[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You”]Today’s feature is from Julie Dessureault.

Julie says:

“Laurie and Nicolas’s story is so touching, beautiful and truthful that I wanted to share it.

Laurie used to be a competitive figure skater, but lately her biggest battle has been with cancer.

Her fiance Nicolas, however, was not a figure skater – until recently.

During the fall and winter, Nicolas secretly started learning how to figure skate. He would practice several times a week, sometimes with coaches, and sometimes alone, keeping it all a secret from their friends and families for months.

His idea? To create a figure skating choreography for his girlfriend that he would use to propose to her.

Nicolas wanted to prove his commitment to Laurie, and prove to her that no matter what, no matter how hard things got and how hard she had to fight, he was committed to her, loving her, and their life together.

Needless to say, she said yes.

Julie’s Photography Tip:

Even though I’ve photographed in Old Montreal a thousand times, I decided on this particular session to look at it as if I’ve never been there before.

I paid close attention to things I may otherwise overlook, and really focused on light, texture, and flection, and using them to my advantage.

This session also took place later in the day and the light was amazing. I made sure to take advantage of that by having my subjects face the sun with their chin up so as to beautifully expose their faces with lovely, Golden-Hour light.


Julie used a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 5D Mark III with a Canon 35mm lens and a Canon 135mm lens to capture these images.

Julie Dessureault is a Montreal Wedding, Portrait and Headshot photographer.

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Published by Beth Teutschmann

A big fan of food, chaos, and all things fun, Beth is the owner of Starboard Editing, LLC - a photography post-production company focusing on anything from editing to blogging and SEO. When she's required to leave the confines of her dark room, she enjoys martial arts, eating, tattoos, cooking, ice cream, sillyness, eating, and traveling. You should probably say hi.

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