When choosing a location for your engagement photos you’ll want to consider a few things and luckily we rounded up our most beautiful engagement photo locations that Ottawa has to offer below. But before you soak in all these ideas, it’s best to think what this engagement session means to you.
Nerves about the session
For some couples this is literally the first time you’ve ever had pro photos done. It can be great practice for the big day and a way to get to know what it’s like working with us. Although, we do feel that it should be even more than just that.
We want to be able to tell your story before the big dress and the florals take up this space, so we take this time very seriously as it’s a time where we are gaining your complete trust. This is especially important as we don’t want you to be worrying about your wedding day when it comes to photography or videography one bit.
How many months before the wedding should you do the engagement session?
We like to say at least 6 months before the wedding so that you can use these photos for save the dates, Christmas cards, and creating a signing book at your wedding, but that doesn’t always work out that way because of well, we live in Canada.
Don’t fret if you just booked your wedding and you want to get your photos done in the spring (making it only a few short weeks before your wedding), we will still need to practice together making sure you adore the process and make use of your hair and makeup trials!
What time of day should we do outdoor photos?
Often we get asked when is the best time to do engagement photos and no matter what the season we will always say: “the hour and a half before sunset.” Make no mistake, all those Pinterest worthy photos you adore were most certainly shot around sunset. The other details are truly up to you.
Winter or Spring?
Do you like winter? If you don’t, we wouldn’t recommend doing your engagement session in winter. We have shot engagement sessions 1 week away from the wedding as that was when schedules lined up for the couple or they were coming from out of town. Again, it’s really a time where you can learn what poses you like and the ones you don’t.
Now this spot never ever disappoints, all year round it is a favourite for sure because of the many locations you can explore and unique florals and trees. We especially love it in the spring when the Magnolia & Cherry Blossoms bloom.
Tropical Gardens is very close to the Dominion Arboretum but is just on the other side of the roundabout off Maple St. and its a definitely a favourite spot of ours as we can always find some free parking!
Being so close to the Capital Hill of Canada is kind of amazing and so whenever couples ask if we can do some around the hill, it’s hard not to feel a little patriotic. One thing to keep in mind is the time of year, in particular if there are any events happening which means we won’t be able to get as close as we’d like!
If you haven’t checked out our tips for outfits for your engagement session, be sure to check it out as this one requires lots of walking, but we promise it is so worth it! Walking from one spot to another all while trying to time the lighting is our specialty! We really love it!
This spot is just behind the Chateau Laurier but if you are facing the Chateau you would need to walk to your left and go across the locks. It’s great for popping some Champagne.
As a family we really love going to the beach and we go often as it’s a great way to let your inner child come out as you walk through the sand in bare feet and splash water around. It really relaxes couples as well which is helpful when we are trying to get the real people to shine through!
This is a really unique spot as there are no limits on locations and usually not to many people! Keep in mind it is a bog, so bugs can sometimes be a little bit of a pain!
We love this spot too, but we do have one closer to our studio in the west end which is very similar as well called Jack Pine Trail that is really pretty as well!
Perhaps you grew up on a farm or you have a family cottage that holds a lot of meaning in your lives, picking a spot like this is really special. We love adventuring to new locations so this is a great option to do as well!
Our Studio in Carp
Sometimes couples want a little more privacy or they want something different so we offer up our studio in Carp. We live on a 2 acre property that’s surrounded by trees. We also have access to a really cute little trail thats about a 2 minute drive with a covered bridge. Our neighbour also has about 10 Cherry Blossom trees so we use this private spot in the spring as well!
We love bringing people to our area as it warms our heart that these photos will be loved by our clients and will also be a memory of our little plot where we raise our family.
The Covered Bridge
A hop skip and a jump away from our studio is the beautiful covered bridge where we love to take couples. Not only is it so pretty all year round, it’s very private! All the beautiful nature combined with this little bridge is just perfect!
We just love this spot, so many fun area’s to explore and the water is just beautiful with the old stone bricks in the historical area make for some really pretty shots.
Engagement Video’s are so worth it!
It’s not the type of video that we see a lot of, and we want to change this. If you’ve been on the fence about getting videography for your day, why not ask us about adding an Engagement Video to your Engagement session. It’s a great way to capture your love story before you say “I do”.
Check out these videos we did last year at Pinhey’s Point.
Engagement Session Wishlist
We have a pretty fun list of spots that we would love to check off our list this year, so if you are game to exploring a new spot, please check out this list below and let us know that you want to check this spot off our list!
- The Glebe & Landsdowne Park
- Bikes, Horses, Baby Goats, Balloons, Confetti, Smoke Bombs (props)
- The Love Lock Pedestrian Bridge
- Experimental Farm (inside & outside)
- Rideau Canal (Skating + Winterlude)
- Hogs Back Falls
- Fairgrounds (summer)
- Baseball Diamond (or sports related spot)
- On a boat (canoe is ok too)
- In your home (if you have a super cute little spot)
- University or College Campus
- Nepean Point
- Watson’s Mill in Manotick
- Graffiti near Carleton University
- Petrie Island
- Billings Estate
Outside of Ottawa Locations for your Engagement Session
We are lucky enough that we have shot at quite a few places outside of Ottawa for Engagement Sessions, so stay tuned for this list of options as well!
Ready for “Outfit Tips” for your Engagement Session? Click the Photo below for all our best tips!
We are Grey Loft Studio
We are breaking the 9-5 golden handcuffs and diving right into the creative world, one creative session at a time.
We are a husband & wife team who specialize in wedding photography & videography services, based in Ottawa, ON, but we travel as often as our children allow us to!