Here is a glimpse into a lovely engagement photo shoot I had the pleasure to experience with a fun couple: Irina and George, to be married this fall.
We lucked out on the weather that evening, the light was perfect: warm and rich, making all colours pop. We walked around the St Lawrence Market area and had a lot of fun stopping here and there, making use of some fabulous backdrops.
I&G, I look forward to seeing you again and spending more time together in your big day! Hugs, Manuela
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure to spend some time with lovely Mary-Ann and her cute little companion Dudley, a Coton de Tulear from Madagascar.
I showed up at their home with no particular agenda other than capturing a few moments from their day. I was immediately inspired by the elegance of Mary-Ann’s interior, a beautifully decorated space literally inundated with natural light: the best studio setup ever.
Each room had a different colour, it was amazing to play around and find exciting shooting opportunities in every corner. Not to mention Mary-Ann’s exquisite collection of hats which inspired both of us to go for an impromptu fashion shoot, while giving little Dudley a well deserved break. This little creature has been so easy to capture through my lens, as he seemed at ease and enjoying himself in the process. We let him be, he even napped for a few minutes and then we took him to a little park nearby. He ran in the grass and displayed a series of cute little jumps rewarded, of course, by tasty treats.
Mary-Ann, thank you for offering me a glimpse into your life, I hope the series below will always bring a smile on your face.
I love going on mini trips! Winter can sometimes get grey and dry in the city and it only takes a couple of hours of driving for the scenery to change completely, for the snow to be abundant, for the spirit to get comforted at the sight of hills and forests all covered in white. My friend Cheryl and I went up North to Muskoka for a weekend. Almost jokingly and because I really wanted to do a creative winter shoot, I asked her if she would bring her wedding dress along. I was thrilled when she agreed, so all of a sudden my mind started spinning with detailed visions. I wanted to incorporate some colour against the white and of course, red came first (I am sure this is already not very surprising!!). In spite of the super low temperatures (lake Rosseau was snowboarders’ playground!!), Cheryl was amazingly cool and such a good sport, sometimes shivering badly but still being super brave for almost 45 minutes (I am not sure I could have done this!). I hope she will find the images below rewarding enough for her patience with this one demanding friend she has
Thank you Cheryl for such a super fun and inspiring weekend!
Alex and Liz thought it would be a great idea to surprise their dad by offering him their framed portraits for Christmas. I decided to go for a creative urban shoot, therefore we met downtown Toronto and explored the area around the Art Gallery of Ontario. Despite the cold and the fairly large snow flakes coming down from the grey sky, the two girls were so easy going, up for anything and a lot of fun to be around. They even commented on the ‘impromptu’ feel of our photographic adventure. With just a general idea on how I would like the session to begin, I allowed things to unfold naturally and the inspiration to kick in while walking down the street, exploring and being drawn by particular corners and textures. I enjoyed myself and I hope Alex and Liz did as well.
Thank you for a good time and all the best in the new year!