{Melissa & Andrea’s Engagement Shoot}


Engagement marks the end of a whirlwind romance and beginning of an eternal love story.

                                          -unknown

In my work as a photographer, I’ve crossed paths with Melissa & Andrea a few times over the years; she is a brilliant make-up artist, he is a highly skilled hair stylist & salon owner. Several of the brides that I’ve photographed have been beautified by one or the other (or both) of this talented couple!

And now they’re getting married! Before the big day comes around, we set out to capture some amazing engagement shots of the happy couple. We started out in their very own backyard; some of the best pictures I take are in surroundings that mean something to my clients. Melissa & Andrea have a great yard… a cool cedar hedge and a nifty gate, it’d be a shame not to use them as back drops! There’s always an added bonus of using a client’s own yard too…no strangers around watching, making anyone self-conscious! Sometimes it can be hard to get a natural, relaxed fun shot when the location is crowded. (Luckily Andrea & Melissa were comfortable in front of the camera, so there were no worries when we eventually left their yard and headed for public spaces!)

Another bonus of being in their yard…their sweet little Pomeranian pup, Preshy, (short for Precious) was able to take part in some of the photo shoot! What an adorable little ball of fur!

Since Melissa & Andrea wanted most of their pictures to have an Urban esthetic, we headed over to the Tannery on Charles Street, which is a refurbished factory, now home to restaurants and offices. A friend of theirs was able to pull some strings to allow us to use the inside of the building. I’ve never shot there before and was so impressed with the setting. There are so many architectural details; the original distressed brickwork, the unique stairs, the gorgeous pendant lights…backgrounds that provided tonnes of interest to the photos but subtle enough that Melissa & Andrea still stole the show! 

Looking forward to their September wedding….can’t wait to work with them again!
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