Muskoka wedding photographer & Toronto wedding photographer
^Laurel enjoying wedding speeches at a barn wedding in Mt. Forest, Ontario^
“Laurel captures real smiles and laughter. So in order to capture that authentic emotion she always connects with each of her clients to get to truly get to know them.”
Laurel is an award winning photographer with an Honours B.A. in Fine Art History from the University of Toronto. She also studied photography and art/design while living in Paris, France, the Czeck Republic, Montreal and Dubai. Laurel has a love for travel and has been fortunate enough to do some globe-trotting on personal trips and while on business; she toured Africa, Europe and China on personal trips and visited numerous other countries working as a flight attendant for Emirates Airlines. Laurel met and married her love and fellow Canadian while living in Dubai and together they have 2 beautiful children. In the rare moments that Laurel does not have a camera in hand, she loves spending as much time as she can outdoors at her family cottage in Muskoka, wakeboarding (how she met her husband), skiing, reading historical fiction (do not get me started on my love of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series) and refinishing vintage furniture.
Laurel’s style is warm, romantic and ethereal and a session with her is fun, lighthearted and easy; she likes to joke and laugh and will tell you some terrible jokes (that she thinks are funny) in order to get you to do the same. Laurel captures real smiles and laughter. So in order to capture that authentic emotion she always connects with each of her clients to get to truly get to know them. Accordingly, her clients return to her year after year, not only for her work, but for the experience they are guaranteed of (please see the kind words written about her below). When you book with Laurel Leaf Photography you are booking with Laurel, which means that you will not be sent a random photographer who knows nothing about you on the day of your wedding (the relationship you have with your photographer is very important, always make sure you consider this). By the time your wedding roles around, you are going to know all about Laurel’s family and what she did on her holiday, she will cry happy tears of joy with you, she will have your back on the day of your wedding and you will most definitely hug it out at the end of the night when Laurel has finished capturing your beautiful day.
Laurel Leaf Photography is a registered business in Ontario, with a studio based out of Ajax, Ontario. Laurel shoots primarily in Southern Ontario and Muskoka regions of Ontario, however, seeing as she loves to travel, she also works internationally from time to time. She returns to Dubai periodically to photograph her clients there and has shot destination weddings in Jamaica. Laurel has also photographed actors such as Tara Spencer-Nairn (Corner Gas), Stefanie Drummond (Mean Girls) & Kate Spurgeon (Fuller House writer) and was the photographer for the Chef de Mission Delegates Conference for the 2015 Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games.
Life is beautiful. Capture it.
Kinds words written about Laurel (a.k.a testimonials)
“We engaged Laurel as the photographer for our engagement and our wedding day. We cannot express how much we LOVE the results from both events.
Our engagement photos were taken at the CNE. This created many logistical challenges given the crowds. Laurel, the consummate professional, tackled these challenges head on and the results speak for themselves. She took amazing, vibrant and fun photos that captured why we both love the CNE. We used these photos as our save the dates and have featured them in our wedding and our home. While we are happy to accept the compliments from our family and friends regarding our engagement photos, the true credit lies with Laurel and we are delighted to take the opportunity here to give it.
The photos she has taken from our wedding day are nothing short of spectacular. She was fun, easy going and warm which put everyone at ease on a very hectic day. We had a few children in our wedding party. Laurel brought stickers to coax bigger smiles out of them and ensure that the pictures were the greatest they could be in the fewest takes possible! The photos turned out even better than we could have imagined (and she had already set the bar very high from our engagement shoot). Every time we see one of her beautiful photographs, we are reminded of our special day and a big smile is brought to our faces. She timelessly captured the excitement, joy and beauty that our wedding brought.
Laurel is a true professional with a fun and kind spirit. She was committed to capturing the photos/shots we discussed in advance and had some great suggestions on the day as well. We are both so grateful that we had Laurel capture our special day. We cannot recommend her highly enough. If you’re looking for a photographer that will keep things light on a hectic and busy day while getting the shots necessary to ensure a fantastic result, Laurel is the photographer you’ve been looking for.
