Agnes & Tom : Byward Market Engagement – Ottawa

cartier bridge engagement photo walking

I met with Agnes & Tom late last Fall to talk about their upcoming wedding in October at Blessed Sacrament Church, followed by a reception at the Holiday Inn Select in Kanata.  Agnes has to be one of the most organized clients with whom I’ve ever worked.  She had a spreadsheet of 50+ photographers, along with a list of criteria and I believe some sort of scoring system – and with feedback/vetting from her bridesmaids.  In addition to this spreadsheet was a list of very specific questions about my abilities, preparedness, “what ifs” etc.  Agnes said “oh, I just have one other question…” so many times that I began jokingly calling her “Columbo“.

Somehow, many coffees and answered questions later, it seemed that I met thier criteria, and Agnes & Tom signed me on to be the photographer for their wedding.  I only share this story because, admittedly, my first impression was a suspicion that Agnes might be a little on the…some might say…uptight side.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.  Agnes (or “Aggy”) is an absolute riot (as is Tom), and we had a lot of fun in the Byward Market and Major’s Hill Park areas for their engagement session.  Tom’s personality was also a bit deceiving.  At first he appeared to be somewhat reserved, but as soon as I would give him a hint of direction to be a bit more affectionate in the photos, he turned into a wild man!  Part of me wonders if Aggy knew about Tom’s wild side way back when they first met in Grade 3 in Toronto, that they might have become a couple sooner, rather than meeting all over again many years later in Ottawa?

I can’t wait for their wedding this fall, I’m sure it’s going to be a blast!

Engagement shoot - Sussex Drive

In front of McCaffrey


Ring shot - Major

Blossom Tree - Major

Underneath Cartier Bridge


Stairs from Byward Market to Sussex Drive

Stairs to Sussex Drive - Byward Market Engagement


Behind National Gallery - Ottawa Engagement

  • Dale Lempa - Fantastic shots. Great captures of peak expression.ReplyCancel

  • aggy - Thank you for the amazing photos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Maria - Christian, I am so glad I convince my sister to choose you out of all the photographers. I knew you were special from the moment I saw your work, and you are very friendly and nice too! Thank you for these stunning photos! I feel a little breathless, they are too beautiful! Thank you Christian!ReplyCancel

  • Maria - Christian, Hi, it’s me again! I’m sooo overwhelmed, these are just too beautiful and I can’t stop admiring your amazing work! I hope you take some pretty photos of my sister and me as her maid of honor! Thank you for everything! YOU ARE THE BEST!!!! See you at the wedding!!ReplyCancel

    • Christian - Thanks for the really nice comments, Maria! I don’t owe you commission, do I? 😉 See you at the wedding!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tom - Great photos, Christian! It was great to work with you and your style put someone who doesn’t like taking photos at ease 🙂 Cheers.ReplyCancel

  • Ryan - great work, Christian, you capture some genuine moments. the third last one is my favourite.ReplyCancel

  • Anni - These are wonderful, I especially adore that second to last frame. Beautiful work.ReplyCancel

  • John - 3rd from the bottom, looooove it! That’s what it’s all about! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • JESSICA OH - i am obsessed with her ring! she is cute as a button. love how you captured them…i feel like i know them! kudos!ReplyCancel

  • Gavin Farrington - That tight B&W crop of her hugging him and laughing is awesome. Great moment!ReplyCancel

  • Dustin Allison - Great session…that last photo is perfect!ReplyCancel

  • beccadilley - Nice mix of places – and you captured some really great smiles!ReplyCancel

  • Victor Saidov - Beautiful photos! The couple looks so much in love! You did an amazing job capturing it!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsie Taylor - these are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Nicola Thompson - such cute portraits! really prettyReplyCancel

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