Toronto Engagement Photographer

Toronto Waterfront Engagement

Toronto Waterfront Engagement

It's not difficult to find the perfect spot for the best engagement photos in Toronto.

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Trinity Bellwoods Toronto Engagement Photos

Trinity Bellwoods Toronto Engagement Photos

It's a typical evening at Trinity Bellwoods park for Rachel and Pietro. They took a stroll and had conversations. They watched people and from far one could hear their silly laughters. Only this time we documented it with photographs.

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Winter Engagement Photos | Michelle + Omar

Michelle and Omar were brave enough to have this intimate winter engagement photo session in minus twenty degree celsius weather on a typical Toronto winter day. With their pre wedding photo session coming up in March at Graydon Hall, we picked Scarborough Bluffs for a different vibe and some outdoor scenic engagement pictures. After these two intimate photo sessions in the winter, the formal wedding was scheduled on a summer day in a few months. These two were not wasting time since they were engaged in 2016 year end and I loved that. The fast wedding planning pace was telling me that they can't wait to be married to each other. The bond between Michelle and Omar was so strong. Despite the fact that they were slightly camera-shy and needed some time to warm up for this late afternoon winter photo session, their love for each other was evident in their engagement pictures as well as during when the photos were taken. It's through the slightest smile and the lightest touch I documented Michelle and Omar's dear relationship. The Toronto winter and its unique winter air gave this engagement a sheer of softness and extra touch of romance. As the sun was setting over Scarborough bluffs and lake Ontario, the session came to an end yet I felt like it's just the beginning of something greater.

Hart House Engagement | Shaarifa + Talha

Shaarifa was born and raised in London, U.K.. She and Talha met in Toronto. They're one of my many long distance couples. Shaarifa wanted an engagement location in Toronto that had a British flare, nineteenth century buildings that'd reminder her of British architectures. She had her eye on Hart House and University of Toronto's downtown campus during her regular visit in Toronto. These beautiful architectures brought her back to London U.K. where she chose to leave behind for her new page with Talha in Toronto. We had a sunrise engagement session at Hart House. The dusk colours made it looked like as it's romantic, cloudy day in London only with more stunning colours as the sun rose. For the entire time, Shaarifa and Talha couldn't stop smiling and chitchatting among themselves. Their approachable personalities and love for each other was evident in every engagement photo. The physical distance between them had only strengthened their relationship over the years. Now they're ready to move forward to live a married life together, I wish them a lot of happiness.

To Shaarifa, Toronto welcomes you.

xx, Ally

Toronto Island Engagement | Maha + Salman

 

Engagement session's not only a perfect excuse for a soon-to-be-married couple to get some lifestyle photos to document their dating slash engagement life but also a great opportunity for a wedding photographer and the couple to get to know each other before the wedding day. Speaking of which, Maha and Salman offered me rum and coke before the their engagement session started. I thought that told us something about this professionally successful yet fun couple. Maha and Salman were both strong-minded and driven. They had been dating for about a year before they're engaged and were very passionate for each other. We spent a fun afternoon on Toronto Islands and took most of the engagement photos on Centre Island. Sometimes I felt being an engagement photographer can be quite different from being a wedding photographer. An engagement's more like an elopement. While going into a wedding day, a wedding photographer got to meet and greet and photography not only the bride and groom but their wedding party and friends and families, an engagement photographer spent an intimate time with just the couple. While on a wedding day, a wedding photographer observed and documented moments and emotions, an engagement photographer although didn't necessarily create those moments and emotions, I had to facilitate and intuitively capture the fleeting moments and genuine emotions. We posed too and we tried to make those posed pictures look effortless. I've been to different parts of Toronto Islands for various occasions - engagement sessions, wedding receptions, wedding ceremonies, personal leisure trips (click here to see a wedding ceremony I shot on Ward's Island and click here to see another quieter engagement session that felt quite different from Maha and Salman's) . It's a special location that's so close to the city (10 minutes ferry from downtown Toronto) yet felt so different. I've also been to the islands in different seasons. The islands looked unique in each. I must also admit that I have some special feelings for taking a ferry. There's something nostalgic and romantic about taking a ferry (or water taxi in this case for Maha and Salman's engagement lol). 

xx, Ally