Bump to Cute Little Baby.

It’s the most wonderful news to hear when your friends are expecting. So when the father to be emailed me the great news back in December, I was truly thrilled for them. I’m so happy I got to capture both the pregnancy and their gorgeous son at his newborn stage. For me, it was just great to see both J&R since the last time I saw them was when we gave them their wedding pics.

I love how they decided to do their maternity shoot at their home as I agree with the saying “home is where the heart is”. We worked around their house and just basically had some fun with the session. Towards the end of our shoot, I loved the fact that we got to get in some snow pics, which properly represented their winter pregnancy and our crazy vortex this year.

Now fast forward a few weeks and here comes this gorgeous little dude. What was perfect about this shoot was that all of the family was over that day and everyone got a chance to be in a picture with the star player. Baby M was picture perfect for the shoot and the Mom and Dad looked great too. To my friends J&R, loved seeing you guys and thank you for letting me capture these precious life stages in your lives. Both Gi and I are thrilled that you guys are parents. Here are some pics from our session.

Your Friend, Leon Chai
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Afternoon at the ROM // Maternity Shoot

We’ve been really busy the past few months, which is great but I’ve been totally ignoring our blog with these proud updates I want to show. So when S&N contacted me to capture her at a beautiful stage in her pregnancy, I suggested we do this indoors and chose the ROM. On a side note, I have grown to love when clients ask us to capture this lifestage in their pregnancy. I really think it’s such a beautiful change in a mom to be’s body and most importantly it’s such a sweet lifestage which leads to something so precious.

We all met at the ROM got to know each other while lining up to get our tickets, since it was jam packed that day. Right off the bat just chatting with them, I got a sense that they are such good peoples which made our shoot easy breezy and fun. So the game plan was, we walk around and try to find spots that were the least busy and use the cool architecture of the ROM. To my new friends, I hope you guys are keeping well and can’t wait to meet your little one for their first photo shoot. I also want to sincerely thank S’s cousin Opal for giving the warm intro / referral - merci sister!
Like always, I’ll let the pics tell the story of the day.

Your Friend, Leon Chai
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Bump to Beautiful Baby // Welcome Baby L

I still remember the first time I met L&J for their first maternity shoot.  What was awesome about that session was the fact that L went into labour and had their beautiful son A that same night… crazy…if we only knew.. I would have stuck around to get a true newborn session =)

I’ve been lucky and honoured since then with L&J have called me to capture their family at various stages… and it’s always amazing to see them as we also get to hang out as friends too and play catch up.   So when L sent me that email to let me know she was expecting again… I was super excited for them.

For the mat shoot… I showed up at L&J’s place first to start off with some pics of her before J and her son joined us.  As always, it was a warm welcome and L offered me everything from her kitchen to make sure I’m fed =)  We used some spots around her neighborhood and then headed over to the same spot where we did their first maternity shoot.. but this time with her son and J.

Now.. fast forward a month after and welcome their beautiful daughter L =)  What a cute and perfect family!  We started off taking some solo pics of her and worked our best to get some family shots in after.  In between feeds.. it was fun just chatting up with J.

To my friends L&J, Gi and I can’t be happier for you guys.  Thank you guys for the constant support and granting me the honour to capture all these sweet life stages for your family.  Love you guys.

 

Leon

 
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From Bump to Beautiful Baby // Maternity + Newborn Session

Even though we wrapped up our last wedding shoot for 2013 last weekend…(totally a bitter sweet thing for Gi and I)… looking back on this weekend it was actually more insanely busy then always.  Lets see….12am Saturday morning I headed out the door to meet up with our awesome wedding client to hand deliver their wedding  photos.  Woke up a few hours later to MC a wedding all day… then up bright and early for two lifestyle shoots, a wedding prospect meeting and closed a wedding shoot for 2014.  Most importantly, I managed to get home just in time to “vacuum the house and wash the dishes” before hitting the sack.  So… TGIM.. I say =)

It’s been such a wonderful year meeting amazing couples like O+S featured in this blog and reuniting with our past wedding clients with the great news that they are expecting.  I absolutely love documenting these lifestages… it’s such happy times.  So the last time I saw O+S was at this maternity session in the summer. We had a fun time using Liberty Village as a backdrop for this session.  Then I heard the awesome news that Baby A arrived to our world a little earlier than expected.   So we booked a session in and when I showed up and met their daughter for the first time…if I had to pick one word to describe her.. it would be  “ADORABLE!”  The shoot went well and it was great to see both the parents full of energy being new parents and all.

Anyways, I back on the blogging bandwagon this week as I have tons of awesome shoots I’m excited to share.  To my new friends O&S… congrats again on your gorgeous daughter and thank you both for having me capture the events which lead to the birth of your child.  Here are a few pics from the sessions.

Your Friend, Leon
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Soon to be a family of 4 // J&S+ Big brother to be

I could not be happier for this wonderful family.  I got the chance to know them when J was pregnant with A.   It felt just like yesterday we did their maternity session and their adorable newborn shoot of their son.  So I was thrilled to get the message from J that she was expecting again and we booked in a time a few weeks back to do this fun maternity + family session.   We chose the beach as the location, as it was the perfect spot given that they used to spend a lot of time there and they were having a summer baby.   The backdrop and feel worked out perfectly.  When J&S and A arrived… holeee smokes… I couldn’t believe how cute and big A has grown (captain obvious says “of course Leon.. the last time you saw him, he was only few days old..haha)

As much as I love documenting life stages and especially these maternity sessions, it’s just that much more adorable when there is a child in the mix.  As you see in the photos below, we had some fun with the fam.. and if I was big brother A, I would enlarge some pics and hang them in the house as a reminder =)

To my friends J&S, thank you guys both for the ongoing support and having me document this awesome lifestage in your family.  You guys are wonderfully blessed!  I can’t wait to meet the new addition to the family.  Here are a few pics from our shoot.

Your Friend, Leon
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Can’t wait to meet you Nacho! Christina & Dan’s Maternity Session

From the moment I got the news from Christina  that she was expecting a while back… Man was I happy for the both of them. No doubt, Christina and Dan will make amazing parents.  I’m also thankful that they asked me to capture this life stage for them as it warms my heart personally.  It is a chance for me to look back and have the ability to say that I had the honour of capturing their wedding and now their maternity.  The awesome part was, the timing totally worked out for this shoot as they popped back into Toronto for her brother’s wedding.   These travelers partied it up for the wedding and were totally up for a shoot the next day.   Initially, I got a little overzealous with my location planning ... in my head I was thinking we can head over to beaches, then use the surrounding area… but as my tired pregnant friend suggested… lets head across the street to a local park where she grew up.  So that’s exactly what we did =)  Christina’s sister Andrea came along for the shoot as she was  helping Christina get ready initially and made some cameo appearances in their shoot =) As you can see, Andrea is crazy flexible and super talented.. check her out (here).   The shoot with was fun with Chris and Dan and I got to kill two zombies with one stone (don’t kill birds people.. not nice…)  as I got to spend time with them too.

To my friends Christina and Dan, Gi and I can’t wait to meet little Nacho.  Here are a few pics from our shoot. See you both in August. Much love guys.

Your Friend, Leon
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