This makes me feel REALLY old, but I’ve been friend’s with Krysta’s Dad for many years now.  Although Krysta doesn’t remember very clearly, I met her many years ago, the day that the first generation of iPhone launched.  Paul (Krysta’s Dad) had woken-up and dragged the poor teen across the city to wait in line before sunrise.  While I don’t claim to know much about teenaged girls, I do know that most dislike waking-up at 5am to wait in line for hours with their Dad.  Needless to say, Krysta was not in the best mood that day.

The great news, is that Krysta and Brendan were both in great moods for their Britannia engagement shoot, despite some less than ideal weather.  We actually only had about 30 minutes to shoot before the skies opened-up with pouring rain, but I think we got some pretty nice photos in such a limited time.  Here are some of my faves:

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Wow.  Well, there wasn’t a whole lot for me not to love about this engagement session…except maybe the weather.   I really love it when clients pick spots for their engagement photos that are meaningful, and that’s exactly what Sarah & Dan did.  One of their first dates was a hike along a trail in beautiful Gatineau Park, so we started there, and also made a stop on Green Island (near the John G. Diefenbaker Building), which is where Dan proposed to Sarah.

Because their wedding is in May, and the fact that they were picking Gatineau Park as one of the locations, we agreed that aiming for mid-October, when the leaves are at their most vibrant, would be ideal for their engagement shoot.  What we didn’t plan for was the temperature to dive-bomb right when we had the session scheduled (just a couple of degrees above freezing, in fact).  Thankfully Sarah + Dan are pretty comfortable with getting close to stay warm.  That also made for pretty intimate photos.  They were both unbelievably natural in front of the camera, and I think the photos are pretty great.  I wasn’t worried about Gatineau Engagement photos being nice, but everything worked out so well, that these really blew me away.

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I remember back when I was doing engagement photos by City Centre in Ottawa for Jan + Mike, seeing the Orange Art Gallery for the first time and thinking to myself “This would be a really cool place for a wedding!”.  Then, almost by chance, Coleen & Stephen got in touch with me about their upcoming wedding….on Hallowe’en night….at Orange Art Gallery.

What’s VERY cool about this Halloween wedding is that it will be masquerade style.  What is VERY VERY cool about this wedding is that Stephen is an incredible artist, and his work is currently exhibited at the gallery.  Seriously….go check out his stuff, and follow him on Instagram…he’s my new favourite person on there.

Back to their engagement session….with their wedding coming-up in a few short weeks, and the cold weather not far-out, we headed-out on (Canadian) Thanksgiving Monday, which happened to be a beautiful & unusually warm evening.  We started at the bottom of Elgin St and walked up to Parliament, where they first met, then worked our way back down.  I think we had a good time, and got some pretty cool pictures….though I think the B&W is my personal fave.

I can’t wait for their wedding…it’s coming soon!

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  • Ryan - That second last frame is pretty! Great work, Christian!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa K - That second to the last shot (the B&W) is an absolute stunner amongst a set of fantastic images!!ReplyCancel

  • paul rowland - Truly wonderful engagement photos. The black and white one with them in the corner is the best ever.ReplyCancel

  • Gavin Farrington - Love the way they snuggle up with each other. Beautiful couple!ReplyCancel

  • tobiah - that second to last b&w frame – boom! lovely relaxed session!ReplyCancel

  • Albert Palmer - I like them all but that last frame is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • damian burcher - Love that last but one, the black and white.ReplyCancel

  • Sara - Love the moodiness. So great Christian.ReplyCancel

  • Len - Love, love, love that second last frame! That needs to be huge on a wall somewhere!ReplyCancel

  • Eric Ronald - What a beautiful session this is. You can see the chemistry between them and I love the way you use light in your portraits. Awesome!ReplyCancel

  • /mariahedengren - That red sweater adds a perfect touch to the images.ReplyCancel