Phone snapshots are convenient and all that, but they don’t hold a candle to what an SLR can do. Here are four of my favourite photos from the engagement shoot in Montreal a few weeks ago. We went all out with locations:
Vieux-Port (Old Port)
Musée des beaux-arts (Museum of Fine Arts)
Mont-Royal (Mount Royal)
Jardin botanique (Botanical Gardens)
Why do an engagement shoot? Because…
I made it back from Montreal with just minutes left in Canada Day, but here’s a maple-leaf-themed preview from my e-shoot there on Sunday. Also got some quality time with friends in the city, which made it a stellar weekend all ’round!
I have just enough brain power left to post one photo with a few words (most of today was spent on the Turning 40 Series), so I chose this variation I made from Kim and Greg’s engagement shoot in Ottawa earlier this month. (Here’s the original.) When I shot the photo I saw the version above in my mind first, but I zoomed back and shot wider so I could make variations in post.
With all this frigid winter weather we’ve been having lately, I thought of the happy side to winter — ice skating! — and the title came to mind. If you’re of my generation, you will know from whence it came the first time around, pre-YouTube.
Mother Nature didn’t cooperate in Toronto for the first planned date of Kim and Greg’s engagement shoot at the end of December, so we took the shoot to Ottawa a week later, where we had perfect weather. I think Mother Nature wanted me to shoot in Ottawa after all — look how photogenic it is! I fell in love with that big tree on my last visit to Ottawa at Easter, and little did I know I would be using it the following winter.
I’m also convinced Mother Nature was telling me I needed to ditch Toronto for a weekend, because the whole trip ran like clockwork, from ride-sharing to the engagement shoot to spending time with friends.
Kim and Greg are outdoorsy people, which I wanted to capture by photographing them outside, in their natural state. The thing about Ottawa is you have to embrace winter, including willful ignorance of the NO TOBOGGANING signs.
I saw more people jogging in Sunday’s snowfall than I saw pedestrians. That’s hardcore! But that’s the only way to truly enjoy winter: get outside. However, we were also very lucky with plenty of sunshine on Saturday so we made it an all-day shooting session:
Kim and Greg are having a summer wedding, which is also outdoors — hooray!
The full album (which will probably grow a bit more from today) is best viewed as a full-screen slideshow or watch a smaller version of the slideshow autoplay below:
I’ve already shot Keri and Richard’s wedding, but their engagement shoot was not far behind! We’d postponed it twice before due to inclement weather, and we were running out of availability before their guests started to fly in for their wedding. Luckily for us, the third time’s a charm: October 21 turned out to be the warmest, brightest Saturday in weeks. Warm enough to ditch the coats until nearly sunset!
Their friend — who also attended their wedding — happened to be hanging out at the beach at the same time and I recruited him as my de facto assistant, which worked really well to loosen things up. Engagement shoots can be nerve-wracking, even with couples who’ve been together a long time, and sometimes having friends along for levity helps a lot! Especially when it’s a friend who likes to banter. (Got some good shots of him at the wedding, stay tuned.)
I posted a Sneak Peek shortly after the shoot, but here are some of my favourites from that day:
The set is best viewed as full-screen slideshow, or watch it autoplay in the smaller version below. Thumbnails can be accessed by clicking on the slideshow below.
Still working my way through the images from Sunday’s engagement shoot at The Beaches. This is easily one of my favourites from that lovely, warm autumn day. Lots more to come!
Leanne + Pete
I met Leanne and Peter for the first time last month, after they booked me as their wedding photographer over the phone from Phoenix, Arizona. Their wedding is next weekend, and tonight I met up with the second-shooter in the Distillery District to go over our plan for the day.
Since Pete lives in Arizona while Leanne lives here, fitting in an engagement shoot before the wedding was going to be a crunch. But when an opportunity for a quick meeting arose at short-notice, we were able to meet up at Starbucks on Queens Quay for a quick chat. I did a tiny scout before arriving and found a burst of foliage near the Starbucks that would do nicely for a private mini-shoot background. The top pic is my favourite, but I like the ones below as a series.
Definitely not my typical (2-hour) engagement shoot, it was more like five minutes, but I like what we got — especially since it started pouring rain just after we parted ways. In under the wire…