Believe it or not, I was shooting a wedding this fall and I barely survived a zombie apocalypse!
OK, maybe “apocalypse” is too strong a phrase…it was more like a zombie invasion.
Well, not an “invasion” exactly. It was more like I survived being at Becky and Dave’s Halloween themed wedding and having zombies serve me drinks and dinner….but it felt pretty perilous!!!
You may recognize Becky as one of my intrepid assistants; naturally, Machado Photography was there for her & Dave’s big day. And what a wild day! Becky and Dave pulled out all of the stops to make their dream wedding come true!
It was a photographer’s dream too! There was just so much for me to point my camera at! Aside from the amazing bride & groom, there were guests in costumes, elaborate peacock feathers, men in kilts, a cemetery photo setting, vibrant autumn leaves, disembodied hands, skeletons, witches, vintage movie posters, costume contest, riverfront photos….And if that weren’t enough to keep me busy, there was a Halloween photo booth set up, waiters made up as zombies and a million other little details to focus my lens on!
In spite of (or because of!?!) the whole zombie apocalypse thing, everyone had an unforgettable day, and no doubt this wedding will be a stand-out memory for all of the guests, Machado Photography, and, of course, Dave & Becky.
Congratulations and all the best for a lifetime of happiness together, Mr. & Mrs. Ramshaw!
Here’s a Photographer’s tip:
Did you notice how many different settings were used for Becky & Dave’s photos? It’s a great idea to look around your wedding & reception venues before the big day so that you can pick out the scenery you’d like to have in the background to set the mood for your pictures. We are going to take a lot (A LOT!!!) of pictures on your wedding day, and you don’t want them to all look too similar! Unless I’ve been to your venue before, I don’t know that there’s a really unusual tree behind the church or that there’s a bench in a park across the street that you like unless you tell me! Something as innocent looking as a fence can provide an interesting backdrop (as you can see!), as can a brick wall, a sign, a church window, some steps….and don’t forget inside options too! Is there something inside the reception venue that you think is unique? I can happily work it into some photos! I am full of ideas, but so are you! There is no right or wrong!
“There is no experience like having children.’ That’s all. There is no substitute for it… If you want the experience of having complete responsibility for another human being, and to learn how to love and bond in the deepest way, then you should have children.”
― Mitch Albom,
My first time working with Ellen was when she contacted me to do some product shots for her business after seeing some of my work. The product shots turned out excellently, so she asked me to do a family shoot for her; Machado Photography was pleased to oblige!
We decided on the lovely Rockway Gardens as the setting, and it the overcast skies were just what a photographer hopes for to get the best shots (no squinting, no harsh reflections) of their models!
The family was full of great ideas that they wanted to incorporate into the shoot, including rows of their bare toes, a lot of natural and candid shots and making sure that we got lots of photos with specific trees. It turns out that the family has a special connection to Rockway Gardens, Ellen’s papa planted some of the trees there. It was really sentimental to see the family at the same trees generations later!
These photos actually help illustrate a great point; don’t underestimate the power of a simple prop like a chalk board or handwritten sign. It helps the viewer to see what may not be readily apparent just from looking at the photo itself. People looking at these photos may not recognize the significance of the trees without a little visual aid! Signs also come in handy for save-the-date photos, birth announcement portraits, Christmas photos, wedding thank you cards…why not use a “Happy __ Birthday” sign or a “___ Anniversary” chalkboard at your significant event?
Back to my subject matter! The photo shoot went off without a hitch and we ended up with tons of amazing pictures of this wonderful family! Thank you to Ellen and Tyrone and their awesome kids!
“There are lives I can imagine without children but none of them have the same laughter & noise.”
Machado Photography has spent a lot of time documenting the lives of this extended family! I used to work with Melissa’s Aunt Brenda, and as a result, I’ve been there to capture Klooster Family reunions, to photograph weddings, to take baby pictures….I’m pretty sure that I’m an honorary family member!
I really enjoyed working with Melissa, David and Sebastian when I was photographing a “Baby’s First Year” calendar of Sebastian, so I was excited to get them back in front of the camera, outside of the studio. We booked it for a beautiful fall day at St Jacob’s Millrace, and par for the course, the weather co-operated perfectly!
Strolling through the lovely wooded trails with the changing leaves, perching on fallen trees, allowing Sebastian to investigate his surroundings (including those fascinating pinecones!); it all makes for fun and candid photos.
Hopefully we can make this an annual photo shoot. It would be really interesting to go back to the same bridge, the same pathway year after year, using similar poses from some of our favourite pictures so that we can document both the changing family and the changing surroundings. It’s never too soon to plan ahead!
Here are some of Sebastian’s First Year Photos:)
Strolling through the lovely wooded trails!