Sometimes the best location for engagement photos is the location where it all started.  These Guelph Arboretum engagement photos are exactly that.  Jaqueline + Drew met and their story began at the university of Guelph and with their wedding approaching this summer, I think we all can figure out that it’s a pretty amazing love story.  When it came time to choose a location for their engagement photos, Guelph Arboretum was the obvious first choice.

We hope you enjoy looking through a selection of our favourite Guelph Arboretum engagement photos.  Captured by Sarah; part of the Toronto wedding photographers team at Ten·2·Ten Photography.

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Jacqueline and Drew had a perfect engagement session and Sarah captured it beautifully.  As we look through the images we are inspired to share a few secrets with our readers so they can get photos like Jacqueline and Drew’s!

5 Tips for Amazing Engagement Photos

#1:  Location, Location, Location!  When choosing a location for engagement photos, consider a place that is either sentimental.  If you’re not big on sentimental moments then discuss what your vision is with your photographer and use their expertise to find a location that will not only reflect your style but help your photographer produce amazing images, too.  Don’t worry if that location is a ways away, consider it an adventure together and hop in the car!

#2:  Time of Day.  Most engagement sessions should be scheduled in the 1-2 hour timeframe prior to sunset.  If you’re an early bird, you can opt for a sunrise session and shoot during the first 1-2 hours after the sun rises.  This time of the day is called the “golden hour”; it’s when the sun is low in the sky and the light is gentle and soft.  No harsh sun, no squinting and no sunburns during your session!  The exception to this would be if you’re shooting in a location that is below the horizon such as at the bottom of a waterfall or a place with hills and valleys in which case you can shoot a bit earlier than sunset.  Having quality natural light makes a world of difference in terms of the soft and gentle look you’ll get to your photos.

#3:  Time of Year.  Summer is hot, especially if you’re in the center of a big city like Toronto.  It can get smoggy, humid and frankly kind of unpleasant.  Hot summer days mean sweating.  Yes, it’s a natural thing that happens to all of us, but you want to avoid putting yourself in a situation where you’ll have excess perspiration during a photo session as it can affect your hair, makeup and clothing.  We always suggest spring or fall for engagement sessions.

#4:  The Right Photographer.  Choosing a photographer whose work you love and more importantly, whose personality you love, is part of the secret recipe to getting great photos.  While we understand that budget plays a role in every person’s decision, it’s important to also forget about numbers and think about the work of the photographer and their personality and if you feel they are truly a good fit for you.

#5:  The Right Wardrobe.  Choosing outfits that are not only appropriate for you location but are also complimentary is important for a “put together” look.  Don’t forget about your accessories; ladies and gents!  Belts, socks, shoes, jewelry – it’s all important.  What’s most important of all, however, is that what you choose to wear is versatile.  We want you to be able to move in what you’re wearing.  We want you to be able to sit, stand, lean and walk all without having to tend to your outfit.

Hoping you find these tips handy as you plan for your engagement photos!