Like many couples, Jessica and Matt wanted a varied theme for their engagement photos. They wanted something urban, gritty and chique but were also looking for something relaxed, natural and serene. Yes – these are two very different things.
Part of being a wedding photographer is being a story teller. Whether I’m shooting a wedding day or an engagement session I want to tell the story of my clients relationship and this means that they need to be in an environment where they feel comfortable. I often shoot engagement sessions at 2 (and sometimes 3) different locations. This not only ensures the clients can be comfortable and relaxed but also get everything they want out of their engagement session.
We started with some Graffiti Alley engagement photos in the heart of downtown Toronto! While we walked through the alley we got to see a few artists painting new pieces of art – watching them work was amazing. We finished our session with a few more engagement photos at Adamson Estate in Mississauga, a natural and relaxed atmosphere for Jess and Matt to sit back and really be themselves!
Take a peek at Jess & Matt’s engagement photos:
As you can see from the photos, there’s no doubt that Matt and Jess are relaxed and happy! They did a great job deciding on the ideal location for their engagement photos.
If you’re having trouble thinking of a special place to take your engagement pictures, remember these tips for finding unique engagement photography locations:
- Reflect on your own personality: are you outdoorsy? artistic? fun-loving? A good photographer will be able to suggest locations that help match your personality.
- Don’t limit it to only 1 location: if your photographer offers flexible engagement session options, discuss the possibility of going to 2 separate locations.
- Use your favourite hobby as inspiration
- Let your engagement session roll into the evening – Incorporating some night shots ads a unique element!
- Don’t be afraid to purchase a permit: In many larger cities (and even smaller towns) a photo permit is required at popular locations. Although the permit cost may seem alarming at first, remember that it’s only a small fraction of your overall wedding expenses and that it will lead to an increased value in your photographs.