Sunday, October 12, 2014

Become like children

I am really enjoying photographing families and children. Children especially, bring such dynamic attitudes to each shoot; it is an incredible energy that makes you forget the woes of this world.

Whether they are happy to pose, shy or cranky, their worlds are black and white. They only reflect back what they see, hear, experience. They happily dress up, try new things; slowly getting over their fears, they try, fail, and try again.

Bellow are some images of a Halloween shoot. It was a warm day and the sun was quite high up still. But I got some nice shots in a short period of time. Needless to say the kids were incredible and very minimal direction was given. I'm learning so much from little people. :)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Family is bliss

Exactly a year ago I photographed our niece and her young family. Samuel is now one year old and on the verge of walking!
No matter how much we try to slow down, we seem to comment how 'fast' time passes by quite often these days :).

Family Photography - copyright Maria Mastrogiuseppe

Our young children encompass so much of the past, present and future. Often times it feels like we are being returned gifts that were once lost; they travel with us filling our lives with a mixture of experiences, but mostly joy. The feeling of gratitude is never far away: for these blissful moments that are our lives together in family.

Family Photography - copyright Maria Mastrogiuseppe

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The smallest things

A child mesmerizes at the smallest of things; the smallest of details are a mystery to them. Hence their curiosity, persistence and admiration.
It is beautiful to spend time with the children in your life, seeing their faces light up with enjoyment when you do something silly or when they are simply enjoying your presence.

Children are free beings who don't want to give up this right: freedom. Kneeling down to play, help or instruct a child makes me feel so lucky to be alive. To be part of their world is to have no limits of what can be achieved; imagination can take you anywhere you want to go.

Monday, September 1, 2014

20th Wedding Anniversary Photo Shoot

I was 17 years old when my eldest sister got married. It was our first major event in our new country and I remember being so proud of being part of it :). Back then I remember wanting to give her and my brother in law something special for their wedding, however I was still in high school and wasn't able to.

So for their upcoming 20th wedding anniversary I thought it would be a good idea to create some beautiful memories for them. We went to a lovely little park nearby and had a lot of fun posing and photographing.

Wishing them health, happiness and many more years together!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Nine months in the making - part 9

Over seven months have past and Haya will soon be a little toddler. Her eyes are captivating and her parents are still the only world she knows. She makes noises and grabs things; I'm sure her parents melt every time she smiles at them :).

Book week project

In preparation for Book Week, we've been arranging costumes for our little ones to wear, so I thought it would be a good idea to do mini photo shoots of the children from my daughter's class.
Many mums do a lot of volunteer work with our little ones, so I thought it would be a good way to give back a little memento of this special week.

The kids (and I) had so much fun and were so cooperative, it was unbelievable. :) We headed to our local library where there were lots of open shade, trees and green areas. The inside of the library proved to be great too! Here are some (but not all) of my favourite shots :D

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sam and Bella

What a fun and inspiring weekend this was!
Through our daughter we've met so many great parents; our circle of friends keeps on growing. Her class is no different; we've met some amazing families and we are now a great little community.

Yesterday I had the privilege of photographing some of these amazing people: Sam and Bella, a special mother and daughter shoot. They are energetic, generous, fun and always full of life.
I think the best way to photograph children is by getting them to do something, and catch the smiles, laughs and gestures.
So we went to a playground and just had fun!