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Ursula Tocik Photography 079 6933784

Good Morning Lovelies,

Retouching and editing:

Today I want to talk around my portrait style a bit.

My style, and branding have been developed over ten years now, I am at a place where I am happy with my editing workflow and style. I am not one to over edit any portrait, but my style is unique and perhaps this will change over the next few years.

How would I describe my style?

I would say I am a neoclassical, natural light portrait photographer that likes my portraits soft and creamy almost dreamy.

I hand edit each portrait before a viewing, and retouching is a huge part of what I do.
Woman want to look and feel “younger, thinner, more beautiful”. I have never, and I mean not once, heard a woman say to me “you can leave my cellulite, leave my wrinkles and jowls, and please add a fat roll to my stomach”. So here is what I do when editing, I always lighten (not remove) wrinkles and frown lines, I always soften jowls, I remove pimples and spots, I remove things like bruises and sun spots.
I very seldom do actual body contouring, because my posing skills take care of this mostly – if I need to nip and tuck, here and there, I will do so responsibly.
I always listen to my clients requests, and go out of my way to fulfil that, afterall, it is your portrait that you will be hanging up and passing down one day, I have enough experience behind me, to produce beautiful portraits and I generally get it right.
This is part of my magic 😉
Below you will see a before and after retouching example (of a sixty year young Viv) and a collage demonstrating my style, which is consistent across any age.

Have a beautiful day all
Much love
Ursula T
xxx

Then I get to photograph Savina, who is seventy years young and drop dead gorgeous!

Savina is a published author, mother, grandmother, wife and avid lover of dancing and music.

I was privileged to received an autographed copy of her book “Falling in love with myself” by Savina Plescia Redpath, which I am almost done reading, it is an inspirational read to say the least. It is a story of the difficulties which an Italian prisoner of war and later immigrant family to South Africa had to endure, it is a story of accepting and learning to love herself as a complete and beautiful person.

Savina, I am so grateful to you, you are amazing in every way, kind, loving, compassionate and simply beautiful.

Chrstmas in July boudoir

I’m talking fairy lights, fluffy blanket, beautiful sexy poses, warm air, sherry and a chocy 😉. 2 different looks with Magic M on set.

Sometimes, you just have to say F it and book ladies!

I have a special deal for the next two ladies that book, I already sold one special, so book your spot next. EVERY woman should do this at least once in her life, it’s amazing…

My business model, broken down a bit:
1) Your session
2) Your viewing
3) Your product
Being a full service portrait photographer, means going to print, believe me, this is a whole new level of skill required. I have kept my product offering simple, and I trust my suppliers to produce quality for my clients.

Yay, yay, it’s friday, and it’s my moon and stars weekend.

Wishing a safe, warm happy weekend to all 🙂

Much Love
Ursula T

For the ladies that I have photographed and who have been to their personal viewing with me, I do a viewing “interview”, where I ask about their experience around their session with me. This is for me to learn and grow in my business, and of course used as a marketing tool.

This is what 99.9% of my ladies tell me:

* My facebook page and advertising is where I am found, I am 
chosen because my work sells itself and they love my success
story, most find me both inspirational and professional
* to feel and look beautiful, self esteem and confidence booster,
present for hubby, present for themselves, achieving a
milestone (such as special birthday’s or weight loss), meeting
me and spending time with me – are the main reasons for
booking me
* they are all very nervous and excited before their session
* they all feel relaxed after their pamper and during their session
* they are all tired but elevated and leave feeling good about
themselves, as well as feeling and looking beautiful after their
sessions.
* they love, love their viewing of their portraits, most cry 😉, and
tell me they can’t believe it is them, they never saw themselves
as being beautiful before.

I know beautiful ladies – and I will find yours.

