CJ

I have photographed many warrior woman in my studio, but this lady is just phenomenal, I am privileged to have met and spent time with her.

This is CJ, breast cancer survivor, she has the scars to show of her incredibly brave journey, and yet she is kind and still smiles at the world.

I am reminded constantly in my business, how relentless the human spirit is and how brave women can be.

 

This is Cj, she is beautiful…

 

Shaun

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!

Sweet Sixteen and never been posed

“sweet sixteen and never been posed”

Yes I photograph boys/men/families, but I specialise in woman’s glamour, because I love empowering woman.
This boy has a very special place in my heart, his name is Tom, it is Andrew’s son, who is sixteen today – what a special birthday this is!
My gift to him was a portrait session and a canvas of his choice, he was over the moon and understands the sentiment of this being a treasure to look at one day when he is old and wrinkled (like me he says – cheeky boy!)

I asked Tom how he felt after his session with me, he said “the girl got skills, I felt like a model”, and he is gorgeous!

Oh, I also did this set outside my studio (nice change of environment for me), I love this wall! Tom helped me walk and set me up outside with a chair and a glass of wine of course 😉

My style doesn’t change when photographing the other species (chuckle), I still shoot soft and edit them the same as I would a girl/lady. Posing changes obviously, but everything else is the same for me.

I’ll post a few more once I finish his editing

I love you Tom! Happy 16th birthday! You are awesome in every way, thank you for loving me as I am, for always making me smile and laugh, and for never, not once, making me feel like I am disabled.

Much Love
Mamma T 

 

Jessica

Another portrait for Jessica:

 

What goes into your editing:

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.

Samantha Cowen

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: