SURPRISE wedding!

We often comment our information on posts on Facebook from brides looking for wedding photographers.  I saw Krista’s post looking for wedding photographers and was super excited she chose to contact us.

Krista wanted two photographers for their super duper small wedding. She said the best part is that it is a surprise wedding! I was so excited. We chatted back & forth before they officially booked us for September 29th.

They were getting married at Vines Pasta & Grill in Dartmouth, everyone invited thought it was an engagement celebration.  We started the day by meeting Krista, Eric and her two kids for their formal photos at Fisherman’s Cove.

I personally love Fisherman’s Cove, it is a perfect spot for photos. It is right on the water, with colourful buildings along a boardwalk and fishing boats.

We captured some amazing shots before heading off to Vines Pasta & Grill to get ready for the guests to arrive. The room was beautifully decorated and ready for the small, intimate surprise wedding.

As the guests arrived, we captured their expressions as they saw Krista in her wedding dress and Eric in his suit. The ceremony was beautiful, they wrote their own vows which touched your heart.

We are so happy that we got to be a part of Krista & Eric’s day! It was absolutely beautiful and fun!

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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

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

 

 

 

…..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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It’s a BOY!

Oliver Cole Mackenzie Keirstead was born June 11 at 5: 23am, 6lbs 12ozs and almost 20 inches long. He is perfect. Oliver is Jason and Lindsay’s rainbow baby.

I met Lindsay and Jason when they booked my Rainbow Package which is:

“Rainbow Baby” is a baby who is welcomed into a family after there has been a loss experienced due to miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth. A Rainbow baby is the understanding that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravage of the storm.

  • Newborn Session (within first 10 days is ideal)
  • First Birthday/Cake Smash Session **They Chose to change to Fresh 48**
  • Special Rainbow Birth Announcement Template
  • Each session will be up to 2 hours
  • all photos available in a private online gallery to download in full resolution

We hit it off right away, clients really do become friends and you start to feel like part of the family when you get to capture all those important moments in their lives. They were over the moon happy with their maternity photos which made us very happy. We chatted back and forth after that, patiently waiting for their baby boy to make his grand entrance into the world. They wanted a Fresh 48 Session, which is when we go to the hospital within the first 48 hours after giving birth to capture those first precious moments of their baby’s life.

Oliver was born on June 11th, the following day I went in to meet him. He was perfect, I captured him, bonding moments with mommy, daddy and his grandmother it was beautiful.  About a week later we did his newborn session. Oliver rocked his session with us, he was such a great baby, no fuss at all.

Newborn sessions are special. We always suggest to get the session done within the first 10 days, a session can take up to 2 hours maybe more depending on the baby. We want to ensure the baby is happy and content to get those amazing shots you will hold onto forever.

 

 

After every storm…there is a rainbow

 My husband and I love spending our time photographing newborns, we love being part of fresh 48 sessions capturing those first moments with your baby. Whether it is your first child or 6th child, all those first moments are precious. Within the last few months I’ve been hearing more about people have rainbow babies, I looked up what exactly that meant.  A rainbow baby is a baby who is welcomed into a family after there has been a loss experienced due to miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth. I’ve know many people including family that have suffered miscarriages which brought me to create our “Rainbow Baby Package”. It is close to my heart and absolutely fills my heart with joy to capture those moments with your newborn rainbow baby. 

I met Lindsay and her husband Jason a couple weeks ago. Lindsay booked the package the same day I advertised it. She told me her story, we started bonding through messages leading up to her maternity session. The excitement she had for her upcoming session was amazing, she told me she couldn’t believe she just booked her maternity session. They are expecting their baby boy June 17th and I can’t wait. I have two upcoming sessions with them, a fresh 48 and newborn session. I honestly can’t wait to meet their baby boy! I’m anxiously awaiting for the text to tell me he has arrived. 

Our Rainbow Baby Package includes the following: 

Newborn Session (within the first 10 days is best)
First Birthday/Cake Smash Session
Each session will be up to 2 hours
Special Rainbow Birth Announcement
Full resolution photos available in an online gallery

Check out Lindsay & Jason’s full maternity session at the link below:

https://tailgatephotography45.pixieset.com/lindsayandjasonmaternitysession/

 
A Rainbow baby is the understanding that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravage of the storm.

 

Joey melted my heart <3

A few weeks ago, I got the opportunity to photograph this beautiful little family!

I was having fall mini sessions at Shubie Park in Dartmouth, Candace contacted me for a family session. After figuring out work schedules, and weather, we finally met, took a chance on a cloudy day and the results will speak for themselves…. Beautiful.

We arrived, waiting by the stairs I see them approach with the cutest blue eyed boy in her arms. She puts him down, he walks over to me and puts his arms in the air wanting me to pick him up! He snuggles in my arms, then back to mommy! He completed melted my heart.

His facial expressions, smiles for mommy & daddy and his interest in the ducks were all priceless. I am happy to have met this great family and look forward to working with them again in the future.

A little bit of the East Coast

Sarah contacted me for a family session during her trip back home. Her and her husband Matt have a 5 1/2 month old baby Logan. This was Logan’s first trip to the east coast. She wanted to capture his first time at the beach, first time having his toes in the ocean!

He loved the beach. He loved the sand, and the ocean. Getting to capture his expressions as plays in the sand…. as his toes hit the cool ocean was touching! I love getting to capture firsts for parents to be able to keep forever!

Here are a few shots from their session at Crystal Crescent Beach. To view full gallery check out : Sarah, Matt & Logan