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wedding photography in Halifax and the rain

This is gonna be a big year.  I have a new website coming that I'm very excited about.   As nice as this website was, there are just too many glitches and I just realized my last post was a year ago.  That's gonna change.  Also, I've finially perfected my workflow and this year I was caught up at Christmas.  This means I can spend the winter/spring learning new teqniques, building promotions and posting like mad.   I'm looking forward to promoting my family shoots more and maybe setting up some facebook contests.

 

Currently I have 20 weddings booked for 2017 and one thing I found this year is that there were a number of of people looking for me to shoot their wedding didn't touch base with me thinking I was already booked for their date.   So this new website will have a calendar showing all the dates I'm book and all the dates I'm free.   I'm pretty excited for that feature.


In the meantime, I'll post my available dates here.  Below are the Saturdays I have yet to confirm (I may have a booking but have yet to receive a deposit for):

 

July 1

August 19

Sept 9

Sept 16

Sept 30

October 14 onward

 

If you are interested in any of these dates, plase feel free to e-mail me at info@trevorallen.ca

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Halifax Wedding Photographer Trevor Allen

Although I have 20 weddings already booked for 2016, many seem to be destination weddings, sholder season and also a lot of Fridays...so I seem to still have a few summer Saturdays left.  If you are interested in me shooting your wedding, please do not hesitate to e-mail and inquire about a date.  And where I share schedules with a number of other photographers, if I'm booked, I can suggest others who aren't.


Also, you may notice I don't post on this website much...posting here is a pretty time consuming process...but if you'd like to see more of my work, please visit my Facebook Photography Page, where I post every week or my Instagram Photography account, where I post nearly every day.


Looking forward to hearing from you!

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I met Shannon & Matt in Cuba during Mandi & Marks Destination Wedding and have seen them at several weddings since so I was thrilled when they asked me if I'd photograph their wedding.  I absolutely love Shannon's sence of humour and I just find her so pretty - I could not wait to shoot her in a wedding dress.  And it was so perfect, from the vintage lace to the flowers in her hair, Shannon looked stunning.  Oh, so did Matt.  :)


Their wedding reception would be held at the family homestead, a quaint little farm outside Halifax in Thorburn, Pictou County.  They did their first look in front of the barn, then a small little church ceremony and then they had their reception in a big grand tent beside the barn.  Although the winds were pretty high that day and kept knocking things over, it was a beautifully warm day for a wedding.   I'm sure she is sick of me saying it....but doesn't Shannon look like Madonna - especially in the shots on the couch in the field?  Simply stunning.

 

 

Weddings on the Farm


weddings on a Nova Scotian Farm


weddings on a Nova Scotian Farm


weddings on a Nova Scotian Farm


weddings on a Nova Scotian Farm


weddings on a Nova Scotian Farm


weddings on a Nova Scotian Farm


weddings on a Nova Scotian Farm


weddings on a Nova Scotian Farm


weddings on a Nova Scotian Farm


weddings on a Nova Scotian Farm


weddings on a Nova Scotian Farm


weddings on a Nova Scotian Farm


weddings on a Nova Scotian Farm


weddings on a Nova Scotian Farm


weddings on a Nova Scotian Farm


weddings on a Nova Scotian Farm


weddings on a Nova Scotian Farm


weddings on a Nova Scotian Farm


weddings on a Nova Scotian Farm


weddings on a Nova Scotian Farm


weddings on a Nova Scotian Farm


weddings on a Nova Scotian Farm


weddings on a Nova Scotian Farm


weddings on a Nova Scotian Farm


weddings on a Nova Scotian Farm

 

If you like this post, please feel free to hit the red G+1 at the top of this page!   You can also see more images from other shoots by visiting my Business Facebook Page.

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I've only been up the Cabot Trail once before.  Yes, I've shot many weddings in Cape Breton but only during my own honeymoon (eleven years ago) did I get up on the trail. 

This September I was in the Cape Breton Highlands as the wedding photographer for Brynn and Tim, entrepreneurs from the Halifax area getting married up at the Keltic Lodge on the Cabot Trail.  The weather was stunning and, although the leaves weren't in full colour, they were beginning to change.  As soon as I arrived, I found the location for the reception, and I was in love....in fact I shot that scene that very moment and that's the first photo in this post.  The next image is once the party got started.

