Ontario Engagement Session in Hamilton


Yes, I realize this is a fall shoot, but there was no way I was letting this heartfelt engagement session slip by without finding a spot on Vale + Vine.  I also thought it might provide some inspiration for early spring engagement sessions when the colour palette found across the Canadian landscape is chalk full of earth tones, but very little vibrancy.  While it might be easiest to throw on some punchy summer colours or soft spring pastels, I actually think that reflecting back on fall hues works best when working with (let's face it) a  somewhat drab landscape...you know, the kind after the snow melts, but the first shoots of green have yet to peek through?  

So here are my recommendations based on the inspiration from this engagement shoot: 1) Consider a location near both water and coniferous trees...the water will mirror the colour of the sky, and the pine or fir trees will provide some greenery to offset the abundant shades of brown.  2) Shoot in the hour or two prior to sunset when the light is golden.  This will bring warmth to your skin tone and will allow for a lake or pond to mimic the soft colours of the sky.  3) Think warm, fall colours and cozy textures when it comes to selecting your wardrobe.  These choices will imbue richness without adding punch, which you'll want if complimenting your surroundings is your preference.

All these ideas aside, the most warmth and vibrancy is going to come from the affection shared between a couple, the kind displayed in this post.  There's nothing chilly or reserved about Karyn + Nic's interactions seen here, and that's what makes the biggest kind of impact, especially when captured with such natural artistry (*cue applause for Jessica Rose Photography).  

Credits // Photography - Jessica Rose Photography / Dress - Free People / Location - Princess Point, Hamilton, Ontario / Film Processing + Scans - Photovision //