Newfoundland Wedding Photographer | Tara & Josh | Portugal Cove

Tara and Josh’s big day started when they (along with so many family and friends) flew to St. John’s to celebrate their wedding day with them!

To keep everyone close, most of them stayed in a giant Airbnb . This place was super awesome. There was room after room filled with most random things – including but not limited to hundreds of original scripts to major movies!

When I arrived at the house, the boys were hanging out while the girls were off having their hair and make up done. It was an awesome chance to spend some time with Josh and his groomsmen. Because the girls were running behind, it gave me a chance to do the groomsmen photos out in the street of the downtown house, which was really helpful with the timeline later in the day!
This little new friend of mine totally played hard to get – but when I got him, I got him. Seriously, what a handsome ring bearer he is! He didn’t remember meeting me last year at Melissa and Andrew’s wedding, but hopefully he will next year at Mandy and Zack’s!
Sadly, Josh’s Mom passed away some time ago. I was totally amazed by how often and beautifully she was remembered throughout the day. To start, Tara suprised Josh and wore his mothers veil. And when rings were exchanged at the alter, she was given Josh’s Mother’s ring. It was absolutely touching how even though she may be gone, she certainly is not forgotten. Now every day they will have a reminder of her. 
When it was time to get Tara into her dress, there was a lot of help! Her Mother, Deborah, and Josh’s Stepmother, Roseanne were with her every step of the way. There were many a happy tear shed during this part of the day! Isn’t Tara stunning? Seriously, what a beautiful bride. She looks like a Queen! And we found just the right chair among the antiques in the house for photos of a Queen!
I loved the bridesmaids reactions when Tara stepped out to the big doors and showed them how beautiful she was! It was a little like when Royalty stand on the balcony and greet their public. It was perfect!
With everyone ready, we headed off to Portugal Cove to see them wed! There I was greeted by the sweetest flower girl who could seriously work for the GAP she is so mannerly and photogenic.  In one of the sweetest things I have seen in all of my weddings, Tara and Josh both took a minute to present their Mother with a rose. It was beautiful.  We stopped off at the Legion to see the decor before everyone arrived for dinner on the way to Family photos and when those were done, we headed out to explore the East Coast Trail for photos with the bridal party!
When the bridal party was done, they headed off and left Tara and Josh to have a few quiet  moments alone. We didn’t have a lot of time before dinner but we made good use of every minute we did have!
Upon our return to the reception, I found a very willing model!
And then then it was time for dinner! When the dinner and speeches portion of the evening had concluded, we took advantage of the last wisps of daylight while the room was prepared for the party! 
And when it was time for the party, it was time to PAR-TAY. This was one of the most fun receptions I have been a part of!  Tara and Josh, thank you so much for having me be a part of your wedding. Your day was amazing and so much fun and I am delighted to have been your photographer!

Much Love,
Amy

St. John’s Portraits | Dwan

St. John's PortraitsI was delighted when Dwan messaged me and told me that she would like to have some portraits of herself. At first, I assumed she wanted head shots. But she didn’t. So I got really excited and thought she meant Boudoir. Nope, not that either. What she wanted was awesome- just some really nice, fun, portraits of herself to give herself a little boost. Well, hell ya.

The feeling that people get when they have Boudoir photos is a little boost of self confidence. I wanted to do the exact same for Dawn – except with everyday clothes!

So, we set up out with a loose plan. Dwan went to see April Pink (the St. John’s makeup artist who works with me on some of my boudoir shoots) and then met Richelle (my assistant who has the glamorous job of standing in ridiculous places to supervise the light stands) at our first location with a bag of random clothes and her hockey gear. I told Richelle that this session a planned, unplanned shoot. We literally took these portraits all over St. John’s, wherever whatever came out of the bag inspired us to go! I have to say, I love all of my sessions -but knowing I had as long as I wanted to do whatever I wanted was really very fun.

Dwan has only seen one image from the shoot – it’s my favourite from the hockey set! It’s not here though – it’s on my Instagram  from a few days ago. But I can not wait for her to open her Facebook this morning and realize that these are here!  So happy ‘overly enthusiastic sneak peek day’ Dwan!

