Welcoming this little guy – Newborn Baby M

It’s honestly such great news to hear when someone is expecting and even more so when it’s one of our wedding coupes.  On my end, it feels great to be asked to do the newborn session as I feel like it’s a continuation of capturing their story.  Funny thing is, with A&E.. it just feels like yesterday that Gi and I and our friends at L3 events were all working together at their wedding.  So good for you guys for kicking it into high gear with the baby action =)

 

It was good times seeing A&E as I walking into their gorgeous home.  I got a chance to play catch up with them and got to meet their cute son.  We quickly got down to business and had some fun getting baby M ready for the camera and the little dude was awesome… especially since A&E looked like such natural born parents.

To my friend A&E, congrats again guys and thanks so much for having me capture this special time in your life.  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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1/19
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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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The First Two Weeks … Meeting Baby K Out West

Talk about perfect timing.  Summer is tough for us in terms of trying to have a social life and for personal travel … since it’s our peak season for shoots.  So in the beginning of the year we booked and blackedout a weekend in August to go to one of our favorites cities –Vancouver.   And what perfect timing it was .. since we got to meet little K.. Otherwise we would be like the rest of their close friends and hope for updated pics on FB to see this cute fella.

 

Everything about this shoot makes me happy.  The fact that C&D are parents, meeting Baby K, being able to do this for them, going out to lunch afterwards and just hanging out.   What’s also cute was about this shoot… was the towards the end.. we squeezed in a few shots of best friends together with their best accessories, I’m pretty sure Nacho and Bean are going to be best friends too growing up.  (I hope you guys don’t mind… if a same sex married couple asked if we ever done same sex family pics.. I’m showing them the last pic.. hehe)

 

C&D, Gi and I can’t be happier for you both. Your son is adorable and we now have one more reason which makes Vancouver one of our favorite cities.  Love and miss all you Vancouverites.

Leon Chai
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1/20
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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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1/23
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Welcoming the new addition to the family! // Newborn +Family Session

There are a few things that these pics don’t tell that I love.  Every time I see my friends J&S for these landmark shoots, watching them interact together always makes me laugh (in a good way).  I can’t explain this… but the good thing is, S was capturing all their newborn session on video when he wasn’t in the pics… so they could hopefully watch this back one day =) Long and short, these guys truly treasure all the memories together.

Secondly, for all those parents that tried to take pics of their baby / newborn or kids... you all know it’s pretty tough.  For this shoot, I can’t take all the credit as I had an awesome helper…I gave her the title that day as: creative and production assistant.   She was definitely a hands on asset with this session, from set up, subject placement, keeping the talent entertained and fed… in simple terms… this family happens to call her Grandma.   J – pls extend my thanks for her help and ask her if she wants to join our photog team.. hehe

During the shoot, we tried to replicate some shots we did for A with his newborn session.  Baby Z was an adorable little man and totally worked with the camera.   After his solo’s where done… we focus on some family pics.  We headed to a room which J design / decorated and I was blown away at how amazing it looked – serious talent.

Anyways, time to show the pics and less talking Leon… To my friends J+S+ Big brother A and Baby Z... thank you guys for always keeping me in mind and letting me capture your family’s milestone events.  It honestly brings joy to me to see how your beautiful family has grown.

Your Friend, Leon
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