Category Archives: Engagement Photography

One More Sleep

Tonight I’m excited. Only one more sleep until the wedding of two wonderful, amazing, sweet, kind, gentle people – and one very cute little dog – but we’ll get to her soon.

It does feel a little bitter sweet. Charlotte and I have chosen to life of travel… living an endless summer – half here in Toronto and half in Australia.

It’s been an incredible Summer here and we can’t thank all of our amazing clients enough for that!!

Renee & Corey began their engagement session taking a moment to slow down, close their eyes and connect with one another…. But there was one little soul that wasn’t too happy being left out of the photos!!! In steps the cutest little diva… Kayleigh!!! Literally the cutest little fur baby ever. Right?!

It’s such a pleasure to have a job where we can invite couples to be them selves… laugh, cuddle and show their love to one another. There’s not a single engagement shoot that I haven’t learnt something new about love and the amazing ways people make each other happy.

One of the traits I really like about Renee and Corey is that no matter how hard they try to be serious… they just can’t! They’re seemingly always having a laugh… enjoying making one another giggle.

I’m really excited to share their wedding images with you all soon. They’re doing their photos at this same amazing location – The Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto, and their ceremony and reception are at a favourite venue of ours – Steamwhistle!! Going to be an epic day.

Breaking and Entering with Lucas and Laura

This was Lucas and Laura’s second engagement shoot with us… They loved the photos from the first one so much the went for another! They were already so comfortable with us and by the second time around they were definitely professionals. We were bouncing around ideas on the phone beforehand and trying to come up with the perfect setting for such a unique and fun couple and we came up with the perfect place to get dusty and take the best engagement photos of our season here in Toronto. We were all feeling pretty adventurous and creative as we came up photography drive. We hopped through a broken window with camera gear and lights in tow and got right into the swing of things to create some of our most exciting and unique engagement photos ever!

Graffiti and rubble all over the place! Never the less, Lucas looked awesome!

This old grungy stairwell was amazing for a few interesting light paintings. Break on through!

Lucas and Laura posed up in the ashes of this blown out building.

The holes in the walls let in the perfect amount of light, the time of day was just right. Such an amazing opportunity to get to photograph this couple in here.

The old gymnasium was completely collapsing. It was dangerous but our couple had such a great sense of adventure about them. There was no stopping them from exploring every facet of this amazing old building.

Nearly everything was accessible. We even went all the way up to the rooftop! Lucas and Laura really worked for it. The result was a really excellent and rare set of photos that I think are some of the most distinctive we’ve ever shot.

Definitely the cutest light painting photograph any couple has ever taken in a burned down factory! Somebody get Guinness on the phone!

After a quick (but fashion forward) costume change, We headed down to the quiet streets and alleys of Toronto’s Liberty Village.

Laura loved the idea of our multi image. And Lucas loved the idea of 8 Lauras. We were stoked to put this one all together for them.

 

Thanks so much to our brave and exciting couple! Congrats guys!!!

A Proposal to Remember

Today we had some of our photos featured on WedLuxe and we thought you’d all enjoy seeing it. You can check it out here.

This proposal was planned by Crystal or Distinct Occasions (who also planned our wedding!) and she’s recently launched The Engagement Planner… A custom proposal planning service. Very cool idea eh!

Also want to send out kudos to Rachel A Clingen for the decor as well as Helix Candles Luminaries.

Howie & Alona Engagement Pictures in Toronto

Engagement photography is so much fun. No matter how many different sessions we do, we love every single photo shoot. Each couple brings such a different dynamic – and influencing our creative process in a different way. On top of that, the weather, time of day and chance all play a part in the locations we end up using for a session.

Alona & Howie had the idea to do their engagement pictures in downtown Toronto, where they’ve spent a lot of the time since they started dating. We thought paying homage to Alona’s Russian background would be cool by doing a portion of the shoot in Pravda – a really cool Russian themed bar just across from the Flat Iron building.

