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

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Hogg

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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

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

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Ivy wall - Ryerson Campus, Toronto Engagement

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

I was really fortunate to be able to shoot my 1st wedding of 2013 as a “2nd shooter”, alongside my friend & fellow wedding photographer, Ryan Chan of Toronto.  Working as a secondary photographer at a wedding where you know the primary well, and know they’re easily able to capture just about everything required, is really liberating.  Ryan is a pro – I knew that the clients were well taken care of,  and I could focus solely on trying to make great candids.

I had a blast working with Ryan (as usual), and I decided to share the day from my eyes, solely in black & white images, and candids (since Ryan did a stellar job with the portrats and I worked mainly as the monkey holding his lights).  Enjoy!

Amazing wedding moment: Jimmy’s father surprised the newlyweds and their guests with a solo Opera performance of ‘Por ti Volare’…their reaction, captured in photos, says it all.  It was absolutely phenomenal (though I had to restrain from thinking about Will Farrell’s version in the movie Step Brothers).

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