Scheduling an engagement session with Kristina + Toon wasn’t easy, between the late spring in Ottawa this year, and the fact that Kristina lives in Sudbury and Toon has been playing professional volleyball in Europe all winter.

We managed to luck-in and get-out to take some photos on the only half-decent day in a string of miserable, windy, rainy, cool days.  I had an absolute blast hanging out with Kristina & Toon, we had a ton of laughs, and I think we got some seriously cool pictures.  We even got a few sprinkles of rain at the end, which I think actually kind of made the last shot a bit cooler!  I’m really excited for their upcoming wedding in July!













Although I can honestly say that I’ve absolutely enjoyed every one of the many weddings I’ve attended (as a guest or photographer), I’ve always felt a bit of a void in my Wedding Photographer soul because I have never attended or photographed a traditional Jewish wedding.  Whether it be in the Hollywood movies I’ve seen, or the many that my photographer friends around the world have posted over the years, there is something about Jewish Weddings that is so vibrant & fun, while also being incredibly personal & spiritual.

When my good friend and Toronto Wedding Photographer, Sam Obeid asked me to join him to photograph Erin & Jeff’s Temple Sinai Wedding in Toronto as a “2nd photographer”, I didn’t blink an eye before saying yes.  Erin & Jeff absolutely lucked-in with weather, it’s was unusually warm for late November in Toronto.  We did some photos at a gorgeous home in Forest Hill, before heading to Temple Sinai in Northern Toronto for the ceremony & reception.  It was a bit of a new experience for me to not be allowed to take *any* photographs during the actual wedding ceremony besides the processional/recessional, but between the Badeken and the reception, I think the photographs tell the story of the day, and especially the amazing energy between Erin & Jeff.



I would never have imagined that planning an engagement shoot for the 3rd day of Spring would have a risk of 15 cms of snow, but this is Ottawa and this has been the winter that refuses to end!  I met-up with Prescia and Salim on York Street and we had a great time walking around the market, we grabbed a coffee and took some photos.  It was a bit chilly for late March, but nothing that “Hot Paws” and snuggling couldn’t fix.

Prescia and Salim have amazing chemistry and energy, and it really shows in the photos.  Here are some of my favourites – I’m really looking forward to their wedding at Orchard View this May!



  • Teira - She has such a beautiful smile. You definitely captured their happiness. Love the last pic!ReplyCancel

  • Paul Rowland - Awesome job C Lee! Best photographer in Ottawa.ReplyCancel