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What goes into your editing:

Your session is finished, time for me to download your images, and make a backup of my working file, also a spot check – yip, I nailed it. I do this immediately after, and I am always nervous about every session, I am not sure why a little self doubt creeps in, because after being a professional photographer for ten years, I kind of know what I am doing. So spot check is done, I now leave your file until the next day, so I can view with fresh perspective.My files are huge you know, I shoot in raw, which makes each image around 100mb in my working file. I am up early and excited to do your portrait selection (step 1). I go through each image, looking for consistencies in light, different poses and facial expressions, I give my favourites a rating of 5, and these are the ones I edit for your viewing. Hours later, I have culled and I am down to a portfolio of no less than 20 Images, and it’s looking good. While I am doing portfolio selection, I already know how I am going to edit, and what final product will work best with your images.

I take a break, sometimes until the next day, fresh eyes ready for editing. I use three software programs for this, I begin an editing flow, and every image must go through the same technique, every image is hand edited and this takes around 20 hours, with lot’s of coffee in between and resting my eyes. It’s during my editing workflow, that I see a bit of magic, I see your portraits coming to life and I am always happy in this moment, I sit and reflect how much skill and talent I have acquired over these years, and I am so proud that I am here, in this space to live this life, despite all my challenges. This is all I want to do, it is so beautiful.

Product recommendation done, portraits edited, it’s time for your viewing and I hope you will be pleased and fall in love with your portraits just as I have.

My Annual Portrait Session 2017

Every winter, when my studio is a bit quieter, I do a portrait session of myself. This is my third session since my strokes in 2012, I was too ill and not in the right emotional space for the first two years after, but I am emotionally equipped now, and I am feeling more beautiful than I ever have in the last 5 years. Yes I am older now, maybe not as thin, it’s ok.

My sessions are a celebration of this incredible journey I am on, I get stronger each year, and my purpose of surviving is becoming clearer.
Because I did not feel beautiful myself, all I want to do with my life is show all women, just how beautiful they are.

Yes, I was nervous. Yes I felt shy. Yes I didn’t know how I was going to pose this slightly broken body.
Yes I felt beautiful! Yes I managed! Yes I feel empowered as a woman!

Here is my before and after.
This is my favourite portrait of myself to date. I think I will make this an extra large canvas for Studio.
Tracey was on set to make me pretty (She really is amazing) and get the shot after we found ways to pose me.

Book us for your glamour session ladies, you won’t regret it!

Let us show you how beautiful you actually are.

If I can feel beautiful, so can you!!!!

Much Love,
Ursula. T

A little while ago, I posted around my 50 and fabulous portrait session for Andrew.

I couldn’t think of a better gift to give him, a little piece of my soul and a whole lot of love goes into each session that I do. When product is delivered, my soul literally does a happy dance!

Here are some cell phone snappies showing size, and placement of portrait. I chose this spot for Andrew’s portrait, because firstly there is skylight that not only lights by day but by night too, secondly, the stair well and upper deck to his house are a noticeable feature.

PS Tom is his eldest son, called me to say thank you and to tell me that this is his one day, he loves how I have captured his dad for all eternity. Special family heirloom here indeed

 

 

My Day with Samantha Cowen:

We started with a viewing of Sam’s portraits, before, behind the scenes and edited portraits. Sam was smiling from ear to ear! They truly are beautiful.
A microphone and recorder was then set up for my interview for 702, and my nerves were shot. I dislike my voice, but Sam has a beautiful way about how she leads questions and all I could do was be myself. You must know that my stroke brain had to concentrate extra to not only understand her questions, but answer as best as I could. I kept on forgetting what she asked me lol
During my interview, Leo (my puppy) decided to grab Sam’s knitted scarf and make a dash for it, outside into the leaves and dirt. It was hilarious watching Sam making the scarf rescue, and bringing it back in looking a pile of leaves as opposed to a piece of clothing. He later on tried stealing stealing her boots and then her handbag, which was very ambitious of him, because he is so tiny in comparison. I think Leo was trying to make me relax by giving us a laugh.
The interview was 2 hours long, which will obviously be edited before going to air (I will keep you all posted)
Sam’s closing statement to me was”in twenty years Ursula, I have never had such beautiful photographs, you are so clever!”
She is amazing, down to earth and quite hilarious actually.
Oh and I got a beautiful bouquet of roses – how sweet?
for those that did not see my Facebook page, here is Sam’s before and after,

little bit of info on a session:

A portrait session with me takes 2 – 6 hours, and I always try at least two different looks per session.

We do a wardrobe consult before shooting, and advise what to wear. I always chuckle at the panic before shoot day “What must I wear?” “What must I bring?”. I am planning on bringing wardrobe into studio to try solve this epidemic us ladies seem to have, but for now, it’s bring what you love to wear, and as I am a bit of a jackdaw and love glam, you cannot go wrong in an evening dress (even I have an evening dress – this jeans and takkies country girl lol)

For Sam, we did a combination of formal and Glam Sam. Both looks equally beautiful. Hannelie was on set throughout to change makeup and hair, and it was magical.

Here is a pic to illustrate.

Ladies book your session, we all need a professional profile these days and while we are at it, let’s chuck in a bit of glam or underwear

Here is Sam:

 

I have had a very exciting few weeks in my studio. So Exciting that I haven’t posted here for a while, I seem to be migrating to facebook posts, if you don’t follow me there yet, please do; here is the link:

https://web.facebook.com/UrsulaT01/

Tuesday this week, I had the absolute honour of doing a portrait session for Samantha Cowen (from radio 702), we will be doing a radio interview session next week too, which will be aired. I hate the sound of my voice by the way, but I have a beautiful story to share, and I have a purpose after surviving my strokes, so I will do it with love and gratitude to Samantha –  for the opportunity I am eternally grateful!

Sam is amazing, and beautiful down to her very core, in between the chats, laughs and selfies, a very real, down to earth personality was apparent. We did a natural Sam and a glam Sam session – both equally beautiful!

Hannelie burger was on set doing hair and makeup (beautifully!) and Tracey, my new studio partner (more about this later)

I will let you all know when you can listen in, but for today a few behind the scenes before pics:

 

 

two naughty children:I will be posting Samantha’s portraits next week, so keep a look out.

 

PS: I love my little studio, my life and the very amazing woman I get to meet and photograph constantly..

Come try me for a session? it WILL change the way you see yourself, I promise!

This is Ceasar, a pet portrait session which was a birthday gift for his daddy.

I must admit I was a little intimidated when I first met him. He is HUGE! But after a quick introduction, and lots of slobbery kisses, I knew we would be fine.

My studio is a humble country cottage, and it works for pets here, so why not bring yours along for a portrait session and a fun outing?

Now it is not that easy creating portraits of pets, because they are excitable and don’t really like to sit and pose. I think I did alright here.

What a magnificent specimen of doberman Ceasar is. He was so good!

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Black and White Classic

I had time this week to “play” a little in photoshop, and I found a black and white action that I haven’t used before and thought I would try them out. For me black and white never ages, nor goes out of fashion, it can make a beautiful colour photo, look simply classic…. I found a few more crackers from Gabi and Llewlyn’s wedding at The Cradle and thought I would try them out…. here they are, hope you like em :)…..www.ursulatocikphotography.co.za

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Chantelle and JP Engagement Shoot

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