Mary & David’s Engagement Session: “Forest in the City” by Adam Biesenthal

When Mother Nature blesses Toronto with an unseasonably warm start to the autumn season, we couldn’t think of a better way to spend the day than taking pictures with this lovely couple on their engagement photo shoot. We love outdoor locations and Bercy (Wycliffe) Park in Thornhill was the ideal setting!


This big city couple are busy professionals who knew they wanted a fun session that captured their playful and romantic vibe. And they weren’t about to let the 30+ degree temperatures prevent them from sneaking in kisses between shots. Ya, we saw you smooching!

Being outside and surrounded by nature was a great way to balance their glamorous personalities and style (I mean hey, they were wearing his and hers a forest!) with the natural rustic backdrop of the lush Toronto hiking trail. Their adorable furry four legged co-star, Duke also enjoyed his time alfresco. Well, that is until he saw a curious family of raccoons lurking in the bushes! But really, it wouldn’t be an outdoor session in Toronto without the city’s unofficial mascot making an appearance now would it?

This location really did provide countless options of picturesque inspiration and composition settings. The favourite for all was probably the babbling streams nestled behind the tall mature trees. It not only created a beautiful ambiance for this Bride and Groom to be, it also gave us all a nice reprieve from the the late afternoon sun.

Engagements sessions are truly personal and allow each happy couple to be their authentic selves while having fun as we compose the perfect shot and snap away. This session was no exception. Mary and David are an extraordinary pair and the team at Adam Biesenthal Photography are blessed that we were given the opportunity to capture these heartwarming moments celebrating this amazing time in their lives.

5 Reasons You Need a Photographer at Your Next Event by Adam Biesenthal

Attention Toronto Event Planners!

Although corporate events tend to be less emotional than let’s say a wedding, the planning that goes into them is far more strategic and the importance of hosting them varies from employee engagement, client retention, revenue generation or even community involvement.  

Let’s take a moment and think about it...

You hire a skilled audio visual team to ensure the content specifically curated for the attendees runs smoothly. A professional speaker or even a celebrity is contacted to creatively and effectively deliver your company's message to employees or clients. The atmosphere for the evening gala is perfectly created by commissioning the best decor company to transform the space into something Instagram worthy.

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So why is it okay to say, “we will just have someone take pictures with their phone?

Here are 5 reasons you need a photographer at your next event:

YOU ARE A PRO: As an event professional in Toronto, you know the importance of hiring other professionals and experts to get the job done right. With a professional photographer, you are not just getting someone with a more expensive camera than your in-house volunteer, you are hiring someone who knows how to make you, the hosting executives, that guest speaker or that fabulous decor look amazing.

STOCK IMAGES ARE STALE:  We have all seen the same stock photo used to sell everything from hotel rooms to self help books. Wouldn’t you agree that it is better to personalize your company collateral or online articles and include real images from employee and client engagements?

SAY CHEESE: Having a professional photographer on site for a employee conference or experiential experience for clients allows for all those photos (including those great candid snaps of the attendees) to be properly edited quickly and available for a slideshow that runs during closing remarks or made into a digital photo gallery sent to client post event.  

EXPERIENCE & EQUIPMENT: A professional will bring with them multiple lenses to capture that perfect shot from all angles and in all kinds of light. Alternatively, your in house volunteer may unknowingly make themselves the centre of attention at the front of the room trying to get that required picture of the CEO making a big announcement.

KEEP THE CONVERSATION GOING: What better way to keep employees engaged and drive home a company message after a town hall or annual general meeting than having dynamic images to share on the company intranet or website. Or perhaps the conversation continues by having clients ‘Like’ and ‘Retweet’ highlights they see online from that amazing product launch they were invited to.

Whether you are planning a conference or gala dinner the team at Adam Biesenthal Photography would be honored to partner with you on your next Toronto event.

