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Old Court House Engagement Photography

Old Court House Engagement Photography

Back in February when we would expect to have snow on the ground, Clara photographed Sarah and Yusri and their pup at the lovely year round Old Court House and Ivey Park.

  • Yusri is a soccer referee. My sister Jessica (and maid of honour) is also a soccer referee. Jessica set us up on a blind date. We met at Demetre’s, a dessert cafe, in Thornhill, where I am from. (Yusri is born and raised in Toronto)
  • WOW lol. and to this day it is still WOW. He was perfect looking to me and still is. Although the day we met he had a huge twirly mustache He was competing in a mustache growing competition with his friends and had been growing his mustache for months.
  • Yusri and I were going to Jamaica with my family. Yusri and I have been together for 7 years so I kind of expected that on this trip he would propose. However, he decided to surprise me and propose before leaving. I was in the basement doing laundry, and had thrown my pants into the laundry, I walked up stairs and turned the corner to go into the kitchen and Yusri had music playing and flowers in his hand. His face looked hilarious as he noticed I wasn’t wearing any pants. He immediately asked if he should stop and give me a second to go get pants on but I had waited 7 years so I wasn’t going to wait any longer lol
  • Yusri and I are sports fans. A couple of times now we have done sport weekends. I always love doing those. We get away and get to go watch the teams we love. We went to Montreal once and saw a soccer game in the morning TFC vs. Impact and a Maple Leaf vs. Montreal hockey game in the evening.
  • Yusri will do anything to help a friend. He is also incredibly supportive. We were living in Toronto and I got a job opportunity in London. He encouraged me to take the job and followed me to London. He got a new job/home/city just to support me. He really pushes me to be the best I can be.
  • I just really want everyone to have fun. I really want it to be a good time filled with smiles and laughter.
  • A friend recommended you to us
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Civic Gardens Engagement Photographer

Civic Gardens Engagement Photographer

I’m off to photograph this fun couple’s wedding today, here are their engagement photos captured back in May at Civic Gardens which is always a favourite of mine as it has such great variety of backgrounds. I love how much fun they have together and fun sense of humor- just check out their answers below and you’ll see what I mean!

We met through a phone app called Badoo that Garth had purposefully downloaded and Cher downloaded on a whim because her sister was using it to make new friends. Cher almost ignored Garth’s like of her profile because he had an earring. (“Soooo superficial!” ~Garth).

Garth’s first thoughts – “She’s quiet and cautious and nervous.” Cher’s first thoughts – “He’s not as tall or muscular as I thought he’d be.”

Cher’s version!: Garth had always teased me about picking bouquets from private gardens and I, of course, always refused and would walk away from him so I couldn’t be blamed as an accomplice. On the day he proposed, we had decided to go for a walk in a park. Garth kept searching for flowers with no success. I kept pointing out the few wild flowers we came across along the path and he’d say, “No. That’s not right”. FINALLY, we came to a bunch of gardens outside a museum and he pointed out a few of the prettiest ones. I agreed they were pretty, but was very confused why he seemed to care so much about the flowers. We went and sat on a bench nearby and chatted for a few minutes before getting up to head back to the car. As we walked back past the gardens, Garth teased about picking a flower for me and I walked away as I always did. Usually he always followed quickly, but this time he didn’t. This time, I turned around and he was still by the flowers. I walked back to him to ask what he was doing. He pointed at a flower and asked, “What do you think of this flower?” I looked down to see the ring sitting perfectly on a bright, blue cornflower. The blue sapphire blended with the flower as the sun sparkled off the diamonds on either side of it. I looked back at Garth as he said, “You can have that flower if you marry me.” I looked silently at him as he said, “Would this make it better?” and got down on one knee. “Yes, I’ll marry you!” We embraced and he said, “I wanted to find the perfect flower because you are my butterfly and butterflies are attracted to flowers.” Heart melt! Garth’s version: Once upon a time in a province far, far away, while in a park, I wanted to find the right flower that would camouflage the stone of the ring so Cher would not notice at first. Cher always tells me that she would never accept a flower if I pick it from a garden. So, being sneaky, I placed the ring on a blue cornflower and Cher about the flower. If she says yes, she can have the flower. Guess she really wanted the flower! After all, butterflies love flowers.

