Date archive: June 2016
Engagement marks the end of a whirlwind romance and beginning of an eternal love story.
In my work as a photographer, I’ve crossed paths with Melissa & Andrea a few times over the years; she is a brilliant make-up artist, he is a highly skilled hair stylist & salon owner. Several of the brides that I’ve photographed have been beautified by one or the other (or both) of this talented couple!
And now they’re getting married! Before the big day comes around, we set out to capture some amazing engagement shots of the happy couple. We started out in their very own backyard; some of the best pictures I take are in surroundings that mean something to my clients. Melissa & Andrea have a great yard… a cool cedar hedge and a nifty gate, it’d be a shame not to use them as back drops! There’s always an added bonus of using a client’s own yard too…no strangers around watching, making anyone self-conscious! Sometimes it can be hard to get a natural, relaxed fun shot when the location is crowded. (Luckily Andrea & Melissa were comfortable in front of the camera, so there were no worries when we eventually left their yard and headed for public spaces!)
Another bonus of being in their yard…their sweet little Pomeranian pup, Preshy, (short for Precious) was able to take part in some of the photo shoot! What an adorable little ball of fur!
Since Melissa & Andrea wanted most of their pictures to have an Urban esthetic, we headed over to the Tannery on Charles Street, which is a refurbished factory, now home to restaurants and offices. A friend of theirs was able to pull some strings to allow us to use the inside of the building. I’ve never shot there before and was so impressed with the setting. There are so many architectural details; the original distressed brickwork, the unique stairs, the gorgeous pendant lights…backgrounds that provided tonnes of interest to the photos but subtle enough that Melissa & Andrea still stole the show!
Looking forward to their September wedding….can’t wait to work with them again!
May you touch dragonflies and stars, dance with fairies and talk to the moon. May you grow up with gracious hearts and people who care. Welcome to the world, little one….it’s been waiting for you.
I love that my “clients” become friends; to be able to be part of the monumental moments of their lives over the span of years is an amazing thing! Sara & Brad are one of those couples.
You may remember Sara & Brad from their wonderful engagement (http://www.machadophotography.com/2014/06/sara-brads-engagement-shoot/ ) & wedding photos
( http://www.machadophotography.com/2014/09/sara-brads-wedding/ ) a couple of years ago… horses, jumping on beds and the butterfly conservatory….definitely very memorable days! Well, they recently got in touch with me again with some exciting news: they invited Machado Photography to come to their lovely home and meet their newest addition…Baby Gwen!
What a sweet little girl! It was so easy to capture dozens and dozens of beautiful pictures of this smiling, happy baby! It’s hard to say whether she’s taking after her mom or dad so far; she really is a perfect combination of both of them!
We took many of the pictures in Gwen’s nursery; surrounded by so many toy horses, she’s certain to be a future equestrian, I have no doubt! I’m sure that she’s already been out to meet her mom’s favourite horse Mick! And she already has a great little library started too, lucky girl!
We also decided that it was important to capture some bonding moments between Mother & Daughter; Sara feeding Gwen, holding her safe in her arms, letting baby know she’s protected as she adjusts to the great big new world. These are the moments that go by too quickly and having these photos will be an important memory.
Congratulations to Sara & Brad on their growing family!
I hope that babyhood is filled with lots of fun, love and cuddles.
Victoria Park in Kitchener is always a great place for a photo shoot, but this month it has some extra exciting features, thanks to CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener & Area)!
I didn’t know that the art festival (which only takes place every 2 years) had begun and I don’t think that the bride-&-groom-to-be, Nicola & Aaron, knew either! What a fantastic bonus! We were able to use these fun & funky, incredibly creative art exhibits for some of their engagement shoot, which means that their pictures will be extra unique and one-of-a-kind.
I’ve known Nicola for over 6 years, ever since we worked in the same building in Uptown Waterloo. We’ve always gotten along great, she’s such a fun person! I’m so happy that I get to be part of Nicola & Aaron’s exciting day…but the wedding day is still a few weeks away, so in the meantime, we’ll just have to tease everyone with a sneak peek of the engagement shoot!
It’s really interesting that even though these pictures were taken with intriguing “props” in a beautiful park setting, the happy couple still manages to outshine their surroundings! We had so much fun and a lot of laughs throughout the shoot; it was easy to get natural, great pictures.
Machado Photography can’t wait to share in your upcoming wedding, Nicola & Aaron!
Machado Photography just experienced a very exciting first….I was honoured to be invited to photograph a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.
Several years ago when I worked a part-time job at a shop called FAB, I met a lady named Alysse. We had a great chat about my photography, and she remembered me when it came time for her family to celebrate her son Zachary’s momentous occasion. I had never been to a Bar Mitzvah, so I decided to learn about what it is before I headed to Temple Shalom at the University of Waterloo for the big day!
I knew that it is a Jewish coming-of-age ceremony, and that it is a very important milestone in a young man’s life, but I wasn’t completely sure of what a Bar Mitzvah signifies and what would take place at the ceremony. (I know that there’s a different ceremony for girls called a Bat Mitzvah, but since this is about Zachary’s big day, I’ll focus on what I learned about Bar Mitzvah!)
In the Jewish faith and culture, boys become Bar Mitzvah when they turn 13 years old; they are considered to be adults. The ceremony acknowledges that, among other things, he is now responsible for his own actions, must follow the commandments and can take part in leading services.
Zachary had a lot of work to do in the months before the ceremony. He studied the 613 mitzvahs of the Torah (the Temple’s Torah is the beautiful, elaborate scroll that you see in many of the pictures), studying the fundamentals of Judaism, including the laws regulating daily life, he learned traditional readings and chanting the Haftarah. It took months of hard work to prepare.
A Bar Mitzvah ceremony takes place as part of the prayer service, and marks the first time Zachary was called up to participate in the readings. He made his family and friends proud at his ceremony and did so well with his readings and speech. There were blessings from the rabbi and lovely words from Zachary’s family.
After Zachary’s reading, the members of the congregation followed the tradition of showering him with candy, symbolizing the beginning of a sweet life. The kids in attendance made sure that no one tripped over any stray candy by picking up every last one!
After the ceremony there were more celebrations, including a slide show of family pictures, wonderful food and much laughter and happiness.
I met so many wonderful people at the ceremony and captured a lot of proud smiles on camera.
I was so honoured to be part of this amazing day and important milestone.
Mazel Tov, Zachary….the best is yet to come!