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.
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.
Sakura and Henry are to marry next spring. They could not have picked a nicer contrast for their photo story. Fall colours are always such a spectacular backdrop. The light is also more forgiving and softer than earlier on. We truly lucked out last week as the leaves were so bright, plus we were able to play in the park right before the drizzle began.
The lovely couple’s dogs, Hachi and Zeb, were fantastic to watch and capture on camera. Their favorite activity: jumping in and out of the creek. Good thing they left this at the very end, as their otherwise beautiful, shiny black coats ended up wet and even slightly muddy.
Even though Sakura and Henry knew they would have to go home and give these two another bath, the joy in their eyes while watching their pups have fun showed that they would be really happy to oblige. The dogs are really loved and they know it…and it reflects in how well behaved they are.
Sakura and Henry, enjoy these lovely images until we see you again next year! Best, Manuela
Lisa and Jeremy are to be married beginning of September…coming soon! They love High Park…I do, too…very much so…and I see it with fresh eyes each time.
A month ago we met there and spent a lovely couple of hours walking around, enjoying the warm afternoon light, strolling on lovely alleys above which old trees have formed natural, thick arches…a lovely creative warmup preceding this lovely couple’s nuptials during which I am confident I will have an equally fantastic time!
L+J: see you very soon! Yours truly.
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
Madeleine and Dagomar are getting married in a bit over one month. As with many of my wedding clients, we meet before hand and spend some fun time together, strolling around the city and taking photos. This is a tremendously important experience preceding the big day, as we get to know each other better, they learn to relax in front of my lens while I get to better understand the way they are as a couple. It is overall a pleasant warm up which leads to a newly established level of comfort on both sides.
M&D, I look forward to seeing you again this August! Yours, Manuela.
Amanda and Fady met in Egypt a few years ago. While Fady and his family live in Toronto, Amanda was traveling from London, UK. They are now planning to build their life together in Canada. So exciting!
During one of Amanda’s visits, they wanted to take photographs downtown Toronto, as they both love the urban landscape. We opted for the City Hal area, with its beautiful architecture and great geometry which is always so fun to play with.
Sweet and very laid back (not to mention beautiful and extremely photogenic!), they were a delight to be around. In spite a few rain drops, the weather decided to cooperate that April afternoon and we happily carried on with our little creative project.
Enjoy the images below!
I am sure many of you can already tell…I am behing with blogging. Between my wedding clients and my most recent equine adventures, time is getting thinner…as much as I would love to keep on posting fun images, I simply can’t get to it…not sure about you, but I certainly feel the weeks are getting shorter
On a positive, happy note, Jennifer and Mike are getting married…on Friday. I am really happy to know them. A few weeks ago we had the chance to spend a few fun, relaxed hours on Toronto’s Centre Island. What a great time that was! Going to the islands is always refreshing. They provide the perfect escape from the city, while being so very close. Yet, once there, I always feel removed, on a different plane. We surely enjoyed this mini adventure.
Jen and Mike, I will see you very soon and this will continue. Hugs, Manuela
Needless to say how excited I was when Claudia contacted me saying that she was looking to do an engagement photo session with horses. Her and her beau, Deion, had a magnificent place already chosen: Horse Play Niagara. With the kind of weather we have had early this summer, I wondered what the Gods had in their cards for the day of our outing. We arranged for an early evening session. The light was superb, the couple had immense fun and the horses were a pleasure to deal with. Thanks to the fantastic staff at Horse Play everything went smoothly, we got to enjoy the lovely beach and I am sure, the horses had fun splashing in the water.
Claudia and Deion, congratulations on your engagement and I hope these images will always remind you of a spectacular day! M
Jean grew up at a beautiful farm. This is where she is going to marry her fiancé, Matt, in less than a couple of months.
It was a brilliant idea to spend some time with them on the gorgeous farm grounds and get to know each other better while taking their engagement photos. As many of my clients know already, pre wedding photo sessions are an excellent way to establish a high level of trust so indispensable on their wedding day. Not everyone is used to being in front of the lens. Every couple has their own way to interact with each other and it is very important that I get a very good feel for what they are comfortable with. Spending a couple of hours together helps by making it all feel easy and natural.
At the end of each session, with no exception, all I hear is how much fun it was!
I am now putting together a guest signing book for Jean and Matt’s wedding reception. They love their photos, particularly the one of the two of them walking into the sunbeams, which they may use as their wedding program cover.
I look forward to their beautiful farm wedding this summer! Manuela