stephanie + joel's engagement session at parc nature bois-de-liesse, montreal

This weekend we'll be popping our 2017 wedding cherry with Stephanie and Joel in Montreal. This will be one of our last collaborations with Grey Sparrow before shooting for AUGUSTE starts in earnest. Nevertheless we'll be sharing some of our favorite images from the session on this here blog.

 stephanie + joel's engagement session at parc nature bois-de-liesse, montreal

Back in the fall, we shot a couple's session with Steph and Joel at the Bois-de-Liesse Nature Park, a location that was all new to us. One of the unmitigated joys of our job is discovering new areas, and letting them surprise us with their possibility space for portrait photography. There's something thrilling about walking through a new area and getting excited about how the light falls just so. And so last week, when planning this coming weekend's wedding portrait shoot, Kim and I realized that it'd be great to have an excuse to check out new portrait locations on a regular basis. That led to us hatching this idea for a blog post series about interesting spots in and around Montreal. As you can probably surmise from AUGUSTE's work, we're big fans of landscape photography, so these entries are likely to focus on empty spaces, or images without a defined subject. We want to them to serve as inspiring launch pads for our prospective or future clients. We hope that people will be able to see themselves somewhere in these shots, or at the very least for these pictures to make them think about taking a walk somewhere different. 


Our destination this weekend with Steph and Joel is Beaver Lake. This is one of our city's obvious landmarks, and yet somehow we've never really engaged in a lengthy portrait session there. Given the prominent "trees and how pretty they are" aspect of their fall portrait shoot, we'd like to try our hand at incorporating lines and texture a bit more in Sunday's photos. Mount Royal is an obvious haven for lush greenery, but we'll be keeping an eye out for some architectural order amidst all the natural disarray. Keep in mind these shots were taken before we had the idea for these location scouting blogs, so they may not be fully realized or inspiring. We promise the next one will be better.

Tapping into last week's talk of collaboration, we'd like to hear about interesting, off the beaten path locations from you, our readers! Let us know in the comments or via e-mail at if you have any hot tips. We'll do our best to report back with our findings. Happy week-end!