April 25th was not just any other day: beautiful Jenia celebrated her union in marriage to her beloved BJ and…her Birthday! How lovely is that?
Surrounded by family members and close friends, they both seemed to enjoy every second of their precious day.
There was music, laughter, fabulous company, fantastic food (provided by the same talented team at the Hart House in Toronto). A spectacular venue, always offering the very best, plus an absolute joy to capture on camera.
Regardless of how many times I go back, I am always in awe when I look around, while new layers of architectural beauty unravel before my eyes. There is so much character to this historical place that it truly is impossible for the artistic imagination to be still…always a great choice!
Jenia + BJ: may this perfect double celebration be the start of a long row of occasions for shared happiness. It was a real pleasure to be there with you on such a memorable day! Wishing you the best in your new life!
Yours, Manuela & Co.
I first met Holly almost 5 years ago, while photographing her brother’s gorgeous farm wedding outside of Toronto.
With great joy and enthusiasm, I learned that she was planning a destination wedding in Jamaica and she chose to have me capture her preparations, culminating with the big day.
As far as I am concerned, this was a double bill: I was going to see some of my most favorite clients and their families again and, I was going to revisit an island so very dear to me. One combination that filled my heart with joy.
The week we have spent at the Riu Ocho Rios, Jamaica was filled with capricious weather: we had seen a lot of rain during the first few days to the point where the wedding planning team came up with a ‘Plan B’ for a ceremony in a covered area. Quite different from the original beach arrangements.
Of course one needs to adjust and accept what is in the moment…but I have to say, I would have been disappointed, and I am sure I would have not been alone.
But…there was no need for such feelings to be experienced, as the skies magically opened on the 4th day and the sun shone beautifully. My heart skipped a few beats that morning and I am certain, everybody else in the party must have been thrilled!
Holly and Robby received the most magical gift: the opportunity to live their dream of a wedding day spent entirely on the beach. They danced the night away on the sand and their joy was truly contagious!
I hope the images below were able to capture some of the fantastic energy surrounding an amazing group of people.
H+R: may your new life together be all about sunshine, joy and much love! Yours, Manuela
Winter weddings can be a lot of fun, especially when the temperature is forgiving and of course, when there is snow to add some life to the grey landscape.
Sakura and Henry married at the beginning of March at the Old Mill in Ancaster, just a couple of days after some of the lowest temperatures this year.
Luck? Possibly so, but I am sure it also had something to do with who these two are: fun, kind, generous, laid back. So, the Gods decided to ‘order’ a mild, beautiful day to match their lovely spirits. And the party could have not been better!
Glowing in her mother’s wedding dress, Sakura was a charm to photograph. Together with her new handsome and smartly dressed husband, they were very easy on the lens, with their personalities shining through in each and every image. Fun times!
S+K: wishing you only the very best in your married life, do not let your beautiful smiles ever leave your faces Sincerely, Manuela
Alice came to Toronto to study English. Originally from Brazil, this beautiful young woman will be here for a few more months.
She has played cello since childhood and she wanted to incorporate this part of herself into the photos, while using the wintery landscape as backdrop (something she does not experience back home).
Meeting Alice and working together was a true delight on all levels. We went on a little adventure together and, in spite of the cold, we both enjoyed it thoroughly. The sun surely helped!
Alice, I hope these photos will always make you remember Toronto and bring a smile on your gorgeous face! Hugs, M.
Karolina Marie was born on December 31st. From now on, her family will have another beautiful reason to celebrate on New Year’s eve. Not to mention fireworks will explode all over the world on this beauty’s Birthday!
Enjoy this colourful collection we created with little difficulty as, aside from a couple of small feeding brakes, Karolina was a delight to be around and photograph. A model in the making for sure, one I look forward to seeing again very soon!
With love, Manuela.
I met baby Ada in October 2013 for the first time, she was 2 months old.
I was absolutely delighted when her parents contacted me for a winter shoot with her. It is always such a pleasure to see families grow. Ada is now 18 months old and is a fun loving, expressive and chatty little girl.
In spite of the cold, she loves to be outside and play in the snow. Get her in a sled and she will be the happiest around!
