Surprise!!! Happy Birthday Rachel =)

I can't tell you how much I suck with any surprise for Gi, less alone planning a surprise event like Al did for Rachel.  I’m that dude... the moment i’m about to buy something for Gi as a surprise gift for example... I end up calling her doing one of those “hypothetically speaking hun… would you wear a beige Mackage jacket and what size?”… totally messing up my surprise.  My point? Al’s the man as he seriously planned out this perfect surprise party for his wife a few weeks back  - coordinating all their close friends, caterer (the food looked amazing ), bartender, dj and contacting a photographer to capture this event =)

I actually always wanted to capture a surprise event like this… just like everyone else , I love to see that first reaction and its even more fun on my end as I get to capture it.  So before I let the pics showcase this special surprise, I just want to sincerely thank my friend Al for keeping me in mind for his wife’s party (and for all the other special b-day parties I have gotten the opportunity to capture throughout the years) and a happy belated to my friend Rachel!  Great party and here are some of the pics!  Enjoy =)

Your Friend, Leon
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Happy Birthday Z!!! // SportsPlay, Toronto

Because of Z’s parents… I feel like that guy that is always on the up and up on fun and creative ideas for kids b-day parties.  I mean they always have some fun ideas when it comes to their son’s b-day celebration.   For this year… it was such good times seeing my friend A+R and especially seeing Z!  It was literally a happy smile and a pose from Z as you can see in the first pics I took of him that day.   So for Z’s 4th b-day, A&R held a party with indoor soccer / sports as the theme.  So this was a fast action, fun paced… running around, sweating my brains off ...trying my best to capture these kids in action type of shoot for me - most exercise I’ve had in a while =)  The bottom line is that Z and all his friends had an amazing time.  After the fun games… the party was wrapped up with cake and food for everyone to enjoy.

Before I let the pics visually tell the story of my buddy’s Z 4th b-day party, I really want to thank both his parents every year for reaching out and continually giving me this opportunity to capture Z’s milestone years… it really means a lot to me guys – thank you!

Your Friend, Leon
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Family, Friends and Milestone Year.

We’ve been having a blast this year documenting so many amazing events and moments, which took Gi and I to many places around the world.  So, so thankful we are.   I’m back to blogging more frequently now as I have some serious catching up to do.

OK, I think this family is awesome.  Before I get into that… a lot of our business comes in the form of being gifted.  And I know this is going to come off super bias, but the gift of photography and capturing moments at that particular time is one of the best gifts… second to that is an Aston Martin One 77… very close second =)

So, earlier this year, Y contacted me and had this idea of setting up a fun photo session for her daughter as she was hitting her sweet 16!  She wanted to keep this as a surprise for J as part of her b-day celebration. When she nailed down a date, I arrived before her party started and we had some fun just capturing some pics of J and her family / cousins and close friends. People that mean the most to her. Although, Y and her husband insisted that I keep the cameras off them… I figured we had to snap a few to include the cool parents.  The shoot was fun for me… as J, her friends and fam love the camera.  I think the most important part was that everyone recognized that it’s great to have pics all together… and one day they’ll look back and have images that visually story tell that point in their life.  Y, thank you for opening your home to me and thinking of this awesome gift for your daughter and of course, Happy sweet 16th J!

Your Friend, Leon Chai
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