What it's Like When a Photographer Tries to Photograph Her Own Children

I have about 2 photos of all four of my children together.  That's pretty pathetic, since I take photos and make keepsakes for other families for a living!  Well, I decided this fall was the time to fix all of this.  I gave the kids a few weeks notice (the older ones need that sometimes!)  and on the next nice evening that we were all home together, we ventured over to the field close to home for some family portraits.  

To say it was a success might be stretching it a bit; but it certainly does document exactly what our family is like at this season in our lives!  

I hadn't intended on getting documentary type images...I wanted a few pretty portraits!  But this is what I got!  They are printed and hanging on the wall anyway!

Baby's 1st Birthday! ~ Moncton Family Photographer

Baby Beckett turns 1!  I met this family at Highland Park in Salisbury, NB for some quick 1st Birthday shots of the little man and we also managed to squeeze in a few family photos at the park!  The sun was disappearing quickly, so we had to move fast!  I think in total we had 35 minutes to make this all come together.  I must say though, the low setting sun makes for the BEST soft golden light!  Looking forward to meeting up with these guys again next year to see how much they have grown!

Point-Du-Chene Family Vacation ~ Moncton Photographer Tara Geldart

This session was a hoot!  I mostly photograph families with children, so I have to admit that I was a bit nervous when I was contacted to shoot this session just outside of Moncton, NB on the Point-Du-Chene Warf in Shediac, NB.

The boys contacted me for a family session that they wanted to give as a gift to their mom for her 60th birthday!  How sweet is that?  Seriously, so sweet!  They are from Ontario and beyond but use to camp in Shediac when the boys were young.  So they rented a cottage and had a family vacation to celebrate their mom's 60th birthday!  

I have had a lot of family sessions on the beach this year and also quite a few for families who are vacationing.  I love meeting families and documenting as they explore and enjoy their summers!

The Lookout Spot ~ Moncton Photographer Tara Geldart

When Amanda booked her wedding photography package with me we talked about the engagement session that is included in the package.  She told me that they had already had engagement photos years ago but every time they tried to plan a wedding a baby came along!  So the best option for these guys was to have a family photography session instead!  

We met in Magnetic Hill, Moncton, NB at the "Lookout Spot".  The kids kept me on my toes and they even threw in a few dog kisses and wet willies for comic relief!  

Their big day is coming up very quickly...check back in near the end of September to check out their Moncton, wedding photos!

An Afternoon With an East Coast Mermaid! ~ Moncton Photographer Tara Geldart

Have you been following along with the East Coast Mermaid Blog?  I promise, you'll be pleasantly delighted!  Her East Coast adventures and seaside tales are super inspiring and will have you itchin' for a local vacay!

I met with Crystal from East Coast Mermaid for a coffee a few months back and we chatted about local business and how some really great things can come from something so unexpected!  

If things start happening, don’t worry...don’t stew. Just go right along and you’ll start happening too
— Dr. Seuss

A few weeks after our initial meeting, we met downtown Moncton and strolled the streets, climbed to a rooftop and stopped at a nearby Starbucks.  Crystal shared her favorites from our Moncton lifestyle photography session on her blog today along with a fabulous review and a Promo Code.

Head on over to her blog and fall in love with her mermaid tales! 


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Video Fused Moncton Newborn Session

I love introducing new products and services.  I have a few projects in the works but I just cant keep this one to myself anymore!  

Last week I shared photos from a Lifestyle Newborn Session.  During that session, on a complete whim, I shot a few clips of video.  I wanted to capture those little gestures and quiet moments that sometimes can be forgotten over time.  The video clips fused with the photos in a custom made slideshow brings the session to life!

These little gems will be added in the session packages this fall/winter (2016).  I can't wait to create custom family videos for your family!  Click the Play button and enjoy :)

Music credit: www.bensounds.com

Don't Miss a Moment ~ The importance of Telling Your Family's Story

I bet I am not alone here...I say it all of the time and I hear others say it as well....my babies are growing up way too quickly.  They are changing everyday and they have these little quirky things about them that I know are not going to last very long.  

