The Cacilhas Family | John R. Park Homestead | Harrow, Ontario Family Photographers

A warm summer evening, a wide open field to run in, buildings full of character as backdrops, and water to skip rocks in – John R. Park Homestead was the ideal backdrop for the Cacilhas family’s portraits earlier this month.

We had the privilege of photographing Monica and Bruno’s wedding, so when it came time to document their growing family, they reached out to Manifesto once again.

We met in the parking lot as they climbed out of the car and greeted us, catching us up on their lives as they made last minute adjustments – combing the littlest’s hair, straightening Domenic’s shirt. The kids showed up full of energy and were ready to run.

The sun had already started to lower and was peaking through the line of trees, creating a beautiful glow as we started our session. Domenic brought the jokes and silly faces, making us laugh right off the bat while Madelyn was more reserved, full of giggles and sweet smiles. Both showed such care as they doted on their little sister, Leilani, who soaked up every ounce of their love (when she wasn’t squirming out of someone’s arms! In true one year old fashion, she liked to move!).

At the end of the session, Monica and Bruno took a few moments to themselves by the water, enjoying the quiet of the empty property as we took a few portraits of them as a couple. It was past sunset by the time we wrapped up the fun and the kids climbed back into the car, everyone a little more tired than they started, ready to head home to their beds. 

Monica and Bruno, thank you for trusting us again with your family’s memories. We’ve loved being with you as your family grows, documenting the love you pour out on your family and getting sneak peaks into the unique personalities each one of your children adds. Together you make an amazing team. Can’t wait until next time!

Summer Family Photo Shoot with Manifesto Photography | Windsor, Ontario | John R Park Homestead

“We want to thank Arica and Kristle for the amazing experience we had with our family photo session. The entire process was fun and effortless. They are able to take a situation which would otherwise be stressful and awkward and make it relaxed and comfortable.

                    Arica and Kristle were so great with the kids, had them laughing and playing games. The kids are still singing Arica’s improvised song to get the baby’s attention!  I especially love their personalized approach – they really took the time to get to know all of us before and during the session.

We have so many beautiful photos which showcase our emotions and personalities! They are just so talented and genuine, which is why we have kept coming back, and will continue to rely on them to capture these beautiful moments in time for us.”

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Kristen & Ryan | Art Gallery of Windsor | St. Clair Centre for the Arts | Windsor, Ontario Wedding Photographers

You may remember Kristen & Ryan’s adorable love story from their engagement session we featured last year. What should have been a blind date set up by their friends never materialized, and the two went on with their separate lives all the while wondering about that “They’re-Perfect-For-You!” someone their friends knew. Then one Christmas evening, happenstance and a bit of holiday magic brought Kristen and Ryan together. Fate had planned their meeting all along!

Kristen started off the morning of her wedding surrounded by her best girl friends, mom, grandma, sisters, and nieces. The house was a buzz with excitement as everyone prepped for the day ahead. After getting dressed in her stunning gown from It’s Your Day Bridal, she shared a special reveal with her dad which was oh-so-sweet!

Ryan and his guys spent the morning getting ready with celebratory drinks in hand. Ryan sported a sharp, three-piece patterned suit from Freeds while his groomsmen wore fitted grey suits with matching ties. The group toasted to a fantastic day ahead with Ryan and headed out the door for St. Anne’s Parish.

After sharing their vows, Kristen and Ryan’s smiles lit up the whole day. From well wishes at the church to the young and old breaking it down on the dance floor at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts, fate had a hand in Ryan and Kristen coming together and it wasn’t going to let their wedding be anything less than spectacular!

Congratulations again Kristen and Ryan to you both on your marriage! You two truly bring out the very best in each other and make the best fur parents around (Diego is such a lucky boy). We are so happy that you have found such great partners in one another. We can’t wait to see where fate takes you next!

“Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.” – Marcus Aurelius

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April & Stephane | Willistead Park | Windsor, Ontario Maternity Photographers

We first met April & Stephane at the wedding of Natalie & CJ back in 2015. At that time they were two best friends in love that had known each other since grade nine. Soon after the wedding, April & Stephane got engaged and we had the opportunity to capture their engagement session and wedding day. When they announced their pregnancy we were thrilled to be along with them once again on their new adventure into parenthood!

They radiated happiness throughout their maternity session, laughing together while walking around the Willistead Manor property, enjoying one of their last nights as two before they become a family of three. Little knit booties in hand, our conversation swirled around dreams and hopes for the days ahead.  

April and Stephane, watching you go from a dating, to engaged, to married, to now becoming parents has been one of our greatest honours and joys. We can’t wait to share your adorable newborn session with the world real soon! Congratulations, Harper is absolutely divine!

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never.  A mother is something absolutely new.” – Rajneesh

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Ginessa & Anthony | Navy Yard Park | Amherstburg, Ontario Engagement Photographers

Ginessa and Anthony are the kind of people you want to be friends with after meeting them just once. They’re kind, positive, and laugh hard. Plus, they like movies and ice cream!

While dreaming up Ginessa and Anthony’s engagement session we tossed around a few ideas and finally settled on the adorable little town of Amherstburg. We wanted a location that could show off their romantic and fun-loving relationship. Navy Yard Park was the perfect spot!

Ginessa and Anthony thank you for choosing us for your engagement and wedding photos! We’re so happy that you found each other, and are honoured to be photographing the next step in your journey together, your wedding day!

“My love, you are sunlight falling through trees. You are laughter that breaks through my sadness. You are the breeze on a too-warm day. You are clarity in the midst of confusion…” – Kiera Cass

Manifesto Photography | Windsor, Ontario Engagement Photographers | Navy Yard Park & Waterfront Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt | Amherstburg, Ontario“It’s always nerve racking when you think about getting your picture taken or having to pose, but this is just not the case with Manifesto. We felt like we could completely be ourselves- nothing was forced or unnatural and the photos truly reflect that. Without a doubt, Josh and Arica are amazing, and in my opinion, there is just no competition. I would choose Manifesto Photography over and over again.” – Anthony & Ginessa

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Stella & Geoff | John R. Park Homestead | Ciociaro Club | Windsor, Ontario Wedding Photographers

Stella and Geoff met in their second year of college. What started off as a group of friends going to lunch together quickly led to a close one-on-one friendship. Geoff would hide little written notes in Stella’s binder, and it didn’t take long for Stella to fall for Geoff’s thoughtful and kind personality. Shortly after they realized they should start dating, they realized they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. You can see their dreamy engagement photos by clicking here.

Stella started her wedding day off with her closest girlfriends, mimosas in hand. Her Allure Bridal gown had been calling her name since she got up that morning… she could not wait to put it on! Feeling gorgeous and ready to see her soon-to-be husband, Stella had an important pitstop to make, a first look with her dad. Everyone in the room was crying (me included) as her Dad’s eyes filled with tears of joy as he set his eyes on his little girl looking so stunning on her big day.

Geoff and his groomsmen got ready together as a chilly rain fell outside. They donned charcoal Calvin Klein suits pulled together with burgundy ties that matched the bridesmaids’ bouquets. As they finished getting suited up, the rain clouds began to break, and we were able to grab a few photos on the shimmering streets before leaving for St. Mary’s Parish. 

After Stella and Geoff walked down the aisle and said their “I do’s“, the wedding party left for John R. Park. The old barns and rustic house on the property served as the perfect backdrop for an autumn, romantic-feeling photo shoot. The weather was moody but lent us the most gorgeous light!

The reception at Ciociaro Club was attended by their closest friends and family. There were lots of happy tears, laughter, and heartfelt speeches. Everyone had a great time celebrating Stella and Geoff. The evening ended with great tunes from Celebrity Music and upbeat dance moves that even the youngest guest could appreciate.

Stella and Geoff, congratulations on your marriage! We had such a great time getting to know you both through your engagement session and wedding. We wish you both the absolute best in the days ahead as Husband and Wife! 

“Just in case you ever foolishly forget; I’m never not thinking of you.” —Virginia Woolf

Manifesto Photography | Windsor, Ontario Wedding Photographers | John R. Park Homestead | Ciociaro Club of Windsor“Our experience with Manifesto has been nothing short of amazing. From beginning to the end we received nothing but kindness and professionalism from the whole team. We cannot thank you enough for capturing one of the most important times in our lives and creating our story with pictures for years to come.”- Stella & Geoff 
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Lauren & Ryan | Jackson Park | Fogolar Furlan | Windsor, Ontario Wedding Photographers

Lauren and Ryan are like peanut butter + chocolate. One without the other is still good, but together they make perfect sense. Ok, so it’s late and I’m hungry and maybe I shouldn’t be making food analogies… but I really love peanut butter and chocolate and I really love Ryan and Lauren together. Moving on… you may remember these two from their engagement session we posted around this time last year. Since then, they have tied the knot! Let me tell you a little bit about their awesome day.

