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TORONTO FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER: SEASIDE SPELL

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A little creative I shot last week while on vacation. I know, I know, shooting while I’m supposed to be having time off doesn’t sound like it makes a lot of sense, but in all honesty being about to shoot without the pressure of a deadline is SO rejuvenating! It was beyond fun to create a concept where I didn’t have to worry about showing off a certain piece of clothing — instead I could focus entirely upon conveying a story. This series is call ‘Seaside Spell.’ I set out with the intention of creating a scene that was otherworldly and somewhat magical. I hope it sparks the imagination.

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TORONTO FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER: 3 FLIRTY BEAUTY LOOKS

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{Featuring Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge “Pink Rose” http://www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com |
blouse, http://www.hm.com | cardigan, http://www.winners.ca}

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blouse, http://www.bananarepublic.ca | necklace, http://www.topshop.com}

Toronto-fashion-photographer-LLB-Creative-Flirty-Beauty-Looks-4{Featuring ESTEE LAUDER’s Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick “Vengeful Red” http://www.esteelauder.com |
blouse, http://www.rachelsin.com | earrings, http://www.winners.ca}

Last month I had the pleasure of teaming up with a lovely makeup artist and bubbly model to shoot some fun, flirty beauty looks. As I’ve mentioned before, doing anything fashion-based is especially fun, as it is essentially playing dress up for grown ups (or at least, that’s how I think of it!) I hope to have more creative shoots in this sort of genre to share with you soon!

CREDITS
Photography by LLB Creative | Hair & Makeup by Crystal Brown Beauty |  Model Rebecca Caswell

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TORONTO FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER: TEST SHOTS WITH RYAN

Light vs. DarkOne of the best things about being a photographer is that you never lose your sense of play. You are constantly dreaming up new images, testing new ideas and experimenting with the way you see the world. It is a fascinating process that I truly take delight in.

These are a couple of test shots for a new concept that I am working on at the moment. I am hoping to shoot this entire piece properly in July and based upon the above results I cannot wait to get started! Special thanks to Ryan WK Moilliet for modeling!

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TORONTO FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER: GROUP HUG

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Everything about this photograph warms my heart; the mother-daughter hug, the father-son shoulder rest, the little boy’s shy grin, the dad’s stoic look, the young girl’s whistful gaze, the mother’s contented smile. It is relaxed yet real and shows off how connected this beautiful family is. I’m going to be framing this print in a large format for the studio’s gallery wall, most definitely!

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TORONTO NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER: MAMA AND BABE

Toronto-newborn-photographer-LLB-Creative-candid-momentsIt’s always a surreal experience photographing a newborn. Here is a teeny tiny person, at the very beginning of their life, completely fresh and unspoiled with nothing but possibility surrounding their little being. It is absolutely magical. At one point while photographing this beautiful 17-day-old babe I got chills (the good kind!) One day she will look back on these photographs and realize that some of her earliest moments with her parents are hers to cherish forever.

I cannot stress enough the importance of investing in a newborn photo session. Please, if you have a moment, read these 5 reasons to invest in newborn photography — it is a beyond precious and magical time of life. Wouldn’t you want to remember it always?

So much more from this beautiful session coming soon!

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(gift certificates are available and are perfect for showers!)

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TORONTO MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY: SPRING IS HERE!

LLB-Creative-Maternity-Photography-S-1Spring is in the air — at last! A few days ago I had the great pleasure of photographing this lovely mama-to-be! It was such a riot in the studio — we laughed our pants off and created a photo session that was soft, serene and natural. I can’t tell you how much fun I’m having working on these images this week!

I am always so happy when expectant mothers decide to take the plunge and have their photograph professionally taking. Although I have never been pregnant myself, I do understand how nerve-wracking it can be. But it is a beautiful time of life that doesn’t happen all that often, a part of your history, a time that passes in the blink of an eye. I always like to imagine the child one day looking at images of their expecting mother and knowing that their arrival was greeted with such love, excitement and celebration!

(Makeup by Crystal Brown Beauty)

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TORONTO BABY PHOTOGRAPHER | NEWBORN PHOTO SESSION WITH GRANDPARENTS

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Contrary to popular belief, LLB Creative Newborn Photo Sessions are not exclusively for new parents and their bundle of joy — grandparents can also book a session with their newest grandchild as a way to capture some of those earliest generational memories. I for one am extremely close with my grandparents — I cannot imagine what my life would have been like without them! As such, any photograph with them is deeply cherished as a treasure.

So when booking your LLB Creative Newborn Photo Session, why not chat with your parents and see if they would like a photo session of their own? The results will be absolutely priceless and the moments a gorgeous piece of personal history that you absolutely will not regret investing in.

