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strength…….

Strength…. Ursula T 19 November 2020

I felt like writing today and the word that popped into my head was strength. So let’s talk about this for a bit.

The Cambridge dictionary definition states it as:

strength noun (POWER)

B2 [ U ]the ability to do things that need a lot of physical or mental effort:She had the strength and stamina to take the lead and win the gold medal.Admitting you’ve made a mistake is a sign of strength, not weakness.He showed great strength of character when he refused to accept the bribes.We will struggle on, drawing our strength from the courage of others.Much of the country’s military strength lies in its missile force.

I’m sure most, if not all of you know about my strokes by now and the physical difficulties I experience from it.

I’m sure you would guess that mentally and emotionally, this is not easy on any given day?

I’m kind of bored of my stroke story so let’s rather talk about strength.

Nearly everyone I meet, or everyone I know personally, tells me I’m the strongest women they know. And while this feels good to me (most of the time), I wish I could just say, but I’m not, I’m not always strong.

I have to fight every single day to find strength. Strength to get up, because physically it is exhausting!!!

Finding the Strength to deal with my emotions and maintain a calm, positive attitude full of passion is also exhausting!!!

Finding the strength to hold a strong mental state to keep going, to be inspiring, to grow my business with clarity and focus, to overcome the physical challenges day in and day out (for 8 years now, which is more than 2920 days) is exhausting!!!

Finding the strength to still smile and laugh, while my heart is broken over what has happened, is exhausting!!!

So, no, I am not always strong. But here is what I do know, I am probably the strongest woman I know, I get stronger every day (whether that is physical, mental or emotional) and every single woman I have photographed here in studio, has strength which more often than not, completely mesmerizes me, because in that moment, I think “wow, she is so powerful and so beautiful”. I also realise in that moment that maybe my own strength is inspiring. This helps me find more strength. I am grateful for this.

On the days that I am not feeling strong, I simply don’t get up for the day and spend that day and the next and the next (if I need to) in deep meditation, which I firmly believe has helped me heal so much inside of me. I have so much fun doing this, this is where I dream and plan and think and connect to both my pain and my healing.

If you want to know what meditation I do, SRT healing meditation by Alexander as well as Abraham hicks who is mind blowing – take a listen and maybe it can help you too.

After I have allowed myself to just relax and go within, new strength comes to me and I find my power within, to believe, to hope, to laugh, to smile, to love, to take action, to enjoy the moment. It’s quite beautiful actually. I tune in to less resistant thoughts of power and then I’m up saying things like “I am Ursula T and I’ve got this!” “I am strong, I am powerful, I am worthy, I am successful, I am love, I am light, I am unbelievable, I am happy, and I am so in love with my life right now”

This is how I do it my lovelies.

Yes I am strong. So are you, you just sometimes, don’t need to be strong and give yourself a break, take it easy, go within, love yourself and know all is well and you are exactly where you are meant to be and then watch how your life changes for the better.

Sending love and strength to all who is needing it right now.

Much love

Ursula T

xxx

I thought this post needed a whole bunch of portraits of the strong, powerful women I have had the honour of spending time with. I am so grateful for my life right now

PS Have you seen my new digital packages? They are at a special introduction price until 30 November 2020:

You are strong, and capable. I would love to photograph your story

Matric dance dress portrait

Good morning lovelies 🙂

It’s a beautiful day today….

Matric dance dress portrait for the very beautiful Tanica, who just turned 18.

I would do anything for such gorgeous lips, and to have such a gorgeous portrait of my matric dance dress (a tad late for me though).

I have the weekend off with my viking this weekend, who does have a name by the way – it’s Wayne.

Yay for new beginnings and all things wonderful.

Have a beautiful day lovelies, keep smiling 😍😍😍

Much love

Ursula T

xxx

A Portrait or two for my viking

There was once a time when Vikings roamed the earth, and still today, there are a few that do.

I’m not sure if you’ll remember my blog post about my own heritage being of Viking decent, I’ll put the link below for you. It certainly explains where I get my strength from (perhaps).

Meet Wayne, gosh I think he is just so beautiful! I have a huge attraction for his look, must be my inner Viking still remembering the days when we were free to roam.

I met Wayne on Tinder (nawty Ursula T ;-)), and we have been chatting every day for a while now and lucky me got a second date with him this weekend, hopefully many more to follow. I can’t remember when last I have laughed so much and felt so content and happy. What better way to celebrate than a quick 5 minute portrait session?

Ok, enough about my love life….

Dearest Wayne,

You are a gentleman through and through, thank you for looking for more in me than the physical side of me. I have loved every minute with you.

Thank you for making me feel safe and for all the giggles and laughs and amazing company, the fun, love and affection.

Big tick to you my Viking!!

PS. Yes I photograph men too, I photograph them beautifully 😉

I hope you have an incredible week my lovelies, keep smiling

Much love

Ursula T

xxx

Christmas is around the corner (I can’t believe it actually)

Hi lovelies 🙂

For Christmas this year (around the corner already – crazy actually).

