Ottawa Record Shop Engagement : Victoria & Allen

fun engagement photography session inside a record shop


It’s always nice to do something different and Vicky and Allan’s Ottawa record shop engagement photo shoot was a first for me.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it now: It’s a beautiful thing when you can work with your ideal Ottawa engagement photography client.

Vicky and Allan are Rad.

My kind of people.

Vicky’s got a nice dry humour, and as we flipped through the record collection at The Turning Point  record shop on Cooper St. in Ottawa’s Centretown district, she didn’t hesitate turing the knob to 11 with a few raunchy cover selections. I was likely the downer who made her pick the one she’s holding in the photo above.

Alan is a rarity these days: a gentleman. Sorting through the stacks, he often checked in with his love, looked over her shoulder and placed a comforting hand on her back. My favourite part was when he did what I call “an exaggerated movie walk”, hand-in-hand with Vicky as they strolled along The Driveway near the Corktown Footbridge. I knew he was just playing around, trying to get Vicky laughing, and it worked.

After we hit the record shop it was off to Bridgehead coffee where, after a change of clothes and a hot drink, jumped on a fire escape behind the building and made a few big sky images.

Next was a stop on the Corktown footbridge that traverses the Rideau Canal. It’s become a landmark for local and travelling lovers who, like they do in Paris, attached locks onto the curved steel railing. Vicky was freezing but, “out of love” sacrificed her well-being and went sans-jacket so we could make like the freezing April night was really that freezing. The only thing left after that was to toss the key into the canal and get some damn pizza!

I tell clients that my engagement sessions last around 90 – 120 minutes because that’s generally plenty of time of make some lasting engagement photos. But that doesn’t mean I stop when the clock stops. So while the time was up, I suggested we make a stop at Colonnade Pizza to round out the night.

Also, the camera doesn’t focus as well when I’m hungry.

Despite some weird looks by Colonnade diners and passersby, watching as I “creeped” outside their window-side table, I grabbed few nice images before heading back inside and digging in myself.

Enjoy the images from the Ottawa record shop engagement shoot below.