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As many of you know, last week I was in Cuba shooting Amanda & Colin's Destination Wedding on the beach at the Iberostar Laguna Azul in Varadero and then their bridal shots in Havana.  We had a blast and I simply can not wait to edit their wedding photos.  However, seeing as how I have just a handful of wedding books to finish, she understands that she may have to wait a wee bit.  In the meantime, I chucked them about a dozen shots so they can get something on Facebook but I figured, where so many people have been asking about Cuba, I should probably blog them.  I shot lots and lots and literally only laid my eyes on 1 for every 50 images.  There is no "Blog Story" here - just chucking down a whack of pictures .  I'm not kidding - I can't wait to get my hands on this shoot - a very cool blog post to follow in March.  

 

Destination Wedding

Destination Wedding

 

Destination Wedding

Destination Wedding

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Cuba Wedding

Cuba Wedding - Havana

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Steph MacKinnon: Simply stunning... on 02.25.11

Shari: These are amazing! Makes me wish we had a destination wedding. on 02.25.11

Britt: These shots are amazing. The texture on the walls is stunning! on 02.25.11

Paul: I don't know if it's possible, but it looks like you actually outdid yourself again! LOVE them. on 02.25.11

Ian: Absolutely amazing Trev. Just beautiful! on 02.25.11

Carine Torres: Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow!!! Love the one with the crashing waves, the one in the staircase and the last one. Absolutely breathtaking. Makes me want to get married all over again with you as the photographer. I wish Michel and I could have flown you to Cyprus with us, had we known you back then! on 02.25.11

True North DJs: Awesome stuff Trevor... Holy textures. :) on 04.07.11

Terry chaplin: Congrats to you both! Trevor did my (our) wedding years ago! Great pics! on 05.16.11

Mandi Nikole: Beautiful images. Beautiful location. on 06.06.11

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I haven't blogged too much lately so I figured I'd touch base and give an update on me and what what's goin' on. 

I'm heading to Cuba to shoot Amanda & Colin's wedding in Varadero this week.  I'm pretty fired up to make our way into Havana for some very cool bridal stuff.  I'm also pretty excited that my 7 month pregnant wife, Jilly and our 3 year old daughter is coming.  It's our last family outing until our son is born in mid-April.   Then I'm off to Punta Cana for another wedding with a Newfoundland & Labrador crowd.

Speaking of weddings, I have 22 weddings booked for 2011 so I'm going to be a busy fella this summer and will shortly cap my weddings so that I don't stretch myself too thin and can better focus on my existing clients.  However, I do still have a few key Saturdays available this summer in case you are here looking into me shooting your wedding.  Some available dates are June 11, July 2, August 6, Sept 17, Sept 24 & October 1st.

I'm plugging and chugging through the coffee table books and slowly getting through all 16 of them.  I'm real pleased how they turning out and will have a "Best of 2010" book pages blog post later in the Spring.  My next three books are Jenny & Nick, Michelle & Mike and Rochelle & Kurt - then I will be into October weddings.  I know people are always anxious to see their books but with the wedding season ending in November and then right into Christmas shoots, I really don't get to them until mid-January.  It's in my FAQ and contract that they won't be ready for Christmas (I got three done before Christmas) but I'd like to figure out a way to put together these books earlier in the year.  Maybe I should just greatly raise the price on them so I have fewer orders.  Nah.

So, I built a large photography studio two years ago and designed it in such a way that it would be very 'kid-friendly' but I really haven't marketed that genre at all.  However, 2011 will be a different year for me.  Now in my 5th year of full-time photography, I believe it's time to focus my energy into the areas I love and chose a clear direction of my work.  Weddings are very special to me as I love the power and emotion of the day and that it is me contributing to these memories never being forgotten.  But I also feel a great pull toward shooting newborns and young children.  I've had the privilege to document a few births, photograph many infants here in the studio and now that I have a child of my own (and one on the way) and I'v come to realize I love everything about newborn photography.  It really brings me a lot of joy to provide new parents with beautiful images of their little ones.  While in Cuba, I'm having further work done to my studio that will better accommodate this market and in 2011 you will see more promotion and many more blog posts geared toward newborn photography.  I'll still shoot all the other types of photography but I don't want to be all things to all people.  I'll focus on these and be great at these.

Again, sorry I haven't posted much lately.  I know there are many who check often looking for recent work from me but with a wife who's 'nesting' (and has me cutting, hammering and painting every week) and with 16 large Wedding Coffee Table Books to do, my attention has been focused elsewhere.

Talk to you soon.