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St. John's Photographer Amy Donovan

St. John's Photographer Amy Donovan

St. John's Photographer Amy Donovan

St. John's Photographer Amy Donovan

St. John's Photographer Amy Donovan

St. John's Photographer Amy Donovan

St. John's Photographer Amy Donovan

St. John's Photographer Amy Donovan

St. John's Photographer Amy Donovan

St. John's Photographer Amy Donovan

St. John's Photographer Amy Donovan

St. John's Photographer Amy Donovan

St. John's Photographer Amy Donovan

St. John's Photographer Amy Donovan

St. John's Photographer Amy Donovan

St. John's Photographer Amy Donovan

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St. John's Newfoundland Photographer

St. John's Newfoundland Photographer

St. John's Newfoundland Photographer

Not one single person on my Facebook loves hockey as much as she does. Her dogs are even named after players. When I told Jamie where I was going and what I was going to do, I said “I haven’t seen her in years, but I know she is obsessed with the Penguins and her dogs name is Sid.”
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St. John's Newfoundland Photographer

So funny story. While I was waiting for April to be done Dawn’s makeup, I met Richelle at Starbucks for coffee to take with us. While I was being served, the two friendly fellows behind the counter struck up a conversation. It went a little something like this:

Me: How you today?
Fellow 1: Great! You?
Fellow 2: I get off soon
Me: Oh, I am just now going to work
Fellow 1: Oh, you must work night shift. What do you do?
Me: Oh, I am a photographer
Fellow 1: Well that’s awesome
Fellow 2: It’s almost dark
Me: Oh yes, we are doing some night shots
Fellow 2: Well now, I don’t mean to tell you how to do your job or anything. But that doesn’t sound like a good idea. How will you see for your photos to come out? It will be too dark.

So. I rummaged around my phone (there was no one behind me I swear!) and found a photo from my website that was taken in the dark. It’s one I am pretty proud of. And I showed him.

Fellow 1: Bahahahahha. She showed you!
Fellow 2: Well, now I feel like a douche. You must have a better camera than my iPhone.

So friend at Starbucks… here is how I saw things!

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St. John's Newfoundland Photographer

St. John's Newfoundland Photographer

St. John's Newfoundland Photographer

 

St. John's Newfoundland Photographer
Dwan, thank you for choosing me to go on this adventure with you. I hope you enjoy these portraits as much as I absolutely loved making them for you!

Much Love,
Amy

www.amydonovanphoto.com

 

St. John’s Family Portraits

This sweet little family was in town from Goose Bay a couple of weeks back and met me at Bowring Park for some family photos! I really enjoyed meeting with them and stealing a cuddle from these six month old twin boys! 
Seriously, it doesn’t get much cuter! He actually put his arm around his brother like that, all on his own! 
Thank you guys for choosing me to be you for family portraits photographer. I am sure you will have a busy and wonderful life with those gorgeous boys of yours!

Much Love,
Amy

Lisa & Craig | St. John’s Wedding

This is my beautiful and funny friend Lisa. She recently married Craig. And I couldn’t have been any happier to be there with her as she did. You see, I met Lisa when her oldest son was an infant. And I spent many an hour with her and the boys (there are two now!). Lisa would listen to me prattle on about teenage issues and always shot from the hip when advice was needed. She was the kind of grownup I needed, when I needed a grown up.

As an adult, geography and life saw us separated but thankfully through Facebook, we have kept in touch. I have seen how her relationship has grown to the amazing thing it is now. I have also seen her obsession with beach vacations- but I am glad to see her with someone so well suited for her.

I cried happy tears as she saw Craig during their first look. There is no denying they are absolutely in love with each other and there is nothing better than seeing someone you care about be so incredibly happy.

These are my favourite moments of their day…
These are the two beautiful boys who used to be tiny babies when I knew them first. I don’t understand how they are aging so much faster than I am, but they sure grew up to be extremely handsome and so incredibly well mannered. I am so proud of how both of these fellas turned out! I don’t know where the wind started out on July 23rd, but it was unrelenting and circular. If there is such a thing as circular wind, that is. Actually, there is – because that’s what we had. No matter what way we turned or what we hid behind, it was still enough to knock you down, blow your hair out of root (never mind out of an updo!) and send wedding dresses into Marilyn Monroe type poofs! It was both nerve wracking and magical!  Adequately windblown, we headed to the Gypsy Tea Room where Craig Murphy was waiting to get these lovebirds hitched!  And then, with them married, before anyone sat down to dinner, they immediately enjoyed their first dance together. It made an already perfect day flow perfectly!  Lisa and Craig, I am so happy that I got to photograph your beautiful day. I know you two were meant to find each other. I wish you happiness every single day.

Much Love,
Amy