When it comes to a winter engagement, I always recommend warm clothes, a mid-shoot pit stop and a good sense of humour.
On that note, I can’t recall a time when I shared as many laughs and exchanged as many jokes with a couple, during a session, as I did with Erin and Warwick. Humour is important when it’s cold out – it distracts you from the numb toes, runny noses and red cheeks that can sour a fun afternoon.
I was gifted to the couple by a client of mine who, in lieu of being able to attend their South African nuptials, asked me to capture the lovers before their departure the following week. (By the way, I love being gifted! You can purchase Gift Cards or reach to me directly to arrange a gift).
Anyways, back to Erin and Warwick and their winter engagement session in Toronto. We planned to meet near the Rec Room (the locale of their first date!) and take off together for a jaunt down to the water and surrounding area. We danced along the waterfront and stopped along the way for a pint before heading back towards Roundhouse Park. On our walk back, we noticed a huge vent emitting – what we found out later – was hot, though scentless, steam which I thought might make for a fun backdrop/place to shoot. It turns out, I was 100% right. The steam not only made for some warm reprieve, but it created a super cool positive/negative space-type situation. Sure, the humidity made it a little sweaty, but the results were even better than I expected.
We capped off our session with none other than a Blue Jays cameo (only after finding out that Warwick was a huge fan and subsequently making plans to go to a game together this upcoming season).
Though it was cold that day, the pit stop and the steam bath (literally), kept us warm and having fun. Not sure if you can brave a winter engagement or a winter wedding for that matter? Trust me, you can. Check out Tom and Makenna’s Winter Wedding at City Hall for some cool-temp inspiration.
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