Specializing in Wedding and Family Photography in Kingston, Ontario and Surrounding Areas
2015 was an incredible year for Sarah Rouleau Photography and for me (we are one and the same). I had the privilege of working with so many amazing couples, and was able to join them on one of the most magical days of their lives. In February I shot my 100th wedding, a big milestone in this world where it seems that a new “photographer” is popping up on Facebook or Kijiji every day. Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I think of all the beautiful weddings I’ve been able to document, all the touching moments that I’ve witnessed and all the loving couples who have been brave enough to show their true selves in front of my camera. I met wonderful families and friends of the brides and grooms along the way, worked with awesome vendors who work as hard as I do to make the couple’s day everything that they’ve ever dreamed of. I shared my photographer job with some amazing photog ladies, Lana, Maria and Sandra, who all made it appear as though I could be in two places at once.
Instead of sharing a “Best of” group of photos, I’ve gathered my favourite photo from each couple’s special day. I’m not celebrating my photography… I’m celebrating these incredible couples who trusted these most precious memories to me. I always end my wedding posts by thanking the couple for trusting their day to me, and I truly mean it. I know that you can’t do it over again, and that the day is over before you know it. I’m the one capturing the moments, creating a time capsule of their wedding day and I truly do understand what an important job it is and I’m honoured each and every time I do it. Thank you everyone who helped make 2015 so amazing and I can’t wait to see what 2016 has to offer!
Emily and Mason were married in St. Lucia in April. I wish I could say that I shot these in St. Lucia but I didn’t. Emily and Mason celebrated their wedding with everyone that couldn’t be in St. Lucia with a reception here in Kingston on the long weekend. It was a very low key, relaxed event where everyone had a great time. Before the reception started the happy couple and I strolled around the beautiful Kingston waterfront for some sweet photos. It was a great night and it was a pleasure to help this adorable couple celebrate! Congratulations again to you both Emily and Mason. Enjoy your sneak peeks!
I met Cassie and Chad about four years ago when I shot their Maternity photos, and then was fortunate enough to be able to photographer their sweet baby Hudson when he was born. Now their family has grown again! Meet Baby Brynn, just 13 days old in her photos. She’s an adorable little girl that is so loved by her big brother, Hudson who can’t stop kissing her! It was a pleasure to work with this wonderful family again and to be part of the best part of their lives! Congratulations again to you all and welcome to the world, Baby Brynn!
I’ve known the Lee Family for a few years now and it was so nice to meet up with them this past weekend for some very overdue family photos. Mom, Mabel, twin sisters Olivia and Katie, and younger brother Benji are a wonderful family who didn’t even mind all the hugging. These photos will be a birthday present for Mabel’s dad as he will soon celebrate his 70th birthday. What a great present!! It was a great shoot despite the cold. Thank you for trusting these memories to me! Enjoy your sneak peeks!
Meet Baby Nathan!! He is the sweetest, cutest, most adorable little guy in the world! Of course, I’m a tiny bit biased because he is my great nephew… but I can’t help myself! Nathan was so good for his first ever photo shoot. He slept through the entire thing. His Mommy and Daddy, Samaria and Tyler are amazing parents already and I can’t to watch them grow as well as Nathan. He is a very loved baby boy. He came into this world early, but it was meant to be, his timing was perfect. He’s bringing smiles to everyone around him. Welcome to the world Baby Nate! Congratulations Mommy and Daddy, Samaria and Tyler and enjoy your sneak peeks!!
Meet Baby Lorelei! She has been welcomed into the most amazing family! I’ve know the Lafave’s (not always all Lafave’s) for years now and I’ve been able to document so many special moments in their lives, including Amanda and Blair’s wedding last spring. I’m so honoured to photograph yet another incredible milestone. Mommy and Daddy Amanda and Blair, and big brother Theo are the perfect family for this sweet little girl to come home to. She is very loved as you can see in these photos. Welcome to the world, Lorelei!! Congratulations to you, Lafaves!! Enjoy your sneak peeks!
On a quiet Sunday in February I met up with Jennifer, Cooper and their fur-baby Russel at their home just outside Kingston. We visited their favourite spots in the quiet neighbourhood. I love that Jennifer and Cooper decided to do their photos around their home, because this is where they are building their life together, and planning their future. Years down the road, they’ll be able to look back at these photos and remember where they were in their lives while they were planning their most special day. Russel photo-bombed many photos, so he wasn’t invited when we later went to the Little Cataraqui for some more great photos. Jennifer and Cooper are the cutest. So in love… it jumps off the screen! I can’t wait to work with them again later this summer when they say “I do”! Congratulations again to you both and enjoy your sneak peeks!
First look or no first look… that is the question
If you’re like most brides and grooms getting married this summer, you’re probably starting to think about the timeline of your wedding day, and trying to decide how to fit so much into just a few short hours. Everyone is telling you “the day will fly by” and they are right. Minutes will feel like seconds and before you know it the day will be over. So how do you ensure that your photographer get all of the photos that you’ve pinned on Pinterest without missing out on seeing that Aunt and Uncle that traveled from faraway lands just to see you on your wedding day?
