I’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!
One of the very best parts of my job is getting to meet so many new people. And although the introverted hermit in me wants to pretty much always stay at home, bundled up in blankets and sweaters, I always end up having a great time during my sessions because of these wonderful people, who moments before were complete strangers. And you know what’s even better than meeting wonderful people – meeting the tiny new humans they created, especially when they are as adorable as Laylah!!
I 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.
I 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.
So we all know that Ottawa is cold this time of the year. And therefore, whether or not you have been part of one, you could figure out that outdoor engagement session (or really outdoor sessions of any kind) could be a little more than uncomfortable when you factor in all the time spent without coats on. And that is why looking at indoor locations can be a really great idea for your session. So when Hannah + Curtis suggested doing their photos in and around the Canadian Museum of Nature, I was super on board!