Machado Photography


Why Would Anyone Hire Machado Photography?

Here at Machado Photography we are extremely professional.  Sure, we love what we do and we have a fantastic time doing it, but even with all of the laughing and having fun, we are still true professionals.
 Showing up on time is key! We are ready to get to work, and we always bring our “A Game”. We always make 100% sure that we have the best shots that we can get, whether it’s a wedding, baby photos or editorial fashion shots.

Julie Neil -first person account of real honest-to-goodness events involving Tiffany Machado (owner of Machado Photography) on assignment!

I personally have witnessed Tiffany take a dozen pictures of a single bracelet for a magazine ad; she could see the slight differences between the angles and shadows that I didn’t notice until she pointed it out. She made sure that her client got the perfect ad shot!

I have seen Tiffany calm kids, make uncomfortable people comfortable in front of the camera, get a dog to “smile”, wrangle chicks and bunnies and climb a tree to get the perfect angle. I am so impressed by her dedication to her craft that I jumped at the chance to become the Social Media Rep for Machado Photography.


I know that every one on the Machado team is just as dedicated!

And their job isn’t over at the end of the session; Tiffany spends hours upon hours (often pulling all-nighters!) editing her sessions until the pictures meet her exceedingly high standards.

Machado Photography makes sure that their clients get the best memories possible.

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For example, you can hire a photographer that does only weddings to shoot your wedding. The problem with that is that they spend all of their time shooting the same types of pictures… all of the time; a lot of wedding photographers get “lazy”; all of the weddings they shoot look pretty much the same. It’s like they have a list of photos that they take…
-wedding dress laying on the bed…check
-bridesmaid doing up the bride’s dress…check
-bride standing with her family…check
-groom standing with his family…check
-bride with the groom & groomsmen…check
-groom with the bride & bridesmaids…check
-first dances…check
-wedding rings on a table in front of the bouquet…check

Look in someone’s wedding album; you’ll see all of those shots. Then look in someone else’s album. You’ll see pretty much the same shots with different people and different flowers.

 We have a huge range of creative projects on our resume. This range of work translates into a more creative session for your memories, and this doesn’t apply just to weddings, it applies to everything that we do.

Still using weddings as an example, have a look back at some of the weddings on this blog. Yes, the favourite styles of pictures that most brides & grooms want are there, but they’re DIFFERENT! The pictures aren’t just of the bridal party standing in front of a garden in a row. The pictures are creative by design!

Bridal party shots in a comic book store; genius.

Bridesmaids and flower girls sitting on a shelf at an outdoor café; cute!

Hanging around a vintage gas station; intriguing !

Bride and groom sharing a kiss while standing on a rock in the lake; gorgeous.

When you hire Machado Photography, whether it’s for your wedding or for baby photographs, for a photo for your business card or still life photography for your advertising, you are hiring a creative force that will bring a unique viewpoint to your images!
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 {One-Stop Photography}
Machado Photography is your One-Stop Photography Studio!
With our extensive resume of work, we can be your go-to photographer for literally everything!
Go back and look through this blog; you’ll see that I’m right….go ahead…I’ll be here when you get back!
There are beautiful engagement pictures, gorgeous wedding shoots, fun pet pics, tasteful maternity pictures,  adorable baby’s first year sessions, Easter studio sessions (with real live bunnies and chicks!), Christmas sessions with Santa, family reunions, birthdays, anniversary parties… Machado Photography can cover your entire lifetime of events and memories, beautifully and creatively.

Need a portrait for your business profile? We do that.

Want some pictures of your house, whether it’s to sell or for before & after renos? We do that.

Always dreamed of being a Retro Pin-up Girl? Got it covered.

Putting together an ad for your business and need some product shots? Can do, have done!

Are you a model who needs headshots or creative shots for their portfolio? Lots of experience there.

Hairdressers and/or make-up artists needing pictures of their work? Check.

Want photos of that vintage car that you spent years restoring? Yep.

 Portraits, still-life, nature shots, artistic…Machado Photography has the experience to do it all!

