The Distillery District in Toronto is one of our favourite places to go for an engagement session. It’s got an undeniable old charm and plenty of nooks and crannies to find and use. After a pretty long and wet winter and a questionable spring we could finally go out for some fun with Sorina and Bogdan… Too bad we did not bring any yoga mats, the center of the district was filled with people enjoying free hourly yoga sessions under the welcoming, warm Sun. We dodged all the Sun salutations, Warriors and Downward Dogs and got ourselves busy with the task at hand. It was a good day!
Here are a few samples images from the session. Enjoy!
The day was not so great, rain was prominently featured on the weather forecast, a bit dark and totally flat. And then it was the park, Villaways by his name which we have never heard off. As it turns out none of those unknowns mattered in the end, Sandra and Balazs made everything bright and shiny and awesome with their easy going attitude and big smiles so the session was one of the liveliest we had in recent memory.
Sandra’s parents are dear friends of us so her upcoming wedding is something special we’re really looking forward to.
In the mean time, here’s a small sample of how this session went. Enjoy!
“I will come by and pick you up tomorrow for ROM…OK?”. Those were the words, delivered in a low voice, almost a whisper, Aaron used to ask Felanna for a date in front of all their friends for the very first time, thus starting a tradition more than three years in the running.
This is what Felanna shared with us: “Aaron and I officially started dating at the ROM about 3 to 4 years ago. Every time we attend a ROM event, it is always special. Spending time together at the ROM has always been different and magical. On one special night in 2011, Aaron won a trip to Antarctica from the ROM. We went in 2013, and I still remember the trip down South. It was definitely an unforgettable moment.
Aaron proposed to me while we were vacationing in Mexico in 2014. We had a wonderful dinner on the beach by the ocean shore. At the end, he went down on one knee and proposed to me. I was totally shocked and could not even say a word, as this was totally unexpected for me. But finally, with a big smile on my face, I said, ”YES!”
The ROM has a special place in our hearts and forever will be”.
It was a great opportunity for us to shoot inside the museum. We are standing members and we ourselves went to the ROM numerous times but never had a chance to actually shoot there.
Here are a few of our favourite shots. Enjoy!
Kayleigh and Sean were together for around three and a half years on that Christmas Day Sean planned to propose. Now, I’ve known him for a while, we used to work together and he’s the kind of no nonsense, easy going, at times shy kind of guy that likes taking a methodical approach to planning things, taking all variables into account. That particular Christmas Day however, when he started his proposing things did not go quite as envisioned as Kayleigh’s reaction was one of total surprise and shock. She went “no, no, no…” quite a few times before recollecting and answering the final yes. Sean never acknowledged what was going thru his mind at the same time, he just seems to be over the Moon at the prospect of spending the rest of his life with her.
Their wedding is not for another year however we decided to head out to Scanlon Creek for an engagement photo shoot and get that part of planning out of the way. That lead to lots of laughing, hugging jumping and all other sorts of fun stuff…
Here’s a little snippet of this session. Enjoy!
We’ve known Shiela for a few years now, she is Sheryl’s sister and of course was part of her bridal party at her wedding. Now she is getting married as well later in the year and we’re very happy she chose us as their photographers. After a bit of thinking and talking about it we decided to go to Osgoode Hall for their engagement photos as it presents the perfect mix of architecture and greenery to be used as a backdrop. We were lucky this time to find the trees in full bloom, a spectacular sight and have really good weather for our session.
Shiela and Pedro are a great couple, really into each other and not in the slightest camera shy so it was an absolute pleasure to work with them this day. We’re really looking forward to their wedding, if it’s half the fun this session was, it’s going to be a blast ! :-)
Here are some of our favourite shots from this shoot.
If you feel Laura and Chris look somewhat familiar you’re right, Chris is Melissa’s brother while Laura is a good friend so they’ve been in the bridal party at Melissa’s wedding. Now they are getting married shortly but unfortunately the weather in this particular spring was not willing to cooperate, pushing their engagement session up to the very last moment. It was finally nice and warm (ish) so we went to Fairy Lake in Newmarket for a quick round of pictures.
The following is a small snippet of this session. Enjoy!
I just love meeting people like Marina and Omar. Full of energy, ready to laugh but also shy at times, especially Omar who sometimes won’t look in the lens even prompted. He might be a touch shy so Marina is more than happy to intervene with a witty thing to say (or a poke) to keep the things both on track and on the light side of things. As you’ll see, stories like these always happen with a guy holding a ring, one knee down and this one is no exception alas this was no surprise. The ring was though! Great job Omar!
As we went on with our engagement photo shoot, we got to try a few things, loosen up and laugh quite a bit. We even set up a little “film-noir thing” on the Mississauga’s City Center grand staircase.
Here’s a snippet of the session. Enjoy!
I imagine at some point Main Street Newmarket becoming a hot destination and a hub for our photography brethren trying to get the coolest, most creative shots for our clients. All because of us here at Studio Solaris… (cue Handel’s Messiah)… OK… back to reality now :-). Truth to be told, these parts of Newmarket have their charm, a charm that attracted Laura and Aaron, especially after seeing Kaytlin and Ryan’s engagement. They are a couple very much into each other and they have tender, intimate way of interacting with each-other that required only a minimum of intervention from our side.
