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Model Spotlight: Saige

By Michael Carty Photography in model girl fashion eyes models studio blonde denim saige

Saige was one of three models some photographer friends and I shot for a fun, creative session last April (whoa, has it been that long?)  In case you needed a reminder, this is one of the shots from that shoot.

 

Earlier this month, Saige reached out needing some images for an agency she's looking at signing with and I was game to shoot.

 

The studio was roasting that day, so I brought a fan - it did little to help us because it was also super humid.  On the plus side, it gave Saige's skin a dewy glow that really came across in our shots.  I'm normally a flash fan, but the natural light looked so great that day, it was hard not to go with it.

 

Eventually, I went back to my studio lights and we came out with some more gold.

 

I can't wait to see what's in store for Saige's modeling career, needless to say she is definitely one of my go-to models for creative projects.

Follow her work here: Saige's Instagram

Violet+Ben

By Michael Carty Photography in wedding rings bride bridal digby violet ben newfoundland shoes mountain gap historic gardens annapolis smiths cove newfie stick waders

Every wedding is unique.

Different relationships, families, friends, customs and quirks.

Violet+Ben was full of all of the above.

Besides the very real bond between lifelong friends and family, there was the unmistakable down to earth warmth of character that only Newfoundland natives bring with them.

Once they finished getting ready at the Villages of Mountain Gap, we raced to the Historic Gardens in Annapolis Royal for the ceremony.  It was a beautiful day and speaking from a completely photographic point of view, they couldn't have picked a better spot for me to capture it.

After the receiving line and group photos, my wife/assistant Sandra and I took Violet+Ben for a walk through the gardens to capture some fun and beautiful images of just the newlyweds.

Then it was time to head back to the Gap for cool refreshments, delicious food, heartfelt speeches and some dancing with a sprinkle of both new and old Newfoundlander traditions (the process of stuffing a bride into wader boots while in full wedding gown is amazing to watch ;) )

And tonight I get to shoot more images of Violet+Ben as we have our first Trash the Dress session this evening at the beach - stay tuned for those :)

 

Best wishes for Violet+Ben in their adventurous life together and thank you for letting my wife and I be a part of your beautiful day.

Amanda+√Čtienne

By Michael Carty Photography

Nine years ago my wife and I were married and we celebrated that event with our friends and family at the charming Harbourview Inn in Smith's Cove.  So when Amanda+Étienne told us the Inn was their venue, we were overjoyed.

 

These two were so many things to us.  Besides being very laid back and friendly (I met them in person for the first time two days before the wedding :) ), they had this precious and playful romantic love that you could spot a mile away.  We arrived a little early to do some preceremony shots at the Winchester house where the ladies were getting ready.

 

Amanda wasn't sure at first if she really needed them, but she was convinced that she would once the day was done and the smoke cleared...

 

 

One of the many special things about Amanda+Étiennes wedding, was that Amanda was wearing her grandmother's wedding dress - which her gran didn't know about - and it was also her gran's birthday.  Talk about adding memorable elements to your wedding - this was a triple threat!

 

After we returned the rings and shoes, my wife and I ran down the drive to the Inn where the guys were already polished and Étienne looked very ready to get married lol.



The JP, our longtime friend Deb Kendall, was waiting for us at the ceremony site to do some last minute checks and before we knew it the music was starting and here comes the bride!

 

Now I've said before that tears sustain me, tears of joy during a wedding that is.  And we definitely had our share of those from friends and family alike, but most of them were from the bride!

 

After we captured our guest images, we took a few shots of the newlyweds on the grounds.

 

...they're so much fun together...

We went to the beach next along the Annapolis Basin for some fun images.  It was especially important to Étienne to get photos by the water because of his family's historical roots (and now his nuptial connection) to the area.

 

I even convinced them to kick off their shoes and take a dip in the waters his ancestors sailed, fished and lived their lives beside.  Side note: hot day, but frigid water lol

After that, Étienne and I carried Amanda back closer to the car (wet, sandy toes and sharp mussel shells do not mix) and we raced back to the reception.  There, we could really appreciate the beautiful mixing of their family, with humorous bilingual toasts, shared stories of the wedding couple and the natural way children find new and instant friendship.

 

We have truly made wonderful friends with Amanda+Étienne and we are more than happy to share our special place with them.  Hopefully it won't be too long before they visit again, maybe an anniversary?

 

We wish them all the best and a long and adventurous marriage filled with more love every day.

Madison+Michael

By Michael Carty Photography in digby pines resort family wedding bride marriage digby nova scotia weddings nova scotia wedding wedding photography church wedding day digby legion vw bug tears of joy hometown wedding country wedding

In my line of work, you get to travel a lot.  You meet new people from all different walks of life.  But nothing has the ability of being both unique and familiar as a hometown wedding.

 

I've known Madison and her family for several years and I was more than happy to capture her and Michael's big day.

 

Before the big day, I had told both Madison+Michael that I'm all about that connection - emotional, familial, friendship and that tears (of joy) were my biggest love when shooting weddings.  They both assured me I would get my fill of tears, and they delivered...

 

Madison+Michael couldn't have asked for a better day for their wedding.  The sun was shining, the sky was clear and everyone was working towards making sure everything was just right before heading to the church for the ceremony.

 

Afterwards, we drove to the Pines Resort - a beautiful place for wedding photos, and I caught all the love and laughter with friends and family.

 

After a bit of shooting, we all realized how hungry we were and that was our cue to head to the Legion for the reception and some supper... (and candy...)

 

The candy bar was delicious and the cakes were too.  As you can see, they both had a little fun at each other's expense - welcome to married life lol!

 

Everywhere I looked I saw love, laughter, bonds of friendship and family.  Good natured jokes and silent moments of solemn reflection peppered the day.

 

My deepest thanks to both Madison+Michael and their family for letting me be a part of their big day - may your marriage be full of joy and adventure!

Prom with Marci

By Michael Carty Photography in digby pines resort family laughter flowers photography michael carty michael carty photography prom milestone dress marci grad graduation prom night date

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.

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