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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

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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

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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.

One Day Left Of Challenges

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Hey Peeps,

Last year around this time, I wrote a post discussing the Challenges ahead for me and you, my disdain for Resolutions and overcoming the odds.

I reflected over this post recently and thought it would be a good recap before we ring in the New Year again.  Some Challenges were met, some weren't, but that's life and the true value of character is both moving forward either towards those goals or reevaluating them for others.

I hope you enjoy this look back that's all about looking forward.

Click HERE for the post!!

 

Laters,

Michael Carty

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My Sage-Like Advice to Aspiring Photographers

"Santa!!!" - Buddy, from the movie Elf

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Hey Peeps,

I was fortunate enough to get a little Q&A with the big man himself this year.

We're like this *crosses fingers* and he let's me pick his brain sometimes when I shoot him during the holidays.

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This is what we discussed on our last day:

M:  In these times of financial struggle, your business is unique in that it has no revenue and yet is the biggest provider of every consumer product in history.  Can you share your business knowledge with the rest of us?

S:  I have found many people over the years to help give to the children of the world, plus I have lots of endorsement deals *cough, cough - Coke!*


 

M:  So is it safe to say that you're a non-profit?

S:  Yes, you could say that.  Santa has a dark past and feels that he must atone for his many sins... *munches on cookies*

M:  What do you attribute your great longevity to?

S:  Magic... and a balanced diet/exercise regime. *drinks milk*

M:  Do you ever shave the beard?

S:  Never, I have to keep it - but I don't want it.  Everyone thinks it's a magic beard but it took me 20 years to grow.

M:  What do you say to those that think Santa Claus and overall commercialism have corrupted the meaning of Christmas?

S:  Ho! Ho! Ho! Next question...

M:  Do you have any children of your own?

S:  It's possible, somewhere out there.  Sometimes Santa delivers extra treats to certain naughty girls - they know who they are...  *belly jiggles like a bowl full of jelly*

M:  Have you ever thought of upgrading from the sleigh and reindeer?

S:  I've thought of a fighter jet but it doesn't hoer well for roof landings.  A helicopter was my next choice but certain countries would try to shoot me down.  I would certainly never consider using an F-35, take that Stephen Harper!!

M:  It's said that you know when children are good and band and watch them to determine this - how many hours a day do you spend secretly watching little children?

S:  Ho! Ho! Ho!  This interview is over!!

 

Thanks to all of my clients, fans and supporters for a wonderful 2012 and I can't wait to show you all of the new work and projects and fun things coming in 2013!

 

Laters,

Michael Carty