Waterloo Family Photography

Willard Family

Here are some of my favourite pictures from a recent family photography session in RIM Park in Waterloo, Ontario.

I photographed Elizabeth & Ben’s wedding years ago (don’t ask, I feel old!) and it was great to see them again and all their amazing kids!

Hessenland Inn Wedding

Alex + Colton


These two must have some good connections upstairs… their wedding day was a gorgeous one bookended by some really crappy weather. This worked out great since Alex + Colton had a beautiful outdoor ceremony on the ground of the Hessenland Inn. We even lucked out with a beautiful sunset for some nice golden hour portraits!

Alex had both of the tower rooms above the Couch House to get everyone ready for the big day while the boys had the front house to relax in. Once everyone was ready, Alex had a big first look with her dad in the orchard and then we all headed off to the wedding ceremony in front of the waterfall.

Two of the cutest kids were the ring bearer and flower girl and they did an amazing job (it can be hit or miss!)

For portraits locations we were really spoiled. Right of the bat the the grounds at the Hessenland Inn are amazing but they’ve added vineyards and an amazing patch of sunflowers. We also had access to their private beach!

The reception was great, with some really heartfelt speeches and of course an amazing meal! Liz and her staff always provide amazing service, making every guest feel like part fo the family.

A couple of highlights from the reception… The grandparents dancing and celebrating their anniversary and Alex’s brother shaving his leg and pulling switch on a blindfolded Colton for the garter toss.

You can check out Rebecca + Jeff’s amazing wedding at the Hessenland Inn over here!

I had an amazing Goderich engagement session with Alex + Colten you should check out too!

If you have the password, you can see the full gallery of wedding pictures from Alex + Coltons wedding over on my proofing website.

Goderich Engagement Pictures

Alex + Colton 

I've gotten behind a little on the blogging but figured I should probably blog Alex + Colton's amazing Goderich engagement session before their wedding in a couple days.  :)

I don't think I had ever actually been to Goderich (maybe I flew in there once?) but I have to say it's a beautiful town and held a special place in Alex's heart as she spend summers as a kid up here.  We met up at a public beach right around sunset for a nice golden hour session.   We had some plans to to another few places but honestly it was so great where we were and sometimes I like the challenge of trying to squeeze every photographic drop out of a single location. 

We started off heading out onto a rocky pier and I proceeded to break my sandals within the first 5 minutes... in my defence, I heard 'beach shoot' and assumed I'd be barefoot for most of it.  :)

From there it was just a matter of waiting for time and clouds for some perfect light.

Alex + Colton are getting married this fall at the amazing Hessenland Inn on the shores of Lake Huron in Southwestern Ontario.

Check out Rebecca + Jeff's wedding at the Hessenland Inn from a couple years ago!



 

Sassafraz Yorkville Toronto Wedding

Heather + Shay

It's not often that someone can steal the show from the bride at a wedding (and get away with it!) but when you're the couples adorable son... it's allowed.  Check out this great Toronto portrait family session we did this spring!

I love a restaurant wedding... there's something really nice about the the casual, laid back vibe it seems to automatically impart to a wedding.   Add into that a Jewish wedding ceremony (fast becoming my favourite kind of weddings!) and you have a recipe for an amazing day!

Heather and Shay spent the morning hanging out in their amazing suite at the Four Seasons in Toronto's Yorkville neighbourhood.   I love shooting in those suites as they provide a great backdrop for the getting ready pictures.  Plus I'm a sucker for luxury. :)   Shay and Heather were a little unconventional and spent the morning hanging out together which I have to say was a great idea...  I think it helps manage the nerves and excitement in the morning.

We snuck down to the a beautiful staircase in the lobby of the Four Seasons hotel for their first look and then toured around Yorkville grabbing some great wedding portraits.  We met up with all the family a little early at Sassafraz Restaurant before the wedding ceremony for some family pictures.

The Jewish wedding ceremony was great, officiated by one of my favourite Rabbi's with a great cocktail hour following. 

Dinner was a relaxed, low key affair with only a few speeches and lots of time for mingling and conversations.   Shay and Heather opened up the dance floor with their first dance and from there the dance floor was packed for the rest of the night thanks to Tiffany from Bounce Entertainment!

A big thanks to the team from Heidi Gruenspan for doing an amazing job planning this wedding!

 

Waterstone Estate Wedding

Chelsea + Danny

Chelsea + Danny had an amazing wedding a few weeks ago and I was really honoured to be a part of it.

The day began nice and early with the girls getting ready at Chelsea's parents house in North York.   Since day one I've always offered full day coverage and some of my days can get a little long but I honestly don't mind.   I want to photograph the entire day, everything from the getting ready in the morning to the late night party (more on that to come later!).

The boys were just around the corner getting ready and then joined us at the house for the traditional Chinese door games!   The bridesmaids weren't too hard on the guys... a couple songs, a dance routine and some light seaweed kissing.   The bribe to get in the door consisted of a used watch, a PC Optimum points card and some car keys.  Okay, and some cash.  :)

After a really nice tea ceremony it was time for Chelsea to get into her white wedding dress (one of three outfits that day!) and head off to the church for a really nice Roman Catholic ceremony.    The priest was great and funny, I actually found myself laughing a few times during the ceremony.  After a few big group photos at the church the wedding party piled into the limo for the drive up to Waterstone Estates for wedding portraits and the reception.