Nupur and Mervin, thank you for allowing me to capture Ada once again and hope to see you again as she grows up!
It is always good to go for things that are a bit different. Jenia and BJ are to marry this coming spring (I still can’t believe I am saying this already, time seems to race with us lately..). They love winter and sports in the snow. With great excitement, Jenia connected with me last month letting me know about some serious amount of snow coming our way. As we could not wait for it to settle, we decided to go out and play while the snow flakes were dancing their way down. Lovely if there is no camera to worry about. Well, that’s when a weather proof cover comes handy, except shooting through is not an easy task. It fogs up constantly which is slightly limiting. And a bit frustrating, when there is so much beauty around that needs to be captured with no obstacles. Yet, the way to do it, unless someone offers to carry a huge umbrella and follow one around, anticipating all the sudden moves.
Well, I have to say, it all paid off in the end, as the photo collection we produced has a beautiful, ethereal, dreamy feel. Wouldn’t you say?
Jenia & BJ: I look forward to seeing you again on your big day. Until then, enjoy your winter! Best, Manuela.
I love winter weddings, there is a lot of charm and a certain festive feel to them. I was, therefore, super excited to return to the very unique Queen’s Landing hotel in Niagara on the Lake. They always do such a fantastic job with their winter decorations. Photographing a wedding there during the Holidays is true creative bliss!
I met lovely Kristina and Alfonso for the first time right on their wedding day this December. Months ago, they connected with me all the way from London UK and decided to have me capture their celebrations. While driving towards Niagara that day, I recall wondering how this couple was going to be in person. I already had a very good vibe from our email exchange, but…one never knows. Well, I have to say, I could have not asked for better energy to finish this working year with: there is so much fun around these two and their families, they were cracking each other up constantly, even during the ceremony. Somehow, they managed to find an officiant who was brilliant and so very humorous. Jokingly, I asked them if they did a Google search for “corky man” and they said Yes! Well…you can imagine how their party was!
I trust the image selection below will give a decent sense for this couple’s wonderful time.
Kristina and Alfonso: may you laugh away through your life together. Hope you keep on traveling and enjoying each second of everything you will share from now on. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Sincerely, Manuela.
Once in a while our boundaries are stretched. When this happens creatively, an artist could not wish for more. When Kristina contacted me for a special dance shoot, I did not really know what shape and form this experience was going to take. After our first chat, I started getting visions…of nature…snow…and ultimately, horses (hmmm…are you surprised???).
Kristina seemed really taken with the idea and, whatever seemed a bit impossible a few weeks ago, came to life one beautiful snowy day.
One thing led to another and I was impeccably guided to the right place: the fabulous Whinny Acres. Debbie, the owner, generously offered the property and horses to us and we just played…and played…until Kristina could not feel her feet anymore. Luckily, we had a little warm hut to go in and out of, so my model could graciously stand in front of the camera for a few minutes each time. Well…needless to say it was all worthwhile. We drove back home talking about every second of our adventure while being amazed and grateful for how it has unfolded for us. A serendipitous creative journey!
Kristina: may these photographs bring smiles on your face every time you look at them.
Debbie @ Whinny Acres: thank you…and hope to visit again soon!
Merry Christmas!!! Yours, Manuela.
Holly has been a rider for a long time. Sadly, a couple of years ago she was involved in a bad accident followed by months of intense rehabilitation. What I admire about this brave girl is her willingness to go back to being around horses. That takes trust and an inner knowing that, whatever happened previously had absolutely nothing to do with the horse she was training being bad…but just an unfortunate chain of events leading to an undesirable outcome.
Good news is that she is now riding again. And enjoying it so much that she managed to persuade her fiance, Robby, to do a photo shoot with horses. I was really impressed with how well he has done that day. Riding a horse is not an easy pursuit. One needs to remain centered, have their emotions in check. These animals sense everything that happens inside the person who is around them, not to mention astride. It was Robby’s very first time and he has handled it beautifully.
The couple brought their two lovely pups that day as well and I could have not been happier, surrounded by animals and nature. Hope the images below give you a sense of how much fun we had that nice November day!
Holly and Robby: can’t wait for our Jamaican adventure together next spring! Yours, Manuela.