The Palmer Family | John R Park Homestead | Windsor, Ontario Family Photographers

The beginning of a season, pretty flowers, and new life – spring was the perfect time for the Palmer’s family photos. They are at the start of a new season themselves as they will soon become a family of five.

Brett and Andrea are excellent parents. They are patient, attentive, and lavish love on their kids without holding anything back. Gabriella and Nicolas were such a treat to work with. The solid foundation of love they have grown up with has given them security and confidence to be themselves. They both have such delightful personalities! Gabriella’s baby blues and charming smile suit her kind and thoughtful demeanor, while Nicolas’s round cheeks and full lips make him the perfect cuddle partner (he gave his mama the best “kissing monkey” smooches!). G & Nico play well together and can’t wait to meet their new sibling. As you scroll through this post you’ll feel the warmth and love the Palmers share. Enjoy!

Andrea, Brett, Gabriella, and Nicolas thank you for allowing us to capture your family as it is in this very moment. Watching your family grow over the years has been beautiful. We are looking forward to meeting your newest family member sometime soon!

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

“What better way to commemorate a pregnancy and a growing family than to have beautiful keepsake pictures taken? We are so happy to have this moment in time captured because we all know how quickly children grow and change!

Working with Manifesto Photography was honestly a breeze. From concept to completion, Arica and Kristle guided us in choosing everything so all we had to do was show up for them to take the reigns! Photos with little ones can be stressful due to the unpredictable nature of kids, but the Manifesto Photography team did an amazing job at keeping the kids engaged, happy and best of all, capturing their personalities without any of it being staged or forced. Kristle is so natural and endearing with children and our two little ones felt immediately at ease with her. She understands the importance of the short attention spans of kids and made sure she got all the shots we wanted within a very reasonable time frame.

We could not be more thrilled with our photos and would not hesitate to recommend Manifesto Photography to anyone!” –Brett & Andrea Palmer

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Jennifer & Chris| Rock Bottom Bar & Grill & Willistead Park | Windsor, Ontario Engagement Photographers

It couldn’t have been a nicer evening for Jennifer and Chris’s engagement session. It was one of those perfect September days you hope would last the entire year. The breeze just warm enough for a light sweater, the sun hanging lazily in the sky. The evening felt calm and relaxing and suited Jennifer and Chris’s laid back personalities.

Jennifer and Chris are the kind of folks who hold friends and family near and dear to their hearts. Some of their favourite past times include grabbing a drink with friends or going for a stroll with their dogs. Regardless of the activity, if they’re together it’s the pretty much the best.

We started snapping their engagement photos at Rock Bottom Bar and Grill where Jennifer and Chris shared laughs and smiles over a couple brews. We were lucky enough to have the whole upstairs to ourselves for a bit which allowed them the opportunity to cozy up for some lighthearted and sweet moments together.

From there we headed to Willistead Park for a pre-sunset walk along with Daphne their darling bulldog. The three walked together along the paths while the sun slowly set over the top of the trees. As the air began to cool the session took on a more intimate tone, the shady trees and glowing light aiding in the romance of the evening.

Jennifer and Chris, your wedding day is almost here! Speaking with you about your upcoming plans has got us excited to celebrate alongside you, while capturing it all unfold. See you real soon!

“Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” ~ Franklin P. Jones

Manifesto Photography | Windsor Ontario Engagement Photographers | Rock Bottom Bar and Grill | Willistead ManorManifesto Photography has been amazing to work with for our photos! Josh & Arica made us feel so comfortable with their professionalism and dedication from the moment we met them. The amount of care and consideration Arica & Josh put into helping us plan our engagement shoot and wedding day was above and beyond what we could have expected; it made our journey so much easier having both of them on our side. We can’t thank Manifesto Photography enough for the amazing pictures, engagement album, and the amazing experience they have given us. We would highly recommend them to anyone looking to capture your big day without hesitation. Thank you so much for keeping us calm and capturing our memories in such a beautiful and perfect way! Can’t wait for our wedding day! Thank you for everything!” – Jen & Chris. (more…)

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Jeanine & Baby Van | Windsor, Ontario Newborn Photographers

Jeanine is a remarkable woman. She’s the co-owner of Three Lambs Registry & Baby Boutique and mom to four great kids. We respect her work ethic, ambition, and commitment to her family. If you’ve ever visited her shop, you’ve probably seen her in action. She can whip up a registry for you, while gift wrapping the best shower gift, and might even be breastfeeding Van all at the same time. In case you were wondering, yes, she is actually superwoman! Shout out to women that raise businesses and babies!  

