewyn opened his eyes yet? He really looks very sweet and I believe he is a gentle baby.

Terry & John – The Wedding Post

I hope that, when my husband and I have been together for 37 years, we are still as obviously in love as Terry and John are.  What a treat it was for me to photograph this wedding day celebration!  Everything about this day was full of thought and care, from the flower arrangements John put together, to the cake that matched the invitations, to the wedding rings made from the melted rings of their fathers, to the matching but not matchy-matchy bowties.  These two have clearly created a beautiful life together, and I know they will continue to do so for many, many years to come (here’s to the next 37 – why not!)  Thanks so much for having me, you two – enjoy your Sneak Peek!

sandy caines - May 11, 2015 - 3:38 pm

Hi Terry,

Really loved your photographs……..they told the story of your wedding day so beautifully…

Perhaps at some point I might like to have a copy of one of the photos. from that day……I would happily pay for the cost of the print…

I enjoyed our chat, and will be in touch next week….

I will also make note of our getting together for plant shopping at Halifax Seed, followed by dinner at our house on May 30th..



Joan Peterson - August 16, 2016 - 12:05 pm

Terry and John
Lauren Kaye Photography has captured your joie de vivre! Your exquisite taste in colour. What a truly beautiful day celebrating your love for each other. Joanie