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Winter proposal in Old Montreal On December 13, 2014 (yes, that’s 12/13/14!), Jetmir and Sara were having dinner at Jardin Nelson in Old Montreal. Little did Sara know that Jet had a ring in his pocket and was planning to propose...

With the freezing winter weather here in Montreal, it's hard to find quiet indoor places to shoot business profile photos and LinkedIn headshots. There's no way I can ask clients to stand shivering outside wrapped in a scarf and coat, with bright red cheeks and wind-crazy hair to get their professional portraits done. So, you can imagine how excited I am to have found a new, easy place to use for headshots!

Winter's back early this year in Montreal! And I'm not complaining. I love the first months of winter, when snow is still exciting and new. We all get to wear cute scarves and mittens. If any winter-haters out there want...

Patrick and Ayako used this beautiful hollow book to carry their wedding rings. I loved it so much that I had to give it its own blog post. It looks just like an ordinary hardcover book. But once opened, the...

Aquarium wedding Abby and Carling had a laid-back, intimate autumn wedding at an aquarium. Yup, I said aquarium. :) Before the ceremony, the couple hung out at a nearby B&B, relaxing with friends, as they got ready for the wedding. They kept...

Countryside wedding at the Royal Bromont Golf Club

Nick and Marie are a couple of fun-loving no-nonsense people who like to keep it real! That always makes me happy, because for wedding photography, keeping it real is one of the best things you can do to get natural, spontaneous photos. Nick is from Vancouver and Marie is from Quebec. They met one wild night at a hockey game while Nick was in Montreal and hit it off. That night they fled the crazy hockey riots together. And despite living on opposite sides of the country, they kept their long-distance relationship alive and well!

Wedding at the Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur Chapel in Old Montreal

On a sunny May 17, 2014, Amanda and Jeremie were married at the Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur Chapel in the Old Port. After getting to know them a little bit during their engagement photo session in Parc Angrignon, it was a big pleasure getting to photograph their wedding day!

The happy couple

Amanda and Jeremie are quiet, thoughtful, fun-loving and seem to have inner magnets that draw positive and loving people close around them. It was such fun to document the moments happening as family and friends gathered together for a big party to celebrate their love. Here are some highlights of this wedding at the Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur Chapel:

Guys getting ready

Whiskey, wrestling and discussions on whether to cut open the pockets on their suits...Totally!

Gals getting ready

Champagne, hugs and discussions on whether Amanda looked like a brunette Katherine Heigl... Totally!

On my way home from shooting a couple's engagement session, I realized I had used not just one but THREE movie references during the shoot to guide the couple into poses. Yes, I'm guilty of using chick flicks to explain photo poses...don't judge! ;) Here's the movie references and when I use them: Hitch - Go 90% of the way to a kiss Hitch is teaching Albert how to woo his dream girl and says you never go 100% of the way to a kiss. I like to use this 90% reference to get couples nice and close, but not quite kissing. Sometimes, it's the moments right before you kiss that are most photogenic.

If you like using social media, Instagram is an awesome way to collect and share your wedding guests pictures. You'll be able to see your wedding from the eyes of your friends and family. Plus, you can use Instagram to entertain your guests at the wedding reception. Big serious warning: Collecting your guest's photos can't replace hiring a wedding photographer. Smartphone photos are fun and easy to share. But comparing professional photos to your guests' cellphone snapshots is like comparing your diamond engagement ring to a cereal box prize. CRACKERJACK That being said, as long as you have a professional (like me) taking care of documenting your wedding with high-quality photography, it can be a blast to get everyone sharing their own photos during your wedding day. Step 1: Create a unique hashtag

Planning to capture this surprise proposal in Montreal

Ryan e-mailed me because he was planning to propose to his girlfriend during a weekend trip to Montreal. So we made some plans by e-mail for a cute photoshoot with them in the Old Port, around the hotel they were staying. Ryan pretended it was a couple's photoshoot so they could have "nice memories of their trip" to Montreal. But the whole time we were taking photos, he was hoping Jordan wouldn't notice the ring box in his jacket pocket.

Allo tout le monde! Ce soir, il y a de la neige et du froid dehors, mais les photos que je partage avec vous ont été prises lors d'une journée pluvieuse cet automne. Noémie et Sébastien m'ont rejoint dans le Vieux-Port pour leur séance de photos en couple. On avait quelques doutes en voyant le mauvais temps s'annoncer, mais la pluie était assez douce pour s'aventurer.

Hey everyone! I'll be at the Salon de la Mariée at the Palais des Congrès this weekend (February 1 and 2). If you're coming, stop by and say hi! I'm at booth 1008 and I'd love to see you! Keep an eye out for some of these big prints to find me among the crowd!

Here's my collection of favourite wedding photos from 2013. This time, my favourites tend to fall in 2 categories: - strong emotional moments - creative framing (e.g., mirrors, shooting through something, etc.) As I look forward to shooting a bunch more weddings in 2014,

These past few weeks, I've been looking back at the last year and gathering my favourite photos in preparation for the Salon de la Mariée bridal show where I'll be on Feb 1 and 2 (do come visit me!). I thought I'd share 2 posts with the results. This one, with a bunch of my favourite engagement photos (where couples in love be all casual and have fun getting their photos taken).

Amanda is a pharmacist and Jeremie is an app programmer. Combine these two ingredients together and you get a lovely lovely couple...the salt of the earth. They’ve been together for quite a few years and it’s cool to see how comfortable they are with each other. This year, they got engaged and now are busy planning their wedding! I’m finally sharing a few photos of their engagement session. We chose Angrignon Park, in Lasalle, because it’s just around the corner from their home and it’s also a HUGE park with plenty of nice spots for photos. And on a sunny fall day, the orange leaves really popped!

I had such a great time shooting Jasmine and Didier for their engagement photo session last summer. I didn't get to travel to Mauritius to shoot their wedding, but once they were back in Montreal we got together to do a post-wedding photoshoot. Their closest friends had all gathered together in Montreal to celebrate their wedding...and they didn't want to miss this chance to get some fun photos together. So they put on their best dresses and bow-ties and hit the streets!

Elisa and Etienne are two energetic bundles of fun! Being a nerd myself, I think I can safely call these two "creative geeks". They are both artists (or "arteestes" as we like to say with French accents) but they also enjoy geekery like Otakuthon, anime and programming. ;) Elisa studied cartoon animation, but gave up her animator ambitions to enjoy better work-life balance and be able to one day have a family. Now, she enjoys working at a pet shop and has a gazillion (well, maybe 5) pets of her own. Etienne is a graphic designer/website developer who's also a skilled musician and swing dancer. He's a big extrovert and has the best laugh! Elisa and Etienne met in CEGEP many years ago. They are looking forward to finally tying the knot this October 19th...and celebrating the beginning of a long and exciting adventure together! ElisaEtienneEsession091 For their engagement session, we decided to forgo the typical romantic locations around Montreal (yes, Old Port, we're talking about you) and get down and dirty exploring a graffiti-filled abandoned factory.