Mackenzie King Estate Engagement Session: Chantal + Mathieu

Gatineau-Park-Mackenzie-King-Engagement-Session-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyFor most of our sessions, the first few images are really just a warming up period. I don’t tend to use very many of them in the final images. But, as I mentioned in their sneak peek, Chantal + Mathieu really were complete naturals at this whole photoshoot thing and they nailed their very first few images! So much so that I have been using them as part of their sneak peek, preview and social media posts. So despite their nerves and feeling like they didn’t know what they were doing, they really did an absolutely magnificent job!

And this location is an absolute dream come true! Gatineau Park in general is a real show stopper when it comes to natural beauty, but the Mackenzie King Estate is a wonderful mix of nature and all those lovely historic elements. Plus, as an added bonus, it doesn’t take that long (or too strenuous of a walk) to get from the parking lot to the actual ruins (or main building or that matter). What I will say is that there are bugs, a lot of bugs. That being said, I learned less than a week later that I probably shouldn’t have complained about the bugs during this session as I was going to learn just how bad they could be in this area – but that is for another time.

We headed to the site in the morning, which was great for not only the light, but also the foot traffic – as there was none! Seriously, it was just us and the maintenance teams preparing the site. I don’t think it could have gotten any better – but I suppose that is what happens when you visit a tourist/hiking location in the morning of a regular business day.

But honestly, the best thing about this session was the couple themselves. I know it sounds corny, or like something I am supposed to say because they are my clients, but I really did enjoy my morning with these guys. They are super awesome people who I am so thankful to have as one of our couples and I can’t wait to be a part of their wedding day – I know it is going to be a really, really great time!