Keltic Lodge Wedding in the Cabot Trail

Keltic Lodge Wedding in the Cabot Trail

 

Then it was wedding day and the sun was out, and although a wee bit windy, it was a perfect late September day for up in the Highlands.   Just look at the view.

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

 

 

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

 

Then we took off on our bikes down the long private drive down the hill to Ingonish Beach.  I couldn't help fire off some shots of them on the way down and on the way back.

I also tried my hand at an animated gif, a string of photos looping together into a crude animation.  They are a little silly and really have no purpose other than to give a little life to a moment on a blog or via a text, but it's kinda cute and I like it.  The series of photos was shot on the beach just down the hill from the Keltic Lodge in the dying moments of the sun. Every photo on it's own is a winner...but togtether they come alive.

 

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

animated gif of a wedding photo on Ingonish beach

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

 

Then I looked over while the parents were enjoying their meals to see this little guy getting his fill at the kids' candy table.  At least the next little fella grabbed th jars and took them back to his seat.

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

Weddings at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton

 

The next day, after I had brunch with the family, I took a very long awaited ride though the Cabot trail on my Classic Harley Davidson, a 1981 FLH.  This is a photo from my Instagram account from that ride.  I loved every moment of that weekend.

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Wedding Photography on the ROOF of the Westin Nova Scotian!  Yes, many of you know how much I love shooting at the Westin but it's not very often a wedding photographer has the pleasure of shooting from the roof! The view was amazing but the bride was stunning. I've been looking forward to shooting Laura & John's wedding for months as I've developed quite a wonderful relationship with them ... and it's always much more fun to shoot those you really like.

This was a perfect sparkler shot as the bride and groom stayed PERFECTLY still and the city below has the right mix of colours. Love it!

For those wanting to learn more about these sparkler shots, Remember I posted a long Tutorial on Sparkler Photography!

 

Wedding Photography Westin Sparklers

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I love Social Media Marketing!  I'm able to talk on each platform with many different voices as each network I use to reach different people.  Whether it's posting 'behind the scenes' shots from a shoot to a polished, glamorous image of a stunning bride, each network is posted to in different ways.  Below are all the Social Networks I use and how I use them!

 

facebook Logo for Photographers

Facebook is my most used social network as I post on Facebook nearly every day.  I usually post a couple of images a day or two after each wedding I shoot but I also use it as a platform to tell funny stories or amazing events that happened while at the wedding.   I also use it as a teaching platform to new and aspiring photographers as I post tutorials and discuss my mistakes or sucesses.   So here is my Facebook Business Page - feel free to visit and 'Like' the page.  ;)   If you would like to get to know me more on a personal level, you are more than welcome to creep my Personal Facebook Page or send me a 'friend request' (especially if you are going to have me be a part of your wedding!).

 

Instagram logo for Photographers

I use Instagram a lot.  It's the place I go to post a lot of 'Behind the Scenes' stuff during shoots.  Either it's selfies of me with friends made during an event or interesting things I see that I just want to push out straight away.   Also, if anyone sends me photos of me shooting or of their new canvas hanging on their wall - those will get posted on my Instagram Account.

 

Pinterest Logo for Photographers

Pinterest is a great website.  Brides use it all the time to show me images they like - I get to know more about them and the style they like, which I like knowing.   I also pin images to Pinterest and is certainly a place where you can get to know me a little better as well.  You'll find boards ranging from "Recipes I Want to Try" to "Motorcycles I Love" but you'll also see a board of some favorite images of mine, pinned from my website.  These are images that get pinned and repinned and, I hope, present me and my work to new markets.  I have received Destination Wedding bookings from tropical images of mine found on Pinterest, so I suppose it's working.  I also have boards for companies that are close to me, like my wife's business, Gabs & Eddy, a popular crochet hat company.  Here is where you can find Trevor Allen Photography on Pinterest

 

