Sarah & Paul, Christmas Market Distillery District Engagement Shoot

I remember the day of our initial meeting with Sarah and her Mom as they were kind enough to invite me over to their place.   This was awesome as it was really nice to get a chance to meet with the both of them in a comfortable environment.   So I’m kinda glad that Gi didn’t come with me during this meeting, since we got into the conversation about my peanut allergy and how I don’t carry an EpiPen…which Gi been h-a-r-ping on me forever to get.   As I foolishly had no valid reason to explain why I don’t have one.. I can proudly say now that I do. My wife thanks you both.

Sarah mentioned in our meeting that Paul proposed to her at the Distillery District and since the Christmas market was happening, we thought it would be the perfect spot to do their engagement shoot.  On the day of their shoot, we met up at the Brookfield Place before heading out to the Distillery District.   When we got to the Christmas Market we saw a huge line up to get in. It was insanely busy that day and cold. We miraculously got in and as the line dictated it was jammed packed with people… like arm to arm touching.  But Sarah and Paul were great sports and we made the best of the situation.  We walked around the Distillery District and did our best to avoid the huge crowds and jumped into buildings to warm up every chance we got.  Towards the end of the shoot, we headed down to the waterfront where the Toronto skyline was lit up with holiday colours, which was a perfect end for this shoot.

I thank our mutual friends Andrea and Des for the warm intro to this awesome couple. I especially want to thank Sarah and Paul for having us capture your upcoming wedding – we’re honoured and stoked. Here are just a few shots from our shoot.

Your Friend, Leon
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1/20
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Ashley & Michael Married. Toronto Design Exchange Wedding

The month of December was a pretty busy month for us as we were prepping / enjoying all the holiday festivities.  Ashley and Michael’s wedding was the second last wedding of the year for us. We really looked forward to this wedding as we love shooting downtown and the Design Exchange is such a great space. Of course Ashley and Michael are what made the wedding.

So no doubt when you go through the pics, you can see this couple went all out and everything looked gorgeous. What I loved the most was all the little personal touches that represented them - some obvious and some not so obvious (There was a reason why they put a stuffed animal mouse in their Christmas tree… I just can’t remember off hand =)).

Ashley and Michael both looked amazing on the day of their wedding.  As Kevin and I captured them throughout the day and met all their close friends and family, it’s easy to see that everyone was just awesome.  So what the pics didn’t really show was how coooold it was.  Not as bad as it is today but it was freezing that day.  So a big thank you to the bride and groom and the whole wedding party for bearing with the cold and smiling through it all.

I want to sincerely thank my friends at Serendipity and Co. for introducing us to this awesome couple and having the pleasure to work together again.  Always great seeing you Bernadette as well as your team.  I want to thank my friend / teammate Kevin C for shooting this event with me and for an awesome year.   To Ashley & Michael, hope you had an amazing time on your honeymoon.   Here is our selection of pics to tell the story of your beautiful wedding.  Thanks so much again!

 

Your Friend, Leon
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The perfect Fall shoot. Rose and Michael, Toronto engagement shoot

Hard to believe when you look at these pics that this was the Fall season but lucky for us the weather worked out amazing for their shoot. I remember this day so well…since after their shoot, I backed up their pics and jumped on a plane a few hours after.

Rose and Michael are such a chill couple and I’m honestly really happy that I got to know them at this shoot and excited for their upcoming wedding this year. On the day of this shoot, we met at Dundas Square and worked our way around the city. I thought it was pretty cool that the City Site Seeing bus let us take a few pics on their bus – thank you! Rose and Michael are really natural and comfortable with each other. They looked so good and I loved the attire that they wore. Since the weather was amazing, I figured we would switch things up from the urban Toronto look to a little water, beach and nature.

To my new friends Rose and Michael, we are stoked about your upcoming wedding this year. Thank you for choosing us and hope you like some pics from your shoot.

Your Friend, Leon
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A lifestyle shoot for the Grandparent’s

With the holiday season coming, we have had a good handful of people gift our lifestyle photo sessions to their friends and family as a Christmas gift.  Just like this shoot, this was a gift from my friend Jacqueline to her parents.  I’m kinda envious of  this shoot since I’ve been trying to set something up like this for my parents… but coordinating everyone to be available for an hour or so has been impossible.  So kudos to Jacqueline for getting her whole family together.. which is probably an easy breezy task for her .. as we worked with her on much larger events where she does the planning.

For the shoot, I met with Jackie’s parents first to get some pics of them together.  They were so easy going and such a joy to capture… to be completely honest. Shortly after all of their kids showed up to join the shoot.  Like every proud grandparent, it was so awesome seeing how much they love their adorable grandchildren.  I want to thank my friend Jacqueline for having me capture this session for your parents.  You guys have a beautiful family and it was awesome meeting everyone.  Here are just a few pics from our shoot.

 

Your Friend, Leon
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1/23
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Ashley + Mike… See you guys tomorrow!

At the Distillery there’s this huge art installation called “Still Dancing”… which we ended up using for this couple’s engagement pics …as it is pretty fitting since Ashley runs a dance studio.  Ok..truth be told, I had no clue the name of that installation until I googled it… hehe

I was introduced to this cool couple from our friend Bernadette (http://www.serendipityandco.ca) whom Gi and I met when we shot Anet and Vic’s wedding.  Our first meeting was at Ashley’s dance studio in Mississauga last year where we got a tour of their beautiful studio.  Fast forward one year and we’re stoked to shoot their wedding tomorrow!  For their lifestyle shoot, we met at the Distillery District where it was super fun capturing this fun couple.  These guys are totally easy going which always makes my job that much easier.

I’m pretty stoked about tomorrow’s wedding shoot.. as their venue is somewhere new for us + excited to see this awesome couple. Thanks so much to Bernadette for keeping us in mind and of course to Ashley and Mike for having us capture your big day -  see you guys all tomorrow.

 

Your Friend, Leon
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1/19
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Pumpkin Patch. Whittamore Farm Family Shoot

I’m kinda sad that Forsythe Farm closed (or relocated for that matter). I learnt about the farm last year from doing a handful of Fall family shoots there. I really wanted to sign up for this program where they offered top seasonal fruits & veggies to people on their list.  Aside from that, there was a farm and a pumpkin patch – great for kids.  I met this family there last year for their shoot and since the closure of the farm, this year we chose Whittamore Farms for a new location.

Whittamore Farms was jam packed that day and as you can see by the pics, the weather was great.  I actually went there earlier with Gi and baby and we bounced into a few of our friends.  When D&M showed up with their adorable twins.. we started off at the pumpkin patch and their kids totally enjoyed being all over the place.  We tried our best every so often to get in as much family pics of the four of them as we could.

I want to sincerely thank my friends D&M for contacting me for this shoot. Your kids are growing up to be even more super cute and it was great seeing you all.

 

Your Friend, Leon
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