Photography Blog

  • 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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  • Andrea and Ian’s Wedding as Featured on the Wedding Co!

    Just in case you missed it, Andrea and Ian’s wedding was featured on the Wedding Co’s blog. You can have a look at it here:
    http://www.theweddingco.com/in-tandem/
    You will see more photos than what you saw on my blog!

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  • Award Winning Engagement Image! Toronto Engagement Photos

    I am pleased to announce that this image won a Merit award at a recent PPOC Meeting.

    Fine Art Engagement Images Toronto

    Fine Art Engagement Photos Reflection of a stylish couple

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  • Etobicoke Family Portraits at James Gardens | Etobicoke Family Portrait Photographer

    I had a blast photographing my friend’s  family back in the fall.

    Hopefully, it will be warm enough to go outside without jackets again, soon!

    I highly recommend James Gardens for family portraits. It’s also a fantastic spot for wedding photos!

    The boys look very alike, but they are three years apart.

    Brothers

    Eric must be very strong, because he managed to give both of them quite a long piggyback ride.

    Piggybacking on dad

    Mom and sons

    They still know how to have fun together.

    Husband and wife

    Traditional family portraits.

    Etobicoke Family Portraits at James Gardens

    A more creative family portrait.

    Creative family portraits

    Thanks for having me photograph your family!

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  • Andrea and Christopher’s Wedding | Toronto City Hall

    I was very happily surprised when my friend Andrea contacted me to let me know that not only was she getting married, she was also interested in having me photograph the wedding!  Andrea and I have been friends since high school.  I wondered when Mr. Right would come along and he definitely did.

    Andrea met Christopher through mutual friends in May and they have been inseparable since then.  He is from Killarney, Ireland and just moved to Canada in 2012.   They share many interests and of course, most importantly, they are extremely in love (as you can see from the photos).

    Their wedding took place at Toronto City Hall, but they are planning another destination wedding at a later date.

    Andrea smiling at Christopher during the ceremony.

    Bride smiling at groom

    Christopher smiling at Andrea during the ceremony.

    Groom smiling at bride

    They are hugging each other’s moms (and their new MIL’s) in this photo, both of whom are thrilled with the union.

    Post ceremony hugs

    Both of their families outside the City Hall Christmas Tree.

    Families

    They made each other smile like this throughout the afternoon.

    Happy bride and groom in front of Christmas tree

    It was a pretty warm today for December, but she is doing a good job of pretending not to be cold.

    Andrea and Christopher outside City Hall

    More smiles…

    Andrea and Christopher having a laugh

    City Hall.  This is where the union took place.

    Bride and groom at City Hall

    Andrea and some of her girlfriends outside the now famous Toronto sign.

    Bride with friends outside of Toronto sign

    Andrea pulling Christopher in for a kiss.

    Rockwell inspired Christmas wedding photo of bride and groom at Toronto City Hall

    Congrats again, Andrea and Christopher!

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  • Andrea and Ian’s Downtown Toronto Wedding at City Hall and Peter Pan Bistro | Toronto Wedding Photographers

    Andrea and Ian are an extremely creative, crafty and romantic couple.  Andrea made her dress out of her mom’s wedding dress.  You can see the original on Andrea’s blog at the following link:

    http://aem-physicsgirl.blogspot.ca/2015/09/architecture-of-wedding-gown.html

    Andrea started out her day by getting ready at Teti Hair Salon. Not only did they do a great job, they also finished ahead of schedule.

    Check out her Fluevog shoes.

    Bride getting ready

    I love how there were regular clients getting their hair done at the salon when Andrea was getting ready for her wedding. Those clients loved watching a bride!

    Getting ready to get married at Teti Hair Salon

    The wedding ceremony took place at Toronto City Hall.

    Wedding ceremony at City Hall

    City Hall allows a maximum of around 30 guests and we were at capacity, so these two were definitely surrounded by lots of love!

    Getting married at City Hall

    Photo of the guests in City Hall.

    Group photo of wedding guests at City Hall

    The famous Toronto sign changed. I wondered if they changed it monthly, but then realized it was changed for Nuit Blanche, Toronto. Andrea and Ian were quite happy about that.  I think the black and white Toronto sign goes a lot better with their retro tandem bike and retro style than the colourful sign.  Note their friends on bikes.   They had escorts as they biked from City Hall to Peter Pan Bistro for the reception.