2017 Corporate Event Promotion by Adam Biesenthal

I'm very excited to announce a great way to kick off 2017 for all of my corporate clients!  Book 3 events with us in 2017, and you'll receive the 4th event free!*

Hurry, you must pre-book your 3 events before March 31st to qualify!

Hurry, you must pre-book your 3 events before March 31st to qualify!

Book your events today!


*Three qualify events must be pre-booked and deposits received prior to March 31, 2017.  The fourth free event must occur during the 2017 calendar year. The free event must be of equal or lesser value than the average event booking of the three pre-booked events.  

Brad - Corporate Headshot Session by Adam Biesenthal

In today's digital business landscape, the first step to putting your best foot forward when applying for a new job is with a professional image on your LinkedIn profile page.

Brad came over for a headshot session and we were ably to quickly hammer out some high quality, professional images which will help him stand above the competition!

Click here to book your headshot session today!

Joanne & Wayne - Maternity Session by Adam Biesenthal

In late June, I was honored when my friends Joanne and Wayne asked me to be their photographer and together we captured their beautiful maternity images. 

Year of the Monkey!

It was such an incredibly hot day that we had to reschedule last minute to later in the day in order to prevent any heat concerns for the mother-to-be (and father-to-be!). Even at nearly 7 pm it was nearly 30 degrees Celsius out!  

We met at the couples house, and proceeded to a nearby park to begin our session.  Despite the heat, it was a magical evening.  The sun was positively glowing in its golden hour and created an amazing light for us to work with. I loved the little monkey prop that we brought, to signify that their baby will be born during the year of the monkey.  I cannot wait to meet their little one for our newborn session once she arrives!

Father's Day Portrait Contest - You Could Win One Of Three Portrait Sessions! by Adam Biesenthal

This past Sunday was the first Father's Day since my Dad Kenny passed away. In truth it's been barely a month since I lost my father.  

I was a pretty cute kid...

There were some difficult moments yesterday: missing his voice; remembering all of the times we shared together while I was growing up, and thinking of all of the future moments that I won't be able to share with my Dad.  

While we were trying to put together a photo collage for my Father's celebration of life ceremony I was shocked and saddened with just how few pictures I have of me and my father together.  As a photographer, I've always regretted never asking my Dad to pose for a portrait, but now as a son I regret all of the pictures we never took together.  

In the spirit of Father's Day and in memory of my Dad, it warms my heart to announce my Father's Day Portrait Contest.  You can enter for a chance to win one of three free portrait session for all of the Dads out there!  

It doesn't matter if you're a Son or Daughter looking for more pictures with your Dad or if you're a Father looking to capture a moment with your kids that they will have forever, I want to help capture these memories for you.

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

I love you Dad.

When I See You Again by Adam Biesenthal

On Sunday, May 24th we said goodbye to an amazing man, my father Kenny.

While I usually keep things close to the chest, but when I saw this picture of my father with a camera it felt like a momentary reconnection, like looking through an old mirror.

I miss you more than words can say and look forward to when I will see you again.

I love you Dad.

Happy First Birthday to Hayley! by Adam Biesenthal

This weekend I had the pleasure of working with Matt and Tara to capture the first birthday of their daughter Hayley!  She is the cutest-smiliest-friendliest little baby girl who I have had the pleasure of photographing all the way from maternity, to their family's first summer together and up to her first birthday party. 

It has truly been a pleasure working with their beautiful family and I cannot wait to see them again!

BH Photo Video Offers FREE SHIPPING TO CANADA! by Adam Biesenthal

BH Photo Video is now offering FREE shipping to Canada on orders over $99!

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Welcome To The Adam Biesenthal Photography Blog! by Adam Biesenthal


Welcome to the Adam Biesenthal Photography blog!  My aim for this blog is to deliver regular posts which showcase some of my work, share relevant and interesting news stories from the world of photography and perhaps the occasional random thought of the day.

I am looking forward to sharing this journey with the world!