Nova Scotia is bursting at the seams with art and creativity, and one of the best places you’ll find this is among the region’s many talented photographers. We talked to 10 of Nova Scotia’s best up-and-coming photographers to see what inspires them and how they stand apart from the crowd.
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“Here on the East Coast, I am at the forefront of this new age photo community that has blossomed in the past few years. Within this community, I have carved out a unique perspective, shaped by constant influence of other creatives from around the world. I pride myself in my day-to-day life on my ability to adapt to social situations and I believe that bleeds into my work as a photographer. In the early stages of my self-taught journey, I was drawn to street photography with its urban, candid, and symmetrical feel. Later on, these interests slowly transitioned due to the realization that this narrow focus couldn’t survive here in Atlantic North East. I shifted my sights on highlighting the beauty the Atlantic provinces had to offer, all the while applying the same elements as before. At all times trying to stray from the normal practices, pre-conceived notions on which lenses to use when, and keeping away from the standard over-saturated views. I continue to grow, always adapting to my surroundings, with the hope I can someday be the influence that others were for me.”
“I’d honestly just say that I don’t believe I’m particularly talented in any aspect of photography, but I just try to always be moving, doing, and trying new things. That’s why my Instagram bio says “Doing & Documenting”. I love how accessible photo and video are these days, 99% of my photos are taken on iPhone.”
“Beauty is found if we stop to look for it. This simple notion is what I love about photography … the ability to capture and document small, beautiful moments. I am a designer at IBM and also a photographer who hangs her hat in Halifax, Nova Scotia. What sets me apart as a photographer is most likely my consistent warm tones throughout my feed, and perhaps my ever-changing hair colour. I love posting travel photos and video, but also portrait and wedding work.”
“My style is mostly light and bright, however, I do love a good dark and moody shot. I specialize in product photography and also love to shoot interior design/decor. You’ll hardly ever find me doing staged engagement or family shoots, but I love to capture candid moments and portraiture.”
For more candids and product shots, you can find Carmen online here.
“My style is informed by years of working with film and analog technology in art school as well as a deep love for exploring and an endless awe of the natural beauty I find at home in Nova Scotia and further abroad. Although a lot of the east coast is very rugged and wild I capture gentler and more feminine views by shooting at specific times of day and working with a softer colour palette.”
For more stunning pics, follow Alexa on Instagram.
“The first camera I ever purchased was 35mm film. I bought it at a flea market six years ago not knowing if it even worked. Turns out it did and from then on, my life has changed significantly.
“As a classically trained artist/photographer, I tend to I see more than just the subject that I’m photographing. I like to incorporate beautiful landscapes in my portraits as well. I like to keep things really simple and natural when I’m photographing people. I don’t rely on strict poses and avoid props and themes. I’m a bit awkward and try to stay humble! My clients tell me all the time that I make them feel comfortable in front of the camera, so maybe that has something to do with it!”