Emerald & Chris. Wedding at Malaparte Toronto

This was a really nice wedding that I especially enjoyed capturing.   The venue Malaparte at Tiff lightbox is great and Emerald and Chris are such chill good peoples.  Their wedding started in the late afternoon (which was such a refreshing change), giving Kevin C and I plenty of time to capture both of them getting ready, their first reveal and the Chinese tea ceremony before the ceremony.

There was a lot of emotions throughout the whole day, as you’ll see in the pictures, from all sides of the wedding.  The outdoor tent ceremony was short and sweet and the weather could not have been more perfect that day. One thing to note, the food was pretty amazing… perfectly fitting as the bride and groom are big foodies.   Getting a chance to connect with a handful of guests who are mutual friends at their wedding made the day even more enjoyable.   In Kevin’s case, he was also a guest at their wedding… best of both worlds… creative shooting and self intoxication after – thank you always brother.

To my friends Emerald and Chris, thanks so much again for having us capture your beautiful day. Here are a handful of pics I chose to show your story.

 

Leon

 
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Big Welcome to Baby E! Newborn Photo shoot

I’m so happy to meet this cute little guy and so happy for my friends J&R as well as big brother M. I loved how they had everything ready for this shoot (matching outfits, Toronto Maple Leaf stuff, room all prepped) and probably had tons more but we didn't want to over work our baby models over here.  On the other end of the spectrum of being not prepared… My wonderful wife just reminded me that I still haven't hung the pics in our son nursery and he’s now 3 months old soon…

Their newborn baby E is just the cutest and it is even cuter when seeing big brother M’s interaction with his new brother. We started off the shoot with the spotlight on baby E and worked in the family after.  Thank you so much again for setting up this shoot and I love seeing your big happy family. I’m looking forward connecting with all of you in the up coming months (which is another thank you..that I owe both of you)). Here are a few pics from our shoot.

Lots of love from the Chai Chang family of four :)
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An afternoon with Gemma.

It's always so nice to do these shoots for friends. I get to play catch up and in this case.. I finally get to meet this adorable addition to their family – Gemma.  There was a part of me when scheduling this shoot where I wanted to bring my daughter… As she LOVES dogs.. Especially since  her “friend” Buddy is a golden-doodle too.  I definitely have to schedule another time to meet up with these guys.

OK,Gemma rocks. She is so flipping cute and I can see how she brings everyone around her joy. We did this shoot in their gorgeous home and basically had a fun lifestyle session approach capturing their day to day activities with Gemma.

I want to thank our friends Sarah and Paul for gifting this shoot – super awesome of you guys. To my friends Andrea and Des, so great seeing you both and enjoyed hanging out.. Hope to see you guys soon…we still have to do lunch =)

Leon
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An early Saturday morning making pancakes. Toronto engagement shoot

If you asked me right now what my favorite thing in the world that makes me happy…I can answer that question quite easily. Hitting a Coffee joint with Gigi (heck any alone time with her would be sweet), swimming with my daughter, and listening to my little guy babble when I talk to him.  And if I could do an e shoot again.. (which would be a family shoot) this is what  I would want for our shoot.

For C & M’s engagement shoot it was perfect -  simple and sincerely authentic. They invited me over to their home to capture one of their favourite things.. their Saturday morning routine.. making pancakes and spending time together as a family.  On the morning of the shoot was the first time that I met everyone… and everyone was awesome.. including their cat.  Their daughter B added a lot of fun to this shoot and it was quite enjoyable on my end just capturing everyone.

I’m excited to show C&M’s wedding (slowly catching up with blogging as you can tell)… which was small,  intimate, and perfect.  I want to sincerely thank my friends Jenn and Scott for this warm referral and thank my new friends C&M&B for opening your home and having me capture this fun engagement session.

Leon
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K’s First Birthday + Cake Smash

If I look back at our daughter’s first birthday party…I swear that it was more stressful then planning a wedding.  At least for a wedding… the bride and groom can be hands off (should be hands off) on the day and just enjoy. But for these birthday’s… most of the time the parents are just scrambling setting up to make things perfect and the other half of the battle is making sure the guest of honor gets in a proper nap time before their party.

I met this beautiful family for the first time on the day of their son’s party. When I walked in the party room of Seoul House, everything looked amazing.  There were so many details that went into the party. I’ve probably done as many first birthday captures as weddings and for the first time at this party… the mom and dad even decorated their son’s high chair to reflect his first birthday.

K (the birthday boy) is such a cute little man.  His party was full of events with traditional Korean outfit changes for the little guy to the Doljanchi and ending off with a smash cake.

I want to thank my new friends for having me capture this special milestone for their family. Here are just a few pics from his party. Thanks so much guys!

 

Leon
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M’s going to be the best big brother…

I’m so happy for my friends and their upcoming baby, they’re going to have so much fun as a family of four.   For this awesome maternity shoot, we met up at their home and headed off to a provincial park that’s was right around the corner from them.   For the life of me I couldn’t remember the park’s name but this place was amazing… had animals and ton of open space, felt like we had our own private zoo to ourselves.    J (the mom) looks amazing and of course the Dad too =)  Their son is so full of energy and so much fun to take pics of.  Their newest addition is going to love have him as a big brother and of course vice versa.

I’m really thankful for this family’s support as over the years from doing shoots for them to doing some amazing shoots for their family and friends.  I’m super thankful for J’s friendship… for whatever reason, she’s been one of my first go to in telling our kids crazy birth stories – so I appreciate the big ears.  I want to wish you both a smooth, easy, fast birth and I can’t wait to meet the little baby.

Leon

 

 
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