Traveling is always such fun, but whenever I have the chance to spend quality time with a very dear friend, it all becomes even more special.
Anne and I go a few years back. We met in Toronto and then she moved to England, her home country.
A bit over 4 years ago she had Owen, a lovely little boy I only saw in photographs. Finally meeting him this year was thrilling. We spent a lovely time together in London and then Yorkshire, I got to enjoy his sweet little spirit, we did a lot of fantastic things. One of my favorite activities was the visit to the incredible Kirkstall Abbey (Leeds), a great example of a medieval Cistercian abbey in Britain. Owen loved it there and he ran around the beautiful old walls exploring every corner, playing in the snow and pretending to be the brave defending knight of a plastic, strategically placed kids’ castle.
I still smile to myself looking at the photographs we took, they bring back incredible memories.
I hope to visit again very soon. M
I first met Anastazia and Brent at the end of last year and took some beautiful pregnancy photos on a mild December day.
By the end of January they had a gorgeous little boy, Calvin. He is a great addition to their lovely family and I am sure little brother Martin (who is now a bit over 2 years old) really appreciates his new tiny buddy.
Below are some photos I shot in February when Calvin was only 20 days old. Some of the images truly amaze me as they depict this little person looking straight into my lens with an almost intrigued expression…quite something!
Anastazia and Brent, congratulations one more time on your new addition, may you enjoy each other for a very long time. Hope to see you again in spring! Manuela
I am always on a lookout for high quality, beautiful albums to offer my clients and to display my work in. I have heard about Vision Art for a while and decided to give this company a try. I researched their name on forums as well and I found quite a few raving reviews coming from photographers who seemed to be beyond happy with the service. I have to say, I did not quite know how I was going to feel until I actually got to have the books in my hand. I absolutely love the paper, the finish, it feels so soft to touch and guess what, water can be spilled on the pages and nothing will happen! Not to mention the print quality. It is fantastic to see how the colours on the pages match the ones I see on my monitor, they stay vibrant and true to the original photos. I started using Vision Art for my wedding clients as well and plan to continue on doing so, as there are so many cool options they offer. And last but not least, the customer service is superb! I would like to acknowledge one person in particular, her name is Monica and she is a pleasure to deal with! Just give her a call!
In order to have a closer look into the design of the book, I am attaching a few layouts below. Hope you will enjoy looking at this pages at least as much as I enjoyed myself designing them.
For the past couple of years I have tried to give back by donating a family photo session to Dentonia nursery school in a silent auction. This is how I had the great pleasure to meet a lovely family of four: little Raphaelle -14 months old, her 4 years old brother Olivier and their lovely parents, Christine and Andrew. I got to spend a little bit of time with them and I truly hope I captured their personalities in a small collection of candid images. Many thanks for a fun time, enjoy the photos and hope to see you again soon! Yours, Manuela
It feels great whenever my approach to baby and children photography is received really well and parents pass my name around. This is how I got to meet the Lopez family. It was a lot of fun, an energy filled afternoon, watching these beautiful three siblings, their interaction with each other. They all love to swim, so at the end of the photo session we moved to the pool area for some dynamic shots. It was so very nice to see how joyous they all were around water, splashing and giggling non stop. I hope my images depict the huge amount of fun I have witnessed!
When baby Carla and Freddy’s mom contacted me, she mentioned she wanted a particular style of baby photography for her children: very candid. After seeing samples of my work, she thought I had what she was looking for. With the exception of a few shots where I placed baby Carla on a plate (a place a little person may not necessarily choose for an afternoon nap), I let moments unfold and played along. It is amazing how responsive kids are when not asked to do specific things and when they simply are. As I found out, Freddy does not like to smile at cameras, he does not like to pose. But he did not have to, he was simply his adorable self running around, hiding or proudly fixing things with his screwdriver.
Aleks, thank you for the opportunity to meet your family and to spend some great moments in your lovely home!
Cath and Matt got married in March of 2007. They had a beautiful celebration at the Eglinton Grand. In spite of the cold, the snow and the fact that that all girls were wearing sandals, we still managed to get some fun shots of the wedding party releasing red balloons!
A bit over 2.5 yrs later, I was introduced to baby Henry who is simply adorable. It is always with so much joy that I photograph babies born to couples whose weddings I ahad the opportunity to witness. I become a part of their lives, I get to share their most important events, what a privilege! Whenever I am around cute little creatures like baby Henry, time just goes by, I get to play, connect and capture expressions that sometimes last on their sweet faces for one split second only.
Cath and Matt, congratulations again on your new family and may your first Christmas together be filled with joy and fun!
I photographed these sisters back in the summer. I recall having so much fun watching them being who they are, their expressions, their interaction.
I am extremely fond of children photography as I love spending time around them. They live in a fascinating world full of joy, imagination, playfulness, innocence.
Something that us, adults, need to be reminded of from time to time.
One of the most wonderful gifts this great photography profession offers me is continuity….becoming a part of people’s lives, of people’s family history.
I am thankful and grateful for the opportunity!
Cristie and Mark married in September 2007 at the beautiful Rosedale Golf Club.
The day was gorgeous, with blue skies and slight winds playing in Cristie’s veil and making for some truly unique images.
It was an excellent time, great people, beautiful families and friends. A pleasure to photograph!
For more on Cristie and Mark’s wedding, please check ‘feature galleries’ at www.manuelastefan.com.
Last year Cristie contacted me letting me know she was pregnant…as the first bride whose wedding I captured to give me such news, I was exhilarated when she told me she would like pictures taken when the baby arrived.
This is how I got to meet Noah…a sweet baby boy, all giggly at his almost 3 months of age.