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Rachel Mcgrath Blog by Rachel Mcgrath - 9M ago

Here in Halifax we have some extremely cute shops.. vandal donuts being one! It's located inside of a pub and has super interesting pink walls on the exterior.. which is why I knew it would work perfect as a starting place for this fur concept with Shannon!

We had a couple of furs borrowed from Silver Mint shop in Truro, so we stopped at a few different locations in the city so that we could create a few different looks and vibes for this idea. Check them out!



















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Rachel Mcgrath Blog by Rachel Mcgrath - 9M ago

Hi all!

A few weeks ago, my partner, Sam and I took a well needed vacation to a province neither of us had ever been.. Newfoundland!

We spent 10 full days exploring and wandering around the province. We wanted the trip to really focus on photography and the landscape of the place, so we planned tons of hikes with a good mix of tourist-y things. We stuck to the west coast, but saw the most amazing places.

 We visited everywhere from Lark Harbour to Corner Brook, Gros Morne and even up north to L'anse Aux Meadows. It was an incredible trip & I hope you enjoy the photos!















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Rachel Mcgrath Blog by Rachel Mcgrath - 10M ago

Lupins are such a cute little flower and the patches of them that pop up everywhere along the roads make for stunning locations.

For this shoot, Ashley, Kaylin and I all piled into her little Fiat and drove with the intention of going to one patch, but ending up in another - which probably worked better in my opinion... even though three girls and a fiat pulled off a highway looked like we were stranded and caused quite a few honks of the horn and even one guy pulling over to check if we were okay.

We had the perfect amount of light and a ton of variety with the lupins, daisies and patches of forest in behind this little trail. Ashley is fabulous and always prepared with multiple outfits, so we had lots of looks and tons of great opportunity to make images that stood out. 

It's really fun to have two photographers shoot the same model and in the same location, because while it seems like it would be super competitive, if you have the right group of people it can really lead to pushing each other and coming up with ideas that wouldn't have happened on your own. I definitely reccommend it!

Thanks Ashley! 
























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Rachel Mcgrath Blog by Rachel Mcgrath - 10M ago

When two of your friends get married to each other, it's a pretty big deal.

I first met both Kaylin and Danny when we were in the Applied Media and Communication Arts in our first year of college. I met Danny first, when we were put together in a group for a project, then Kaylin a week later when he asked if 'another girl from our class' could come hang out.

Funnily enough, I knew I was a third wheel right from the first time we all hung out together. I'm not sure if they knew it yet, but I remember texting Danny asking if it was weird that I was around and if he thought they were going to end up dating.

More than four years later, they're still going strong. 

Typically I don't photograph weddings on my own, but with Kaylin being the 'K' in our business of Kandr Weddings, she was definitely the only exception. We went out to a stunning field close to their house for a first look and creatives, with the dreamiest amount of wind and the most beautiful clouds to compliment it.

Their backyard dinner party was so cute, and I'm so happy I got to be such a big part of their even bigger day. Love ya's!















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Rachel Mcgrath Blog by Rachel Mcgrath - 10M ago

Sometimes pushing yourself out of a self-created comfort zone is exactly what you need to get the creative juices flowing.

Typically I work with a lot of females, so it comes easy to me when working with new models or new clients even if they're relatively fresh in front of the camera. When I work with men it can be a little more difficult.

Obviously I know how to pose men and how to make people comfortable in front of the camera, but to be honest I had a little bit of self doubt when I got an inquiry from Kyle. I'm so happy we worked together though! Fearing that we're not good enough or that we won't be able to make our best work is part of being a creative and part of the comparison game that we play on social media, but we can't let that stop us from taking on new clients or new work that we aren't used to shooting.

Kyle was amazing in front of the camera and even more so in the water. The day we went out to shoot was NOT warm, but he got in anyway to make the images we both had in mind! 

Thanks so much Kyle!