I don't want to wake up one morning and wonder what happened to all of those little moments.  You know the one....like playing with play-doh in the living room and getting it stuck to the couch or going outside to get into the van before an appointment and the baby lays down in the middle of the biggest puddle in the drive way (this actually happens way too often...you think I would have caught on by now) or the trail of clothing left on the kitchen floor because the child who is about to start school likes to strip down to her undies as soon as she gets home!

These are the things that I keep talking about.  This is what makes documentary family photography so special, so important and  so necessary.  It's your story!  No one else has a story like yours...you're moments are special.  Let's document them!

I wrote a little bit more about this as a guest post on Hello Dear Photographer.  Go on over there and have a little peek!  Don't miss a moment ;)


Sunset at Salmon Beach ~ Bathurst NB

It's not often that we get to go out without the kids in tow and this night was no exception so we made the best of it.  Our friends brought their children; they played on the beach, ran wild in the yard, bumped heads in the dark and danced their little hearts out on the deck to the guitar music!

We are so grateful for wonderful friends who are understanding and also see the need to sometimes let the kids stay up way too late and have a little summer time fun!

Thanks for the great night guys! 


A Gorgeous Lifestyle Newborn Session ~ Baby Ceci ~ Moncton Photographer Tara Geldart

It's no secret that being a Moncton Newborn Photographer is my absolute dream job....I get a baby fix with out actually having another baby and I get to create images that will be cherished forever.  Never again will this tiny baby fit into your arms the way she does right at this moment.  This time is precious and irreplaceable so I quietly try to capture the details of what life is like at this moment.  Everyday Storytelling....Everyone has a story!

I traveled to Oromocto for this in home newborn session with Mom, Dad, Big Brother and Baby Sister....and Grandma and Grandpa were also there to lend an extra hand (They told me they didn't want to be in any photos....but is snagged a few anyway for memories sake!) 

The family had just moved a few weeks before baby Ceci was born.  I don't know how she did it with a move, a new baby and an active one year old, but the house was beautifully decorated (I mean for real, we renovated almost two years ago and I still have painters tape on the wall and primed door casings!) I wanted to take photos in every room!  Here, see for yourself!  This is one gorgeous lifestyle newborn session!

Lifestyle Family Photographer ~ Carron Point Bahurst, NB

I announced a few posts back that I was now offering sessions in Bathurst, NB.  We spend a lot of time up there in the summer so it just makes sense to offer a few sessions up there during the year.  So if you're in Bathurst and you need a photographer, contact me to see which dates I am available for you :)

The day we had this session was a sunny, hot, gorgeous day....until an hour before our lifestyle family session on the beach was suppose to start.  We talked about rescheduling but Momma said lets give it a try anyway!  Luckily, for us the weather cleared just in time.  We had about 45 minutes of playing on the beach before it was clear that we were going to get poured on.

With in minutes of making it back to our vehicles, the rain came....hard!

But in between the lightning storms, this is what we did....

Pregnancy Announcment Session at Daley's Point ~ Bathurst Maternity Photographer

Lately, I have been shooting a lot of documentary and lifestyle family photo sessions in Moncton. I love those sessions to pieces but when I was asked to shoot this cute little pregnancy announcement session I was eager to see what this creative momma-to-be was going to come up with!

Momma planned out the details of how she wanted this session to go...right down to the last detail!  We met at Daley's Point in Bathurst, NB and traveled around the trails to find just the right locations!  Luckily, this family knows the trails well and let me in the right direction.

At sunset, we made our way down to the beach.  We couldn't have asked for a nicer night!

Congratulations Vanessa, Matt and Holly on this new season in life. 


A Sweet Lil' Country Wedding at Blueberry Hill Farms ~ Moncton Wedding Photographer

Some of my favorite events to photograph are small, intimate weddings.  You know, the ones where you feel like part of the family by the time you leave at the end of the night?!  This country wedding was exactly like that!  We met at the house for a few portraits before heading to the venue at Blueberry Hill Farms just outside of Moncton in Elgin, NB.  Congratulations Melissa & Bruce! XO