We’ve been lucky enough to know Van’s Mama, for a few years and have had the first-hand experience of registering for our baby shower at her shop. When we found out that she was welcoming her fourth child into her family, we couldn’t wait to photograph her newest lamb.

Jeanine, thank you for allowing us to capture one of your first few days with Van. He is absolutely adorable and so lucky to have such a lovely woman as his mom. We look forward to many more visits to your store. Essie needs a new pair of Tom’s!

“Every mom has a mission. To love, guide, and protect her family. Don’t mess with her while she’s on it.” – Vicki Reece

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Shauna & Chris | Ciociaro Club | Windsor, Ontario Wedding Photographers

You may remember Shauna and Chris from their engagement session last year, when we spent an evening enjoying the warmth of summer and ended our session with the best sunset! We were so thrilled to be able to see them again, only this time on their wedding day!

From the moment Shauna met Chris, they knew they were each others’ long-lost halves. The love they each have for their families initially attracted them to one another, but as their friendship grew beyond acquaintance, love for family blossomed into a love for one another. The two make the best of friends, and we were privileged to witness them exchange vows on their gorgeous wedding day!

Shauna started her day with her bridesmaids, enjoying mimosas and recounting fond memories with each one. Shauna had her hair done by Jennafer Marier from Salon Utopia, and makeup done by Vanessa Steele and Carly Nicodemo. She wore a stunning off-the-shoulder mermaid-cut gown from Jealous Bridesmaids, and finished her look with classic nude Louboutins, a wedding gift from Chris! Shauna’s bridesmaids wore long gowns in various champagne tones from Bridal Couture, and once all the girls were ready to go, they gathered round outside for a celebratory confetti toast before leaving for the church.

Chris began the morning hanging out with his best men, suiting up in a sleek navy suit with black lapels designed by Sam Habib at The Suit Shop, velvet Ferragamo shoes completing his look. Chris’s groomsmen wore brown jackets paired with navy trousers. Once Chris was ready to go, he lifted a celebratory toast with all the groomsmen and headed out to the ceremony.

Shauna and Chris said I do surrounded by the happy faces and well wishes of friends and family in a ceremony at St. Angela’s Church. The love between them was abundantly evident as Shauna walked down the aisle. Both Chris and Shauna gazed at one another with eyes filled the most adorable admiration. After the ceremony concluded, the excitement of the morning spilled over into the reception at the Ciociaro Club; guests were able to mingle while being enticed by delicious antipasto platters and serenaded by Josh Johnson’s timeless vocals. The celebration of Chris and Shauna’s love lasted far into the night, as timeless memories bloomed under the stars.

Shauna and Chris, congratulations on your marriage! We are so thrilled you both found one another to walk with through life, and thankful to have been able to share your wedding with you. We wish you guys nothing but the best and are excited to see what’s in store for you both!

“Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl–no superior alternative has yet been found.” – Winston Churchill

Manifesto Photography | Windsor Ontario Wedding Photographers | St. Angela's Church | Ciociaro ClubReviews about Manifesto“Manifesto Photography was an absolute pleasure to work with!  Josh & Arica (and their team) made this entire journey so enjoyable- from our engagement session to our wedding they were there to answer any questions we had without hesitation.  They are so much more than photographers and made sure everything on our wedding day went smooth.  They captured our wedding in the most incredible way and we are so thankful for all of the special memories we now have.  Josh & Arica did not miss a beat and captured every piece of the wedding (even moments we didn’t even notice during the day). We cannot thank them enough for being so talented and for being such genuine people. We would highly recommend Manifesto Photography to anyone looking for incredible photos (after all, the photos are one of the only things you get to take with you when the whole wedding process is complete!) Thank you from the bottom of our hearts” -Shauna & Chris

