Living in Canada, winters can be very cold. And as much I love a beautiful snowy photoshoot, I wouldn't mind going somewhere warm once in while. So when Cindy and Greg asked me to have their engagement / pre-wedding photoshoot in Tampa, Florida in February, I was the happiest photographer ever.
I had never been to Tampa before and was very excited to discover this new city with my lovely couple. I arrived few days before our scheduled shoots and spend hours and hours walking and driving around the city scouting for the best and most unique locations.
To my surprise, Tampa was a very charming city combining both the modern sky scraper filled business district and the laid back neighborhoods with their independent cafes and street art. And what really charmed me was the miles and miles of waterfront walkways overlooking the Tampa Bay.
I consider myself lucky to live in the beautiful city of Montreal and have gorgeous French architecture available whenever I schedule a photo-shoot. But I have to admit, there is something special about Quebec City and especially Old Quebec. Chateau Frontenac, the old tiny cobble streets, the citadel... All of it gives me a feeling as if I am traveling in time.
Brittany and Alex contacted me to shoot their wedding in Ottawa but when they mentioned that they live in Quebec City and would like to have their engagement photos there, I couldn't be happier.
Adelina and Dan contacted me last year to document their summer wedding at the Forest and Stream Club in Dorval. When Adelina first emailed me and mentioned that a previous friend in common from university recommended me to her, I knew right away that we will get along. I am blessed with amazing clients all the time (knock on wood!) but when they are referred by a common friend, I know that we are off to a good start :)
At our initial meeting, when I learned that the wedding will take place at The Forest and Steam Club, I got even more excited for it since this venue has been on my bucket list of venues i want to shoot at. The building itself is gorgeous with awesome decor that can be beautifully incorporated at the getting ready photos. And the big bonus; it has a gorgeous waterfront backyard.
Rachel and Kevin live in Washington DC. and they often plans weekend getaways to other cities in North America. For this Montreal trip, Rachel came thinking it will be just a another one of their usual getaways but Kevin, her boyfriend, had other plans. They are to leave Montreal as future husband and wife to be.
I had never met Kevin before the proposal day, he reached out to me after seeing this previous surprise proposal in Square Saint Louis. He wanted to surprise Rachel and have the proposal documented in secret. Kevin has already done his research on possible locations that are unique to Montreal. After arranging some secret phone calls and discussing it together, we settled on the clock tower pier in the old port.
It is no secret that I LOVE photographing engagement sessions; they are a great way to get to know the couple and get them to practice being in front of the camera. It always make posing on the wedding day a lot easier. And most important of all , the couple has more flexibility when it comes to shooting location and time and that opens the door for the photographer to be more creative for the session. This session in particular has a killer location (Saint Joseph Oratory) and ideal shooting time (Golden hour at sunet).