Bate Island and Remic Rapids Park Engagement Photos

Jason +Stacy’s Engagement Photo Session

Last week I photographed Jason and Stacy’s engagement photos at Bate Island as well as at the John Ceprano rock sculptures at Remic Rapids Park.  I have wanted to do a portrait session at the rock sculptures for months, but when I scouted the location the first time this past June, the part of the river that has the sculptures was still too high that the sculptures were still underwater.  Although I was disappointed not to be able to shoot portraits there earlier this summer, I was very happy that I finally got a chance to shoot portraits there.

Thanksgiving Monday (the day we did the shoot) was a strange day, weather-wise with dark clouds, then sun, dark clouds, sun, etc.  However, in the afternoon and early evening the clouds dissipated and the sun shone though making for some beautiful light.

Jason and Stacy showed up looking fantastic.  Stacy had a little collection of spectacular boots and shoes to use for the session.  Jason thought it was overkill, but as a girl I completely understood.  Although she didn’t end up wearing all of the shoes that she brought, a girl can never have too many shoes at her disposal.

Thanks to Jason and Stacy for putting up with some of my ideas for the shots–even if it meant that Jason was blinded by the sun so that I could use the light to show off Stacy’s cool looking eyes.  Really, this girl has an amazing colour of eyes.  I am looking forward to photographing Jason and Stacy’s wedding this February.  In the meantime, enjoy the photos from their engagement photo session.

*Update:  Check out Jason and Stacy’s wedding photos.

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Experimental Farm Engagement Photos

Experimental Farm E-Session (Ottawa Engagement Photographers)

Last week I photographed James and Shawna’s engagement photos.  Both grew up in the country and both are very down-to-earth, so they wanted a rustic style engagement session.  Now, I am a huge fan of anything remotely rustic (barns, fields, farm posts, hay bales) and so I was really excited to photograph their engagement session at the Experimental farm.  We went the week before to scout out the locations and found a whole pile of amazing spots, so all three of us were excited to do the shoot.  On the day of the shoot, the weather ended up being beautiful:  sunshine and not too hot.  It was perfect.

James and Shawna wanted to make sure that they had some photos taken in front of the corn fields, since corn plays a special part in bringing these two together.  You see, James used to be a truck driver who brought corn to the ethanol plant four times a day, which is where Shawna worked.  They would talk to each other each time he delivered a load of corn and finally after three months of talking to each other, James finally gathered enough courage to ask Shawna out on a date.  And if memory serves me correct, on one of their earlier dates, when they were strolling amongst the corn, they had their first kiss.  How cute is that?!?!

I am looking forward to photographing their rustic wedding at Strathmere this October.

Update:  Check out James and Shawna’s wedding photos.

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Gatineau Park E-Session

Gatineau Park Engagement Portraits (Ottawa Portrait Photographers)

A few weeks ago I photographed Duane and Michelle’s engagement portrait session at a couple of spots in Gatineau park.  First we met at the MacKenzie King Estate, where the beautiful ruins are located.  It was a nice warm, sunny day.  Despite the fact that we were followed around by a gazillion bugs, I was able to get some nice shots of the two of them.

After we left the Mackenzie King Estate, we went to another spot in Gatineau park where we shot some photos by a small creek.   Michelle is a biologist and works at a conservation area.  She happens to love “cricks” and wanted to have her photos taken by one.   While walking along the creek, we saw a turtle laying her eggs.   I learned two new things from Michelle while photographing their e-session.  Did you know that female turtles don’t reach sexual maturity until they are eight years old?  AND did you also know that the temperature of the eggs while they’re buried determines the sex of the baby turtles?  Me neither, but now you and I both know.  Use those facts at the next party you attend and I will guarantee that people will be impressed.

Looking forward to shooting their wedding at Monterey Hotel in August.

Update:  Check out Duane and Michelle’s wedding photos.

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Mooney’s Bay & Hog’s Back Park E-Session

Ottawa Engagement Photographers

Last week I got together with Doug and Diana to shoot their e-session at Mooney’s Bay Park and Hog’s Back Park.  I was a bit nervous as I drove to the park, due to the ominous looking clouds overhead.  But all was well when we started shooting.  The clouds cleared up, the sun came out and I was able to capture some nice shots of them for their engagement session.

I am looking forward to shooting their rustic style wedding on October 4th of this year.

