Okay, so you know you want to do an engagement session, and you even know when you want to do it, but now you’re stuck on the where? There are so many options available to you when it comes to a location for your engagement session and yet somehow you can’t think of even one!
When it comes right down to it, the most important thing to consider is that the location makes sense to who you are as a couple and what you like to do together. So with that in mind, here are a few tips on how to choose the perfect location for your engagement session!
My favourite locations for engagement sessions are always the ones that have a real significance to the future bride and groom. Whether it is where they had their first date, the trail they walk along every Sunday afternoon, or a place full of childhood memories, something with a special meaning for them (or even just one of them) always translates to being a great venue for these sessions! It also means the final images are not only a great marker of this time in their lives, but also of this special place.
So when Kristen mentioned that she was interested in doing her and Chris’ engagement session at her grandparents home I was definitely on board!
For 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!
I used to think it was such a long drive to get out to Gatineau Park, but in the past week or so I have ventured out there twice and haven driven myself both times (rather than Dave driving me around and me therefore not paying attention to the route we are taking or really where we are in general), and I can now tell you that it really isn’t that far. A quick trip down Island Park Drive and I was on the other side of the river enjoying a nice evening in the park with Kristen + Chris.
I often get asked by our couples if I just go around town looking for interesting locations – and the answer is yes, yes I do. And the result is a spreadsheet full of location ideas so I can suggest a spot that fits the personalities of our couples. So when I chatted with Krysten + Jon about their engagement session, I had a pretty good feeling that Beaver Pond Trail would be a great place for theirs!