Date archive: October 2013
Remember Val, Curtis and baby Ben from my blog about babies? They’re back!
When Shannon & Jeff got married, Shannon gave her bridesmaids the gift of memories…each received a Machado Photography Gift Certificate; a great gift idea that I never even thought of!
So arrangements were made for a family shoot at Woodside Historical Site, on what turned out to be an overcast autumn morning. Fortunatly, an overcast sky without any rain is perfect for an outdoor photo shoot; no squinting! And the bright, colourful leaves that carpeted the ground more than made up for the lack of brightness from the sun!
Woodside is a lovely location for a shoot; from the beautiful trees to the Victorian home of William Lyon MacKenzie King, it offers a multitude of background options.
Baby Ben was once again a joy to shoot; look at those amazing facial expressions! He’s adorable!
How can a family photo shoot be complete unless we include the family pet? Joey was included this time and good thing; not long into the session, Joey perked right up and drew our attention to someone sneaking up behind me…a friendly and very curious raccoon! The little critter waddled towards us, completely unconcerned by our presence, just wondering what we were up to! He hung around long enough for me to take his picture and then he ambled off on his merry way!
As much as I love animals and encourage folks to let their pets be part of the photo shoot, I have to admit that dogs are much easier to work with than cats. In all fairness, we tried to bring the feline family member into some pictures, but even a professional photographer like me can’t make a cat smile if she doesn’t want to!
Our timing was impeccable that morning; just as we finished the session, the skies let loose a downpour! Once again, mother nature was on my side for an outdoor shoot!
A rainy afternoon was a perfect excuse for me to hunker down in front of the computer and get editing; by working hard Saturday and most of Sunday, I managed to get through the editing of over 540 images for Val, Curtis and Ben. I know that people are anxious to see results, so I’m always happy that I can get to the perfect final products in record time, without sacrificing any of the creativity or quality of my work. And the fact that I do all of my own editing always means that the images are to my exacting standards, and all Machado Photography clients are thrilled when they get their finished portraits.
“Cake is happiness! If you know the way of the cake, you know the way of happiness! If you have a cake in front of you, you should not look any further for joy!”
― C. JoyBell C.
With a photo shoot titled “Cake SMASH”, you just know this is going to be good!
Tiffany & Richard wanted to do a photo session to commemorate the grand occasion of their son Tyler’s first birthday…and it was an absolute blast!
When Becky and I showed up at the home of Tiffany’s folks, Linda and Brian, we were prepared to take some fun backyard photos. We found a yard as impressive as…if not more impressive than…any professionally manicured park! Surrounded by gorgeous flowers, perched on the quaint little bridge, posed next to the lovely water feature…so many perfect settings!
We spent the first part of the shoot taking some wonderful family portraits, candid and traditional, as well as some of Tyler all by himself…just like a big boy!
Then came the moment everyone was waiting for! We set Tyler up with his very own little picnic table, served up that delicious cake and set him loose to do his worst! A few fistfuls of frosting, a few mouthfuls of deliciousness…the camera captured it all! It wasn’t long before Tiffany & Richard decided to get in on the fun, and the cake really started flying!
It was easy to get the fantastic action shots I needed, and we were set to call it a day. Then Becky had the wonderful idea to encourage Tyler to give his favourite photographer a great big messy, cake-and-frosting covered hug!
All’s well that ends well! I can’t wait to do more of these “Cake Smash” shoots; they’re very memorable (and sticky!!!). Whatever it takes to get the best shots, I’m up for the challenge!
In September 2012, Machado Photography had a wonderful engagement shoot with Edina & Adorian. Lots of giggling behind the scenes, but we got beautiful and romantic pictures on location at Pioneer Tower in Deer Ridge. I always love doing the engagement shoots because it helps me get to know the bride and groom-to-be, I learn what makes them comfortable, I can see what angles work best for them and test the waters of how the wedding day shoot will go!
Finally the wedding day arrived and everyone was well prepared!
