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August 9, 2008

Engagement shoot in Burlington

Meet Hillary and Brian. They get married at the Old Mill in Ancaster next October 4th and I very much look forward to it. This Saturday was their engagement shoot so I headed to Burlington area to meet them. It was pouring rain so we opted to start taking some pictures at the RBG (Royal Botanical Garden) in Hamilton.

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We start with this strange looking wooden ball with holes in it.

This big pipe is not just for kids…

Benches are always good for photographs.

There is something to be said about the intimacy of this shot.


The number 1 rule with SAphoto is that the couple must have fun. Anything else is secondary.

This is inside. There were many weddings happening at the RBG and other couples were being photographed nearby. Instead of fighting with other photographers, we went to places we weren’t really supposed to go to.. oops!

I always encourage couples to play with everything around them.

The creativity of the couple combined with that of the photographer makes for spontaneous fun which is usually rewarded in the pictures.

One could almost think they are in love. :)

Anyone whose been to the RBG will know where that is. While I may not be the first photographer to take a picture of a couple there.. it’s always fun!

I love how they look so happy together.

Usually, pictures with the eyes closed get deleted. In this case I felt it provided an interesting sense of comfort and happiness on the part of Brian.

I like how they look so comfortable with each other.

I thought this tree was cool looking so we stopped for a few shots.

After a few shots under this tree, I told them to “do something crazy”. Without looking or talking to each other, they both made this face simulatneously!

Back inside to what I would call a wall of water.

Definetely one of my new favorites..

I don’t think they are pointing to anything of interest… but nobody has to know!

Rock on!

For a moment it seemed that the rain was going to stop so we decide to follow the original plan, which was to go to Ancaster falls. When we got there, it started pouring of course. But Hillary and Brian decide to embrace the rain and go for it anyway..

Notice where the bridge is in the background so you can situate upcoming pictures.

Using the flash in the rain usually creates unwanted white spots in the pictures from the light reflecting in raindrops. In this instance, what would normally be a blunder actually enhances the picture to give it more of a dreamy look.

I believe the actual name of the falls is the Sherman Falls.

Hillary is quite enthousiastic and accepting of the rain!

Notice Hillary’s left hand is not on Brian yet? Call me crazy but I much prefer pictures like that with imperfections in the posing. It just seems much more alive.

At this point I have their umbrella and they are completely soaked.. thank you guys!

Crazy fun.

Here I asked them to pull a Titanic move.

Hillary was really into it for this set!

My favorite of the bunch.

Did I mention that it was raining?

Back to the bridge.

The rain made the shoot more difficult than expected.. but it was all worth it!

Feel free to comment folks!



  1. These are wonderful photos of a very happy couple, Brian and Hilary about to be married!

    Comment by Aunt Jo-Ann Bigelow — August 15, 2008 @ 12:50 pm

  2. Your blog is interesting!

    Keep up the good work!

    Comment by AlexM — August 18, 2008 @ 12:46 pm

  3. […] Ancaster falls, Hamilton, The Old Mill, wedding You might remember Hillary and Brian from their pre-wedding portrait session in Burlington. Here they are looking their best on their wedding day which took place at the Old […]

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