The Whitfield Family | Windsor, Ontario Family Photographers
A childhood home holds years of memories, so when Victoria’s family decided to sell the home she grew up in, she knew she needed to get some photos of her adorable family enjoying the backyard she grew up playing in.
The catch? We had a week before the house was closing, and when the day came for their session it was POURING. The rain was coming down, the fields were soaked, and for a bit, we weren’t sure we were going to be able to make it happen. Despite everything the sky was telling us, I drove to meet the Whitfields at their family home and crossed my fingers that the clouds would part and we could make the session happen. And *praaaise hands*, for one magical hour, the rain stopped and we soaked in the last bit of their time on their family land. Mom and dad loved on their girls, Fiona showed off her twirling skills and picked some flowers for mom and dad, while Maisie soaked up cuddle time with dad and read her favourite book with mom.
They ended their evening snuggled up in blankets enjoying a summertime picnic of watermelon and Fiona’s favourite – corn on the cob.
Victoria, Sean, Fiona, and Maisie – thank you for bringing me along on your last evening at your childhood home. I loved being able to capture images that will help you remember the space you grew up in and the memories you have created with your own family over the years. I look forward to making more memories together down the road!
“We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun” –Winnie The Pooh
A REVIEW FROM THE FAMILY
“I contacted the folks at Manifesto Photography in a bit of a panic. My childhood home had been sold and was only a few weeks away from closing. I was desperate to find some way to hold onto almost 30 years of memories, particularly the times spent exploring our large backyard. From the first phone call I was impressed with the professionalism of every member of the Manifesto team. Within only a few hours of my inquiry, Josh responded. Given that we only had a small window of opportunity to take these photographs, he worked closely with me to plan and schedule the photo session.
I would have been lost if not for the concept creation and planning session with Kristle and Arica. Both women were warm, kind and genuine. This session, which I initially dismissed as not necessary, turned out to be very valuable in helping me coordinate the appropriate wardrobe and props to create a vibe that totally represented my family. (As a sidenote, corn is not necessarily a picture appropriate food. Obviously, this was one of my own ideas…lol)
Having my daughters meet Kristle during the planning session made the photo session that much easier. They were comfortable with her and it didn’t require much forcing to get natural smiles. Kristle was punctual and well prepared which made the photo session run smoothly and efficiently.
I am so happy with the pictures taken that evening. There were so many smiles, glances and little details captured between my children, husband and myself. I am greatful that I have these memories with my children in a space where I have so many memories as a child. I love the photos and I know that I’ll continue to treasure them, especially as my children grow.
Thanks Josh, Arica and Kristle! I look forward to working with Manifesto again soon!” – Victoria Whitfield