P.S.  I got a kick out of their matching shoes that Diana’s mother bought for them for the photo shoot.

Update:  Check out Doug and Diana’s wedding photos.

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Graffiti Wall and Lemieux Island E-session

Lemieux Island Engagement Photo Session (Ottawa Photographers)

Last week I shot Christian and Jordan’s engagement photo session at a few spots in Ottawa.  I love when couples are open to new ideas and places, so I suggested that we first go to the tech graffiti wall on Bronson and Slater and then afterwards we went to Lemieux Island.

I have shot at the graffiti wall before and I love that the graffiti art is ever changing, which means lots of different colourful backdrops year round.  We got some great shots at the graffiti wall before we headed over to nearby Lemieux Island.

For those who are unaware of what or where Lemieux Island is, it’s just down the road from the Canadian War Museum.  I had seen photos taken on the island by some other Ottawa photographers, but I didn’t know exactly where it was until a few weeks before the shoot I was driving along the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway and saw the old Prince of Wales bridge and knew that that must be the spot.  I googled until I found out how to get there.  I also e-mailed a few other Ottawa photographers to see exactly how to get to the spots that I wanted to shoot at.  When I went to scout out the location, I was thrilled when I saw so many photo opportunities everywhere that I looked.  Lemieux Island has a nice dog park that is used by many Ottawa residents.  I was just happy to see a small field of flowery weeds and some train tracks–a photographer’s dream (at least for me).

The weather was gorgeous–warm and sunny.  I had a nice couple who were game to try any of my ideas, which made for some really pretty photos.  Without further ado, here are some of those photos of Christian and Jordan.  I look forward to photographing their wedding at Billings Estate in September.

Update:  Check out Christian and Jordan’s wedding photos.

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Meeting a Kindred Spirit (Ottawa Photographers)

Chinese Style Engagement Portraits at the Arboretum and Byward Market

I love Asia and when I say that, what I mean is that I REALLY LOVE Asia.  My Chinese friends (yes you, Ya-Wen and Amanda) joke and say that I am a wannabe Asian.  I think they’re right.  I mean, I’ve wanted to visit China and walk along the Great Wall of China since I was a kid (I got the chance back in 2005).  I lived in Asia for a year and a half (South Korea and Japan) and I’ve traveled all over Asia and Southeast Asia.  The theme for my own wedding was Chinese, with all of my bridesmaids wearing Chinese dresses and my going away outfit being a traditional red Choeongsam, tailor made in Beijing.

Liking all things Asian, brings me to write about this great couple who I will have the pleasure of photographing their farm wedding on June 1 of this year (Oh, how I love photographing on farms and in fields!).  I knew that it was going to be a good match between us when the bride wrote in her initial e-mail, “Seems like I’ve found a kindred spirit who loves Pinterest and has a passion for travel and photography.”  During our initial meeting, we were able to talk about a few of our own experiences in Mongolia.  Now really, it’s not every day that I find another person whom I can talk about mutual Mongolian experiences with, ya know?

Since their rustic wedding is taking place at Mariposa Farm, Eric and Betty-Ann decided to have an urban backdrop for their engagement session.   We decided on the Byward Market as well as Major’s Hill Park, which I was already looking forward to, but then when I found out that Betty-Ann was going to wear her red Chinese dress for the photo shoot, I was BEYOND excited.  I have wanted to do a photo session like this for a long time.  And what made this engagement session even more spectacular were the beautiful cherry and apple blossoms that were conveniently in bloom.  Not one to pass up an opportunity that really only comes once a year, we first took photos by the cherry and apple trees at the arboretum in order to get a gorgeous floral backdrop and later by the tulips in bloom for the Ottawa tulip festival.

The few days leading up to the photo shoot had me concerned because the weather forecast was cool and wet weather.  I even suggested that we change the date, but that was not possible for the couple, so we went ahead with the photo shoot.  It rained in the middle of the day and the clouds were gloomy and looming.  But as we began to shoot, the skies cleared, the sun came out and it warmed up a bit.  The end result was beautiful weather to help create beautiful engagement photos.  The e-session went very well.  Eric and Betty-Ann rocked it and I got some amazing shots.  I hope that you will enjoy the photos as much as I do.

Update:  Check out Eric and Betty-Ann’s wedding photos.

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