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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The perfect winter engagement photo shoot. Melissa and Mike

All we needed was a unicorn or maybe Bambi running across the field.  This was like the perfect winter engagement shoot.  I love the fact that the past few lifestyle engagement shoots were all done outdoors in the winter wonderland. The one killer thing was the COLD weather.

When Melissa and Mike said they wanted to do a winter shoot, they could not have picked a better day.  A few weeks back during this shoot, we couldn’t have asked for better weather.  It was warm and there was blowing snow which kinda made the shoot look magical.  What really made the shoot was of course, Melissa and Mike. They guys are super chill and such a great looking couple.

Mike and Melissa suggested that we meet near a path that they walk through all the time in Kleinburg.  So we all met up and literally just had some fun in the snow.  Melissa and Mike are a comfortable, loving, fun and playful couple which was reflected in front of the camera. I love all the cute props that they brought with them too. We wrapped up our shoot inside a cool little forest we saw when driving by.

To my friends Melissa and Mike, I truly had a blast with this shoot and I can’t wait to do this again on the big day. Thanks so much again guys and we hope you like the pics =)

 

Your Friend, Leon
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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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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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