    Couple in front of Toronto sign

    Bride and groom on tandem bike

    Don’t you love the “Just Married,” sign on the bike?

    Newlyweds on tandem bike

    The guests really enjoyed each other’s company at Peter Pan Bistro.

    Wedding guests at Peter Pan Restaurant

    Ian looking dapper, as always.  He made his own jacket!

    Stylish groom

    Finally, the pictures many of you have been waiting to see…Andrea in her wedding dress!  Front, side and back.  Note that the dress has pockets.  Remember, she sewed this dress out of her mother’s wedding gown.

    Bride who sewed her own dress

    Side and back of wedding dress

    Andrea picked up the flowers for her bouquet four days before the wedding and made her bouquet the day before her wedding.  Ian used the burgundy ribbon to wrap the gift he gave her on her birthday, which was also their third date. They have used it to wrap presents ever since, including her engagement ring.

    Bouquet and happy couple

    Andrea and Ian

    They had a macaron tower from Nadege. One of her friends said there is an “Andrea 5”-Ian, sewing, physics, macarons and lindy hop.

    Macaron tower

    The “Andrea and Ian” pose.  Yes, they have their own pose!

    Andrea and Ian's trademark kiss

    Andrea has the best umbrella.  If you speak french, you will know what that means.

    Wedding photos in the rain

    They managed to stay grounded.

    Ready to fly with a broken umbrella

    Congrats on your marriage, having such a fantastic wedding day and on successfully incorporating so much of yourselves into your wedding.  I love your willingness to try anything and of course, how you are not afraid to show your love for each other in the photos.

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  • Rachel and Mike’s Wedding at Fountain Blue | Etobicoke and Toronto Wedding Photographers

    Rachel and Mike’s Wedding started out in Etobicoke and moved to Fountain Blu, which is apparently a fairly new venue on the exhibition grounds.  Special thanks to Sarah and Lisa for photographing this wedding.

    The videographers set up the housecoats and wedding dress, which made for a cool photo here.  Note that every housecoat says bridesmaid on it.

    Bridal party dresses

    Mike and Rachel before they saw each other for the first time on their wedding day.

    Groom portrait/bride portrait

    Mike and Rachel seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day. I love how the bridesmaids and Rachel’s mom are all smiles in the background.

    Bridal reveal

    Bridesmaids on the grounds of The Exhibition Place.

    Bridesmaids

    Groomsmen photos at Exhibition Place.

    Groomsmen

    Bridal party photo at the ex.

    Bridal party

    Rachel.  Don’t you love her bridal train?

    Bride

    Their wedding ceremony took place at Fountain Blu.

    Wedding ceremony

    I love these creative photos in front of the arch at Exhibition place and in front of the water fountain.

    Wedding photos at Exhibition Place

    Who doesn’t love sparkles?  I love how the silver on the cake compliments the silver table cloth.  I also love how Rachel is hugging Mike during the first dance.

    Cake and First dance

    First dance with her dad.

    Father daughter dance

    First dance with his mom.

    First dance with mom

    Note the infinity loop their hands are making.  Together forever!

    Infinity loop wedding dance

    Congrats on a beautiful wedding day, Rachel and Mike! We wish you an eternity of happiness together.

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  • Anna and Michael’s Wedding | Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens and Hazelton Manor | Toronto Wedding Photographer

    Michael and Anna’s wedding was filled with loving moments throughout the day.  When I arrived at The King Edward Hotel to photograph Mike and the guys getting ready, they were already ready, so they had a drink before the ceremony.  Mike looked as happy as he does in this photo throughout the day.

    Groomsmen just after getting ready

    Anna got ready at their downtown condo.  Amy Griffiths from Bridal Hair Collective, helps put on her veil, as one of her bridemaids looks on.

    Putting on the veil

    She met Mike at Berczy Park, across the street from their condo to reveal herself in her wedding dress to him for the first time.

    Bridal reveal

    We went to Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens for the formal portraits.  This is a beautiful spot for wedding photos in Toronto!

    Bride alone and groom alone

    Don’t they look like they belong on the red carpet?

    Bride and groom at Alexander Muir Park Gardens

    Hiding in the bushes at Alexander Muir Park Gardens

    The bridal party requested a jumping photo, so here goes:

    Bridal party jumping

    We headed to Hazelton Manor banquet hall in Woodbridge, which was also a fantastic spot for photos.

