Ottawa Ornamental Gardens Engagement Session: Ellen + Mike

Ottawa-Experimental-Farm-Engagement-Session-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyI am so incredibly happy that the weather forecast was wrong leading up to Ellen + Mike’s engagement session! Everything had been calling for rain – so much so that we were thinking of alternative locations and some indoor spots. Thankfully, come Sunday morning the skies looked completely clear and super sunny and the forecast changed its opinion on the whole rain matter.

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Lansdowne Park Engagement Session: Tricia + Branden

Lansdowne-Engagement-Session-Ottawa-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographySo 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?!

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Wendover Wedding: Nathalie + Marc-Andre

Wendover-Wedding-Photography-Stephanie-Beach-Photography-bride-groom-portrait-pond-willowIf there is anything I have learned over the years it is that wedding days can be chaotic and stressful at times. And there have definitely been days where the stress of the couple has passed along to me and gotten me a little stressed out too. But then there are weddings like Nathalie + Marc-Andre’s. They had planned such a peaceful, relaxed, family-filled day and they didn’t let anything sway them from that disposition.

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Gatineau Park Backyard Engagement: Kristen + Chris

Gatineau-Park-Engagement-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyMy 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!

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Tuesday’s Top Tips: 3 Tips for Choosing When to Have your Engagement Session

3-Tips-for-Choosing-When-to-Have-your-Engagement-Session-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographySo 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.

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