Grace and Eric. Toronto Zoo Engagement Session

Doing a shoot at the Zoo was a first for me and the space worked out pretty well and not for nothing, who doesn’t like animals?  Grace and Eric really love animals and are very knowledgeable about the Toronto Zoo itself.   I kind of wish I brought my little ones because I think these two would have been fantastic private tour guides...hehe…

I met Grace and Eric early in the morning and we started off hitting most of their favourite spots.  The background was gorgeous but the it was freezing that day...so we jumped in and out of buildings to keep warm. During the shoot I learned a great deal about various animals and other spots of the zoo that I haven’t been to before.  Shooting at the zoo was pretty tricky, a lot of high fences and shooting through glass. As more people came through, we had to be patient with the crowds and of course… the hope of getting some animals in the shot (google Kit Kat Panda commercial… that was me…haha)

To my friends Grace and Eric, thanks so much for a fun day and I am super excited to capture your big day next year. Thank you both so much and here are just a few pics from our shoot.
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Welcome Baby A&M! Beautiful Newborn Twins

What was really sweet about this shoot was something that these pics don’t tell.  You often hear the phrase  “enjoy every minute” (esp when it comes to babies and the wedding day) but not many people do.  The feeling of walking into J&A’s home it was just that. It was such a calm and heartwarming feeling with parents whom truly enjoy every single second of this newborn phase with their beautiful daughters.

Baby A&M are adorable and having only had the opportunity to meet them for a few hours, I can definitely see each of their individual personalities already. This was a fun and cute shoot and I want to thank my new friends J&A for having me capture these sweet memories of their family. Thanks so much to you both and here are just a few pics from our shoot.

 

Leon
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Edelyne & Naeem Married. Atlantis Pavillions & Payal Banquets Wedding

October flew by, as it was one of the busiest months we had for the year.  Coupled with this amazing weather, we got to squeeze in so many amazing Fall shoots.  I met Edelyne and Naeem pretty close to their wedding day unlike most of our wedding clients that we meet a year before. Not that it matters since the moment we met I got a sense that these guys were super easy going.. plus another great thing was I also knew Edelyne’s cousin Fred.

This was a two day wedding shoot so I decided to combine both days into this one mega blog. I started off in the morning where Edelyne was getting ready at her condo. It was pretty jam packed with friends and family but it was all good times.  I have to say that Edelyne is one of the most hands on brides I’ve met.. I think she helped everyone get ready in the morning.  On the guys side, Chris C was with Naeem at the church.. waiting for us to arrive. Everything for that day was held downtown and was within a 15 min drive from place to place which was kinda neat. After their beautiful ceremony, we headed to the venue.  Atlantis Pavillions has always been a sentimental spot for me as Gi and I got married there also. So it was kinda sad that this would be one of the last weddings at this venue since they are closing the grounds by the end of the year.   We had a blast working with the wedding party and of course Edelyne and Naeem.

The celebrations continued the next day where Edelyne looked amazing in a traditional Indian outfit. We did a first look at the venue before everyone arrived and the night was filled with some great entertainment and tons of dancing.  I want to sincerely thanks my friends Fred and Claire for this warm intro – so good seeing you both. I want to thank my friend Chris C for shooting this with me and last but not least, I want to thank Edelyne and Naeem for having us capture your wedding.  Here are some pics I wanted to share as we continue to edit the rest.

Leon
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Shelly & Kevin Married. Caledon Country Club Wedding

You know the morning of a wedding, it’s usually pretty hectic.  When I walked in to Shelly’s parent’s home things where pretty calm as they were performing one of the best traditions ever – eating.  I was like.. “Where is everyone?”… and when I walked in the kitchen it was Taiwanese food heaven!  I believe that Shelly’s mom cooked all the food and apparently the tradition is that the parents serve the food and pass on some words of advice. Bottom line is.. it’s the best tradition ever.

Speaking of traditions, it has been a while since we have seen some door games, so that was also a fun start to the morning when the guys got to the house.  KC and I set up Kevin (the groom) for their first look shortly after all the games.  We then had a tea ceremony and headed out to the west end of town for the tea ceremony on Kevin’s side.  After which, we headed straight to Caledon Country club and had great time taking pics of the wedding party before the ceremony and reception.  Side note, Caledon Country Club makes one delicious Ceasar for those who like that drink.

This was a fun wedding for me. I got to see a handful of good friends both in the wedding party and as guests of their wedding.  I want to thank my buddy Kevin C for shooting this wedding with me and I also want to thank my friend Leslie for the warm referral.  It was so good seeing you (although I wish you brought the family…hehe)

To my friends Shelly and Kevin, thanks so much again for having us and here are a few pics I wanted to share to tell the story of your day.

 

Thanks, Leon
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Engagement shoot at the cottage. Melissa & Dan

This was a great idea to have their engagement shoot at their family’s cottage.  I drove out to Gravenhurst to meet them.. and I had no idea what to expect.. I mean.. I figured we would have a dock and water. When the GPS told that “you have arrived” .. I was literally smack in the middle of what felt like forest.   Melissa figured out where I was and shortly after we headed to a dock and took a boat to their cottage.  What was nice was that I got to meet Dan’s mom.. who basically steered the boat the entire time we were shooting in the water – super sweet person.

Our goal was to work around their cottage, get Melissa and Dan on their boat and catch the sunset towards the end.  There were so many beautiful and unique spots to choose from, including the boat we used end.  The boat was something that had been in the family for awhile and carried sentimental value for Dan.  As for the couple,  working with Melissa and Dan… these guys are super entertaining to say the least.  For example, we had Dan at one point fall into the water (rescue mission) during the shoot…hehe but he’s mad cool.. and didn’t miss a beat as we continued shooting…I mean when he dried up of course.

I’m stoked that we get to capture your big day next year (our first wedding for 2017 season) and I want to sincerely thank you both for having us.  Here are some of your pics from our near end of summer shoot.  Thanks again!

Leon
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L&B Family + Cake Smash Session

Man photographing my friends L&B’s kids.. and just watching both of them interact was so entertaining.  Personally, I can’t wait till my little guy starts walking and I can imagine him playing with his big sis just like them.

This was such a fun combo shoot. We started off doing a family lifestyle shoot in Alexander Muir Park and headed back to their home after a sibling style cake smash – as it was N’s first birthday that week.   What I loved about this shoot was the easy going nature of the parents… which translated to the kids being kids… having fun and not worrying about getting messy or dirty.  I am happy that N&C got to have their cake and eat it too!

Thanks so much again to my friends L&B – great seeing you guys and playing catch up throughout our shoot.

Leon
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