Engagement Photos at Smyth ParkSaturday, May 27, 2023
We did Michael and Alfreda’s engagement photos at Smyth Park, but it is pretty close to where they live and I know it is one of Toronto’s best kept secrets (maybe not so secret now)!
When I first talked to Alfreda on Zoom, I also met her identical twin sister! Michael has been able to easily tell them apart from the moment they met. Alfreda is not a movie person, but bonded over their love of The Pursuit of Happiness, went to a drive-in theatre, and have talked every day since.
These two arrived in such stylish outfits I felt like paparazzi!
We started the session a bit late, which worked out because we got some night photos under the streetlights for an extra romantic summer look.
Couple Photos at Guild Park and GardensFriday, May 12, 2023
Alysia and Alex decided to do couple photos at The Guild Park and Gardens. The first wedding blog post I ever did was due to the fact that I was so happy with a wedding I photographed at The Guild Park in 2007. The Guild Park is a great place for weddings and portraits because it features lots of nature, an Arts and Crafts style manor house, and a sculpture garden. In spite of living and working in different cities, Alysia and Alex met at work in 2020-she worked in the Toronto office and he worked in the Montreal one.
Engagement photos at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum!Thursday, May 4, 2023
I was so excited when Victoria and Andrew suggested we do their engagement photos at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, because I have been to several swing dances there and it is a super fun place to dress up, take photos, and pretend it’s the 1940s! Andrew is in the infantry of the Canadian Forces, so it was only fitting that we did some photos in front of a Canadian Forces airplane. Look closely and you will see that his blue shirt features tiny airplanes! I love that they did 3 outfit changes to match their surroundings, and they brought Portuguese/Canada and Ukraine/Canada flags to pay homage to their heritage.
Engagement photos at Cherry Beach!Friday, April 21, 2023
Mike and Erin decided to do their engagement photos at Cherry Beach because they frequently walk their dog there. They met through mutual friends, who hosted a dinner party so they could meet without telling them that was the purpose of the dinner party! A month later, they separately volunteered to help that friend build a tiny home. They bonded on the 7-hour round-trip carpool ride and have been together ever since!
Engagement photos in Kensington Market and Beguiling Comics!Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Dawn and David were excited to do their engagement photos in Kensington Market. The last time I did engagement photos in Kensington Market, it was 2009!
Dawn and David still joke about how after their first date, he left to go and buy comics. Fortunately, she totally understood and they have happily been together for 5 years!
Kensington Market was ridiculously crowded but we walked a little farther down the street and there was a gap in the hordes of people. I asked them if any place around there was special to them and she said, “Yes. We have been on a few dates at the Pow Wow Cafe. They have the best Indian Tacos! My family is Metis and I have tried to make them myself, but his are better.”
I haven’t tried hers, but I’ve also really enjoyed the ones from the Pow Wow Cafe at both the Mariposa Folk Festival and The Stan Rogers Folk Festival!
Since Kensington Market was so crowded, we decided to go around the corner and take some photos at the local comic book store. I already knew David liked comics because of their first date story, but Dawn does too! She was even wearing a Sailor Moon pin on her jean jacket. Note: Masks are required in-store, but they made an exception and allowed us to quickly take some photos.
Engagement photos in Liberty Village.Friday, April 14, 2023
Lynn and Kyle suggested we do their engagement photos in Liberty Village. It was a beautiful, sunny day but much colder than we expected! These two were a traveling power couple as they met in Dubai, where she worked as a flight attendant and he worked as a chef. Now they are both settled in Toronto.
Sporty and fun engagement photos at Jeff Healey Park and Tom’s Dairy FreezeThursday, April 6, 2023
I knew I was going to have a fun time photographing Marc and Maya when they suggested we do sporty engagement photos.
We were initially going to take the photos close to Humber Bay, but the field there was soaking wet, so we pivoted and took them at Jeff Healey Park instead. This new location worked out great because it also has tennis courts and is located in very close proximity to Tom’s Dairy Freeze . Maya grew up eating ice cream at Tom’s Dairy Freeze, so we incorporated that into our session too. Scroll down to see the excitement that happened at Tom’s!
Hehe’s 80th birthday party!Friday, March 31, 2023
I was delighted when Dianne contacted me to photograph the momentous occasion of her father’s 80th birthday celebration in Etobicoke. It was the first family gathering they had in a long time and it was definitely the type of gathering we all missed for the past couple of years.
Tammy and Cody’s Winter Engagement Session in High ParkSunday, March 12, 2023
Tammy and Cody met online nearly 3 years ago and have been going strong ever since! They were open to everything, so we started off at a coffee shop and continued their session at High Park. We really lucked out because it was an overcast day with no snow on the ground, but by the middle of our session, there was a fair amount of snow! These two could not stop smiling at each other throughout the session.