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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!

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

Tina is an incredible woman, and our session was filled with fun, laughter and love.

My viewing of your portraits generally happens the following week, this is where product is ordered. For Tina we are doing my signature 9-up frame as well as a large framed print. Product takes less than two weeks to arrive at studio. This is the print layout of Tina’s 9-up and her single portrait from her session.

Oh so beautiful:

For those that remember, I ran a woman’s day competition, that went viral, which I am grateful for, it was rather exciting.

Belinda was my winner, and her bestie Lara joined us from Durban. What a special day this was for me. They are simply amazing, I really do get to meet some amazing women in my life, I am blessed.

So the prize was my extra large canvas valued at R12,000.00, which is almost life size. But as it was a double makeover, I wanted both of them to have their own canvas, so that is what we are doing, each will get their own large canvas, (total value R12,000.00)

Here is what we did and this is one canvas chosen. I love shooting black on black, it is gorgeous, and just look at my pretties from the session.

Have a beautiful day all.

Much love
Ursula. T

My boudie babe – Laken from yesterday’s session

I never do sneak peeks before a client’s viewing, because I want to keep the magic going and I want my clients to have first sight of their portraits before posting. Here I am making an exception a) because I love it and b) because it will be a while still till Raaesa sees her final edited images.

This is Raaesa, and she is beautiful!
And this is my new posing wall, I didn’t Stand after all for this series, my nerves got the better of me, but I am love with this moody look and feel on my textured suede wall with directional natural light. It has it’s own look and feel and for me, well I love creating interesting portraits. I will post a flat natural light image next, so you can see the difference in styles.

Book your maternity sessions ladies! I love shooting bumps

Much love
Ursula. T

hmua: Tracey

What goes into your viewing:

Your session has come and gone,  I have spent the next few days selecting and hand editing your portraits. This is the day you get to see how everything turned out, and it’s always exciting! My turn around time here is one week from your session, I stick to this because obviously you are as excited as I am to see your images. The magic from your session is still fresh in your head.

Your viewing session is where we decide on what product you will be taking, what sizes, what format. We go through layouts and choose something that you will fall in love with everytime you see it.

Once your order has been placed with my spupplier, it typically takes one week for product to arrive at studio for you to collect. This means there is a two week turn around time from your session to receiving your beautiful portraits, ready to hang in your home. This makes my soul dance, to see my work in print.

Once your session is over, you will have memories to treasure for a lifetime.

And that is how we do it here ladies, come try us for a session

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.

Now this little birdy was amazing, she had so much fun, and barked at my puppies, danced and posed. I am talking about Roxy the cockatoo, although Lauren was pretty spectacular herself 😉

This is our cockatoo / couple/ glam session from last week, more to follow

Lauren and Jacques, and Lynda and roxy, thank you for an incredible experience!

 

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