You might find it overwhelming when you’re thinking about your busy wedding day schedule of getting your hair and makeup done, or getting into your tux, the actual ceremony, dinner, speeches, and dancing, not to mention spending time with everyone that has come to celebrate with you as you take this next step in your life. How will your photos fit into your schedule? Your photographer is probably telling you that they need at least 2 hours for photos, so where can you find an extra two hours in this fast-paced event-filled day?
Have you considered doing a First Look?
Are you asking yourself “What is a First Look?” Well, it’s simple. It’s where the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony, usually in a very choreographed (by the photographer) way so that there is a big reveal to the groom of his bride to be. Then most or all of your bride and groom portraits will be taken as well as the wedding party photos, and then you’re off the ceremony.
Is this right for you? Here are 4 things to consider:
The number one reason that I love the First Look is because it’s an intimate and private moment for the bride and groom. When you think of tradition, the bride walks down the aisle and then the ceremony starts right away. The groom might be able to whisper “You look beautiful” or something just a sweet to his bride but he’s doing that in front of all the guests, wedding party and the officiant. What if you could have that special moment but without the audience? And what if the groom didn’t have to whisper? What if he could exclaim “You look beautiful!” and then the bride could tell her groom “You look so handsome!” With a First Look, you get to spend a few moments together, privately, with your photographer at a far distance capturing the special exchange. It’s a moment that you’ll treasure forever and you don’t have to share it with anyone, just the most special person in your life.
Why try to cram one of the most special days of your life into the hours between 3 p.m. when your ceremony starts and midnight when your reception will start to wind down? Make a day of it since, after all, it is your Wedding Day! If you could be dressed and ready to go by 12:30 p.m. and you spend one and half hours with your photographer getting photos, you’d still have plenty of time for makeup touch-ups, a snack and little down time before your ceremony starts. And best of all, your photos are all most all done!
When most brides walk down the aisle, they are EXTREMELY nervous, anxious, and shaky because there is a huge build-up of emotion and anticipation throughout the day. You’ve spent months and months planning this day, and hours and hours that day making sure that every little detail from your hair to your makeup is perfect, and now the moment you’ve been waiting for is here. Will he love your dress? Will he like your hair? As you stand at the beginning of the aisle, these thoughts will race through your head, while all eyes are on you and your groom is waiting for you at the end of the aisle. You don’t want that moment to be filled with nerves and anxiety. You want to enjoy this moment and savor every second. If you’ve already seen each other at the First Look and you know that he thinks you look beyond extraordinary, you’ll be able to relax and appreciate that all important walk down the aisle.
If you’ve gone to a wedding in the past, you know that the bride and groom were probably M.I.A. during the cocktail hour. Where were there? What were they doing? They were probably off with their photographer getting their photos taken. What if you could spend that time with your guests? You’re probably saying “I’ll see them at the reception” but it’s a lot easier to mingle with guests during the cocktail hour. At the reception, you’ll be at the head table with your wedding party, and your guests will be seated around the room at multiple tables. You’ll enjoy your wedding dinner and listen to touching speeches, then you’ll have your first dance with your new spouse, and then the DJ will crank up the tunes and your guests will be dancing the night away. If you do want to visit with your high school friend that you haven’t seen since you were a kid, you’ll be yelling over the latest pop hit. Wouldn’t it be nice to talk to them over hors d’oeuvres and cocktails? If you’ve already done your photos during your First Look you can actually spend your cocktail hour with your guests.
Now you may be asking “What about family portraits?” When I’m shooting a wedding, I always get my brides and grooms to prepare a list of all the family photo combinations that they’d like taken during this section of the day. These are very important photos, but you don’t want to spend a long time doing them, so I find that a shot list helps keep everyone on task and organized, and ensures that no one is forgotten. When a couple does a First Look, they do their family photos at the beginning of their cocktail hour. This has been pre-arranged before the wedding day so that all the family members that will be in the photos knows when and where to go.
I totally get why brides and grooms want to stick with what they know, with tradition. After all, it’s probably what your parents did, and it’s what you’ve seen in the movies. But so many wedding traditions are changing and new ideas are becoming new traditions. The First Look is definitely one of the traditions that brides and grooms are altering to make their wedding day the BEST DAY EVER! Whether you choose the First Look or not, I hope your wedding is perfect in every way and is EVERYTHING that you’ve ever dreamed of!!
Megan and Cody met, and fell in love when they were attending Queen’s University. Even though they no longer live in Kingston, it was important for them to have photos done in such a special spot. Over the Christmas holidays I met up with this sweet couple and we took a stroll around the beautiful campus and then made our way downtown where we had to make a stop by the ice rink at Market Square. I always suggest to couples that they do their engagement photos in a special place because in years to come, they’ll look back at the photos and remember where their love began. I love that Megan and Cody traveled back to Kingston for their photos. As always, I’m honoured to capture these moments for them to treasure forever. Congratulations again, Megan and Cody, enjoy your sneak peeks!!
My favourite part of shooting a wedding is always the bride and groom’s portraits. Abdalla and Tasneem were married just a couple days after Christmas. I didn’t shoot their whole wedding, but I did have the amazing opportunity of capturing these great images of them before their ceremony. It was a very rainy damp day. Fortunately, it stopped raining long enough for us to get some great shots by the water. Congratulations to you both, Abdalla and Tasneem and enjoy your sneak peeks!