2012 was a crazy year!  Crazy in many ways, and most of them really good ways.

Finding the balance of shooting weddings most summer and fall weekends, and still finding time to spend with my amazing little girl was a new challenge for me.  Additionally, it was both neat and strange that many of my couples this year lived in Toronto, yet were getting married in Ottawa.  As an Ottawa Wedding Photographer, it’s nice to have a change of scenery, and I was able to do 3 of the engagement shoots in Toronto while I was in town visiting friends…lots of fun!

I’m very fortunate to have worked with such great clients this year, and I’m super excited about the couples I’ve already met with for weddings coming up in 2013…it’s going to be another really fun & busy year!  Check-out some of my favorite engagement/wedding images from 2012, and a special “bonus” image – probably my very favorite shot of the year.  🙂

Happy New Year!

– Christian

Engagement shoot in Ottawa

Wedding party at Cumberland Village Museum in Ottawa


Subway engagement shoot in Toronto

Pre-Wedding at the Spa in Kanata - Ottawa Wedding

Museum of Civilization Wedding - Bride and Groom Portrait

Ottawa Wedding - Chris & Julie in park in Orleans

Badass Groomsmen - Wedding at R.A. Centre in Ottawa

Running up the stairs at Museum of Civilization in Ottawa before wedding reception

Bride and groom in field - Ottawa Wedding at Cumberland Village Museum

Engagement photo behind National Gallery in Ottawa Wedding

After-toast embrace - wedding at Centurion Centre in Ottawa

Engagement shoot at Britannia Beach in Ottawa

Wedding Singer - Ottawa Wedding at Cumberland Village Museum

Getaway car - Ottawa Wedding at Juniper Kitchen

First Dance - Ottawa Wedding

Captured while 2nd shooting with the awesome Derek Rice from Union11

Bridal portrait - Ottawa wedding - R.A. Centre

First look - Ottawa Wedding at Museum of Civilization

Engagement photos in Toronto

Silhouette - Toronto Engagement Session

Marshes Golf Club Wedding Ottawa - Bridal Party Portrait

Gratuitous shot of Kate, the love of my life – grumpy as always.

"Streetcar named desire" - Toronto engagement shoot

I’ve been a long-time follower & fan of momentjunkie.com.  It is a blog that features *REAL* wedding photography, in particular, amazing moments captured at weddings – not photos focused on mason jars filled with jelly beans, or suitcases on train tracks…which seem to be quite the popular thing these days.

This photo, taken at Lucas & Tina’s wedding in the fall, is one of those great moments that I was excited to submit to Moment Junkie.  It was right before the ceremony, where Lucas went to see his Grandmother for a quiet word before his bride-to-be walked down the aisle.   It was featured as their “Photo of the Day” on December 22nd, you can check it out here, or simply see below.  I like to think that I’m the first Ottawa Wedding Photographer to be featured, but I’m too busy to go back through every post to validate that…instead I’ll just convince myself that it’s true…until someone corrects me.  🙂

If you’re into really amazing moments, check out the other fantastic work on their blog, or subscribe to their daily photos via their twitter feed.

Featured photo on momentjunkie.com


Lucas & Tina’s wedding was really different for me.  Firstly, because they are great friends of mine, and secondly because I was only shooting part of the wedding.  It was important to them that I was able to put the camera down and have fun & enjoy the party, so they hired the great folks at Green Tea Photography to photograph the reception.  Lucas and Tina are a seriously awesome couple, some of my absolute favorite people to hang out with.  They are a ton of fun, they don’t take anything any more seriously than they have to, and I tried to get a lot of that amazing spirit in their photos.

I met them at the R.A. Centre a little before the ceremony to do some family & bridal party photos, and it had to have been some of the craziest weather Ottawa saw in 2012.  The skies would open up and bucket-down rain, then 5 minutes later it would be clear.  Repeat.  Repeat.  With this unpredictable weather, and the party so nicely dressed, we didn’t venture farther than 20 feet from the entrance of the R.A. Centre…I think we still managed to get some great shots.  The menacing skies in the “epic groomsmen” shot at the end actually add to the dramatic look quite well…gotta embrace whatever you’re given in this business.

Bride before ceremony at R.A. Centre in Ottawa

Bride before wedding ceremony at R.A. Centre in Ottawa

Lucas & Tina

Lucas & Tina

Lucas & Tina

Lucas & Tina

Lucas & Tina

Lucas & Tina

Lucas & Tina

Lucas & Tina

Lucas & Tina

Lucas & Tina

Lucas & Tina

Lucas & Tina

Lucas & Tina

Lucas & Tina

Lucas & Tina

Lucas & Tina

Lucas & Tina

Bridal Portrait - Wedding at R.A. Centre in Ottawa

Groomsmen - Wedding at R.A.Centre in Ottawa


  • Sam - Can’t imaginable the pressure of being a photographer then a guest but judging by the photos I think you handle it very well.

    The portraits are fantastic and more importantly IMHO you caught some key emotional moments, such as the 3rd image as an example.ReplyCancel

  • Paul Krol - Sweet work capturing those real moments between this Bride and Groom. And I love that last shot. Always awesome to have dark dramatic skies as a background for some epic portraits!ReplyCancel

  • ryan - Those are really gorgeous portraits, Christian! I’m sure the bride and groom will love the way you captured their wedding day for years to come.ReplyCancel

  • Dale Lempa - Wonderfully smooth tones in the color pictures, and freshness in the black and whites. The ominous skies DO accent that groomsmen shot very well.ReplyCancel

  • Jared Tseng - Love that last images. Also really enjoy their celebratory gestures after their vows! Great captures!ReplyCancel

  • Francine Kingsley - Hi Christian, Awsesome pictures !! Came across these while looking at the RA Centre website.
    Keep up the good work !ReplyCancel