Twitter Logo for Photographers

I don't post on Twitter a whole bunch - but I certainly plan on more activity this winter.  It will be a place where I announce new posts on my blog as well as a place to post interesting posts on Wedding Photography found on the web as well as achievemets of some of my fellow local Halifax photographers.  You can find me at @HalifaxWeddings

 

Google Plus Logo for Photographers

Google+ is a place where you can see photos, videos from my YouTube channel, reviews from other clients (or write a review yourself) and links that I share from my own blog or from around the web.  It's like a Facebook community but set up a little nicer.  I like Google+ because it's owned by Google.   In fact, if there is a post you like on my blog, instead of writting a comment, I'd far rather you click the little red G+ up top of the page.  Look up - yup, it's on this one too.  (I also have comments on my site disabled - just way too much spam - 50 a day).   Clicking that little G+ on a page (or especially on my homepage) adds a lot of weight to my site when Google is figuring out how to rank me on their Search Engine Results Page.   Here is my Google Plus Business Page.

 

YouTube Logo Photographers

Well, I just started my YouTube Channel this month.  In fact, I only have two videos right now.  However, this winter I plan on adding some slideshows, videos of me and my business and some projects I've been working on.  I hope to have lots of videos up in a year, but with only 1000 views and 1 subscriber (Thank you, Sandi), it's a pretty weak presence right now...but that will change.   Here's my YouTube Channel.

 

So, those are the 6 Social Networks I use the most.  Feel free to repin, retweet, reblog, comment, message, add to circles, subscribe, tweet, like, share, follow, +1, poke, mention, review, favorite, watch, read....or just say hi.   :)

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For NEW & Aspiring photographers. If you follow me at all on Facebook you know that I believe "beauty is everywhere". It's up to us to look and recognize the potential in every location. And, to me, it's not "Location, Location, Location", rather there are many other components that can make for a great image, even if your location isn't stellar.

Look at this spot on a random sidewalk in Halifax where I shot Janice on Saturday (in fact, I shot her with each one of her bridesmaids here instead of walking around 'hunting' for a spot - although for their shots, this look is exactly what I was hoping for - clean, bright, urban feel). However, with putting the sun to her back, changing my perspective by getting on a knee to block any people who may be walking up behind her and then using a long lens (Canon 70-200mm f2.8) to compress and blur the background nicely, I'm able to get a beautiful look. In fact, for the purposes of this composite, this image is untouched straight out of the camera (although, I won't be touching this one at all, really).

Follow me at www.facebook.com/trevorallenphotography.com to follow me and not only see new images and stories each day, but also teaching moments like this.

 

Wedding Photography teaching moments

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While walking the Halifax waterfront with Sudeep, Janice and the wedding party yesterday - this group of superheros in a 'cosplay parade' along the boardwalk walked by promoting Hal-Con, a sci-fi, fantasy & gaming convention coming to Halifax in November.   Well...when I called them over to pose with the bride and groom, they were all about it.  Thanks also goes to the wedding party, who very quickly got behind me so I could get the shot.

...and just standing there wasn't enough - I needed it more dramatic.  Once I asked the couple to kiss, it just seemed natural to get the superheros to cheer...and everything came together!

 

Superheros Cosplay in Halifax Hal-Con

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I had the pleasure of shooting Aiysha & Rehan's wedding in Halifax last week.  Yes, it was an arranged marriage but they are so full of love for one another - it was just so wonderful to be a part of it!  I'll fill this post later next week with photos of their day once I finish editing their wedding.

In the meantime, here's one of the beautiful couple as well as an image that nicely shows off how stunningly pretty Aiysha is.

Weddings of beautiful Indian Couples

 

Destination wedding with Indian Couple

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I loved Sindura & Aneesh's day.  They are a wonderful couple and it was all so new to me.  All the indian traditions and customs were so fun to experience and as a photographer, a challance to perfectly capture!   Well over the last eight months, their wedding has been featured on Indian Wedding Blogs, shared heavily throughout Social Media and now have been featured on the cover of a local Halifax Wedding magazine, the Duly Noted's Halifax Weddings.  

Flip to PAGE 30 for their feature http://www.thecoast.ca/general/flash/dulynotedfall14_digitaledition/flipedition.html

Halifax Indian Weddings

 

 

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