My Growing Family

I haven’t been blogging often with Leon …couple of reasons….busy with a 21 month old, work, and being pregnant. Now the world is going to be even crazier when this little guy is born so before his arrival I am taking a quick chance to put down some thoughts.  Really it is a blog about all the things I am thankful for.

First off,  I have to thank God for the gift of our daughter and everything she has taught us over the last 21 months.  Now I have to thank God again because I never thought I was going to be given the gift of two children.  I won’t lie but I am a little more scared the second time around.  Scared of whether I will be able to raise a boy since I have always been surrounded by women in my life, scared of how I make sure that neither of my children feel favoured or left out at the same time, scared of how I can be a good mother, a good wife, and a career woman all at once, scared of how my decisions impact those around me.    This I guess is what they call parenthood.

I am super thankful for Leon who has been the backbone to this family during this crazy time.  He is my superman and super dad when I am a nervous wreck.  He deals with my emotions whether they are up or down and supports all of us through it all.   We still fight, we still battle it out, but at the end of the day I am thankful that we do because it only means that we are willing to challenge each other and care enough to make it work. Raising a family isn’t easy, keeping a marriage together is even harder, and remembering how lucky we are to just be alive is the reality of life.    We both remind each other of that and I am lucky to have a partner in life that is my best friend, my husband, and a father who is truly hands on.  I can’t really ask for more.

It takes a village to raise a child and I can’t finish this blog without mentioning one more important person in this family unit.  My mom.   She is in HK right now at a reunion of sorts ( wish I was there but for some reason being 36 weeks pregnant they don’t recommend flying :p ).   She has been the reason why I have been able to do all the things that I have accomplished in life and in recent months.   She is the reason why Alexis feels loved from all sides and why Leon and I have a great relationship.  From the day I was born she has been my guardian and she continues to be.  I can only hope that I can take care of her half as well as she has taken care of me over the years.

And with that I am anxiously waiting for little boy’s arrival.   His room is almost done, I have two more weeks before I am off work, and I am so excited for my daughter to have a built in friend for life.   I know that just because they are siblings they are not guaranteed best friends but I hope they growing up knowing they have one another.  Maybe it is my wishful thinking since I was raised as an only child and always saw how all my friends had these enviable relationships with their siblings.

So to my child who is joining this family in less than a month.   Mommy is excited for you to join us and she wants to remind you that as lucky as we are to have you join us.  You are a lucky child because you have a family that will love you more than life itself.   As the theme in our household goes…”All you need is love”
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Kirsten & Jeff. Distillery District Engagement Shoot

When I got back from this shoot last week… I showed Gi the pics and the first thing she said… “Dreamy looking couple”.  I couldn’t agree more.   So we actually scheduled this shoot 3 weeks ago… but on that day it was raining (like that nasty blowing wind rain) and rescheduled to last weekend… which was a much better day but cold.

Kirsten and Jeff are such wonderful peoples and I mean that sincerely. Both really easy going and being captain obvious for a second… they are such a good looking couple. The shoot was fun… felt like we had the whole distillery district to ourselves.. . as it wasn’t busy and it was pretty cold that day.   Kirsten and Jeff bared the cold weather pretty well with no complaints. We took a walk towards the Esplanade (Again.. skinny Kirsten in heels .. with freezing cold weather.. such a trooper) and ended off with a few shots there.

I sincerely want to thank Kirsten & Jeff for this shoot. I’m a little bummed out that we’re booked on your wedding date but I’m so honoured to be able to do this for you both. I’m excited to see pics from your upcoming wedding and I know you guys will have an amazing time.  Wishing you guys all the best. See you both soon!

 

Your Friend, Leon
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Baby O, Just a week old.

So right before I left their shoot.. J showed me the album I did for their first born’s shoot.  Looking at the the pics.. you can definitely tell they are brothers… no doubt. I added a pic of K&O together in the end for a visual comparison.