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Why should you choose Machado Photography?
Picture it: You are at your wedding reception, having a good time as you should be, dancing up a storm…and you feel a cool breeze on your back, a breeze that should be blocked by your beautiful silk (and very expensive) strapless wedding gown. What the heck? Your zipper has broken! Now what?
Hopefully, you have Machado photography on the job!


This exact scenario happened a few years ago at a wedding. The bride left the dance floor clutching the front of her dress to contain her modesty… no worries, we were following hot on her trail. In a few short minutes, quick-thinkers that we are, we came up with the solution. She went back to the party and found a bridesmaid who surrendered her white pashmina wrap. We fashioned the pashmina into a bandeau top and the bride was ready to hit the dance floor again! Disaster averted.
Here at Machado Photogrpahy we think quickly on our feet and we are willing to go above and beyond the call of duty!


We’ve mediated fights between a father and daughter at a wedding, climbed on the roof to get a great shot, dressed up in costumes, risked life and limb hiking through the woods in the rain to get to the perfect destination (and risked photography equipment at the same time!), we have climbed trees and walked through rivers to get the right angle.
If you come to Machado Photography with ideas, we will find a way to make it happen!
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August 27, 2013 4:34 pm

Becky & Dave’s Engagement Shoot

If you follow my blogs (and of course you do!) you’ll recognize my assistant Becky in these pictures. Becky and her fiancé Dave are set to tie the knot in the fall this year, and of course I’ll be the lucky photographer! But before the big day, we had an eventful engagement shoot to complete!

This was a double location engagement session. We had a beautiful day in Victoria Park, a lot of fun and non-stop laughter (as is always the case with Becky & Dave when we get together!) but Dave really had his heart set on going back to the place where he had proposed to get a few more shots.

Dave is a romantic at heart, and his proposal was no exception. He had carefully picked a meaningful location at Greenwood Conversation Area in Ajax, among the roots of a massive, ancient tree. The tree was his metaphor for their relationship; this very old and very special tree represented something that will last, something that’s stood the test of time and weathered the storms of life and stayed strong. Very clever and insightful and beautiful, isn’t it? I can’t blame him for wanted to go back to that exact spot for the photos.

It was a cold day in late October last year and it had been raining for two days. That meant that we had a  long, muddy hike into the woods to get to that tree that had such a personal connection for them. The conditions ended up working to our advantage; the pictures have a middle-earth, ancient quality about them with the overcast sky and lighting that suits the setting and atmosphere perfectly. And there’s something about an umbrella as a prop that works so well.

We were all cold and a bit soggy by the end; Dave slipped and fell twice and Becky did once, so I guess Karma got them back for dragging me out in the rain (just kidding), but at the end of the day it was a unique, gorgeous and meaningful spot, and the rainy day made for stunning pictures.













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August 13, 2013 2:40 pm

Michelle & Zolt’s Wedding Part 2

It was a day filled with laughter, beauty, suspense, mystery, tears of joy and tears of despair…intrigued yet? You should be!

Michelle & Zolt’s big day had all of the elements of a huge summer blockbuster! Part one of my blog (everyone getting ready, the suspenseful moment when Zolt saw Michelle as she dramatically descended the grand staircase) was just the beginning!

We had the pre-ceremony photo shoot at Timeless Café. The contrast of between the elegance & beauty of the bridal party against the rustic elements of the exterior of the café made for a stunning setting. And all of the kids lined up on the shelf…how cute is that! That’s a picture that we need to revisit in 15 years and shoot the same kids in the same poses! Wouldn’t that be great?

The ceremony took place on the patio at Golf’s Steakhouse, under the lovely willow trees and overlooking the Grand River. Remember those tears that I mentioned earlier? This is where they come in!

There was hardly a dry eye during the emotional ceremony; all tears of joy except for one fellow in great despair… Michelle & Zolt’s poor little guy Jackson! He practiced and practiced for his important role as ring bearer for his parents’ big event. He was so excited for the grand moment…and then the call of nature ruined everything! He was barely consolable after missing his part, but luckily the reception provided a perfect distraction. And it will make a heck of a great story that will embarrass him through his teenage years and beyond!

