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!
For the most part, our couples are pretty lucky with respect to weather and we don’t need to move very many of our engagement sessions around (*knock on wood*), but every year there is always one unlucky couple. That one engagement session that gets pushed back again and again because of the forecast calling for less than ideal weather. This year that honour went to Alyson + Dan (congrats guys!). We moved their session twice because of impending rain, and by the time the third date came around, we decided we were going for it no matter what the weather people were saying!
I used to do surveys in different buildings around the city of Ottawa. Okay, so I didn’t do field work very often, but when I did, it was building surveys. The point is, it let me see a lot of different areas around town that I may not have spotted otherwise. The Garden of Provinces and Territories is one of those areas so when Sarah-Anne + Corey mentioned that they lived nearby I thought it would be a perfect place to start their engagement session.
I love it when I get to collaborate on session location ideas with couples. It tends to start with an idea or request they have and then grow from there into something that fits them as a couple, and will look great when captured on camera.
After he has proposed, and after she had said yes, Helen + Yale joined me for an absolutely delightful engagement session. One of the first stops was actually behind the Parliament buildings, overlooking the city. And as I stood there I could pretty much see the spot further up the river where Dave had proposed to me not so long ago. I realized that I had just captured their proposal in such close proximity to where my own had taken place, and that made this special day even more memorable.