Garth – First picture we ever took of the two of us because it is a reminder of the day we spend together after going to church together for the first time. Cher – Making it through “basic training” inspired workouts for 4 weeks as a couple and going out for sushi on the second last day of training as a reward for all the hard work.

Garth – How she’s blossoming into the real her. Cher – His “crazy” ideas for how to accomplish goals and tasks.

Garth – As a celebration of happiness, kindness, love, and understanding. Cher – As beautiful, bold, fun, and very “us”.

Garth says, “On the walls!”

Because your description of how you approach a wedding day made me tear up when I read it. And because I connected with you as booth neighbours at the London Bridal Expo.

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Winter Engagement Photography with Dogs London Ontario

Winter Engagement Photography with Dogs London Ontario

Niki and Kyle get married today and I’m so excited to see them and their dogs again! They had lots of fun ideas and outfit changes (very brave in the super cold- actually snowing during some of the session). Kyle popped the question on Pelee Island so it was great to see the wine glasses from there being incorporated (they were my inspiration for going there for our 1st anniversary). This winter session was photographed at Fanshawe Conservation. I always love Winter Engagement Photography with Dogs London Ontario- including pets in the engagement photos and it’s a good idea to book your winter shoot early in the season in case we need to reschedule it until we get a day with beautiful snow like this!

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Winter Engagement Photography with Pets London Ontario

Winter Engagement Photography with Pets London Ontario

So happy to bring you this engagement photography session photographed by Clara last year with Tia & Geoff who are tying the knot today! Incorporating pets into engagement sessions is one of our favourite things to do and just check out how beautiful the snow was that day- last winter we didn’t get many days like this! I think it is a great idea to have your engagement session photographed during a different season to your wedding, so that you have variety! It was photographed at the Old Court House, Ivey Park and Civic Gardens.

  • We met on an online dating site and started chatting on facebook. Turned out that we went to the same highschool, same university and even worked at the same restaurant at different times. We had a few mutual friends and decided to go on a date together. We went mini-golfing for our first date was super awkward but also so much fun! We were able to joke around about how meeting people from the internet can be scary, at the end of the date we both said “Well I guess your not a murderer we should do this again”
  • Tia: My first thought seeing Geoff was, damn this guys early! I’m usually the early one! Next was this guys looks like a really nice, he looks like a lot of fun. Can’t wait to get to know him a little more.
    Geoff: Is this the girl? Because it kind of looks like her but I don’t know for sure.
  • Geoff texted Tia when she was at work saying “Hey meet me and Scout (the dog) at Rockway Gardens (local park) on your way home from work we can go for a walk together. Tia was still in her uniform from work and stopped to grab an iced cap and iced coffee for Geoff. When she pulled up to the park she couldn’t see Geoff and Scout and called him, he said he was at the top of the hill. Tia called up to him and said she didn’t know how to get up he needed to come down for their walk (she didn’t know he was planning on proposing). When she made her way up to Geoff at the top of the hill he was asking how she felt about the park, if she thought it was nice (we were sitting on top of a mini waterfall). He then popped the question!! Tia hid behind Scout the dog shocked and so excited! Then out for fancy dinner to celebrate.
  • Why did you choose us
    I enjoyed the package. I liked that it had two photographers and included photography for the full day. I wanted to have photos of the girls getting ready, guys getting ready, people arriving at the wedding, ceremony, family photos, awesome photos captured at the reception. I was composed and traditional photos as well as fun and cheesie photos as well as embarrassing reception photos of course! The package appeared to cover all the bases. I enjoyed the two parent albums to give as gifts after the wedding and I of course enjoyed the album for us. It seemed like a well rounded package and I think photos are the second most important part of the wedding… besides the marriage of course!
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London Ontario engagement photographer

London Ontario Engagement Photographer

Tomorrow I’ll be photographing this sweet couple’s wedding! We photographed their engagement session last summer and they unfortunately had to push back their wedding but excited that the big day is here for them!

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Arva engagement photography

Arva Engagement Photography

I’m excited to be photographing Megan and Dave’s wedding today and it will certainly look very different outside today than it did this past winter when we photographed their session. We had lots of fun with piggy back rides and on the swings and we certainly were able to get a lot of variety out of this sweet little park in Arva which was chosen by the couple.

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Engagement Session Victoria Park London Ontario

Engagement Session Victoria Park London Ontario

This winter engagement photography session was very fun to photograph and just shows how much variety we can get in 1 hour!

