The Kondratoff’s Engagement Session at Calgary’s Fish Creek Park
A Sunset Stroll Through the Fields of Fish Creek Park
How Isabella and Sasha Met
When Isabella’s friend suggested she try online dating, she was hesitant. She agreed to try it for a short period, no more than 48 hours, before deleting her account.
Right away, she matched with Sasha, so that very evening they decided to go for coffee. He had suggested going to the beach, but she felt like coffee was less of a commitment at first. After they’d been talking over coffee for well over an hour, he suggested they go out to the park and go Geocaching. Geocaching is one big worldwide treasure hunt, with caches hidden all over the globe. At the moment, there are more than 3 million caches, making for an epic adventure anytime, anywhere. She had never tried it, so she agreed to head down to the park with him. They walked around for a while, but never successfully found the cache. Thankfully, they found something even better that day: each other!
The Geocache Engagement
After living together for a while, they had come to know each other’s schedules. So, one night when Sasha was 2 hours late from work, Isabella began to worry. What she didn’t know, was that he was meeting her mother to ask permission to marry Isabella.
Shortly after, he planned a special date for her. They began with coffee at the same Starbucks and eventually headed back into the park to Geocache. The weather wasn’t as nice as it was the first time around, but they braved the chill and explored the park. He had set up an elaborate plan, with a cache especially for her. He kept the ring on his person, just to be safe.
After some time had passed, she was getting frustrated with their lack of success. Sasha suggested maybe the cache was over by the pirate themed treasure chest in the park, but she assured him she had already checked it! He coaxed her to look again, and when she did, she found the little box. When she opened it, she was even more confused, because instead of containing the regular log book and items, there was just a letter. He suggested she read it, and as soon as the realization of what was happening hit her, he dropped to one knee and proposed!
The Engagement Session at Fish Creek Park
For their engagement session, we went down to the sprawling expanse of Fish Creek Park to utilize their beautiful open fields. Sasha is a huge Star Wars fan, so they wanted to take a few themed shots during their wedding in November. The idea they have requires a field, which could potentially be difficult in the winter, so we decided to get the shots in now, just in case.
After the Star Wars shots, we remained in the fields. We were out near the end of the day as the sun was setting, and it gave us a big beautiful show for our session. After a few silhouettes and epic wide shots, we strolled down the lantern-lined pathways of the park and backlit the couple. The towering spruce trees created beautiful framing for the shots. Back in the fields, Isabella and Sasha sat amongst the tall golden grasses, as the sun lit them up.
They changed into their formal wear, Isabella in a cherry red dress and Sasha in a bright white shirt. We stayed in the field as the sun began to disappear over the horizon. We sat them on a bench in front of a solitary leafy tree. To round out the shoot, we moved to the bright red barn at the Bow Valley Ranche, contrasting her red dress with the white door, and his white shirt with the red wall.
It was an awesome day with Isabella and Sasha. The lighting was perfect for the shoot, and we hope they enjoy their images as much as we enjoyed taking them!
Their Online Engagement Photo Gallery
This is an online gallery of all their images and it will be available for a limited time. From the online gallery you are able to favourite images, order prints and share the gallery with your family and friends. The gallery can be accessed via the link below and you can contact couple directly for their secure password.
Calgary Wedding Photographers – JM Photography © 2017
The Kondratoff Engagement Session Credits
Date | 8.8.17
Location – Fish Creek Park
Hair and Makeup – Christina Kemp with Modern Makeovers
Photography by Jeremy Martel
Learn more about our studio
JM Photography offers Calgary brides the very best in wedding photography! Our unique style and best in class experience is one of a kind. Each wedding is treated with the greatest of care and creativity, resulting in breathtaking imagery. We also offer Calgary newborn photography, capture maternity sessions as well as family portraits.
We are one of the top studios in Western Canada, servicing the Calgary area, including but not limited to, Canmore, Banff, Cochrane, Chestermere, Airdrie, Lethbridge, and Red Deer. We also offer coverage in Edmonton, Vancouver and to destinations worldwide.