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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Baby D 1 month + photo shoot

This was probably one of my warmest shoots for 2015 and not surprisingly we’ve had a handful of shoots out in this cold weather.  D&F are both friends of mine and I was thrilled to hear that they had a beautiful baby boy.  On the day of this shoot, it was the perfect day to stay indoors as it was the beginning of one of the bigger snowfalls we have gotten recently.

When I got to D&F’s place, baby D was napping… which gave us a chance to play catch up. When baby D woke up, we started our shoot and he is such a cute little dude that loves to stretch.  Hearing his little voice and his soft mutters was so refreshing compared to our little girl who has just discovered her ability to hit higher decibels.  After doing some solo shots of baby D, he was passed over to mom and dad for some family pics.  Perfect timing too, as dad got a warm wet surprise.

To my friends D&F, it was great seeing you guys and meeting your beautiful son. He is adorable man.  Thank you both so much for the support and having me capture this cute lifestyle for your family. Here are just a handful of pics from our shoot.

 

Your Friend, Leon
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Y &P and their beautiful little daughter D

We have been going through non-stop picture processing in our studio over the last month.  Being so in the zone, the updates on our blog have been lacking to say the least.  So it’s actually a refreshing break to login and post up some pics that we’re always proud to showcase.

I met Y, P and their cute little daughter D for the first time on the day of this shoot.  This family as a whole is super sweet and their daughter is really cute.  Baby D was great and so co-operative on the day of her shoot.  I loved how her parents had some cute props, like the knitted sock skates and mini hockey stick. Not to go off topic but every time I do a baby shoot and the baby is younger then my daughter (I believe baby D is 3 months younger) , I go into a reminiscent mode… man… it’s so true what they say about how kids grow up so quick… anyways, I digress.

Y&P are really good peoples as I got to know them throughout the shoot.  I want to thank them both for opening their home to me and having me capture their beautiful family.  I also want to thank our mutual friend Serena for the warm intro and for all the support you have given us – thank you!  Here are some pics from their super cute session.

Your Friend, Leon
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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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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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