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  • Andrea and Stefano’s Port Credit and Adamson Estates Engagement Session

    We decided to do this session at the beautiful Adamson Estates, which has a forest, neat architecture, and a view of Lake Ontario. It’s also not too far from downtown Port Credit and the lighthouse.

     Man and woman holding hands both wearing white shirts with rim lighting in background. They are head to head and you can only see from the tops of their heads, to their elbows. Her engagement ring is showing. Forest background

    I always like to ask couples to go nose to nose and avoid kissing because it makes for some intimate photos (and moments for them)!

    Man and woman holding hands both wearing white shirts with rim lighting in background. They are head to head and you can only see from the tops of their heads, to their elbows. Her engagement ring is showing. Forest background

    Look at how she’s smiling as he takes her in.

    Man and woman with noses and lips nearly touching, about to kiss. Man is on left holding hands with woman. It is an extreme close-up from the noses to the elbows. They are backlit by the sun.

    “Until the end of time
    As you grab my hand
    Time slows down and stops. As I hold you tight I wish we could be like this forever.” Leonard Cohen.

    Man placing lips and nose behind woman's hair. Only their noses to elbows is shown. They are both wearing white. Her hand is on top of his. Forest background.

    “In love, one and one are one.” -Voltaire.

    Man hugging woman at the waist, woman looking at camera. man with nose buried in her hair, to the left of it. She is looking at the camera. They are both wearing white and standing in a forest. Close-up from the waist up.

    Early evening light makes for dreamy photos.

    Two vertical engagement photos, side by side from the waist up. Couple is nose to nose in the first photo and looking at the camera in the second.

    We were hoping for snow, but we still liked the look of the barren trees.

    Two vertical photos side by side. In the one on the left, the woman is on the left and the man is on the right. They are hugging each other around the waist. They are head to head. In the photo on the right, they are holding hands and walking down the forest path.

    Walking down the forest path at Adamson Estates.

    Couple kissing with sunlight in the background. They are standing under a wooden archway covered in vines. He is kissing her on the cheek. They are wearing white shirts and blue jeans. She has heels on and he is wearing running shoes.

    An hour or two before the sun sets often makes for the best light.

    Two side by side photos of a couple holding hands around the waist, ready to kiss. They are both wearing white shirts and blue jeans and in front of a white pole with vines around it.

    The architecture at Adamson Estates makes for some neat engagement photos.

    Woman on left beside man on right sitting on a rock ledge in front of Lake Ontario in Port Credit. The lake is dark blue. There are lots of clouds. The couple is wearing blue jeans and white shirts. There are lots of clouds.

    Romantic engagement photo in front of the lake.

    Woman on left and man on right wearing winter coats in front of the white lighthouse in Port Credit with a red door and red roof. Two side by side vertical photos. They are looking at the camera in the photo on the left and kissing in the photo on the right.

    Of course, we had to take some photos in front of Port Credit’s iconic red and white lighthouse!

    Heart shaped silhouette of man on left and woman on right. They are making a heart shape with their arms. The Toronto skyline is in the heart.

    We noticed the Toronto skyline and decided to make a silhouette. They came up with the heart shape around Toronto!

     

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  • S and J Downtown Toronto Engagement Photos at St. James Park

    S and J live downtown, walk downtown, and spend a lot of time there, so of course they did a downtown Toronto engagement session! They met swing dancing and regularly go for walks at St. James Park, so it was a fitting spot for photos. I met S at Balfolk dancing, but we also both Lindy Hop (as does J)!

    Two vertical photos side by side. In the photo on the left, the couple is looking at each other.. She is South Asian. He is blonde. In the photo on the left, he is behind her, holding hands with her around the waist and they are looking at each other. She is looking up at him. In the photo on the right, he is still behind her with his arms around her waist. Her hands are on top of his. He is kissing her on the forehead.

    There was really nice light on them as it reflected off the buildings.

    Two vertical photos side by side. In the photo on the left, the couple is looking at each other.. She is South Asian. He is blonde. He is standing behind her in both photos and they are holding hands at her waist. In the photo on the left, he is kissing her neck. In the photo on the right, he is kissing her on the cheek and she is grinning. She is South Asian. He is blonde.

    A little romancing.

    Two vertical photos side by side of a white man in a suit with an open jacket holding hands at the bottom with a South Asian woman in a blue dress. In the first photo, they are both looking at the camera. He is smiling and she is laughing. In the second photo, he is smiling and looking straight ahead at the camera and she is looking at him. Photos are in front of a flower bed with downtown Toronto stores behind them.

    He makes her laugh.

    South Asian woman getting kissed by her fair haired fiance. She is wearing a beautiful dark blue dress. He is wearing a suit. In the photo on the left, he is kissing her neck and in the one on the right he is kissing her cheek. She is laughing in both photos.

