Date archive: October 2014
“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”
– Angela Schwindt
Since Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on everything that we’re thankful for in life, I decided it was an appropriate time to blog about Family. Most people are thankful for their families, for the love and support and strength that they give to one another. We wouldn’t be who we are without our family.
A few weeks ago I spent an afternoon with the wonderful Kuntz family taking family portraits. Machado Photography had a great time working with Paul (the Dad) and Pat (the Mom) and their adult “kids”, Connor (and his girlfriend Tasha), Adam (and his girlfriend Angela, who happens to be my cousin!) and Sarah (and her boyfriend Ashton and their awesome dog Hurley). Angela had bought the family a portrait gift certificate for Christmas. (Yes, Machado Photography has gift certificates!*)
Pat pled a convincing case for Rockway Gardens to be the location for the shoot, and it was a fantastic decision. The grounds are always beautifully maintained and there’s an abundant variety of settings throughout the park. At first we had considered meeting for 2pm, but when I saw the forecast for a bright, warm, sunshine-y day, I convinced them to make it for 4pm when the lighting would be perfect. You can see from the resulting pictures that I was right!**
It was a real collaboration, with ideas for photos being suggested by everyone. We did some traditional group photos and lots of couples pictures, we did some fun pictures and some serious photos too; the great thing about a photo shoot like this is that everyone ends up with photos that they love and they can pick and choose their favourites. I liked the trust test when Connor and Adam picked up Sarah…and managed to avoid the temptation to drop her!
It was a pleasant day in the park, spent with a delightful family!
*Machado Photography has certificates for any occasion; popular gifts include family portraits, pregnancy sessions, baby’s first photos, Christmas portraits and engagement sessions. Photo shoots can be booked for in-studio or on location, at the convenience of the receiver.
**I just have to mention this: I noticed several other photo shoots happening around the park when we were there, including a wedding and other family portraits. I requested that the Kuntz family have their session for 4pm as years of experience has taught me that late afternoon sun makes for beautiful photos. It was interesting to see several of the other photographers using supplemental lighting for their pictures; why mess with a good thing? As you can see from the Kuntz’s portraits, the natural lighting was exquisite! Why mess with perfection by using artificial light? Not to brag, but a good photographer knows their camera like it’s their extra set of eyes, knows what it’s capable of, knows how to use what’s available to create a beautiful, natural photo. It makes me a little sad to see wonderful opportunities for photography missed.