Leslie & Jay-R Engagement Adventure in Toronto

This fantastic couple Leslie and Jay-R have an incredible engagement story to tell and their story goes something like this…

Like any other Saturday in June (2007), Jay-R arrived home tired from working all day; to help him unwind, Leslie offered to  play the piano for him (you will see that these two are quite musically inclined). As Lesile played, he began to serenade her from the couch. When Leslie played “My boo” by Usher, he sang the words “Do you remember girl, who was the one who gave you your first kiss…” he walked to the piano and kissed her on the cheek. Leslie could barely concentrate and stopped playing as he hugged her from behind and whispered “Do you love me?” She responded, “Of course I do, I love you with all my heart an all my soul.”  He replies, “That’s exactly…what I wanted to hear”, as she turned slowly to give him a kiss, Leslie sees him on bended knee. Her heart was racing!!! Jay-R gazes right into her eyes, pulls out the ring and says, “Well then if you love me…will you be MY WIFE?”  In complete and utter shock, she declares “Of course I will, yes!” and he lovingly places the ring her finger.
But tonight’s adventure is just getting started, now finding herself blindfolded in his car and feeling some motion sickness from the ten minute car ride while blindfolded and certain that she is the subject of several curious stares as they navigate the streets of Toronto, the newly engaged couple finally arrive at their destination. Struggling to get to the entrance Leslie finally is allowed to remove her blindfold, and is welcomed by the couples’ entire families gathered at the door.

Jay-R had planned all of this for months and it was a huge success! Well Jay-R talk about raising the bar for the rest of the guys!

Enough said about that what a great story, here are a few pictures from our fabulous engagement shoot in Toronto! I hope you enjoy them!!

Jacqui - Wow! These are stunning!!! They look like something from a magazine add! I’m so glad you are shooting Jen’s wedding!January 13, 2009 – 9:11 pm

Anita Woo - Simply gorgeous as always!January 13, 2009 – 10:43 pm

Adam - Very very nice. Excellent images. Creative and skillfully executed. There are some very romantic images there.January 14, 2009 – 8:59 pm

Wedding Photography Workshop at the Royal York in Toronto

Pushing yourself as an artist is something that I personally strive for with every project regardless of the size of the job or the subject matter.  This can be a truly humbling experience but it can also be the most rewarding as it truly allows you to grow and take your art to new levels.  With this attitude in mind I, along with some talented photographers took a wedding photography workshop at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

Many clients often ask why I feel it is so important for photographers who are all essentially competitors to learn from each other, my response is that pushing ourselves as photographers is the best way to ensure that our clients receive the best artwork possible!  Photography cannot be duplicated in my opinion, it is simply life and moments captured as they happen. It is a story seen from the photographer’s perspective and is based on a deep understanding of what our clients’ expectations are and the stories we are recording and will be telling at the end of the wedding day.  This is the reason why professionals invest so heavily in networking and pushing each other to heights we couldn’t achieve on our own.

Here are a few of my shots from the day, I’ll be posting some more later as well, I truly hope you enjoy the images as much as I did shooting them!

Adam - Excellent images … as usual. Very ‘fashion style’ photography … making the bride (and fellow) look like beautiful models. And that is what it’s all about! There ain’t a chick in the world that doesn’t want to look like a beautiful model on her wedding day.December 1, 2008 – 12:25 pm

Manuella Pararas - Oh what fun! Great shots, I would have loved to join you all, next time perhaps??May 10, 2009 – 6:07 pm

Mel & Far’s Bahai Wedding

Congratulations to Mel and Far, I had such a great time photographing this gorgeous couple, what a pleasant and solemn ceremony.  The ceremony was lovely and reflected what marriage and commitment is all about, also who could ask for a better backdrop other than historical Stratford, Ontario.

Mel and Far are of the Bahá’í faith.

We will all, verily, abide by the Will of God.

With these simple words, Bahá’ís are married. The vow is spoken by the bride and the groom in the presence of two witnesses who are acceptable to the Local Spiritual Assembly of the community in which the marriage takes place. In terms of ceremony nothing more is required. I was blessed to witness and record this beautiful story I wish all the best to this great couple!

I hope you enjoy a few pictures from the day!

Adam - Man … you must have had one awesome assistant that day to get images like that. 🙂 Thanks for the peek at their album sample you had … awesome work as usual!December 10, 2008 – 8:53 pm