Date archive: August 2014


{Ashley & James’ Wedding}

We at Machado Photography get to see all of the new wedding trends every year: décor, food, fashion, flowers….all of the nifty ideas that people are coming up with each wedding season. We’ve noticed a few interesting and lovely trends repeating themselves.
Firstly, weddings don’t have to be on a Saturday!
Machado Photography has shot two Sunday weddings this month. Summer is jam packed with things to do, it feels like everyone’s Saturdays are booked up from May through September, so why not make things simpler by not competing for those filled up days? Increasingly popular, the Sunday or Friday wedding often means that more of the guests can attend; the ceremony sites and reception halls are more readily available (and usually less expensive to use); officiants, photographers, florists, caterers and deejays are less likely to be booked up….it just makes good sense! Who says that weddings have to be on a Saturday?
Secondly, intimate, personal gatherings are gaining in popularity.
Don’t get me wrong, Machado Photography loves a nice big rowdy party (!) but there’s a lot of beauty and joy in having a small group of the closest family and friends to share one of the biggest days of a couple’s life together. Plus, the bride and groom might find it much easier to plan for a smaller gathering!
Ashley and James were on board with both of these awesome trends and Machado Photography was there! They planned a beautiful ceremony at the Homer Watson House & Gallery in Kitchener. The historical home and haven for artists is a perfect setting for an intimate  wedding, with a flourishing garden and the unique architecture.
With less than 50 guests (including Ashley and James and their 2 sons!), every moment was very personalized and cozy, from getting ready at Ashley’s parents’ to the ceremony itself to organizing group photos with every single guest and the dinner reception in a private room at the Charcoal. It was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday! And I could definitely tell that Ashley and James weren’t experiencing the stress levels that some couples have to deal with on their wedding day.
So I learned that it’s a fantastic idea to think outside the box for a celebration! There’s no definitive way to do things, do what works for you! If you have your heart set on a venue and it’s not available when you want to get married, just switch to a Sunday or Friday… It’s your day, your way!
Congratulations, Ashley & James, on the many, many years of happiness your family has ahead!
And thank you to Ashley’s mom, who admired my photography when she was processing it and recommended me to the happy couple!Smiling face with smiling eyes


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Published on:
August 26, 2014 2:18 am

{ The Gandhi Family}

Machado Photography has been lucky to be a part of the very exciting wait for the arrival of baby Kavya!
Denise and Nirav first contacted Machado Photography after seeing some photos of our work with Bre Creative ( ) that involved maternity belly painting. They were very interested in incorporating the painted art into their photo session.


We started with beautiful, traditional portraits at the studio; isn’t that a perfect baby belly? Smiling face with smiling eyes
Bre then got to work with her painting talents and I documented the creation of the lovely resulting artwork on Denise’s baby bump! Once the artwork was completed, we decided to go outside to enjoy the sunshine and capture more wonderful images.


After receiving their proofs from the session, Denise and Nirav were over the moon with the results so we started making plans for our session when Kavya made her arrival. While I was at their home discussing plans, I quickly realized that their own home would make a fantastic setting for the pictures; their house is a very “studio-like” space that lends itself to photos, and the nursery is gorgeous!


Eight days after Kavya’s arrival, we had our next session. What an amazingly serene baby! She was calm and content throughout the shoot, including outfit changes, which is usually enough to make any baby restless. I was prepared with a little trick up my sleeve to lull her back to sleep when she looked like she was waking up; the trick worked well enough that Denise mentioned to me that she uses it herself now! Maybe if you stay tuned, I’ll reveal my trick in a later blog…but for now, it’s my little secret!


And then we had a THIRD session! What a wonderful idea to have photos done when family arrives from across the country to meet baby for the first time! For this shoot, my assistant AnnaMarie joined me; she’s very detail oriented, which is important for making certain that everything from clothing to hair to jewelry are just so.


The family made us feel so welcome! They were so accommodating when I made suggestions, they were wonderful to photograph. I’m sure part of that was that everyone was so happy to be together for such a wonderful life event!


Congratulations to Denise and Nirav! Kavya is beautiful!!! What a wonderful addition to their family:)


Published on:
August 19, 2014 3:45 pm

{Michael & Donna’s Wedding}

I think I can sum up the Sunday wedding of Michael & Donna in one word:
Now I’ll use a whole bunch more words to tell you why it was memorable!