Trev

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Sarah: Hi Trevor, I found your blog/website through the tiny light foundation! So excited that you are involved in that amazing concept! Have a great trip to Cuba! :-) (missed you at b'ball on Tuesday! LOL) on 02.12.11

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Last summer I got an e-mail from Julie and Ian, a wonderfully in love couple from England wanting to have me be their photographer their wedding here in Halifax.  Actually, when I say, "wonderfully in love" I mean, at one point, I actually received an e-mail from Julie simply just to tell me how great Ian was and how much she loved him.  Three full paragraphs - full on about her man.  Now that made me real excited to meet them.

And when I say, "wedding", I guess it wasn't a wedding in the traditional sense.  You see, it was more of a commitment ceremony as they were married years before.  However, they wanted the tux and wedding dress (and Doc Martins) and to have a wonderful candlelit ceremony at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax, NS.  After which, we would head out onto the streets of Halifax for some great images of their 'wedding' day.

I've actually become quite fond of Julie & Ian.  They swung by the house at the end of their Nova Scotia vacation and we had a fat BBQ and a fat bottle of wine before we went out to the airport and we've since kept in touch.  I truly look forward to seeing them again.

(and I've never been called so many British nicknames in my life).

Public Gardens

Wedding

Candlelit wedding ceremony

On Spring Garden

Doc Martins

Halifax NS Wedding Photos

British Invasion

Halifax NS Wedding Photographers

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Lisa: I adore this couple-and I don't even know them. So fun!Great shots Trevor. on 02.23.11

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so I've known Kristy for a while.  Way back to Jr. High.  Kristy has had me shoot her family and little fella, Eugene, several times and every time we got gold.  Having this fond relationship with her family and knowing how much I enjoy shooting them, I was thrilled when asked to photograph her wedding Halifax this past autumn

It was a great day and it was so nice seeing them all so happy (and great seeing some old friends) but I just loved it when they said, "so, ah, can we get some wedding shots with our motorcycles?"

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This summer I has the privilege to shoot a great looking couple, Chris & Diana, and spend a day photographing their wedding at the Waegwaltic Club in Halifax.  It was the the day after Hurricane Earl and everyone was so concerned that the club may not fare well or that there would be no power.  The staff at the club had everything look great for the next day and everything went off without a hitch.

Wedding at the Waeg

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Earlier in the summer, Jenny, Nick and I headed out for our e-session - nearly the entire shoot at their old elementary school where they technically first met.  The day was great and I actually remember saying that I hoped their wedding day would be as perfect.  Fortunately, it was.  Their day was perfect.

The wedding ceremony was up in Canning at Prescott house and the photos were for the most part there and over at Acadia University.  Then off to Halifax for more photos and the dinner/reception at the Marriott Harbourfront.

Everyone had fun, everyone looked great and it was a fairly stress-free day (thanks to Jackie Casey over at Signature Events who looked after the bulk of the wedding planning and management of the day).  It sure does make a difference for a wedding photographer to have an organized event planner.

 

I did it again....too much talking.  Here are some images...

Getting Ready for the wedding

Wedding Day

Wedding Ceremony

Wedding Ceremony

Wedding Photography

NS Wedding Photography

Stunning Bride

Bride & Groom

Wedding Party

Wedding Photography at Acadia

Wedding Photography in Halifax

Weddings

First Dance as Married Couple

Beautiful Image

This was about when I got kicked out.

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daria bishop: Hi Trevor, these photos are lovely! What a beautiful day and you captured it perfectly! :) on 11.22.10

Mike Cochran: Mind blowing photography! Keep it up. on 05.13.11

Runa: Wow, the bride is so beautiful,The groom is very lucky for having such gorgeous bride!!Best wishes for them!!!!!!! on 07.28.11

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So while down in Cuba as the photographer for Mandi & Marks destination wedding, I had the opportunity to head out into town with another newly married couple, Amanda & Rob.  Amanda, from Quebec, found me through Facebook and we met in the lobby my first day there.  They were so much fun and so laid back to made photographing them very easy.  First we started on the beach but it was getting hot early that day so we split straight into a beautiful colonial town named Remedios.