Thank you again Laurel!!!!” -Louisa & Ryan Brown, Toronto (Royal Canadian Yacht Club wedding)
“Hiring Laurel as our wedding photographer was the best decision we ever made for our wedding day. We knew we wanted her to capture our special day since the first day we met her. She is very positive and has such a great energy which makes her so amazing and easy to work with. It was a great feeling knowing that I could relax and trust Laurel use her talent to take the best photos for not only our wedding day but our engagement shoot also. We couldn’t have picked a better photographer! Laurel we can’t thank you enough for being so amazing!” – Marco & Lindsey (The Miniace’s)
“I can’t even begin to describe how over the moon we are with our wedding photos. From day one meeting Laurel, I knew right away that she was going to be the one to capture all the amazing moments of our special day. Her amazing and vibrant personality made every encounter and meeting to discuss our photography needs not only an absolute pleasure but so so much fun. If you are looking for a photographer who makes you feel comfortable, listens to the small details that are always truly the most important and truly cares about her work and her clients Laurel is the one for you. I can’t begin to thank you! This will not be the end of our photo journey together as I will most definitely would love for you to capture many more special moments of ours! Thank you thank you.” -Lauren Rohrbach
“I’ve used Laurel multiple times for family and newborn photos – she is amazing! Her laughter and friendly personality keeps the sessions light and fun and helps make everyone (especially the kids) relaxed. The photos are always incredible and lots of choices are provided. I can’t recommend her enough!” – Anna Ardron, Toronto, Ontario
“We have hired Laurel Leaf Photography for our maternity, newborn and wedding photo sessions. Laurel is VERY talented and inspired … but you can tell that from her photos! Behind the scenes she is funny, patient and willing to do just about anything for that perfect picture. Laurel makes you feel comfortable and at ease when being photographed. YES, I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND Laurel Leaf Photography if you want high quality, stunning photos.”-Laura Moxley, Stouffvile, Ontario
“Laurel is so wonderful!! She puts you at ease from start to finish, all while capturing your unique personalities and vision for your session. My fiancé and I were so pleased with our engagement photos! The quality was outstanding and there was a perfect mix of different shots (which was exactly what we had hoped for). There were so many great shots, it was hard to pick our favourites! Laurel was so accommodating, even including our sweet dog in some of our shots! We shot in a few different locations and Laurel was engaging and energetic throughout. She made us feel extremely comfortable and we can’t wait until she captures our wedding day this summer!! Laurel has a wonderful gift! She is a real treasure.” -Tressa Williamson & Ryan Rozendal, Listowel, Ontario
“Laurel, you are incredible. From start to finish, you brought a vibrant and fun energy to the room, and kept everyone smiling. Your talent is outstanding, and you were able to pick up on the details and photos that we weren’t even aware that we wanted! There were several times after our wedding where Sol and I thought, “shoot, we didn’t think to get a shot of that” and of course, you came through and got all of them!We can’t thank you enough for the beautiful photos and memories you have provided us with. You are such a kind person, and it was such an honour to have you there on our big day!”– Jenn Carter, Toronto, Ontario
“Just wanted to send you a massive thank you for your wonderful photography this past week! It was amazing to have you around! Such positive and fun energy, and the pictures which we saw on the slideshow looked beautiful. “-Diane Francou, Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Toronto, Ontario
“Absolutely amazing pictures! We get compliments all the time on our photos and Laurel is absolutely wonderful to work with!” -Fauna Erklouts, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
“A quick glance through Laurel’s portfolio will show you how diverse and incredibly talented she is. I’ve worked with her several times over the past three years both professionally for profile shots and project pictures, as well as personally. She is well researched, happy to try creative ideas and such good fun to work with!”-Pallavi Dean, interior designer, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Thank you oh so much for the wonderful photos Laurel!!!! We love them and you did an amazing job:) hopefully one day we can do another session somewhere in the world. Take care!!!!! Love from Pistilli Family xxx-Alicja Pistilli, Marketing Manager, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
“Laurel is the perfect blend of patience and professional. Her work is amazing and always unique. She takes the time to know her clients and it shows in the end results.”-Nikki Miller Houston, Project Manager, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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