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Headshots in the Studio | Toronto and Etobicoke headshot photographer

I was honoured when Belinda came to me for her headshot.

I love photographing headshots because it is really fun to help people feel comfortable in front of the camera.

I also love hearing that someone whose photo I took for LinkedIn helped them get that interview or that job.  Professional images show a person values themselves, which in turn makes interviewers and companies more likely to invest in hiring them.

Belinda Headshot

Belinda Headshot

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Skating Engagement Photos at Colonel Sam Smith Park | Toronto Wedding Photographer

Doug is teaching Stephanie how to skate, so they decided they wanted to do their engagement photos in the winter, on a skating rink.

We chose Colonel Sam Smith Park in Etobicoke, because it is a picturesque skating figure 8, it is refrigerated (so we knew there would ice) and there is a beach area close by to offer us a variety of ‘looks.’

Doug has been doing a fantastic job teaching Stephanie, because she stayed on her feet the whole time. More importantly, they looked they were having a great time on the ice.

Skating help

Skating Engagement Photos

Skating lift

Love skating

We went inside to warm up and decided to take advantage of this area. It looks a little like a school and Stephanie is a teacher and of course, the water fountain is prominent and Doug is a plumber, so we incorporated both their professions in this photo.


Doug and Stephanie

Engagement photos in front of historic building

I asked them to bring their favourite book, since they both like reading.  Doug brought Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Stephanie brought The Notebook.

Reading Harry Potter on the beach

Reading on the beach

Wide angle on the beach

We went back to where we started for a few more photos.

Engagement photos

Congratulations again on your engagement! I can’t wait to photograph your wedding!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Our eldest daughter turned 9 today. We always try to get a photo of the girls for Valentine’s Day.
Valentine's Day

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Family Portraits at James Gardens | Etobicoke Family Portraits

My associates Janette and Sarah photographed Joanna and Alain’s wedding many years ago. Now, they have two little girls and I was honoured to be able to do their family portraits this fall.  We did them at James Gardens, which has become one of my favourite locations recently, since it has so many great natural backgrounds, fantastic light and it has not been too crowded.  This photo session also involved Joanna’s brother’s family and her parents. I love when families get organized and get together for family portrait sessions, since it is really nice to have photos with grandparents and cousins in addition to siblings and parents.

These are all the grandchildren.

5 adorable kids at James Gardens

This is the entire extended family.  Family portraits look so much better when everyone wears similar colours.

Extended Family at James Gardens

Armstrong family on the left and Miron family on the right.  I love it when babies laugh for photos!

Armstrong and Miron Families at James Gardens

Looks like these sisters will grow up to be fantastic friends. The baby was always smiling at her big sister.

Family of 4 at James Gardens

We got the little one engaged by having her play with leaves.  It was her first time doing that and once she got the hang of throwing them in the air, she had a great time!

Family of 5

Happy grandparents.

Grandparents with 5 kids

Another photo with the whole family.

Family in Forest at James Gardens

We saw an ice cream truck before the photo session began and they were promised treats afterwards if it was still there and they cooperated.

Boy with slushie

Girls eating a slushie

She tried to get the baby to taste the slushie, but the baby was not interested at all, (which is of course, probably a good thing)!

Little kids eating slushies

Thanks for having me photograph your beautiful family, Joanna and Alain!  It was really great meeting everyone and seeing many of you again.

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November 20, 2016 - 4:53 pm Joanna - Thank you so much for taking such wonderful pictures. It was so hard to decide which ones to get!

November 20, 2016 - 5:51 pm rabbatphotography - Thanks, Joanna! Thanks also for the nice comment (and for leaving one :-).

December 12, 2016 - 9:05 pm susan armstrong - Danielle, what a truly wonderful day we all had at James Gardens! The weather was glorious, the sites you chose as backdrops were perfect and there were (almost) no meltdowns. What more could you ask? The pictures you took were all so great that it was VERY hard to whittle them down to a reasonable number. If I had purchased any more, I could have papered a wall! Thank you for truly memorable keepsakes.

December 14, 2016 - 10:53 pm rabbatphotography - Awww, thank you so much, Susan! It was a perfect session and I know I did my job right if you had a hard time narrowing down the photos! I hope we can do it again, one day!

Family portraits with two daughters and a dog at James Gardens | Etobicoke Family Portrait Photographer

I had the pleasure of photographing Polina and Andrei’s wedding many years ago and I was happy to see them at Anna and Michael’s Wedding (of course, Andrei is Anna’s sister, so I did expect to see them there!). It was there that I also learned Polina was expecting her second. She contacted me soon after and wanted to know the best time for family portraits. My favourite time is when the baby is around 6 months old, so they patiently waited and their youngest daughter’s 6 month ‘birthday’ coincided with the start of fall, which is of course, a beautiful time for photos.

We started off on the bridge overlooking the duck pond at James Gardens.  Both 3 year old Maya and the dog were very interested in the ducks.  I like how the dog is peeking through the bridge in this photo.

Family Portraits on a bridge in James Gardens with Ducks

I always love how babies enjoy being carried by their dads.

Baby being carried by daddy

I also love how babies look at their moms.

