While Kays Photography owner Katelyn Dorrington always had a knack for the creative, she never dreamed she would one day grow up to become a professional photographer. In fact, her lifelong dream was to become a singer, until the birth of her son forever altered her artistic path. Moved by this momentous occasion, a passion for helping others immortalize the important moments in their lives was born within her, and she spent the next three years of her life studying and perfecting her craft and drawing a talented team to work beside her in her Lower Sackville studio.
Not surprisingly, newborn photography is one of Katelyn's specialties and she combines her artistic eye and motherly instincts to capture everything from a precious close-up of a perfect petite foot to a candid commemorative shot of baby's 200th nap. She also specializes in wedding packages, which include three to nine hours of event coverage, permanently documented in a high-resolution DVD of images, as well as engagement and maternity shoots, which may take place on-location, or inside her studio, which is equipped with countless props and backdrops.
• For $45, you get a one-hour in-studio ($40) or on-location ($50) photo shoot for family portraits, including one 10"x13" print ($39.95) and choice of one 4"x6" print or four wallet-size prints (up to a $99.90 total value). • For $60, you get a one-hour in-studio ($40) or on-location ($50) photo shoot for school portraits, including a photo package ($79.99) featuring two 8"x10" prints, three 5"x7" prints, two 3"x5" prints, 24 wallet-size prints, and an image CD (a $130 total value).
Newlyweds, pets, toddlers, and schoolchildren have been posing in front of Walmart Portrait Studio's colorful backdrops for decades, making for adorable holiday cards and wallet mementos or stately, striking family portraits. Today, the studio's digital photographers continue the tradition of taking high-quality portraits at dozens of locations across Canada. Each professional photographer completes a rigorous training program before they begin composing and shooting digital photographs, adopting styles ranging from formal portraits to passport photos.
Lorna Mooney, CPA, draws on over 20 years in the photography business as she takes candid family, graduation, pet and child portraits, crafts expressive wedding albums, and striking business portraits. Her work across various photography genres has earned her a multitude of awards.
Two forces have constantly battled for Laura MacPhee’s affection: her career as photographer and her hometown of Halifax. After studying photography in the city, Laura skipped graduation to hop on a plane to New York City, where she began sharpening her skills as an intern at the Knot. Homesick for Nova Scotia after a year and a half, she returned to Halifax and synergized those competing forces by founding Laura MacPhee Photography.
Amid the region’s breathtaking terrain, Laura flashes her camera at expectant moms, families, and engaged couples. Portrait sessions also occur in her studio on the Halifax waterfront, where she also orchestrates intimate boudoir sessions. For weddings, she and a trusted second photographer shoot up to eight hours of coverage, which newlyweds can preserve with prints, hardcover books, or new wedding veils made out of negative film strips. Despite being stationed in Halifax, Laura happily travels for destination weddings; thus far, her passport has been stamped for work in Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
Photographer Krystle often says that she has an incurable case of TMI, or sharing too much information about herself. It’s a condition she never intends to treat, however, because her bubbly, outgoing personality only enhances the quality of her work. The owner and resident shutterbug of JustShootMe…Photography captures striking, on-location shots while putting clients at ease with her friendly demeanour, wacky sense of humour, and ability to mimic their favourite birdsongs. She loves to try new, creative ideas—nontraditional poses colour each of her shoots, which she captures with the help of natural light and a close friend of seven years: her Nikon camera. Though she specializes in family and couples photography, she also engages in wedding photography with a particular interest in destination weddings.