Fun at the Farm

I remember one year into the wedding side of our business, we shot at U of T, St. George Campus almost 10 times in one summer… which is cool since U of T has such a unique feel but on our end we kept challenging ourselves to look for different angles and creative ways to capture it.   This Fall in particular.. we had another location that was like U of T but  with the family lifestyle  session side of our business, we probably used Forsythe Farms a good handful of times (as you’ll notice today as I just uploaded another entry from this location)

When C contacted me about doing a family lifestyle shoot for her and her family.. it was pretty awesome that we had handful of mutual friends and in particular a few close mutual friends that we happened to have captured through their various lifestages.   So when I met C & N and her beautiful kids J&S at the farm.. it was nice to chat on some common ground.  Then we dove straight into the shoot.   We started off at the animal feeding section of the farm and worked our way through the field.   C&N kids are cute man… and J was full of energy running around.  When it started to rain a little, we ducked into the farm to keep dry before heading over to the pumpkin patch area to wrap up some pics.   I want to sincerely thank my new friends C&N + their family for this session and welcome you back from your trip =) Here are a few pics from our session.


Your Friend,  Leon Chai

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Happy First Birthday S!

There is attention to detail and then there is serious attention to detail… and this is where my friend G comes in.  Gi and I figured this out when we did their wedding…where G (not my Gi…hehe) had every little creative detailed planned. Ironically enough, speaking about their wedding… I still have their table placement ornament (a tiny bottle with sand and sea shells with our names in it) on my work station in the studio.

So not for nothing,  S’s first Birthday as special as it is.. was even more special with the creative and well thought out plans from G (and I’ll throw in her husband S too =))  The celebration was in Lemonville (when life gives you lemons.. make a ville?) at a perfect community centre that had great space both indoor and outdoors for the kids and adults to play.   G& S looked great and their daughter was all dressed up for the occasion.  From a journalist perspective there was so much going on .. from the kids playing in the leaves (at one point they attacked the photographer) to face painting to amazing food to beautiful cupcakes along with a big cupcake made by our mutual friend Sonia (Sonia Sweet Treats). After the party got going, the Birthday girl headed outside where we did some family pics and big group pic (the best we could.. with all the kids).


When the time came for S to blow out her candle, G&S added a cool touch by adding in this small firework that they had brought back from Italy.   To my friends G&S, I was just showing all the final pics to Gi and we’re both continuously happy for guys.  Thanks so much for always keeping me in mind for capturing these special events for your family, it means a lot to me.  Here are just a few pics from the day.


Your Friend,  Leon


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Happy First B-day E!

So I’m double posting today as I have another cute 1 year old party that I captured the same weekend as Baby E’s first B-day.  K+E are close friends of both Gi and I, so I was super happy when they asked to capture their son’s first B day event.   On the day of his birthday party, Gi and I arrived a little earlier and during that time, both parents where scrambling around making sure everything was perfect and getting all the delicious Hakka food ready.   Then slowly ALL the parents +kids started arriving.  It was pretty crazy and fun filled at one point with all the kids running / crawling around.   During the party, I grabbed the family and did a few outdoor portraits with the birthday boy when the weather permitted.  After, we TRIED to attempt to get all the toddler and kids together to do a group pic.. and … yeah….good attempt if I must say =)


Want to wish my little buddy a very happy first birthday and also wanted to thank his parents for having me capture this day.  Here are a few pics =)


Uncle, Leon

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Fun Fall Family Shoot of Six

From the start of the Fall season it has been crazy busy for us… I even think it’s busier than our summer wedding season.  So aside from the never ending editing and editing and editing… It has been such a wonderful mix of newly engaged couples wanting to get Fall colours to doing all these fun family lifestyle session to meeting new clients to hand delivering our finished wedding pics… I love it.

So a month before this session, I got to hang with my high school friend M.. where the primary focus was a shoot for her parent’s anniversary which included her and her brother’s family.  In the next month, I was lucky enough to have her brother’s wife contact me to do the same type of shoot for her family + her parents.   I love and totally appreciate when clients coordinate with their parents for shoots… as I know it can be tough but it’s one of those worthwhile things, in my humble opinion, to have a portrait of the whole family.


So we met up in Unionville main street and it was great seeing this family of 6 again + meeting M’s parents.  We first focused on getting as many pics as possible with the grandparent’s and afterwards we just roamed around the area capturing this awesome family.  As a new tradition, we ended off the shoot with the kids (and adults) grabbing ice cream =).


To my new friends M & B thank you so much for this session and especially for coordinating this shoot with your parents. Here are just a few pics from our day.


Your Friend, Leon

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Our Annual Family Lifestyle Shoot

I really love seeing this family and of course being able to capture them on a yearly basis.  And every time I see them, it’s always something new… from N getting bigger each year to the cute new addition to the family baby S.

The weather a few weeks back totally worked to our advantage in getting some outdoor pics and we did exactly that… we started off in their back year and headed over to a nearby park.  It was my first time meeting Baby S.. and what a cutie she is.  Big brother N was full of energy running around which gave me a nice work out trying to keep up with the little guy.  We worked in some family portraits first and afterwards we just let the kids have fun… from swings, flying planes and bus rides =)

J&S, thanks for always booking these sessions with me and the continued support.  You have a beautiful family and I feel lucky to be able to capture you guys growing together each year.  Much love and here are a few pics from our shoot.


Your Friend, Leon

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The cute new addition to the family

The fall season has been such a fun and busy season.  We’ve been working hand in hand with mother nature’s shifting schedule with our awesome clients to try to get an outdoor fall shoot.   Luckily for me, the day we planned this beautiful newborn / family shoot we had some beautiful weather.


I was super happy to hear that this family was expecting a new addition.  I’ve been so honoured and lucky to have some wonderful history with L&C capturing their wedding, their first born (what a cute big dude he is now) and now their new baby son.  So when I walked in the door, it was great to see everyone again and see how awesome big brother C is now.  We started off the session indoors and worked our way outside to a nearby park to get some pics with the fall colours.  This session was exactly like the parents… easy going and fun.

There are a million reasons why I love my job and one of them is that it makes me personally happy to continually capture special life stages for families such as this.  To my friends  L+C Congrats again and thanks so much, it’s always great seeing you guys! Here are a few pics from our session.


Your Friend,

Leon Chai
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