A Road Trip in Iceland

This past October I spent a whirlwind 5 days in Iceland attending the first ever Roadie Workshop hosted by Nordica Photography & Mark Pacura. For two full days we traveled in Land Rovers around rural and remote areas of Iceland, photographing two separate couples for an epic portfolio building workshop. We shot from sunrise to sunset to midnight, and through every type of winter weather. We explored hidden beaches, mountains, lakes, and every jaw dropping location in between. Iceland has scenery unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before, so the opportunity to photograph there was so very cool.

10 of us photographers from around the world bunked together, learned new techniques, expanded our portfolios, talked business and marketing, and learned so much from one another. Every year I look to do one major form of photography education. This Iceland trip was certainly a great experience to really get out of my comfort zone, shoot in a different location, meet new people, and add some amazing new content for my travel portfolio. It’s so easy to see why Iceland is on every photographer’s bucket list.


2018 Favorites

2018 brought another year of adventure. New people, new places, and so many new experiences. I’ve been welcomed into the lives of strangers and friends during nearly 200 photo shoots this past year. It is always a time consuming and difficult task of narrowing down my personal favorite photos from my wedding and portrait work, only some of which can fit in this post. For many different reasons, these are the photos that stand out to me personally.

Working with people every day is the best part of this job, and being invited to be a part of all your moments is so appreciated. To every single person who was behind the camera this year, I thank you for allowing me to tell a little part of your story. I’ve had a blast. 2019 is sure to be another big year, and I hope to see you along the way.

Many thanks, and enjoy.

Naomi & Nathan - October wedding in Alberton, PEI

wedding date - october 7th, 2017

A few years ago Nathan moved temporarily from Ontario to small town Alberton, Prince Edward Island to help his Mother set up her new restaurant in town - The Sidewalk Grill. Around the same time, Naomi also moved to Alberton when she got a pharmacist job after graduation. Neither intended to stay in the small town long term, but everything changed when they crossed paths and met each other. With their workplaces being close by, Naomi would often head to the restaurant for lunch and strike up conversations with Nate. Their lunch time interactions soon changed to dates, and the two quickly fell in love. Fittingly, Nate proposed to Naomi over breakfast one morning! Fast forward to now, Naomi & Nate have bought a beautiful home together and have settled in the small town where they met! 

Naomi grew up as a fisherman's daughter in Souris, PEI so their wedding reception took place on the pier at Northport Harbour. Their decor tied in nautical with the Fall colors, blue and white being highlights. Their favorite moment of the day was seeing each other as Naomi walked down the isle, all their nerves changing to joy and excitement. 

Naomi & Nathan are two of the kindest people you can ever meet, and they are a pleasure to be around. All day you could feel how special it was for both of them to have everyone together, and see the love from around the room. We photographed on the cliffs in Western PEI, in their backyard, and at Northport pier. I'm so happy I was able to capture their wedding, and just spend a day with them too! Congratulations Naomi & Nate!  

number of guests - 140

ceremony - st anthony's church

reception - northport pier

officiant - father andrew macdonald

hair - cheryl weeks

makeup - jacki peters

wedding dress - allure at perfect pair bridal

grooms suit - moores

flowers - alberton florists

decorator - rave event decor (velma robichaud)

planner - caie-lea carpenter

dj - tyler's dj services

cake - karen's kupcakes

caterer - northport pier restaurant

stationary - vistaprint

transportation - gordon's tours & eclipse entertainment

videographer - mel guary 

photographer - brady mccloskey photography 

Amy & Webster - Destination wedding on PEI

wedding date - august 20th, 2017

Amy & Web grew up in the same town in Massachusetts and went to high school together. They connected early because of how much they laughed together, and remained friends over the years and through college. After graduation they both ended up moving to Boston where they reconnected and decided to try going on a date. During a romantic Italian dinner on a snowy evening in January, everything felt right and they realized they must to be more than friends. They spent more and more time together, moved in, and got engaged two and a half years after that first date. 

Ever since he was born Webster spent each Summer at his grandparent's home in Prince Edward Island. It's a special place for his family and meant a lot when he took Amy to visit for the first time in August of 2015. She also fell in love with the Island's rolling hills and beautiful coastline. After a rainstorm, Amy & Web took a walk and sat on the cliff by Cape Tryon Lighthouse. Web used this as the perfect time and place to ask Amy to marry him, and she obviously said yes! One year later, they returned to PEI to get married.  

Feeling the pull of Prince Edward Island, they knew it was the perfect place to get married despite the distance from home. Every guest travelled from afar, making PEI a destination for all. Using their families as their wedding inspiration, they also incorporated decor inspired by Amy's many visits to her grandparent's in Cape Cod. A nautical farm theme of navy and white was executed by Kiss The Bride. 

Despite the hard work that went into preparing, Amy & Webster's wedding day had a feeling of ease and simplicity that was focused on enjoying the Island and being present in the moment. We photographed at Webster's parent's beautiful Summer property and the nearby French River beach, before heading to Clinton Hills for the ceremony & reception. These two were a joy to work with, and I am so happy they feel in love with Prince Edward Island, and each other!  

advice from the couple

Enjoy your day and trust those around you! Chances are you'll have support from your family, friends, and even staff from your venue, so plan ahead as much as you want but make sure you and your future spouse both live in the present on your wedding day to enjoy every moment. 

number of guests - 85

officient - valerie downe

ceremony and reception - clinton hills

hair - blake caissie signature blonde salon

makeup - urban daisy boutique 

wedding dress - madeleine's daughter bridal

groom's suit - blank label

flowers - prestige floral studio weddings

wedding coordinator  - kiss the bride

Music - Zach Squires

Cake - Butter

Caterer - Broadway 45

Stationary - keynote paper studio

photography - brady mccloskey photography 

Jill & Gordie - Vintage Wedding in Downtown Charlottetown

Wedding date - november 24th, 2017

Jill & Gordie met through mutual friends at a music festival - Stan Fest in Canso, Nova Sctoia in 2009. The weather was awful that day, very rainy and muddy. A friend of Jill's went down to check on Jill and her friends in their tent and Gordie tagged along. When Gordie saw Jill for the first time he said she looked so sad he wanted to do anything to cheer her up. He brought her warm coffee and cold beers and gave her access to a real washroom, thus impressing her and beginning their adventurous relationship! 

Gordie travels the world as a musician (Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys) and Jill joins when she can. Music has brought them across North America, Europe, India, and beyond. In 2016 they welcomed their sweet daughter Annie to the world and in 2017 they got engaged on the beach at her parent's home. 8 years and a child later, they set November 24th, 2017 as they evening they would get married!

Their vintage wedding inspiration came from Jill's 1920 antique ring. With their homemade suit and dress, the Haviland Club setting, and the amazing hairstyles to match, this wedding looks like it could have been photographed many years ago. I love when a couple breaks from the norm and does their own thing, so this was a real treat to capture! Jill & Gordie's attitude was laid back and focused on spending time with their friends and family. We captured all of their photos in the evening, and then they danced the night away! 

wedding advice from the couple

"Don't sweat the small stuff. Try and let things slide as much as possible and pick your battles. In the long run a lot of things don't matter and there is no need to start a fight over something that really won't matter in a day, a week, or a year. 

number of guests - 100

officiant - martin carter

hair - corey doucette - aveda grand senses

wedding dress - handmade

groom's suit - handmade 

flowers - mother of the bride

decorator - pineapple eventworks

music - mike bravener and the rockin billies

cake - pat arsenault

photography - brady mccloskey photography

Hilary & Mike - Married in Bedeque, PEI

wedding date - july 14th, 2017

On her first day of university at UPEI, Hilary arrived late to discover class was full and there was only one seat left in the room. She hurried in and sat down right beside Mike, not knowing that one day this stranger would become her husband! The weeks and months went by and Hilary & Mike became good friends through class, but later parted ways when they both switched schools. Almost two years later they ran into each other in Halifax and spent the rest of the night chatting and catching up. Little did they know, their conversation that evening would never end! 

Years later Hilary & Mike had travelled to see their favorite hockey teams play in Montreal. A few hours after arriving they hiked up to enjoy the views of the city from Mount Royal. Mike handed his phone to a stranger to take a photo of them and surprised Hilary by bringing out an engagement ring! 

Having photographed the wedding of Hilary's sister Bethany and Brother in law Brad, it was special to be invited back into their family again and see it combined with Mike's side as well. Mike & Hilary's wedding day was a hot blue sky day in mid July. They were married close to Hilary's home in Bedeque and celebrated at The Shipyard later that evening. They wanted their wedding day to feel romantic, dreamy, & modern and it did just that. We photographed the majority of formals at McCallum's Point, a special place to the Waugh family where Hilary spent a lot of time swimming and playing as a kid. Standing on the cliffs laughing and enjoying ourselves with the ocean all around us was the best kind of PEI Summer day! To everyone involved in this wedding day, thank you so much for keeping the good vibes going all day long! 

Congratulations Hilary & Mike!

advice from the couple

"Stay organized throughout the planning process. Understand that there will be a light at the end of the tunnel and you will eventually miss planning for your "best day ever". So enjoy it and don't stress!"

Number of guests - 125

Venue - Bedeque United Church, The shipyard

Officiant - Rev. Catherine Stuart

Hair - AMP Hair & Makeup Artistry

makeup - makeup by sabrina sierra

Wedding dress - Maggie Sottero from Kleinfeld 

Groom's suit - Moore's

Florals - Prestige Floral Studio

Decor - Once Upon a Wedding

DJ - Tyler's DJ Services

Cake - Family friend

Stationary - LaBohemmePaperCo - Etsy

Transportation - Eclipse Entertainment

Videography - Fresh Films

Photography - Brady mccloskey photography

Sydney & Phil - Married at Clinton Hills

wedding date - july 21st, 2017

Sydney & Phil connected on their first date in Toronto where Sydney accidentally arrived late, making Phil wait for her "dramatically" in the rain outside. Thankfully after meeting they were both completely at ease. During that date they broke the rules and talked about all topics you shouldn't discuss on a first date, but agreed on most points. After lots of healthy conversation and some debate, they quickly agreed to meet again soon, and ever since their second date two days later, they've been pretty much inseparable. 

Getting engaged was a joint decision they made, even shopping for the ring together. It was always clear that they would be together, so a wedding was just a formality - albeit a fun one! It was important for Phil to speak to Sydney's parents before proposing, so they planed a trip to see them in PEI. Phil asked the question under a big old tree in her parent's backyard, where they later took their first look photos on the wedding day. 

When Sydney & Phil talk about their wedding day, the thing they always come back to was what a positive, happy, and incredible day they had, surrounded by their loved ones. Most guests travelled from off Island to be there and everyone enjoyed the Island hospitality and beautiful scenery. The weather called for heavy rain and thunder showers that day but thankfully we dodged them throughout all the outdoor activities. Just as Sydney began to say her vows during the outdoor ceremony at Clinton Hills, a dramatic and loud clap of thunder hit, causing everyone to laugh and hope for the best! The rain held off just until we were all under the dry cover of the barn, when lighting and thunder began to roar outside. 

Sydney & Phil are two of the kindest and sweetest people you could ever meet, and working with them for this special day was so memorable. I absolutely love these photos and hope you will too!

advice from the couple

"Get a wedding planner. :) All the details were far more overwhelming than we anticipated, and although we were beyond lucky to have my friend Maggie coordinate everything, and lots of family members willing to help, we wish they all could have just enjoyed the day with us.

Also, try to put as much meaning into the day as you can. All of the personal touches of things that people did for us (through things they made, or sentiments they shared) are the things we will carry with us forever."

number of guests - 70

ceremony and reception venue - clinton hills

officiant - richard oastler & erica otto (family)

hair and makeup - Bounce! hair studio

wedding dress - wtoo by watters, felichia bridal

groom's suit - michael kors

flowers - flower buds

decorator - the wedding chaperone

coordinator - maggie o'dea (friend)

dj - matt horner (friend)

cake - krista macquarrie

caterer - broadway 45

stationary - paperless post & katerine yager (friend)

transportation - twilite limo & prince edward tours

photography - brady mccloskey photography

Kate & Tyler - PEI wedding at Dalvay Beach

wedding date - July 29th, 2017

A mutual friend of Kate & Tyler's insisted for years that Kate just HAD to meet this Tyler guy, but Kate kept brushing it off. Eventually during an evening with friends at Marc's Studio they connected and Kate later realized the guy she was chatting with was Tyler, the one she had been hearing of all along. After a Facebook add and a some messages, they went on a date and the rest was history!

Three years later with their dog Finny in one arm, Tyler proposed in front of the lighthouse at Covehead Beach in June, 2016. Afterwards they went back to Kate's parent's house and celebrated with all her immediate family! 

Excitement was in the air during Kate & Tyler's wedding day. The mood was fun, light hearted, and definitely energetic! My favorite thing about Kate & Tyler is Kate's ever present excitement and enthusiasm mixed with Tyler's calm and cool demeanor. They make such a great pair that are so fun to be around and you always feel at ease. Capturing their personalities, relationship and dynamic was a blast and as Kate put it, "the best day ever!!" Thank you so much to everyone who pulled this day together, and Kate & Tyler for choosing me to capture it! 

Congratulations to The Moirs! 

advice from the couple

"There are so many options out there and it is easy to get swayed into "what is popular" but I think what we loved most about our wedding is that we truly did what made us happy and we both tried to put the focus on each other, and not the small details. Also, try to remember every moment! It goes by in a flash!"  

Number of guests - 150
venue - dalvay beach and confederation centre of the arts

officiant - jeff macdonald (brother of the bride)

hair - lydia ferguson

makeup - rebecca powers

wedding dress - hayley paige "sunny gown"

Groom's suit - Moore's

FLorals - Island Meadow Farms

Decorator - Jessica Foster

DJ - Music Express
Cake - Buns n Things

Transportation - Coach Atlantic

Videography - Ashland Weddings

Photography - Brady McCloskey Photography

Travel - Portland, Oregon

Years ago I read an article in The Globe & Mail about Portland's interesting vibe and culture and that made me so curious to check it out one day. Since I was heading to Vancouver/Whistler this January, I booked a multi city flight to Portland for 3 nights on the way! I had been excited to see the city and the forests and they did not disappoint. I even managed to dodge most of the rainy weather that Portland is known for. 

The food and drink options in Portland were everywhere, and overwhelming at times. Everyone had a suggestion on where I could find the best of this and that, but it was so fun to eat my way through every day. The donuts, the beer & cider, the ice cream, the breakfasts.....everything was delicious. 

A few things I loved about Portland:

  • Every area of the city had something interesting, or somewhere amazing to eat
  • Transit was so great and easy and day passes were only $5!
  • Food trucks (or carts) were embraced and were all over the city, including circling an entire block downtown
  • Forest Park (where all these forest photos were taken) was just a short ride away on transit and held a gigantic network of trails of all skill levels.
  • Portland has the world's largest independent bookstore. Powell's City of Books is so fun to walk around and get lost in. 
  • Bike lanes were everywhere, Portland is referred to as "Bike City USA"
  • Everyone drives a Subaru!
  • There are around 70 microbreweries in Portland 

If you find yourself in the Pacific Northwest, consider stopping into Portland. I plan to be back one day to check out more of the surrounding forests and mountains, and to drive out to the coast. Until next time! 

2017 Favorites

Sitting down and compiling this collection is always something I look forward to every year. It allows me to look back on everything I've captured that year and choose my personal favorite photos. For many different reasons, these are some of the shots that stand out.

In 2017 we delivered a total of nearly 29,000 photos to wedding, portrait, and commercial clients. Thinking about that number is overwhelming, and thinking of all of that work is too. But year after year I continue to love this creative field that introduces me to so many people, making real connections along the way. To absolutely everyone who trusted and hired me this past year, I appreciate you so much. A huge thank you as well to everyone who followed along or gave support in any way!

2017 seemed to be a year of surprises for my business and I'm so fortunate for all of these opportunities. My favorite photography podcast recorded an episode about me, I hired my first part time employee, was contracted by the New York Times, and was named one of the top 25 most inspiring photographers in Canada. What a ride! 

Without the fun and interesting interactions, dynamics, and relationships of clients, there would be nothing. A photograph aims to tell the story of what happened, so thank you all for providing these amazing stories. 

Enjoy ~

Jossie & Liam - September Wedding at The Rivershed

Wedding date - September 10th, 2017

Jossie & Liam are big animal lovers and came up with special touches to include them into their wedding day. Jossie is a long time staff member of The PEI Humane Society, and the couple has fostered countless animals in their home over the years. When Liam proposed to Jossie, he brought her along as he pretended to be looking for a family friend's lost dog in Victoria Park, but when they found Divot he had an engagement ring on his collar! On their wedding day the same dog was their ring bearer and carried rings on his collar once again. 

Adorable foster kittens from the PEI Humane Society helped the girls get ready the morning of the wedding, and these cute photos went viral - being featured on The Dodo, Yahoo, Yahoo News, and CBC! All kittens were quickly adopted afterwards. 

Jossie & Liam were married at his family's Summer home on the water in Cymbria, and hosted their reception at the newly opened Rivershed events venue in Oyster Bed Bridge. Guests enjoyed a long cocktail hour with delicious food and an intimate dinner with great speeches, all followed by the best private fireworks show I've ever seen. This day was so nice to capture, and these are two of the kindest people you could meet. Thank you Jossie & Liam for allowing me to capture your special day <3

Wedding advice from the couple

Just relax! Don't stress about the small stuff, it's not worth it :)

