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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1/31
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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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1/22
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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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1/14
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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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1/16
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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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1/17
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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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1/20
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