Let's start at the beginning
Why do you even need engagement photos? I suppose need is a strong word, but why would you want them? They document such a short period of time in your lives together - the excitement, the anticipation! The sentimental nostalgic part of me absolutely loves looking back at that time when it felt like I had the whole world ahead of me! And practically, it's an awesome opportunity to get to know your photographer and see how they work. You really don't want your first meeting face to face to be on your wedding day!
So, how can we make these photos feel more like you, than something generic everyone else is posting? Easy - we focus on your relationship and what's important to you! I shoot in a documentary style for most of an engagement session. That means you get to relax and be yourselves while enjoying something you like to do, while I document the real moments! I don't love stiff overly posed photos anytime, but especially for engagements sessions. I would much rather tell your story together, and capture your personalities and love for each other!
Need some ideas?
- Cook a meal at home together
- Dog walk along your favourite path
- Hiking your favourite trail
- Coffee shop date
- Stroll through the Byward Market
- Skate the Rideau Canal and grab Beavertails
- Beach picnic at sunset
- Rent a paddleboat on Dows Lake
- Grab an ice cream from your favourite shop (Can I pick a favourite? I vote this one!)
- Take a dance class together
Kate Steele is a professional photographer based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Specializing in documenting the un-posed love, the genuine joy, and all the other real life stuff happening around us. Offering lifestyle newborn, family and couple photography in Ottawa. For behind the scenes and current work please follow along on Instagram!