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The McMahon Family – Annapolis Valley Family Photography

What a delightful way to start the day – meeting the McMahon family at the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens for some family photos. ¬†They were visiting Nova Scotia from Calgary – enjoying some of our tropical Nova Scotian weather ūüėČ ¬†So we toured the gardens, ate some peas, found the birds, and took some photos. ¬†Here’s a little Sneak Peek:



Baby Isla – Yarmouth Newborn Photography

What a pleasure it was to visit Pubnico, and to meet this lovely family!  I always love getting to discover a new part of this province (new to me, anyway!) and, of course, getting to photograph a family that is so clearly full of love for each other is pure pleasure.  Isla is one lucky newborn!

Carly & Blair – the Digby Pines Wedding

Despite some serious threats of rain, Carly and Blair ended up having a perfectly beautiful day Рnot even the sun could resist shining on these two.  The Digby Pines were a beautiful backdrop to this sweet and intimate ceremony, and Kate and I enjoyed ourselves immensely, traipsing about from forest, to wharf, to lighthouse, and back.  Not to mention one of the funnest night shot sessions ever, where Kate literally ran her shoes right off to get the shot.  We wish you all the best, you two, and know that the sun will continue to shine on all your future endeavours.  Enjoy your Sneak Peek!

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 Рthe kids and I playing together in the backyard.  I hope you enjoy them!

jocelyn - May 31, 2015 - 7:44 pm

Beautiful pictures (and words)!