    Some spots are pretty ticklish!

    South Asian woman and white man. He is wearing a suit, she is wearing a blue dress. Two vertical photos side by side. In the photo on the left, they are hugging each other tightly. She is looking slightly ahead with her eyes closed. His eyes are also closed and he is looking down. In the second photo, they are still hugging, but he is kissing her cheek that is closest to him and we can see her profile.

    It was like they forgot I was there!

    Engaged couple holding each other at the waist. He is blonde, she is south Asian. she has long brown hair. They are looking straight at each other. She is wearing a blue dress. He is wearing a suit.

    I love the way the sun is lighting them from behind.

    Engaged couple holding each other at the waist. He is blonde, she is south Asian. she has long brown hair. They are looking straight at each other. She is wearing a blue dress. He is wearing a suit. In the second photo, they are both looking at the camera. They have red flowers behind them as well as an out of focus Toronto store.

    Downtown Toronto was pretty busy when we were taking these photos, but we managed to wait until there was no passerby.

    This couple is hugging, but you can only see from just below the waist to the tops of their noses. A beautiful south Asian woman is in front with her hands crossed over her waist, on top of her fiance's hands. In the photo on the right, two hands are on top of a blue dress and the one on top features a stunning blue engagement ring.

    Check out her beautiful blue wedding ring that matches her dress.

    Light haired man and South Asian Woman. Her arms are on his shoulders and her hands are clasped at the top. His hands are around her shoulders, as if he is about to lead her into a dance. He is wearing a suit and she is wearing a dark blue dress. There is a tree and out of focus church behind them.

    It’s hard to tell from a photo, but they are in a dance pose here!

    South Asian woman and blonde man in front of a passing Toronto streetcar and red flowers. They are smiling and looking at the camera and holding hands at the waist. She is wearing a blue dress. He is wearing a suit..

    It’s a real downtown Toronto engagement session when the TTC is involved!

    South Asian woman and light haired man in front of a red and white Toronto streetcar and red flowers. She is wearing a blue dress and he is wearing a suit. She is holding his cheeks in her hands and looking at him. He is looking back at her. They are smiling at each other.

    Nothing like a little romance in downtown Toronto!

    Blonde man with South Asian Woman in a dance pose in front of trees. He is wearing a suit, she is wearing a short sleeve blue dress.

    These two met lindy hopping, so of course we had to incorporate swing dancing into their wedding photos!

    Two photos side by site of a couple outside a brick building. There is a door on the building with a black awning that says "The Reservoir Lounge," in white cursive writing. The man is wearing a suit and the woman is wearing a blue dress. They are dancing with each other.

    The Reservoir Lounge features swing, jump blues and boogie woogie Wednesday through Saturday. It is also a great place to lindy hop to live music, so we took some photos outside the venue.

    South Asian woman in long gray coat with blue high heel shoes and white man hugging in front of flat iron building in downtown Toronto.

    The Flatiron building, also known as The Gooderham building was completed in 1892. In spite of the construction that surrounds it, it is one of Toronto’s most iconic buildings.

    Thanks again for having me photograph your engagement session! I can’t wait to photograph your wedding in June!

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  • Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope you had a great one!

    Photo of a 6 year old in a dress with a black velvet T-shirt top and pink silky skirt. She is sitting on a swing above the clouds with heart balloons above her head.

    Don’t you wish we could actually swing above the clouds?

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  • Oakville Family Portraits

    One thing I love about being a photographer is reconnecting with people.  Jess and I went to high school together. Now she is a doctor in Michigan! I was thrilled when she inquired about family photography for her mom’s birthday and I also loved seeing her, her parents, and her brother again, meeting her new girlfriend, her brother’s wife, her aunt, and her niece and nephew.

    Senior couple holding hands and looking at each other in vertical photo on left. He is wearing a red button up shirt. She is wearing a light brown sweater with a plaid scarf on top. In the photo on the right they are holding hands and looking at the camera.

    I love it when couples who have been together a very long time get their photos taken. Often the only time we take professional photos is when we are engaged or getting married, so it is nice to do them on other occasions. Family portraits also include couples photos!

    Lesbian couple holding hands in photo on right. Couple dancing together in photo on right.

    Jess and Jen have lots of fun together!

    Lesbian couple looking each other in the eyes and smiling lovingly. Greenery in background. Close-up portrait.

    These two communicate volumes with their eyes. 

    Outdoor extended family portrait with 9 people including two children.

    Another photo I am glad we got before the storm hit! We only had about 10 minutes outside.

    Outdoor extended family portrait

    I am so happy we got this photo before the storm hit!

    The backs of people walking on a trail with dark storm clouds.