Lauren’s a super talented make-up artist who spends many of her Saturdays in the company of beautiful brides. However, this Saturday was her Saturday and she was the beautiful bride! At her parents’ home, she along with her closest girlfriends and family prepped and primped. A highlight of the morning was the surprise gift and video message from Ryan (which included some of her most longed for makeup goodies from Sephora). #giftgoals

Ryan’s morning started like many do, getting Koltin and himself ready for the day ahead. Ryan surprise Koltin with a special gift (which included some sweet dino socks). One of my personal favourite photos from the day is of Ryan giving Koltin a kiss on the head before heading out to the church. He’s an incredible father and has given Koltin the ultimate gift in welcoming Lauren into their family as his step-mom.

The happy couple said their I do’s at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish and were announced as husband and wife. After some family portraits, we made our way to Jackson Park. The park was looking fantastic with all of the fresh blooming flowers that Spring gives. Walking through the park with Ryan, Lauren, and their wedding party was like walking through the park with our close friends. Everyone was relaxed and laughing, which made for great pictures!

Their reception took place at Fogolar Furlan. The decor, cake, flowers, all looked great. All of Ryan and Lauren’s hard work and planning had definitely paid off! Their night consisted of enjoying their guests, heartfelt speeches, great music (provided by One Man Out), and of course sweet dance moves.

Ryan and Lauren, we love you two together! You probably don’t even realize it, but the way you respect and support each other speaks volumes about your character. Congratulations on the lifetime of happiness ahead of you! Thanks for bringing us along on this part of your journey. xo

“I feel like a part of my soul has loved you since the beginning of everything.” – Emery Allen

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“When Ryan and I first got engaged we knew picking our photographers was going to be at the top of our list of very important decisions. At the end of our initial meeting we knew Josh and Arica were our people. They not only made us feel comfortable, but we shared so many laughs and genuinely felt like we were hanging out with friends that just so happened to be taking our pictures. The passion and creativity they exude shows in the artistic trick shots they capture and the care they take in delivery is exceptional. We couldn’t be happier with our choice in working with this awesome team and are so excited to have these pictures for the rest of our lives!!” –  Lauren & Ryan (more…)

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The Scandale Family | Navy Yard Park | Amherstburg, Ontario Family Photographers

Emily & Carmine came to us in search of a natural, fun, and comfortable environment for their family photo shoot. It wasn’t hard to bring their hopes to fruition in downtown Amherstburg. We were able to stroll through the parks and down the sidewalks, smell the flowers, listen to Carmine rock out on his guitar (with his trusty assistant, Nico), and celebrate Evelyn’s first birthday with some delicious ice cream at one of Amherstburg’s most nostalgic ice cream spots, Waterfront Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt.

At their shoot, Nico charmed us with his joyful personality, giving us mega-watt smiles from the beginning and keeping us laughing throughout with his goofy faces and infectious giggles. Evelyn soaked up every cuddle with mom and dad, showing off her beautiful long eyelashes and flashing us her sweet toothy grin every chance she got (and also at every passing puppy!).

Emily, Carmine, Nico, and Evelyn, it was a privilege to capture your family as they are in these young years, doing what they love most. We hope to have the opportunity for years to come. Thanks for choosing us!

“This is our happily ever after.” – Unknown

Windsor, Ontario Family Photographer | Manifesto Photography | Amherstburg

“We had been wanting to have professional family photos taken for a while, but put it off because the idea seemed stressful. Fortunately, we decided to work with Josh, Arica and Kristle at Manifesto Photography and the experience turned into fun family outing with results that exceeded our expectations!

We loved their approach, which involved getting to know our family — our interests, habits and quirks — and led to a very personalized feel for the photo shoot. With a one-year old and two-year old, we were hesitant about doing an evening session. Luckily Kristle and Arica were amazing with the kids and put them (and us!) at ease. They are clearly experienced with children and naturally brought out their personalities, keeping them engaged and active throughout the session. We were in awe of their ability to get the kids to pose and smile, which can be a challenge at the best of times! The photo shoot was a breeze, and in the end we had more wonderful pictures than we could have imagined. We fell in love with so many of them!

What impressed us most with our experience was the attention to detail, from the concept design, wardrobe suggestions, viewing session and the photos themselves. Manifesto Photography and their whole team were a perfect blend of professionalism and fun. We felt comfortable and relaxed throughout the entire experience and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to others and to work with them again in the future!” – The Scandale Family 

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