Zolt and Michelle wanted some extra laughter at the reception, so I provided a photo-booth setup with some hilarious props and all of the guests went wild! Who doesn’t love a good fake mustache? It’s a great alternative (or addition to) a traditional guest book. The guests wrote their messages to the happy couple on white boards, donned crazy/mysterious disguises and laughed uproariously! I love Michelle’s niece’s understated humour with her mustache and “I have a mustache” sign! Too cute!

It was, without a doubt, an amazing day!

I love my job!

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August 4, 2013 8:28 pm

Michelle & Zolt’s Wedding {Getting Ready}

There’s no way around it; most weddings require months of planning, a lot of organizing and an immense amount of work! My job is to capture the day so that the lucky couple can look back and remember how wonderful the end results were and hopefully forget the stress it took to get there!

The pictures that end up framed for display are touching moments that take place in a beautiful ceremony or the pictures taken of the couple (with or without their wedding party) in that block of time specifically set aside to let them play super model-center of the universe for my camera! Or sometimes it’s the image of their first dance or of everyone having an amazing time at the meticulously planned reception….but you know what I love? I love the chaos on the morning-of!

The mini-makeovers of the bride and her bridal party, the flower girls, the mother-of-the-bride as they get pampered; hair styled, make-up applied, girl talk, last minute jitters, the craziness of getting to the ceremony on time! And the guys have some great pre-wedding, photo-friendly rituals too! Sometimes it’s hanging out, just guy-talking, sometimes it’s a round of golf or a quick game of basketball or a big healthy breakfast to help them get through the busy day ahead! It’s a block of time that some couples don’t think needs to be documented, but I think that it’s a great chance to get some candid and wonderful shots!

Chaos was on the menu in the early morning hours of Michelle & Zolt’s wedding on July 13th 2013
While Zolt and his guys (including his & Michelle’s son Jackson) went off to Cora’s in Uptown Waterloo for a hardy breakfast, I accompanied Michelle and the girls to The Strand Salon, right across the parking lot in the Atrium, for their pampering session. While the stylists worked their magic making the beautiful people even more beautiful, I tried to stay out of the way while documenting everything.

I captured some very sweet and fun moments with the kids, including Michelle & Zolt’s adorable daughter Olivia. The kids had so much fun practicing doing everyone’s hair and getting their own hair done! I think that the excitement of the coming events added a glow and an extra sparkle in the eyes of everyone involved, especially Michelle! She was absolutely stunning, and the pictures I took during the getting-ready are definitely “frame-worthy!”

Michelle’s sister Cheri offered up her gorgeous home as the place for the girls to finish getting ready, and we have more amazing pictures from there, including some very glamorous shots of the bridal party.

When everyone was ready, Zolt arrived with the groomsmen at Cheri’s and all the girls walked down the curving stairway. First was Olivia, she was adorable when she saw Zolt she had said “Hi Daddy! I’m a princess”. He walked to the top of the stairs to get her. Michelle made her dramatic & grand reveal …it was just like the movies! Magical & timeless:) ….More of Michelle & Zolt’s wedding to be continued.

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July 18, 2013 10:39 pm

Best Friends!

“Goofy pictures and crazy times,

Sisters at heart and partners in crime…”

Sydnee and Annika have been friends for a very long time. They came to me looking for some fun and crazy photos so that some day they can reminisce and “remember when”…I think that mission is accomplished!
We had multiple costume changes, plus we mixed up the venues a little with some shots in studio and some in the urban alley-way behind my studio to make things more interesting. The definite high-point of this photo shoot was letting the girls get creative with paint. They painted themselves and each other with every colour of the rainbow, resulting in funny pics and impressive artistic pics.
Sydnee’s mom and sister stepped up for a few poses, so we had some more good laughs (in some of the pictures on the couch it’s hard to tell whose legs are whose!).
All in all, it was a laugh-filled day that they will definitely think back on fondly! I’m glad that I was able to be the one to help them capture their memories!

