Month: January 2014

TORONTO SET PHOTOGRAPHY | SNOW ON SET

Toronto-set-photographer-LLB-Creative-Snowzei-videoHappy Friday everyone! I thought I’d end the week with a few behind-the-scenes photos from a music video I styled for upcoming Toronto singer and songwriter SNOWZEI back in December. This was a fantastic project to work on; great cast, great crew and just an overall awesome day! I had such a blast dreaming up wardrobe options for this video that is a departure from my usual visual style.

It was an excellent reminder of how important it is to constantly push one’s creative limits and try new things whenever possible. The final video is posted here if you’d like watch it through. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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TORONTO CHILDREN’S PHOTOGRAPHER: NEWBORN WINTER BABY

LLB-Creative-newborn-session-baby-aYesterday I spent the most wonderful afternoon photographing this sweet seven-week-old little girl. I’m currently editing the rest of this adorable session and had a tremendously difficult time choosing a sneak peek for her parents. At last, however, I settled on this image, partly because it is so precious and partly because it is a very snowy day here in Toronto and she (like I) doesn’t seem impressed by it. Hang in there little one. Your first spring will soon be here!

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TORONTO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER: FUNNY FACE

Toronto-wedding-photographer-bridal-party-1 As you know if you follow this humble little blog, I always do my best to encourage bridal clients to have FUN on their day. Don’t worry about timelines, don’t stress about the flowers being delivered a bit late, try not to fuss about the cake if it starts to melt under the summer sun — there are dozens of guests to assign to damage control if need be. Instead focus on the joy of the moment. Let those butterflies jetting around your stomach take flight and carry you to new levels of giddiness and glee.

However, I don’t just encourage this philosophy for my lovely bride and grooms; I also do my best to make sure guests and the bridal party aren’t bogged down by seriousness. The results can be truly heartwarming once everyone lets loose, like these adorable bridal party portraits. I love how you can see the character of each individual person shine based solely upon their chosen ‘funny face.’

Not only does this make for a truly memorable compilation, but it also ensures a beautiful smile seconds after. Don’t worry, as much as I adore and encourage the funny face, I always make sure to get a pretty portrait of everyone too.
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Which would you prefer for your bridal party memento? A nice traditional smiling face or a wacky, whimsical funny face? Or both! We can always do both! I can’t stop smiling myself whenever I look at this lovely group!

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2014 ASPIRATIONS

0-extra-5-USM-750To some I am a little late delivering my New Year’s goals and aspirations, but I personally believe that it is best to exercise patience instead of blindly committing oneself to certain improvements while the champagne is flowing and the hype is palpable. So here we are, two weeks later to the day and I think I have figured out what I would like to concentrate and work on this year.

My 2014 aspirations

1. FOCUS
This is a concept that although simple enough to define, I always find myself struggling with. I am your typical, practically stereotyped ‘creative mind’ — one thought for a new project leads me tumbling directly into another until I’m working in so many different, often opposite, directions that I burn out and find upon reflection that I haven’t really done what I set out to do. So this year I am making a conscious effort to focus.

My photography work I would like to focus mainly on weddings and little ones (and animals too, of course, over at Pawsh Studio). Will I deviate and explore other photography avenues? Of course. But those projects will be kept to my spare time for fun…mostly.

In terms of writing, I have really been all over the map the past few years, which has been a wonderfully exhilarating experience. But  over the past few months the words I pen don’t bring me as much joy as they used to. Something has been missing and I now believe it to be my former connection to creative writing. Fiction, lyrics, plays and children’s books used to occupy my mind and my idle hands, but lately I haven’t paid much attention to the quirky characters and poetic lines jostling through my mind. I find that such a shame. So this year I would like to reacquaint myself with writing for pleasure.

2. COOK
I adore good food and am always in awe of people who are able to collect seemingly random ingredients from the kitchen and whip up something that not only smells amazing, but also tastes fantastic. It is as close a thing to real life magic that I can think of and I want to be able to cast my own culinary spells upon friends and loved ones. So I shall endeavour this year to practice and play in the kitchen.

3.  EMBRACE THE LITTLE THINGS
This one sounds a bit predictable; everyone says they want to stop and smell the roses more whenever a fresh January rolls around. However, this is a philosophy that I truly want to adopt into my life. Our society is entirely consumed with the notion that being ridiculously busy is the ‘thing to do’ or the ‘way to be.’ Don’t get me wrong, I am all for working hard and putting in long hours, pursuing one’s passions and following a dream, but in recent weeks I have had a realization that working all the time, constantly, almost wretchedly, is not the kind of story I wish to share with my future grandchildren.