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TORONTO CHILDREN’S PHOTOGRAPHER: LITTLE PRINCESS

Toronto-children's-photographer-LLB-Creative-playingWhat a beautiful time in the studio this photo session was. This little one was so bubbly and full of life — she even grabbed the hairbrush as though she were going to start singing a rendition of ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ (as we all do from time to time!)

Pssst! Did you know families who book their photo sessions four months in advance benefit from Earlybird Booking Savings!

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TORONTO CHILDREN’S PHOTOGRAPHY | 5 REASONS TO INVEST IN A NEWBORN PHOTO SESSION

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1. ‘NEWBORN’ IS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME MOMENT

Your child will never, ever, ever be that tiny again. From the moment they arrive in this funny, beautiful, mixed up world they are growing. Nobody thinks their child will grow that quickly; they always think that they have more time, but before you know it your baby has outgrown their very first onesie, is no longer the length of your forearm and is bigger every morning when you go to wake them. Being able to look back year after year and see how small they really were will feel like a dream once those photos are safely tucked away in your family album.

2. MAKE A BEAUTIFUL INTRODUCTION
Many new parents, especially first-time parents, don’t feel up to having a lot of friends and family come over to meet the babe in those intimate first few weeks. Indeed both parents are exhausted and probably a little overwhelmed getting to know the newest addition to their family. So instead of having to entertain numerous people who want to congratulate you over and over again, a Newborn Photo Session can offer loved ones an intimate look at the wee one, whether new parents simply share them on Facebook or opt for a custom-designed Baby Announcement card to send out as a keepsake.

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3. A BABY SHOWER GIFT TO BE REMEMBERED

How many baby showers have you attended where the mama-to-be gets dozens of blankets, bottles and toys? After a while, everything that comes from brightly coloured tissue paper looks the same, albeit very cute, and it’s difficult to keep track of who gave what.

To really surprise the expectant mother, why not give a Newborn Photo Session gift card? It will be a gift that she will cherish forever, something she might not have otherwise treated herself to and something she will always remember. Plus if you split the cost of a Newborn Photo Session with a friend or two, you’re ahead of the game! Imagine what you might spend on stuffed animals and adorable baby clothes that will be outgrown in less than a month — the cost is probably comparable to a Newborn Photo Session that will become a piece of beloved family history.

4. IT’S NOT EXPENSIVE
There is a misconception that investing in professional baby photographs will cost a small fortune. I promise you, this is not the case with LLB Creative rates. Will there be some cost? Yes, of course, but if you think about how often you will look at your beautiful baby photographs – once, twice, maybe three times a year, every year until you are retired and beyond – that initial sum suddenly becomes miniscule. In fact, let’s break it down over one year; a Newborn Photo Session will cost less than $20/month over a year… chances are you might spend more on baby clothes or toys each month than the cost of your wee one’s photos.

5. NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY CAN BE NATURAL
I personally consider ‘newborn’ to be anything under three months of age and my style to this genre of photography is completely natural. I don’t pose a baby in any manner, preferring instead to capture real moments of the parents and the babe interacting. Newborn photo sessions with me are relaxed, intimate and shot in the comfort of your own home. I bring cookies and tea to make our photo session even more of a celebration and document your family’s true, beautiful nature to be treasured always.

 

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(Don’t forget to ask about my 2014 Children’s Photography Catalog — there is something for children of all ages!)

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TORONTO NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER: PEONY BLOOM

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe best piece of advice I was given when I first started learning photography was this: “It doesn’t matter what gear you have. The most expensive equipment in the world won’t buy an artist’s eye.”

As a poor student who was working three jobs just to make rent, tuition fees and grocery bills, high-end photography gear was most definitely out of reach and as a result I felt completely inadequate trying to learn all the technical aspects of dealing with a camera. So these words of wisdom completely transformed my approach to photography and gave me hope. I stopped worrying about camera makes and models and instead focused on seeing the world in a way that nobody else did.

This photo which is very dear to me and titled ‘Sleeping Peony’ was taken with my first semi-manual camera — a $400 little Olympus point and shoot. Yes, I started learning photography on a point and shoot — an approach that isn’t advised by a lot of photo institutions, but a great way to explore your vision and aesthetic without having to spend a lot of money.

After a few months, once I felt confident that I had something to offer the photography world, had read several photography books and had saved up, I invested in my first affordable DSLR, enrolled in a some classes and have never looked back.

What I’m trying to say is that if you want to learn something, be it photography, painting, music, sculpting or whatever, don’t let the misconception that you ‘have to have the best gear to begin’ hold you back. It’s not about having the best gear at any point in a creative career; it’s about offering a new perspective, a perspective that translates into an aesthetic and skill all your own.

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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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