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Marice + Adam | Let's Have an Adventure Session | Newfoundland Couple Session

The first ever Let's Have an Adventure Session could not have been with a more adventurous couple. Marcie and Adam live in a beautiful area in CBS right on the edge of the ocean, and they are always taking advantage of their surroundings. They also happen to be incredible cooks, and are into wild food foraging, so we decided the perfect session would include a foraging expedition, and then a campfire to cook up their findings. It was the perfect time to find some winter chanterelles, open up a bottle of wine, and enjoy a gorgeous fall evening. And the tastiest meal I've probably ever had! 

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I have limited Fall session times remaining, so touch base to find out when we can have an adventure! I also have gift cards available on the SHOP page, and Let's Have an Adventure Session make the best holiday gifts (the commitment to spend time together is way cooler than another scarf, right?)! 

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Anna + Ali | Fogo Island Elopement | Newfoundland Elopement Photographer | Destination Elopement

Anna + Ali’s Fogo Island Elopement in the spring was one of the most fun days in the whole world. These two wild folks are so full of laughs and SO ready for every adventure. They are travel bloggers from Calgary who spend their time exploring all around the world, and decided that their Elopement was the perfect time to see a bit more of their own country. The details of their wedding were collected throughout their travels: Anna's INCREDIBLE unique dress and coat were designed in Romania, her sparkly boots were bought on their trip to Japan, and parts of Ali's outfit were from Ukraine. 

These two made an awesome blog post about their Elopement adventure, and you can read it here!!

Dress and Coat: Chotonrette

Anna's Boots: Harajuku in Tokyo
Hair: Chantal's Hair Salon, Joe Batt's Arm
Venue + Ceremony: Fogo Island Inn

It was such a joy to be a part of such a fun celebration, and I am so grateful to have been a part of this adventure!!

 

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Jen + Geoff | Barrens Engagement Session | Newfoundland Elopement Photographer

When these two first got in touch, they were considering getting married in Iceland. Since they decided to stick with a Newfoundland forest wedding later this year, we thought it would be fun to find some barren Iceland-ish landscapes for their engagement session last week. The Avalon Peninsula did not disappoint. 

Also please note that these rad folks brought a picnic. A picnic of wine and Freak Lunchbox. AND they shared. <3 <3 <3 

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Melissa + Rob | Campground Engagement Session | Newfoundland Elopement Photographer

I met these two sweet souls at a wedding back in June where Rob was one of the groomsmen. The first thing he said to me was "This is the dog I got for my future wife. She's amazing." as he showed me photos on his phone. I got to meet Melissa as well at the reception, and then Hally the pup at their Engagement Session last week! 

I crashed their camping trip at Barachois Pond Provincial Park, their favourite campground, and we went wandering through the woods. It was so full of laughs and golden light and canoe rides(!!). These two were so much fun, so up for everything, and they even shared their treats from Danni's Bakery. 

Thank you guys for having me along on your adventure, I am so grateful that we crossed paths! 

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Miles and Miles and Miles and Miles | A Mid-Season Update

I can't lie - July was madness. Miles and miles and miles and miles. More than half of my wedding season already past, and the fall creeping up before me. I want to take a little moment before I climb back into my car and scoot across this huge province one last time this summer to reflect and find gratitude for all that has passed since the light came back to the North.

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Gratitude. I am so full of gratitude for every wild moment that this wedding season has brought. Every adventurous couple, every calm intimate forest moment, every second of the rush that fills me when the light is good and the company is better.

 

One year ago this week I shot my first ever elopement, and was immediately obsessed. Obsessed with the authenticity, the honesty, the rawness of such an intimate ceremony. After a summer filled with the most wild Adventurous Elopements, hiking and exploring with some of the most rad couples I have ever met, I have nothing but awe and gratitude for this path.

The return of Self Love Sessions this spring and summer is something that my heart has been begging of me for years now, though fear and doubt kept me quiet. I am so wholeheartedly blissed to have brought these sessions back to the forefront of my business and to give them the devotion and intention that they deserve. Nothing makes my spirit soar more than giving free spirited women the space to let their souls show, and for this purpose I am deeply grateful.

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I’ve been trying to ward off the stress of being so busy by making everything I do an act of intention, particularly in regards to food. Buying only whole food. Cooking each meal with intention. Never letting myself get too stressed about my to do list to skip meals (a bad habit of mine). Trying to curb the candy addiction. QUITTING SMOKING (!!!!) (Finally. Finally. Finally. Thank you lungs for putting up with me this long.) Trying to learn to listen to my body and trust the intuition that is inherent within. Freeing my soul a little more by exploring my spirituality. More forest. More river. More bare feet.

Last night the full moon was hidden by the fog of St. John’s, but this morning at 5 am I hiked out to a gorgeous spot on the East Coast Trail with the rad photographer Anika Bursey to watch the sunrise and dance on the cliffs by the light of the full moon that hung as bright as ever, whales splashing all around us. This last trip in to St. John’s has me really realizing more than ever that the city has left my soul, and I am so filled now with the wilderness. Give me forest floors instead of pavement, give me moss for carpet. 

