A Golden Engagement // Erin + Dan

Okay, how is it that I am pretty good at keeping up with my personal blog but when it comes to my professional blog and drag my feet? Anyway, that’s just been on my mind lately!

Back in September I booked my first wedding since rebranding and relaunching my photography business here in Waterloo! I was super excited to meet Erin and Dan, they were so easy going and relaxed, it was definitely a good start to working in this area! It’s always hard to start building this kind of business again and again and so I’m super excited that we are in the Kitchener Waterloo area to stay and I can develop lasting relationships in the wedding industry here and meet new, amazing clients!

So after booking, the fun begins! Erin and Dan are having a Niagara wedding next year and although they are excited, Erin had originally dreamed of getting married under a big tree before they fell in love with the Niagara vineyards (which are super timeless and a very good choice for weddings!). So her only request as far as locations went for their engagement shoot was a big tree. She still wanted to have those pictures so I kept that in mind as I looked for places.

While I was looking, I had volunteered to photograph a small race in Cambridge at Riverbluffs Park. When I pulled into the parking lot I saw these beautiful willow trees and I immediately thought of Erin! Plus the Slit Barn is really close to Riverbluffs Park and that is also an excellent spot for pictures (and weddings!). We met up there and although it was a little bit chilly, they powered through and we had a fun time and they got to watch me climb and jump and hide in bushes!

This is why I love engagement sessions and despite the advice to take the out of my wedding packages, I leave them in because I love this opportunity I get to work with a new couple. It helps me get to know how they photograph and how they work in front of the camera. It helps them warm up to me and get to know my style of shooting and be more comfortable in front of the camera on wedding day. So my advice as a wedding photographer is to do an engagement shoot with your photographer!!! I promise it’s worth it and you’ll get some really fun pictures. Some of my favourite pictures are still my engagement photos, even though that was 9 years ago and we rocked the white shirts and jeans!

A Miller Lash Wedding // Zena + Warren

I had an awesome time second shooting for Ben Kane Photography! It was such a beautiful wedding and one of the most relaxed couples! They were calm and very breezy the whole day. They went with the flow of things and just made it so easy to capture their love. Their venue was absolutely gorgeous! Any brides planning a Toronto wedding really should look into the Miller Lash House. The grounds are beautiful and so many photo locations. The old house is stunning and the ivy wall behind the steps to the ceremony creates a stunning backdrop!

For an Ontario summer wedding it was perfect. A little sunny during the reception but then it started cooling off and cocktail hour had the most beautiful lighting! I was in photographer’s heaven. Working with Ben was such a great experience, he really encouraged me to be an active participant! I really enjoyed working with him!

The day went by without a hitch and the dinner was awesome. I would classify it as “upscale food truck” They had four stations around the room, each with different kinds of food that came in it’s own serving dish. It was a great idea and the food was delicious! The people at Miller Lash House worked seamlessly throughout the evening and I cannot recommend them enough! I really hope I get to work as a wedding photographer there so any Toronto brides, keep that in mind!

I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I loved taking them!

One Year // Jonathan + Kim

You know what I love to see? Young love. I have a special spot in my heart for young couples because I was married young! My brother-in-law and his girlfriend have been together for just over a year and they are so perfect for each other, I love seeing them both so happy and working well together!

When I was up in Whitby visiting family we decided to do a little impromptu photoshoot in the backyard! Jonathan wants to get better in front of the camera so I promised we would do a little shoot with them! It was so much fun! I love watching watching people warm up in front of the camera. As we were taking pictures they both became more comfortable and started working really well with me and with each other!

It’s a hard thing to do, being vulnerable in front of the camera and just trying to be yourself, as a photographer I try to make my people feel like they can be themselves and that that is what makes a great photo! So cheers to young love and impromptu photoshoots!

Cozy Couple in Love // Danny & Jeannette

This wonderful couple book a shoot with me after they were given gift certificate (which I do offer by the way, in case you’re already thinking about Christmas gifts already… I may or may not be half way done!). Anyway, they wanted to do it at their house to keep it intimate and simple! I love sessions like this because people tend to me more comfortable in their own homes.

I love working with couples. Either engagement shoots or just because you are in love, they are so much fun. I love getting to work one on one with them, they just laughed together and loved each other and it was beautiful!

And just remember that you don’t have to be engaged to have pictures! even after our kids have moved out and it’s just me and W, (t-minus sixteen years!!!) I still plan on having our pictures taken every year!

A Vintage Inspired Winter Wedding // Castle Rose Events

I was asked to be the photographer for my friend Mimi of Castle Rose Events, along with Jenna Merrill to capture her vision for the perfect winter wedding in Kingston, Ontario. It was beautiful. everything from the wedding dress to the venue. Mimi had carefully planned out little details to inspire future brides who were getting married in the winter. I loved being a part of this collaboration, and even though it was cold, we definitely get some great material for everyone involved.

Inspiration from this photoshoot came from the royal wedding and I LOVE the fascinators so much! It is a great alternative to the veil while still having that bride feel. The mixed shades and designs of bridesmaid dresses definitely adds character to your wedding and let’s your best friends show off a little of their personalities.

Summer may be the busiest time of the ear for weddings but don’t discount a winter wedding! There is something about the chill in the air and the crisp white snow that I love about an Ontario winter wedding!

Vendor Love

Coordinator: Mimi Merrill of Castle Rose Events

Dresses: Bridal Creations & Murano’s Formalwear

Venue: Secret Garden Inn

Fellow Photographer: Jenna Merrill