I barely know where to start! This wedding had no limits when it came to creativity! My partner-assistant Mike works for the groom, Michael, at Vidyard and since I went to high school with Michael, I thought that I had an idea of what to expect….but as they say, “Expect the unexpected!”


While I documented the lovely ladies getting ready at Michael & Donna’s beautiful abode on the edge of Victoria Park, Mike joined the fellows down the block at the groom’s brother Steve’s place to capture images as they sipped their beer and tied their jaunty bowties. When everyone was set, Michael returned so that he and Donna could have their “first look” on the front porch of their very own home and enjoy a champagne toast to celebrate the wonderful day ahead.


Now, being that bride and groom live on the shores of one side of Victoria Park Lake and the ceremony & reception were to take place on another shore of the lake, it just seemed logical that they should arrive by canoe! I am still amazed at the elegance and grace that Donna obviously possesses to be able to maneuver her way into and also out of a canoe while wearing a Grecian gown and 5 inch heels! I am thoroughly impressed! A nice touch was Blake (the videographer), installed a GoPro in the canoe so that they would have a video of their last moments of alone-time before the ceremony.


The day continued with more and more interesting and personal touches; every aspect of the wedding was connected to someone important in the lives of the couple.


The officiant (who was also a groomsman) for the ceremony was Devon, a partner at Vidyard. The flowers were done by Donna’s sister-in-law Xiaopu with the help of Michael’s mom. The DJ was Joe, who works at Vidyard. Steve’s dog wore full wedding regalia. The reception was catered by Marisol, the Kitchener restaurant where Michael and Donna had their first date. There were drones flying around overhead taking both photos and videos of the event from a unique perspective.


There was a magician named Wilbur who, among other tricks, made Donna a balloon sculpture puppy (Donna would love to have a real puppy!), popped it right before our eyes, then made it magically reappear! There was a jumpy castle at the reception, which I think the groomsmen enjoyed even more than the kids! The groomsmen also garnered a lot of attention with their pre-reception change-of-attire; check out the pictures and you’ll see what I mean!


All of the action sure kept Machado Photography busy behind the cameras, making sure that we didn’t miss a single thing! Memorable is definitely the word that I would use to describe the amazing celebration that Donna & Michael created to kick off the start of what will be a long, happy, love-filled life together! Congratulations!



Published on:
August 14, 2014 7:11 pm

{Cara & Mike’s Engagement Shoot}

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
― Robert A. Heinlein


I’ve mentioned this before, but I think it should be repeated:
When you’re looking for the location for your photos, whether it’s family pictures, engagement pictures, wedding photos…choose a location with OPTIONS!


If you’ve been following the Machado Photography blog, you’ve noticed that we do quite a few shoots at Waterloo Park. That’s because it’s a FANTASTIC location choice! There are so many diverse areas within Waterloo Park that one session can look like it took place all over the city! Cara & Mike’s engagement shoot is a perfect example of what I mean.


Cara & Mike came up with the creative idea to take photos of themselves with all 16  table numbers that they’ll use as part of the center pieces at their wedding next summer. They really wanted all the photos to be different. Using just Waterloo Park, we accomplished their mission!


At each location, you can see the chalkboard with Mike’s stylishly handwritten numbers (his handwriting is so good that I might have to concede that it’s better than mine!). Their settings include small waterfalls, the balcony of the Grist Mill, a dock, the pebbled trails, the garden area’s stone arbour, wooded areas, a stone wall in front of a lovely house, the old wooden school house, railroad tracks, a bridge, a picnic area and the boardwalk around the lake. How many locations have that many options within a few acres?


Even if we don’t consider that Cara & Mike wanted a variety for their table numbers, look at the amazing diversity of their engagement photos! This couple didn’t need much direction from me to achieve the unity that they show; they worked together exceptionally well! They were so aware of each other and what they were doing that I just let them pose naturally!


Looking forward to working with Cara & Mike at their wedding next summer; we’ll have some gorgeous photos to show you for that blog too!
Published on:
August 13, 2014 2:25 am
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