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Another Perspective

“Do you like these invitations?”  “Sure.”

“What do you think about the venue?” “Great.”

“Think we should have a cake?” “If you want.”

These “conversations” sound familiar?

The groom kinda gets a tough go when it comes to weddings, sometimes deservedly so.  They are constantly in the shadow of the bride.  They are always getting teased  during the speeches, they take flack for being seemingly indifferent when it comes to the wedding planning and prep.   Usually it is the bride who I am always in contact with and the groom will meet with me when told to.

However, I think what really is happening is that the groom really only cares about one thing: spending the rest of their life with the person they love.

The groom from this wedding got the typical roasting for all the above reasons and he took it all in stride. However, as we were walking to get a portrait done he turns and softly says”I haven’t really asked for anything, but can I just have this one shot?”

This was one of the most thoughtful and considerate photos I have ever taken.

It’s not that he didn’t care, he simply knew what mattered most.

 

 

Lisa Melanson - love the picture

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Open Wide

As Molly turned 4 this week, I was reminded that she is still a kid even though she seems so grown up.  I recall our last visit to the dentist and how apprehensive both Jill and I were.

I took her in for some fillings, not quite sure how this was all going to play out.  We walked into the waiting room and there were toys everywhere.  Good start so far, great way to help keep her relaxed.  We were called into a consultation room and it was rather plain, I immediately thought this is going to be just like any other dentist.  We enter the treatment area and I can see right away how overwhelming it would be for any kid.  Giant chair with an octopus apparatus hovering above it, people with masks walking around, and sharp shiny objects nicely laid out.

Enter the assistant, she talks about a princess cape. Just the utterance of princess will usually win Molly over.  The assistant is chatting Molly and letting her know everything she is doing.  Molly is shy anyway, but she is nodding like she understands what is going on.  The dentist comes in and is reassuring her everything is going to be all right and the pictures of her teeth look good.  We head back into the waiting room and wait for her to get all doped up.  I could not help but laugh when she became all wobbly, her words were slurred, and eyes barely open.  However, as she was lying in the chair I realized she is still my little girl.  She was so innocent, doing what she was told as best as she could.  By the end of it, I could tell she was uncomfortable and all I could do was watch, feeling so helpless.  She bore it all and I knew that my little girl is also a big girl.

It is one thing to be competent in your profession and it is another thing to be competent and working with kids.  It is something they don’t teach you in school, I think it is something that has to come naturally.  Kids are never straight forward and you have to be able to think on your feet.  The staff at the clinic were awesome, but let’s hope we don’t have to go back there again.

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Molly’s Cove

I can’t remember when the last time I went to Peggy’s Cove, so on our last free weekend it was a perfect opportunity for us to go.  I was a little nervous about Molly and her clumsiness around the rocks, which would end the excursion very quickly.  As the lighthouse comes into view, I see the winds are blowing and the place is packed with people, not a great situation to make some family photos.  If I had some more of my gear, this would not have been a big issue, but kid bags trumps photo gear so I had to make due with what I had.

I was actually surprised at how well Molly navigated the giant rocks and how much fun she had.  I was surprised at her reaction when I let her listen to the sound of the ocean inside of a shell.  I was surprised how all she could talk about was the squishy lobster toy inside the toy and nothing else.  However, I was not surprised I was able to get this shot.  For a simple shot it was harder than it looks.  I had to flex every muscle I had to be able to get low enough and also be stable to frame this shot how I wanted.  Then I waited for Molly.  Sweat starting to build up, muscles starting to go wobbly, then everything falls into place.  Snap, snap, snap, snap!  I got what I was looking for.

 

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The Mills Family

When we decided to do the shoot around the Westmount area, I was like “Awesome!  I have always wanted to shoot at that park”.  I drive by it everyday for work and leading up to the shoot I was paying more attention to the location, thinking “Hey there are plenty of spots to choose, nothing to worry about”.  Well as I arrived the day of the session, I started to panic slightly because as I walked around I realized there was not as much shade as I had hoped for and of the shade that was available, the backgrounds were just not that good.  Knowing they had a little girl, I knew I couldn’t go on a major trek to get good light, but I couldn’t just settle on anywhere.  I laid out my shoot plan and kept my fingers crossed, hoping the distance was manageable.  I saw Allana and Bob roll up with a stroller and I knew we were gold.  Happy kid = happy photos.  We quickly got what we needed and had time to try something different, which resulted in the first image.  It may not be spectacular, bur for me it was different.  Different perspective, different lens, different interaction. However, my favorite part of the image was the family jam session that resulted from it.

 

A MacMills - We love the photos! Especially of Audrey. And you were very efficient and organized which we appreciated with a toddler. :)

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