oarsman photography

Last week I had mentioned very briefly that I started working as a freelance photographer again. This is true! Although I never truly “gave it up” (I do submit articles with pictures for a magazine every two months), and occasionally I get paid for my blog posts, I have decided to seriously dive into it again.

It seems like almost a lifetime ago that I was operating as a new photographer under the name Prudence & Me. In my mind, it was a temporary name for a part-time job that I was only just finding my footing in. I began it to help pay the bills, only to stop when I became pregnant. Every session I learned new techniques. I tried to keep the moments candid and gave little direction. My photos were becoming darker with greater contrast and I hadn’t yet found a niche that I wanted to focus on. The name bugged me, but I didn’t want to change it until I was certain that I was going to keep going with it. I had also been saving up for a new camera and lens, only to eventually use that money elsewhere.

After months of mulling it over, I finally feel as if it is time to start it up again. The first thing that I did was change the name to Oarsman Photography (after Remy, whose name means ‘oarsman’ in French). I wanted a more masculine sounding photography name so I could appeal to a wider group of clients. Then I made a website and an Instagram page.

In the last month I have shot a couple’s session, engagement, wedding, mother and son, and family. I feel like my style is still evolving and even though I got a new camera and lens, I am saving up for a better lens. Until then, here are a few pictures from those sessions.

Emory

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eighth anniversary

Today is our 8th wedding anniversary! 

I truly can’t believe that eight years have gone by. I still feel like those young kids who eloped after dating for less than a year. We had a condo and two vehicles to our name, but neither the life smarts nor careers that we really needed.

I’m not sure if we’re much smarter, and Geoffrey is the only one with a career, but I’m happy with the way that things have turned out. Our lives centre around our child(ren), and we spend every free minute with one another. We have our ups and downs, but still love each other and each other’s company above anyone else. 

This is life, our married life. I love you Geo.

Em

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a whimsical wedding

This couple from this wedding so reminded me of two characters in a Wes Anderson film. They were quirky and entertaining and had a charming ceremony in a location that any film director would be jealous of. I was so grateful to be part of their day!

Emory

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g + g engagement

These two were recently married. In addition to photographing their wedding, I was asked to take their engagement pictures. I let them pick the location that night. We left the city and drove for a short distance. We came to a spot that had a lake on the right and a prairie field on the left. Everywhere we turned it was picture-perfect, just like they were.

(Even though this was one of the most gorgeous couples that I have photographed, they asked that I do not show their faces. Out of respect to them, I promised that I wouldn’t.)

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seventh wedding anniversary

Tomorrow is our wedding anniversary. How it’s been seven years already is an incredible thought. I truly don’t know what to write to my husband on these special days, for I can never seem to sum up what he means to me.

I will say that seeing how happy he makes our daughter is one of the best feelings in the world. It’s in those moments that I am reassured as to why we chose one another.

It hasn’t been easy, but it’s been so fun and so life-changing. He’s also the nicest man that I’ve ever met. For those reasons, I’ll forever stick by his side.

I love you, Geo.

<3

Emory

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