I’ve had such a great couple of weeks lately, partially due to the fact that they’ve been filled with engagement sessions! I get asked quite a bit about why I think engagement photos are important, so I thought I’d talk a bit about that today. I love doing these sessions because it gives me a chance to get to know you before the wedding day. Often, our first meeting is all about wedding details and feeling out if we are a good fit for each other. At your session is when I get to hear about how you met, how he proposed, what you’re planning for your honeymoon, and so on. On top of that, its a great opportunity for you and your fiancé to get comfortable in front of the camera, and then you’ll know exactly what to expect when it comes to portrait time during the wedding day. Ideally, you don’t want your first time in front of the camera together to be during a short 45 minute portrait session on your wedding day! Another very common concern is the ‘my groom doesn’t want to do them. Like, not interested, AT ALL.’ I try to make these sessions as fun as I can, and after every single one, the guys always say how easy it was, how much fun they had, and that they’re glad they did it. I think a lot of guys think that it will be 2 straight hours of looking at the camera with a fakes smile plastered on, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! They get to spend 2 hours looking at you, kissing you, and holding you- what guy wouldn’t love that! A lot of couples use their engagement photos for a variety of things- save the dates, guest signing books, decor at showers and the wedding (think table numbers, and cake tables) and the list goes on. Plus, its really nice to have professional photos of yourselves to hang in your home. Your engagement is usually 6 months to a year long, and its a special time in your lives together. Your wedding day is a part of that story, but the months leading up to the wedding shouldn’t be overlooked either.
Anyway, on to Jenn and Brad! These guys were so fun to hang out with, and now I really can’t wait until their wedding this September. We started our shoot on Roncesvalles Ave in Toronto, a place where Jenn and Brad visit often, as they live nearby. Its such a cute neighbourhood- definitely a good spot to take a summer stroll. After that we headed to High Park, where we found some of my favourite blossoms still in bloom and also dodged a territorial red winged black bird. After that, we headed down to Sunnyside beach where we had a little picnic and celebrated with some sparkling red wine! Such a lovely evening!