Yes I have a story, it’s a pretty cool one actually.
My nick name is one handed legend, here’s why:
My name is Ursula Tocik, I am a portrait photographer.
In October 2012, I survived 2 severe strokes which surprised all the doctors and me more I suppose, the second stroke was on the brain stem, which should have caused death, but I am a rebel like that. It did however leave me half paralysed on my left hand side of my body. So I have had to adapt, and deal with things as is.
I started my career of photography shooting weddings, which is now physically impossible, so I changed genres to studio portraits and fine art photography. I am passionate about my studio and the only thing that has really changed for me, is now I shoot free hand, with a fixed portrait lens as I cannot use left hand to zoom, and I use a leather chair with wheels to zoom around my studio using my good leg to do so. I am determined to continue on my journey:
“ I want to take the most beautiful portrait of you, so I invite you to a personal session with me. It will change the way you see yourself!”
Now more than ever I have a desire to show woman their beauty, it exists in us all, and I see that – let me show you!
It is now that I do not see my own beauty after my calamity or two, that I feel compelled to share and show and perhaps even inspire a soul or two along the way.
My home based studio is based in Chartwell North, Fourways, it is a spacious natural light studio in the country side, I specialise in hair styling, make up and the art of posing to create your perfect portrait.
I believe in existing in printed portraits, technology will change and/or become obsolete, but leaving behind a family heirloom for generations to come, is priceless!
I hope to hear from you soon!
and yes – this is me: