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The Symons Family (and a very cold morning!)

The Symons Family were waiting for snow to do their family photos, and with it came the cold! It was -15C the morning of the photos. With blankets, breaks in the car, hot tea, and speedy transfers between shots we got everyone through it. Poor Ainslie, who is eight, was shaking like a leaf, but she was determined to keep at it.

These photos are from December... It has just taken me a while to get a blog post ready!

The kids all play violin, so I was very excited to be taking photos of them playing. I find the violin so beautiful to see being played as well as listen to. I truly enjoy photographing people with the items they love or doing activities they enjoy- think about what activities or items you would like to include in a photoshoot with your family!

I had such a hard time narrowing down the photos in this session, there were so many images I just adored. I was smiling at photo after photo as I went through them. I edited in two different styles as I went through, because I knew some of the family members would prefer it in different styles. So you will see a sampling of both below.

Have a look through and see how beautiful and unique your photos can be in the winter!


Thanks to the Symons Family for the chance to photograph them and share!

Run Wild Child

I'm slowly catching up on some posts from before the Christmas craziness!

These photos are from a unique shoot I did for Ashley of Run Wild Child- she creates some very fun, unique designs on very comfortable shirts. Check out her work on her website, instagram, or facebook!

The dream catchers you see in some photos are also a local product made by Cassie of Catcher in the Moon, find her here on instagram or facebook. My kids are loving their dream catchers made by Cassie!  

It was so much fun working on this, and I love the results. Ashley, Sarah, and Cassie were so great to work with.


My Favorite Photos from 2016

Thank you everyone! 2016 was the official beginning for Krystol Bell Photography, and I am so happy with how this first year has been.  Thank you for your support - the business, the shares, likes, comments, sending people my way, and of course the personal words of praise and encouragement.  Thank you all, for everything!  Please keep up the word of mouth and the social media interaction so that more people see my pages- I would be so grateful to you!

I am looking forward to even more excitement in 2017.  More blog posts, more adventures to photograph, more clients, more opportunities, and more fun.  

Below are some of the photos which stood out to me from 2016.  It was SO hard to decide though!  I would love to hear which is your favorite, from this post or from the rest of the website.  And of course, please share :)

Melissa and little Fern, snuggles by the pond.

Sweet little Ivy required some bribing for smiles...  but oh so worth it!

Hannah was a natural... all smiles, every time!

Sarah and Lucy enjoying a summer day at the beach-  Love Sarah's hair and the feel of this one!

Baby Huddy getting all his ducks in a row... or maybe getting them out of a row is more accurate!  I had been wanting to do a rubber duck/umbrella photo for a while and he did a very cute job of it!

These three were so much fun, and I loved that they were happy to make their way out on to a sketchy bridge!

Lilly and Hilary are a couple of sweeties, always ready for me to take their picture... they may be getting used it!

Alyson, Eric, and Ana - I love their joy shining through in this.  Ana is very hard to get looking at the camera, so this fun, cuddly shot was extra awesome.

Cassie and Ashley modeling some of the Run Wild Child clothing line I photographed.  (I can't link in the description, but here's the website! ).  This was such a unique and fun photoshoot, it was almost strange only photographing adults!

Charlie, Ben, and Hudson were happy to have their pictures taken, and extra happy to get to play while doing it, I love the feeling of this picture- boys on an adventure together, they have lots more of those in their future!

Esme and her horse were so much fun.  The horse is a well trained, show jumping horse and was not as happy to snuggle and get cute, cuddly photos as we would have liked, but it was still so much fun and I love how Esme's love shines through in this image!

Sarah was modeling another shirt from Run Wild Child out at Baxter's Harbour.  Her hair, the clothing and blanket, the waterfall... it all goes so well together!

I couldn't decide between the two pictures of Esme and Spurr!

Ben teaches my son violin and we just think the world of him.  I love the tone of this photo on a very cold, snowy day.  You can see how happy and kind he is.

Lily has a natural soft beauty that went with the light of the day so well.  

The Symons Family braved -15 to get some pictures in the snow!  It was a fun morning of making things work in the frigid temperature and we were rewarded with many lovely photos.

Craig and Jane, so much love and caring in this photo, with a beautiful background enhancing it all!

The Park family, I love this family so much and love how their photos turned out.  There are a couple troublemakers in this group that make sessions interesting!

Ella and Milo.  Ella has so much natural beauty, inside and out.  Her love for Milo (and his cute ears) can't be beat!

Arrow, a puppy in her very first snowfall.  She's grown a lot in energy and spirit since this photo was taken!

This photo isn't amazing by any photographic standards, but it was just such a crazy awesome Nova Scotian moment - out sailing ourselves and toasting the Bluenose with a Keith's!

Adventure #5 Black Rock

We have been so busy adventuring this summer and fall that it left me no time to organize pictures of the adventures or blog about them!  So I will catch up on a few. 

Black Rock Trails are a well kept series of trails totalling nearly 20km!  Years ago I hiked most of it with my husband, but these days with the kids we have only done the 2km section.  We were there for the second time recently with our Forest Friends group (outdoorsy adventures with other homeschoolers).  In the spring there are wet and muddy sections of the trail, but with our dry summer and fall we did not have any mud this time around.

To get there, look for the second community hall type building on Black Rock Road (Map).  The trails are directly behind the building.  To get to Black Rock Beach (check the tides!!), continue towards the shore and stick to Black Rock Road as it runs along the shore.  In the summer you may even catch a glimpse of a wooden sea creature out in the water.  On this map you will see the road branch off along the water- go this way and park out of the way.  There is a beautiful beach with amazing rocks, tidal pools, and a small lighthouse.  

It should also be noted that cell service is extremely limited, don't rely on having reception on the hike or at the beach.

The hike provides wonderful opportunities for adventure!

I may be biased, but I loved all the photos being taken by the kids!

The trails are well maintained, and have a variety trees, streams, mushrooms, fairy houses, and one of the long routes takes you to the beach.

After some silliness on the trail we made our way to Black Rock Beach.  I love the beaches along our shore- none are the white, soft sand of the south shore, but each one is so very unique.  The types of rocks, the shapes of rocks, the cliffs or lack of cliffs... each one is truly amazing.  Back Rock doesn't have many gemstones or crystals like you can find in Baxter's Harbour and Harbourville, yet interestingly it sits in between those two beaches.  Black rock has amazing shape to it's rocks and cliffs, really neat little ecosystems contained in pools caught in the rocks, and various colours to the snails found there.  

As always, check the tides!  You want to be there close to low tide, and if you plan to wander down the beach at all be sure that the tide isn't close to being on the way in- like every beach on this shore the tide comes in fast and you do not want to be stranded, or worse. 

Beach pictures....

As always, we had a great afternoon exploring!  I just love exploring all the nooks and crannies of the Valley.  We did a lot of exploring this summer, but have a lot more to do.  It's such an amazing area!

Where should we explore next?

Adventure #4 Harbourville

**Remember... ALWAYS check the tide times.  The Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world and it VERY quickly can leave you trapped.  I prefer to go when the tide is on the way out to mostly clear that risk.

I had been to Harbourville a few times before, but only to the main section of beach right by the village/'downtown' area of Harbourville.  I then heard about a different spot.  To get there I take hwy 360 and then turn right onto Russia Rd (See Map).  Russia Rd is a gravel road that is easily passable and well maintained.  After driving just a short distance the road goes down a hill and you will see guard rail on the Left and beside the guard rail is a small road/ATV trail.  This trail will take you directly down to the beach.  Some people with rugged vehicles drive down it, but I recommend parking on the side of the road (it's nice and wide) and walking in.  The walk in is only about 50om.  

The path in/out of the beach.


Both times that we went we adventured with some of our homeschool buddies.  It's a gorgeous spot and the rocks, gems, and amethyst that can be found are amazing!  Both times I went 2-3 chunks of amethyst were found and countless other gems and interesting rocks!

There are two waterfalls and a small cave as well as various rocks to climb on and over.  It's an incredible spot.  Have a look below!


I'd love to hear from you:

Where should I adventure to next?

What is the most interesting beach find you have found?