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

Tracy and Yipsing chose a glorious, sunny September day for their Billings Estate and Yangtze Wedding.  This wedding day was wall-to-wall hustle and activity, from the 2 Chinese tea ceremonies, to the customary “door games”, a gorgeous ceremony at Billings Estate Museum, and finishing with an incredible reception at the Yangtze Restaurant.

One of my biggest focuses on any wedding day is being able to anticipate, then capture moments, expressions, reactions etc.  I feared before this wedding that this it might be quite a bit more challenging when 95% of the interactions are in a language I don’t understand.   It’s hard to know what is going to happen when you don’t know what anybody is saying!  Thankfully, Tracy & Sing’s wedding day was full of amazing moments, tons of emotion, and it really wasn’t too difficult after all.

Tracy and Sing share an amazing love for each other, as well as for their friends and family…this was evident throughout the day.  I had an absolute blast, and, just like their engagement shoot, they were incredibly comfortable and natural in front of the camera.  I really love a lot of the photos we made together.

Congratulations Tracy & Sing!

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  • Tracy and Yipsing - Words cannot express how amazed we are by your talent and your ability to capture the emotions of the day. Even weeks later,seeing the pictures brings smiles to our faces and tears to our eyes. Can’t wait to see the rest:)ReplyCancel

  • David - Looks like a fun time…great party shots. Love the speech reaction shotsReplyCancel

  • Ryan - Christian, these are absolutely stunning! You did an amazing job capturing the moment of the day.ReplyCancel

  • Matt - Brilliant story telling and so much fun. Loved these.ReplyCancel

  • Tyler - such radness. love it.ReplyCancel

  • damian burcher - Great coverage looks like a real fun wedding. Love the portraits with the trees behind them with the lovely bokeh. Those last two frames are fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • Luke Hayden - This is beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Really really great coverage here, I love all the crazy faces you’ve captured during the reception!ReplyCancel

  • Heather Kanillopoolos - Absolutely amazing documentary work here!! Gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline Elizabeth - I love the shot of the guy in the tree, haha. You’ve done such a good job capturing the emotion, and how much fun they were having.ReplyCancel

  • Anton Chia - The last shot is very nice!ReplyCancel

  • paul rowland - The shot of the guy in the tree is likewise a favorite of mine. Wonderful reception pictures also.ReplyCancel

Guylaine and Shawn first contacted me when they began planning their Ottawa River Cruise wedding last winter.  The day we planned to meet was one of the worst weather days of the year, and it took me about 45 minutes to make the (normally 15min) drive downtown to “Les Trois Brasseurs” pub.  They explained to me that their wedding was going to be aboard one of the Ottawa River cruise boats, and it would be on a fall evening, so there would virtually be no light at all.  Guylaine is a videographer, and is well aware of the challenges that low-light conditions can present, so she was specifically looking for a photographer who isn’t afraid of the dark.  Since there aren’t too many challenges I’m not game for, I said “sign me up!”.

Their wedding day was an unusually chilly fall day, with scattered rain.  The 2014 weather curse didn’t break for this wedding, I think most August/September weekends were rainy this year.  Thankfully, the rain held-off for the important parts, and I we got some cool photos, but most of all, I think everyone had a lot of fun…in case that’s not obvious in the pictures.  If you want an idea about how laid-back these guys are, pay special attention to the photo of Guylaine shaving her legs….while wearing her wedding gown.  That was a first!

Congratulations Guylaine + Sean!









  • Guylaine - Thank you so much Christian. We are so happy with all the pictures 😀ReplyCancel