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Alicia Thurston Photography https://www.aliciathurston.com Toronto Photographer Mon, 05 Feb 2018 21:14:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 22558988 Steph + Aaron: Toronto Newborn Photographer https://www.aliciathurston.com/blog/newborn/steph-aaron-toronto-newborn-photographer/ https://www.aliciathurston.com/blog/newborn/steph-aaron-toronto-newborn-photographer/#respond Mon, 05 Feb 2018 21:14:36 +0000 https://www.aliciathurston.com/?p=13177 Watching families grow is the best! I have photographed all three of Steph and Aaron’s babies as newborns and it’s been an incredible honour and pleasure. We have managed to get their sweet dog, Tonka in a shot with each baby and this time he was prepped and ready for his close-up. Take a peek ...

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Watching families grow is the best! I have photographed all three of Steph and Aaron’s babies as newborns and it’s been an incredible honour and pleasure. We have managed to get their sweet dog, Tonka in a shot with each baby and this time he was prepped and ready for his close-up. Take a peek at a few of my favourites from their baby boy’s newborn session.

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Jen + Mike: Toronto Newborn Photographer https://www.aliciathurston.com/blog/newborn/jen-mike-toronto-newborn-photographer/ Thu, 04 Jan 2018 18:09:42 +0000 https://www.aliciathurston.com/?p=13077 What an amazing way to kick off 2018! This newborn session was the sweetest, most heart warming shoot. An adorable big sister with sass and spunk and a beautiful, sleeping baby girl, both ready for their moment to shine! Jen and Mike first came to me for a mini session with Jen’s sisters last year ...

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What an amazing way to kick off 2018! This newborn session was the sweetest, most heart warming shoot. An adorable big sister with sass and spunk and a beautiful, sleeping baby girl, both ready for their moment to shine! Jen and Mike first came to me for a mini session with Jen’s sisters last year and it was during this first session that they surprised their sisters with the announcement that Jen was expecting a second baby! I had no idea and was pleasantly surprised to be capturing the amazing reactions of some pretty excited people. Up next was their gorgeous maternity session at the Scarborough Bluffs before the holidays. Their sweet baby girl was an early Christmas present and I was happy to start off a new, wonderful year of shooting with this awesome family! I can’t wait to see them later in the year for another extended family session. It’s truly an honour to be able to see families grow and document so many memories and connections.
Here’s to a great year ahead!

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Alex + Greg: District 28 NYE Wedding https://www.aliciathurston.com/blog/weddings-2/alex-greg-district-28-nye-wedding/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 03:08:12 +0000 https://www.aliciathurston.com/?p=13022 New Years Eve weddings are always a good time. Of course no one expected the cold snap we’ve had so we had to come up with some inventive ways to do the creative portraits. With a venue like District 28 and being able to pop over to East Room, we had lots of awesome options. ...

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New Years Eve weddings are always a good time. Of course no one expected the cold snap we’ve had so we had to come up with some inventive ways to do the creative portraits. With a venue like District 28 and being able to pop over to East Room, we had lots of awesome options.
Alex and Greg are such a fun couple, everything they planned for their day was unique and beautiful.
Here is what the new husband and wife had to say about their day;

We wanted everything to focus on good food and fun; a night that was one part wedding, one part New Year’s party. We couldn’t imagine a better way to ring in 2018 surrounded by everyone we love

The details of the wedding were exceptional, no surprise with Alex being an event planner, she had a vision and knew exactly what she wanted. From what I gathered, Greg had a bit of input as well, though maybe more on the James Bond like video he created as an entrance to their ceremony, a video months in the making and something I have never seen in all my years capturing weddings. True entertainment!
The food was exceptional, Food Dudes always impresses with their delicious dishes, I’m dreaming of that risotto cake!
Congrats to Alex and Greg! It was such an honour to be a part of your day, from helping with Greg’s bow tie to shaking the champagne on the dance floor, every minute was awesome!

More vendor love;

Photography – Alicia Thurston Photography
Venue – District 28
Floral Design – Flowers by Mira
Food – Food Dudes
Video – Hour Media
DJ – Magen Boys

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Rethink Breast Cancer: East Room Head Shots https://www.aliciathurston.com/blog/portraits-portfolio/rethink-breast-cancer-east-room-head-shots/ Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:55:50 +0000 https://www.aliciathurston.com/?p=12964 EXCITING NEWS ALERT!!! I made a big decision this month. It’s time for something different. I’m closing the doors to my studio and moving to the East Room. East Room is such a cool space with so many opportunities to meet creative professionals and other small businesses. What this will mean for my business… I’ll ...

