Jenni + Cody are planning an incredible backyard farm wedding in late September, and after we met for coffee last year they weren’t sure if engagement photos was something that would be in their future. I personally love doing engagement sessions because it gives us a chance to hang out (oh heyyyyy!) and it gives my couples the opportunity to get some photo-taking gitters out. By total surprise to me, Jenni messaged me on a Monday about doing a session (“I finally convinced Cody!”) and that Sunday we headed out to explore the Homer Watson Trail in Kitchener. Jenni + Cody decided that, if possible, they’d like to aim for winter photos (because really, snow makes an incredible backdrop!) and I can’t even express how lucky we got; by the time I got back to our home in downtown Kitchener after their shoot, the snow had melted off our lawn, and I haven’t seen it back since.

When we have the opportunity, I usually suggest we start engagement photos around an hour before sunset, because it gives us the last hour of the most beautiful light of the day. But of course, with busy lives and schedules, it’s not always possible to make that work, and because we were in a snow time crunch, the three of us decided to a sunny Sunday morning would be just perfect. We wandered around the forested trail, and stopped in places where the sun was peeking out at us, or where the snow reflected the light to create wonderful pockets of bright goodness. Karl always laughs at me when I talk about how “good” the light is, but as a photographer there is really nothing better than finding a slice of vivid luminous goodness, and this shoot was consistently bright and beautiful. (but we can’t give the light all the credit… I mean, how cute are these two?!)