My personal definition of a portrait:

“To me, a portrait is a creative collaboration between an artist and a sitter, and it’s unique in that sense, as an art form… kind of like a dance between artist and sitter..”
It is not a snap shot/photograph, it takes time to compose, set up, engage and connect with the subject, kind of like magic…

Portrait ideas:

* A glamorous you, for you!
* boudoir
* personal branding/business headshots
* sisters
* best friends
* moms and daughters/sons
* children
* family
* pets
* semi nude fine art
* brides and bridesmaids

Book your sessions ladies, we won’t disappoint you:

Much Love
Ursula T
0796933784
ursula@ursula-t.com

Personal branding portraits for vivacious Viv – sixty is the new thirties 😉

Going back a little, to Leigh’s portrait session. Her smile is infectious! She told me during her session, that she never really liked her smile, but she has learnt to embrace it now. I am so glad she did, because it is GORGEOUS!

Women are such self critical creatures, we all do it to ourselves.

I did a consult yesterday in studio, and my lady asked me what my demographic is in my business model, this was my answer:
” I want to photograph any woman, who has ever looked at herself in the mirror and not felt good enough about herself at any time in her life – because I know beautiful!”

Love yourself NOW ladies!

Much love
Ursula T

“sweet sixteen and never been posed”

Yes I photograph boys/men/families, but I specialise in woman’s glamour, because I love empowering woman.
This boy has a very special place in my heart, his name is Tom, it is Andrew’s son, who is sixteen today – what a special birthday this is!
My gift to him was a portrait session and a canvas of his choice, he was over the moon and understands the sentiment of this being a treasure to look at one day when he is old and wrinkled (like me he says – cheeky boy!)

I asked Tom how he felt after his session with me, he said “the girl got skills, I felt like a model”, and he is gorgeous!

Oh, I also did this set outside my studio (nice change of environment for me), I love this wall! Tom helped me walk and set me up outside with a chair and a glass of wine of course 😉

My style doesn’t change when photographing the other species (chuckle), I still shoot soft and edit them the same as I would a girl/lady. Posing changes obviously, but everything else is the same for me.

I’ll post a few more once I finish his editing

I love you Tom! Happy 16th birthday! You are awesome in every way, thank you for loving me as I am, for always making me smile and laugh, and for never, not once, making me feel like I am disabled.

Much Love
Mamma T 

 

Hello my lovelies,

I have been receiving a few messages lately asking me if I photograph woman of colour, so I want to address it here 😉

I absolutely do, and I photograph them beautifully too!

This is Tabby, from not so long ago, she had never been photographed before, imagine the excitement!

My facebook page and my blog display my recent/current sessions, and it just so happens that I have no ladies of colour booking me recently. This makes me sad, so please go ahead and book your glamour sessions with me – I won’t dissapoint you, I promise.

Much Love
Ursula T
xxx

Gorgeous Tami, my boudie babe from a while back.

To me, boudoir does not have to be bits and bobs showing (unless that’s what you want), boudoir can be subtle and upmarket and leave something for the imagination.

Are you shy?
We all are in front of the camera, but this is where I step in, you see I am really good at what I do, I am a loving, caring, fun, professional, and I promise you have nothing to worry about. My sessions are structured and posed, so by the time we start, you will feel relaxed and comfortable. You have no idea how much fun it is to run around in your underwear for the day (how often do we get to do that?). My country studio is home based, humble and private, it becomes your home for the day too, it’s divine here, and we drink wine to calm the nerves 😉

Do you feel like you are overweight?
Curves are beautiful too! Posing is key here, and posing is my game. Anything extra can be nipped and tucked in post production editing. You will look gorgeous, trust me! Most things can be handled in post production, I do listen to what my clients want 😉

I’m on a huge boudoir drive ladies, it’s my favourite genre because I think we are all beautiful and we should be celebrating our bodies and ourselves.

Come try me, I won’t disappoint you, take me up on my March madness madness boudoir sale – it’s ending soon!!

Ursula T
0796933784
ursula@ursula-t.com
xxx

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