Archive for January, 2011

Samara’s Family – MPH Photography – Toronto -Manuella

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

It so happened to be one of the coldest day’s of the year but it was nice and warm inside and you couldn’t feel the cold outside as we were all really warm from chasing this little cutie one around,lol.

Samara and her beautiful family had a session with me and he little daughter was so sweet and adorable and just didn’t want to sit still,lol. Most children around this age are like that, curious and wanting to explore their surroundings, who can blame them, and it was cute to watch her go go go,lol.

We did manage to get a few good shots of her and the family together and it was fun trying trying to make her sit for a picture, and it was a delight to meet them all.

Hope you enjoy the sneak peek Samara and thanks for braving the cold too,lol.

My baby turned 8 ! – MPH Photography – Toronto

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Its hard to believe that 8 years ago my sweet little baby boy was born, they really do grow up fast. I always wanted to be a mommy since I was a little girl and when I was blessed with a precious little boy, and held my little boys in my arms for the first time, I finally understood what being a mother meant. It’s like having a piece of your heart outside your body walking around, and you want to put bubble wrap all around them and cover their ears from bad words and cover their eyes from seeing things that a child shouldn’t. It’s like having your heart ripped from your body at the notion that something happened to your child, wether it be as simple as a paper cut, or getting lost in a mall, or worse, in my case, my oldest (when he was 2 1/2 yrs old) walked out of sunday school at church one day and we didn’t know it. Fortunately it didn’t take long before a nice police officer who found him on a bus a block or so away brought him back to the church but the scare that that gave me was like nothing I have ever felt before, for a split second my child was lost and it was if I was drowning and couldn’t breath, and there was nothing I could do but pray, and thank God nothing happened to him.

He’s my life, my joy, my little love, and I don’t know what I did before him but I know I can’t see my life without him and I sit and watch him while he sleeps and pray to God that He takes care of him (and his little brother too) and my heart just wants to burst with joy. The love of a child is just so pure and innocent and so sweet and when they hug and kiss you and squeeze you real tight, there is nothing like it in the world. Its a beautiful sunny day on the coldest day of winter, its the cherry on top of the sundae, its better than winning the lottery.

I’m so blessed to have my boys and with each year that passes, and they grow into young men, my heart fills with pride and joy and I know I will have to let them go one day, but for now I’m just going to hold them and play with them and cuddle with them and enjoy their childhood because they’ll be adults soon enough, but in my hear they will always be my babies.

Wishing my sweet little boy the happiest of birthdays and may this year be filled with lots of joy and laughter and excitement and may God bless you always my heart. Love you baby boy.

Here is a picture of the birthday boy.

And here is a picture or two of his awesome cake that was made by Nikki Cadorin Varganyi of Krazy Kakes  who is an awesome artist!!

and a picture of the kids at his birthday party.

On a sidenote, the day before George’s birthday, he was rough housing with his little brother and pushed him off the couch and Nikolaos bumped into another couch and got a black eye, fortunately he was ok, whew. Here is the Nik’s black eye.

Before and After – MPH Photography – Manuella

Monday, January 10th, 2011

I’ve been asked many times before what do I do to my pics and I’ve always wanted to address this but haven’t had the chance until now. I try not to do much to my images, since I shoot RAW,  I use lightroom to do my main processing and then move the image over to CS5 to finish it off and add my watermark.

I have used actions, and I have too many to list, couple of my faves are kubota and itty bitty actions by Jinky but I don’t usually use them fully as I always lower the opacity to my liking. I also use textures alot, and a softening action for skin and then i add my watermark and I’m done.

I do liquify just a little at times, I always ask my clients if they would like for me to touch them up a bit, and other than a couple of times most everyone is all for it, and I don’t think anyone really minds when you take away a little of the extra cushion, or double chin, or getting rid of the dark circles under the eyes, lol.

Below are a few examples of before and after.

The best thing about winter is…. – MPH Photography – Manuella

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Summer,lol, ok just kidding, I love my summers but winters can be fun, sometimes,lol.

For kids the best thing I think is tobogganing, going down a hill at warp speed and if your lucky going over a little bump (cuz you’re in trouble if its a big bump) and catching a bit of air. The cold air on your face and knowing there is a cup of hot cocoa waiting for you when you get home.

So today was that day for us, it hasn’t snowed much at all here in Toronto this year and we finally got a bit of the white stuff last night and the boys were jumping out of their skin to put on their snowsuits and play in the fluffy stuff. Even though I wasn’t feeling too well, I knew this would be a great opportunity to take some shots of the boys having fun, otherwise they’ll have nothing to look back on, so on went the two pairs of socks and two pairs of pants and 4 shirts, turtleneck and a sweater and a coat and we were set to go. The boys wore their snow pants and long johns and hats and gloves, and we headed out the door. Little did I know we would be stepping in about 3 feet of snow while getting to our destination,lol.

It was a treck getting there but the glee and the screams and laughter that followed was worth it. Their cheeks got all rosy and their gloves got soaked, even after changing pairs 2-3 times they still wanted to go down more, don’t think they would have ever stopped. I headed back first as I ran out of memory on my card, and I didn’t think I would take more than 300 pics but I did and thought I had brought extra cards, and did not, but as you’ll see below I got many shots as it is. I just wish we did some snow angels or tried to build a snowman or have a snowball fight, but I guess there’s always tomorrow.

Now its time for hot cocoa….. I suggest you get yourself a cup as you view all the pics from today. I put them all into collages for the most part otherwise you’d be scrolling down for a long time,lol.

MPH Photography featured on INSPIRE ME BABY website!

Friday, January 7th, 2011

This is the 2nd time I’ve been featured on Inspire me baby’s website and I’m excited and think this is a great place for photographers to go and get inspired. We share ideas and tips and we grow and learn and its really a great resource, and I’m happy to be a part of it.

This article was about doing a session in the winter and to see the full session just go here…

Here is the article on Inspire Me Baby, go here.