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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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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Mill of Kintail Winter Engagement Session: Natasha + Jon

Mill-of-Kintail-Winter-Engagement-Session-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyI have mentioned it before, but I really will do just about anything for my clients and their photos. I often end up lying on the ground during my session to get  a unique angle, although as I mentioned to Natasha + Jon during their session, this is really only suggested for wide shots as a straight up the nose angle isn’t flattering for anyone. I can also be seen with mud all over my shoes, dirt on pants, and squatting is something I can do for days thanks to the long stretches of it during wedding ceremonies. But in the case of winter sessions, the dedication to getting the shot is probably best exemplified by the bruises that are currently covering my shins.

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Jack Pine Trail & Watson’s Mill Winter Engagement Session: Jolani + Josh

Jack-Pine-Trail-Watson's-Mill-Winter-Engagement-Session-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyI often get asked by clients when we are planning their winter engagement session, how much snow is too much? And the answer is that there isn’t a limit. Jolani + Josh’s session is a great example as Mother Nature can be even weirder than usual when it comes to winter forecasts.

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Perth Winter Engagement Session: Kirsten + Kyle

Perth-Winter-Engagement-Session-Stephanie-Beach-Photography-SnowstormSo a little bid of my driving adventures before we get into the real post – not more than 30 minutes before I arrived for Kirsten + Kyle’s engagement session, my car was pretty much in a ditch and needed to be pulled out by the super nice farmer Paul and his tractor. So to say that driving down to Perth was a bit treacherous at times is a little bit of an understatement.

But it was so a million per cent worth it as these two, in this location, with all this gorgeous fresh, falling snow was absolute heaven and so worth the drive!!!

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