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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.

Ursula T
xxx

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

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

Before my viewings, I interview my clients to learn about their experience and feelings doing a session with me.

I believe that the experience is a healing in itself, whether it be a confidence booster, self esteem booster etc. There is nothing like seeing yourself through someone else’s eyes (and I have said this before, I have a gift in this department – I only see beautiful, when I am photographing)

I touched on this with an earlier post for Mari, who has motor neuron disease, this is a terrible, degenerative disease, and my heart goes out to Mari, who has no use of her legs anymore, but yet she is still smiling.

during her interview, she said something profound to me, and this is what I want to share here:

When I asked Mari, why she did her session with me, this was her reply:
She related to my own disability, and her disability hurts her and makes her sad, but she did it to prove that her illness does define her and she is still beautiful. she added, no matter what your challenges are – you are still beautiful.

So ladies, today, look in the mirror and repeat after me:
“I am beautiful, I am enough, I am worthy, I am AWESOME!”

Much love
Ursula T
xx

 

My latest mom and daughter portrait session. the very beautiful Nadia (daughter) and Orlanda (who is in her fifties btw – like WOW – look how stunning she is?)

This is one of my favourite sessions to do, and it always fascinates me to see the gene pool passed down, the bond between a mother and her daughter, which is always so special for me to be a part of, creating a family heirloom for generations to come.

Nadia, Orlanda; deeply grateful to you both. Thank you for your kindness, your support, and your trust in me.

We are doing a 9-up frame and two small canvases for them – all beautifully chosen!

Now it is moon and stars time 🙂 What a beautiful day this is.

Much Love
Ursula T
xxx

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Before I get lost in editing my boudie babe for tomorrow’s viewing, here is a portrait from a mom/daughter session beginning January. Moira and Alexandra, enjoyed a day out together (girl time), while a little nervous before their session, they felt relaxed and good during, and they both had fun.

We will be doing this image as a large, framed print behind non-reflective glass. Precious memory to have.

Moira (Mom)was a bit stressed about wardrobe choice prior their session, but just look how beautiful they are in black on black. Moira is sixty years young – just look at her! Totally gorgeous!!

This will one day be a priceless heirloom for generations to follow.

Moira and Alexandra, you are incredible. Thank you for supporting me, thank you for loving me. In my heart forever more. You are both so beautiful! PS Angelique says hi 🙂

Another portrait for Jessica:

 

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