Nizani & Neero – Themed Engagement Shoot, Toronto

Hi all,
Today we are here with a very special shoot!  Nizani (yes! Nizani Sri from Crown Beauty) and Neero are a gorgeous pair who had many ideas in mind for their engagement shoot.  Of course we decided to do three outdoor shoots on literally the hottest day of the year!
We started off the day with an Indian village themed shoot.  Nizani was perfectly styled in her hiked up saree and traditional hair and accessories as was Neero in his vetti and salvai.  And using the kudam as a prop was just the icing on the cake.
We then went over to Main Street Unionville as Nizani wanted a vintage-y fashion vibe.  She had this great hat and Annuj used the hat and the blaring sun to his advantage to create some beautiful portraits of her.  Leave it to Annuj to find the good of a bad situation – I love the shadows on her face!  She also got an older Oldsmobile from All-in-One Limo services and we got some great shots with that as well!
We finally ended off the night with a very cute picnic engagement shoot.  Filled with the right props (except the cheese melted because it was so hot in the car and the tuna started to smell a little funny), a handful of red balloons, and a tree that will leave you in awe – these photos turned out beautifully.  One of my favourites is the one where Nizani and Neero are sitting in a field filled with dandelions and the spores flying through.  Absolutely love this shoot and this couple.
Stay tuned for more photos from their Civil Ceremony!
Annuj & Tanya

Niroj & Abi – Football Themed Engagement Shoot, Toronto

Hi WordPress World,
Today we’re here with a special treat!  A football themed shoot!  Niroj is on about eight dozen football leagues in the GTA so it was pretty imperative to get that as a part of their shoot.  They managed to book an amazing football field and once Niroj had brought forward the idea, Annuj started swimming with ideas.  Abi wanted to make sure that they incorporated their bridal party so they custom made some shirts and it was the guys as football players and the girls as cheerleaders.  With some padding, footballs, and garbage/recycling bag made pom-poms – we were ready to go!  Niroj had actually come straight from another game before the shoot (the last game of the season) in which he won the award for Player of the Year!  Of course we had to incorporate that into the shoot as well!
We were lucky in the fact that the weather was really nice.  We did a whole bunch of different shots – ones with the bridal party, ones with just the two of them and a few with just Niroj in some epic posing, dramatic lighting, and baby poweder! (inspired by Nike ads).  Their bridal party was very helpful and super friendly.  We were fortunate to have access to the stadium lights and also had an awesome sunset which really gave different vibes throughout the shoot.  For so many reasons we are extremely pleased to bring you this shoot!
 
Looking forward to their wedding, less than ten days away!  For more of Niroj & Abi’s photos, head over to our Facebook Fan Page.  “Like” our page to stay updated on our current work!
Annuj & Tanya

Vasi & Chandra – Catholic Wedding & Reception, Brampton

Hi guys,
So this couple is not only an interracial couple (Chandra: Guyanese, Vasi: Sri Lankan), but they are also an interreligious couple (Chandra: Hindu, Vasi: Catholic).  So they had two wedding ceremonies followed by a reception.  We’re here today with Vasi & Chandra’s Catholic wedding which took place at St. Theresa’s Church in Scarborough.  Chandra wore an exquisite dress that reminded me of the old hollywood glamour style.  She was beautified in a sequinced strapless fitted gown with a ruffled bottom and a long train – and looked absolutely beautiful!  After the wedding ceremony and taking their bridal party photos, we headed over to Pearson Convention Centre for their reception.  They had a Paris-themed reception as Vasi had proposed to Chandra in front of the Eiffel Tower last year!  All of the details were perfectly fit for their concept.  After some speeches, games, and a dinner provided by “The Host”, the dance floor was open and it was packed!  A great night for a great couple 🙂
 
 
After all of these photos taken with Vasi & Chandra, it’s hard to believe it is all over.  We wish you both all of the very best in the future!
xoxo
Annuj & Tanya

Chandra & Vasi – Hindu Wedding Ceremony, Mississauga

Hi all,
We’re here today with the Hindu wedding of Vasi & Chandra.  One thing that stood strong throughout both their Hindu and Catholic ceremonies and right through the reception was their families.  I went over to Vasi’s house to do prep shots and it was PACKED.  There were so many people there and everyone was running around getting things done and making sure that the man of the hour was happy.  Annuj reports exactly the same at Chandra’s house.  From her sister, to her parents, to all of her extended family that came in from abroad, there was love and happiness in the air!  We hope you enjoy some of our favourites from their (first) day 🙂
Come back soon to catch photos of their Catholic ceremony and reception!  To see more of Chandra & Vasi, head over to our Facebook Fan Page.  “Like” our page to stay updated with our current work!
Annuj & Tanya