Starting with some cute skating pics on the ice, then incorporating their love of hockey, we had to get to the ice rink at Victoria Park quite early in the morning to be sure there wouldn’t be too many other people around. After incorporating some fun props like hot chocolate we captured a few romantic pics and while we were busy taking the romantic pics, when we turned around to where we had left the hot chocolate on the ground we realized that one of the furry residents of Victoria Park had helped themselves to what was left in the cup. Everyone knows I love squirrels- I even have a woodland animals tattoo that has a squirrel in it so I was so happy when Amanda and Andrew were happy to walk slowly over to where the squirrel was to take photographs with him, but then we realized that he wasn’t as skittish as most would be and Amanda even had him come all the way over to her hand!

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Bucket List 2017

I’m feeling more inspired than ever after attending the WPPI photography conference in Las Vegas this month and after watching countless online webinars. I’ve decided to put out into the universe my bucket list of shoots I want to do this year both here in London, Ontario and Internationally.

  1.  Photograph a wedding in the UK/Ireland/Europe. I really want to finish travelling in Europe and would love to photograph a wedding there. The off season here is Nov-April and so I’m hoping for anytime in there and I would be happy to work within budgets for the great couples/right locations. Here are some shots from the last wedding I photographed in that neck of the woods 5 years ago now! Wedding Photography Kent England-

    2. I would like to photograph more adult cake smashes. These sessions are perfect for 19th, 21st, 30th, 40th, 50th etc birthdays and if a 100yo was willing to do one I would be willing to do it for free! With these sessions you get to have some ‘regular portraits’ whether that be some business headshots, beauty shots, family, couple, pet etc, then we can come up with a theme based around your interests. It’s my 30th Birthday this year (you can see a pic below taken by my associate photographer Clara, on my 28th birthday) so to celebrate every adult cake smash will receive a free 8×10 cake smash collage print.
    adult cake smash

3. Along with wanting to finish travelling in Europe, I have never travelled to the west coast of Canada so would love to photograph a wedding or elopement out in all of the gorgeous landscapes I’ve only had the pleasure of seeing in photographs. Again, I would be happy to work make a custom package for a great couple 🙂

4. I would love to photograph a pregnant pin up shoot. I think the pin up sessions are so much fun and would love to capture a lovely pregnant mom with full vintage style pin up hair and makeup. I’d be more than happy to work with you on themes that would work to your tastes and click for more info on the Pin Up Photography London Ontario.

pin up photography

5. Engagement or family session for big fans of Harry Potter in Goderich this fall. I grew up reading Harry Potter and I know that there are some big Harry Potter fans here in South Western Ontario, so I would love to photograph a session in Goderich when the festival is on. I wasn’t able to get tickets but I will be on the lookout for them and I’m sure that some of the surrounding area will get into the spirit and will make for a great backdrop.

6. Engagement session at the Western Fair at sunset/night. Below you can see the last session I photographed there, 4 years ago this year! I would love to have some fun there again using my new equipment and knowledge.

7.  Forrats chocolate fondu engagement/ couple/ anniversary session. If you’re a chocoholic like me and haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Forrats in Byron yet, I highly recommend you do and I would love to capture some sweet love while you enjoy a date night (and maybe start across the road for some photographs at Springbank Park as well, for variety.)

8. London to London family/ engagement/ couple/ anniversary session. I have had this idea since moving to ‘Little London’ and would like to find the right people who either have a love of ‘Big London’ or are from England, or some kind of ties to both. The session would take us to a bunch of the London locations such as the double decker bus for Ice Cream and we might end up at a pub, with many other stops in between.

9. Trash the Prom or Bridesmaid Dress group session Do you and your friends still have your prom dresses laying around gathering dust? Maybe that has been awhile but you have bridesmaids dresses that you thought you might wear again but haven’t. I think it would make for such a fun shoot to get together with a bunch of your friends, maybe pamper yourself beforehand with getting hair and makeup, then have fun doing a friends shoot, but getting edgier with with in a fun location and possibly even trashing the dresses in the water, mud, snow or with paint or glitter!

10. Australia I would love to get home in Australian summer 2017/18 or 2018/19 so would love to book a wedding to photograph while I’m there with the exchange rate being right around even my rates are very affordable by Aussie standards.

Central Coast NSW Wedding Photographer


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