You could support my business this year, which I will be so, so grateful for and buy your loved one a gift voucher or a book a boudoir package?

Here is my voucher link (I can do a personalised digital voucher for you here):https://ursula-t.com/product/q2-voucher/

Here is my boudoir packages (huge savings here):https://ursula-t.com/shop/portrait-session-packages/

Your support means the world to me and you know I will offer an incredible service too 😍😍😍

Have a happy Friday, keep smiling

Much love

Ursula T

xxx

Devaksha – a voice testimony

Good morning lovelies 🙂

I hope you had an amazing weekend.When I did D’s post, I thought that I had lost her voice testimony and I felt devastated, because it is not a rehearsed recording, it’s on the fly on the day of viewing (so I kind of don’t get that back).

Well I spent time this weekend sorting out my phone, and I found it!!!!

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkkk, I am so excited.

It’s a couple of minutes to listen to what she has to say about her experience with me and of course her beautiful personal branding portraits to look at.

I’m including D’s link to her business page here, so you can learn more about how she helps women on their own journey in life, which I think is wonderful:

https://www.facebook.com/Mind-Infusion-114758960387630

D,

You are just so beautiful, thank you for your voice testimony, I am grateful for you

xxx

PS it’s a beautiful day today, keep smiling lovelies

8 years today, it’s my stroke birthday

On this day, exactly 8 years ago, I collapsed on the floor and never woke up the same again.

My life changed in the blink of an eye and I had to re-invent myself and overcome obstacles that were ginormous!

I survived a double stroke, which should have killed me, but, by the grace of God and my angels, I am still here today.

This is always a funny time of the year for me, my anxiety levels are through the roof and I always feel unsettled and unbalanced. I guess it’s because, every year on this day 3rd October (2012), I went through a beyond devastating trauma, that I constantly have to work on releasing and healing.

I’m not sure if it’s getting better with time, the emotional rollercoaster, but physically, I am so much stronger now, and spiritually I have grown. I have embraced my journey, as tough as it is on most days and I have tried to look beyond the physical.

Today I celebrate my survival, my 8 year survival birthday, my will to live and sheer determination.

I celebrate my story, my accomplishments and my beautiful studio, which I have built up one handed, mind you 😉

I choose life, I choose happiness, I choose to inspire, to create and to empower.

Happy stroke birthday to me 🙂

I would love to photograph your story, beautifully.

Come try me lovelies?

Much love, keep smiling

Ursula T

xxx

My Spring specials are ending in two days already,

What would it take, for me to photograph you so beautifully, that it changes the way you see yourself (probably forever)?

If you have been following me for a while now, you would understand a bit about how passionate I am about helping women look and feel incredible.

You would also understand, that I am the best at what I do here and my promise is that I won’t disappoint you.

Here is how I see my business. “I want to photograph every girl, that has ever looked in the mirror and not felt good enough”. Because I know, I can help with this and your portrait is just the end product, there is so much in between.

It’s a magical experience, in a safe, loving, fun-filled environment and it’s all about you!

Come try me?

I know beautiful, let me show you yours

My spring specials are ending 30th September, so you only have two days to book your spot, I also have 2 offers on the table:

I would love to photograph you beautifully and spend time with you.

Much love, keep smiling

Ursula T

064 51 1433

ursula@ursula-t.com

Meet beautiful D – A PERSONAL BRANDING PORTRAIT SESSION

Hi lovelies 🙂

Meet the incredibly beautiful Devaksha, this is her story…

D is a mother of two beautiful children (a son who is drop dead gorgeous! And a daughter just so beautiful), she is turning forty three next month so we will have to wish her to make her day special. She is getting married next year to the love her life Kuben, this is her second marriage and oh my goodness does her whole face light up when she speaks about him – I loved this so much by the way – maybe one day my face will light up too. I’m going to be doing her bridal portraits – eeeeek – traditional wear and this makes my soul dance!

D has been in corporate for many years and we all know how that can be right? Too much stress and nonsense, but she is taking a bold brave step and is venturing out to start a mindfulness business after hours and on the side while holding down a full time job at ABSA. It is very exciting indeed!

D is doing a warrior course called – how is this name – We are She – isn’t that just the most amazing name? I loved hearing about this and you won’t believe this, but I recorded her viewing yesterday and more about her mindfulness couching business and I lost it – I was devastated this morning, but D will send me voice note for me to share with you, so we can support her business.

We had an amazing day together, we just clicked on another level, it was so special.

D is an incredible woman! She is powerful and kind and in her interview yesterday, I asked her about her experience with me (still can’t believe I lost my voice note – I feel like crying!), at the beginning she wasn’t going to come for her session with me, there were a few blocks for me to work on with her, mainly that she never does anything for herself and couldn’t yet see the value in coming to do a personal branding session and spoiling herself for a change. But Ursula T never gives up on a client 😉, so she came and I knew I had to blow her away.

One thing we were talking around is I am not just a photographer, I am a healer and I share my energy freely with others. Kuben even said to her the next day, I don’t know what Ursula has done to you, but you are a whole new person. So we chatted (and ask D, I can talk the hind legs off a donkey – for real) and what she felt is that I helped her unleash her inner self that she had been suppressing too long and spending time with me just changed that immediately.

