Bowties, Mr.Men, Photo booth & Smash Cake – My little buddy turns 1

There are so many amazing captures that have happened in the past month that I’m excited to share.  For me when I’m not shooting, I’ve been hibernating in front of my Mac editing and wrapping up the last of my 2013 shoots.   I decided to take a break and give my blog some much needed love and share some cute pics of my little buddy’s first birthday party that happened a month ago.  I appreciate and love all the effort that C&B put towards their son’s first birthday that made it extra special.   As suggested in the title, they had bowties and hairbows for all the kids.  This Mr. Men themed party also had an awesome photobooth ran by our photographer friend Kevin (our past wedding clients may remember him shooting along side with us).  It was cute seeing all our friend’s kids everywhere and I can totally see that in a few more years this circle growing with even more kids.

For those of you that were at the party you prob didn’t see the last of these pics, since we set up a smash cake session afterwards on C’s actual B-day. For all the smash cake captures I’ve done so far… my buddy here takes the cake (pun intended) as he went out to town on the cake… love it!


Love, Uncle Leon
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Baby P’s Baptism

So what’s new with us lately? We’re in the heart of mad editing…well to be speaking photographically correctly, mad photo processing is the proper word.  So we’re quickly wrapping up the last of 2013 shoots and I am look forward to seeing a whole bunch of people delivering their pics.  At the same time we had an early start with our first 2014 lifestyle shoot a week ago.

There are a bunch of things I like about this shoot.. some obvious and some not so obvious. First, I’m happy that G&T asked me to capture their second adorable son’s baptism again.  Secondly, from a photographer’s perspective, shooting at Saint Pantelelmon is always great aside from it being a gorgeous church.  Rev. Fr. Odisseys Drossos and his Clergy are great … always welcoming me to come in closer to get the shot – many thanks to them.

Baby P’s is uber cute and what I found interesting was that he was totally cool with the sacrament and only cried for a split second.  To G&T, thanks so much for the on going support and for having me capture your son’s special sacrament.  Here are just a few pics from the well planned day.


Your friend, Leon

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Tina + Reggie // The Countdown Begins

My first entry for 2014 and if I do the finger counting thing, it has been 8 years now that I don’t take for granted everyday how blessed I am for the support from everyone around me that got me to where am I - in being able to do what I love for a living. I am humbly thankful.


You know the saying the calm before the storm, for Tina and Reggie’s lifestyle engagement shoot, we shot this a day before the ice storm in Toronto.  Looking back now, it would have been pretty pimp if we got some pics with the all the ice.. or it would have been some dangerous times. Either or, it didn’t really matter, Tina and Reggie are a really a beautiful couple that can make any surrounding work as you’ll see in the pics.   So on the day of the shoot, we met downtown and I planned to use a mix of indoor and outdoor since it was winter and that was mostly raining all day. What I really loved about the both of them was for the outdoor pics was that the rain didn’t bug them one bit.  From a photography perspective, I looooove wet surroundings.. it makes a pic that much more sexy… (random Leon Chai fact.. I once spent 5 hours splashing water on a streets (one small bucket at a time) for a film set to create that wet look)


Tina and Reggie are really perfect in front of the camera and it’s one of those, when they are together it seems so natural.  We are excited to kick off our first wedding this month with this awesome couple.  Thank you both and here are some pics from our shoot.

Your Friend, Leon Chai
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