Some New Destination Engagement and Portrait Work

Julius & James were in China this past November shooting some studio work, as well as some destination engagement work. Here are a selection of images shot by Julius in Guangzhou China. We hope you enjoy them!

Brooke and Nick’s Berkeley Field House Wedding

Brooke Giles and Nick Healey were married in October 2013 at Toronto’s Berkeley Field House. Brooke started the day off with a trip with her Maid of Honour Joanna to Flaunt Boutique on Carlaw Ave., then off to the Berkeley to don a luxurious Maggie Sottero “Celesete” gown from Richie’s Bridal. Nick looked very dapper in his suit from Tom’s Place in Kensington Market, always a great spot to find a great deal on a quality suit. Local jeweler Carrie Pearson crafted two unique wedding rings for the pair, and Ladybug Florist on Church Street created the elegant bouquet. After a very touching first look on the rooftop, Brooke and Nick exchanged vows, and a few tears were shed. Everyone enjoyed the music of and the dancing lasted until 1AM, when Brooke and Nick took their leave under a long line of sparklers. Julius and James wish you both all the best in your new home and in your married life.

Eric Proposes to Ella – a very special engagement shoot

When Eric came to us and told us about his plan to propose marriage to his girlfriend Ella in front our our cameras, Julius and I knew we wanted to be a part of it. We love surprises, and we love planning them. Ella went to meet Eric to spend a sunny afternoon at Toronto’s Guildwood Park, but Eric was “fashionably late.” Little did Ella know that Eric was about to walk up with a dozen red roses, a ring, and a proposal of marriage. Ella was awestruck, and very happy. Wedding rings were crafted by Harbourfront Centre artist in residence Jay Joo. We made some animated GIF images from this engagement shoot, one of which we have included here. Eric and Ella were married this past October, and we were also delighted to shoot their wedding. We wish them all the best in their new life together, love, Julius and James.

Shelby and Helder

Shelby Demarte and Helder Chaves were married at Toronto’s Timothy Eaton Memorial Church in August 2013. While they didn’t fill the very large venue with people, they did fill it with their love, which is manifest whenever they look at each other. It’s always a pleasure to photograph weddings like this, because the energy that the couple exude just begs to be captured. After their wedding, we detoured to one of our favourite venues, the Markham Museum and it’s 19th century barns, houses and organic gardens for a portrait session. At the reception, we were blown away by the enthusiasm of the dancing. Shelby and Helder can look forward to many happy years together, and we were so honoured to shoot their special day. Love, Julius and James.

Zurry and Brendan tie the knot at the Markham Museum – a perfect day!

Julius was very fortunate to be able to second-shoot the wedding of Zurry Tran and Brendan Donevan on August 10th 2013. The day was perfection itself – sunny, but not too hot. The wedding took place at Markham Museum, a gem of a site hidden in plain sight in downtown Markham Ontario. Featuring an exquisite collection of 19th century heritage buildings, organic apple orchards, flower and vegetable gardens, and even an historic train station, the Markham Museum is one of our favourite wedding and shooting venues. Zurry and her friends crafted many of the wedding decorations by hand, and the whole wedding was infused with a sophisticated, DIY wedding sense of personal style. Even Zurry and Brendan’s food idea was completely original – food was provided by two food trucks – Caplansky’s and the Food Dudes. The ceremony was conducted outdoors in the shade of a hundred year old barn, where Zurry and Brendan declared their love for each other with personal, and quite funny vows and affirmations. We wish all the best to Zurry and Brendan in their new life together! Love, Julius and James.

Ruby and Carlo Enagement Preview


Toronto Bridal Fashion and Beauty Shoot

Julius and James spent some quality time this past weekend in High Park with one of our favourite models, the wonderful Gabby Tulloch. In some shots Gabby resembles the young Billie Holiday, in others the young Frida Khalo. Gabby wears a strapless bridal gown with organza bodice detail with a duchess satin and silk organza overlay skirt, an original wedding dress design by Arnaldo Santos. Arnaldo designs gorgeous dresses for Toronto brides. We wound up the evening doing some shots at night in front of one of Toronto’s historic Post Offices at #10 Toronto Street. Makeup was provided by Nicole Ostonal. Thanks to everyone for a fun and productive photo shoot!

Engagement Photography Spring 2013

Here is a sampling of some of our engagement and couples photography for Spring 2013. We’ve ventured into the Elora Gorge, the only covered bridge in Ontario, a private nature park in Caledon owned by the Peel Board of Education, Toronto Island, Queen Street West, Guildwood Park, and University of Toronto’s Hart House and University College. We love adding an engagement shoot to our wedding photography packages because it gives us the opportunity to get to know the couples we photograph, and it allows them to get used to working with a professional photographer. We’ve also used our engagement sessions to experiment a bit with old film cameras, which is a passion of ours. One of these shots was taken with a Rolleiflex medium format TLR, a “twin lens reflex camera” (as opposed to a single lens reflex camera, an “SLR” the type that most are familiar with. Another was taken with a Mamiya medium format camera using Polaroid peel apart film. Be sure to ask us about how we can use Polaroid and other film cameras to add a unique vintage look to your wedding and engagement photography.

Julius and James

This new video showcases some of our work from 2012. It expresses who we are, and what we can offer you. We hope you enjoy it!