Prom with Marci

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Marci and her mother Barb came to me for grad images and we had a great time, so it was a wonderful surprise when they contacted me this month to shoot Marci and her date for prom night.

Marci has one of the biggest smiles I've ever had the pleasure to capture on my camera.  She's clever, caring and funny as all hell.  Marci is surrounded by an incredibly supportive and loving family and you can really feel that when you're around them.

I was so happy that I could start off Marci's prom night with some laughter and celebration.  We shot her images at the Digby Pines Resort, a beautiful location to shoot, in fact I shoot here all the time for weddings and events.

We lucked out with sunshine and blue skies, a few clouds hung around which worked in our favor as we shot without OCF, but the natural light created some beautiful tones in the setting and skin tone.

Milestones are incredible, memorable moments that everyone has, and I'm so happy that I get to observe and capture them for my clients like I did for Marci.  i hope all the best to her in the future.

Esession: Melissa+Bryan

By Michael Carty Photography in love wedding photography michael carty michael carty photography nova scotia melissa bryan melissa+bryan nova scotia wedding annapolis royal annapolis royal historic gardens wedding photography esession engagement session

How cute are these two eh?

Could I find a more adorable AND photogenic couple in all of my life? 

Melissa+Bryan hail from Bedford, NS and being busy people as they are, we had limited scheduling options available for us to shoot their engagement session.  The weather was decent all week, but called for clouds and rain on the day we had planned.  Needless to say I was a little concerned over how the images would come out - if they would at all.

Don't get me wrong, clouds are terrific - they soften shadows, help my subjects from squinting like they would in sunlight and they tend to make skin look super buttery smooth... but rain... rain just kills camera gear, ruins makeup and hair (both of which were professionally done) and turn all three of us in to drowned rats.

And it DID rain - but we lucked out and it stopped a few hours before our session started!

So we had beautiful light, no rain and everything had a good wash from the earlier drizzle; I was ecstatic.

Melissa+Bryan were a gem to work with.  They were up for anything and everything as we started out at the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens (shout out to manager, Trish Fry for letting us have access after hours!) and made our way down the beautiful main street of Annapolis Royal to the piers.

What looked like a rained out day turned into an afternoon filled with smiles and laughter, love and tenderness, newly formed trust and friendships with some incredible people that I had the pleasure to capture with my lens.

I honestly can't wait to hang with these two again this September and shoot what will no doubt be a beautiful wedding - see you soon Melissa+Bryan!

Model Spotlight: Kelsie O'Brien

By Michael Carty Photography in model fashion photography michael carty photographer michael carty photography toronto kelsie obrien cmtc 2018 sherri obrien agency

Few people know (unless you were there), that I was a late to arrive camp kid.

Little did I know that over 20 years later, one of the closest friends I ever made there, Sherri O'Brien, would bring her talented daughter into my studio for images.  Kelsie is truly a bright and vibrant individual.  Her smile is as genuine as she is and seems to brighten a room.  While being young, she is nothing close to naive but has an ability and drive that I know will do her wonders in the modeling industry.

Last month (May), Sherri took Kelsie to compete in the 26th CMTC (Canadian Model & Talent Convention) in Toronto.  Needless to say, Kelsie had a blast.  Meeting so many wonderful and encouraging people within the industry is such a thrill (and a relief) and she received a lot of interest from several agencies - I can't wait to see what the next step in her journey is!

Regardless, I wanted to use my platform to put Kelsie out there as best as I could, she truly deserves all the best in her future endeavors.

8 Signs He's/She's Going to Propose this Holiday Season

By Michael Carty Photography in wedding holidays proposal

You’ve been together for a while.  You know it’s happening at some point.  But how do you really know if he/she is planning on popping the question soon?   Like how about now?  When the holidays have set everything aglow and the world just feels more romantic.  Scroll DOWN to read 8 sure-fire ways to know if he’s proposing during this magical season.  Well, sure-fire might be a stretch.  Or maybe it’s not.

1.  They've been getting mushy lately.

Like talking about your future.  Wanting to cuddle on the sofa and just look at the lights on the tree rather than tune into the usual Netflix roundup.  If they have made a distinct shift into mush-ville, there may be a ring on the horizon.

2.  They ask if you want to go on a trip.

Especially around the holidays when no one goes on trips unless they involve great Uncle Tommy and a really bad fruitcake.  If they pony up a Caribbean trip right when you’re brainstorming on ways to avoid getting your cheeks pinched by Grandma Millie, you know love is in the air.


3.  They cranks up his cheap side a bit.

Saying no to big group dinners at fancy restaurants (because aren’t those the WORST for paying way more than you should be thanks to that absurdly expensive bottle of champagne that was ordered!?), or suggesting that you Netflix and chill instead of going out on the town?  They could have a very expensive reason for resorting to his often buried cheap side.

4.  They ask what your pinterest handle is.

This one’s tricky because they either want to buy you a diamond ring or something miscellaneous.  And it could go either way.


5.  They are acting squirrely and nervous.

They're fidgety.  And can’t sit still.  When some people make big decisions, it often means they can’t plop on to the sofa with the same sense of ease that they normally do and instead, they putz around, fussing with everything, asking a million questions and generally just being odd.  Especially on the day-of.


6.  They plan a trip – without you.

Because a trip without you could very well mean a trip to see your parents which has a high likelihood of being built around “the talk.”  They could also just be going to Vegas with their friends but a little snooping around should get you the answers you need pretty fast.


7.  Your parents start acting weird.

And if there is a trip to have “the talk” on the horizon, it will be made all the more clear when your mom starts acting aloof.  This is a classic mom response.  Dad’s are generally a little more cool. Moms? Not usually so cool.


8.  They don’t seem to be doing any major shopping.

Because they're done!  If their gift is a big ass sparkly ring, they don’t need to do another darned thing!

That's it! 


I suppose this could also double as a list to avoid dropping hints that you're planning on proposing as well - good luck to you all!!


Michael Carty

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