Mom and 6 month old at James gardens

By around age 3, they become quite camera aware.

Mother and 3 year old daughter

Happy mom, happy daughters.

Mom with 3 year old and 6 month old daughters

We got photobombed by dogs!

4 person family portrait at James Gardens with dog photobombers

No dogs in this one.  Nice, happy family.

Fall family portrait at James Gardens

This is probably what life is really like most of the time.

Fun family portrait at James Gardens

I love how Maya is holding Zoe’s hand and Zoe is happy that she took this action.  These sisters are already starting to have a great relationship!

4 person and 1 dog family at James Gardens

I like to ask little ones to play in the leaves.  Maya hadn’t done it before, so we instructed her and she got very into it.

3 year old playing in the leaves

I love it when siblings bond. Zoe is perfectly content with her big sister and her big sister is very interested in her.

Young sisters bonding

We managed to get a few minutes of quiet time while my assistant made sure the kids and dog stayed safe, so that Andrei and Polina could have a few quiet moments together.

Mom an dad enjoying some time with each other

Couple in love

It was so great meeting your sweet and adorable children and dog, Andrei and Polina! Thank you for having me back to photograph your family.

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October 25, 2016 - 5:34 pm Nancy Rabbat - You really captured the love in this family! Great shots!

Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Photos | Toronto Wedding Photographer

Yulia and Scott came to my studio in the summer and told me they met and started dating in high school! Now, they are (finally) getting married! Woohoo!!!!!

They suggested the Scarborough Bluffs for their engagement photos. I had never even been to the Bluffs, let alone photographed anyone there, so I was glad they suggested it.  Considering how these photos turned out, I am now wondering how it is possible that it was my first time there when I have been photographing weddings for 15 years?! Thank you so much for introducing me to this beautiful (new to me) location, Yulia and Scott!

We also got extremely lucky, because it rained all day, but it stopped right before we started the session and continued shortly after we finished the session.
Can you believe this is Ontario?

Engagement Photo at the Scarborough Bluffs

Engagement Photos at the Scarborough Bluffs

I love that Scott and Yulia were game to try anything for the photo.  They took off their shoes and had a laugh on the beach.

Engagement photos on the beach

Engagement photos with rim lighting

We walked across this area on the way to the Bluffs and I thought it was perfect for an engagement photo.

Pond engagement photos at the Scarborough Bluffs

It’s a real Canadian engagement session with hockey jerseys on.  We all loved the willow tree too.

Engagement photos under a willow tree

Engaged couple kissing in front of a Willow Tree

Laughing together at the Bluffs

Happy couple at the Scarborough Bluffs

Happy together

I love how excited they are to be with each other!  Congrats again on your engagement, Yulia and Scott! I can’t wait to photograph your wedding at King Riding Golf Club next year!

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Fehlner 50th anniversary | Etobicoke Family Portrait Photographer |Burlington Family Portraits

I was thrilled when my first midwife and now friend asked if I was available to photograph family portraits for her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. Her parents live in B.C. now, so the whole family does not get to see each other that often.  One of the sisters lives in Burlington and she recommended Lowville Park .  We all gathered there for the photos.  Excellent location choice, Maria!

As you can see, they are still madly in love 50 years after getting married.  May we all experience this kind of long lasting love!

Happy couple on their 50th anniversary

They brought this old photo to the session, because they wanted to recreate it.

Old Family Photo

Same people, similar poses, different location about a decade after the original was taken.


I always get a kick out of little ones photobombing photos.  You should be able to spot two little photo bombers here.

Photo Bomb

Four sisters, all grown up.

Portrait of four adult sisters

Followed by the sisters with their own families.

Kiss on the cheek

Family Portrait

Family Portraits

I think it’s important to give kids time to play during photo sessions.

Kids being kids|

Here is everyone!

50th anniversary family phoot

Thank you for having me photograph this celebration!

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October 26, 2016 - 10:51 am Nancy Rabbat - Love these photos, the location really enhances the celebration! Great idea to capture the old photograph!

Great article on family portraits and self-esteem! Toronto Family Photographer

As I was working on my most recent blog post of family portraits, this article appeared on my facebook newsfeed.

How Family Portraits Boost Your Child’s Self-Esteem.

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Fall Family Portraits in Oakville | Lions Valley Park Family Photos | Etobicoke Family Photographer

Fall is a beautiful time for family portraits. The grandfather of the little guy in the photo below called me up, because his daughter, her husband and his grandson were coming to town from the West Coast, so he thought it would be a good time to do family portraits.  It is definitely a good idea to do them before the little ones grow up!

Mom, dad and son family portrait

Family portrait

Couples portrait

Family of four

Fall family portrait

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Gems of Etobicoke-Lakeshore Awards

I am thrilled that I was nominated for both Rabbat Photography and Women of Merit magazine for the Gems of Etobicoke awards!

Thanks to fellow nominee Lucy of Suitcase Theatre for taking this photo of me with our local MPP Peter Milczyn and a certificate that says my business is recognized for the exceptional services it provides to residents of Etobicoke-Lakeshore.  Thank you to everyone who nominated my businesses!

Gems of Etobicoke Awards

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