“This is Paradise” HK to the T Dot.

I love this engagement lifestyle shoot for many reasons. For starters, I think it’s super sweet of Kenneth to set this shoot up for his fiancé that came all the way from Hong Kong. So the goal was to capture the spirit of Toronto and the only thing they requested was to use the mural “This is Paradise” on Queen Street.

We all met up at the mural as a starting point. I had originally met with Kenneth 2 months ago at our mutual friend’s wedding we shot. On the day of the shoot, it was great seeing Kenneth again and meeting his awesome fiancé Edith. Getting to know them as we went around various spots around Toronto, it was so apparent that these two are meant to be and being half way around the world from each other doesn’t stop them.

So, as I felt like the ambassador for Toronto with a camera that day, we worked our way through some Toronto-ish backdrops which included Queen Street, Osgoode Hall, CN Tower, Tim Horton’s and the Iconic Distillery District. Kenneth and Edith are so comfortable with each other, thus translating into great pics.

To my friends Kenneth and Edith, sincere thanks to you both for having me capture your Toronto engagement session. I wish you both continuous happiness and all the best for your wedding in HK. Here are just a few pics from our session.

Your Friend, Leon
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A&M’s beautiful new addition to their family

It’s funny, a few weeks before their shoot and before their beautiful daughter was born, Gi and I ran into A&M when we were shopping in prep for our daughter’s arrival. So when I got the text that the family was home, we set up a date and I arrived at their home to meet and capture some pics of their daughter.
Baby H is a cutie. She has so many expressions and capturing her was easy peasy. We started off in their sweet nursery they prepared for her and worked our way around the house and outside for a bit.

To my friends, A&M – thanks so much again for having me capture this sweet life stage in your family. I’m sure your little one has grown a lot in the last few weeks, but here are some pics when she was only a week old to bring back some memories.

Your Friend,

Leon
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Monica and Veneet’s Engagement

Monica & Veneet are a pretty awesome couple that you’ll be seeing many more special event pictures that leads to their wedding day in August. For their engagement celebration, we all met up a little earlier at one of my favorite locations that I’ve been itching to use for pics – and they happen to be the lucky chosen couple.

After having some fun in front of the camera we headed over to JJ Swagat where their engagement celebration / Pooja took place. The ceremony was on the stage and they coupled it along with amazing food and entertainment from multiple dancers. It was great that I got a chance to capture this event as I got to meet both sides of the family and which means I will be seeing e familiar faces over the next coming months with all the events that we will be capturing.

I want to thank my insanely talent friend Shikha Bedi (Henna By Shikha) for recommending us and of course our new friends Monica & Veneet. You guys and your family rock for doing your best in having us capture every special event leading up to your wedding – thank you and we’re honoured. To start off, here are some pics from the engagement. See you guys soon.

Your Friend, Leon
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One big happy family.

There’s probably only one major thing that sucks about my job – the work hours. It’s not the long hours but it’s the fact that we work on the complete opposite schedule of our friends and family which makes it hard to see people.

M&L and close friends of mine that I don’t see enough of in person. So I was super happy when I heard their family was expecting another addition and was thrilled to capture pics for them. I think for this shoot, I spent an equal amount of time playing catch up as well as taking pics of their beautiful family. Their new addition to the family is super cute and it’s awesome that he has a big brother.

To my friends M&L, always love seeing you guys and thanks so much for this shoot and for your generosity to Gi and I. We’re both extremely happy for your family and will definitely see you guys soon.

Much love, Leon
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Minh & Laurence Married! Atlantis Ontario Place

This wedding kinda threw me off and definitely not in a bad way, let me explain. So we’re lucky every year that we get to capture so many weddings and work with a multitude of couples. And when it comes to our clients, there are some that I literally talk to every other day and some I only hear from on the week of the wedding…. all good either way. Minh and Laurence fall in the latter category - the totally relaxed super nice- “go with the flow” kind of couple. I used the line “go with the flow” as I’m quoting the bride’s answer to me when I asked about doing the formal pics…see super chill.

So that being said, I was thrown off because this wedding was pretty insane with all the gorgeous details – which one would usually think would mean a type A type of bride and groom. So hats off to the both Minh and Laurence for being so relaxed on their wedding day, and obviously kudos to the wedding planners that helped to take on the stress =)
I started off in the morning with Minh where she was getting ready with her family and friends. It was fun times in the morning for me with everyone there. I met up after with Kevin C at the Old Mill where he was with Laurence and the guys. They had an outdoor ceremony which was picture perfect followed by a lunch reception at the Old Mill. We took some pics around the Old Mill and headed off to Atlantis Pavilion.

So.. I know Atlantis pretty well. Shot there many times... it was actually our venue for when Gi and I got married. This décor was off the chain. Actually everything was awesome. What was even more crazy was the fact that it seemed like every vendor had their own photographer on site to capturing their own details. No joke. More importantly, what Kevin and I capture that night was all happy faces of everyone enjoying this perfect wedding.

Before we get to the pics, I want to thank our mutual friend Emily for introducing me to this awesome couple. Thanks so much. I want to thank Kevin C for always having my back and being the second pair of creative eyes. Minh and Laurence, sincere thanks for having us capture your wedding / anniversary. Welcome back and here are some pics to visually story tell your amazing day.

Your Friend,

Leon
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A Beautiful Spring Wedding. Saleena + Pri // Palais Royale, Toronto

Happy Canada Day to everyone and hope everyone has had an amazing weekend. June for us has been a blessed and insanely busy month. We did so many shoots and are stoked to share all the stories we captured.

Saleena and Pri’s wedding was the first to kick off the spring wedding season. I have gotten to know Saleena and Pri pretty well throughout the year and more importantly I like them =) In the morning, I started off with Saleena at the hotel where she was getting ready and Kevin was with Pri. It was sweet seeing and working with some familiar faces, Gursharm (from encorefilms.ca) and my friend Sharan.

When Saleena got into her dress, we set up a first look reveal outside and the reaction in the pics will speak for itself. We headed off to Brickworks right away and spent some quality time capturing the Bride and groom. On a side note, I have to say I was attacked by birds that day…which I have no pics to show.. …lol. Morale of the story, birds are dangerous.

We headed to Palais Royale and it was a perfect day for an outdoor wedding. The ceremony was beautiful and serene. Ironically enough, looking back at these pics, I captured a wedding this weekend with the same officiant and actually did a triple take because there was some familiarity. I now know why.
The night was lead by the amazing MC aka the Bride’s brother. I’m a little bias when it comes to Indian Food as it’s one of my favouite cuisines, that being said, the food was spectacular.

Before I get to the pics, I want to thank my friends Sharan and Alex, for the recommendation and constant support. You guys are the best. To my other sets of creative eyes Kevin C, thanks for filling in Gigi’s shoes this year (figuratively speaking of course) . To my friends, Saleena and Pri, thank you both so much for having us capture your amazing day. Here are just a few pics to visually story tell your beautiful wedding.

Your Friend, Leon
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