Don’t get me wrong, it’s always lovely to shoot in Calgary and the Rocky Mountains. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not a fun challenge to shoot in a different place. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity for this Stanley Park engagement shoot. I’ve visited Stanley Park numerous times over the years but I’d never done a shoot there. Air Canada threw us a few wrinkles that day and left me with no time to scout in advance. I knew that the bride hoped to get some shots on the Sea Wall, so on arrival, we hopped in a cab and raced directly to the waterfront. We had just enough time to enjoy Vancouver harbour as the sun was setting.
Planning an e-session
When you’re planning an e-session, think about doing it during a different season than your wedding. I think it’s nice to mix things up a little. For this couple, the engagement shoot and wedding both took place in December but Vancouver offered a completely different vibe. Calgary definitely doesn’t have moss-covered trees and green grass in December, am I right? Plus, the Lions Gate Bridge really put on a show for us that evening. As it turned out, Calgary was covered in snow for their wintery wedding at River Café a few weeks later.
It was a delight to get to know these two lovebirds a little better before their big day, and in the place that they love. I’m looking forward to sharing their winter wonderland wedding on the blog soon.
If you’re waffling about whether or not to do an engagement session, recently I wrote an article on why e-sessions are so important. Do you prefer mountains over ocean? Here’s a spring shoot at Lake Minnewanka you might enjoy.
Stanley Park engagement shoot captured by Calgary Wedding Photographer – Tara Whittaker