I’m totally happy for my friends J&B on their new addition to the family. I’m glad this shoot happened for a few reasons.  Aside from the obvious, getting to hang and seeing how big K is in person…it’s that the family is keeping things equal between the brothers. I personally feel the pressure of making sure I’ll document our future son’s life as much as I have for our daughter.

Their son O is perfect and seeing their older brother get along with his baby brother in such a gentle fashion makes me happy… and gives me hope for my daughter when the time comes.  Thanks again to my friends J&B for the constant support. Much love guys!

Leon
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Home. Interior Photography

I found the owner of this condo and her living space equally fascinating.  If I didn’t find out about her background, I would have guessed she was an industrial designer or an artist of some sort… just so much soul in her.  So I was pretty surprised to hear her chosen profession was law… and I mean no disrespect when I say surprised.   I think she has such passion, a great good eye and talent in the design field I just figured this would be her career in choice.   In a lot of ways… not to get too personal, I feel the same way about my wife.  She’s an accountant by trade but her creative side fascinates and inspires me as it is so different from what she does.

I think the one thing to note about her beautiful space is that it wasn’t staged just for this shoot… what’s amazing is the fact that this space is her lifestyle.  Walking in anytime, it would look the same.   From a shoot perspective, there was so much detail that caught my eyes. I think I kinda overstayed my welcome during this shoot… as everything had a story and of course I wanted to hear it.

I want to thank my friend Angela for introducing me to her awesome friend. I love meeting people with passion… and I want to thank my new friend for opening up her home and space to me.

Your Friend, Leon
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Kimberley + Darryl Married. Grand Victorian Centre Wedding

We had such a busy few months capturing so many amazing events and life stages.  We did our last shoot just a few days ago and today we are showcasing our last wedding shoot for the year.

When I arrived at Kim’s home, it was an action packed house.  Looking over Chris C’s pics who was at Darryl’s place… things looked so calm..hehe… but that’s usually the case with the guys.   We all met up at the church ceremony and afterwards the wedding party headed over to Mississauga City Hall for pics.  This location worked out well since we had spots we could use to shelter  the wedding party from the wind and cold.

The evening reception was loaded with entertainment, from Kim surprising Darryl with a song she sang to the talented musician of Grenville Pinto on his violin.  There are a bunch a people I want to thank before we get into the pics.  My friend Chi Hae for the warm intro to Darryl , both of my friends Chris C and Ivan L for shooting this event with me, and our good friends at Buan Productions for their work on the video.  I want to especially thank Kim and Darryl for having us capture their big day.  Here are some pics we selected to share your story.  Have an amazing weekend.

Your Friend, Leon
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Sarah & John Married. The Doctor’s House Wedding

There is an unspoken rule for wedding photographers… and that rule is… focus on the bride.  For Sarah and John’s wedding the rule was bent a little… as their daughter was a big spotlight too… as she is so adorable and loved by everyone.. as you’ll see in the pics.

I’m so happy that John contacted me. He’s an old high school friend of mine that I have not seen in ages.  We had our first meeting at their home, where I got to meet his beautiful wife and gorgeous little girl. The meeting was a great chance to swap parenting stories and just play chat up.  So when we got the go ahead to capture their wedding… I was super thrilled.

On the day, John and Sarah ran a little late (don’t blame them.. try getting ready with a baby).  So we started off shooting the family that was at the venue first.  The cool part is…  I got to meet the family that makes the best espresso…(Micheal-Angelo Market Place).

The day of the wedding was cold and windy - we even had snow.  When Sarah, John and their daughter arrived, we worked extremely fast to get a few outdoor pics before anyone froze.  Sarah and John and their daughter looked amazing. The Doctor’s house was a perfect venue for their celebration. Good size , great food and has such a intimate feel.  The night was loaded with great speeches, live singing and dancing.

I want to thank my friend Kevin C for shooting this event with me and also want to sincerely thank Joanne (John’s sister) for the warm intro.  My friends John and Sarah, thanks so much for having me capture your big day… You guys are truly a beautiful family and I’m so happy for you guys. Here are some pics we chose to share with you as we continue to edit the rest.

Your Friend, Leon
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