A lifestyle shoot for the Grandparent’s

With the holiday season coming, we have had a good handful of people gift our lifestyle photo sessions to their friends and family as a Christmas gift.  Just like this shoot, this was a gift from my friend Jacqueline to her parents.  I’m kinda envious of  this shoot since I’ve been trying to set something up like this for my parents… but coordinating everyone to be available for an hour or so has been impossible.  So kudos to Jacqueline for getting her whole family together.. which is probably an easy breezy task for her .. as we worked with her on much larger events where she does the planning.

For the shoot, I met with Jackie’s parents first to get some pics of them together.  They were so easy going and such a joy to capture… to be completely honest. Shortly after all of their kids showed up to join the shoot.  Like every proud grandparent, it was so awesome seeing how much they love their adorable grandchildren.  I want to thank my friend Jacqueline for having me capture this session for your parents.  You guys have a beautiful family and it was awesome meeting everyone.  Here are just a few pics from our shoot.

 

Your Friend, Leon
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Ashley + Mike… See you guys tomorrow!

At the Distillery there’s this huge art installation called “Still Dancing”… which we ended up using for this couple’s engagement pics …as it is pretty fitting since Ashley runs a dance studio.  Ok..truth be told, I had no clue the name of that installation until I googled it… hehe

I was introduced to this cool couple from our friend Bernadette (http://www.serendipityandco.ca) whom Gi and I met when we shot Anet and Vic’s wedding.  Our first meeting was at Ashley’s dance studio in Mississauga last year where we got a tour of their beautiful studio.  Fast forward one year and we’re stoked to shoot their wedding tomorrow!  For their lifestyle shoot, we met at the Distillery District where it was super fun capturing this fun couple.  These guys are totally easy going which always makes my job that much easier.

I’m pretty stoked about tomorrow’s wedding shoot.. as their venue is somewhere new for us + excited to see this awesome couple. Thanks so much to Bernadette for keeping us in mind and of course to Ashley and Mike for having us capture your big day -  see you guys all tomorrow.

 

Your Friend, Leon
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1/19
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Pumpkin Patch. Whittamore Farm Family Shoot

I’m kinda sad that Forsythe Farm closed (or relocated for that matter). I learnt about the farm last year from doing a handful of Fall family shoots there. I really wanted to sign up for this program where they offered top seasonal fruits & veggies to people on their list.  Aside from that, there was a farm and a pumpkin patch – great for kids.  I met this family there last year for their shoot and since the closure of the farm, this year we chose Whittamore Farms for a new location.

Whittamore Farms was jam packed that day and as you can see by the pics, the weather was great.  I actually went there earlier with Gi and baby and we bounced into a few of our friends.  When D&M showed up with their adorable twins.. we started off at the pumpkin patch and their kids totally enjoyed being all over the place.  We tried our best every so often to get in as much family pics of the four of them as we could.

I want to sincerely thank my friends D&M for contacting me for this shoot. Your kids are growing up to be even more super cute and it was great seeing you all.

 

Your Friend, Leon
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Our annual Fall season shoot

The Fall season is the one time of the year where we get the most requests for photo shoots. Although we were away for most of October, we did manage to squeeze in a good handful of shoots that I’m excited to share.  First one up tonight is a family that I love seeing every year.

I love seeing J&S and their gorgeous kids every year and I am amazed how much their kids have grown. It’s so true how every parent tells me… kids grow up so quick.   J&S picked an awesome day for their shoot since the weather was so nice.  We made use of this good weather and headed off to Sunnybrook park. I do a lot of these family lifestyle shoots and when the kids are around J&S’s kids age… you got to be prepared to run and be quick on your feet to capture these cute kids… that day was prob the most exercise I’ve gotten in a long time =)

J&S’s kids are awesome and totally photogenic. It’s always fun times for me to see this whole family. To my friends J&S, thank you both for the continual support and also for the awesome gift you got our daughter.

Your Friend, Leon
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1/21
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Angela and Danny Married. Copper Creek Wedding

This entry comes from a café half way around the world in Hong Kong as I’m working away on my vacation (if my daughter was old enough to speak.. her and her mommy would be yelling at me right now)…but I digress. Since it’s Nov 11 in Toronto right now ,  I can’t help but be thankful to all the soldiers that fought for our freedoms.  Ironically, I look across the street and I can see hundreds of people protesting day and night for the same democracy we take for granted.  As I’m forever playing catch up on our site, we head into our October wedding shoots, featuring Angela and Danny.

I’m really excited to share these pics from Angela and Danny’s wedding for many reasons.   One, as I got to know them in the year leading up to their wedding, I found them to be such sweet and genuine people.   Not only that but I can say that this was one of my favourite weddings this year. It is always fun when you see the bride and groom really enjoying themselves … and that, in m opinion, makes an awesome wedding.

So there are a few things about their wedding that were pretty noteworthy.  Angela’s parent’s home is really nice - More so… according to the family.. the house was quickly renovated just in time for Angela’s big day.  Ironically I can relate as we didn’t do anything to our home for 5 years and the moment our daughter was about to arrive, we started painting and installing “real” curtains… must be a daughter of the house thing.  There were so many sentimental aspects in the pics that I appreciate – Formal pics were done at Angela’s parent’s home in their beautiful backyard. Angela’s veil was from her Mom’s wedding.. which was pretty sweet and the Cadillac they took to the church belongs to her grandfather.

Before we get to the pics to story tell their day,  I wanted to sincerely thank both Angela and Danny for being such a fun couple that made our jobs so enjoyable.  Thanks to my friend and teammate Kevin C for working hard on this shoot with me.

P.S.  Unlimited Ten Ren BBT…is such a good thing to have at the end of a wedding shoot, thanks again guys!

 

Your Friend, Leon
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Var and Anderson Married. West River Event Centre Wedding

If you follow us on Instagram, you might notice that I’ve been posting a lot of street photography pics of Asia. For me, street photography is something I love shooting and sharing. It brings me peace like a athlete and its like training as it hones me to be a better wedding photographer.   I’ll  always advocate this… if you want to become a better/wedding photographer.. do street photography.  It’s late at night for me right now in my part of the world and I’m sitting in our hotel room while mom and baby are sleeping excited to finally share this wedding.

Var and Anderson was the last of our back to back September weddings. This was a much anticipated wedding for me as I’ve been in constant communication with Anderson from the day they gave us this wonderful opportunity.  On their wedding day I was also pretty stoked especially since I got to see our mutual friends Allen and Michelle.  On their wedding day they packed a lot of events into their itinerary and everything was executed perfectly. On that note, special thanks to Christine March (www.imprintwedding.ca) and her team for coordinating their day, Harvey & Roger Tam (www.rovey.ca) for their impeccable catering, Carla Abramovici (tradesensationevents.com) for the gorgeous décor (awesome seeing you again!) and to Norris Wong’s Team (www.norrisfilms.com) for their awesome SDE.

Since we carefully chose the pics to tell their story, I won’t go into the specific details of their day and let the pics do the talking. One note worthy and talented mention was a special guest that attended / participated in their wedding.  I remember when Anderson wrote me an email telling me about a singer named Kathleen Nguyen and how they thought she would be a perfect musical talent for their day. Fast forward to their wedding and they were totally right. Her voice added so much to the feel of their day and definitely made the SDE that much more emotional.

I want to thank our good friend and teammate Kevin C for shooting along side me and also to thank Anderson and Var for having us on their special day.

 

Your Friend,

 

Leon
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