Muskoka wedding photographer & Toronto wedding photographer
^Laurel enjoying wedding speeches at a barn wedding in Mt. Forest, Ontario^
TAKE ME ON YOUR FAVOURITE ADVENTURE & I WILL CAPTURE IT!
Most of my friends, family & clients describe me as a free-spirited & outgoing photographer; I like to laugh and have fun with my clients because when they feel comfortable, that always shines through in their photographs. I am a lover of life, a diehard cottage-chick who loves the outdoors and a wanderluster who has travelled to more than 40 countries and lived in Paris (France) & Dubai (UAE). After completing my degree in Art History from the University of Toronto, I went to visit a friend in Dubai and ended up staying to work as a flight attendant for Emirates airlines (free travel is pretty great). Soon after I started flying, I met and married a super handsome Canadian stud from Edmonton, gave birth to two incredible little humans, started my photography business and ended up staying in Dubai for 6 and a half years. In 2013 we moved back to Canada so we could give our kids roots in the most incredible country on earth and enjoy our glorious 4 seasons (I am not a gigantic fan of 45 degree Celsius desert temperatures, it is so stinking hot). I am in my element when I’m photographing weddings (I just love the love), especially in stunning outdoor locations. Accordingly, I am not afraid to climb mountains, get dirty or travel to scenic locations. In my spare time, you will find me at our family cottage in Muskoka hanging with friends/family, reading and wakeboarding…my happy place.
Take me on your favourite adventure & I will capture it.
Kinds words written about Laurel (a.k.a testimonials)
“Laurel did an absolutely
-Vicki Maxwell, Toronto, ON (The Portage Inn, Muskoka)
“Laurel is an absolute pleasure to work with! She is extremely passionate
-Catherine Johnston, Bowmanville, ON (Wyndance Golf Club, Uxbridge)
“I can’t say enough good things about Laurel and her team. I recently got married and We were lucky enough to have Laurel capture both our big day and engagement shoot a year before, and she completely exceeded our expectations! She is incredibly easy to work with and made us feel very comfortable, plus her work is FANTASTIC! would highly recommend her photography services.”
-Carli Cole, Markham, ON (Markham Museum)
“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.”
“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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