Blair Gable

Meagan and Dan met playing dodgeball on a Ottawa Sport and Social Club team. So naturally….

Dodgeball engagement portraits with Meagan + Dan

Dodgeball engagement portraits with Meagan + Dan

Dodgeball engagement portraits with Meagan + Dan

Dodgeball engagement portraits with Meagan + Dan

I like my clients. This is just a teaser photo (wait until you see the rest) and is only the first part of a six part engagement series featuring these two and their weird love. Go balls deep! More to come.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Vanessa and Romolo at a church in Brampton and Otello’s Italian restaurant in Oakville – with a few stops along the way for portraits.

Wedding of Vanessa and Romolo in Brampton and Oakville

Wedding of Vanessa and Romolo in Brampton and Oakville

Wedding of Vanessa and Romolo in Brampton and Oakville

Wedding of Vanessa and Romolo in Brampton and Oakville

Wedding of Vanessa and Romolo in Brampton and Oakville

Wedding of Vanessa and Romolo in Brampton and Oakville

Wedding of Vanessa and Romolo in Brampton and Oakville

Wedding of Vanessa and Romolo in Brampton and Oakville

Wedding of Vanessa and Romolo in Brampton and Oakville

Wedding of Vanessa and Romolo in Brampton and Oakville

Wedding of Vanessa and Romolo in Brampton and Oakville

Wedding of Vanessa and Romolo in Brampton and Oakville

Wedding of Vanessa and Romolo in Brampton and Oakville

You may have seen my post a few months ago featuring an engagement session I shot late one night at the Elgin Street Diner in Ottawa, well here is the behind the scenes video to go with it. Many thanks to James Park for shooting and editing. Enjoy!

Check out Kaitlin and Keith’s engagement session at the Elgin Street Diner here. Vote for your favorite!

Couple kindles romance over late night poutine

JESSICA SMITH

METRO OTTAWA NEWSPAPER
November 11, 2011

Falling in love doesn’t often happen in a photographer’s studio — unless, perhaps, you’re a photographer. So, Kaitlin Grant and Keith Charlebois kissed for their engagement photos where they kindled their romance—over late-night poutine at the Elgin Street Diner.

The couple’s photo caused a stir on Twitter in Ottawa yesterday, trending after photographer Blair Gable’s former colleagues mentioned it online.

The idea for the photos came from Gable, who hates the “cheesy, totally posed, totally contrived nonsense” typical of too many engagement photos, after he asked the couple about how they fell in love.

“I’ve had this shot in my head for a couple of years, and I’ve been waiting for a couple to say, ‘poutine,’” said Gable.

Grant loved the idea. “I wanted our photographer to capture and convey, rather than pose us for some fake photos,” she said.

Both Grant and Charlebois don’t normally like getting their photos taken, but the experience was fun, she said.

Guests at the wedding reception at Saunders Farm next year will have a chance at their own romance over cheese curds and gravy.

“We’re going to be having a poutine bar, kind of a late night snack at our wedding,” said Grant. 

Engagement session with Lily Fang and JF at Britannia Beach in Ottawa

I made the trek up to Irish Creek Farm in Ryanville, Quebec (about an hour north of Ottawa near the Mont Sainte-Marie ski hill) to photograph Bonnie and Ryan’s wedding; or the Murphywood Affair as their guests had dubbed it. It was a simple country-style wedding turned gong-show. The weather was quite foreboding, but thankfully the rain held off until after the ceremony and after their guests had a few drinks in them. It was a new venue for me, which is always a good thing, and I met a fantastic caterer – The Grateful Griller – a great concept and delicious food! I mean, he served bacon wrapped pickles cooked in a ceramic barbecue, how can you go wrong?

Wedding of Bonnie Kirkwood and Ryan at the Irish Creek Farm

Wedding of Bonnie Kirkwood and Ryan at the Irish Creek Farm

Wedding of Bonnie Kirkwood and Ryan at the Irish Creek Farm

Wedding of Bonnie Kirkwood and Ryan at the Irish Creek Farm

Wedding of Bonnie Kirkwood and Ryan at the Irish Creek Farm

Wedding of Bonnie Kirkwood and Ryan at the Irish Creek Farm

Wedding of Bonnie Kirkwood and Ryan at the Irish Creek Farm

Wedding of Bonnie Kirkwood and Ryan at the Irish Creek Farm

Wedding of Bonnie Kirkwood and Ryan at the Irish Creek Farm