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

Here are some of my favorites from Mollie & Matt’s engagement shoot that we did on the Carleton University campus in Ottawa.  There’s a pretty cool story, too. The couple met while they were both studying Chemistry at Carleton – in the stairwell of the Steacie Building.  That stairwell is also the very spot where Matt returned to propose to Mollie, so we started the session with a photo on that special stairwell (above).  

We had a lot of fun walking around campus, getting to know each other some more, and getting some cool photos.  They are naturals in front of the camera, and I’m really looking forward to their wedding in early July at St. Mary’s Church and reception at Juniper Kitchen in Ottawa.

Matt and Mollie engagement



Matt beside hogg








Swati was a guest at one of my weddings last year, and I was really excited when she asked me to photograph her own wedding in June.  It’s going to be a very small & informal affair – only 400-500 guests and a traditional Indian wedding ceremony at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, with reception at the Hilton Lac Lemay in Gatineau.

I recommended that a wedding of that size would be better covered with 2 photographers, and enlisted the help of Ryan Chan, who will not only be shooting the wedding with me, but also joined me for their engagement session in Toronto (around Ryerson Campus, near Akhil’s condo), to help out and to get to know Swati and Akhil.  The very last photo from the session is one of my favorites, and is one of Ryan’s.  I can’t wait for their wedding – it’s going to be a blast!

Ryerson Campus, Toronto Engagement


Concrete wall - 1st level at Ryerson Campus, Toronto Engagement




Ivy wall - Ryerson Campus, Toronto Engagement


Engagement at Ryerson University campusPanorama in front of Condo at 25 Carleton St, Toronto