As soon as I heard that Ellen and John were interested in Toronto Island engagement photos I was all into it! What’s not to love? As any Torontonian, I enjoy spending my summer days on the Toronto Island playing with my dog, riding a bicycle and relaxing on the beach. I’ve been there numerous times and I’ll take any opportunity to go back, especially if it means to hang out with my couple!
Ellen and John met while studying at the University of Toronto, and they loved visiting the island for their dates. They have also adopted a dog recently, an adorable chihuahua, and wanted to bring him along. Toronto Island seemed the perfect option as we both love spending time there.
What I love about Toronto Island engagement photos is the diversity as there are so many photogenic spots around! You don’t need a professional eye to see the beauty around the Island which provides a lot of photo opportunities. There are cozy alleyways that give your photos a homey feel or you can head into the birch forest if you’re up for a little adventure. Your day can end relaxing at a tranquil, sandy beach soaking in the breathtaking CN Tower view. That is exactly what we did when it came to Ellen and John’s romantic engagement shoot. These Toronto Island engagement photos are proof that you don’t necessarily need to bring a lot of props to your pre-nuptial shoot. All you need for a successful engagement shoot is a gorgeous location, cozy outfits, and a good mood! Here are my top 3 tips to help you plan your engagement session with us:
1. Location, location, location.
Choosing your engagement photos location is the most important part as it will determine the entire mood for your photo session. When skimming through the potential engagement photo locations, look for diversity. I love that Toronto Island engagement photos feature a lot of location changes, from cozy alleyways to a spectacular beach. You can always find something that you like. It also helps to avoid repetitive photos and poses. I followed Ellen and John as they were making their way to the beach. We walked through a birch forest and climbed a few hills to get to where we wanted, and each of our stops provided some really cool and unique photo opportunities.
2. Coordinate your outfits.
I always recommend coordinating your wardrobe so that there’s at least one common element that unites your looks. Ellen and John opted for cozy, wool sweaters and I loved how John’s merlot top complemented Ellen’s light grey cardigan. Their cozy, homey wardrobe looked great against the Toronto Island engagement photos backdrops and lended for the overall casual feel and vibe – exactly what they had in mind when planning their engagement session!
3. Telling a story.
I love it when engagement photos tell something about my couple’s personality, how they like spending their time and what represents them as a couple. As Ellen and John spent a lot of time on the Island, this place holds a special meaning in their heart. They also knew the area pretty well and therefore looked relaxed and at ease in front of a camera. I love that we started our shoot on the ferry as our story wouldn’t be complete without it. And even though our end goal was to get to the Island beach, I loved that we made a few stops on the way to take photos of our little adventure.
Ellen and John, thank you so much for bringing me along to your walk on the Toronto Island. I can’t wait for your wedding in 2018!