Nirojan & Mituna – Toronto Engagement Shoot

Hi guys,
Today we are here with Nirojan & Mituna for their engagement shoot.  They wanted a few different feels and locations for their shoot so we tried to keep it diverse.
1) They wanted a happy and bright shoot for their traditional attire so we went over to Scarborough Bluffs nice and early.  I remember making Mituna run through and through the water over and over to get that beautiful kick shot!
2) Keeping in line with the fact that they met at McMaster University, it seemed only right that one of their shoots were there.
3) They wanted something in line with a fairy tale – so we went to the most magical place Toronto’s got – Casaloma.  With Mituna’s gorgeous dress and the beautiful hair and make up done by Manpreet of Exquisite Makeup Artistry, Mituna was a stunner.  Hats off to her very helpful sister, Madura – whose help was essential to such a lovely shoot!
4) After carb conversations at Marche’s downtown, we ended off their shoot at First Canadian Place.  I absolutely loved Mituna’s dress!
Hope you enjoy the photos!  Be back with their wedding, less than two months away!  To see more of their photos, head over to our Facebook Fan Page and “Like” the page to stay updated on our latest work!
Annuj & Tanya

Mayu & Charan – San Francisco Engagement Shoot

Hello all,
This is a long one – but justifiably so; this is no ordinary shoot.  Today we come to you with our most special engagement shoot to date.  Mayu & Charan – what can we say about them?  I guess we’ll start at the beginning.  We met Mayu when she contacted us to shoot her brother’s wedding (see: Saravanan & Lidiana) and instantly hit it off.  Shortly after giving the wedding photos back, she and Charan contacted us to see if we were interested in shooting their engagement shoot in San Francisco.  If we were interested?  In shooting in SAN FRANCISCO?  Sunny San Francisco?  Gorgeous San Francisco?!  Yes, please!  They chose the location based on one of their all-time favourite movies: The Rock – which evidently they can quote from intro to credits lol.  We decided to go in late April as 3 out of our 4 birthdays were within that one week (Annu and Mayu have the same birthday!).  After a few planning meetings trying to narrow down which spots we we had to hit, wanted to hit, and would be nice to hit, we were set to go off on our adventure!
We made it into San Fran on April 23rd night, the eve of my birthday.  After a quick unpack and a very late night dinner, Annu prepped our equipment for the long days ahead.  We celebrated my birthday (and literally every other day, yes I know we’re horrible) at The Cheesecake Factory!  Why we do not have one of these in Toronto is beyond me but there is still a whole bunch of items we need to order from there; but, I digress.  We decided to start shooting one night early so we headed to the Legion of Honor and the Palace of Fine Arts for a night shoot.  Charan was decked out in a suit but I must say Mayu stole the show with a stunning strapless, floor length, navy and gold mermaid gown.  The dress was made by Alex, a very close friend of hers, who took a saree and turned it into a dress!  This was her first time doing something like this and as Mayu would say it was made with “pure love” – we think it looks fantastic on her!  On the very windy and cold night, Mayu was constantly reminded by Charan to not get distracted (“You don’t need to look at the bus, Mayu!”) LOL!  But troopers they were!  On a cold night we succeeded in capturing some dramatic and fashion-forward photos!  One of the (many) great things about Charan & Mayu is their ability to take direction.  Especially for poses that usually require a bit of a demonstration.  Mayu was bang on from the first shot each time – try and tell me this girl ain’t the next Cover Girl!
25th morning started off with the pleating and re-pleating of Mayu’s saree before we headed off to the serene Japanese Tea Garden of San Francisco.  On top of being “The Rock” enthusiasts, they are lovers of Tokyo and Japan in general.  The Japanese Tea Garden is so beautiful with fragrant blooms and historical architecture.  The best part of that shoot was the amount of people who’d stop to stare at and take photos of our gorgeous couple  – many inquiring whether we were shooting for a Bollywood movie!
After the morning shoot and just before heading to Baker’s Beach we stopped to grab a bite.  Little did we realize how difficult this would be!  We drove around the beach area thinking that there would definitely be many restaurants there to choose from – but we were told otherwise!  So after going back into the burbs, we found something through GPS, parked, and started to walk towards it.  It was closed until dinner time!  Along with many other restaurants around it!  So there we were, tired, hot, and hungry, scouring the streets of San Fran and literally sniffing like dogs!
I recall:
“I smell rice!”
“No!  That’s bread!”
“No!  It’s RICE!”
“No, That’s SUBWAY bread!”
And it WAS Subway bread! LOL… but we didn’t stop to eat at Subway.  We went to a hole in the wall Indian buffet that had pretty decent food and an awesome soundtrack overhead (Annuj compared it to war trumpets blaring, and kept repeating that melody for the rest of the day!).  The meal is fondly remembered with other guests requesting to take buffet food home lol…
So we eventually made it to Baker’s Beach and all i can say is “penis”.  Yes, while we were there, there must have been at least four naked men on that beach (not a nude beach – FYI).  And it seemed all the norm parents were walking with kids in hand and not in the slightest did they seem phased – quite different from what we experience here in Toronto.  These men were out and about just tanning and stretching on the rocks as the waves crashed against the shores.  We managed to frame them out of the photos and got beautiful shots of Mayu, Charan, and the amazing Golden Gate Bridge.
After a quick change we headed over to San Francisco’s GORGEOUS City Hall.  Now I’m a proud Torontonian, but I’m sure you will agree that Toronto’s City Hall’s got nothing on San Fran.  The pillars, the architecture, the floors – oh my!  It was an absolute pleasure to work there with such friendly staff!  We went thinking there would be a lot of begging and sneaking around to catch our shots but quickly learned how kind and helpful the people of San Francisco are!  I adored Mayu’s royal blue love maxi skirt paired with a very simple white top.   We got some great help after a helpful caretaker stopped waxing the floors just so we can get our shots!  We really cannot say enough good things about the people we met in San Fran!  We headed over to The Cheesecake Factory (as we had on many other nights!) and ended our first day of shooting with an ice cold IPA! LOL!
Our second day of shooting begun again at the Palace of Fine Arts and Charan repeatedly referring to Mayu (undeservingly, might i add!) as a diva.  At that point, no matter how small her question or request was (and they always were actually very small), EVERYTHING was blown out of proportion by the three of us to show how much of a diva Mayu was being (lol yes, we are bullies).  They are such a goofy, fun couple who love video games that we got some fun shots of piggy backs and the trendy Hadouken shot.
Mayu changed into a very cute lace dress and we drove to a high point that overlooks the bay and has a great angle of the Golden Gate bridge.  We then proceeded to a forest that included bubble gum wars, stick fights, and of course more piggy backs.
We went over to Le Meridien hotel for some shots.  It’s crazy how a easy going, light hearted and playful couple can go to such intensity!  FEEL that PASSION!!!!!!!
Our third and final day of shooting begins at Union Square, the heart of downtown San Francisco – equivalent to Toronto’s Dundas Square.  There was an art exhibition going on and we had the honour of listening to Charan’s art critiques of some pieces (alcoholism mixed with troubles with the painter’s wife, is that correct, Charan?)  After clicking and shopping we went for lunch at a little bistro and shed many tears together over about old family members that are no longer with us.  *Sigh*
We couldn’t leave San Francisco without some shots of the long, narrow, and hilly streets so we double parked in front of someone’s driveway and almost got hit by a few cars in order to get that shot – but we got it!  We went down to their harbourfront area and we clicked away as Charan & Mayu wrestled on the grass (Mayu with the sharpshooter FTW).  And we got shots on the streetcar in which we met our first not-so-nice person in San Fran – a driver who kicked us off.  But then we were greeted by the next streetcar driver who basically proposed to Mayu and reminded Charan of how lucky a guy he is to be marrying a beautiful lady.  It just goes to show you that sometimes you have meet a not-so-great person in your life only to be able to have the opportunity to meet some really wonderful people!  Nothing screams San Francisco like the streetcars and we LOVE our photos of these two on the streetcar! 🙂
Our last destination of the night was an extremely cold and windy tour of Alcatraz.  For fans of the movie The Rock – this may have been the full purpose of coming down.