It was so rustic and the people were so friendly.  We were invited to the home of a local photographer named Jorge and we showed us his old 1952 Whizzer motorcycle and offered it to be part of the shoot. We loved the bike and after he rolled if from it's corner of the room (next to his mothers bed) out to the street ... well, we could have been there all day.  But when 10:00 rolled around and it was pushing 32 degrees, we figured it was time to head back to the beach and jump in the water.  You know...sort of a 'Trash the Dress' session (don't worry - the dress was fine)

 

Destination Wedding:  Cuba

Destination Wedding:  Cuba

Destination Wedding:  Cuba

Destination Wedding:  Cuba

Destination Wedding:  Cuba

Destination Wedding:  Cuba

Destination Wedding:  Cuba

Destination Wedding:  Cuba

Destination Wedding:  Cuba

Destination Wedding:  Cuba

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Wow Amanda & Liam - what a wedding.  Not only did I experience true Labradorian hospitality but exceptional Labradorian craziness.  The weather was dramatic, the mosquitoes were bitey and the people were warm, welcoming and very, very fun.  The dance and party went on to the wee hours of the morning and the following day Liam, Amanda and I got up for more photos around the base and the Labrador River.  Then we were treated to a helicopter tour of the region and Muskrat Falls.  Just an awesome trip.

Happy Valley indeed (and Goose Bay).

Oh - and I get to party with many of the same crew again as I'm photographing Amanda's cousin Sonya's wedding this spring...in Punta Cana.

Wedding Photography in Newfoundland

Wedding Photography in Newfoundland

Wedding Photography in Newfoundland

Wedding Photography in Newfoundland

Wedding Photography in Newfoundland

Wedding Photography in Newfoundland

Wedding Photography in Newfoundland

Wedding Photography in Newfoundland

Wedding Photography in Newfoundland

Wedding Photography in Newfoundland

Wedding Photography in Newfoundland

Wedding Photography in Newfoundland

Wedding Photography in Newfoundland

Wedding Photography in Newfoundland

Wedding Photography in Newfoundland

Wedding Photography in Newfoundland

Wedding Photography in Newfoundland

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Christi: These are beautiful, Trevor :) on 11.23.10

Tonya: Wow these pictures are amazing!!! on 11.23.10

Shamima Sultana: very nice photography...really enjoyed this photography. on 12.20.10

Amanda: The more I look at our pictures the more I love them! Thank you so much for the wonderful experience! We LOVE our coffee table book too! Looking forward to seeing you in Punta Cana! on 02.21.11

runa: These are fabulous pics.Gorgeous couple!!! on 07.05.11

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So several months ago Serge, Nicole and I got up at 4:00am to drive an hour away to catch a 5:30 sunrise at Queensland beach.  It was a wonderful shoot, albeit a little early in the day to get ...you know...romantic.

Well.  They had no problems feeling the love on their wedding day.   The weather was great, Nicole's dress was stunning and there was beer to be had on the beach - it was a perfect day to get perfect images.

I was also there the night before for a traditional roasted chicken meal (80 half chickens over coals on an open spit basted with, well I don't know what it was basted with - but it was awesome).  The day after the wedding, they were roasting a pig.  Hospitable is a pretty good word to describe them all down there.

This wedding was in my Father-in-Law's hometown in the Saulnierville/Meteghan/Bangor area down past Digby in the Acadian heartland.  I was told I would have a fun time. No kidding. 

 

I'm talking too much.  Let's get to the photos...

Acadian Wedding

Getting Ready for the Wedding

Wedding Day

Acadian Wedding

Beautiful Bride

Wedding Photography

Acadian Wedding

Acadian Wedding

Wedding Party

The ladies

The Men

Acadian Wedding - Bangor Mill

Acadian Wedding - Bangor Mill

Acadian Wedding

Beautiful Bride

Wedding Photos with the Challenger

The Wedding Party - the Men

Wedding Photos on the Beach

Wedding First Dance

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Shari: Beautiful images Trevor! Your wedding looks beyond beautiful Nicole and Serge! Congratulations again! on 11.09.10

judy: very nice photos on 11.09.10

Dawn: Trevor your pics are amazing... on 11.09.10

Darlene Theriault Muise: Très belle photos de mariage, merci d'avoir partagé!! on 11.09.10

Anne-Marie: OMG...the pics are incredible...just like the wedding was! Thanks for sharing! on 11.09.10

Mnishtela: Well said; I could not have said it better myself :) on 11.10.10

Nicole & Serge: All these pictures are amazing. Thats so much for everything again. It was an amazing day :) on 11.10.10

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I've never really been to Falmouth.  I drive by it once in a while but have never really been.  But now I had a great reason to stay as Melissa & Billy had me out to Falmouth to shoot their wedding.  It was the same day as the big pumpkin weigh-in so I kept driving by pickup trucks low riding with 600lb massive orange blobs in the back on my way to Melissa's place.  Welcome to the country.  And what a welcome I received.  Their families are full of great people and I loved being a part of their big day.

 

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Mia: What amazing photos. You are very talented. And the couple looks so happy! on 11.17.10

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