Happy First Birthday Baby E! Seoul house birthday

It has been such a fun couple weeks with capturing all the milestone birthdays for our clients / friends.  For this shoot, I got introduced to this sweet family from our mutual friend Gina (thanks so much for the warm intro).  When I got to the Seoul house where they held E’s party, the place was all decked out... everything looked amazing.  The first thing I thought to myself when I met the birthday boy was… this dude has the best hair!  I say this with a little envy as I’ve been trying to grow out my hair forever now… Gi is not a fan..

I love the fact that the parents kept the tradition going as they all wore the Korean outfits and played the game where they their son chose his destiny.  One thing I personally appreciated for obvious reasons was all the pics they captured of their son growing up.  I found out after this event that E’s Dad is quite the photographer… which is super awesome in my books.

I want to sincerely thank my new friends J&M for having me capture this special occasion. M, keep up the amazing work in documenting your family… I really enjoy seeing all of your posts dude.  Here are just a few pics from the day.

 

Your Friend, Leon
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K’s First Birthday

We have been really busy with non-stop editing, meetings and shoots these past few weeks.  As always, I am insanely thankful and wouldn’t want it any other way.  During the mix of everything, I got to photograph some special first birthday events too. Since our daughter will be turning one soon, I’ve been soaking in all the ideas for her party.

I was happy to be contacted by my friend M who asked me to capture her daughter’s first birthday party. This was awesome since the last time I saw their daughter K was when we did her newborn pics… and now she is 1…crazy how time flies. On the day of their shoot, we met at their house first and captured some shots of family getting K ready for the party. It’s sweet that Mom and Dad had K’s outfit all prepared out and ready.  The party was right around the corner at  Kidnasium.  This was a fun spot for the kids as there were tons of things to run and jump on.  What was super sweet was the fact K parents insisted our daughter come and join the fun… which was such a win win for me as nothing beats having my 2 girls within eye sight as I work.

The theme of the party was Frozen and my friends at J’Adore Sweet made this gorgeous cake that fit the theme perfectly.  I want to sincerely thank my friend M&C for the continued support and having me capture their daughter’s first birthday. Great seeing the whole family. Here are just a few pics from the event.  Thanks,

 

Leon Chai
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Gifting this surprise family shoot for his wife’s birthday

H contacted me about setting up a family shoot as a surprise for his wife’s birthday. This was super thoughtful of him but I did warn him just from past experience with surprise shoots, he should give a little warning or make sure his wife would be ready for the camera somehow. We have done a few shoots in the past where the partner was totally surprised (good thing) but so not ready for the camera (bad thing) =)

On the morning of their shoot, I met the whole family at their beautiful house.  H and his wife have 2 adorable daughters.  During the shoot it was sweet seeing the whole family interact and for me it was fun capturing the things they do in this family lifestage.   The whole family was super comfortable in front of the camera which really made for fun candid pics of everyone.  It was awesome that we got to wrap up our shoot with the whole family practicing yoga… super cute stuff.

I want to sincerely thank our mutual friend Winnie for the warm introduction. I want to thank H for coordinating this shoot and having me capture this day. Here are some pics from your gift to your wife.  Thanks again and enjoy!

 

Your Friend, Leon
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The gift of a family portrait.

Every time we have dinner at my parents, I stare at our family portrait which hangs on the wall where I always sit.  I can’t help but notice that it is missing our niece (who is now 3 years old) and our little daughter.   I remembered it was like pulling teeth trying to get the family all together to do that one shoot. So this past Christmas we busted out the tripod and lighting equipment at my parents dinner and finally updated the shot.  So it comes to no surprise to me that a lot of people tell me that they don’t have a family photograph as it’s even tough for a family made of photographers to do.

When Erinna contacted me about setting up a surprise shoot for her Mom’s 60th birthday, I thought this was such a sweet gesture.  Her and her husband live in Ottawa and coordinated everything with their family - even finding an indoor spot for us to use.  On the day of the shoot we all met downtown at their friend’s condo and that’s where I met Erinna and all her immediate family.  Everyone was so nice and to my surprise I was happy to see both Erinna and her sister are expecting.   The whole family was so easy to work with and the birthday girl was definitely not shy in front of the camera.  It was nice to hear that this would be their first family portrait with everyone.

 

I want to thank Erinna for coordinating everyone and setting up this fun family shoot. I also want to sincerely thank our mutual friend Serena for the referral.. you are awesome.  Here are some pics from the shoot and hopefully it makes its  way to the mantel.

 

Your Friend, Leon
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Baby D 1 month + photo shoot

This was probably one of my warmest shoots for 2015 and not surprisingly we’ve had a handful of shoots out in this cold weather.  D&F are both friends of mine and I was thrilled to hear that they had a beautiful baby boy.  On the day of this shoot, it was the perfect day to stay indoors as it was the beginning of one of the bigger snowfalls we have gotten recently.

When I got to D&F’s place, baby D was napping… which gave us a chance to play catch up. When baby D woke up, we started our shoot and he is such a cute little dude that loves to stretch.  Hearing his little voice and his soft mutters was so refreshing compared to our little girl who has just discovered her ability to hit higher decibels.  After doing some solo shots of baby D, he was passed over to mom and dad for some family pics.  Perfect timing too, as dad got a warm wet surprise.

To my friends D&F, it was great seeing you guys and meeting your beautiful son. He is adorable man.  Thank you both so much for the support and having me capture this cute lifestyle for your family. Here are just a handful of pics from our shoot.

 

Your Friend, Leon
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Y &P and their beautiful little daughter D

We have been going through non-stop picture processing in our studio over the last month.  Being so in the zone, the updates on our blog have been lacking to say the least.  So it’s actually a refreshing break to login and post up some pics that we’re always proud to showcase.

I met Y, P and their cute little daughter D for the first time on the day of this shoot.  This family as a whole is super sweet and their daughter is really cute.  Baby D was great and so co-operative on the day of her shoot.  I loved how her parents had some cute props, like the knitted sock skates and mini hockey stick. Not to go off topic but every time I do a baby shoot and the baby is younger then my daughter (I believe baby D is 3 months younger) , I go into a reminiscent mode… man… it’s so true what they say about how kids grow up so quick… anyways, I digress.

Y&P are really good peoples as I got to know them throughout the shoot.  I want to thank them both for opening their home to me and having me capture their beautiful family.  I also want to thank our mutual friend Serena for the warm intro and for all the support you have given us – thank you!  Here are some pics from their super cute session.

Your Friend, Leon
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