Welcoming baby E! The first 24 hours newborn shoot

This is Gi and I am writing this blog in Vancouver during our annual trip out west.   However, this trip is extra special since we not only got to hang out with one of my bfs and her family but we also got to witness the birth of her baby girl.

We’ve been friends for 23 years and counting, so being part of these milestone moments is precious.   This is especially the case since they live so far away that timing would need to be just right.  Lucky for us, baby E arrived right in the middle of our two weeks here.  She is super adorbs and rounds out this million dollar family perfectly.

Our annual west coast trips are going to be so different going forward since we are now both families of 4 which means extra fun times for everyone.   I guess this is the circle of life, we grew up together and I am super excited to watch our kids grow up together.   For now, here are some pics of the shoot that we did during our visit. Thank you guys for housing our family of four during this crazy time.

As our baby girls likes to say, here are some pics of bean, bean mui mui, bean mommy, bean daddy, and bean popo.

Gi

 

 
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Sandra & Marty Married. Liberty Grand Wedding

Every year we have one date that is highly requested and this year, it was August 13, 2016 for us… I think we had over 12 requests for this date which is pretty nuts.  I’m honoured that Sandra and Marty booked us early last year and I got to capture this day for them.   I’ve known Marty and his family for a long time and I’m so happy that his partner in life is just as amazing as he is.

It felt like one of the hottest weekends in Toronto the day of their wedding.  They got married at the historical Metropolitan United Church - gorgeous… but had no AC which made things even hotter. After their ceremony, we did our best to jump out when it wasn’t raining too hard and capture some pics. We headed over the Liberty Grand right after and did some pictures in courtyard.  It was the perfect spot for pics with the wedding party as it had just enough overhang to keep everyone dry from the rain.  The evening portion of the wedding was perfect – great food, amazing MC and entertaining speeches.  On my end, so good seeing so many familiar family and friends.

I want to thank my friend Kevin C for shooting this wedding with me. I want to sincerely thank Sandra and Marty for having us capture your big day. Here are just a few pics we wanted to share with you as we edit the rest.

Uncle Leon =)
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Welcome baby M! Newborn photography

It was kinda cool that I got to see E (Mom) at a recent wedding when she was pregnant with baby M not too long ago.  I even made them do a maternity pose at the wedding..hehe.   I was happy I got see them a few weeks after with their beautiful baby girl M.   We started taking pics of her and then worked in the whole family.  M’s big sister is pretty sweet to her new baby sister as you’ll see in the pics.  It was great that they coordinated most of their immediate family to join in for the pics… and they have a big family and lots of babies too (as we did our best to squeeze in M’s twin cousins in too).  It’s going to be such fun times for the kids to all grow up together.

I want to congratulate and thank my friends E& J for having me capture these sweet pics of their family. Great seeing everyone!

Leon
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Cathy & Matt Married. Archeo Distillery District Wedding

This was a really nice change of pace in the thick of our wedding season. A small intimate wedding held at the Archeo in the heart of the distillery district.   One of the great things with this wedding for me was that I had the morning to actually do stuff.  I’m usually MIA from the family on the weekends as I’m gone early in the morning and back late at night. I met Cathy and Matt in the late afternoon… right before their ceremony. They wanted to keep things traditional and not see each other until they walked down the aisle.   While Matt was outside in the courtyard waiting, I flip flopped back and forth to capture the moments before their ceremony.

After their ceremony, we headed out and wandered the distillery district getting some shots of the new bride and groom. Cathy and Matt are such easygoing people which made photographing them a breeze on my end.

The night was filled with great speeches, a fantastic MC and delicious food – a perfect wedding. To my friends Cathy and Matt, great bouncing into you both randomly the other week. Thanks to you both again for having me capture this big day. Here are just a few pics we selected to show your day.

Leon
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Emerald & Chris. Wedding at Malaparte Toronto

This was a really nice wedding that I especially enjoyed capturing.   The venue Malaparte at Tiff lightbox is great and Emerald and Chris are such chill good peoples.  Their wedding started in the late afternoon (which was such a refreshing change), giving Kevin C and I plenty of time to capture both of them getting ready, their first reveal and the Chinese tea ceremony before the ceremony.

There was a lot of emotions throughout the whole day, as you’ll see in the pictures, from all sides of the wedding.  The outdoor tent ceremony was short and sweet and the weather could not have been more perfect that day. One thing to note, the food was pretty amazing… perfectly fitting as the bride and groom are big foodies.   Getting a chance to connect with a handful of guests who are mutual friends at their wedding made the day even more enjoyable.   In Kevin’s case, he was also a guest at their wedding… best of both worlds… creative shooting and self intoxication after – thank you always brother.

To my friends Emerald and Chris, thanks so much again for having us capture your beautiful day. Here are a handful of pics I chose to show your story.

 

Leon

 
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