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WEDDING

TORONTO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER: 3 ALTERNATIVES TO TRADITIONAL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS

More and more modern couples are opting out of the traditional engagement photo session because they don’t love the idea of ‘posing’ in front of the camera to announce their upcoming nuptials.

What I most often hear from clients is that they a) don’t really want that many photographs of just themselves b) they aren’t doing save the date cards or c) that they would rather have photographs of another occasion surrounding their upcoming wedding.

So, LLB Creative has cooked up three fantastic alternative shoot ideas to book in lieu of an engagement session.

1) A GLAMOUR SESSION
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Consider this – most brides-to-be spend up to an entire year getting into the best shape of their lives for the big day. You work really hard so that the gorgeous dress fits just right and looks absolutely spectacular when you walk down the aisle. So why not celebrate what you’ve worked for with an intimate, yet elegant boudoir session that shows off your radiant bride-to-be time of life?

LLB Creative has teamed up with Luxette Lingerie to create a stunning glamour/boudoir photography package that guarantees final photos that look like they came from a magazine while celebrating the true you! Our all female team offers professional hair and makeup, professional styling and the comfort of a private, welcoming studio.

We have an in-person consultation before your shoot so that we are sure to capture exactly what you are looking for. And ALL photographs that identify your person are kept completely offline! This means that your intimate moments remain just that – yours!

A glamour session can be as dressed up or as dressed down as you’d like. We can do super glam or very casual — you set the tone and style! Regardless of which approach you would like to take, we will create a custom experience that suits you to perfection! Have questions? Don’t be shy! Just zip us an email and ask!

{Above photo credits: Photography LLB Creative | Styling Luxette Lingerie | Hair and makeup Nikki B | Model Marie Machete}

2) A BRIDAL SHOWER PHOTO SESSION
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Think of how beautiful the last bridal shower you went to was. There were probably pretty flowers, stylish decor and a fabulous cake, not to mention all of your friends a little bit dressed up for the occasion. Maybe it was a carefree picnic with loved ones or perhaps a lively cocktail party?

Choosing to have your bridal shower professionally photographed is a fantastic way to do two things. Firstly, it captures lovely lifestyle shots in a very organic and genuine manner that you can cherish forever – after all, your grandmother did spend weeks planning and making your shower cake from scratch. Secondly, it is a fantastic way to introduce some of your wedding guests to your photographer, which will ultimately help them to relax on your big day when flashes are going off here there and everywhere. Isn’t it always nice to see a friendly face?

A lot of great moments happen at a bridal shower, it’s a shame not to document them in a beautiful manner. No bridal shower? Then consider having a photographer document your visit to a bridal shop, engagement party or rehearsal dinner!

3) A POST-WEDDING FASHION SHOOT
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Of course on your wedding day we will be sure to shoot some memorable (and fashionable!) bridal portraits of you and your better half dressed up to the nines. But for those couples who are feeling a bit adventurous a post-wedding fashion shoot (either in studio or on location) can be an incredible way to create a very magazine-esque look that will wow your family for generations to come.

This concept is very similar to ‘trash the dress’ except we don’t trash the dress (unless, of course, you want to!) With years of experience shooting fashion lookbooks and pieces for various publications, LLB Creative knows how to handle expensive garments with care while getting an unbelievable shot. We will cook up a really cool concept for you, hair and makeup is once again provided and then off we go for your very own magazine quality photo shoot!

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An engagement session package can be swapped out for any of these alternative photo shoot options or added on to any existing LLB Creative wedding package! The possibilities are truly endless to help you get the wedding photography coverage that will suit you and your finance best!

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TORONTO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER: EDWARDS GARDENS ROMANCE

Toronto-wedding-photographer-Edwards-Gardens-LLB-CreativeLast weekend I had the honour of photographing a gorgeous autumn wedding — although the weather felt more like mid-summer than crisp fall! The joy of the day was palpable, the laughter non-stop and the happy tears plenty. It was certainly a celebration to be remembered and although the final wedding collection is shaping up to be rich in stunning fall colours, I thought a quiet, tender moment captured in classic black would be a nice little sneak peek! We were going for soft, romantic and timeless. More from this spectacular day coming soon!

EMAIL ME TO CHAT ABOUT YOUR WEDDING PHOTOS TODAY!

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TORONTO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER: QUEEN WEST ENGAGEMENT SESSION SNEAK PEAK

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Queen West Engagement SessionQueen West Engagement Session A few weeks ago I had the enormous pleasure of photographing a modern, trendy engagement session. This wonderful couple wanted something that felt very urban, yet classic and also relaxed, so we hit the streets of the Queen West neighbourhood (recently named the second coolest neighbourhood in the world by Vogue… in case you were wondering) and had a fantastic afternoon! So much more from this engagement session on its way soon!

EMAIL ME ABOUT YOUR ENGAGEMENT AND WEDDING PHOTOS TODAY!

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TORONTO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | RING IN SPRING

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Warm sunshine is just around the corner — it’s so close I can barely stand it! Spring is the perfect season to get outdoors for some beautiful family photos. Whether your little ones like to splash about in puddles, climb trees or sprawl out in the fresh green grass, capture their little larger than life moments this year!

And let’s not forget about all of the newly engaged couples out there! Florals and jewelry just go together, so please don’t hesitate to ask about my 2014 Wedding Packages and Engagement Sessions!

So what are you waiting for? Don’t delay! Book your spring photo session today and commit to treating your family to memorable photos that will last a lifetime! In other words, put a ring on spring! It’s never too early to book — in fact the sooner you book, the more I can help you prepare for your session!

EMAIL ME TO BOOK YOUR SPRING PHOTO SESSION!

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TORONTO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY | WINTER WEDDING

Toronto-weddding-photographer-LLB-Creative-winter-weddingWhere does the time go? I cannot believe that it is just over a year ago today that I photographed this exceptionally beautiful winter wedding. This couple was such a delight to work with — together we braved the cold (and let me tell you, it was COLD!) to create some truly unique photographs. Who knew this chilly February celebration would be one of the weddings that most warmed my heart? Everything about this day was absolutely lovely, from the people, to the speeches, to the decor, to the general feeling of joy that was palpable in every moment. I will always remember that day with great fondness. Wishing the amazing couple a happy one year wedding anniversary!

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TORONTO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER: HAPPY VALENTINE’S!

Toronto-wedding-photographer-LLB-Creative-Rose-PortraitHappy Valentine’s Day ladies and gentlemen! To mark the day I thought I’d dig up a couple of outtakes from a beauty piece I shot last summer for Ottawa Style Magazine. Although this concept was all about summer makeup trends, I think it would be so much fun to start offering studio bridal portraits. What do you think? Beautiful brides with their stunning bouquets? What could be prettier! Have a wonderful day everyone!

{Makeup by Tasia Richards. Model Julia Nonces from MIM.}

EMAIL ME TO BOOK YOUR WEDDING OR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS!

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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!

EMAIL ME TO BOOK YOUR WEDDING TODAY!

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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.

EMAIL ME TO BOOK YOUR SWEETHEART MINI SESSION TODAY!

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.

EMAIL ME TODAY TO RECEIVE YOUR 2014 CATALOGUE!

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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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