Natalie & Morgan - 26.08.2017

{what i loved most about us

was the way we could

lose ourselves

in each other

over and over

and still

never know the way.

 

you always felt like

a place i'd never been}

Venue: Georgian Bay Roots

Photographer: Lori Waltenbury Photo

Second Photographer: Joey Ventura

Flowers: Fresh By Leanne

Cake: Cakes By Design

DJ or Band: Dylan Lock

Makeup: Glitz Galz

Hair: Glitz Galz

Wedding Dress designer: Paloma Blanca

Wedding planner: Georgian Roots Events

Wedding officiant: Irene Mccombs

How to Prepare for your Engagement Session

Hey Lovelies! Engagement sessions are important for several reasons. The most important being that it helps develop a great relationship with you and me! Part of the reason why I love photographing couples is because I find each couple so completely unique. So I love getting to chat with you both, learning what makes you laugh or smile and how you interact with your partner. Especially since each and every couple is completely different! Some are silly, some are passionate and love their PDA and other's are more reserved and quiet. This is a big reason why I adore my job, because I love people. I approach every single session differently because no two people are the same and I love that!

So I get asked this question quite often, so I thought I'd make a little post filled with a bunch of useful information for your engagement shoot!

Enjoy!

How to Prepare for your Engagement Session

    • This is the perfect time to get your makeup and hair done! (If you are looking for a great makeup artist make sure you contact Glitz Gals). A little bit of extra glam takes your photos to the next level!
    • You want your pictures to represent you and your personal style. Black and white or colours are great but colours that are more neutral or pastel are better and keep the prints simple. Also (especially for the guys) clothes without logos please! Wear outfits you love and that you're comfortable in. I also want to maximize my time with you so bring an outfit change or two! Something casual and something fancy is always nice for a completely different look. Bonus points for flowy dresses, they always look great in photos! Lastly, leave the transition glasses at home!
    • Do you love your dog(s)? Bring them along as I love photographing animals! Just make sure you have a friend as a wrangler so we can have some time with just us three too!
    • Ideally pick a location that's special to you both! I can make a bunch of recommendations but ultimately it's your choice! Do you want something more nature-y and green? (High Park, Cherry Beach?) or something more urban? (your favourite coffee shop, Distillery District, Queen St?). Some places require permits so keep that in mind! (Like Allan Gardens, Edward Gardens some buildings etc). 
    • Look at Pinterest or Wedding Blogs to get a sense of the type of shots you like. I know there's a reason why you chose me as a photographer but if there's a certain pose or if you prefer a certain look or style of editing, send me some examples!  This is your shoot and I want you to be happy!
    • Don’t go crazy with the tanning… A soft sun kissed glow is always nice but don’t overdo it. Burnt red skin and fake orange glows aren’t always flattering. Neither are weird tanlines (like sunglasses, hats or strange bathing suit tans).
    • Being on time is important. I sometimes schedule multiple shoots in one day. Being on time is important especially if we are shooting in the evening and we have a limited amount of time before the sun goes down.
    • I often get asked when's the best time to shoot and it's usually an hour and half before sunset! I can work with bright daylight but it is a bit more limited. 
  • Worried about feeling awkward or that you'll be bad at this? Honestly, don't worry. My job is to make you comfortable, laughing and to get genuine emotions out of you. I've been shooting weddings and portraits for over ten years, so I've become really great at reading people! To be honest, I get complimented all the time on my ability to make people comfortable. I inherited it from my dad, the ultimate social butterfly!
  • When booking it's always a good idea to setup a backup date just incase we get bad weather! I'll be keeping an eye on the weather and usually make the call on the morning of.
  • Don't overthink it. Yes locations and outfits are important but they're 2nd priority for me. Most of my time during our shoot is spent making jokes and being silly to make you both comfortable and make it possible for me to capture authentic and candid expressions and poses.

XOXO Lori

Carly & Jordan - Fronterra Farms, Prince Edward County

{it was instinctive the way i fell for you. like an effortless intake of breath}-

After having to reschedule our Toronto engagement shoot, Carly brought up the idea of shooting in Prince Edward County at these epic "glamping" style tents that they'd be renting for Jordans 30th birthday. It just so happened I was going to be travelling to Montreal that day and so I said an enthusiastic Hell Yes! I'll probably be going back there as soon as Fronterra opens their brewery! There were soo many great places to shoot here (like the rows of hopps!) and the super kitsch little kitchen beside the tents that overlooks the lake. We finished off our great day at the beautiful Drake Devonshire, somewhere I've always wanted to see. The whole day did not disappoint!

Thank you Carly and Jordan for a memorable day!

xo Lori

 

Stephanie & Jason Mini-post - 29.07.2017

obsession is not love,

infatuation is not love,

when someone ignores you

or treats you poorly, carelessly,

or with indifference

that's not love-

that's lack of love,

for yourself, for trying to fill

your missing pieces with theirs

but when someone is whole

and you are whole

and you act in kindness and benevolence, vulnerability

through strength,

love becomes an exchange

with another person-

and that is

the truest form.

 

Brenna & Dave {Casa Loma - Toronto ON} - 02.07.2017

{as soon as I saw you, i knew a grand adventure was about to happen}

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Brenna & Daves elegant wedding at Casa Loma in Toronto just completely blew me away. Not only are they two of the nicest people I've ever met, their friends and family were also just so friendly and welcoming! Thank you for choosing me to be your photographer!

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Vendors: 

Second Shooter: Joey Ventura

Flowers: Erin Lucuik 

Cake: Berna

Cannoli Tower: Bar Buca

DJ or Band: Rio Band

Makeup: Jen Evoy Make Up Studio

Hair: Michelle O'Shea

Videographer: Danny Alexander

Wedding Coordination: Love By Lynzie 

Tali & Barry's Montreal Engagement Shoot

I just simply adore Montreal. I love it's charm, it's character and it's strong parisian vibe. We had a lovely day shooting at the popular Atwater Market, then took a stroll along the canal and met up with Barry's dad and his epic 1959  red corvette. Then finished the day off drinking delicious iced latte's at Lili & Oli. I wanted to include many quintessential Montreal aspects into our shoot as tribute to this stylish couple and this unforgettable city! Enjoy! xo Lori