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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Fall Shoot & Play Date with the Kids

This family is our good friends and we totally love them and their adorable little girl.  So, it was a perfect plan that we booked the shoot nice and early and I brought Gi and Alexis with me so we could all hang out afterwards.  Their daughter is so adorable and I love seeing her.  Although I don’t get to see her enough vs. how much our baby girl gets to see our friend…after all Teresa is also my dentist and I bring her to the office with me all the time when I get work done.

Getting Fall colours with good weather is always a tricky combo in November but we totally lucked out. We kept things simple and used the area around their home which I think worked out.

As we’re approaching the Christmas holidays, our baby A can’t wait to see her friend C at one of our parties to have another play date. Thanks always guys and see you soon!
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