Working with Dana and Lloyd was so much fun. I love how spontaneous they were. Case in point. As we were driving to the next spot I was looking at the skyline of Vancouver and said out loud, this would be a nice spot for a photo with the view and all but there isn't anywhere to park. Lloyd just stopped the car in the middle of the road (there wasn't anyone behind us in sight), we dashed out and took photos for 30 seconds and then left. The result is the first shot you see here.
We started off Stala and Einers engagement in a quiet wooded spot next to Second Beach at Stanley Park. They brought their dog Chewie along for photos so I made sure to get those first. After we went by Lost Lagoon before wrapping up the shoot at Second Beach.
Danielle and Chris’ engagement shoot started with a stroll through Pacific Spirit Park before we headed down to Jericho beach for sunset. I always say that I prefer a partially cloudy day for shooting compared to fully blue skies because of the texture that the clouds give the skies and this shoot is a perfect example of that!
When ever I shoot I always try to get to know the people that I’m photographing as much as possible as everyone has something interesting to share. With Sanchit and Cara, I found out that Sanchit is a pilot and he started his career as a pilot taking aerial/surveying photos! I thought he would have some kinda fancy build in camera in the plane, but he told me he used a normal Nikon DSLR haha.
I had photographed Danielle and Chris’ engagement session last year and was happy to be asked to photograph their wedding at Van Dusen this spring! They had a small and intimate ceremony with just their closest family and we just walked around the park after for some portraits while also enjoying the sun. Even though the ceremony didn’t have personalized vows, the emotion was definitely felt as this was the first time that I’ve seen an officiant cry!
When it comes to engagement shoot locations there are plenty of options in and around Vancouver! Here are my top 7 in no particular order.
1. Jericho Beach
Jericho Beach is one of Vancouver's main beaches and is conveniently located in West Vancouver. There's a string of beaches in that area so it can be a bit confusing as to where to go. To start, you’ll want to park in the parking lot across the street from Brock House. The great thing about Jericho Beach is it’s also a large park so there's plenty of places to shoot beyond the beach!
2. Kits Beach
Kits Beach is Vancouvers most popular beach and is absolutely packed between May and September. With that said, it’s a great place to shoot between those months as its significantly more quiet. Specifically I love how versatile the beach is as it can offer a variety of different looks. When I shoot there I like to start by the yacht club, then work my way to Vanier Park, and then finish off at the actual Kits Beach as the sun sets.
3. Pacific Spirit Park
Pacific Spirit Park is forest that’s named as a park thats right next to UBC. Theres so many spots around this park that I honestly haven’t explored all of it. The great thing about this location is that you can be out on a busy street and within 5mins of walking you will be in the middle of a forest with thick walls of trees. Oh, and the free parking and abundant spaces is a plus too!
4. Spanish Banks
Neighbouring Jericho Beach, Spanish Banks offers the best view of the North Shore Mountains of all the beaches in the city. Like Kit’s Spanish Banks can get pretty busy between May and September, but from my experience in May and September it’s quiet enough to shoot at during sunset. Parking is free!
5. Stanley Park
Stanley Park is the most popular park in the city, but it’s also the largest park in the city! This means that despite how busy it can get in the summer, you can still shoot here year round and have it look like you’ve got the park all to yourselves! Except for the beaches though, those will be quite full in the warmer months, but if you want water there's still the Lost Lagoon!
UBC is a super versatile spot to shoot in! Beyond just going around the campus you’ve got the Botanical Gardens, the Rose Garden, Cecil Green and you can even make your way down to Wreck Beach! UBC can work well at any time of the year, and theres plenty of parking to be found around the campus.
7. Whytecliff Park
Whytecliff Park is one of the most popular rocky beach parks. It can get busy during the summer months, but is usually fine on weekdays. The park is large enough to offer a variety of different backdrops while being small enough to be easy to navigate. Watch out for the high tide though if you’re gonna venture to the little island as the pathway will be under water!
For this engagement shoot, I showed up super early and walked around the neighbourhood as Tania and Spencer said that they had spent a lot of time in the West End when they first started dating. I’m glad that I was able to find some new spots that worked well for photos before we made our way to Stanley Park for sunset.
Alex and Paul wanted to do their engagement session at Fort Langley as they have had a few dates there before. I’m always down to go to places of significance to the couple so I was happy to accommodate! It was great to be back in Langley as I hadn't shot there in years, and even found a new spot, thanks to Paul!