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EXCITING NEWS ALERT!!! I made a big decision this month. It’s time for something different. I’m closing the doors to my studio and moving to the East Room. East Room is such a cool space with so many opportunities to meet creative professionals and other small businesses.
What this will mean for my business… I’ll have an even more convenient space to meet with clients, right at the bottom of the DVP in Riverside. Though I won’t be offering in studio mini family sessions anymore, I have a completely new, industrial, modern space to utilize for head shots. If you like coffee and me, let’s hang out at the East Room, I can’t wait for some of you to see what this space has to offer. I also have the opportunity to rent entire spaces in the building for larger photoshoots looking for something inside with exceptional light, this would be great for commercial or fashion shoots, extended family sessions, dance studio portraits and more. *additional fees apply, please inquire.
I can’t wait to see what’s to come. One door closing and another one opening, a new adventure with unlimited potential.
These head shots for Rethink Breast Cancer were taken at the East Room, they are one of the fabulous small businesses that occupy an office there. I’m honoured to work with such a great group of ladies and happy to pay it forward to such a wonderful charity.

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Kathryn + Jay: Toronto Engagement https://www.aliciathurston.com/blog/engagements/kathryn-jay-toronto-engagement/ Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:19:09 +0000 https://www.aliciathurston.com/?p=12911 I asked Kathryn for the one thing she was most looking forward to on her wedding day. I have to say one thing I am most looking forward to is seeing my little girl as a flower girl and walking down the aisle with my dad as he had been very sick several years ago ...

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I asked Kathryn for the one thing she was most looking forward to on her wedding day.

I have to say one thing I am most looking forward to is seeing my little girl as a flower girl and walking down the aisle with my dad as he had been very sick several years ago and I didn’t know I would ever get to share this experience with him. Very grateful!

I loved working with Kathryn and Jay, their energy is incredible. Feeling that connection with your wedding photographer is super important. You are going to spend one of the most memorable days of your life with your photographer, ya better like ’em. At their engagement session, Jay told me that going forward whenever they need a photographer, I’m their girl, that kind of compliment is the highest form but it truly comes down to having a connection with my couples.

When you’re in the process of booking your wedding vendors, start with their portfolio be it on Instagram, Facebook, Website and probably all of the above, if you like what you see the next step is booking a consultation. During your consultation have a list of questions you feel are pertinent but more importantly, take that opportunity to get to know who you might be working with and see if they seem like your kind of people. Being surrounded by good people on your wedding day will be key to enjoying every single moment!

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Em & Lex: A Mai Tilson Video https://www.aliciathurston.com/blog/personal/em-lex-mai-tilson-video/ Sat, 28 Oct 2017 01:57:01 +0000 https://www.aliciathurston.com/?p=12905 EmLex vimeo from Mai Tilson on Vimeo. I’m so inspired by Mai’s work. We’ve been Facebook friends for a long time and it was such a pleasure to finally meet her. I was drawn to the video’s she has posted on her instagram because it’s something I’ve wanted to tap into for a while now. ...

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EmLex vimeo from Mai Tilson on Vimeo.

I’m so inspired by Mai’s work. We’ve been Facebook friends for a long time and it was such a pleasure to finally meet her. I was drawn to the video’s she has posted on her instagram because it’s something I’ve wanted to tap into for a while now. So I turned to her for some expertise and of course to get this beautiful video of my kids. I’m thrilled with how she captured Em and Lex and their relationship, it’s got me in awe.
Video will be my next journey, wish me luck as I unfold this new world. I can’t wait to get my toes wet.
Thank you so much Mai, I couldn’t be more grateful for such a stunning piece of work. xo
Check out her amazing talent at the various links below.
https://www.maitilson.com
https://www.instagram.com/maitilson/
https://www.facebook.com/mai.tilson/

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Holiday Cards: Toronto Lifestyle Photography https://www.aliciathurston.com/blog/family-2/holiday-cards-toronto-lifestyle-photography/ Mon, 23 Oct 2017 20:17:17 +0000 https://www.aliciathurston.com/?p=12890 Here is our selection of holiday cards this year! These will compliment any session from your holiday mini session to something you may have done with me earlier in the year. Pricing for holiday cards; First set of 25 cards is $95 Each additional set is $55 Orders must be placed by November 24th, pick ...

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Here is our selection of holiday cards this year! These will compliment any session from your holiday mini session to something you may have done with me earlier in the year.

Pricing for holiday cards;
First set of 25 cards is $95
Each additional set is $55

Orders must be placed by November 24th, pick up is standard but delivery is an option for $20.