My assistant Becky headed off to photograph Adorian and the fellows and I met Edina and the ladies at the hotel where the hair & makeup team was assembled to get them prepared. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: I love the images that come from the pre-ceremony getting ready! Edina gave the ladies matching satin purple (wedding theme colour, of course!) robes which made for fun pictures! And there’s something stunning about a beautiful lady with her hair up in curlers, too! The flower girl, Milla, was wonderfully patient through the whole process, right up until she fell asleep in the limo on the way to the ceremony!
The ceremony was at the elaborate St. Agatha Church where a balcony made a perfect vantage point for some amazing photo opportunities.
After the touching ceremony, the bridal party traveled to Rockway, where the manicured gardens, fountains and ponds made a gorgeous backdrop for the gorgeous people we were photographing! With such a big group, it was a lot of fun to mix up the dynamics. There are beautiful shots of the whole crew, fun shots of the Edina with all of the boys, of Adorian with all of the ladies and of course, some ethereal portraits of Edina & Adorian, who eclipsed the loveliness of the gardens!
“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.”
― Alfred Tennyson
While I was organizing the bridal party aspect of the photoshoot, Becky noticed little Milla was having a field day playing in the water! Becky took some fantastic pictures of Milla getting soaked and ripping her lovely dress; kids will be kids! That’s a great reason to have two photographers; while one is focusing on getting the “serious” pictures, the other is capturing the behind-the-scenes moments that the Bride & Groom are missing out on so that they can see them all later!
When we finished up photos at the park, it was time to head to the party! The reception was held at St. George Banquet Hall. There were speeches from family and friends, a delicious meal, a kissing trivia game and a slide show of Edina & Adorian. They had their first dance (another favourite photography moment!) to Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers.
The evening ended with the Bride & Groom’s last dance to a Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World medley. A perfect way to end a perfect day.
And after the guests have left the reception and the Bride and Groom finally get to relax and breathe at the end of a busy and eventful day, I head home for a couple of hours of rest before I start the next phase of my job as photographer!
You are the…
Twinkle in my eye
Star in my sky
Beat to my heart
Mate to my soul
Skip in my step
Smile on my face
Bee to my honey
Song in my heart
Love of my life
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it a million times more: I am always so impressed by what the brides’ and grooms’ imaginations come up with for their big day! All these personal little details make my job pretty interesting, because it’s like playing “I Spy” all day! I get to find all of these neat things and take pictures of all of them!
Rob & Gela’s September nuptials is a prime example of amazing detail and adding tons of personal touches to their day. The general theme made me think of what it would look like if Tiffany’s decorated a gorgeous log cabin! Rob & Gela managed to mix the styles and make it work; branches covered in sparkles; silver and gold and stone and wood; burlap and lace; seashells and feathers; chandelier and fireplace; burlap and lace. These things seem like opposites but they were mixed in such a way that the effect was perfect.
I enjoyed finding these bits and pieces, as they made for some wonderful still life photography. Canoe paddles for the guests to sign. Little muskoka chairs. Framed photos of their families throughout the venue, including on the head table and on the mantle. Bucket of “dancing shoes”. Candles placed in mason jars, in metal lanterns with lacy bows and in other assorted holders. Elegant pillows. Bejewelled tissue boxes in the restrooms. Even a wedding cake that looked like a birch log with their initials carved in the side and the groom “fishing” for the bride!
Another interesting thing that they had was a list of photos that they wanted guests to try and capture for them. Perhaps they thought that it would take the pressure off of their professional photographers but I looked at that as a challenge! I managed to get most of the pictures on their “wish list”, but one or two eluded me! What a fun idea! As you can see from my picture of the “paparazzi” guests, everyone else was trying too!
And when the guests weren’t taking pictures, they were posing for them! There was a very busy photobooth set up for the reception and everyone took full advantage of the opportunity to play dress up. What a laugh riot! A photobooth is a must have!
Thank you so much to Gela and Rob for inviting Machado Photography to commemorate your very special day! Congratulations!