Number of guests - ~80

Officiant - George Clark Dunning

Hair - Crissy Crane
Makeup - Chantelle Brown

Wedding Dress - Perfect Pear Bridal

Florals - Hearts and Flowers

Groom's Suit - Moores Clothing for Men

Decorator - Debby Penny

Venue - The Rivershed

photographer - brady mccloskey

Brittany & Allan - Riverside tent wedding in Kensington

WEDDING DATE - July 7, 2017

Brittany & Allan met long ago as young teens when they both worked at the Cavendish Boardwalk in the Summer months. Allan was Brittany's best friend's manager which led to them often running into each other before Allan finally built up the courage to talk to Brittany. After a few dates Brittany claimed she didn't want a boyfriend, but once Allan got another girlfriend, Brittany soon changed her mind....haha! Many flip phone text messages were exchanged and their dating years began. After 7 years together Allan proposed to Brittany (who is a teacher) while having coffee on their patio the morning of her last day of school for the year. They flew home to PEI that evening and celebrated with everyone they loved. 

I met Brittany and Allan during our university days at UPEI when Brittany and I lived in the same residence building. We later bonded more over our shared experience as exchange students in sunny Barbados. When it came time to plan their wedding, I was thrilled to be their photographer! 

As evident in the emotions, expressions, and the laughs in these photos, Allan & Brittany fully enjoyed their beautiful day this past July. An all star team of vendors helped pull it all together as well. 

Congratulations Britt & Allan, you are the funnest!

Wedding advice from the couple

Enjoy every moment and don’t get overwhelmed with all the small details. It is truly about the memories you get to make and the moments you spend with all the special people in your life. The immense love you get to feel that day is unlike anything, so soak it all in!


Gloria & Nick - Sparkling NYE Wedding in Charlottetown

Wedding date - December 31st, 2016

Since photographing the wedding of Katie & Greg on NYE 2015, I love the idea of a December 31st wedding. What better way to celebrate and dress up then attending the wedding of two people you love? Or as Gloria put it, what better way to start a new year than to marry your best friend!

Gloria & Nick met in 2008 while both attending UPEI and started dating 3 years later. Shortly after this Nick moved off Island for work as an engineer, but began driving back to PEI every single weekend to visit Gloria. On a cold and rainy day in the Summer of 2015 during their annual hike around Howe Point, Nick used the help of their golden doodle Ollie to propose to Gloria. From there started the wedding planning for NYE!

It is safe to say everyone had such a fun time at this wedding. Gloria & Nick are the type of people you want to be around, and feeding off their energy and enthusiasm was so great. They took every moment as it came, didn't stress about small details, and took the time to enjoy a few limo sociables. It was like hanging out with friends and I love that I was able to capture this day for them. Thank you for the laughs, the hugs, and the espresso shots. 

To Gloria & Nick, here's to many more happy days like this! 

Brittany & Clark - Healy Farm wedding in Kentville, NS

Wedding date - July 8th, 2017

At the end of 2015 I received an email from Halifax wedding planners Elegant Productions about a mystery couple who just had to have me for their 2017 wedding day in Kentville, NS. I was flattered but curious as to who it was and why they were hiring an Island based photographer. After several emails to confirm things I was surprised and thrilled when my friend Brittany sent me a message letting me know it was her and her fiancé Clark that I had booked! 
It was a beautiful thing to be invited to capture their wedding day this Summer at Healy Farm in Kentville. Surrounded by family and friends, including many who travelled all the way from Clark's home of Australia - Britt and Clark made everyone feel special and appreciated. They are two of the kindest people and I am so happy to call them friends!

A backpacking adventure turned into an unforgettable love story for this fun loving couple when they met during Brittany's travels abroad. Movie nights and walks home from the pub lead them to their fist official date. Upon Brittany's return, the two continued their 2 year long distance relationship. Toughing it out, Brittany and Clark re-united and went on a bucket-list tour of Newfoundland. It was on a beach in Fogo Island that Clark romantically picked a pebble, and proposed. If that isn't cute enough, the two decided to get married on the 5 year anniversary of telling one another they were in love. 

Elegant Productions helped bring Brittany's vision to life with a beautifully treed venue (Healy Farms) and added touches of vibrant Canadian greenery with hints of yellow mustard. Soft tones were paired perfectly with the raw harvest tables and refurbished wood chairs Brittany's late grandfather had crafted over the years. The day was a perfect fit to reflect the spirit and love Brittany and Clark share with one another. It was an honor to capture this day for my friend her new husband. 

Wedding Advice from the couple

1. In their own word's, Brittany and Clark recomends couples take their time with the planning process. Enjoy every minute of the engagement!

2. Invest in a Pro! Help take the heat off by hiring a planner to help turn your vision into reality.

3. Consider stocking non-alcoholic beer and wine for 'cheeky' guests who may secretly be pregnant.