So I started writing the sneak peek blog post for Tricia + Branden’s engagement session at Lansdowne park a little earlier this week. However, I kept getting super distracted with a variety of things and only got the time to finish it up today. But then I figured, why do a sneak peek of their session when the photos are done and I could just share the whole post here from the get go?!
My 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!
So with the help of our previous post, you have decided to have an engagement session or perhaps you knew from the get go that an engagement session was for you, either way, great, but now what? Well, let’s start by figuring out when you should have these photos taken. What season and time of day is best for your shoot will depend on what works best for you as a couple and ultimately what look and feel you have in mind for you session, but here are a few tips and suggestions to (hopefully) help you figure that all out.
I 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.
I 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!