Audrey & Jonathan's Dundurn Castle EngagementA historically modern Hamilton engagement

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Dundurn Castle Engagement

Audrey & Jonathan’s Dundurn Castle Engagement session in Hamilton really changed my perspective of this location! I’ve heard many photographers don’t really like Dundurn Castle as a photo location but I’m here to say I think it’s one of the not-so-hidden gems of Hamilton for engagement and wedding photos! As with most shoots we do (spoiler alert) the weather isn’t always as nice as it seems in the photos. We had a blistering hot day and poor Jon was in some slick looking attire that was definitely too warm for the comfortable smile he had on! Honestly, for engagement and wedding photos in southern Ontario, you always have to be prepared for some intense weather! This should be a comfort to know though that many of the engaged or married couples on our blog here didn’t have the “perfect day” for their wedding or engagement photos. In fact, most of them didn’t have ideal weather, but with the right attitudes approaching less than desirable weather and temperatures any couple can get incredible images from their engagement session. After all, engagement photos themselves aren’t hot or cold themselves!

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Dave & Taylor'sEngagement Photos Niagara on the LakeQuiet, Simple, Romantic

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Engagement Photos Niagara on the Lake

Let me first start of by saying this engagement session in Niagara on the Lake is one that is near and dear to me. I’ve never been so excited to capture love on film like I have these two! Why you ask? David is my brother. We’re two years apart and grew up together. My partner in crime from childhood all the way to last week’s shenanigans! We’re best men in each others weddings and will be closest buds till the day we die. He is a huge part of my life and capturing the love he and Taylor have was a real honour!
Wedding Photographers often ask me where my engagement sessions take place. It’s usually not an easy question to answer as the best shots are always “off the beaten path” or quite frankly trespassing somewhere we shouldn’t be. It’s the same for this session. I find the best locations in Niagara for wedding and engagement photos are stumbled upon either by accident (usually the case) or by location scouting. All that to say, photographers, I won’t be much help on this one, and couples, it’s okay to plan to not plan!
If you enjoyed these Niagara on the Lake engagement photos you may also like Brian & Alivia’s Cherry Blossom Engagement Session, or Rachel & Graham’s Country Fields Engagement Session, or Vas & Marina, Becca & Richard, or Charis & Ryan’s. All of these engagement sessions took place in Niagara and many of them didn’t have too much of a plan to them. 

If your considering having your engagement photos in Niagara on the Lake there’s a few things I would plan for. Firstly downtown Niagara on the Lake (by the Courthouse and Clocktower) may sound like a great place in niagara on the lake for your engagement session but in reality there’s just too many people. It’s hard for your photographer to capture who you two are and your love when there’s two thousand tourists on the same street. This also applies for the gazebo by the lake. A good spot for engagement photos in the heart of Niagara on the lake is Butlers Barracks. A large open field surrounded by large trees and a bike path. Butler’s Barracks is also where Mumford & Sons and the Tragically Hip played. So there ya go! A few tips for planning an unplanned engagement session in Niagara on the Lake. Enjoy.

Rachel & Graham'sSummer Engagement Photos in NiagaraGolden sun and golden fields

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Summer Engagement Photos in Niagara

Heading out on a warm spring or summer evening and capturing some stunning engagement photos in Niagara has to be one of my favourite pass times. We met Graham & Rachel when we were photographing Rachel’s sister wedding in 2013. Matt & Beth’s backyard barn wedding was one of our favourite weddings ever and the first wedding we shot film at! Needless to say we were so happy to hear when Rachel & Graham got engaged and new exactly which niagara wedding photographer they wanted to work with!

For couples who maybe be searching for help on what to wear for an engagement session look no further. I thought these two did a fabulous job. I could just rename this article “What to wear for your Engagement Session”! 

If you enjoyed these summer engagement photos in Niagara you may also enjoy these other engagements: Bianca & Matt’s Fall Engagement Session, Vas & Marina’s Summer Engagement Photos, or Becca & Richard’s Engagement.