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Engaged; Natalie & Mazda

Meet Natalie & Mazda, the official second couple to commission me for their wedding in 2012. When I asked Natalie for a ‘quick blurb’ as to how she met her husband to be, I got a very thorough and lengthy response. It’s probably best I just cut and paste for your reading pleasure;

“So basically our story is that we went to high school together, had mutual friends and we would all hang out in a big group but Mazda was always more gentlemanly towards me than most of the boys were, especially at that age. Our first conversation was on msn (haha) on christmas eve, we talked all night till 5am. I was in grade 10 and he was in grade 11… Hung out at school after that, nothing serious. He used to come and sit in my classes (even though he wasnt in the class) just so he could talk to me too lol. But about a month later, at semi-formal (jan 29, 2004) he asked me to be his “girl” lol and we were super serious about it, and it was clear that we were both the “committed” type… At 16 years old. Lol

We’ve been together since then, grew up together and matured together, went off to different universities but stayed in Toronto so we were still able to maintain the relationship. We live a couple streets away which is great too. We always knew we wanted to be married, and it was always just a matter of time. Finally, on may 5, 2011 we flew to NYC under the pretense of going with family members on a weekend shopping adventure (thats what i thought anyway) and the first day we went all over manhattan, hitting all the main tourist attractions.. I noticed he was particularly quiet that entire day but I also remember it being really peaceful and happy.. Except that he kept making a point about having to go to St. Patrick’s Cathedral before dark. We finally got there and on our way out, we were outside on the steps, I looked away for a second, and when I turned back he was on his knee. He didn’t say anything, I didn’t say anything.. We just hugged:)and that was pretty awesome:)lol good times.. But kinda funny because TECHNICALLY he didn’t ask me to marry him.. So I’m pretty sure I’m still single! Lol

Lastly, each of us have very separate interests, but what we always agree on is food:)we have the same likes and dislikes. As well, Friday is date night, by tradition. And we go out to try new places around town or make recipes for each other or together. Our goal is to keep that going throughout our marriage as well :)”

Natalie and Mazda were a blast to work with. As you can see from the photos, they were both filled with such zeal, energy and fun. I can’t wait to document their big day next year!

Just like how every photo tells a story, I’m realizing more and more that every couple has their own story that’s unique and special. Going forward, I will try to capture both sides for my blog as I feel it would really round out each post.

a - November 18, 2011 - 11:11 am

wow, they got better and better as i scrolled down! i liked the tree kiss best and the 3 after that one.

Engaged; Rhia & Adam

This past Thanksgiving, I had the opportunity to do something I have never done before which was to do an e-shoot of some close friends of mine. On the left you have Adam, someone whom I’ve known since grade 9 and who was also one of my groomsmen at my wedding. His fiance? The ever talented and lovely Rhia who is one of Toronto’s best makeup artists. Even though I was shooting my friends around whom I would not feel embarrassed to parade around in my boxers, I was a bit nervous just because of how much they were already exposed to the process of taking engagement/wedding photos. Typically, I’m shooting a couple with very limited experience and thus trust my ‘expertise’ to guide and mold them but I felt like the noob around Adam and Rhia, because in a sense I was now treading in their waters. Long story short, the nerves dissipated quickly and we had a blast walking around Toronto, shooting at various locations. I’m very happy with the results because I was able to capture the one thing that’s more photogenic than anything; pure love. Yeah I know, pure cheese but trust me, so true. Enjoy!

Rhia - October 13, 2011 - 11:30 pm

Whoa! That’s us?!?! Thanks for making us look good! …and yeah, we are pure cheese (but thanks for making us not look that way) :) xo!

minnie - October 14, 2011 - 2:53 am

Love, love, love the pix!!!!

mchoi - October 14, 2011 - 3:14 am

nice! congrats Rhia!!!!

Engaged; Rachel & Chris

So today our e-shoot took place in Unionville with the lovely Rachel and her dashing fiance Chris. Surprisingly this was the first time they ever did a shoot like this, so they were a bit nervous at first but as you can see from the photos they quickly became pros and made my job super easy. Rachel is actually a very talented makeup guru and is a celebrity youtuber! Check out her work by clicking here. She was also kind enough to make a short video which captured the fun we had, check it out at the end of the photos!

Lois - May 26, 2012 - 4:54 pm

Beautiful!!!! Wow, Denny you are so talented at bringing out the joy in these couples. :)

Nathan Lee’s very 1st Birthday

Today I got to shoot Nathan’s 1st birthday. I’ve taken baby birthday photos before, but this was the first time I did it as a gig and not just for fun. Shooting photos of babies is always pretty difficult because they obviously don’t take to directions very well. Timing is everything, because they can be smiling one moment and crying the very next. Anyway, I had a blast shooting at Nathan’s birthday. It was an action packed party and one could really sense how much Nathan’s parents truly love their little baby boy.


Chicago 2011

This July, my wife, me and a bunch of friends decided to go on a mini vacation to Chicago, Illinois. I was pretty excited because it was my first time in the Windy City and I had always heard nothing but great things about this place. My wife is pretty impartial to New York City, but even she couldn’t deny the beauty of this great city. The sights, the architecture, the FOOD and the character of the city all made this trip worth our while.