I would much rather entertain young ears with stories of when I traveled, when I had random adventures, met wonderful new people, had embarrassing moments and all sorts of other happy, unpredictable experiences. So this year I am resolved to schedule in designated vacation time, to put down the phone in the evenings, to stop checking emails at 2AM and to instead busy myself with lovely little life things that make this whole thing worthwhile.

So there they are; my three big aspirations for 2014. Of course, I have all sorts of annoying lists peppered around my desk with far more specific goals like shoot ‘x’ amount of weddings, learn piano, blog more for LLB Creative, resume yoga and bike a marathon, but every specific ambition falls under one of the above categories. So in the spirit of focus, I am keeping my mind clear and sharp and welcoming the idea that great things take time. Here is to a wonderful new year everyone! *clink*

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(beautiful family photos are always an incredible new year’s resolution to make)

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VALENTINE’S DAY SWEETHEART MINI SESSIONS

LLB-Creative-Toronto-engagement-portraits-750Something I hear a lot of couples say is, “I wish we had some nice photos of us together.” Between running the kids around, juggling work and attending school, taking some time to celebrate the base of the family unit is often forgotten. So this year I’d like to address this matter by offering Sweetheart Mini Sessions in Toronto (offer valid until February 14th).

These sessions are just what they sound like — an intimate, cosy photo session with you and your sweetheart. Whether you’re still students or entering your 27th year of marriage, a Sweetheart Mini Session is guaranteed to be fun, flirty and relaxed, capturing your unique bond in a romantic yet real light.

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You’ll receive a beautiful private online gallery of 20 proofs and your choice of 10 final low-res images. Plus you’ll receive your choice of TWO complimentary 5×7 fine art prints, which means you’ll each get to pick your favourite! Additional prints, canvases and albums will be available a la carte if you’re interested.

Gift certificates are also available if you’d like to surprise your better half for Valentine’s Day! I’ll send you a beautiful printed card that you can then customize with your names or pet names and hide in a card or wherever. No matter what the reason you decide to have your photo taken, whether you are for or against Valentine’s Day, a Sweetheart Mini Session is a unique gift that will last a lifetime!

PS: To clarify, Sweetheart Mini Sessions can only be purchased before February 14th, 2014, but they can be used anytime between now and April 1st 2014.

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2014 WEDDING & CHILDREN’S PHOTOGRAPHY CATALOGUES

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Ladies and gentlemen, I am thrilled to announce that the 2014 Wedding & Children’s Photography Catalogues are now ready for viewing! Each is bursting with all sorts of different photography package options, so there is quite literally something for everyone!

Wedding coverage begins at only $975 and every single wedding package includes (as a minimum) a custom designed luxury wedding album, as well as thank you cards, so you can treasure your photographs forever and show loved ones how much they mean to you.

Children’s Packages cover all aspects of childhood from intimate maternity sessions, all-inclusive newborn sessions, to wild and fun activity shoots! Something for every age so parents can capture their little ones’ antics before they grow up.

Plus there are all sorts of new print products available this year to help transform you photographs into luxurious works of art that will become instant family treasures.

So if you’re getting engaged, married, expecting a bundle of joy or simply want your lovable family chaos documented in a unique style — or if you have a friend who is doing any of those things — please don’t be shy. Just email and ask for your copy of whichever catalogue you’d prefer! And don’t forget to ask about my gift certificates if you’d like so surprise someone this year.

It’s never too early to book or inquire! I love nothing more than chatting about photos and would love to discuss how I can help your family capture its most meaningful moments.

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TORONTO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER: CHEERS TO A NEW YEAR!

Toronto-wedding-photographer-LLB-Creative-reception-cheersHappy New Year everyone! What a wonderful time of year this is. I know it’s technically just another week, but to me the first few days of January are insanely inspirational, full of promise and renewed excitement about life in general. Although I don’t personally make resolutions, I do take some time to set new goals and aspirations for myself while keeping in mind that every action and accomplishment (or, let’s be realistic, sometimes failure) is a stepping stone to something greater.

I’m still jotting my aspirations down this morning, defining and refining my love of list-making, but I’ll share them with you soon. (Spend more time writing here on the LLB blog is already on the list!)

 

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