diptych

guess who just figured out how to do diptychs with just lightroom? THIS KID. i think it’s cool i’m still figuring out in-and-outs of editing software i’ve had for a while now, it means i’m getting that much more efficient with it. and it also meant i could work on and finish up a set of photos from my trip to st. john’s this summer to see a few of the best friends! goofs, or wha? the one of them falling still kills me.

now, if only that efficiency could be applied to homework! i will finish my projects, i will finish my projects, i will… finish… my projects… i will… finish sons.. of anarchy… what?

much love,

candace

Salmonier Nature Park

So on our way out of St. John’s a few weeks ago, Dru, Megan and I got the chance to check out Salmonier Nature Park on the way home. It’s a government owned park that instead of operating like a zoo and bringing in animals, it works more as a rehab center or a permanent home for animals that won’t necessarily make it in the wild any more and each animal there had been brought in and taken care of for a specific reason. For instance, there was a snowy owl there that was in an open enclosure along the boardwalk that had unfortunately flown into a power line on the way down from Labrador a few years back. So instead of it being put down (or leaving it to survive in the wild and not be able to fly) it gets a new home with plenty of care and attention. Much better!

Here’s a few favorite shots from our tour through the park:

Nature Dru! Someone was puumped to head into the park.

Who knew we had otters in Newfoundland? This little guy had been found in a stream close to a residential area, so he was brought in to mature and be re-released soon.

A tamed crow that was in the restricted “rehab” center of the park so he could get ready to be re-released!

A snap turtle, who apparently he had been kept as a pet until he “grew too large” for his owners who released into a pond until Fisheries and Wildlife discovered him. (Clearly not native to NL).

That beautiful snowy owl!

A Great-Horned Owl! Absolutely beautiful, but this dude was brought into captivity because he had been scalping (yep, you read that right) people in Labrador. So, instead of putting him down or doing anything else harmful to him, he’s in a much safer home for people/his sake!

Two foxes from Labrador that were also in the rehab section of the park, and were also about to be re-released!

And there you have it, so hopefully if your passing through the Avalon area you stop by to check everything out and make a donation. The park has actually suffered a fair bit of damage from the storm Leslie that passed through a few days ago, so hopefully it manages to deal with repairs and fully reopen soon!

That, and say hi to Jeff if you meet him! He was a wicked guide.

Much love,

Candace //

Max

Talk about blog abandon! I half blame it on being so pumped over my new website and blog that it’s been hard to keep working on this one, and the other half I blame on just enjoying the guts right out of the last part of my summer! But now it’s back to school, and I’ve been missing blogging so here goes and I’ll keep updating this one right up until everything switches over.

So these photos are a session I did just a week ago with Jen & Max! I absolutely love horses and this ended up being one of my favorite shoots all summer. Max is 29 but you’d never guess! Beauty.

There’s loads more to update you on, so keep checking back. The one good thing about blog abandon means I haven’t stopped shooting and theres a stack as tall as I am of photos ready to upload!

Much love,

Candace

JL Ring Shot

Just a quick preview of the wedding I did yesterday! I absolutely loved her engagement ring, and I think it’s probably one of my favorite ring shots to date.

The colors of the wedding were turquoise and yellows/oranges, so after seeing a blue-faded candle on the coffee table by a wood wall I overturned the candle on it’s side, placed the ring on the candles side, (held my breath and hoped it didn’t roll), and took this shot before heading in to get the bride zipping into her dress. Thoughts?

And it’s off to wedding number 2 of the weekend for me, wish me luck!

Much love,

Candace ❤

Ja Ja Jules

I had the best time photographing my friend Julia over at Ja Ja Jules a few days ago! It was so nice to take portraits just for the fun of it, and even though she pulled the whole “I’m the worst at pictures” line she was no work at all. If you haven’t had the chance to migrate over to her blog yet you should check that out too. The girl’s (clearly) got style, and an awesome writing voice to go with it.

Much love,

Candace ❤

Corner Brook for Canada Day

The Canada Day fireworks that were put off here last night in Corner Brook were UNREAL, and I was crazy lucky to get the shot I did. We actually walked up 45 minutes early to set up and get ready, and about 200 fly bites later (I wish I was kidding… they even bit me through my jeans) it was still worth it for sure. So far on Facebook, it’s had over 40 shares and close to 200 likes! Utter craziness.

How was everyone else’s Canada Day?

Much love,

Candace ❤

Grad Day 1: Cap and Gown

The happiest of graduation to the group of grads I had (have) the chance to photograph yesterday and again this afternoon for their Grand March! And especially to Rebecca Pike, who is one of my best friends (Leanne’s) sister who unfortunately isn’t here to see her. Also, Leanne: please tell Rebecca to never cut her hair again. Seriously. I swear, I’m living vicariously through her long-blonde-haired beauty. Stunner!

Also, has it really been 4 years since I’ve graduated? I’m pretty sure it was only a week ago, and I sure still look like I’ve just came out of high school. But beyond that cliche, on the other hand it feels like a million years ago too. That moment when you realize high school really isn’t the be-all end-all just might be the best a-ha moment ever.

Much love,

Candace ❤

Long Weekend Love

I’ve been so busy with photos lately, in the past two weeks I’ve gotten to do two engagement sessions, a convocation session, and also my first smash the cake which was definitely a success! We also got the chance to do some night photos for May 2-4, and the stars were amazing. I find that it looks like their hanging off the trees.

After all of those photos and a good few BBQ’s (and food comas) later, it was an awesome long weekend for sure. Hope everyone else enjoyed the break!

Much love,

Candace ❤

Port Rexton: Cheesecake For Breakfast

So just a few weeks ago Dru and I got to head out to Port Rexton for the weekend, and seeing as how I definitely wasn’t missing the opportunity to go I actually ended up working all night and after getting off at 4am, went home to shower and pack the car and we headed out by 6. Sleep when your dead, right?

In short, Port Rexton is amazing. If you ever get the chance to go through, you’ve definitely got to check out The Fishers Loft Inn (it was the owners of the Loft and their family who were awesome enough to put us up for the weekend), and the whole place including the new conference centre they’ve expanded to add is gorgeous to say the least. They’ve even began a partnership with the gallery I work in at Grenfell to include artwork from students in throughout the rooms & buildings that visitors are free to buy if they like too. It’s HUGE to see that such a place isn’t just looking to support the tourism industry, but local artists as well.

The photos above are from Port Rexton and the surrounding towns including Bonaventure, Bonavista, Cape Bonavista, Elliston, and so on. There was so much to check out you’d definitely need a few days to see it and appreciate it!

I could go on and on easily, but to put it simply the whole weekend was a very “cheesecake for breakfast” kind of deal. That is if you like cheesecake of course. If you don’t, theres something wrong with you though. It was unreal, and I really hope to go through again this summer and check it out again soon!

Much love,

Can ❤