Cathy + Mike {Engagement Photography}

Cathy and Mike’s engagement shoot had been scheduled for the Toronto Island a few weeks before. And it poured. Not just a little rain, the sky emptied itself. I think we were all a little disappointed at having to postpone, but, boy, were we glad we did.

The shoot with Cathy and Mike on the Island and in Union Station was epic! We had such a great time with these two. They were up for anything (just wait, you’ll see, when we say anything, we mean *anything* ☺ ). And it doesn’t hurt that they’re clearly, totally in love.

Sometimes the light is just perfect…

As a bit of background, we always go out to the location of our shoot beforehand to scout – we map out where we want to take our couple and figure out what and how we want to shoot. During out scout for Cathy and Mike’s shoot, we found the Island’s outdoor theatre. The back wall of the theatre was perfect for doing some quick portraits. So, on the day of the shoot, we led Cathy and Mike toward the theatre, and perhaps down a rabbit hole …

This is, of course, where it all starts to feel like you’re having a strange, but actually kind of wonderful dream. As we approach the theatre, we notice a giant sign that says “Frolick”. Just as we were setting up, two young drama types (and we mean this in the nicest possible way – we love all kinds of performance) walk out of the theatre to check out what we’re doing. They regale us with jokes, tell us about their play, and offer us some amazing “props” for the shoot. That’s right. And Cathy and Mike got right into it. We loved it! In our opinion Cathy is a true performer, check out her facial expression in the tryptich below:

{Our thanks to Matthew Krist and Joe Law from Frolick, presenting “Adventures in Slumberland” this summer at the Lagoon Theatre — you guys made our shoot truly memorable.}

Leaving the menagerie and our new friends behind, we headed for some of the Island’s more tranquil spots…

We made our way down to the end of the pier on the other side of the Island for this next set. While we were sorting through the images afterwards, we couldn’t help but feel that there was something vintage and nostalgic about them – something very Beyond the Sea.

The images made us long for some Polaroid shots so we decided to play around a little with our processing:

[Stay tuned for posts later this summer where we actually carted along our old Polaroid cameras and Instax.]

Down from the pier to the water and up into the lifeguard stands…

Across by ferry, back to the city and into the basement of Union Station, there are a line of phone booths that we had been absolutely dying to use for a shoot.

It was a hot summer night. We’ll say no more.

To finish the night off, a little more scratchy vintage …

Cathy and Mike – thanks for an amazing evening. We can’t wait to shoot your wedding at the McMichael Art Gallery in a couple of weeks!


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  2. Shirley Percival

    I love these pictures. Can’t wait to see the wedding photos. Great job!

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