This beautiful family

I’m lucky to be able to focus and hone my craft in different aspects of photography.  My number one questions I get asked all the time is what my favorite form of photography I like doing most?  Pretty hard question to answer… as each craft is so different and rewarding in its own way... but final answer would have to be family photography.  There’s nothing in this world that makes me more happier then capturing photos of my family and watching my daughter grow. With that being said, I have a lot of love for this family as I’ve been lucky enough to capture their life stages.

This shoot like the many other family lifestyle shoots I’ve been doing recently was all about an updated family picture in preparation for Christmas.  On the day of their shoot, the weather was like today… cold and wet.. so we decided to meet at their business… where we used the cool space inside.  To my friends S&B, I’m sincerely thankful for all the years of your support. You guys are wonderful parents and I always love seeing your amazing kids.  Thanks always!

 

Your Friend, Leon
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Angela & Gabriel Married. Toronto Brickworks Fall Wedding

I enjoyed this wedding a lot. It’s always nice to see friends and familiar faces which makes the day that much more enjoyable. My interaction with Angela leading up to their wedding was easy and chill it was same feeling that day.

Kevin C and I shot this wedding together as we started off at separate locations where Angela and Gabriel were getting ready.  I met up with Kev at the Church, where we set up a first look / reveal at the back garden. The Fall weather was bright and warm…could not have asked for a better day. After the Church ceremony we headed over to the Brickwork’s and had a an opportunity to work on some creative formals.  Afterwards, it was nice that everyone headed over to the bride and groom’s condo where they ordered some pizza and got a chance to relax (food on the wedding day is like gold).

In the evening they hired a traditional lion dance team lead by the same “see fu” that trained Gabriel. So pretty fun stuff to see Gabriel showcase some of his skills as he lead the dance for a bit. Before we get into the pics, I want to thank Kevin C for being the second lead and for always being a good friend.  I want to thank our new friend Ramon + his team at RC2 Films for being so easy to work with.  I want to sincerely thank our friends Angela and Gabriel for having us capture your fun wedding. Here are just a few pics we chose to share. Enjoy!

Your Friend, Leon Chai

 
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Pumpkin Patch. Whittamore Farms Family Shoot

We totally lucked out on the crowd situation at Whittamore Farms that day.  I went a week before with my family and it was packed!   I love seeing this family / friends on a yearly as their kids are great and so much fun to shoot.  We started off at the big pumpkin patch area and I got a chance to just get a few pics of the kids alone (which is pretty rare).  The place is pretty entertaining with lots of activities and play areas, so we quickly worked through the spots that worked well for pics as the kids were probably itching to just play.

My friend J&S are great parents and always do their best to get these awesome pics. To my friends J&S, I’m so thankful for the years of support and for the fulfillment of capturing your amazing fam.  Here are some pics from our shoot.

 

Your Friend, Leon
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Apple picking with the family. Berryview Farms

I don’t know if it’s because of the climate change over the years but I remember when we used to go apple picking as a kid…. I was all bundled up and it was always cold – borderline freezing.   This was a total 180… warm, bright and beautiful morning. no complaints.

E&J and their sons are good friends of both Gi and I so this shoot was also nice for me to hang out with them too.  We all met in B Town (Russell Peters represent!) where the apple picking farm was.  E&J are phenomenal parents and their kids are great.  We walked around the apple farm and used the various space and of course they got a chance to pick some apples.  After the shoot, we headed to a nearby park where the kids (and parents) got to have some fun.  I really enjoyed this shoot and really want to thank my friends for setting this up with me.  I appreciate the support and can’t wait to hang over the holidays.

Your Friend,

Leon Chai
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Melissa and Mike Married! Grand Luxe Wedding

There were a lot of little things that I personally enjoyed about Melissa and Mike’s wedding,  so forgive me as I’m just going to randomly shout out things that come to mind.  First off,  as a couple, they were super easy to deal with - straight up good peoples.  I originally met them at Melissa and Pietro’s wedding, which brings me to another reason why I enjoyed this event as I got to see them (and their family) again too.  Mike’s blue suit rocked… if there was a poster boy for a Groom in a blue suit -he would be that dude.  I loved how all the bridesmaid’s dresses were also an untraditional black.

I’m a car guy... and there is nothing I enjoy more than the sound of a naturally aspirated v8 while watch the rear tires light up . That was my view and the sweet sound I heard as I followed Melissa being chauffeured in her uncle’s Chevelle – good times.   The day was cold and windy but it was awesome that everyone was game for pics.  We shot at the Grand Luxe many times and their décor was beautiful, especially the ceremony backdrop.   The entrance sparklers were a great touch and just as spectacular was the big bang of confetti that started the night on the dance floor.

Before we showcase the pics, I want to specially thank Kevin Chan for shooting this event with me and sincerely thank Melissa and Mike for having us capture their big day. I’m not sure if you guys are back from your honeymoon but in any case, here are a few pics that we chose to storytell your big day.  Enjoy and see you guys soon!

Your Friend, Leon

 
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Sidney & Dat’s Maternity Session

It was great that we got to use Sidney and Dat’s beautiful home as the location to capture this special life stage.  It’s comfortable and I got a chance to see all the great effort that went into their baby’s nursery room.   Speaking of nursery room… you might notice in some pics I specifically blurred out the baby’s name or any hint of it.. as they want to make the announcement when the baby arrives.  What I can say is ironically enough, the chosen name is one that we narrowed down as a top 3 fave for our baby.

I met Sidney and Dat for the first time on the day of their shoot and have to say that Sidney looked amazing.  Totally glowing and you wouldn’t have known  she was carrying if you didn’t look at her belly.  We used various spot in their house and headed out quickly to capture some fall colours.

I’m not sure if the baby is here yet but I want to wish them a healthy, smooth labour if not.  Thanks so much again guys for having me capture this sweet life stage.  Here are a few pics from the session.

 

Your Friend, Leon Chai
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