Darlington Studios

Engagement Sessions

Jenn + Brian Engaged!

We met Jenn + Brian last year at the Timpano Bridal Show, where she won a free photo engagement session, for her and her fiancé, with our studio. We are delighted that she won because we had so much fun doing their photo session. They are planning to wed next year.

It is obvious that Jenn + Brian really enjoy one another’s company and are very much in love. Congratulations Jenn + Brian on your engagement! Thank you for spending the afternoon with us!

Colleen + Andrew Engaged!

Last September, we participated in a bridal show held in Barrie. We decided it would be a great idea to offer a draw, where a lucky winner could win a free photo engagement session with Paul. Colleen emerged victorious out of all the wonderful brides-to-be.

We spent last Saturday evening with Colleen + Andrew getting some great shots of the couple around town. It was fun getting to hang out with them and we are so excited that they chose us to photograph their wedding this New Year’s Eve! It’s going to be a great way to end (and start) the year! We can’t wait!

Engagement Session in Barrie, ON

How much do we love how we met Tracey + Chris? A lot! So much, in fact, that we asked Tracey + Chris to share the story in a short testimonial video.

We were introduced to Tracey in November of last year when she inquired about photography and video for her wedding in North Bay, ON. Did we mention that Tracey is a snocross racer? Um, awesome! Anyway, unfortunately, we were booked for her day, but we told her that we would contact her if anything changed. Nothing changed. Months went by. She wrote again and asked if anything new had developed. Still nothing. She even asked what dates we had available in August to see if she could change her wedding day to a different date in order to have us capture her wedding, but nothing seemed to be working out. Until…

We received an e-mail from one of our brides this summer, asking if she could switch her wedding date to a different day, leaving the day that Tracey had originally inquired about back in November available! We immediately contacted Tracey to let her know that her wedding day was now open. Game on!

We spent the afternoon with them a few weeks back and had an incredible time shooting their engagement session in the park. Tracey + Chris will be married this August in North Bay, ON and we couldn’t be more ecstatic to capture their wedding day! It was serendipitous how it all came together. We’re so happy it all worked out!

Zophie + Johnny Engaged!

The May Long Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. And it sure felt a lot like summer this past Saturday evening for Zophie & Johnny’s engagement session. They were on their way to their cottage up North, when they decided it was a perfect day for photos. In fact, many Torontonians choose to celebrate the holiday at the cottage in Muskoka with their families, making memories by the lake. When they called us to schedule their shoot, we couldn’t have been happier to oblige!

We began our session at Sunnidale Park, which offers a surprisingly lush backdrop for this time of year.  We are huge fans of love! If love had a Facebook fan page, we would totally “Like” it! Being able to photograph the connection between a couple like Zophie & Johnny makes us realize how truly fortunate we are to do what we do. We traveled around the Barrie area, getting some gorgeous shots and capturing some great moments along the way.

We are so excited to provide our Fusion collection, photography with a taste of cinematic video coverage, for their wedding celebration in July! Zophie & Johnny’s ceremony will be held in Barrie at the newly renovated St.Marys Church. Their reception will take place at the Barrie Golf and Country Club. We can’t wait!

Vicki + Dave Engaged!

Vicki + Dave saw us in action last summer at their friends’ wedding. It is always such a wonderful compliment to be referred by our former couples. This made it easy for Vicki + Dave to find a wedding photographer that they felt comfortable with and knew they could trust. We were so excited when they called us and chose us to capture their wedding day, too!

They have been together now for about 12 years and couldn’t be more in love! They are such a great couple! We all had so much fun together during this engagement session. We can hardly wait to photograph their wedding in Ingersoll, Ontario this Fall.

Engagement Session Tips

Congratulations!! You’re engaged!! Now what?

Time to hop on the wedding train, full steam ahead, and start planning! One important element that is often overlooked in the preliminary stages is engagement photos. Why is this session so essential?

Engagement sessions give you, the bride and groom to be, the opportunity to get acquainted with the photographer you’ve chosen to capture your special occasion. You are introduced to your wedding photographer’s shooting, creative and communicative style. It’s a relaxed environment, where you can ask questions and increase your comfort level in front of the camera. You get to really express yourself and it gives your photographer the chance to learn more about your relationship. The more a photographer knows about you, the better the visual story they can present. It is an ideal situation for everyone involved.

Want some tips on how to ensure an awesome engagement session?
1. Wear comfortable clothing that exudes confidence.
2. Bring several outfit options for variety.
3. Get your hair styled a few days before the session for a more natural look.
4. Ladies, if you love makeup, bring it!
5. Be prepared to laugh a lot and have fun!

We, generally, photograph our engagement sessions next to our studio. We are situated beside the TransCanada Trail in Barrie and it provides a gorgeous, natural background for engagement sessions. However, if you have an idea that is unique to you, we love to showcase new locations. In fact, some of our best-loved sessions have taken place at urban settings and family farms.

We have some pretty incredible weddings coming up this season. All our couples are remarkable people and we can’t wait to share in their joyous day. Over the past year we’ve been fortunate enough to get to know some of them a little better through their engagement sessions. Here a few of our favourites…