Cutest fitness shoot ever. notummymommy

Before I get into the details of this cute shoot… The moment I got onsite, I realized 2 things: 1)I’m the most unfit person here and 2) it’s possible to suck in one’s stomach for 3 hours without popping anything internally =)

All jokes aside, everyone onsite was in amazing shape from the owner of the beautiful yoga studio(www.chijunky.com) we used, to the video person (strongeyestudios) if I’m not mistaken used to compete in bodybuilding and of course Trisha from Notummymommy.  I’ve been looking forward to this shoot since chatting with Trisha prior, since I think what she is offering is pretty awesome.  On the day of the shoot… her adorable daughter stole the thunder and won over everyones heart to who was there… she’s soooo cute!  What was even more sweet was seeing both mom and her daughter H doing fun fitness activities… which was so second nature to H.

For any Mom’s out there looking to get into shape or even want some motivation, give this fitness mom a shout (www.notummymommy.com)  She’s totally an easy going and friendly person that can definitely help.   Here are just a few pics from the shoot.

 

Your Friend, Leon
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Happy First Birthday Baby E! Seoul house birthday

It has been such a fun couple weeks with capturing all the milestone birthdays for our clients / friends.  For this shoot, I got introduced to this sweet family from our mutual friend Gina (thanks so much for the warm intro).  When I got to the Seoul house where they held E’s party, the place was all decked out... everything looked amazing.  The first thing I thought to myself when I met the birthday boy was… this dude has the best hair!  I say this with a little envy as I’ve been trying to grow out my hair forever now… Gi is not a fan..

I love the fact that the parents kept the tradition going as they all wore the Korean outfits and played the game where they their son chose his destiny.  One thing I personally appreciated for obvious reasons was all the pics they captured of their son growing up.  I found out after this event that E’s Dad is quite the photographer… which is super awesome in my books.

I want to sincerely thank my new friends J&M for having me capture this special occasion. M, keep up the amazing work in documenting your family… I really enjoy seeing all of your posts dude.  Here are just a few pics from the day.

 

Your Friend, Leon
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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 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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