Wedding Night Portraits by Frank Fenn
Ottawa, Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec and available for southern and Canadian destinations
Sometimes some of the best nighttime portraits can be made in publicly accessed closed places like Pong's Poutine on the Carp Road. We made this portrait of Tessa and Lee after their beautiful June wedding at the Canadian Golf & Country Club. Click to see more of their wedding.
It wouldn't be Ottawa without pictures at Parliament Hill - Nikki and Tom were ready willing and able to make the night portraits at this time because they saw what we did with their friends, Melissa and Rick, one year earlier. Yes, this picture was made at 2:20 a.m. and yes, it has been edited for lighting and balance and to remove people staying warm by the fire (as well as other imposing structures). Click to see their entire wedding day.
Speaking of Melissa and Rick!
Again, we made this portrait after 2 a.m. but this one was made in the pouring rain under the Mackenzie King Bridge. Melissa and Rick's wedding reception was held at the Westin Hotel and we stayed till the lights came and had the opportunity to go out with them. Click to see entire wedding.
Sometimes you get lucky and there is a fair going on. We were able to make this picture at the Carp Fair (in, guess where!) at 1 in the morning. Empty fairgrounds make for an interesting backdrop to couples' portraits and security gave us 20 minutes to work with, and that is all we needed.
More Peace Tower!
In the summer months tourism in Ottawa is heavy, especially when the light show is on. Katiesue and Scott had an early daytime wedding and afternoon reception - giving us the chance to meet up with them at their hotel in downtown Ottawa and walk around from 7 till 9 p.m. Wherever there are tourists there are opportunities to edit them out, and boy did I have to go to town on people removal for this one, but the results are a place where they can go back and reminisce with their children and maybe even great grandchildren.
Sometimes a parking lot can be cool.
This portrait of Sean and Tracey was made after their reception as we went for a walk to their Hotel making pictures along the way. Urban art makes for a great background too - as you will see below - especially as they are in the same parking lot. Click to see their entire wedding day.
Golf Courses too.
So, you have your reception at a golf course, nice during the day but not so sure about night? This portrait of Laila and Matthew was made on the first tee at the Royal Ottawa golf club in Aylmer, Quebec - and though we didn't venture any further we made a portrait that has a clear starry night.
Click to see their entire wedding day.
le Belvedere at night.
Beautiful during the day, gorgeous at night. Taking a break from their party, Mandy and Eric, posed for this night portrait under the chandelier. Some people were edited out of this picture but you wouldn't have known this if I hadn't told you.
Indoors at night at the Infinity Centre.
Tiffany and Cal's wedding was held in February, without opportunity to make pictures outdoors there were not any problems. This is one of those places where they have spot lights following the couple on their first dance - that and a fog machine ... which makes for challenges for flashes.
Of course, when you have a destination wedding you have time to make night portraits like this one with Natalie and Haneef in Jamaica.
The Bank of Canada Building on Sparks Street is really cool at night with opportunities for different angles like this one with Nikki and Tom and the pillars out front.
This portrait was made at Saunders Farm during a super moon, Saunders no longer allow sparklers (which makes a lot of sense)
Back alleys can be fun to photograph in, this one is on Princess Street in Kingston.
The NAC has beautiful views of the city including this view of Shaw Centre.
This is the tunnel at the Marshes Golf Club - while the owners of the golf course were probably not pleased with the urban art it made for a bit of grit in this picture best seen in black & white.
There is something about construction sites that just invite wedding pictures to be made.
Winter weddings are nothing but darkness after 5 p.m. - this one was made at Strathmere on an incredibly frigid December evening.
The wonderful setting at Stonefields lends itself to make night portraits.
Staying in a hotel room with a view? After all is said and done you can pose in the window while I make pictures - loving the guy shoveling the snow underneath their room. It was a cold and snowy day - well worth frozen fingers.
Even making night portraits in the forest is amazing.