Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Beyond the alphabet

Jump! - Copyright Maria Mastrogiuseppe

You are on your way
To a future
That although unknown
Is full of dreams
And hope

The pieces of a puzzle
Are scattered
Still being made
They will come together
In chunks, step by step

There are gaps
Many gaps
In your learning
But you have arrived
And you are showing up

We'll be there for you
In good and bad
Both must co-exist
But you will find your way
Just like we did

© Maria Mastrogiuseppe - 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Christmas Shoot

Wishing everyone a safe and happy festive season.
Below is a small compilation of my recent Christmas shoot.
We all need a Silent Night.

xx

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Nine months in the making - part 10

Conducted my final photo shoot for Stefania at her birthday party!
A long, yet short journey comes to an end in what has been an amazing project.
It has been incredible to see her grow, from stage to stage.

You experience a feeling of accomplishment, when your children get over the hurdles life throws at them. And slowly you do less and less for them, which brings about a kind of baby nostalgia; missing the time when they were little needy bundles. But, it is life, which grows, adapts and changes. Changes all the time.

I've learned lots from this experience and would like to thank Maria Jose and Carlos for allowing me to photograph their story.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Seasons Greetings

The streets were decorated by chalk scribbles and the city was invaded by children, clowns and bubbles!
This was our first Christmas Pageant as we hadn't had the opportunity to attend one in the past; we also thought our little one was not at the right age :).
The morning was cloudy, perfect conditions for photography :), so I took way too many!

When we were little (back in El Salvador) my Mum dreaded going out. We didn't have a car, so we had to travel by public transport. Third world conditions means anything can happen along the way, and unfortunately it is very unsafe for children. Nevertheless my Dad persisted in taking us out whenever he could.

Such a contrast here in our beautiful city! We had the best time and made a day of it. It felt as if children had inherited the earth! The streets were closed for them, police and organisers stopped to hi-five them and volunteers dressed up to make them smile.

So here is an avalanche of colour and good wishes!
May our children inherit a better, safer and happier Earth.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Costumes and eucalyptus oil

Spring is in full swing and with it hay fever.
I love the great weather we've been having but allergies tend to flare up around this time of the year, which is tiring and very annoying.

Our little one is currently dealing with a disruptive cough which, as we know, tends to hit the hardest at night. We use eucalyptus oil during the night to help her sleep. During the day it doesn't bother her too much, which means she is her usual cheeky self!

As such, I decided to get her a Halloween costume and do a mini photo shoot; which entertained both of us. I was over the moon with the results. I am currently experimenting with a 'film' look to some of my images and I'm liking the results.
Some of the images I captured I believe to be some of my best and favourite work to date, we will probably end up doing some large canvas prints of a few of these :).

Halloween Shoot by Dream a little portrait

Halloween Shoot by Dream a little portrait

Halloween Shoot by Dream a little portrait

Halloween Shoot by Dream a little portrait

Halloween Shoot by Dream a little portrait

Halloween Shoot by Dream a little portrait


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