Prince of Wales Bridge + Chinatown Engagement Session: Emilie + Brandyn

Ottawa Chinatown Engagement Session Stephanie Beach Photography 08If you have checked out our portfolio, or are a regular reader here on the blog, you have likely noticed that the majority of our sessions involve a great deal of nature. We typically like to do sessions in natural settings, incorporating the trees, leaves and flowers into our photos as much as possible. And for the most part, our clients like that too, which makes sense as you tend to draw in the same type of client that you show in your work. But every once in a while it is really nice to change it up, and shoot in a much more urban area, and this of course leads us into Emilie + Brandyn’s engagement session.

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Prince of Wales Bridge + Chinatown Engagement Session: Emilie + Brandyn, Sneak Peek

Ottawa Chinatown Engagement Session Stephanie Beach Photography 03Emilie + Brandyn’s session was full of great urban locations, amazing graffiti and murals, and some cat photos – because what’s an engagement session without a few cat photos?!

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SOOC #18

I get asked about the sun flares in my photos a fair bit, so I figured I would do a SOOC (straight out of camera) post showing what was captured in camera and what was added or emphasized in Photoshop. This is a shot from Emma + Gennaro‘s bridal session last October that I absolutely LOVE.

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Testimonial Highlight #4

SMB_9099 copyWhen I went to the site for Emma + Gennaro‘s session I was a little disappointed – The one thing I really wanted to do for a shot wasn’t possible due to some new fencing installed by the City of Ottawa. But as it turned out, it ended up being the best thing that could have happened that evening – because the photos the three of us created turned out even better than I had imagined!!

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Wedding Portraits at the Prince of Wales Bridge: Emma + Gennaro

I mentioned it in their sneak peek, and many, but Emma + Gennaro are freaking amazing! And the shots we got during their session are so freaking good!

I was really looking forward to this session and weekend after weekend, the weather was working against me. It kept pouring rain and being freezing cold. And the day we had the shoot scheduled was looking to be no different. The day before we decided to postpone the shoot by a day and boy am I ever glad we did. It was still a little chilly, especially since we were walking along the water, but it was oh so worth it!

The shoot was so much fun. Emma + Gennaro are hilarious and such a delight to be around, not to mention, so clearly perfect for each other. It was such an honour to capture the two of them together.

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Thanks again guys for being so awesome! Hope to get to work with you again.

On a slight side note, most of my previous Bridal Sessions have included bridal bouquets and boutonnieres I have made myself from flowers purchased at my local grocery store. This session, however, was slightly different. When Emma and I started chatting she mentioned that she had a button bouquet. I loved the idea and asked if she could bring it along to the shoot. It and Gennaro’s boutonniere (and his socks!!) were so amazing I had to share the designers behind these great items:

Button Bouquet: MADleigh Creative
Peacock Boutonniere: Southern Girl Weddings
Wedding Dress & Bridal Veil: Dominique Levesque Bridal