Ottawa Winter Engagement Session: Christine + Sam

Winter-Ottawa-Engagement-Session-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyI think we all have our favourite places, both in our homes and outside in the real world. For me, my favourite places are almost all inside my cozy home, where I don’t have to worry about what I’m wearing or how my hair is doing that day, but when it comes to outdoor places – this little forest nestled nearby is definitely high up on the list! And I am so glad Christine + Sam loved it too! Although, the ice-covered hill going in both directions did take the awesomeness of this place down just a tad on this particular day.

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Stylized Wedding Session: St.Catherine’s at Bell Gable, Fayetteville, Arkansas

St-Catherines-at-Bell-Gable-Fayetteville-Wedding-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyThis styled shoot was literally everything I had dreamed of and so much more! Adding an extra day to my Arkansas trip was a million per cent worth it because I got to work with some extremely talented people and cross off something from my photography bucket list (doing a styled session while traveling). And to think it all started off with me leaving my comfort zone for a few hours one day back in January.

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In-Home Lifestyle Family Session: The Brickells

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When you work in the wedding industry you tend to miss out on seeing your friends and family as much during the warmer months. To be honest, even the off-season can be tricky because there is just so much to do all the time. And come to think about it, I actually think this has more to do with being an entrepreneur than being in a specific industry, as running your own business is extremely time consuming and exhausting (a topic for a different day). And since family (and our friends we consider family) is so very important to Dave and I so we do our best to squeeze in visits whenever we can. So when our work takes us inc lose proximity to the ones we love, particularly the ones who live further away from us, we definitely take advantage of that!

So when we were last down in the Toronto area, we made sure to visit Dave’s sister and her adorable family and I was so happy when they wanted to do a little family session while we were there!

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Business Branding Photography: Flipside Donuts

Business-Branding-Photography-Stephanie-Beach-Photography-Flipside-DonutsI love donuts and here in Ottawa we have some pretty great options for them whether you prefer the cake or yeast type. But just a drive away down in Toronto is an even better option for donuts – Flipside Donuts!

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Aquatopia Engagement Session: Sarah + Kelvin

Aquatopia-Winter-Engagement-Session-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyI’ve said it before and I will say it again, winter engagement sessions here in Ottawa can be brutal! There really is no telling what kind of winter day you will get, and the cold, storm-ridden days are just as likely as the cold, windy, blue-sky filled days. And for some couples, dealing with the outdoor conditions just isn’t for them, but fortunately there are a ton of indoor locations to choose from in the area. Mix those with a few quick trips outside, and you have a lovely winter session in which no one had to get cold!

This is exactly what Sarah + Kelvin chose to do for their session and Aquatopia was such a great choice of venue!

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