Good Morning 🙂
My latest mom/daughter session. Natasha (Mom) and Chanel, this was a special one! I always ask my ladies to try bring matching outfits, because it makes a huge difference in a portrait. Natasha and Chanel came with the most gorgeous outfits and WOW just look at these gorgeous girls!!!
It was a special day for them, a bit of bonding time together, with lots of laughs and love and shared. Both posed so beautifully, both look so amazing! Their portraits will become their legacy and family heirloom to be treasured and remembered (this gives me goosebumps)
When I do a mom/daughter session, I photograph individual portraits and together portraits. We are doing two collection boxes here (because there are just too many gorgeous portraits to choice from).
Today is Natasha’s birthday, so my post is perfect timing to say:
“Natasha, happy birthday beautiful woman. Thank you for such special time together, thank you for trusting me to photograph you and Chanel, thank you for supporting my dream, thank you for your kindness and love and acceptance and generosity. I wish you so many more happy, healthy years ahead filled with love and magic”
“Chanel, you beautiful little lady, you are amazing! You are kind, smart, funny and gorgeous inside and outside. Stay this beautiful as you grow older, and I hope to photograph you through the years of you growing into the special woman I know you will be and thank you for your wine pouring skills 😉”
So much Love for you two.
This is my fourth year photographing Shaun, and I hope not the last.
Shaun updates his portfolio once a year and this year we did a casual look for him, and something for fun, Shaun is such a good sport!
Business man, father and friend.
Always fun Shaun, you gorgeous man!
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
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.
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 🙂
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
* 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
* 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…
* A glamorous you, for you!
* personal branding/business headshots
* best friends
* moms and daughters/sons
* semi nude fine art
* brides and bridesmaids
Book your sessions ladies, we won’t disappoint you:
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!