The last couple months have been absolutely stuffed with engagement and portrait sessions – and if I am being completely honest, they have been some of my absolute favourites ever!! And this isn’t even because I have gotten to stroll around some of the best locations in Ottawa, or because I am truly loving the images I have been creating, but instead it is because of the amazing people I have gotten to work with. Like Sabrina + Colin, who I feel I could have walked and chatted with for ages!!
So Dave and I spent a couple days on the rooftop of the Brookstreet Hotel having some fun with Make-A-Wish earlier this month. I’ll be sharing more about all of that (including the photos of course) a little later on this week, but for now, the part I want to share is that I of course got sunburnt. My side of the roof was in the shade for almost the entire day, and I swear I used sunscreen – but for the last 1-2 hours of the event, I was in complete sun on the roof of a very tall building.
I mention this because when I showed up to Miranda + Jason’ engagement session, I made sure I was covered from head to toe (well, from neck to toe) to try and make sure my poor skin didn’t get any worse. And despite how uncomfortable it was to walk around in the sun and heat with long sleeves on, it was made all the better by being able to work with two absolutely marvelous people like Miranda + Jason.
I love it when couples bring along two different outfits to their engagement session: one more casual and relaxed; and the other more formal and dressed up. It allows us to essentially get two different batches of photos in one session. So when Carla + Jean-Francois asked if they could switch outfits partway through their session, I was all for it!
It was a year ago that I got to be a part of Sandra + Hector‘s wedding day. Their wedding really was a highlight of our season last year as it was the second time that year that I was fulfilling a location dream of mine from years past. Shooting downtown in Major’s Hill Park and along the locks really showed me just how busy that area is on a summer Saturday. There were so many photographers walking around with their brides and I was ecstatic to be a part of that fantastic crowd!
I have never been the biggest fan of downtown areas. There’s very little parking, there are people everywhere and even though everyone seems to be in a hurry, they still move at a glacial pace. And even though Ottawa has a gorgeous downtown core, I tend to only head there for sessions. But, you know what makes it sooo much better, an absolutely stunning couple, a beautiful sunset and a private Escalade with full access!!