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Tim & Jordyn | Sandwich Post Cafe & Burnet Park | Windsor, Ontario Engagement Photographers

Sometimes fate hits you at the most unexpected of times, like…while you’re working! Jordyn and Tim met while on the job for the City of Windsor and formed a connection instantly. Their friendship grew deeper over adventuring outdoors, hanging out in the best spots around Detroit, and being on the water. It’s fitting then, given their love for being on the water and exploring Detroit, that for their anniversary Tim proposed to Jordyn on top of the Detroit Princess during a sunset cruise. He waited till the top deck was clear towards the end of the night then lead Jordyn up to take in the beautiful view; he proposed as the sun set! Full of excitement and love, Jordyn said yes and the two began their journey towards becoming husband and wife.

For Jordyn and Tim’s engagement session, we decided to begin our shoot at the charming Sandwich Post Cafe in Sandwich Town where Jordyn and Tim cozied up together over mugs of hot tea, watching the world move outside from the big windows by the bar.

From there we went to Burnet Park, a great location to showcase their love for nature, and a place their handsome German Shepherd-Lab mix Charlie could appreciate! We went closer to sunset to take advantage of the beautiful autumn light and were not disappointed. The sun set slowly as Jordyn and Tim walked through the tall grass below the rows of trees freshly bare from the last time the leaves fell. They walked hand in hand, laughing and smiling at each other, enjoying the time they were were able to spend in that moment.

Jordyn and Tim, congratulations on this next step towards becoming husband and wife! We had so much fun shooting your engagement and can’t wait to see you both again on your wedding day!

“True love is the joy of life.” – John Clarke

Manifesto Photography|Windsor Ontario Engagement Photographers| Post Cafe and Burnet Park, LaSalle Ontario“I saw the work of Manifesto a few years ago before I had ever even imagined what my dream wedding might look like. I immediately fell in love! I used to look through their photos on my study breaks throughout University and imagine how many ways they could capture the love Tim and I share. As soon as Tim proposed to me I remember thinking I need to lock in a date and venue just so I could book Manifesto and ultimately make all my engagement and wedding photo dreams come true. To say it was amazing to work with Arica and Josh on my engagement photos would be a complete understatement. For some reason Tim and I were extremely nervous as we’ve never been photographed in this sort of setting before, Arica and Josh made us laugh, loosen up, and act ourselves while showing how excited and in love we are. With only giving Arica and Josh a few short last minute ideas of what Tim and I wanted they were able to entirely read into the theme we were looking for, while providing endless ideas and possibilities. I will continuously recommend Manifesto to everyone because I know they will have an unforgettable experience just like Tim and I did.” – Jordyn & Tim

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Jake & Courtney | Woodstock, Ontario | Destination Engagement Photographers

Sunset with the one you love, surrounded by your tribe of lovable rescue dogs – does it get any better? For Courtney and Jake, this is the epitome of the best evening, walking hand in hand as the sun sets with their chow-mix Lili, shiba-mix Lulu, and St. Bernard Daryl running playfully by their sides. It’s something they enjoy doing together and reflects their personalities so well that we decided this was the perfect theme for their evening engagement session! 

Jake and Courtney currently live in Los Angeles, California where Courtney volunteers with a St. Bernard rescue centre, and Jake plays NHL defence for the Los Angeles Kings. However the place closest to their hearts is their hometown of Woodstock, Ontario. No matter where they seem to travel, Woodstock has always been home to them, and has been the place of so many of their fondest memories.

High school sweethearts Jake and Courtney met in Woodstock and formed a close friendship built on a love for adventure, animals, and the outdoors. Jake’s thoughtfulness complemented Courtney’s big heart, and the two quickly became inseparable. Over time, as Jake traveled for work and distance became unbearable, they realized they never wanted to spend another moment apart, so Jake asked Courtney if she would be his every good morning and late goodnight for the rest of their lives no matter where they were. She couldn’t have been happier to say yes! From there, this family of two quickly grew into five as Courtney and Jake began sharing their love and home with three special rescue dogs. It’s something that’s bonded them together and continues to play an important part in their lives. 

