Every four years, a day gets added onto the February calendar and we call it leap year. This leap year provided something extra unique - the marriage of Sam and Kait. As candles danced on the walls and laughs were heard, their beautiful, intimate wedding began after sundown at the Kingswood Lodge. They said their vows and began the biggest (and most exciting) adventure of their lifetimes in front of the massive stone fireplace. Although the ceremony was wonderfully traditional, the personality of this fun couple definitely shined in the pre-wedding hype of the day (including the Sam and his best man hitting the bowling alley before the ceremony) and afterwards with the game-filled reception and enthusiastic sparkler exit.
Kait killed it in her vintage-inspired gown and makeup - I mean, can you say stunner?! And Sam was looking pretty dapper all spruced up in his tux with his eggplant tie brought the whole colour schemes together.
The whole event went incredibly smoothly and was but on by some of the most welcoming, heartwarming families you could imagine (also, trying to limit myself on the amazing homemade desserts was a real task).
There's a spot, on a cliff that overlooks the ocean's crashing waves and the surfers that ride them, that holds more meaning than I could express. It's still fairly new to me, and exploring it is something that has become a necessity with every visit I take to Nova Scotia. My fondness for the rocks, trees and grass doesn't reflect my experiences and memories alone, but rather mimics and pulls at those of the person stands by my side. The idea that a place could mean so much to a person I love so deeply instantly creates an attachment, curiosity and protectiveness of the ground that makes them feel calm.
New Brunswick is stunning, fog is magical, friends are a riot - combine all three and you've just made yourself the perfect photo-adventure.
Kelsey and I explored the grounds of the Mactaquac Beaver Pond one afternoon with a brass Petzval Lomography lens in hand, rubber boots on feet and wide eyes. Needless to say, it was grand.
I still have a long way to go, but working in the darkroom has officially become my most peaceful (between the frustrated sighs, that is) getaway. Watching the images appear in the developer creates a magic that traps the emotion within the paper. It's amazing and beautiful. It makes me vulnerable in a way I never knew I could be.
Rachel and Tom's engagement shoot was the first I shot solely on film, and I couldn't calm my nerves enough when winding the film into the canister - so it took me 5 times to get it right. I triple checked every chemical measurement (I know you should, anyways) when developing the film and took way longer than I needed to in the darkroom researching how to properly expose snow and still have detail in the blacks.
So, here it is. The end result (including a double exposure). The black frame that surrounds each picture just shows that the image was not cropped in at all during the printing process, thus is a "full frame" print.
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