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Rachel Mcgrath Blog by Rachel Mcgrath - 11M ago

It makes me happy that I've began to start building my brand on being a bit out of the ordinary. Nikita wrote me with the intent to have some professional head shots, but as a ghost-writer she said that she wanted something more laid back and different. Something that we could turn into a whole session vs a couple of photos on a white backdrop in a boardroom.

We chose to head out to Crystal Crescent beach and catch the golden hour to show a little bit of Nikita's outdoor personality while keeping some headshots pretty abstract in terms of background. I absolutely adore the way the sun goes down at this beach, and being able to utilize some backlighting while keeping lots of colour in the image.

Thanks so much Nikita! 














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Rachel Mcgrath Blog by Rachel Mcgrath - 11M ago

Hi all!

We've finally been getting some warm days, and with the hotter weather comes more bikini shoots! While Kelly and I were trying to come up with an idea of what we wanted to shoot, we landed on boudoir/bikini feel and just needed an awesome location.

Luckily I remembered that this place exists! I'm always up for a little adventure, whether that means out to a trail close to my apartment, or a 2 hour drive to get to the place that fits our vision the best. In this case it was the latter.

This particular place is called Gaff point, and is a trail located in Lunenburg County and off of Hirtle's Beach. It offers super cool rock face and open fields with steep drop offs and cliffs. There's little coves and TONS of great places to shoot in... which worked out perfectly for us!

Thanks Kelly!


























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Rachel Mcgrath Blog by Rachel Mcgrath - 11M ago

Cape Breton is 100% without a doubt, my favourite part of this province. I didn't grow up there, but every time I go it feels like I'm home. That's why every year we make it a priority to get up to visit family, and make at least one late-spring trip to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

This time, we spent four days hiking and glamping, and enjoying drinks from Coldstream Clear, one of the many great Distilleries we have here in Nova Scotia!

We spent the first night at my grandmother's in St Peter's, exploring a license plate forest and chasing the sunrise before heading off to the highlands.

The second day, we explored Corney Brook falls and the trail leading to it, then we had a bonfire with way too many hot dogs & some great conditions for night shooting.

The third day, we tried to hike Polly's Cove. I say try because the rain was so intense, and the water levels so high that we ended up turning around once we reached the river about 5km in. We headed back to the campground for the night, but because of the rain we had an extremely hard time lighting the fire. 3 hours of fighting embers and a trip to a convenience store for matches later, we gave up and went inside the O'tentik only for a coal to ignite and a fire to keep us company for the rest of the evening.

Our last day we braved another sunrise, but this time at my favourite location in NS, Whitepoint. It was cold and windy, and it felt miserable at the time, but I'm so happy to get to see this little spot in such a different light than so many that visit.

I'll never tire of exploring all the areas our diverse little province has to offer. I wish we could have stayed longer, but I know we'll be back sooner than we think. Until next time, CB!









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Rachel Mcgrath Blog by Rachel Mcgrath - 11M ago

Hi all, 

One of my favourite things about summer is having the ability to go out to locations you wouldn't dare visit in the winter, and being able to stay in those locations longer without freezing to death from the temperatures outside.

Ashely is one of the models in the Halifax area I really enjoy working with, she's super comfortable being in front of the camera and knows how to utilize her poses to get the most flattering images. It makes my job incredibly easy and gives me the freedom to play with composition and locations I might not take a client to shoot.

This time we journeyed to Burntcoat Head Provincial Park so that we could use the Bay Of Fundy and giant red rock walls as a gorgeous backdrop for the images. 

Check them out below!
























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Rachel Mcgrath Blog by Rachel Mcgrath - 11M ago

Spring is such a refreshing time of year... watching the flowers bloom and leaves come back to trees. I spent a couple of weeks this spring eyeing up a giant forsythia bush off of the exit I take to get back to my apartment, and wanted to do a shoot in front of it before I lost my chance and the beautiful yellows turned to green.

Malia is a friend of mine, and a very talented model. I also thought her skin-tone would work really nicely against the colouring of the plant, so we set out to get honked at by passing traffic and to create what turned out to be an incredibly colourful shoot!

Check them out below.






















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