Jake’s career has brought the five of them all over the world, whether it’s to the top of Europe or across North America for tournaments and world cup playoffs. But no matter the distance or timezone they find themselves in, Courtney and Jake have found a home and family in one another. They’re the sweetest couple!

Jake and Courtney, we loved getting to know you. Spending the evening with you and your adorable fur balls was a blast. Your gluten-free brownies were a delicious surprise for our trip home! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for you and wish you guys nothing but the absolute best.

“Of all fires, love is the only inexhaustible one.”- Pablo Neruda

Manifesto Photography | Windsor, Ontario Wedding and Engagement Photographers | Destination Engagement Session | Woodstock, Ontario“From start to finish our time with Manifesto was so easy and fantastic they truly helped ease the stress of a soon to be bride. Before even meeting them we had gone over location, attire and brainstormed ideas for our shoot so when the time came it was so organized, they knew exactly what we were going to do and we were able to take full advantage of the time we had with them. We brought along with us our three crazy dogs who were a very important aspect to our photos and Manifesto highlighted them beautifully. Most importantly though, they were able to capture the love that myself and my husband share for each other. The photos were beyond what we could have ever imagined and our only regret is that we weren’t able to book them for our wedding day! We are so thankful we found them and the photos we have will be cherished forever!” – Courtney & Jake

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April & Stephane | Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery & Iron Kettle Bed & Breakfast | Windsor, Ontario Wedding Photographers

You may remember April and Stephane from their engagement session last year at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery. We had a blast hanging out with them on the beach and around the Estate and were thrilled to be back there again for their wedding!

When you see April and Stephane together, you understand why they’re meant to be. Both are relaxed, happy, positive people who look at the world as an adventure waiting to be explored whether it’s through camping, taking road trips together, or sharing a good wine at the end of the day. All the memories they share are fond memories, and when you’ve been friends since grade 9, there are too many memories to count! It was really special to be with them on their wedding day, seeing these best friends tie the knot and embark on their newest adventure as Husband and Wife!

April spent the morning at her home with her bridesmaids getting ready for the exciting day ahead. She wore an elegant gown embroidered with delicate cotton lace and Swarovski crystal accents from Bridal Couture, and finished off her look with Badgley Mischka heels. Her bridesmaids wore mid-length gowns in soft blush with ornate embroidery and looked radiant.

Stephane began his morning with his groomsmen at The Iron Kettle Bed and Breakfast getting dressed in navy Tommy Hilfiger suits from Moores. Stephane pulled his outfit together with his sleek shoes designed by Joseph Aboud

April arrived at the Iron Kettle, and immediately stole away to have a few precious moments with her father. There was no denying the special bond the two share, seeing the flutters of emotion in both of them while dad saw his baby girl in her wedding gown for the first time.

Outside the Iron Kettle, under the shade of a big tree, Stephane and April saw each other for the first time before the ceremony in a touching first look. Their eyes totally locked onto one another the moment Stephane turned around, happy tears forming over smiles as they took in the beauty of their best friend in front of them. It was so sweet!

From there they headed to Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery alongside family and friends for their ceremony and reception. Once their vows were read and first kisses were had, the happiness and festivities continued into the reception where everyone celebrated the lifelong happiness of April and Stephane’s newest adventure!

April and Stephane, congratulations again! We had the best time hanging with you both, first for your engagement and then for your wedding. We’re so excited to see where the future leads you and we know it’ll be towards something great!

“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” – Mark Twain

Manifesto Photography | Windsor Ontario Wedding Photographers | Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery“What an amazing day, between early morning visits, the wedding party shots, the ceremony, the beach shoot, the vineyard shoot, numerous family shots, the reception and some late night shots… You never stopped, every precious moment was captured and we can’t thank you enough. You have given us the most beautiful photographs, to be treasured forever. Stunning, Outstanding & Amazing – these are just some of the comments we receive about you and your images. Having you be a part of our big day was one of the best decisions we made in our wedding planning and we will forever be thankful that you made our day so easy, stress-free and so memorable. You are such incredibly talented photographers and a real pleasure to have worked with. We’re so blessed to have gained such amazing friends. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” – Stephane & April

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