She absolutely loved her pamper with Tammy (who is going to do her wedding makeup next year), she was just so happy that she came. I think we will do lots together in the future and I am so grateful our paths crossed.

So lovelies, I am so much more than a photographer and my passion for helping women is so strong that I honestly want to photograph as many of you as I possibly can, before I leave this planet. Come try me? Your portraits are the end result, but the experience will change how you see yourself.I’m including a screen shot from D with her portraits, just look how beautiful she is?

My dearest D,

You are so incredibly beautiful, in more ways than you can see, thank you for supporting me, for loving me, for trusting me to photograph you beautifully. Thank you for giving me the freedom to be myself (you know that wild, crazy artist pixie?)Thank you for your love, your energy and for sharing your beauty with me.

Good grief, you are amazing!!!!

Much love and forever grateful

Ursula T

Xxx

I always love a black and white portrait 😉 and look how kind D is – gosh my heart wants to explode with happiness right now

Book your sessions lovelies, I won’t disappoint you:https://ursula-t.com/shop/portrait-session-vouchers/

Beautiful Tammy

Hi my lovelies 🙂

Meet beautiful Tammy, who is joining my team…I always photograph my ladies and introduce them to you.

Tammy, is highly qualified in skin care, as well as hair and makeup (which aligns with my dreams here). She is also incredibly passionate about helping women feel and look beautiful. Talented is an understatement with her.

When I offered to photograph Tammy, besides being nervous to hop in front of my camera, she told me how much she adores black and white photos, so for the first time, I did 95% of her session in black and white – straight in camera (as opposed to converting to black and white in Photoshop post production). I must say, I’m in love with the setting and overly proud of my first attempt to get it right in camera.I had to do a few in colour, to show off her spectacular makeup skills and the colour of her eyes.

How beautiful is this woman? Oh my goodness!She is amazing, in every way. Kind, caring and sweet.Welcome to the team beautiful Tammy. I am beyond excited to be working with you, I just know we will go far together.

On a side note here, we will be doing facials here in studio again, pretty soon – you know, a pre-shoot pamper… all about your skin preparation…If you haven’t joined my private boudoir group yet, you may want to – because boudoir was the main theme for Tammy’s shoot – absolutely beautiful!!!!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/193240891299675

Please help me welcome this amazing human to my studio, she is coming for her viewing tomorrow and I will show her your messages.

Have a beautiful spring afternoon, keep smiling lovelies

And isn’t it time to book your session? I’m pretty sure it is, here is my spring offer:

https://ursula-t.com/product/q2-voucher/

Much love

Ursula T

064 551 1433

www.ursula-t.com

ursula@ursula-t.com

xxx

A portrait for my helper

Hi lovelies J

I am beyond excited it’s getting a bit warmer – I honestly don’t handle the cold too well… I’m wearing a dress today (hairy legs and all).

When my studio is a bit quieter, I very often sit and think about life, my business, what I have done and what I have not done, where I am going and where I have been.

I am also very often, my own worst enemy, always striving for perfection and I put a HUGE amount of pressure on myself to succeed in life. Probably why I had my strokes in the first place?

Today I was I thinking around the things that are stable in my studio, you know things that are always the same and things I don’t or won’t change, because I believe very much in consistency.

The one thing (of many), that has always worked for me as a business woman and photographer of women, is every lady I photograph and spend time with, gets the same amount of love, energy, service and quality from me. Whether it is a free shoot, a 2k shoot or a 32k shoot, I will not compromise any of those things. Anyone that comes to work with me, is expected to do the same too.

If I am asked what my client’s budget is, my answer is mostly, “I don’t know and nor do I mind, because ultimately she will get all of my energy, all of my love and all of my service on her special day with me and my processes remain the same too. Now I get a lot of people saying you must ask – but I just can’t, because I don’t want it to have an effect on how I service my client. Does that sense?

Today, I spent time taking a few shots of my helper Taonga. She has been with me for a while now and I have so much love for her. She is amazing!!! We have a special connection and always want the best for her.

When I pick up my camera, I always revert to love, energy, service and quality. It’s like a pre-programmed mind set. Of course she is not going to pay me, of course I don’t mind. I had some time and I love what I do, deeply and passionately.

I didn’t tell her, but I’m going to give her a print for Christmas this year as a surprise.

She has never been photographed before and there was no makeover (although I would love to do tis next time for her). I literally caught her on her way home today, threw my lipstick and mascara at her (not literally) and told her to sit for me for a minute.

She is just so beautiful!!!

What do you think? Do you think she will love this portrait as a gift lovelies?

I hope so….

PS she calls my Aunty or her majesty when I’m bossing her around in studio lol

EVERY girl deserves a beautiful portrait of herself, come try me?

I won’t disappoint you

Have a beautiful evening, keep smiling

Much love,

Ursula T

064 551 1433

http://www.ursulat.net

xxx