Engagement Session

english bay engagement session: tess+adam

oh look. tim hortons! that’s where we met. tess smiled, her right hand pressed into adam’s left as we walked down denman street during their engagement session. well, not that one, specifically. a different one… but still a tim hortons. tess and adam played for the same volleyball club during high school but that’s not exactly how they met. tess admits to seeing adam at volleyball tournaments and occasionally facebook stalking the boy. officially, they met, one evening after youth church in a group of friends at tim hortons. they started chatting about their schools: tess went to the same christian high school as i, adam attended another christian school in the area. both in their graduating year, tess and adam soon discovered a shared hatred of geography 12 and chatted the rest of the evening. turns out that class was good for something, after all! they became friends and started dating quite a few months later. their relationship was “built on a very solid friendship.” i like that.

tess & i also live [let me just count in my head here] six houses apart. i think. i’m sure we’ve passed each other on neighbourhood jogs over the past few years; she was always a familiar face. i was so excited when the cute couple i had facebook stalked [of course. i stalk cute couples. it’s a wedding photographer thing.] got engaged and tess emailed me. mmm, actually tess emailed me two months before their engagement, now that i remember. it’s the most amazing thing when a couple chooses their wedding date around my availability; tess & adam did exactly that. i’m crazy excited for their july 17, 2011 wedding! but wait, i’m not done writing about them yet.

we all drove together into vancouver last week for the session. it was awesome to spend so much time with tess & adam, in the car and on the shoot. tess and adam are very different people: city girl meets country boy. in tess’s words, we are polar opposites. our personalities are quite different but we also come from extremely different families. i am half-asian and raised upper-middle class & he is from an all mennonite family that lives in the country on a farm. one thing these two have in common, the Lord. i loved that after hanging out with tess & adam, i know God has such an incredible place in their hearts— and that place is in the centre. in our little client questionnaire, tess mentioned one of their favourite things to do is going the beach to spend some time talking, reflecting and re-focusing our lives back on God. nothing is more refreshing then reading God’s Word on a rock with the waves crashing at your feet! & this is why i love them. it’s also why we did the first part of their engagement session on the beach! i’ve talked enough—i can babble on more about them next july in their wedding blog post. ;) enjoy!

to see more of tess + adam’s english bay vancouver engagement session CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

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  1. just perfect! favorite is 4th from the top :)

  2. Katie says:

    ahahahahahah the butt crack one cracks me UP!! pun intended. :) ohhh and I LOVE this shoot!

  3. Jackie says:

    Oh. My. Gosh. I love this couple. They are SO cute! K I have to go back and look at all of these again!

  4. Such a cute story and such a cute couple. She is just gorgeous. Jamie, you are so talented!

  5. Lydia says:

    Her dimples are adorable! You captured the sweetness between them, and I love anyone that loves volleyball!

  6. rheba says:

    They are so so cute!! Love this!!

  7. What an adorable couple! Is it just me or does Adam look a bit like Matt Damon? Beautiful job as always, Jamie. :)

  8. Anwen Norman says:

    I love these!!! My favorite is the one of just their feet splashing in the water. So many great shots! :)

  9. yeah, couples who select a date based on your open dates rock. they earn an extra-special place in my heart, too! :)

  10. Rachel Clarke says:

    Ahhg!! I love these so much! So emotional. My favorites (though it’s hard to pick) *might* be the black and whites. Tess is so beautiful, and I love her ring! Very cool story too. There’s a large Mennonite community near my house, actually…

  11. Loving the recent engagement sessions! So lovely!

  12. Syreena B says:

    Don’t you just LOVE spending time with your couples! I am sure they had a blast with you. What beautiful images Jamie!!!

  13. Oh my gosh- these two are out of control cute. LOVE!

  14. emma rae says:

    holyy. they are the cutest EVER

  15. Faith says:

    These are lovely… the fifth one is my favorite. :)

  16. Betsy Lackey says:

    Soooo I’m ashamed to say I haven’t visited your site or blog in FAR too long. I did today, and I’m blown away. You are fantastic. Your showit site kicks butt.. one of the best i’ve seen. :) love love love it.k.. i’ll shut up soon. just wanted to encourage. you are pretty fantastic

  17. Shawna says:

    Love these, beautiful couple – fabulous photos!

  18. Candee says:

    I love everything about this session. so fun and full of love!!Jamie, you’re such an inspiration to a newbie like me!

  19. These are incredibly lovely…

  20. Becky says:

    Gorgeous session Jamie! Love all the laughter in that tripict on the beach!! Too cute!

  21. Melanie says:

    These two are RIDICULOUSLY gorgeous and cute. Jamie, well done on capturing them!

  22. Brielle says:

    AAAAAhhhh sooooooooo cute! I love love love these photos, she is so gorgeous and he is so cute! Wow, can’t wait to see there wedding!

  23. wow, this couple is sooo beautiful and cute! I like the pics, very much!

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I’m Jamie! I capture joyful wedding and portrait photos that feel like you—through easy, natural posing. Since 2008,  I've photographed over 270 weddings and nearly 300 family sessions and it’s a joy to spend my career capturing natural, joyful images!

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