Oliver’s 1st Year through our lens

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 Oliver entered the world on June 11th, 2017 and stole out heart.  Back it up a couple months to when I created our Rainbow Baby Package. I created this package because of all the people in my life that have suffered loss and had their Rainbow baby.  Within hours of posting it, Lindsay contacted me about booking that package. 

We met Lindsay and Jason for the first time (after much chatting online) at the Halifax Public Gardens for their maternity session. We hit it off right away, they were the nicest couple that after many years of longing for a baby and suffering loss were finally having their Rainbow Baby.

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After he was born, Lindsay messaged me to announce his arrival and arrange his Fresh 48 Session. I couldn’t wait to meet Oliver, he was absolutely perfect. Seeing the love and bonding moments between mommy, daddy and Oliver just melted my heart. When you long for a baby for so long and fight so hard to have one that it gives you deeper appreciation when the Doctor places your baby in your arms for the very first time.  

Once Oliver was born, that’s when it started. We started to capture him throughout his first year. We did Newborn, Family, Christmas, Easter, Sitter Session then his first birthday. We got to capture so much of his first year, watch him grow, learn new things, and of course played & snuggled with him any chance we had. We ended up becoming great friends with Lindsay and Jason. Lindsay has been there for me as I am on the journey to try and become a mother. I couldn’t have a better person to be brutally honest on how tests are really going to be, but cheering me on because in the end…. you have a baby. My husband James and I love Oliver and love how we get to capture him as he grows up to be such a great little boy! 

Here is a look through our lens at Oliver’s first year:

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How you see it VS How I see it.

Hey Everyone, I have some fun images to show you today! The last few months, I have been snapping some photos on my iPhone of the locations we are shooting to show y’all the difference on how you see the location and how we see it.

Below was iPhone photos of the location we shot as well as me in action with Lux. We all piled into a side by side and took off in the woods in New Harbour to this location.

 

Here are a few of the shots we capture in the woods. First look at the location you see, trees, overgrown bushes, a lot of rocks. This is what we got out of it. Ian built a fire, they roasted marshmallows, drank hot chocolate and Lux had a blast. She is full of adventure!

 

 

Martina and I ventured out the other day for a mini shoot. This location is on the side of the road, close to her place. I had her climbing down in the dead trees in heels and climbing rocks.

 

 

These are the photos we accomplished in just a short time from a little spot on the side of the road. The lighting was great and I love everything about these photos.

 

 

I love how you can take any location that you may think “this is ugly, she is crazy” and I can turn it into “wow, these are incredible, best photos yet”. Whether we pile in a side by side and go do what your family loves to do on weekends or we find a place on the side of the road that I see potential in. We can give you incredible images. We are going to continue to show you before and after photos on our Facebook Page: Tailgate Photography

Another reason to choose Tailgate Photography. We love adventure, we love to take your ideas and make them reality. Oh and we go above and beyond to make our clients happy! I’ve had clients say…. “well, I seen ideas on Pinterest can I send them to you”, heck yes, if you have ideas or have seen ideas you want to recreate, we will but we will change it up a bit so we aren’t “copying” another photographer.

Contact us if you would like to do a photo session like this or any kind. Weather is warmer… nights are longer… info@tailgatephotography.com

Why choose Tailgate Photography?

Have you heard of Tailgate Photography? Do you know who we are? Have you heard of our AMAZING referral program?

Tailgate Photography has been around for 10+ years. 3 years ago, I relocated to Halifax and have been working hard to get our name out and build our client base in HRM.

My husband James and I are Tailgate Photography. I am a full time photographer that has an in-home studio with lots of wraps, accessories and props! Our studio hours are Monday-Sunday from 9 am-5 pm but are flexible to book after hours as well.

I am a self taught photographer that is constantly learning. If I look back to my first session 11 years ago and now, the change is unreal. Over the winter months, we have taken 2 online Newborn photography courses along with a Toddler and Sitter Session course.

The Newborn courses we have taken, taught us everything from posing, wrapping, safety and more. We have the full newborn set up at our studio and we also have a portable set up that we can come to the comfort of your home for a newborn session or lifestyle session.

What makes me different?  I’m not a salesperson, I don’t up sell, I can’t limit the number of photos on my packages. I’ve tried to and have yet to stick with it. My goal is to give you incredible images, I don’t set a limit. I have high respect for the photographer’s that do, it just isn’t me. If I love the images, I want to share them. Maybe in the future that will change, but right now in this moment, that’s how it is.

Lastly, our referral program. If you refer 4 friends to us that book a session, you receive a FREE session of your choice (value of $125). You can use it towards a newborn session, just pay the balance, but it excludes weddings.

So, when you are looking for a photographer for whatever your occasion, please consider us. We are fun, creative, love hearing your ideas. We are great with children, have all the patience in the world and you will be happy with the service we provide.

Photography to me isn’t just another job, it is my career, my passion. I love meeting new people, creating lasting friendships and capturing moments that you will forever have as memories.

 

 

Tailgate Photography Studio

Hey Everyone! Today, I’m going to tell you about our in home studio. As most of you know 2017 was quite the difficult year for us emotionally and our life changed as we suffered loss. I have always said “Everything happens for a reason”, and I fully believe that.

As of September last year, I have jumped both feet into running Tailgate Photography full time. We have a in-home studio fully set up and I haven’t been happier. We are now open 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. We work outside the hours as well depending on what time the client wants.

We offer a variety of sessions in our studio for example: Newborn, Maternity, Family, Cake Smash etc. We also have a portable set up that we can go to your home or business to offer Head Shots or Newborn Session. You can find all the information on packages under our Packages tab on our website.

