An early Saturday morning making pancakes. Toronto engagement shoot

If you asked me right now what my favorite thing in the world that makes me happy…I can answer that question quite easily. Hitting a Coffee joint with Gigi (heck any alone time with her would be sweet), swimming with my daughter, and listening to my little guy babble when I talk to him.  And if I could do an e shoot again.. (which would be a family shoot) this is what  I would want for our shoot.

For C & M’s engagement shoot it was perfect -  simple and sincerely authentic. They invited me over to their home to capture one of their favourite things.. their Saturday morning routine.. making pancakes and spending time together as a family.  On the morning of the shoot was the first time that I met everyone… and everyone was awesome.. including their cat.  Their daughter B added a lot of fun to this shoot and it was quite enjoyable on my end just capturing everyone.

I’m excited to show C&M’s wedding (slowly catching up with blogging as you can tell)… which was small,  intimate, and perfect.  I want to sincerely thank my friends Jenn and Scott for this warm referral and thank my new friends C&M&B for opening your home and having me capture this fun engagement session.

Leon
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K’s First Birthday + Cake Smash

If I look back at our daughter’s first birthday party…I swear that it was more stressful then planning a wedding.  At least for a wedding… the bride and groom can be hands off (should be hands off) on the day and just enjoy. But for these birthday’s… most of the time the parents are just scrambling setting up to make things perfect and the other half of the battle is making sure the guest of honor gets in a proper nap time before their party.

I met this beautiful family for the first time on the day of their son’s party. When I walked in the party room of Seoul House, everything looked amazing.  There were so many details that went into the party. I’ve probably done as many first birthday captures as weddings and for the first time at this party… the mom and dad even decorated their son’s high chair to reflect his first birthday.

K (the birthday boy) is such a cute little man.  His party was full of events with traditional Korean outfit changes for the little guy to the Doljanchi and ending off with a smash cake.

I want to thank my new friends for having me capture this special milestone for their family. Here are just a few pics from his party. Thanks so much guys!

 

Leon
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M’s going to be the best big brother…

I’m so happy for my friends and their upcoming baby, they’re going to have so much fun as a family of four.   For this awesome maternity shoot, we met up at their home and headed off to a provincial park that’s was right around the corner from them.   For the life of me I couldn’t remember the park’s name but this place was amazing… had animals and ton of open space, felt like we had our own private zoo to ourselves.    J (the mom) looks amazing and of course the Dad too =)  Their son is so full of energy and so much fun to take pics of.  Their newest addition is going to love have him as a big brother and of course vice versa.

I’m really thankful for this family’s support as over the years from doing shoots for them to doing some amazing shoots for their family and friends.  I’m super thankful for J’s friendship… for whatever reason, she’s been one of my first go to in telling our kids crazy birth stories – so I appreciate the big ears.  I want to wish you both a smooth, easy, fast birth and I can’t wait to meet the little baby.

Leon

 

 
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Winnie and Carson Married! Markham Event Centre Wedding

This wedding will always be pretty memorable for me as the week before their wedding our son was born and a few weeks after their wedding… I headed off to Korea to do a corporate shoot for Samsung.  So this past month has been pretty crazy for me… aka lack of sleep..hehe

The morning of their wedding I started off with Winnie getting ready and Kevin C was with Carson.   For me, it was literally a minute driving distance away… which was such a nice change.  Winnie’s whole family are really nice peoples…very welcoming from the moment I walked into their home.  The morning started with the guys popping by first to do some traditional door games to get the bride as you’ll see in the pics.   We used Unionville main street as the photo location… which worked out well.. as it wasn’t too busy.. especially compared to the past few weeks where it has been filled with festivals and car shows.  Winnie and Carson’s wedding party were super fun people to hang out with.  Speaking of which as I learned at the wedding… one of their groomsmen (I believe it was Sean) is also a photographer…and did such a great job capturing their engagement shoot in NYC.

Before I let the pics do the talking, I want to sincerely thank Laurence for this warm referral and my good friend Kevin C for shooting this event with me.  Last but not least, I want to sincerely thank Winnie and Carson for having us capture their perfect day. Here are some pics we selected to showcase your day.  Enjoy!

 

 

Leon
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6 months old!

The original date that we had planned this shoot was the exact same day that our baby boy was born… So off the bat..I want to  thank S&D for being flexible enough to reschedule.. I would have came still but my wife would have killed me =) Although I probably said this at every single stage with our daughter but 6 months is one of my favourite stages which was the same age as my friend’s beautiful daughter.

Ok.. Captain obvious over here but baby M is so, so adorable.. I swear I think she had this big happy smile in every shot I took of her … Love it.  For the shoot we kept things simple and used their beautiful home which worked out perfectly.  To my friends S&D, so great seeing you guys and little M again. Thanks always for the on going support. Here are just a few pics from ours 6 month old shoot!

 

Leon
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Our baby boy and his super heroes.

Aside from that fact that I’m so in love with my little guy and still can’t believe we have a family of 4 now… I really don’t know where to start this story.

Scared. I start off with that... and not for obvious reasons… let me rewind. We never thought that we would be blessed with the hope of having a second child…let alone actually even having one. It took us 5 years before we had our beautiful Alexis “Hope” Chai and you can imagine how insanely happy we were to hear about our baby boy.  So why scared? Well… Long and short…  my wife lost an insane amount of blood during the birth of our daughter and I nearly lost her.

So for the 9 months of Gigi’s pregnancy what I kept to myself was how petrified I was of losing my wife with the birth of our son.  So what happened 14 days ago? We headed to the hospital around 11:30pm and was told to go home as she was only dilated 3-4 centimeters and nurse’s joked around that.. Gi looked way too comfortable to be in labour.   We went home and one hour later... my wife was screaming at the top of her lungs about the insane amount of labour pains.  I quote the ambulance… “we didn’t have to look for your house number… we heard your house.”

Heroes.

The morning of May 11, 2016... was filled with many heroes.  Starting with the 911 dispatcher, who did such an amazing job calming the freaked out helpless husband… (when you hear the words…. I am going to guide you to deliver this baby…staying cool…is so tough) – I thank you so much.  To the paramedics that made it just in time to deliver my son safely and re-assuring me a million times that my wife and baby were doing great -  I thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

As my wife always says… it takes a village to raise a child… and I was so lucky that her mom was with us that night… to be there for Gigi and watch over our daughter (I don’t even want to imagine if I had to juggle her and my wife that night) – thank you for grandma for everything you do. I love you.  To my wife Gigi, my best friend, the love of my life and now one extra designation …my hero.  I owe you the world Gi.

Love, Leon
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