To be honest, this is where the wedding went off the rails a little.  We had pretty tight timeline for pictures but this went completely out the window when the limo driver somehow got lost and was 45 minutes late.   Dude, you had one job.  :)

Anyways, I pride myself on being able to adapt and turn lemons into lemonade.   Sometimes I think I actually create better under pressure.   We managed to get a bunch of great shots with Chelsea + Danny and their wedding party.  Plus, I worked with the venue manager to tweak the schedule for dinner so we could get 10 minutes at sunset!   At this point, I'd gladly trade 10 minutes of nice golden hour light instead of an hour at high noon.

The DJ did a great job of keeping the party going strong all night... There might have even been a conga line at one point.

A final huge thank you again to Chelsea + Danny for trusting me to capture their day.

Check out some of my favourite wedding pictures above and their full wedding slideshow below!

You can also check out their engagement pictures here.

 

Toronto Fermenting Cellar Wedding

Meghan + Jeff

Meghan and Jeff had an amazing spring wedding at the Fermenting Cellar in Toronto's Distillery District.

Meghan, her sister and her mother spent the morning getting ready at One King West.  One King West has stunning suites that are the perfect place to spend the day.   I met up with Jeff and his best man at the Fermenting Cellar to photograph the finishing touches as they got ready.

Meghan and Jeff decided to have a first look which I always think is a great idea as it allows the bride and groom to spend time with their friends and family after the ceremony instead of running off to do pictures for an hour.   

While we were doing some family pictures Meghan was dive-bombed by a bird.  Meghan HATES HATES HATES birds.   :)

Meghan + Jeff had a really beautiful candlelit ceremony in the Fermenting Cellar that was full of laughter and emotions followed by a cocktail hour with some amazing appetizers. 

The Fermenting Cellar is one of my favourite wedding venues in all of Toronto... I love the dramatic uplighting, the industrial feel and the great layout.  I can't recomend it enough if you're looking for something a little different from your traditional wedding venue in Toronto. 

Dinner was intermixed with some amazing speeches and toasts by Meghan + Jeff's family and friends.   They had a great kissing game where guests had to answer (impossibly hard) trivia questions about Meghan + Jeff's favourite TV couple.... seriously hard questions.  

Once the cake was cut and the desert was served, it was time to hit the dance floor and Meghan + Jeff's wedding was an amazing fun party.

You can check out some of my favourite wedding pictures from Meghan + Jeff's wedding at the Fermenting Cellar above and their full wedding slideshow below.

You can also check out some other weddings I've photographed at the Fermenting Cellar:

Danni + Felipe
Renee + Ian

Toronto Family Photography

Heather and Shay are getting married this august at Sassafraz in Toronto's Yorkville neighbourhood.  We decided to convert their engagement session into a little mini family session which I thought was a great idea.

On what seemed to be the last cold day of the season, everybody was real troopers braving the wind and chill... even their little guy!

Here are some of my favourite images from this Toronto family photography session, check back in a couple months for some amazing wedding pictures featuring these guys!

Heirloom Wedding Photograph

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Here's another image in my ongoing series titled 'Heirloom Photographs'.   This one is from Jayde + David's amazing New Years wedding I photographed up in North Bay.

The purpose of the project is for me to understand which images I've created are truly important to them and why.  I consider the wedding photographs I create to be the first heirloom of a new family that will be passed down and cherished for generations.

In their own words, here is Jayde + David's Heirloom Photograph:

"We both love to be surrounded by our loved ones and getting married on New Years Eve seemed to be a great combination of family, friends, fun and love!
Although we truly love so many moments that were captured by Scott at our wedding, this picture definitely encapsulates our feelings about the day. The excitement and joy in this photo really do bring us back to that moment during the countdown to midnight as we celebrated with those we cherish. The colours are as vibrant as the people and personalities in the photo. We are currently building our dream home and plan to have a large print of this moment in our great room. Thank you Scott!"

Jayde + David

PS  I LOVE this picture too!   And it even won an award!  :)

Toronto Professional Headshots

Did some new headshots for Laura in Toronto... to tell a family secret, Laura is the first bride who ever hired me to photograph her wedding.  She's the one responsible for all this!

And no, you can't see the pictures.  :)

If your LinkedIn profile pic makes you cringe, give me a call and we can get you a great new professional headshot.   Same goes with your actors headshots or even your online dating profile picture (if it works, I get to shoot your wedding!)

Some Personal Work

Toronto Architecture Photography

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Don't get me wrong, I love photographing weddings.   But sometimes it's nice to shoot something... different.

And I can't get much different than shooting architecture in Toronto's downtown.  I've always been drawn to this style of photography and really enjoy when I can get away for a couple hours and just roam the streets and alleys looking for a unique angle.   One day, maybe I'll make it to Hong Kong to shoot which would be my idea of heaven.  :)