This past fall I was suddenly flooded with what seemed like all of my Toronto wedding photography clients wanting their Engagement sessions at the same time. It’s understandable; autumn is a wonderful time for wedding photography in Toronto. The problem with the day Victoria & Joe’s engagement shoot was scheduled, was that it sure as hell didn’t feel like fall…It felt like bloody winter! I actually wore long johns for this shoot because Toronto was just THAT cold on that day. Nonetheless, we met at our scheduled time, and began the process of toughing-it-out. We actually shot for about 10 minute, then we all took a five-minute break in one of are vehicles with the heat running. We shot for about 15 minutes longer, then I made the executive decision to take the shoot to a coffee shop. This actually turned out great, as it added that setting for a few shots that looked a little bit less planned and posed. Generally when I’m shooting engagement photography for couples, I try to keep the overall tone a bit more natural looking. If I’m posing shots, I like things to be a bit fun, or have a bit of a third element giving purpose to the photo. That’s not always easy when it’s basically me, a camera, and the couple and I have to come up with a variety of different shots. Add to that the fact that I don’t like to repeat things between couples too much, and things can sometimes become downright challenging. Sometimes finding a little shop or somewhere that the couple can be doing something other than just posing can do wonders for a shoot. This is why you’ll often find a “coffee shop component” to my engagements photography.
In spite of the brisk weather, Victoria and Joe were just easy to photograph. They kept a fun spirited attitude, and knew how to be comfortable in their own skin. I never really had to “mould” them. They really seemed to know what was working. I really had a nice time shooting with them, and am looking forward to being their wedding photographer later this year.