From there we cruised down Colborne Street, ending up at BCE Place for some indoor shots.

Isn’t the light in BCE Place just awesome??! Amazing perspectives too.

As we walked back to the car we had some fun as the sunlight was at it’s best. Next we scooted over to Cabbagetown to wrap up the shoot in Howie’s old stomping ground. He even showed me the antique store his family owns where he worked as a kid – we walked in and the phone rang and she’s like “Howie, get that would you? Haha. Mum’s are the best.

I can’t wait for Alona & Howie’s wedding in June at Atlantis! It’s going to be gorgeous.

Vintage Engagement Session

Today had a maximum temperature of -15 degrees. That’s just silly. So it’s with little regret that I share with you all that I’ll be sitting on an airplane bound for sunny Perth to get married this time next week! Charlotte’s already arrived and is setting up our new house… You see, we’ve decided that we’re going to life and endless summer. It’s an exciting time for us, we tie the knot in just three weeks… I’m dying to see my nieces and nephews again, catch up with my family. We’ll certainly keep you posted on everything as we figure it out.

Anyhow, enough about us! I’m super excited to share the engagement session I photographed yesterday. Meghan and Adam are an awesome downtown Toronto couple. They’re going to tie the knot this summer at the Muskoka Bay Resort… We can’t wait for it! Adam sells real estate and has the coolest website of any realtor I’ve seen.

Meghan came up with the idea to do a vintage engagement session and worked hard for the past week to find awesome outfits… As you’ll see, she put together some rockin combos.

We started the session in the bar in the King Edward Hotel – one of Toronto’s most glamorous wedding venues btw.

Check out the sweet wallpaper in the next shot.. gotta love how well suited this venue was for a vintage themed photo shoot.

As I mentioned earlier, it was -15 or something crazy as we left the King Eddy… We headed over to UofT to grab some very quick shots there…

To wrap up the session we headed over the Queen St West where we shop hopped to mix up the locations a bit. Check out the amazing colours we found!

I love looking for unique reflections during shoots… Isn’t this mirror the coolest?

Next we hit up a bar and I got a chance to do some cool shots of Adam. Right??

As we wrapped up the shoot I convinced Meg & Adam to let me make them bear with the cold a little longer so we could do one last really romantic shot. I shot just four frames and couldn’t be happier with this one.

Hope you’re all doing well – I’ll be sure to post some more wedding and engagement shoots from last year… We’ve been busy with the move.

Leo & Maria’s Stoney Creek Engagement Photography

This week Charlotte and I are heading off to NYC for the first time! I’ve been living in Toronto for 8 years now, and I can’t believe I haven’t been to the Big Apple yet! We’re both looking forward to seeing a few of the sights – for me I’ve always wanted to see The Guggenheim. Before we fly out (on Porter – our favourite!) I’m finishing up a couple more albums, meeting with 2 potential clients and of course, trying to get one more blog post done :)

Leo and Maria booked us to photograph their gorgeous wedding next Summer, and when we talked about where we might do their engagement shoot they were both excited to shoot around their new house in Stoney Creek. I’ve put together a little video slide show of my favourite shots for them and I wanted to also feature some of them as images on the blog too.

First off, here’s the video if you’ve got a few minutes, if not, skip ahead and check out the photos below. Cheers.

Fall engagement photos always give an awesome range of colours, moods and lighting options in the pictures… I love having shots like these above where the light feels like the middle of Summer, then be able to jump right into more moody and monochromatic images like these shots below.

Leo & Maria did really well to find a local vineyard willing to let us use their property to do the engagement pictures… Some of you readers may already know the spot…. Puddicombe Estate Farms & Winery.

We all loved this little orchard. Super cute right?

As we wrapped up the shoot we grabbed this romantic photo of the two of them enjoying one last cuddle.

Can’t wait to photograph their wedding next year in Toronto & Vaughan… Gonna be awesome!!!