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There are still many miles to go in this hectic wedding season, and I am tired and I am scattered and I need to do laundry and I need to call my sisters, but I am learning and growing at a wild pace and in the end I am just grateful and humbled for this wild little life.

I hope you are having a wonderful summer. I hope you are soaking in as much blissful sunshine as you can. I hope wherever you are in life right now, you take the time to go outside as often as possible and just let your soul rejoice in nature. I hope you get the chance to take some whole days to just get lost out there. I hope you see some rad sunsets, or turn it around and get up at 4 am for some even crazier sunrises. I hope you're well.

Stay wild.

Xo
Heather

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Kassie | Self Love Session

We wandered up my favourite little riverbed just outside of Corner Brook and waded through the early morning waters as the sun peeked up over the mountains. There were moments of peace and gratitude, and there were moments where Stevie Nicks was playing and Kass just had to dance. And then we had to head to Best Coast for brunch. Naturally. 

[ I have lots of August availability in CORNER BROOK for Self Love Sessions, and I am hosting a Pop Up in CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI August 28 + 29. Touch base via the Inquire tab if you have any questions, or check out the Self Love Sessions Page for more info! YYT Pop Ups will be back in the fall. ]

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Ashley | Self Love Session

Ashley's Sunrise Self Love Session during last month's Pop Up in St. John's was so magical. In the early morning light we wandered through the wildflowers, stood in the cold cold river, and felt the presence of the forest. Then we both went and stood in the gentle waves at the edge of the great Atlantic Ocean and felt the sea prepare us for what comes next. 

 

[ My last Self Love Session Pop Ups for the summer are coming up in St. John's, Corner Brook and Charlottetown! Head over to the INQUIRE tab to send me a note and find out more!! xoxo ]

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Pamela + Josh | Newfoundland Intimate Wedding Photographer | Canadian Elopement Photographer

Pam + Josh's day was so filled with laughs, so much palpable love, and stunning wintery forest scenes. These two got engaged in October, and were just too excited about marrying each other to wait any longer. They were married in the cold, stark central Newfoundland January, and it was something wonderful to behold. 
 

I have never seen two people more excited to marry each other. <3 

 

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Amanda + Kris | Vintage St. John's Wedding | Montreal Elopement Photographer

Getting to know Amanda + Kris, and their sweet sweet families, was such a joy. Their beautiful, intimate wedding was on a chilly, windy day at the end of October in St. John's, and every moment of the day was so filled with honest love and their nearest and dearest people. It was one of those days that makes me hopelessly grateful for how I get to spend my days. xoxo

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2016 // On Business, Fear and Personhood

     Near the end of 2015, I had a conversation with a fellow photographer who asked why I had all but given up and put my camera away. I remember telling him that I didn't feel the spark anymore: that my photography business no longer felt like the right path for me and that I would likely soon close up my business for good.

    At that time, I had just released an album with my band and was on tour in Gros Morne, supporting myself by working long and late nights in a restaurant in St. John's, and I was desperately unhappy. I had become a stranger to myself.

I realized almost immediately upon uttering the words that I WAS LYING.

    It's so plain to see now looking back how thoroughly I was governed by fear. It was fear that whispered to me over and over, "you're not cut out for this." Fear manifests itself in a hundred forms, and for me that time frame was so saturated by fear that it filled every space. Fear that I could never fit a "professional" mold, that my progress wasn't matching that of other photographers or entrepreneurs, that I wasn't original enough, that I didn't have the guts to follow through with my ideas, that I wasn't extroverted enough to make it in a business like this, and mostly fear of the vulnerability it takes to build a personal brand. Fear of getting to know myself well enough to find out what I truly wanted and who my target clients were. Fear that my rock and roll friends would think I was terribly lame for wanting to be a wedding photographer. (It feels so silly to write but this was a big one at the time).

 Once I started succumbing to fear in any one aspect of my life or business, it rushed in and sank me.  

 

     I am forever grateful for that conversation in Gros Morne, because it pulled me away from my fear for long enough to see myself whole from the outside, to take an honest look at who I was and who I wanted to grow into. 
     

 

     2016 rang in cold and bright and so full of the heart that had been missing from my intentions for so long. There were so many ways in which it was one of the hardest years of my life, but I am choosing to look back with gratitude at the ways in which 2016 helped me out of the dark. 

     Making the decision to open bookings again, and to rebuild my business out of love rather than fear was one of the best decisions of my life. I re-opened with a commitment to being unapologetically authentic to myself, building a brand that could match that, and committing to connecting with clients that share my beliefs and philosophies, and as a result I have spent the year with some of the most wonderfully adventurous, wild-hearted and genuine couples and clients and I could not be any more grateful. 

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"DON'T ASK YOURSELF WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS. ASK YOURSELF WHAT MAKES YOU COME ALIVE AND THEN GO DO THAT. BECAUSE WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS IS PEOPLE WHO HAVE COME ALIVE." - HOWARD THURMAN

 

I found this quote in the beginning of 2016, in the early days of restructuring and designing my new brand, and hung it on my office wall. It has become the mantra that keeps the fear at bay. 

