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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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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Sarah & Paul, Christmas Market Distillery District Engagement Shoot

I remember the day of our initial meeting with Sarah and her Mom as they were kind enough to invite me over to their place.   This was awesome as it was really nice to get a chance to meet with the both of them in a comfortable environment.   So I’m kinda glad that Gi didn’t come with me during this meeting, since we got into the conversation about my peanut allergy and how I don’t carry an EpiPen…which Gi been h-a-r-ping on me forever to get.   As I foolishly had no valid reason to explain why I don’t have one.. I can proudly say now that I do. My wife thanks you both.

Sarah mentioned in our meeting that Paul proposed to her at the Distillery District and since the Christmas market was happening, we thought it would be the perfect spot to do their engagement shoot.  On the day of their shoot, we met up at the Brookfield Place before heading out to the Distillery District.   When we got to the Christmas Market we saw a huge line up to get in. It was insanely busy that day and cold. We miraculously got in and as the line dictated it was jammed packed with people… like arm to arm touching.  But Sarah and Paul were great sports and we made the best of the situation.  We walked around the Distillery District and did our best to avoid the huge crowds and jumped into buildings to warm up every chance we got.  Towards the end of the shoot, we headed down to the waterfront where the Toronto skyline was lit up with holiday colours, which was a perfect end for this shoot.

I thank our mutual friends Andrea and Des for the warm intro to this awesome couple. I especially want to thank Sarah and Paul for having us capture your upcoming wedding – we’re honoured and stoked. Here are just a few shots from our shoot.

Your Friend, Leon
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Ashley & Michael Married. Toronto Design Exchange Wedding

The month of December was a pretty busy month for us as we were prepping / enjoying all the holiday festivities.  Ashley and Michael’s wedding was the second last wedding of the year for us. We really looked forward to this wedding as we love shooting downtown and the Design Exchange is such a great space. Of course Ashley and Michael are what made the wedding.

So no doubt when you go through the pics, you can see this couple went all out and everything looked gorgeous. What I loved the most was all the little personal touches that represented them - some obvious and some not so obvious (There was a reason why they put a stuffed animal mouse in their Christmas tree… I just can’t remember off hand =)).

Ashley and Michael both looked amazing on the day of their wedding.  As Kevin and I captured them throughout the day and met all their close friends and family, it’s easy to see that everyone was just awesome.  So what the pics didn’t really show was how coooold it was.  Not as bad as it is today but it was freezing that day.  So a big thank you to the bride and groom and the whole wedding party for bearing with the cold and smiling through it all.

I want to sincerely thank my friends at Serendipity and Co. for introducing us to this awesome couple and having the pleasure to work together again.  Always great seeing you Bernadette as well as your team.  I want to thank my friend / teammate Kevin C for shooting this event with me and for an awesome year.   To Ashley & Michael, hope you had an amazing time on your honeymoon.   Here is our selection of pics to tell the story of your beautiful wedding.  Thanks so much again!

 

Your Friend, Leon
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Ashley + Mike… See you guys tomorrow!

At the Distillery there’s this huge art installation called “Still Dancing”… which we ended up using for this couple’s engagement pics …as it is pretty fitting since Ashley runs a dance studio.  Ok..truth be told, I had no clue the name of that installation until I googled it… hehe

I was introduced to this cool couple from our friend Bernadette (http://www.serendipityandco.ca) whom Gi and I met when we shot Anet and Vic’s wedding.  Our first meeting was at Ashley’s dance studio in Mississauga last year where we got a tour of their beautiful studio.  Fast forward one year and we’re stoked to shoot their wedding tomorrow!  For their lifestyle shoot, we met at the Distillery District where it was super fun capturing this fun couple.  These guys are totally easy going which always makes my job that much easier.

I’m pretty stoked about tomorrow’s wedding shoot.. as their venue is somewhere new for us + excited to see this awesome couple. Thanks so much to Bernadette for keeping us in mind and of course to Ashley and Mike for having us capture your big day -  see you guys all tomorrow.

 

Your Friend, Leon
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Angela and Danny Married. Copper Creek Wedding

This entry comes from a café half way around the world in Hong Kong as I’m working away on my vacation (if my daughter was old enough to speak.. her and her mommy would be yelling at me right now)…but I digress. Since it’s Nov 11 in Toronto right now ,  I can’t help but be thankful to all the soldiers that fought for our freedoms.  Ironically, I look across the street and I can see hundreds of people protesting day and night for the same democracy we take for granted.  As I’m forever playing catch up on our site, we head into our October wedding shoots, featuring Angela and Danny.

I’m really excited to share these pics from Angela and Danny’s wedding for many reasons.   One, as I got to know them in the year leading up to their wedding, I found them to be such sweet and genuine people.   Not only that but I can say that this was one of my favourite weddings this year. It is always fun when you see the bride and groom really enjoying themselves … and that, in m opinion, makes an awesome wedding.

So there are a few things about their wedding that were pretty noteworthy.  Angela’s parent’s home is really nice - More so… according to the family.. the house was quickly renovated just in time for Angela’s big day.  Ironically I can relate as we didn’t do anything to our home for 5 years and the moment our daughter was about to arrive, we started painting and installing “real” curtains… must be a daughter of the house thing.  There were so many sentimental aspects in the pics that I appreciate – Formal pics were done at Angela’s parent’s home in their beautiful backyard. Angela’s veil was from her Mom’s wedding.. which was pretty sweet and the Cadillac they took to the church belongs to her grandfather.

Before we get to the pics to story tell their day,  I wanted to sincerely thank both Angela and Danny for being such a fun couple that made our jobs so enjoyable.  Thanks to my friend and teammate Kevin C for working hard on this shoot with me.

P.S.  Unlimited Ten Ren BBT…is such a good thing to have at the end of a wedding shoot, thanks again guys!

 

Your Friend, Leon
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