“A picture is worth a thousand words.
But a picture with your best friend is worth a thousand inside jokes.”

– Arnelle Baptista

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July 13, 2013 1:53 am

Rene & Tricia’s Wedding – May 11th 2013

I’ve photographed a lot of weddings and I’ve learned that it’s very important to HAVE FUN! It’s your chance to do what you want and to do it how you want to do it. Life’s too short to wonder what other people will think of how you choose to spend one of the most important days of your life! Be present in the moment and take it all in. Make your day PERSONAL! If your wedding reflects who you are as individuals and who you are as a couple, you will have a blast and so will your guests!

I am so often impressed by the creativity of the couples that I am asked to photograph, and when I see that they are thinking outside the box, I know that we can have an amazing shoot that will turn out interesting and unique and FUN!
I met Tricia when we were both working at Erin & Allan’s wedding (see November 2012 of this blog!); she was the hairstylist for the girls. Tricia and Rene had recently gotten engaged and they were seeking a creative photographer for their big day in May 2013. After she saw the pictures from Erin & Allan’s wedding, she signed me up!
They had a peacock theme going, which I thought was awesome (beautiful colours to work with), and Tricia wore an elegant vintage gown. The girls got ready at the maid of honour’s home in Kitchener before the ceremony at St Anne’s Parish. And here comes the big, brilliant, creative idea….photos in a comic book store!!! Rene loves comic books, so the bridal party headed over to Retro Rocket Comics in Cambridge and we had an absolute ball! How many brides get to have their picture taken with the Incredible Hulk? (And how many grooms get to SEE their bride with the Incredible Hulk?!?) The pictures have so much personality and absolutely reflect the couple’s love of vintage/retro and comics and their awesome sense of humour!
After the “comic”al relief (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun there!), we did more photos at Southworks. It wasn’t exactly sunbathing weather, but we spotted two shirtless fellows doing just that down by the river! Tricia went with the flow and I cought some more amusing pictures of her going to find out what on earth they were up to. (Perfectly logical explanation: they were doing a school project and they needed to time how long it would take for their bucket of ice to melt. Obviously!)
The reception was at The Walper Terrace, and as you can see there was even more fun and creativity! I think it’s safe to assume that this was a wedding where not only did everyone have a marvelous time, but a memorable time as well!
Congratulations to the bride & groom and thank you for letting me commemorate your day!
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July 8, 2013 2:02 am

Brad & Megan’s Wedding – April 27th 2013

I was ecstatic to be asked to photograph Megan & Brad’s spring wedding, because I have a special connection to the bride; we grew up as neighbours in Forest Heights and I’ve known her family for a long time. I have so many fond memories of our childhood adventures!  It was an honour to be able to take part in their day.

Megan & Brad were a joy to photograph; their smiles and laughter were infectious, and we had so much fun! As you can tell by the theme of their wedding, they are vibrant and happy people and I made sure that came across in their pictures by making sure there wasn’t any “posing”! They are naturals!
The ring bearer Aiden and their flower girl Bella were so adorable! What little girl doesn’t love sparkly shoes! I’d love to have those sneakers in my size! They had a blast running around and hamming it up for me and my camera.
The culmination of their months of meticulous planning led to an amazing wedding that perfectly reflected their style, their sense of humour and their sense of fun! 
I was enthralled by all of the little details that they thought of. They wrote out the story of how they met to share with their guests. They created little signs with clever quotes for everything from the bar to a big jar of lollipops. And I was very impressed with the way they integrated the bright and beautiful colour theme through different elements including Megan’s funky shoes, the cheerfully coloured cake & cupcakes and a wonderful candy & sweets table! Yum! 
One clever idea that they had was for the table numbers; they asked their guests at table 1 to write down sentiments that would be sealed up to be opened on their first anniversary, table 2 to write to them for their second anniversary and so on….what an amazing way to remember the joy of your wedding for years to come. They thought of everything to make the day complete!
 Thank you Megan & Brad for letting me preserve the memories of your special day and join in the festivities too!







































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July 3, 2013 1:16 pm

Thomas Family Photos

There are many differing styles of photography and most photographers have a stand-out favourite style; traditional, formal, candid…. I wouldn’t be able to choose my favourite since photography is my world and I like to mix things up a little!

