Mary & JB Lifestyle Engagement Session

Mary and JB drove in from Michigan for their shoot and they wanted the “City of Toronto” theme.  Of course this was no problem for us, as this is our city =) Prior to the shoot, Gi and I headed downtown to scout some locations and we fell in love with the new and improved Steam Whistle Brewery area.   Truth of the matter is, we’re a little biased to Steam Whistle, since it was one of our top picks as a venue when we got married.  Now that all the renovations are done, the area is fantastic!

It was a pretty cold day (Ok, some may say freezing :p) but Mary and JB were troopers.  No complaints on their end but there was definitely a lot of laugher.  Gi and I both saw that Mary and JB were uber photogenic.  Of course, this makes us super stoked for their wedding in Toronto in T –minus 6 days =)

Below are some pics from their session.  Mary and JB… Thank you both and we look forward to this Saturday.

Thanks, Leon
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Jacqueline & Darshi Lifestyle Engagement Session

Before I even met Jacqueline and Darshi in person, I knew they are good people.  Last year when I was heading downtown for the initial meet, I remember getting a call from Jacqueline asking if I wanted food… as her and Darshi where grabbing some take out.  I know it’s a simple gesture… but it shows how really kindhearted these people are.

To the shoot.   This was the first shoot to kick off our 2011 wedding season and it was good times.  Gi went downtown earlier in the day scouting out all the locations for the session and she found some wicked spots.  As we all know the Toronto weather has been super wonky and unpredictable but it held out for that day, except the night ending with a little snow and bitter chills…oh and a rock concert…but it was all fun times with no complaints.

Before we let the pics do the talking, we really want to extend our sincere thanks to Lili Mancini, the owner of Cinquecentro Trattoria Restaurant located in Liberty Village as she saw us outside shooting and offered her beautiful restaurant to warm up and to get a few shots – again… kind hearted people.  I hope you got the cakes I sent your way.

Last but not least, thank you to both Jacqueline and Darshi for this opportunity – you guys are jokes….good times and great memories! – we’re stoked about your upcoming wedding.  Hope you enjoy some of the pics.

Thanks,

Leon & Gi
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1/21
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Little man Z turn’s 2!

It’s been exactly one year since I’ve seen R+A and Little Z.   I had the awesome opportunity to capture his first birthday celebration as well as a fun lifestyle session with the family.    So needless to say when I got an email asking if I could document Z’s 2nd birthday I was stoked since it’s always nice seeing one of my youngest client hit another landmark year.    I was glad Gi was free this time around to shoot with me since I really wanted her to meet R+A and Z…. as they are an awesome family.

The extravaganza was held at their daycare located right in the historic Distillery District.   As you can tell in the pictures below, there was definitely a theme to this party.   Now that I am about to sound like the old guy in t minus two seconds, it’s also nice to see that I actually recognize the character.  Yes, that’s right, this red fuzzy dude actually was around when I was growing up….See I am hip =)  … really not that far back.. ok fine… I’m old.

A & R… thank you always for keeping me in mind for these events… Gi and I had a blast.

Thanks,

Leon
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Learn to make Sushi and help Japan.

I can’t even image how the situation is right now in Japan with the post earthquake and the Tsunami and all the aftermath. In times like this every little donation helps especially if we each contribute it can help bring relief faster. Liberty Noodle a restaurant in the heart of Liberty Village, Toronto decided to hold an event 2 weeks back. It was an opportunity to have master sushi chef teach people about Sushi and how to make Sushi. The best part about it was that the proceeds went to help Japan. Gi and I where asked to document the jam packed event– great to see. Not only do you get to take an awesome class but you also can perform an act of kindness, get a little and give a little. Check out their website (www.libertynoodle.com) as I know they are holding another course this Saturday – fun times for a date… fun times in general. Gi and I would totally attend this time around, but its wedding season =) Below are some images from the event and the delicious end results.

Thanks,

Leon
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