One realizes how quickly time flies by when it feels like it was just yesterday that we were in Kensington Market, doing Sydney and Aaron's engagement session! We knew this would be a special day for all; family and friends came together from all over, Sydney's brother and sister-in-law had just arrived from abroad to celebrate and several close family members played a huge role in making it such a pretty event (including a custom cake made by Sydney's sister!).
These two. We can't say enough about their character, love and commitment to one another. Diana and Arturo met in 2016 while Diana was on holiday in Costa Rica. On her last night there, her and her friend were invited to Arturo's house by a friend who they had met during their time there. We guess you could say the rest of the story is...history ;) Coming from two people who know what it's like to date long distance, Junilo and I have tons of respect for the strength of character and determination it took to make a long distance relationship work.
Most would agree that it is quite easy to have an affinity for Europe; its culture, way of life, history and architecture make it incredibly easy to love. For Junilo and I, Europe holds special meaning to us as it was our home for eight years. Our photography style and inspiration is often drawn from our experience and years living there.
Engagement season is in full swing and we are full of love for all our 2018 couples!
Engagement sessions are very special for us; it's a chance to get to know our brides and grooms better and have the time for all of us to connect before the big day. Sometimes brides-and-grooms-to-be confess a very real feeling; they are scared of being in front of a camera. We totally understand! It isn't always easy to be in front of the lens; exposing our insecurities and our apprehensions of being photographed.
That's why Junilo and I focus so much on making couples comfortable. An engagement session should be an opportunity for the bride and groom-to-be to spend time together; focusing on their love and relationship. The most natural photographs come from unplanned touches, looks and smiles. Very often by the end of the session, our couples are so comfortable that they start suggesting ideas for poses and photographs they'd like us to document!
Sydney and Aaron asked us to do their session in a neighbourhood of Toronto that meant a lot to both of them. Kensington Market is where they had their first date and where Aaron got down on one knee to ask Sydney to marry him. As Kensington is a special place for Junilo and I too, we were super happy! The weather forecast wasn't the greatest for the day; one of the lovely winter snow storms we've been getting this year was to hit Toronto. We suggested that we begin in the incredible Fika Café right on Kensington Ave and continue through the streets of the market. We finished with a few very wintery photos at Ontario Place, right on Lake Ontario.
We are looking forward to this incredibly gracious couple's wedding spring 2018!