Spring Thaw

Looks like Spring has finally made its debut around here. Yesterday’s walk led me to the park near the river, where seagulls and ducks were busy frolicking in the puddles created by the melted ice between the trees. It was a sight to see.

Shooting Winter in Spring

It is officially Spring, but it doesn’t feel or look like it. Winter is still hanging around, not wanting to go. Granted these images were taken about a week and a half ago, the snow that you see on the ground hasn’t really melted at all. The main roads are mostly dry now, but traces of snow and ice are still clinging to the curbs. And the parks, well, nothing has changed since these photos were taken.

Winter Scene

My Photoshop class is all about curves and colour corrections lately, and I’ve realized there is so much more I needed to know about curves. Yes I knew the basics, it seems there is always something new to learn everyday.

Winter Scene

The Day I Saw The Sky on Fire

Looks like mother nature is giving us a little bit of a break from the torture of good ol’ winter. Temperatures have been hovering between minus 3 to plus 5 (Celsius) these past couple of days. After being in a deep freeze for almost a week straight, this kind of break is definitely welcomed by everyone.

Lachine sunsetI have almost forgotten about this little jewel of a place. I was coming back from my shoot one Saturday and decided to take the long way instead of the usual highway 15. I got to the spot just in time for the most amazing sunset I’ve seen all winter. The sky was brightly lit with red and orange hues that it almost looks like somebody set it on fire. It was cold, and I wasn’t dressed properly for the occasion so I only managed to grab a couple of shots. It was a perfect ending to one perfect day.

Lachine sunset

WordPress Photo Challenge: Saturated

If you’ve been a follower of my blog, you may realize that I have posted quite a few photos taken at the Montreal Botanical Garden. This place is rich with photo opportunity, both in the greenhouses as well as outdoors (during summer time that is). They host several events year-round as well. It’s been a while since my last visit to the Garden, but I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see the Mosaiculture. It was on all summer, but since I have been really busy with work, I’ve only got the chance to take a peek last Saturday. So glad I did, because it was absolutely amazing! I have posted these same photos on my Facebook page, but I thought I’d post it here as well, since many of you haven’t “liked” my page yet ;) (hint! hint!). Anyways, enjoy the photos. I hope you like them. By the way, all these photos were taken with the new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens. Yep, I finally bought it, and I just love it!

Linking with the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s theme is Saturated.

Fayez & Lesley: A Love Story Like No Other…


Some say when you find the “one”, you’ll know. They were high school sweethearts, who fell deeply in love. Ten years of being together, their love will only grow stronger. Theirs is a love story like no other.


wedding bands

groom's cuff links

bridal bouquet and groom's buttoniere

bridal attire

Unity coins

Groom with parents

Bride's mom & MOH

Bride and family

bridal entourage

Lesley's angels

Groom and his men


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Fayez & Lesley, it was a pleasure documenting this beautiful event. Congratulations to you both again! May you have a wonderful life together.

Vendors for the event:

Ceremony & Reception: Olympia Hall
Makeup Artist: Nida Hernandez
Hair: Patrick Bustillo
Photography: Gracie Binoya Photography | Assistant: Maryann Bisares
Videography: Mr. June Delavin | delsysmontreal.com
Photobooth: Photogoof
Wedding cake & cupcakes: Cionit Saquing-Whetstone
Coordinators: Kristine Villegas, Rachel Mhay Pagarigan, Karen Daquioag, Rachel Domingo
DJ: Arnan Alcantara
Emcees: Editha Ong, Raffy Ong


Taking a New Glass Out for a Spin on a Gorgeous Spring Day

Spring is finally starting to make an appearance around here. I see greener grass on the ground; and trees are beginning to come alive with hints of budding leaves on tiny branches. The land looks well again.

Vintage reflection


I recently purchased a new toy, a Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 DI VC USD for my 60D. It is a great piece of glass, fast and quiet AF and superb IQ. It did come with a hefty price tag, but still is a much cheaper alternative than its Canon counterpart. It is quite big and heavy though, especially for a small person like me, but it sure feels sturdy.  I am hoping to put it in good use this weekend, we’ll see.

Pac-ManThe photos above were all taken with the new lens, and mainly processed in Lightroom 4 using a vintage/faded preset.