I was also in for a surprise. Laura loves sunflowers and their wedding theme will revolve around them. This a very neat idea, they are my absolute favorite flowers as well. About midway into our photo session Laura stopped and bought two of those flowers to use in the following shots. Absolute beauty!
We can’t wait to shoot their wedding in October!
I’ve known Geoff for a while now. We had interminable technology arguments like iOS vs Android, the future of cars and automotive in general… all profound, quietly romantic subjects. When he told me he and Macy got engaged we also discussed shooting their engagement and wedding at length for a full half minute, before switching back to debating how self-driving cars from Google will undoubtedly destroy the joy of driving (my take) or revolutionize urban traffic and forever get rid of gridlock (his). We’re men, OK? Iron Man 3 is the best romantic comedy, let’s leave it at that…
So how come loving, funny, light hearted and easy going are the first thoughts popping in my mind when I think about Macy and Geoff’s recent engagement shoot? I don’t know, it is undoubtedly this strange power our partners have over us, a power that’s smoothing up our rough edges, reminding us how fragile we really are if we’re alone. It is perhaps fitting that Macy and Geoff wedding is back to back with Kaitlyn and Ryan’s . If we’re to judge by what we’ve seen in these two engagements, that weekend in August will be one to remember!
For the time being, here’s a small sample of this session.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy!
I have a feeling that Newmarket’s Main Street and Fairy Lake don’t come very often into Google searches as some of the most sought after engagement photography locations do. We thought why let places like Unionville have all the fun? Kaitlyn and Ryan are locals and wanted to stay in their neighbourhood for various reasons, for one they own the Books Cafe and Things right on Main Street, a place I visited regularly for the past year or so. Jasmine Tea for me and a Chai Latte with cinnamon on top for my daughter was our mainstay…
The engagement itself was just fantastic, from swings and bear hugs to intimate, quiet moments, Kaitlyn and Ryan put their irresistible bubbly energy forward, a real pleasure for Sandra and I to shoot. Here are some of our favourite images from this session.
Remember when we posted Nela and Mark’s engagement we mentioned the “double” feature session in Edward Gardens that day. This is the second one, this time with Tanya and Kivar. As a couple, their history goes back right to early high school years and you’ll notice toward the end of the post the shots with them going thru some of the little things they got each other along the way. They wanted those years somehow represented in the session so that particular section was done on their old high school grounds. Everything changed there since, however their love carried on.
It was an absolute pleasure shooting with them. They are the kind of couple that feels natural and uninhibited in front of our large lenses, bringing energy, ideas and at times quiet moments of great tenderness.
This is how it went. Enjoy!
Amanda contacted us a few weeks ago about having an anniversary shoot done and from the get go we knew this will be a bit different. She mentioned she and Neil wanted something special to celebrate their anniversary. They also wanted to have Jack, their 9 year old dog as an integral part of the session and wandered if we would accept that. Well of course we do, we love animals but, you see, this dog is special. Four years ago he was diagnosed with a 3rd degree atrio-ventricular block and he needed a pacemaker. He became, as they called him, their “bionic” dog. This in turn, makes Amanda and Neil a special couple in our book. Jack was their companion from the very start of their relationship and he still is today because of their love and care.
Now Jake is a dog and obviously has absolutely no idea he’s got a pacemaker. He lives in the present moment, a moment he enjoys very much judging by the energy and enthusiasm he’s not being afraid showing everyone. I believe there is perhaps a lesson in all this, an example to be followed.
We did have quite a bit of fun on this photo shoot. We hope you’ll enjoy it…
With the warm weather finally here it was a busy day in Edward Gardens, lots of people enjoying the sun, lots of photographers out after the beautiful blooming flowers, preparations for an outdoor wedding… the whole nine yards. We added to the commotion with two engagement photo shoots. The following is the first of the day, with Nela and Mark. He is a bit camera shy but it did not take long to warm up and enjoy the session. Nela on the other hand was full of energy and loving the camera right from the get go. Great couple, we can barely wait to shoot their wedding in less than two weeks.
The Distillery District is one of our favorite spots for engagement sessions and as it turns out it was Natalia and Erik’s choice as well… They like it here even though being so busy lately they were surprised by all the changes the area has gone through in the last year or so. We were there early enough to get some nice morning light and avoid most of the tourist crowds. It was a perfect setting to relax, enjoy their company and shoot a couple of photos at an unhurried, deliberate pace.
We’re really looking forward to their wedding next month. You’ll see, it will be a really nice one :-)
This entry is a bit overdue… Michaela and Jared are dear friends of ours and we’re absolutely excited to shoot their upcoming June 2014 wedding. We spent a whole day at Black Creek Pioneer village having quite a bit of fun on their engagement session. One is quite surprised to find all kinds of farm animals there, calmly going around their business, sometimes posing as long time mates… It’s all part of the atmosphere there, kind of homey and rustic. Having lots of time to spend, as we strolled around the village looking for good photo opportunities, we were met by a rather large pair of farm geese moving at a purposeful and deliberate pace. Half inquisitive, half annoyed the male signalled us we’re “close enough” so we stopped and we took a small, quick “couple’s” portrait… Later Michaela jokingly said this was the photo she and Jared looked at their best… While this is not altogether bad, we think we have a few other pictures, more representative of Michaela’s and Jared’s sparkling dynamics as a couple.