 

I have lived in HRM for 3 years now and have met so many wonderful people that have become clients and some quite the Tailgate Photography Ambassadors. We have a referral program that is fantastic for earning FREE photo sessions. Tell 4 friends/family about us, if they book with us… You receive a free session.

For more information about our studio or photography services please contact us at: info@tailgatephotography.com

 

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Bump, Baby & Beyond

Pregnancy is an exciting time in your life.  Maternity sessions are a great way to treat yourself before baby comes.  Let’s face it, once baby is born, he or she will be all of the focus!  I recommend booking your maternity session around weeks 28-34,  when your belly is nice and round but before you start feeling uncomfortable.

Life truly is a gift and creation of this life is nothing less than miraculous. We will perfectly capture the beauty of your pregnancy, your journey as a mother begins 9 months before you hold your baby. Capturing the beauty, happiness and memories in your pregnancy is what we aim to do.

Then baby arrives, it’s their time to shine. I love newborn photography. I recently took 2  courses in Newborn Photography. I learned so much from baby safety to wrapping techniques, posing and more. I am constantly adding new items to my newborn prop collection to make each session unique and different. We have a home studio and can also travel to the comfort of your home with our “mini studio”.

 I love to bring beautiful artwork to my clients to treasure. It all starts with Baby’s 1st year session. Newborn babies are little angels that like to sleep & cuddle because of these qualities, newborn photographs make some of the most beautiful images. A little patience, timing and creative posing will allow us to capture these moments perfectly. Onward and upwards your baby will grow so fast and the first year is the most important. The real fun starts when your baby starts smiling. Your baby will grow a lot in their 1st year, capturing that 1st chapter of their life is important and priceless.

We would love to be apart of your journey in becoming parents and welcoming your new baby.  All our packages are listed under Newborn & Fresh 48 and Maternity.

Contact us at :

info@tailgatephotography.com

 

 

 

Oliver’s 1st Christmas

This was our 5th session with Oliver (including their maternity session when he was still in mommy’s belly).

Oliver is special is many ways, he is Lindsay and Jason’s rainbow baby and because of him my husband and I have become good friends with his parents.

I’m thankful that Lindsay and Jason chose us to be their photographer. We get to watch Oliver grow, see all the changes in him from one session to the next.

He is the happiest baby with big blue eyes and that smile that melts your heart every time. He was full of smiles, giggles and surprised us when he ripped into a present.

Clients turn into friends, you develop an relationship with them as you get to capture moments of their lives and turn them into memories they can look back on forever.

We look forward to watching Oliver grow and continuing to capture those moments for them.

Hot Chocolate + Marshmallows + Bonfire= Perfection

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Every year Mallori and I talk and brainstorm about where to hold their session. Mallori likes to be unique, thinks outside the box and she is super creative.

One of their favorite family activity is getting on their side by side and heading out to the woods to have a bonfire. Why not do something they love and capture memories while doing it. I thought it was a fantastic idea.

Mallori baked cookies, made hot chocolate, packed marshmallows and apples. James and I arrived at their house, they packed up the side by side and we ventured off into the woods.

Ian was prepared and had the bonfire going, the sun was starting to set, we had the perfect golden hour.

One of my absolute favourite things about being a photographer is becoming part of your clients life. I started as Mallori and Ian’s wedding photographer, then when they got pregnant I was their maternity photographer; when Lux entered the world, I became their family photographer. It has been 7 years of being a part of their lives.

Here are some of our favourite shots from their latest family session.

 

 

…..and then there were 4

We met Candace, Chris and Joey last year when we did their Fall Family Session. A little while later I had a contest to win a free Fresh 48 Session. Fresh 48 session is when we go into the hospital to capture the first moments after the birth of your baby. Candace messaged me shortly after I announced the winner to tell me she just found out they were expecting again.

We kept in contact through her pregnancy, discussed maternity photos, fresh 48 photos and a newborn session. They found out they were having a baby boy!

We booked in their maternity session at Rainbow Haven Beach, it was a beautiful sunny day! Joey was full of energy and fun! He got to help read a book to his baby brother, used can phones to talk to his baby brother in mommy’s belly, he had lots of fun. Especially playing peek-a boo with my husband James.

On September 30th, Austin Wesley Kealy made his debut. He was early, surprising his parents. When he was 3 days old, James and I packed up and headed to their house to photograph his newborn session.

Austin absolutely rocked his newborn session. He slept the entire time, James wrapped him in different wraps, we changed outfits many times and he just slept making the most adorable little noises.

We love being part of capturing those first moments in our client’s lives, watching their children grow, freezing all those moments in their life for them to have forever.

 

 

The McGregor’s

I had the opportunity to take family photos of my family’s long time friend Karen.

Karen, her husband Aaron and their boys Nolan & Chase are from Toronto. They travelled to Nova Scotia for vacation and wanted to capture some of the beauty here in their family photos.  We incorporated the boys love for hockey into their photos, they are HABS fans…but I didn’t hold that against them.

The photos were taken at Sir Sandford Fleming Park (The Dingle). I love to photograph families, especially when they are not from the East Coast. Last year I got the chance to photograph a family from Alberta, originally from here; they were travelling back for vacation with their 6 month old baby boy. They wanted to get family shots of his first time at the beach and the first time his toes hit the ocean. It makes for great memories.

Karen and her family love the east coast. The boys love the ocean. We chose the Dingle because it has a great mixture of having the water, boats and sand in the background along with the Dingle tower. I captured some memories for them that they can hang on their wall, and always have a piece of the East Coast with them.

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