The Zawalykut’s Engagement Session at Calgary’s Fish Creek Park

A Sunny Session of Scouting and Shooting


The Story of Patti and Matt

Three and a half years ago, Patti and Matt connected online on They are both big Nascar fans and had it listed in their interests. This love of the races got them chatting. They have never been down to see it together, so it’s on their bucket list.

They spent the first few months of their courtship emailing before deciding to meet. Patti was so nervous that she ended up bailing, and even though she called him to cancel, he missed it and went on the date. After waiting for a while, he headed home, only to find her message! They ended up scheduling another date and finally met a week or two later at Boston Pizza. Their relationship blossomed, from those first few emails to an engagement.

Their Elevator Engagement

Patti and Matt had discussed engagement, so she had a feeling it would be coming soon. She and a girlfriend went ring shopping to see what was out there. Not long after, Matt took Patti’s friend with him to find the perfect ring.

It took him some time to work up the courage to propose. A few big milestones in their lives came and went, yet the proposal didn’t happen. Patti had resolved that he wasn’t planning anything.
Little did she know, he had the ring and was waiting for the right timing. He wanted to find the perfect words and to propose exactly the way he wanted to.

One night, on their way out to dinner, Patti suspected they were going to Ruth’s Chris. Instead, he led her to the Calgary Tower, even though she is terrified of heights. Once the elevator doors closed, he wasted no time and got down on one knee. By the time they hit the top floor, the ring was on her finger, and the two were happily engaged!

The Engagement Session at St. Bonaventure Church and Parkland Estates

Matt and Patti are getting married in 2017 at St. Bonaventure Church in Calgary. Because they won’t have a ton of time for formals on the wedding day, we used the engagement session to pace out a few locations and get a sense of the area. Parkland Estates sits on a beautiful ridge overlooking Fish Creek Park and offers gorgeous views. There were many attractive shooting opportunities along the ridge, so we just began to snap pictures. Above Patti and Matt, in the sky, a rainstorm threatened Calgary. A far-off tube of clouds hovered south of the city, but blue sky and bright sunshine surrounded it. It made for a beautiful backdrop.

We did a few more shots along the ridge before hopping into the cars and driving around the area, pickings spots as we went along. We found a nice row of green trees and threw some flash on the couple. They looked radiant against the bright sky.

The session was relaxed, and we had a lot of fun exploring with and photographing Patti and Matt.

View the Online Gallery

There is an online gallery of all their images that will be available for the next 30 days. 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 Patti and Matt directly for their secure password.

We are so fortunate to have had the opportunity to photograph Patti and Matt’s engagement photos and we are really looking forward to joining them on their wedding day.

Want to share in the experience? Contact us today for a free consultation or to book a portrait session!

Engagement Photos Calgary – JM Photography © 2017

Some of my Favourite Photos From The Zawalykut Session


The Zawalykut Engagement Session Credits

Date | 5.18.17
Location | Fish Creek Park
Photography by Jeremy Martel
Hair and Makeup by Christina Kemp with Modern Makeovers

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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.

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