Hind and Jimmy




One of the advantages to shooting your engagement or wedding photos downtown Toronto is there are many locations with different feelings to them within very short distances from one another.  Toronto is a very green city with tons of mature trees, parks, the lakeshore, shiny new buildings as well as the wonderful old ones dotting the downtown core.  All this means you can have a lot of variation to your photos within a short period of time.  Hind and Jimmy chose to shoot between a few areas near The Distillery District located in the east end of downtown Toronto.  The up side to shooting there is within those few square blocks, you have a lot of distinct, artsy spots to shoot in front of.  Charming restaurants, art galleries and cute stores selling a myriad of things, as well as several interesting large art pieces and architecturally different buildings to keep things interesting in your photos.  Of course the one challenge is the number of people that are there regularly because this is one of the more popular areas of downtown Toronto in recent years.  My suggestion if possible is to go there on a weekday during the afternoon if crowds bother you.

Very near is Cherry Beach.  Many may know this area because there is a great dog park there!  I love dogs!  A wide open space open to the beach where you can let your dog off its leash.  Don’t worry if your there to take pictures, there is a fence around the dog park.  The opposite of The Distillery District, it is usually fairly quite.  Big mature trees right on Lake Ontario’s shores.  Photographing here can feel like you aren’t this close to the core of Toronto as you are.  If you look, there’s the city.  However, there are many angles where you don’t see the city at all, so your pictures can feel like you left the city for some distant destination down the coast.  Cherry Beach is  great place to go for photos if you want tot feel like your not in the city.

The third idea that Hind and Jimmy had was to have some of their engagement photos in areas containing graffiti.  This has been a trend the last several years and why not!  If you appreciate graffiti as an art form and you live downtown, it is a part of the city you call home.  Once used for band photos and gritty advertising campaigns, graffitied walls and back alleys are now often used for engagement shoots and wedding photos.  If Calvin Klein can use it, why can’t we?  This of course is not for everyone.  Some people don’t get it and don’t want to.  Ce la vie!  But if urban art is your thing, there are many spots around downtown with a lot of graffiti covering the walls, back alleys and under bridges.  All the photos below where shot by Josh Cornell in just a couple hours!  keep these ideas in mind if you want a few different feelings in a short time.


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Alina and Ian

So you want to get married surrounded by vineyards with the smell of fine wine in the air?  The go to response to this request in North America is to have your wedding in Napa Valley, California, or is it?  Yes Canada has it’s own wine growing areas as well that are not only beautiful but have produced award winning wine recognized around the world.  I have photographed weddings in several different wine growing areas of North America.  I can say without a doubt that Niagara on the Lake is just as beautiful, and for Canadians, much more accessible.  In fact the town itself is a picturesque place filled with with photographic opportunities for wedding photographer Josh Cornell to take advantage of.

The happy couple, Alina and Ian chose to have their wedding at The Pillar and Post Inn.  A historical hotel near the heart of Niagara on the Lake.  Everything you need for your perfect day is within a short walking distance from the hotel.  Vineyards, historical buildings, victorian houses, the neighbourhood itself is filled with big beautiful trees and you are a few minutes walk from Lake Ontario’s shore making for hundreds of perfect opportunities for amazing moments to be captured.




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Petra and Dwayne


Josh Cornell had a great afternoon photographing Petra and Dwayne MacDougall’s big day.  They decided to have their wedding and reception at the Knollwood Golf Club located in Ancaster, Ontario.  The area has an “out in the country vibe” and feels like you are further away from Toronto than you are.  This makes it a convenient location for your guests to get to and from Toronto and the surrounding area.

If your idea of the perfect wedding is filled with hand made ornaments with a homemade feel, this rustic wedding has lots of great simple heartfelt ideas.  Some couples even chose to have their bridal party help them make the decorations for their weddings!  Just how involved you are with every detail of your wedding depends on how much time you have and how creative you are.  If making your decorations yourself is not for you don’t worry, there are lots of vendors making decorations for your wedding with that hand made touch your hoping for.

When your getting ready in the morning you will most often chose a location close to your wedding ceremony or reception location.  In this case, Petra and Dwayne decided they wanted their hotel to have the same feeling as their wedding, warm and cozy with a country feel.  They choose to stay and get ready for their wedding the morning of their wedding at the Serenity Bed and Breakfast located west of Ancaster, Ontario.  This B&B feels like its name name suggests, creating a perfect start for a country wedding.


















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Cheryl and Kevin

Cheryl and Kevin were a great couple to work with and it was a nice day out for Josh Cornell to capture some great moments between the two of them.

It can be challenging to find just the right place to do your engagement shoot.  Of course there are pretty parks, old buildings, beaches, and multitude of location choices both personal to us and straight up beautiful to chose from.  It can be fun to use somewhere that is a little different and has a lot of personality, possibly as much personality as you have.

Of course you must have a day where you can spend more time if a location is a little out of the way, but it also makes for a bit of an adventure if you have the right spirit.  Also, the day of your wedding your usually limited to locations which are a short distance from the site of the ceremony or where your reception will be.

Cheryl and Kevin choose to do their engagement shoot at the Great War Flying Museum in Caledon, Ontario.

Using an engagement shoot to not only be somewhere that is great for photographs, but also lets you go on an adventure is definitely a great way to get what you want from your engagement shoot.  New experiences are part of what life is all about!  Remember, the more fun you have while your being photographed, the more good moments you have when you get your pictures back.