    Bridal party photo at Hazelton Manor

    I am not sure what Michael’s dad whispered in his ear, but whatever it was, it put smiles on both Anna and Michael’s faces (he whispered in her ear too).

    This happened during the ketubah ceremony.

    Ketubah signing at Hazelton Manor

    Here is the Chuppah.

    Ceremony site at Hazelton Manor

    We took a family photo before Anna was walked down the aisle by both of her parents.

    Family photo and start of ceremony

    Breaking glass.

    Breaking glass under Chuppah

    After the ceremony

    After the ceremony, I climbed to the top of a ladder to take this photo of all the guests outside Hazelton Manor.

    Large group photo outside Hazelton Manor

    The horah dance has always been my favourite event at Jewish weddings.  I am not sure if Anna felt that way when she was hoisted onto the chairs….

    Hora dance at Hazelton Manor

    Beautiful table settings.

    Wedding table setting at Hazelton Manor

    Mike surprised Anna by singing to her as they danced the first dance.

    First dance

    First dance with parents.

    First dance with parents

    I love how Anna is leaning on his shoulder as he speaks.

    Wedding speech at Hazelton Manor

    First taste of the wedding cake.

    Wedding cake and couple feeding each other cake

    Reception time!

    Group photo at reception

    Mike and his brother and father are really getting into it at the reception.

    Father and sons dancing at reception

    Anna and her friends are all on the dance floor.

    Wedding reception dancing at Hazelton Manor

    Congrats on having a picture perfect wedding, Mike and Anna!  May you have as much fun throughout your marriage and lives together as you had on your wedding day.

    Wedding Planner: Designed Dream

    Hair: Bridal Hair Collective

    Flowers: Royal Orchid Florist

    Make-up: Make-up by Carmelaxo

    Cantor: Cantorben

    Cake: Just Temptations

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  • Christine and Bryan’s Wedding | U of T and Canoe Restaurant | Toronto Wedding Photographers

    Christine and Bryan had one of the shortest engagements of all the couples I have photographed. I think they were engaged for just 5 months, but you never would have guessed that, from all the thought that went into their wedding day.  It makes me wonder if everyone should have a shorter engagement, because they really pulled it off!

    Their ceremony took place at Hart House at U of T. I was pretty excited about that, because my own wedding took place at Hart House.

    Christine arrived at the wedding just a little after Brian.  I loved the light coming in on her face in this picture.  Brian was excitedly anticipating seeing Christine in her wedding dress for the first time.
    Bride and groom before the ceremony

    Brian walked down the aisle very confidently.  Christine and her dad were all smiles as they made their way towards him.

    Coming down the aisle

    “I do.”

    Wedding ceremony

    Wedding ceremony

    I love the moments before and after a kiss, even more than the actual kiss.  They are always so full of anticipation, love and relief (the latter is especially true if it happens after a wedding ceremony).

    Wedding ceremony at Hart House

    Bridal party and some family members in front of the Hart House arches. It was a windy day, but I love how the wind gave some flow to the dresses.

    Bridal party

    Bridal party.

    Bridesmaid and groomsmen photos

    Hart House bridal party photos

    Groom portrait / bridal portrait

    I love how they are looking at each other in the photo on the left and I love the light in the one on the right.

    Bride and groom at U of T

    Couples portraits

    They had a very Toronto wedding, so we had to make sure to incorporate very Toronto landmarks, like the CN Tower!

    Toronto couples portraits at U of T with the CN tower

    Their reception took place at Canoe restaurant, which featured excellent food and amazing views of the city as well as beautiful table settings.

    Canoe restaurant wedding

    I think you could guess where this wedding took place from this photo.

    A very Toronto Wedding

    Couples in front of CN tower

    Everyone got into celebrating with the happy couple.

    Cheers!

    Toronto at night as seen from the window of Canoe.  You can also see a photo from Christine and Bryan’s slideshow to the left of the CN Tower and it was hard to avoid my own reflection (on the right of the CN tower).

    Toronto at night as seen from Canoe

    They learned how to dance for the first dance. I love how the guests are watching and smiling.

    First dance

    Congratulations Christine and Brian! May this beautiful celebration be the beginning of a long and happy life together!

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