I had an amazing session with the Wheeldon/Zister family in June that incorporated several styles that all worked together to make for an awesome family album!

I’ve known Lorraine and Gary for a few years, and when they wanted family pictures (in part to commemorate their son Ben’s visit home from the UK, in part because their daughter Leah and her husband Bill have such gorgeous children! ), the Wheeldon’s beautiful home was the perfect setting! The portraits reflect how ideal this situation was for everyone! 

We tried some formal pictures that turned out lovely, but then we tried some let-loose-have-fun-pretend-I’m-not-watching pictures that reflected real life ! Sweet Charlie & adorable Liam were able to run wild and have fun while I was able to snap away and catch them in their natural surroundings. Everyone was laughing and having a great time, often oblivious to the camera. I was able to capture so many moments of pure joy!

Some moments that I would never have gotten in a formal studio setting turned out to be favourites; we love the photo of Bill helping Charlie with her shoes. The picture of Leah doing Charlie’s hair. Uncle Ben entertaining Liam. Charlie burying her face in Nan’s shoulder. It’s a peek into everyday life with little ones!

We managed to get everything we could have wanted from this shoot: traditional pictures of the family and some beautiful candids of Charlie snacking, of Liam in tears with his Grandad, of Spanky the dog rolling around on the floor with the kids!

The shoot could not have turned out more perfectly!





























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June 28, 2013 7:11 pm

{Kaster Family Photos}

I’ve worked with Sarah D lots of times in the past. She has done some incredible work with me as a make-up artist and as a model. A few years ago I did family photos for Sarah at her beautiful home in Plattsville; Sarah, her husband Shawn and their 3 great kids, Mitchell, Maddy & Aaron as well as her sister-in-law and her family. One of the things I love is watching families grow up and this was sure a case of that. Her kids have grown so much, Aaron is even taller than me now! (not that it takes that much…lol)

Sarah asked me to do another family shoot for her this spring, this time with four generations of her family! Sarah’s  parents property was beautiful! Everything there was just perfect and we had lots and lots of awesome places all over the property to choose from for photos. We gathered on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the end of May were Sarah’s Grandparents, her parents and her brother and sister and their families.

Becky and I had such a totally fun afternoon it barely felt like work, especially since they insisted on us sharing in their BBQ after the shoot. Her grandparents are completely adorable. They are still in love and completely smitten with each other after so many years of marriage. We did all the pictures with them first so we wouldn’t wear them out too much and then they spent the rest of the time sitting side by side, enjoying the sun and having all their family around them. You could just look at them and think how wonderful it would be to have what they do.

Sarah’s parents are fun and spirited…her dad is not too shy to give his wife a little love pat on the behind as she walks past…so cute!! He seemed to really take a lot of pride in his home and was very happy to let us use whatever we wanted for the shoot; his vintage truck, his vintage car and even some fun shots of “the boys” right in his workshop. Of course with that many boys around I ended up trying to show off my mad basketball skills and Becky had to dodge more than a few stray shots to protect the camera gear… It’s such a privilege to get to share in special family times like these. I don’t know if anything else we do is more rewarding!:)
















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June 21, 2013 10:05 pm

Michelle and Zolt’s Engagement Shoot – 1 June 2013

A shoot that almost didn’t happen turned into a couple of hours of fun on the Millrace footpath, a portion of the Trans Canada Trail that runs alongside the Conestogo River in St. Jacobs. The forecast for the afternoon was rain, rain, lots of humidity, and more rain. But Michelle and Zolt, and their two

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June 11, 2013 2:18 am
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