Alexandra & Chris | Hamilton Engagement Photography | Bayfront & Locke St, Hamilton, ON

A couple weekends ago I had the pleasure of working with my newest couple, Alex & Chris!

They were brave souls who handled the cold weather like pros.   Although it was one of those days where if you stood in the sun it was cozy, but the shade was miserable.   Anyway, needless to say we stayed mostly in the sun.

These two didn’t need much direction or encouragement to relax and try to be affectionate with each other–it just happened.    And although we chose locations, and outfits, etc. all this loving and happiness here is purely authentic.

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The first spot we went to was where Chris proposed–down by the Bayfront on this very bench.    The Bayfront is also the location of their first date. aadiptych DSC_2604-EditaadiptycDSC_2684-Edit DSC_2711-Edit

To warm up we beetled over to Chuck’s Burger Bar on Locke St where they graciously let us take over the resto for a bit!   If you haven’t made the trip to eat here you are doing your mouth a disfavour.   You need to go now.   We only had time to order a GIGANTIC plate of fries, and yes, I helped eat them, but they have a succulent variety of burgers and poutines.  You must visit if you’re in Hamilton or make a special trip if you’re out of town.

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Then we played chicken in the street for a while.  That was fun.

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And somehow the whole shoot came back to french fries!   I can’t explain it…but french fries are really important to any healthy relationship.  As you’ll see below…

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Congratulations Alexandra & Chris!

Even though it looks cold in these photos you have undoubtedly warmed the heart of every viewer.

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See you in June!

*If you liked this post and want to share the love please leave a comment below!  I’d love to hear from you!*

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Emily & Paul :: ENGAGEMENT :: Hamilton, ON

Emily & Paul and I came together through the lovely Charmed Events coordinator Tiffany <3.   Tiffany and I go way back and we’re always looking for excuses to work together and hang out!  Thanks for connecting us all Tiff—we had an awesome time!

We shot all of this at the studio at 270 Sherman in Hamilton.

*Please leave a comment for me at the end–show me some loving.  I feel all alone here…

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This shot was right out of the gate and I knew after this moment that we were going to have a lot of fun in this session.   It helps that we were being serenaded by some dancing minstrels up on the 2nd floor.

Strange things happen around here and I’ve stopped asking questions.

The minstrels left a door open into one of the warehouses I don’t usually have access to so we sneaked in and took some sassy shots in the old stairwells.

There’s a bit of a height difference between them.   Not sure if you noticed.

After a good warm up in our civies we all got changed into more formal attire–and by we I mean ‘them’.   I was still in my jeans.

This is up on the rooftop overlooking a lot of Hamilton.   Paul is from Scotland and besides lulling me with charming Braveheart-flavoured accent, (yes Braveheart could be a flavour…) he was telling me that Hamilton is a lot like his town near Glasgow–only “100x better”.    Good for Hamilton!

Look at that heel kick again, hey?

Congratulations Paul & Emily!  After meeting, working and laughing with you I am so looking forward to your lovely September wedding.  And all the kilts!

(Who am I kidding?   That’s why I agreed to take this wedding.  For all the kilts.)

And please leave a comment for me!

Dawnald & Markus :: Engaged! :: Hamilton, ON

Wow–it’s been too long since I’ve blogged.  For a while there the contest was causing me to get behind in my blogging and then I was caught up in just posting collections to Facebook–naughty girl.  Facebook isn’t for collections–it’s for sneak peeks to draw you over to the collection on the blog.

So I’m aiming to post a couple retrospective blogs per week until I’m caught up.   This will take us easily into January–so enjoy the upcoming flow of blogs from me!

Right now we’re going to enjoy Dawn & Mark’s e-sesh at the 270 Sherman Arts’ Centre (where my studio is).   Dawn is one of my oldest buddies–we’ve been friends since we were dorky 12-year olds.  She’s also one of my most hilarious and quirkiest friends–we could fill a dictionary with random words and names of people that have secret meanings just for us.   We just recently reconnected and since I wasn’t able to shoot her destination wedding in January I happily offered to shoot her engagements instead!

Naturally I knew we’d spend most of the session laughing–but I was pleasantly surprised how much time I’d spend catching really sweet, tender moments between these two–and a few butt squeezes.  (Not MY butt…although that would be been nice.)

These first two shots sum things up…

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Their dogs–Myou and Bolt are like their babies so we had to spend a good chunk of time with them.   And wow, what awesome, obedient dogs!   I, and everyone who met her, fell in love with Myou–the little fox/red panda.   She’s….prolly the cutest dog I’ve ever met.

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Dawn absolutely insisted on getting some fall colours into their shots…so I said ‘Fine. I’ll put you INTO a tree.’  And I did.   This is the upside to working with friends.

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I don’t even know how to explain the next set of images…except that they were a serendipitous mixture of their accessories and mine…and that if you know Dawn or Mark then this won’t need an explanation.

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We did another couple sets of ridiculous concepts but I can’t bring myself to post them.  You’ll just have to ask Graham Hewitt.

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We were lucky that the elevator was operational that Saturday so we took advantage of this rarity and got some sassy shots in the century-old warehouse lift.   Love in an elevator…

And finally, in case you needed one last bit of proof that these two were a) crazy and b) meant for each other…here you go:

Anyway–it’s was such an honour/experience taking your photos, guys, I loved it.    I wish ALL my clients brought dress-up clothes to their sessions…

J.D. & Jessica:: Hamilton Engagement Photographer

When I first got together with J.D. & Jessica to go over wedding plans and photography they needed a little convincing about the benefits of doing an engagement session first.   Then lo and behold on the day of the engagements a Diva was born!  I’m glad to say we had a lot of fun and I think it was relatively painless, right guys?

Anyway–so looking forward to this wedding in March!   I know there are a lot of people out there who have been and will be cheering these two love-birds on on the wedding day–so I’m sure it’s going to be a big party!   Definitely a celebration.

Congratulations J.D. & Jessica!

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