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A Winter Engagement Session That’s Not Too ‘Christmassy’

The Perfect Winter’s Day

You know those December days, when the snow is falling and the coffee is brewing, and all you want to do is curl up with the one you love? That was this winter engagement session.

Alina and Mike could not have picked a better spot, or the more perfect winter’s day.

Dundas, Ontario (just outside of Hamilton) is one of the region’s hidden little gems. It has that beautiful small town charm, complete with coffee shops, quaint architecture and pretty little streets. It was the perfect spot for this shoot.

As Alina and Mike are coffee aficionados, it only made sense to take a stroll to Detour Coffee, their fave little spot, to get warm and cozy. After shooting outside in the snow for a few minutes, it was gorgeous. We then headed back to their place to capture a few photos of their life at home.

The Concept

A lot of couples are afraid of doing their engagement session around Christmas time, for fear of having all their engagement photos appear like a family holiday card (not cool). However, doing your engagement session at this time of year does not mean it has to be all Christmas trees and Santa hats.

We developed a plan to capture a little slice of life, which included coffee, wine, and yep, a charcuterie board. Alina and Mike held off decorating their home for the holidays until the session was over so the house looked as it usually does.

Winter engagement session does not necessarily = Christmas engagement session. You can capture all the beauty of a fresh snowfall, and the coziness of coming inside after without hanging bunches upon bunches of mistletoe.

The Couple

I really, really, really like these guys. Like, a lot. They took the time to carefully consider and plan what they wanted their winter engagement session to look like, and included so many pretty details. And not only did that make for a beautiful shoot, but it captured the things that make them who they are as a couple.

Any couple that says, “Hey, do you want to try the wine and cheese?” at the end of the shoot is a couple that gets A+ marks in my book.

Their love for each other shone through so brightly.

I can’t wait to capture their wedding next summer, where the photos will have a very different look to them. But judging from how gorgeous Alina and Mike are, they’ll be just as beautiful.

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