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.
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.
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.
Georgia and Gabe are one of the most relaxed couples I have ever met.
With only a couple of weeks away from their wedding, they are taking it all easy, enjoying the process and having fun with each other. They aim for a nice party with family and friends who, as they told me, have a very similar approach. Can’t wait!
They live around Churchill Park therefore, even though we originally thought of going to the Brickworks, it made more sense to have some photographs taken at the park. Which I also happen to live close to and love. Every time I go there for a creative project I am amazed at the way I can see it with fresh eyes. This gives me much joy and sparks my inspiration.
The session was a lot of fun and they really were up to anything. We shared some good laughs which made it all even more pleasurable.
Georgia and Gabe, so happy to have met you and I look forward to seeing you again soon on your wedding day!
Kelley and Jordan are getting married next January. We all hope for some snow so we can get winter flavored photos. To add some contrast to their photographic memories they decided to do their engagement photos at Jordan’s parents’ farm close to Bancroft. I still can’t believe how that September day had turned out. On the way there I have driven in torrential rain, barely seeing ahead. The forecast was not very encouraging, yet there was a faint chance that there could be a little break in the gloomy weather in the afternoon. The moment I parked the car at the farm, I could feel only a few drops here and there and then not only it all stopped magically, but the sun came out to the point where it was quite hard to bare! Regardless, we had so much fun exploring the 100 something acres with tons to see and enjoy! It felt like a little trip within a trip A few kilometers into my drive back to the city the skies closed again, it got really dark and the rain started coming down in the same manner as early in morning. I smiled and I felt so grateful towards the bearded people up in the sky who have orchestrated everything to perfection
Kelley and Jordan, I look forward to having more fun together in the New Year! Hugs, Manuela.
It is so nice whenever I have the chance to spend some quality time with my couples before their big day. And there is no better way to do it than meeting for a creative engagement or pre wedding photo shoot. We get to chat, it is all very casual and relaxed and basically we build a much needed level of comfort and mutual understanding which makes everything easier later on.
There are many things that I like about Olivia and Louis and one of them is their passion for travel. I can’t believe how many places these two have already visited together. Not to mention I asked them what their chosen honeymoon destination was and I was blown away: Jordan! Wow, how very adventurous of them!
I admire their desire to explore and learn which taps into who I really am and what I love to do.
Dear Olivia and Louis, hope the images below will remind you of such a fun, relaxed evening spent together at the Bluffs.
Look forward to seeing you at your wedding soon! Hugs, Manuela.
Hanna and Matt are a fun loving, modern couple with a taste for Toronto’s urban landscape. They are also very fashionable and I could tell right away they would photograph extremely well. I simply loved their choice of colours for our downtown shoot. Hanna looked vibrant in her beautiful blue dress while Matt complemented her so well with his muted blue and grey tones he chose for his own outfit. We walked around King street and stopped in some of the most suitable spots for this image collection. We aimed for a bit of nature, textures and lots of colours, while also stumbling upon some unexpected rugged, super photogenic corners.
Hanna and Matt, hope you will smile while recalling our adventure through the photos below. I look forward to seeing you at your wedding soon!
I said this before: each spot in Toronto has its unique character and it does not matter how many times one goes back to certain areas, there is always more to find and explore. This is the case with Toronto’s colourful Harbourfront. On each occasion I return there I discover more angles and I find the personality of the couple I photograph always inspires me differently.
Lisa and Mike are a lot of fun. From day 1 I was fascinated with their backgrounds: a lovely mix of European/ Asian on both sides which gives them such beautiful features. They are lovely, playful, easy going, relaxed and I very much look forward to attending their nuptials at the end of August.
Until then, enjoy this record of a spontaneity filled evening we have recently spent together. More to come! M
I have lots to catch up on as I have been quite absent from the blogging scene and not only…but for good and exciting reasons, as I have traveled to Europe and have thoroughly enjoyed myself. Taking photos but also spending time with family and some of my fantastic friends.
So here I am, all refreshed and energized now that the wedding season begins at full speed…
Back in May, Lindsay, Jeff and I decided to go to Toronto’s Wards island for some summery engagement photos. That day, the lines at the ticket booths were atrocious…so we missed the boat going to Wards. We decided to catch the first one for Centre Island and then walk over. We even said this may happen for a reason…and it surely did. While on the ferry we chatted about some wedding details and that’s when I found out Lindsay and Jeff’s theme will be ‘peacock’…how intriguing! Right away I tried to remember if I had any peacock images in my collection…I recalled having taken some in Nova Scotia, but the bird was behind a fence and I did not quite like that…
Anyways, our stop over on Centre Island proved to be much more fun and surprise filled than we could have expected. We found so many colourful spots, nice little forests, red barns…and just when we least expected, a beautiful peacock with tail fully spread! What a delight to watch and photograph! How exciting to witness such magic happen in front of our eyes and right away I knew we got the cover shot for the guest signing book! Very ‘coincidental’! Well, we know there is no such thing. And this little story is the best proof for it.
Lindsay and Jeff, I hope your wedding day and your life together following it will be filled with lots of such moments when time literally stops and magic takes over.
Our little island adventure was quite memorable, enjoy this vibrant record of it!