Charan & Mayu, you both are such beautifully wonderful people – inside and out.  We were absolutely crushed when you told us your wedding date for next year and we were already booked.  But in any event, to say a friendship started in San Francisco would be an understatement.  We’ve laughed together, cried together and frantically searched for wifi together (okay, maybe that was just me).  We look forward to many, many more adventures together with you and our nai kutties in the future…

Annuj & Tanya
PS.

T: Hmmmm… I don’t know this song
C: I don’t care
T:… … … Well … I mean…. I guess you don’t have to… And yeah… But you don’t have to be mean and actually say it.

LOLOL

Purvee & Rajbir – Toronto Engagement Shoot

Hi all!
Today we come to you with an extremely cute engagement shoot!  Purvee was a friend of ours before we had even met each other.  Attending Ryerson University, she met Annuj through school and I met her through my brother who also went to Ryerson.  Purvee is a five foot two inch beauty – bursting with energy, positivity and happiness.  She came to us with so many ideas and props that she wanted to use for her shoot and we absolutely loved it!  Her fiance, Rajbir, towers over her, but is such a sweetie!  Hence the nickname “bear” – he really is like a teddy bear!  This was obvious inspiration for one of her props.  She wore a stunning anarkalli and paired it with some big hair; make up was done by another friend of ours, the ultra-talented Puja Suri of Kiss and Make Up!  We started off at the U of T downtown campus and went to Yorkville to end the shoot.  In between we grabbed some teppanyaki from Yakamoto and the conversation and questions brought up by Purvee kept me laughing the whole way through – she is just so cute!  Hope you enjoy some snaps from their engagement session!
Very excited to shoot their wedding ceremonies just weeks away!
Love and flowers and teddy bears!
Annuj and Tanya