    We walked away seconds before the lightning and downpour.

    Two sisters in their 60s or 70s sitting on a couch beside each other.

    Sisters on couch.

    Brother wearing black hugging sister with his right arm. He is wearing a black sweater, she is wearing a red sweater and a red and gray scarf. They are sitting on a couch.

    Brother and sister.

    Wife wearing orange button up shirt smiling at husband. Both in their 30s.

    Sometimes you can’t help but smile when you look at your loved one.

    Matriarch and patriarch on light couch with ocean blue pillow and their family behind them including two young children, the matriarch's sister, their two children and their partners.

    Extended family photo in the new Oakville house. Congratulations!

     

     

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  • James Gardens Engagement Session!

    Kim and Kristjan are always up for adventures, so I was delighted to photograph them because they were willing to try just about anything! They met riding dune buggies and sandboarding in Peru!  He works as a pilot, so they both really get around. They are also both nature lovers.  I think Winne the Pooh’s saying applies to them, “As soon as I saw you I knew a grand adventure was about to happen.”  After all, they were on an adventure when they met, and to quote another children’s author, Lewis Caroll, “Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures!”

    Two side by side vertical photos of a recently engaged couple in front of a tree with lots of yellow leaves in the fall. In the photo on the right, they are looking at the camera. In the photo on the left, they are hugging and facing each other. Photos at James Gardens

    The bright yellow leaves of the tree behind them definitely caught my attention!

    Happily engaged couple at James Gardens. Photo of the two of them looking at the camera on the left and photo of them looking at each other on the right. Photos took place in the fall, when the sun was starting to set. There are lots of trees changing colours behind them.

    The light really changed when the sun started to set.

    Couple touching foreheads on left, Different photo of the couple sitting on a tree branch on the right. at James Gardens

    I love how Kimberley climbed a tree and Kristjan happily joined her.

    Black and white photo of a couple holding hands, with her engagement ring showing at James Gardens in Etobicoke.

    This photo worked best in black and white, but please pay close attention to the ring in the next photo.

    Hands wrapped around waist of woman. Can see things and shoulders, but not faces. Engagement ring is turquoise.

    Check out the colour of her ring! It’s turquoise.

    Man dipping a woman in a beautiful background full of fall trees and bushes.. Beautiful view of James Gardens in the fall in the background

    Getting ready for the dip at the end of a dance. The view behind them is why James Gardens is one of my favourite places to do photos in the fall.

    Couple sitting in a tree smiling at each other from the waist up at James Gardens

    They are smiling because the tree branch they are sitting on is still holding them (just kidding).

    Couple sitting on a bench looking lovingly into each other's eyes in the fall at James Gardens.

    I love the way they are looking at each other!

    Reflection in water of a couple holding hands and touching heads at James Gardens.

    Reflection.

    Couple of having a leaf fight at James Gardens!

    Sometimes it’s fun to do something you did as a child with your future spouse. This is another reason I love doing fall sessions at James Gardens!

    Man lifting up woman smiling while she is laughing so hard her head is back. Can only see from elbows up at James Gardens.

    Love this natural laugh! I also love following your Instagram pages and finding out about all the exciting parts of the world you are discovering.  Thanks for sharing your adventures and thanks for being so open to trying new things during your engagement session.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Wonderland Winterfest Engagement!

    I was pretty excited when I met with Lais and Andris and we started talking about how we all had Canada’s Wonderland season passes. We then discussed doing their engagement photos at Winterfest! Anyone who knows me knows that amusement parks are my happy place, and I was eager to do a nighttime engagement session with lights, carols, and rides in the background.  You don’t need to wait until winter is over to get great photos!

    Congratulations again on your engagement!

    Winter wonderland engagement photos underneath arch with Christmas decorations.

    I love how they decorate for Winterfest at Wonderland!

    Romantic photo in front of lit up Wonder Mountain at night. Canada's Wonderland Winterfest.

    Wonder Mountain.

    Engagement Photos in front of Christmas windows. Couple on bench under Christmas arch outside of store.

    Isn’t window shopping in December romantic?

    Couple looking at camera in front of lit up Christmas tree.

    I love the bokeh of the Christmas lights!

    Couple in front of arch with Christmas decorations, ready to kiss. Winterfest at Canada's Wonderland.

    We loved this arch in front of one of the stores.

    Canada's Wonderland Winterfest couple photos. Woman looking lovingly at man with circular ride lit up and in motion behind them.

    Many of the rides were still running and they looked really neat with the lights on!

    Two photos in black and white of a couple in front of a lit up Christmas tree at night. Winterfest at Canada's Wonderland.

    Photos in front of one of the biggest Christmas trees I’ve ever seen.

    Engagement photo in front of a carousel with the carousel in motion and the couple staying still in front of it at Canada's Wonderland Winterfest.