I have never felt so alive. I have never felt so free. And I am so grateful. Here's to 2017, glowing wild and bright before us. Here's to another year rising above the fear that holds us back from what makes us truly happy. xoxo

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Katie + Frank | H O M E Session | Newfoundland In-Home Couple Session | St. John's Engagement Photographer

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Katie + Frank | H O M E Session | Newfoundland In-Home Couple Session | St. John's Engagement Photographer

Every time I shoot a H O M E Session I fall a little more in love with them, and with the idea of spending my winter cozying up with awesome couples! 

Katie & Frank have such a cozy space, so full of light and love and their personal style. I just loooove their decorating style, with tons of gorgeous reclaimed wood touches (like their amazing hand-made pallet wall!) and industrial bulbs. It's so awesome to see how people create a space that suits them so well. 

Coffee and cuddles and Ellie the pup and dancing in the kitchen. So much love. xo

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Top Elopement Destinations in Newfoundland

I am SO excited for the Adventurous Elopements coming up in 2017 that I wanted to put together some tips and suggestions for those dreaming and planning their own intimate or adventurous elopement ceremonies. I will be publishing different topics on Elopement Planning every few weeks, so leave me a comment or send me a note if there is a specific topic you would like me to cover!! 

1. BRIMSTONE HEAD, FOGO ISLAND // CENTRAL

Fogo Island is a magical escape any time of year. Barrens that stretch for miles, wild seas, and the best meteor showers you will ever see. The landscape makes for some stunning, moody photos. Plus it has to good luck to say your vows on one of the four corners of the earth, right?? 

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2. FLATROCK // AVALON

The rocky cliffs in Flatrock are so unique and magnificent: the perfect place for your totally unique elopement nuptials. Flatrock is also conveniently located just a 15 minute drive north of St. John's for those not wanting to venture too far from the city.

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3. GROS MORNE NATIONAL PARK // WEST COAST 

 

Confession: I couldn't choose just one spot in Gros Morne. Who could choose between the lawn of the Woody Point Lighthouse with Gros Morne Mountain in the background, the Lookout Trail before the Tablelands, Lobster Cove Head, or the magificent beach in Norris Point where the water is always what I call Bonne Bay Blue? Not me. Gros Morne is the ideal destination for folks who love being in the wild.

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4. PORT REXTON BREWERY // BONAVISTA PENINSULA

For those who want a quirky, offbeat elopement (or intimate wedding!) This new brewery is a more industrial feel, or an indoor option, located close to the east coast with some absolutely killer brews. Port Rexton also offers the amazing Skirwink Trail, with amazing coastal views for your photos. 

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5. EAST COAST TRAIL // AVALON

The East Coast Trail stretches the Eastern coast of the Avalon Peninsula - and there is a section of the trail for literally every landscape type. Whether you're in for a sort walk to some crazy incredible coastal views and secluded forests, or totally down for a hike in to some of the more unique locations, the trail has some of the best views in Eastern Newfoundland. 

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6. LARK HARBOUR // WEST COAST 

Just 45 minutes outside Corner Brook and around the corner from Gros Morne, Lark Harbour and the nearby Bottle Cove and Cedar Cove are some of my all-time favourite Newfoundland views and make an incredible elopement destination. Think the majestic mountains of Gros Morne without any of the crowds or tourists. These mountains are amazing and the sunsets on the ocean in Bottle Cove are life-affirming. Warning: the road down the Bay of Islands is treacherous. Because you won't be able to peel your eyes off the incredible scenery and on the road.

7. PETTY HARBOUR // AVALON

Most folks eloping near St. John's tend to go for Cape Spear or Signal Hill, but these spots are suuuuper windy and can be a bit overrun with tourists. My suggestion? Skip both and make the turn to Petty Harbour. This quaint fishing village near Cape Spear has some incredible coastal views, a sweet harbour and some sweet businesses to pop by (how about a coffee shop to warm up in, decorated like an eclectic cabin? Or Chafe's Landing's famous fish and chips??) 

8. YOUR PLACE

The most meaningful place to hold the ceremony for your elopement is somewhere that holds significance to your relationship. Somewhere you like to hike, the location of a meaningful date or anniversary, or the place you've both been dreaming of visiting for ages. Get creative! Have fun! This island is so full of beauty and uniqueness. 

More about my ADVENTUROUS ELOPEMENT packages can be found HERE!

If you have any other topics / questions that you'd like to hear about in regards to elopements or intimate weddings, I'd love to hear them! I will be posting planning tips every few weeks throughout the winter, so feel free to get in touch with any questions you have! 

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Maddie | Snowy Forest Self Love Session

Photography can be healing. Vulnerability can be healing. Showing your heart to a stranger is a beautiful thing. Something really magical happened here at the lake; something I don't think I could put into words. But I can show you.

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