my first official photo shoot!

As mentioned in my post yesterday, I had my first photo shoot, and I wanted to share a few of the photos from that.

My cousin Emina and her husband, Mike, are due to have their first baby early this month – within the next week or so!  She asked if I could do an outdoor maternity shoot for her, and of course I said yes!  I’ve been wanting to do photo shoots for people for a while now, so I was very excited to get the opportunity.  Okay, I was pooping my pants leading up to it – what if I did a poor job, what if they hate the photos, what if I just don’t know what I’m doing and I mess up royally?!  Needless to say, when I got home I pulled the memory card out of the camera, tossed it at my husband and told him to be honest about just how bad they were – I’m incredibly hard on myself, and I work every day to try and build up confidence in my abilities.

We went out for several hours in the evening, and checked out my new favourite spot (read about that here) and the waterfront park.  I haven’t had a chance to look through all the photos yet (there are a ton of them!), but these are merely a few that I did get a peek at.  Emina and Mike – thanks for the wonderful opportunity to do this shoot for you.  I hope that the love and happiness you obviously feel towards each other are showcased in these photos.

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Found a New Favourite Spot

Nik and I went out last weekend, just driving around town.  I had decided at the beginning of the drive, that we would check out this park that we had stumbled across, that was very hard to access with my little car in the winter – apparently winter maintenance was not done on the parking lot or driveway of this particular location.  Now that the weather here is beautiful, I thought it was high time we check it out.  And I fell in love.  And I’ve only seen maybe 10% of it.

I don’t even know the name of it, just know how to get there from my place.  It seems to be an old quarry that they’ve allowed to naturalize, and there’s a great swampy area with a boardwalk that runs through it.  Blackbirds, Canadian Geese, frogs, water snakes, fish – all these creatures living in one area peacefully trying to simply survive.  And what a gorgeous spot to do that as well!  I’ll be going there numerous times, to see what I can photograph.  Here are a few photos from that day.  There’s also a photo tucked in from the waterfront park here in town, with Nik checking out those stationary binoculars you can pay to use.

You’ll see another post soon about my first photo shoot, and some of those photos are taken at my new favourite spot.  Well… I guess this is kinda my first photoshoot, since Nik seems to have been my model that night!

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Crawford Lake Conservation Area

This weekend, the hubby and I were supposed to go to Napanee, ON, to check out a site about a 1/2 hour away, called the Dark Sky Viewing Centre (for more information, read about it here).  It’s set up for astronomers, but open to the public, and is the most southerly point in Ontario that you can be and still have a dark sky to see and photograph the stars.  I’ve been wanting to check this place out ever since we picked up the remote for the camera.  Unfortunately, Nik has been fighting off a cold all week, and it hit him last night.  So, we’re postponing that trip now for a couple of weeks, till the cold is gone, and he’s okay for standing in the dark for several hours, in the cold.  I’m very excited and can’t wait till we go!

So that I didn’t miss out on using the camera today, we went to Crawford Lake Conservation Area.  We got there around 4:30 this afternoon, so we had great light to play with, very soft and golden.  Here are some shots from the day.

One last photo to share of my husband, Nik, who was a trooper today trudging through the snow with me! Love the light on his face in this photo 🙂