Family Photographer | Military Family on Toronto Islands

The ferry to and from Toronto Islands is always a fun environment to photograph on – especially with kids. This military family had a great time during their photo shoot!

Family fun at the ferry - DA Photography at Toronto Islands, www.daphotostudio.com

It’s a Small World

Having worked on a cruise ship, I had the pleasure of meeting and working with people from all over the globe. I love learning about people, their habits and their cultural traditions. It helps me keep an open mind, to know that there are many ways to complete one task. My way is not the only way. Now I live in the GTA and I’m continually reminded of this fact. I’m continually able to learn and grow as a person and a photographer.
Boy play at Toronto Island bridges captured in photo documentary style  - DA Photography at Toronto Islands, www.daphotostudio.com Family photo of toddler boy eating his squishy squirrel toy at Toronto Islands bridges captured in photo documentary style  - DA Photography at Toronto Island, www.daphotostudio.comFamily fun after rain, family reflection - DA Photography at Toronto Islands, www.daphotostudio.com

Easy-Going Aussies

The Burr family is from Australia, but had a military posting in the Toronto area. As a family that moves infrequently, the parents wanted pictures of the family in Canada to remember their time here. They wanted their images to include prominent landmarks and places they enjoyed. I use the past tense as I discuss the Burr family because they have since been posted back to their home country, Australia. I have been told that whenever I’m in their neck of the woods, they want me to contact them for another photo shoot. It’s a good excuse as any to warrant a trip to beautiful Australia, no?!

Aussie boy and his  portrait at Toronto Island with CN tower at the background - DA Photography at Toronto Islands, www.daphotostudio.com Family portrait at Toronto Island with CN tower at the back - DA Photography at Toronto Islands, www.daphotostudio.comFamily fun reading book, Why I love Canada - DA Photography at Toronto Islands, www.daphotostudio.com

Weather Permitting

The weather does not always cooperate in the month of May. On this day in May, it really did not cooperate. Our photo session was planned 5 months in advance and we couldn’t predict what it was going to be like outside. However, the Burr family persevered. They kept their composure and had fun with the shoot anyway! I can say there was absolutely no stress to this photo shoot. The parents were as easy-going as their busy boys.
Aussies siblings reading book, Why I love Canada - DA Photography at Toronto Islands, www.daphotostudio.comSiblings Love  - DA Photography at Toronto Islands, www.daphotostudio.com Grammy reads book, Why I love Canada - DA Photography at Toronto Islands, www.daphotostudio.com

Ferry Fun

Instead of waiting until we reached Toronto Island to take photos, I started as soon as we stepped on the ferry. The kids were excited to see the water and the waves. Once the ferry started moving it was a little harder for the boys to look at the camera versus looking overboard. Who knew a ferry could be so much fun?

Father with his toddler boy at the lake ferry - DA Photography at Toronto Islands, www.daphotostudio.com Playful portrait of boy before entering lake ferry - DA Photography at Toronto Islands, www.daphotostudio.com Close Up portrait of toddler boy at the lake ferry - DA Photography at Toronto Islands, www.daphotostudio.comFamily at the ferry with CN tower at the back - DA Photography at Toronto Islands, www.daphotostudio.com

Toronto Skyline

On the ferry we were able to capture some great photos with the Toronto skyline in the background. However, my favourite skyline shots are on the actual Island with the family sitting in front. There’s something about the green grass contrasting the greys and blues of the buildings and the sky itself – the family shines against the skyline backdrop.

Family portrait at Toronto Island - DA Photography at Toronto Islands, www.daphotostudio.comCouple portrait at Toronto Island - DA Photography at Toronto Islands, www.daphotostudio.com Couple portrait at Toronto Island with CN tower at the back - DA Photography at Toronto Islands, www.daphotostudio.com

A Friend of a Friend

Referrals are a big part of the photography business – if you trust me and like my work, you’ll refer me to your friends and family. I happened upon working with the Burr family because a family member referred me to someone who referred me to the Burrs. Just this past year, the Burrs referred me to another friend of theirs and I was granted the pleasure of working with Sandra and Gerry!  Here is their photo session at the same location at Toronto Islands.

Photos taken by Dragi Andovski, published ©2015 DA Photography

Photo Location: Toronto Islands, Toronto, ON

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