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A little poem by me, and of course a portrait…

 

I stripped down to my underwear, just for her

Hair and makeup, a snack and a drink

This is a first for me, what the hell did I think?

She had a touch of magic and some sparkle in her soul,

This artist and her gear

And me with barely nothing to wear,

Soon my posing became a breeze,

She made me feel completely at ease.

Look at me so confident,

Look at me!

Look at me shining

Look at me!

Now that I shared in her amazing gift,

Look at me in print

I stripped down to my underwear, just for me!!!

 

Traditional wedding outfit, look how gorgeous this is!

Meet Teri, she is a business woman, wife, mother, and so much more and she is breathtakingly beautiful!

Still have your wedding dress collecting dust in your cupboard? How about putting it on for a gorgeous portrait?

Teri, thank you for an amazing session, for the laughter and love gorgeous girl

xxx

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

“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 

 

I’ll end my day off with a portrait of Catia – Mari’s BFF.

I love shooting black on black, there is always magic in it.

Catia, you beautiful woman! Inside and out

Have an amazing weekend everyone, I have a weekend off – so excited 🙂

Much Love
Me
xx

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

 

Because I am a black and white fan…

Today I want to talk a little bit around the many objections I hear on a daily basis (us women are really funny creatures sometimes, it makes me chuckle)

Are you nervous to have a professional portrait session with me, but always wanted to do it?
Don’t be, here’s why:
** my setup is a humble home based, natural light studio in the country side. It is peaceful and relaxing here – I love my space so much, so will you.
** it’s not about loosing weight before you book me – curves are beautiful too – I am the posing master to slim you down automatically in front of camera, and anything else can be sorted out in post production anyway.
** it’s not about age either – we all want to feel and look younger, I can do that easily in post production, by lightening (not removing) shadows under wrinkles – takes years off!
** Wardrobe/I don’t have anything to wear – bring what you have, I will help you choose on the day and it will be perfect!
** Budget – aaah the big one – yes this is an investment, yes this is a luxury service. Am I worth it? I believe so from the depths of my soul. Are you worth it? TOTALLY! Why wouldn’t you want a beautiful treasure of yourself to look back on one day and pass on to loved ones (before it’s too late). I always help my clients here wherever I can (payment plans can be arranged too)

Every woman deserves a beautiful portrait of herself!

I’m the girl for that, I am the best at what I do, and I promise I won’t disappoint you. Besides, I am fun and full of love and respect for my ladies.

Come try me – let this be your portrait year, a celebration of YOU as you are!

Much Love
Ursula. T
0796933784
ursulatocik@gmail.com

nd this is how we do boudoir here – lots more to follow, this will be an extra large canvas to hang above Deidre’s bed. It will be exquisite!!

Deidre was here last Thursday for her glamour and boudoir session, today was her viewing and product order. Product takes a week or two to get to studio. within one month of your session you have your viewing and product – fantastic turn around time (which I will never deviate from, service means everything to me!)

This is what Deidre had to say:
Ursula. T: ” Why did you choose me?”
Deidre: “I was attracted to your story, you are a special woman, then I saw your images and I was hooked””
Ursula. T: ” Why did you do it?”
Deidre: ” My hubby (Dave) has been asking me for years to do something like this for him, I saw your advert and profile, and decided in that moment, no hesitation to do it with you”
Ursula. T: ” How did you feel before, during your session with me?”
Deidre: ” Nervous and excited, relaxation and comfortable”
Ursula. T: ” How did you feel after your session?”
Deidre: ” Fulfilled and invigorated”

Ursula. T: ” How do you feel after seeing your images?”
Deidre: ” Amazing, I never thought I would see myself like that, you have a gift, I look beautiful”

Ursula. T: “What would you tell potential clients wanting to book me?”
Karen: ” Totally worth doing it, the entire experience is a special one and a must for every woman”

Dear Deidre, from the bottom of my heart, thank you! You are breathtaking! I will never forget our time together, our roll on the boudoir bed, our laughs, my Moet spoils, your incredible presence, which left me fulfilled and full of goosebumps! Beautiful, beautiful, enriching soul.

Thank you to my special Merichen for gorgeous hair and makeup (as always)

Much Love
Ursula. T

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