Oh man, how often to you get to photograph such all-round-consistent-cuteness. Meet the Rajgopal family.
There’s Jaiden, whose turning 3 soon – he is bursting with personality and a mature politeness. And baby Tyson, who is the best rooting section I’ve ever seen. While he can’t run after Jaiden yet, you know he is whole-heartedly just as excited to watch him run from end to end of the room.
Melissa, a teacher, yogini, and rockstar – is a saint in hot form. She’s a beautiful girl inside and out. And her babies are 110% her proudest job title.
Vai, a doctor, is equally proud of his family ~ be it the genuine joy on his face watching Tyson stand with the aid of a coffeetable (a new development.), or tucking his boys under his arms (adorned pridefully in Toronto Maple Leafs jerseys). While he’s the academic, he was also the one that admittedly tuned out when Jaiden’s cartoon came on; “I’m sorry, I just can’t look away.” Lolllll.
I love this family, and I would photograph them all day, everyday. Thank you Melissa for asking me to document your perfect little family.
I brought cookies. They naturally liked me.
I don’t think Vai’s grin could be any bigger.
Jaiden made me a Chai tea Latte. (with soy.)
My best friend is the best…ya ya, that’s why they call them best friends. But while I’m a little bit biased, I’d say she’s in like the Top 5 of the best of the best. Maybe Top 3. Definitely not Top 2. But def Top 3.
On this gorgeous, gorgeous day, I did a photoshoot of Ange and one of our other best. Koalby is the sweetest, bubbliest little thing. Angela introduced me to her about 4 years ago in first year when I made the trek to visit her at school and her new roommate happened to be the coolest girl ever. She works at Sportsnet. I mean, so cool. Am I right?
Friend shoots are one of my favourite things to do because it’s two almost-sisters documenting the way they are right now. They are the most important people to each other at this stage in life ~ and as promotions happen, geographical shifts unfold, and babies come…friendships can get harder. What an amazing reminder that you always have your girlfriend. No matter what.
Such an awesome day. And we wrapped by going and eating lots of cake. Don’t mind if we do.
Ps: every single piece of clothing in this shoot was mine…my wardrobe was abused and taken taken advantage of. Just plain rude.
This is Angela, the prettiest thing this side of Lake Michigan.
Koalby, the greenest eyed beauty.
This next picture is my favourite from the day. Koalby is so adorable and after I showed her the first frame I took of her in my camera, she started to cry. A little surprised at how drop dead gorgeous she is. I swoon over making people feel the way she did in this moment.
My sister Joy made this necklace – talent.
I said something wildly funny. Probably inappropriate.
They were up to their neck in sand and two steps a head of me…at all times. Tyson and Damon are two of the cutest boys; brothers through and through, they were constantly catapulting themselves onto the other one, competing against each other or seeing who could run fastest into their parents arms. Manny and Lindsay are their incredible parents, and the ones who happily have the job of trying to keep up with them.
Lindsay asked me to capture her little family on the beach – we played all afternoon under a bright sun. I was shaking out sand off me for the next few days – Can’t go halfway when you’re building a sand castle, come on. You’re either in or you’re out.
Surprisingly, these two are actually not twins, but in fact, 2 years apart. The matching outfits just make them extra adorable. As a sidenote, never have I met kids that make as many hilariousss faces as Damon and Tys; the sun was blinding, and honestly, I’m kinda glad it was because they’re squinting was so darn cute.
Love these guys.
This is my favourite picture of the day. They kill me.
Officially missing the sand.
This is, as promised, the second half of the beautiful Jamaica wedding I got to photograph. I followed Mark + Dania around the gorgeous grounds of the Bahia Principe and watched them relish in their first few hours of being married. It was truly an honour and I cherished every moment with these two, their family and their friends.
This photograph means so more than just a picture of pretty rings. Dania and her mom are holding the ring of Dania’s wonderful grandmother, who passed away. She was an important piece of their wedding, from start to finish. This was an emotional part of the day, but you can be sure that everyone felt incredible moved by the relationship between these amazing women.
Cheers to the new Mrs. and Mrs. Gilmore. : )
This is Joy and John Paul. I just stumbled across this picture of my beautiful sister and her amazing husband. This was taken on the first snowfall of 2011.
I promise you’ll see more of them very soon. : )