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!
Machado Photography makes sure that their clients get the best memories possible.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
“Goofy pictures and crazy times,
Sisters at heart and partners in crime…”
“A picture is worth a thousand words.
But a picture with your best friend is worth a thousand inside jokes.”
– Arnelle Baptista
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 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.
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!
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!:)
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 twoDetails