K’s First Birthday

We have been really busy with non-stop editing, meetings and shoots these past few weeks.  As always, I am insanely thankful and wouldn’t want it any other way.  During the mix of everything, I got to photograph some special first birthday events too. Since our daughter will be turning one soon, I’ve been soaking in all the ideas for her party.

I was happy to be contacted by my friend M who asked me to capture her daughter’s first birthday party. This was awesome since the last time I saw their daughter K was when we did her newborn pics… and now she is 1…crazy how time flies. On the day of their shoot, we met at their house first and captured some shots of family getting K ready for the party. It’s sweet that Mom and Dad had K’s outfit all prepared out and ready.  The party was right around the corner at  Kidnasium.  This was a fun spot for the kids as there were tons of things to run and jump on.  What was super sweet was the fact K parents insisted our daughter come and join the fun… which was such a win win for me as nothing beats having my 2 girls within eye sight as I work.

The theme of the party was Frozen and my friends at J’Adore Sweet made this gorgeous cake that fit the theme perfectly.  I want to sincerely thank my friend M&C for the continued support and having me capture their daughter’s first birthday. Great seeing the whole family. Here are just a few pics from the event.  Thanks,

 

Leon Chai
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The new family member is on the way.

I got the chance to meet this awesome family last year when I captured their son’s first birthday.  So when E contacted me about doing a family shoot before their new addition arrived, I was happy I would get to see everyone again. When I arrived at their home, Mom looked amazing for someone that’s expecting (congrats again guys!) and of course their son has grown since I last saw him.   We started off the shoot by squeezing in as many family portraits as possible and then I just got to shoot them just having family fun.  Towards the end of the shoot, I got a chance to snap some shots of the baby bump and it was pretty sweet having the now big brother jump in for a few pics.

I want to thank and congratulate this family for having me capture this fun session.  I want to sincerely thank our friend Eunice for the support and introducing me to her cousin’s family a year ago. Here are just a few pics from our session.

Your Friend, Leon
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The perfect winter engagement photo shoot. Melissa and Mike

All we needed was a unicorn or maybe Bambi running across the field.  This was like the perfect winter engagement shoot.  I love the fact that the past few lifestyle engagement shoots were all done outdoors in the winter wonderland. The one killer thing was the COLD weather.

When Melissa and Mike said they wanted to do a winter shoot, they could not have picked a better day.  A few weeks back during this shoot, we couldn’t have asked for better weather.  It was warm and there was blowing snow which kinda made the shoot look magical.  What really made the shoot was of course, Melissa and Mike. They guys are super chill and such a great looking couple.

Mike and Melissa suggested that we meet near a path that they walk through all the time in Kleinburg.  So we all met up and literally just had some fun in the snow.  Melissa and Mike are a comfortable, loving, fun and playful couple which was reflected in front of the camera. I love all the cute props that they brought with them too. We wrapped up our shoot inside a cool little forest we saw when driving by.

To my friends Melissa and Mike, I truly had a blast with this shoot and I can’t wait to do this again on the big day. Thanks so much again guys and we hope you like the pics =)

 

Your Friend, Leon
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Gifting this surprise family shoot for his wife’s birthday

H contacted me about setting up a family shoot as a surprise for his wife’s birthday. This was super thoughtful of him but I did warn him just from past experience with surprise shoots, he should give a little warning or make sure his wife would be ready for the camera somehow. We have done a few shoots in the past where the partner was totally surprised (good thing) but so not ready for the camera (bad thing) =)

On the morning of their shoot, I met the whole family at their beautiful house.  H and his wife have 2 adorable daughters.  During the shoot it was sweet seeing the whole family interact and for me it was fun capturing the things they do in this family lifestage.   The whole family was super comfortable in front of the camera which really made for fun candid pics of everyone.  It was awesome that we got to wrap up our shoot with the whole family practicing yoga… super cute stuff.

I want to sincerely thank our mutual friend Winnie for the warm introduction. I want to thank H for coordinating this shoot and having me capture this day. Here are some pics from your gift to your wife.  Thanks again and enjoy!

 

Your Friend, Leon
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The gift of a family portrait.

Every time we have dinner at my parents, I stare at our family portrait which hangs on the wall where I always sit.  I can’t help but notice that it is missing our niece (who is now 3 years old) and our little daughter.   I remembered it was like pulling teeth trying to get the family all together to do that one shoot. So this past Christmas we busted out the tripod and lighting equipment at my parents dinner and finally updated the shot.  So it comes to no surprise to me that a lot of people tell me that they don’t have a family photograph as it’s even tough for a family made of photographers to do.

When Erinna contacted me about setting up a surprise shoot for her Mom’s 60th birthday, I thought this was such a sweet gesture.  Her and her husband live in Ottawa and coordinated everything with their family - even finding an indoor spot for us to use.  On the day of the shoot we all met downtown at their friend’s condo and that’s where I met Erinna and all her immediate family.  Everyone was so nice and to my surprise I was happy to see both Erinna and her sister are expecting.   The whole family was so easy to work with and the birthday girl was definitely not shy in front of the camera.  It was nice to hear that this would be their first family portrait with everyone.

 

I want to thank Erinna for coordinating everyone and setting up this fun family shoot. I also want to sincerely thank our mutual friend Serena for the referral.. you are awesome.  Here are some pics from the shoot and hopefully it makes its  way to the mantel.

 

Your Friend, Leon
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Kayla & Brent’s Winter Engagement Shoot

The best thing about all this snow is that it makes for great pics for anyone who wants that winter feel.  It has been tough to book winter shoots in advance as we can only hope that the weather co-operates.  On the day of Brent and Kayla’s shoot, we had the snow but it was freeeeeezing cold outside.  I swear it was like -30 that day.

I met with Kayla and Brent at their beautiful home and got to meet their pup who only came along on the first part of the shoot since we didn’t want to freeze the little guy (us adults on the other hand.. that’s ok).  Kayla and Brent looked awesome that day and the plan included heading out to a nearby path where they always go which was perfect since everything was covered in snow.  After we did a few pics with their puppy, we worked on a few shot with just them.  Kayla and Brent were superstars in my opinion for going with no jacket for all these shot you see.  After we made sure their little pup was at home and warm, we all headed down to the Brickworks and wrapped up our shoot there.

 

Kayla and Brent, you guys looked awesome and thank you for keeping warm spirits for this session. We’re honoured and excited for your upcoming big day. Thanks so much guys!

 

Your Friend, Leon
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