Perhaps we should let you , the viewer, be the judge… enjoy!
We’ve had a bout of unpredictable and rather uncooperative weather here in Toronto over the last weekend. Understandably Laura was concerned our scheduled Richmond Green Park engagement session might end up looking more like swimming lessons, therefore we started counting our indoor options. The Downtown Toronto core is always good for this kind of sessions and with the pharaonic improvement construction works going around Union Station one is better off sticking to the Path and the surrounding big indoor spaces to avoid the big mess outside.
Laura and Shane’s relaxed, easy-going attitude made this photo session really fun and engaging, we can wait to shoot their wedding this upcoming October!
The following are a few photos we liked from this engagement shoot. Enjoy!
When Brada contacted us thru Facebook inquiring about our availability we were both happy and pleasantly surprised. We photographed Ryan’s sister’s, Amanda, wedding last year so we are really looking forward being part of the family’s celebrations again this year. This was perhaps the most rescheduled engagement session I’ve ever shot due to a variety of unexpected scheduling conflicts and truly uncooperative weather… At some point it almost appeared we would be forced to scrap all plans but a small window of opportunity miraculously appeared and jumped on it. What’s funny is that after all the delays and rescheduling, we were so in sync this day we even got stuck together on HWY 410 rush hour traffic on our route to our meeting point.
So, here we are in Kariya Park on a beautiful mid week day… fish are jumping… ducks and rabbits… the perfect setting…
It was fun planning this photo session with Codrina and Liviu. They wanted a bit of everything. A bit of the financial district, with perhaps a church, a park and (time permitting) a fountain night shot if at all possible. All with a pinch of Distillery. That sounds like a lot but we knew it’s was also going to be a lot of fun executing it as well.
Toronto is a great city to try and pull all of that. Within the Downtown’s core there are nice green spaces, old churches and new buildings, plenty of opportunity for street shooting and characters like this guy who was playing an instrument made out of a converted cigar box, with 3 strings which reminded me of Seasick Steve and his old arsenal of odd looking guitars. He was incredibly nice and allowed us to shoot a few frames while he was doing a bit of a blues solo. He was quite good actually.
Liviu mentioned he was a bit camera shy and indeed he was … for a few seconds… then he could not stop smiling for the whole duration of the engagement. It was a very pleasant evening of shooting down to the gorgeous warm sundown light.
Here is a snippet, enjoy!
We’re calling this time from Romania with a very special couple Raluca and Andrei. This is a family thing. Andrei is my nephew and an unbelievable lucky guy to find his perfect half in Raluca. Their story is not unlike mine and Sandra’s, they were friends brought along as “cover” on a Valentine’s Day date more than 3 years ago and they’ve been inseparable ever since. Valentine’s Day, prefect strangers hitting it off… as love stories go it can’t get any better than this.
So here we are, in the beautiful city of Brasov, Romania, shooting their engagement along the old city core. We even got on Rope Street which is said to be the narrowest street in Europe. Have a look at the last photo if you don’t believe it…
Eva and Mark have been together longer than some people have been married, 12 years. While looking for a photographer for their next year wedding, Eva stumbled on our blog and was intrigued by our trial offer, Several emails later we were all set up to go for an engagement photo session in Edward Gardens while also praying for decent weather as this summer so far is one of the coldest and wettest in my recent memory. Our prayers were answered and we were fortunate to have a superb day.
The following are a just a few pictures highlights from the session.
We’ve never been to Jackson’s Point before so when Melissa and Ben proposed us to come up there for their Engagement pictures, we jumped on the opportunity. They wanted the lake and the rocks in their photos with perhaps a sunset thrown in for good measure. The atmosphere was perhaps a bit hazy and murky but in the end we managed to get our sunset.
Here are a few of our favorite shots.
When we first met with Richelle and Noel they were set on having a fall engagement session featuring all of those beautiful colors. Shepperd’s Bush is about the perfect area, every fall it looks like it is literally on fire. It’s also quite big, peaceful and off the beaten path, the ideal setting for an intimate engagement photo session. We finished up the session on the beautiful grounds of Our Lady of Grace’s Shrine and Monastery.
The nicest colour in the whole session must be however the colour of Richelle’s eyes. A single look into those eyes and you know why Noel is so hopelessly lost in them.
Here are a few of our favourite shots. Enjoy.
Steve loves the City and wanted to have it featured in his engagement pictures. He is also very fond of one particular mural at the Roundhouse which was featured a few times in our blog so the planned shooting location in the Distillery District became all of the sudden impractical … Toronto is a great city, one where Robocop might quietly line up for a GO train ticket in Union Station and Glenn Gould equally quietly greets everyone seating on his bench in front of CBC headquarters, just to mention the lesser known attractions.
Here are a few highlights of this session.