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Brooke + Neil: Muskoka Wedding https://www.aliciathurston.com/blog/weddings-2/brooke-neil-muskoka-wedding/ Mon, 02 Oct 2017 14:51:47 +0000 https://www.aliciathurston.com/?p=12808 Brooke and Neil’s Muskoka Wedding did not disappoint. I’ve been excited about this one all year, a wedding on the water is about as close to perfect as I can dream up. I was also fortunate enough to get to stay at the resort for the night with my hubby and kids, if you follow ...

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Brooke and Neil’s Muskoka Wedding did not disappoint. I’ve been excited about this one all year, a wedding on the water is about as close to perfect as I can dream up. I was also fortunate enough to get to stay at the resort for the night with my hubby and kids, if you follow along on instastories you may have caught some of the shenanigans and canoeing on Lake Rosseau. When I finished capturing their wedding on Saturday night, I came straight back to my room to tell my husband all about the highlights, there were so many! The first thing I said was that this wedding is why I love what I do. Brooke and Neil are such a wonderful couple, they are so generous and caring, relaxed and fun to be around. Their group of friends and their family were equally so, the entire day was such a joy. With exceptional weather, the Clevelands House was a gorgeous setting for such a beautiful couple.
Plus, who doesn’t love caramel apples as a favour, yes please! And the DJ twist, can’t forget that, I sat with Jason and chatted about Muskoka weddings, all the while completely unaware that he would break out with awesome vocal talent later that night.
This one won’t be forgotten. Many warm wishes to Brooke and Neil as they relax on their honeymoon in cottage country this weekend. Thank you so much for asking me to be a part of your day, it was a true pleasure!

Vendor Love:

Venue – Clevelands House
Florist – Seasons in the Country
DJ – Muskoka Touring Company/ Jason Stanton
MUA and Hair – Covet & Co
Cake – Sweet Confections

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Analia + Pawel: Niagara on the Lake Wedding https://www.aliciathurston.com/blog/weddings-2/analia-pawel-niagara-lake-wedding/ Wed, 27 Sep 2017 17:42:21 +0000 https://www.aliciathurston.com/?p=12786 The sun was rising as I drove out to Niagara on the Lake for Analia and Pawel’s wedding. They opted for a sweet and simple, family only, Thursday morning ceremony and brunch. It was perfection just like the sunrise that morning. Hot maybe, but gorgeous nonetheless, who knew September would bring the hottest temps of ...

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The sun was rising as I drove out to Niagara on the Lake for Analia and Pawel’s wedding. They opted for a sweet and simple, family only, Thursday morning ceremony and brunch. It was perfection just like the sunrise that morning. Hot maybe, but gorgeous nonetheless, who knew September would bring the hottest temps of the year. Analia and Pawel wanted love to be the most important part of their wedding day, the rest just fell into place. Here’s a little peek. Congrats you two, I hope your honeymoon is filled with happiness, relaxation and fun!

Venue: Oban Inn Spa

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Holiday Minis : 2017 Studio Sessions https://www.aliciathurston.com/blog/family-2/holiday-minis-2017-studio-sessions/ Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:57:05 +0000 https://www.aliciathurston.com/?p=12761 Holiday sessions are here and I’m keeping summer alive with a Tropical themed Christmas set in the studio. I was Miami inspired and in light of the current state of Florida, Saint Martin, Barbuda, Texas and so many other places affected by the recent hurricanes, for EVERY holiday session booked, I will be making a ...

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Holiday sessions are here and I’m keeping summer alive with a Tropical themed Christmas set in the studio. I was Miami inspired and in light of the current state of Florida, Saint Martin, Barbuda, Texas and so many other places affected by the recent hurricanes, for EVERY holiday session booked, I will be making a $20 donation to Red Cross to help with hurricane relief.
October and November dates are available and limited.

October 21st – 5 spots available
October 28th – 10 spots available
November 4th – 8 spots available

Email now to book your spot ~ [email protected]
Availability is on a first come basis. Full payment is due upon booking so that we can get the donations to red cross as soon as possible.

Mini sessions include:
25-30 minute session in studio, located near Kingston Road and Victoria Park in Toronto
10 high res images available via digital download
$20 donation made to Red Cross for hurricane relief

Session fee is $195+tx

see add-ons below;

Holiday Cards ~ $95/ 1st set of 25, $55/ each additional set of 25

3×3 Mini Accordion books ~ $125/ set of 3

SPECIAL HOLIDAY OFFER: 6×6 Album with additional images included from the session ~ $295

Take it Outside, if you would like to take part in the Holiday mini’s but would prefer to find an outdoor location, that is always an option based on availability. Additional fee applies, basic props may be included ~ $100

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