Vibrant city lifestyle photos from an urban engagement session in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood in Toronto.Read More
Documentary Engagement Session
This is not an engagement session. This is just a documentary of some moments in life, a fun time shared by two lovers, and a family day out.
Aki has just arrived in Toronto for less than a week and her wedding with Simon is around the corner in five days. We've decided to document their time together doing some last minute preparation for the wedding and a leisure walk from little Italy to Kensington Market. Aki's sister Kyoko who came all the way from Australia for the wedding joined us. The lovely maid of honor tried on the traditional Chinese dress Qipao, which she'll be wearing on the wedding day, for the first time. Aki's father who just arrived the city from Tokyo the day before also joined us for the walk. Aki and Simon met in Toronto when Aki's travelling in the city a few years back. The two had since been in a long distance relationship and are now throwing an intimate wedding party in Toronto. Long distance lovers always fascinate me. It gives me goosebumps to see love conquers distance and other challenges. It's such a honor to document Aki's time with Simon in Toronto and to be the one illustrating the happy ending of their long distance love story.
This is not an engagement session. This is a documentary of some real moments in the present, moments that make us who we are.
Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present. - Bill Keane
"Ally shot our wedding and engagement and did a remarkable job. She's a talented photographer with a real knack for catching the moments when they occur and documenting events in a natural manner. Neither of us are great or comfortable with posed pictures but Ally put us at ease, rolled with our unconventional wedding and really represented us and our event in all her work, engagement shoot and wedding shoot. We cannot recommend her enough...she truly is one of Toronto's most talented wedding photographers and will surely gain the fame to match her talent in the near future! Get her if you can!"
From the get go, Nathalie and Alex warned me that they were unconventional and so would be their wedding. "That's perfect", I responded.
Together, Nathalie and Alex made a super cool couple with distinct personalities and an open attitude to life. In this Spring morning, we started the engagement session at their home and moved our way to Kensington Market, one of their favourite places to hang out on the weekends. The neighbourhood was perfect for the couple. From the lively graffiti alleys to fashion district, from the crowded Chinatown to the multicultural Kensington Market, it's at the heart of Toronto and fully represented the city's openness to diversity.
I had a lot of fun documenting a typical weekend morning for Nathalie and Alex. I can't wait to see them again in their wedding and continue the illustration of their intimate love story with more photographs from the special day.