Gatineau Park Backyard Engagement: Kristen + Chris

Gatineau-Park-Engagement-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyMy 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!

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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!

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Gatineau Park Backyard Engagement: Kristen + Chris, Sneak Peek

Gatineau-Park-Engagement-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyI 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.

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Ottawa Spring Engagement Session: Krysten + Jon

Beaver-Pond-Engagement-Session-Ottawa-Stephanie-Beach-Photography-ringI 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!

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