SNAPSHOT: Family portrait session at the Music Garden in Toronto with Paul, Lesley & E

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The tradition continues! I have known Paul and Lesley since first year university and we have stayed close ever since. They were the first of our friend circle from school to have a kid and I feel lucky to be asked to capture their beautiful family annually around this time of year. E is not much older than our oldest kiddo and it’s so fun to see what we can expect in the not-so-distant future in terms of development.

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We are forever trying to find new and exciting locations to inspire and the Music Garden did not disappoint. Embarrassingly, I had never really explored it before. There are so many beautiful gardens, places to sit and yes, there were musicians too. The garden is not too far from where the three of them live and they are frequent visitors to the park. E likes to pretend that the park is Arendelle from Disney’s Frozen with the rocks being trolls and the gazebo being the castle. Such a creative mind in the one, but I have to admit, I can kind of see it.

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E’s navigation of the park made for some amazing candid shots and spoke to me as a photographer who approaches every shoot with a photojournalistic eye. There were plenty of spots for the three of them to come together, too. There is so much love and connection within their family; they just get each other, which makes my life easy.

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A highlight for me was when E wanted to dance in the gazebo. The red petals on the ground, the iron arches and the massive willow tree in the background created the perfect setting to document this kid just being in her element. It was extra lovely when Lesley joined her. I can’t wait for next year :)

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Interested in booking a family session? I still have a few spots available for next weekend’s Fall Minis and I am always looking to connect with families for longer sessions like these, both in Toronto and Prince Edward County.

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