A nice little getaway to the Arboretum in Ottawa to take some engagement pics with Nadia and Steve. Their wedding is this October and we’re hoping that this pandemic subsides or stays at bay, we can only hope I guess! But for now its time for a fun engagement session. I had these two crackin’ up we had a blast. Shot with a variety of lenses, Tamron 70-200, Sigma 50mm, Tamron 85mm. I love how these ones came out, the dark greens really gave that rich contrast to the photos! Check them out!

When I first visited this venue to take a look around I was a bit scared about the lighting, how dark it was, and the different colored lights that were going to have to be used. I also noticed it was kind of industrial looking. There was a lot of metal, concrete, steel, and an open ceiling with industrial lighting, much like you would see in a warehouse. There was a nice bar and lounging area where people could play games and hang out. In this lounge area there were very large garage door windows which let natural light flood in, this I liked. I knew I would most likely have to focus my photos in this area of the venue and maybe use an off-camera flash to help fill shadows or pop some light where I needed it. 

As I met with the wonderful venue staff, they assured me all the walls and the office clutter would be hidden with black curtains surrounding the entirety of the venue. Again I thought to myself, “all those black curtains are going to absorb all my light and make what little light was available in the first place, harder to capture”. 

When I went home I brainstormed, the amount of light and the color of the light was going to make this challenging. I decided to approach this wedding with black and white photography approach. I shot in color but I was making sure to compose and shoot for more of a black and white vibe. When I thought black and white for this wedding, and venue, I was thinking spotlights and focus lighting where the lighting was distracting or difficult.

I remember coming into the venue on the wedding day heading up to meet Mel while she was getting ready and my ideas started flowing. It was just how I envisioned it. Her getting ready in this office like venue screamed black and white. I shot the images in color which also came out great, but I couldn’t wait to see this wedding how I saw it while I was capturing it.



        A small winter wedding in Ottawa Ontario. Yes, it was very cold, yes my fingers were numb, and yes before you ask, I made them do it! Actually I didn’t force them to. I just told them they wouldn’t get this opportunity again to have the sun setting in the background of a winter ceremony, and that the guests shouldn’t mind since it’s their wedding day. As usual, I was right, the guests didn’t mind and we continued to plan for the wedding outside. It was wonderful, everyone loved it, and everyone bundled up for the occasion. However, the cold weather stopped us from going out into the trees and the snow for some couple’s photos so I set up some studio lights inside the venue on a beautiful stone fireplace wall. 

       My lens choice for the entire day was my new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art on my Nikon D750 and then my Nikon 35mm f/1.8g on my Nikon Z50. I gotta tell you, I am LOVING that sigma. My lighting set up for the family portraits and couple’s portraits in front of the stone wall were two 2’x3′ softboxes, one on camera left and one on camera right with 2 flashes taking care of the shadows behind them. It was a nice little set up that turned out some rather nice photos!

      I was only there to capture about 3 hours of the wedding, a small intimate and low key wedding and I loved it. Congradutlaltios to the happy couple and their new family together. I wish them all luck and happiness together on their new adventure!

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