    I always wanted to get a photo where the couple was in focus and the people on the carousel were not. Thanks for indulging me Lais and Andris!

    Woman on carousel, man smiling at her lovingly at Canada's Wonderland Winterfest

    A little romancing before the ride started.

    Romantic engagement photo in front of the fire at Canada's Wonderland Winterfest

    Where are the chestnuts? Everyone enjoyed the warmth of this fire!

     

     

     

     

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  • Multigeneration Family Portraits in Milton

    I have been photographing Melissa’s family for years as part of Joanna’s multigeneration family photos, (since she is married to Joanna’s brother), so I was delighted when she gave her parents a Rabbat Photography gift certificate for Christmas so her side of the family could do multigeneration family portraits! Thanks so much for having me photograph your family!

    Multigeneration family portraits in Milton

    Grandparents with grandchildren.

    Multigeneration Family Photo

    Multigeneration family photo at Kelso conservation area. It isn’t easy to coordinate this many families, but they did it!

    This is the couple that started it!

    This is the couple that started it! Thanks again, Melissa for thinking of gifting your parents this session for Christmas!

    Mom and son. Cousins.

    Dad did photos with his daughter, so mom got with one her son. He and his cousin then requested a photo together.

    Dad and daughter photos in Milton

    Dad and daughters.

    Taking time out from raising young children to give each other a hug

    Hugs between parenting.

    Youngest family members

    Youngest family members.

    Happy couple

    Happy couple.

    Family portraits in Milton

    Family of four, plus an individual photo!

    Matching eyes

    Grandma asked for a photo of their matching eyes, but this happened instead and made for a funnier photo.

    Sisters piggybacking

    Sisters piggybacking.

    Seven kids

    Cousins, siblings, grandkids, sons, daughters.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • D and L Engagement Session in the Scarborough Bluffs

    This is the first couple from my engagement session promo and they were so wonderful! They told me I would have to pose them, since they were not familiar with posing and then they put themselves in all these magnificent poses and I only needed to direct a few. They live in the east end, so I suggested we do this session at the Scarborough Bluffs, which is one of my favourite locations in the city.  It is totally worth the drive from the west end!

    Engagement Session at Scarborough Bluffs

    Making each other smile at The Scarborough Bluffs

    Engagement Session at Scarborough Bluffs

    Joking around in a romantic way

    Engagement Session at Scarborough Bluffs

    Loving smiles

    Engagement Session at Scarborough Bluffs

    So happy together

    Engagement Session at Scarborough Bluffs

    Check out the ring!

    Engagement Session at Scarborough Bluffs

    Making each other smile and laugh.

    Engagement Session at Scarborough Bluffs

    I love this background, even though it isn’t the Bluff (but it is close to them)!

    Engagement Session at Scarborough Bluffs

    Engagement ring!

    Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session

    Holding on tonight before the rain comes.

    Engagement Session at Scarborough Bluffs

    A litte more romancing on the walk back to the parking lot.

    Engagement Session at Scarborough Bluffs

    Look at how the look at each other filled with love in their eyes.

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  • Lizzy and Bob’s Wedding – Mississauga City Hall

    Thanks to my friend Dave Chang-Sang of Memento Photo Works for referring me to this wedding!

    Bob and Lizzy met on the website 2RedBeans. Lizzy was living in China when they met and Bob was here in Canada!

    The happy couple before their wedding at Mississauga City Hall.

    The happy couple about to get married at Mississauga City Hall.

    Bride in red dress smiles at groom

    Lizzy smiles at Bob as they say their vows.

    Getting married in Mississauga

    The vows made her laugh.

    Wedding vows at Mississauga City Hall

    Bob reacts to Lizzy’s vows.

    Mississauga City Hall Wedding Ceremony

    Ring exchange.

     

    Couple photos at Mississauga City Hall

    Her parents watched the whole ceremony over FaceTime, since they are in China. They all enjoyed a laugh together after the ceremony.

    Happy couple post-wedding

    The happy couple enjoyed a laugh together after their ceremony

    Big group wedding portrait at Mississauga City Hall

    Mississauga City Hall, Wedding Guests

    Three generations wedding photo

    Bob and Lizzy with his father and son. Three generations!

    Romantic photos

    Couple photos!

    Playing games

    Playing games

    Just married

    Just married!

    Romantic Wedding Photos

    We had such nice light for the romantic couple photos!

    Romantic couple photo

    Nose to nose.

    Groom carrying bride

    Keeping up a Korean wedding tradition! Lizzy took her shoes off and Bob carried her over the rocks. Then he told us that it a Korean wedding tradition, which worked out well since his background is Korean!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Thanks so much for having me photograph your wedding!

     

     

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