Kasey & Ali: Ottawa Engagement Photography
A red dress, downtown Ottawa architecture, Ruby Inn Chinese takeout mixed with wine, two amazing people and good tunes, makes for an unforgettable engagement photo shoot
It's good to be wanted.
Let me back up.
A wedding photographer colleague of mine once said to me, "My mortgage doesn't care whether the money comes from a wedding I liked shooting or not."
I guess that's true.
But for me, photographing weddings is a passion job. I am photographing people who I hope are passionately in love with each other. And it's a big day for the family. I am tasked with making a big moment in their lives last for years to come.
And so I invest all my energy into making those images worth keeping and sharing.
If a couple just chooses a photographer because you were the only one available, or because you were the right price and they could check off the PHOTOGRAPHER box on their "To-do's" then you still do your best. But it's just not the same as feeling wanted and appreciated for the unique way you approach wedding photography.
So yeah, like I said, it's good to be wanted.
From the minute I began talking with Kasey at a coffee shop in Little Italy, it was clear that she got it. She got me.
Photography is really important to her and she connected with my approach - I couldn't ask for more out of a client.
Months went past and it was time for the engagement shoot. It would be our first time working together and, since Kasey quarterbacked signing the photography agreement with me, it would be the first time I met her fiancé, Ali.
I had scouted some locations in downtown Ottawa so we all met at Bank St. and Sparks St. and set to work breaking the ice and getting into a groove.
Kasey had a great request of doing some shots back at their home that the couple had just bought. The plan was to conclude with those shots.
The night involved some great backdrops and, quite possibly, some rule-breaking as Kasey and Ali climbed into a windowsill of the Sir John A. MacDonald Building, which used to be an old bank.
We were starving after the downtown shots were done. Ali had the idea of picking up what he said would be the "best Chinese food ever" from Ruby Inn, near their home.
Kasey and Ali changed into their cozies at home and, with a little red wine and some great tunes, we huddled up around the couch and had some food and pics.
A brief meal break involved some really honest and important conversation about love and life.
It was then that I became aware of the quality of people I was sharing this time with.
So, with part one of our photographic relationship done, I can't wait for part two.
Part three? Who knows, but I'm hoping it means these guys won't just be my clients anymore, but rather good friends.