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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.

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.

Your Top 3 Wedding Investments from Real Brides

By Michael Carty Photography in wedding rings photography marriage dress brides

Flowers, venue, menu, DJ, live band, travel, invitations, honeymoon, officiants, family, friends, cake, dress, suits, gifts, best men, maids of honor, etc, etc, etc…

The list goes on, believe me – it took at least two years for my wife to plan our “simple, summer wedding”.

If you don’t get ahead of things and lock down what’s actually important, you can easily get lost in all of the minutia that weddings can entail.

Over the years, I’ve covered many weddings.  It goes without saying that I’ve also had a lot of conversations with brides.  I was always making note about what was important to them while they were planning, then comparing what was truly meaningful for them post-wedding day.

So whether you’re a bride-to-be starting to make your list or one who is neck deep in cake samples, invitations and dress fittings, save yourself some grief, doubt and buyer’s remorse by taking the advice from these experienced bridal champions.

There are three things that pop up across the board from almost each and every bride I’ve talked to – her dress, the rings and the photography.

It may not be immediately obvious why all three of these are so vital, but once you take a second to think about it, you realize that these are the only items – besides your new spouse – that you actually get to keep after your wedding.

Let’s explore them a bit to get a clearer picture:

 

The Dress – the star of the show, the reason we’re all here, the bride is the sparkling jewel on the crown that is the wedding day.  You’re on top of the world and all eyes are on you – and your gorgeous dress.

If the suit makes the man, then the dress makes the bride, right?

It’s what all your guests remember when they think of how beautiful you were, it’s one of those ‘specifically for you’ items that make the day extra special for you – because it is your day after all, and it’s what you’ll be showing people throughout your life from your wedding albums.

No bride wants to settle on something that ‘will do’, that just sets them up for big regret later – but you can’t go back… and you will be stuck with images of that dress for the rest of your life.

Even faced with the fact that you will only wear it this one time, my brides have insisted that there are a myriad of options for their dresses, like a Trash the Dress session or passing it on to one of their children for their wedding.

Now for those of you that are interested in a more daily use item, that’s where we move onto…

The Ring – It’s packed full of symbolism – together, forever, unbroken.  You keep it as you build a family and life together, grow old and most likely pass the onto your children and their children’s children as heirlooms.

Very romantic, as it should be.

Rings can be customized to a degree that is borderline insane nowadays.  Designed to whatever tastes you and your future spouse have.  Whether you’re a fan of Star Trek, Star Wars or Starbucks, the sky is the limit.

Rings are a physical symbol of your love and dedication to each other – and it doesn’t hurt the ego to show off a little bling every once in a while.  It’s a reminder of what led up to this special day and every day following.

But if you’re wanting an injection of 100% emotional nostalgia, we come to…

The Photography – beyond a shadow of a doubt, your wedding photography is the most emotionally charged and connected momento you will ever own.

They are windows into your day; not paintings or sketches – light from those slices of time were actually captured and can be displayed forever in your albums and on your walls for you and your whole family to relive and enjoy for all your lives.

If you have a great photographer, they’ll catch those candid moments where real emotion reveals itself, between you and your mother, father, grandmother, siblings, children, friends, new spouse – the list goes on.

Looking at those images 50+ years later, you can still hear the music and laughter, feel the caring arms embracing you both as two families come together, and the same joy and excitement you felt that day.

I will admit, I am a little biased when it comes to these three items, but while a dress is worn once and rings can be replaced(although that would probably be accompanied by a very cross spouse…), your wedding day can’t be reshot.

Because your photography holds the strongest connection to your memories of your wedding, the decision of both who you hire and how much you invest shouldn’t be taken lightly.

And I should know, my wedding photographer was dropping the ball – starting on the wedding day.  I won’t go into the details because I don’t believe in bashing another photographer and she has since gained more knowledge in the industry and taken actions to rectify our relationship.  But if I were to do it again, I would’ve done it very differently.

 

Do these make sense?  What would you consider the most important decisions for planning your wedding?

From what I’ve learned over the years shooting couples, I find the most important part is the couple themselves, and that’s my motto for each and every wedding.

It is your day, right?

Michael Carty

http://michaelcartyphotography.com

 

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