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Good morning lovelies,

Today I want to talk around connection and body language. These are both vital in creating a beautiful portrait.

Meet Susan, beautiful Susan!

Connection, is my ability to interact with my subject during a portrait session (whether I have met them or not). I met Susan at my event for the first time. I remember looking at her as she walked in to come greet me and in that moment I thought “wow, what a beautiful confident woman!” we hit it off immediately and she sat down to help me with name labels. Needless to say I have saved her name in my phone as Susan name tags lol. I have huge love in my heart for people, I love connecting and hearing stories and just being present in the moment for other people.

Susan won my second prize on the day, 5 digitals and print, so I had the honour of spending time with her yesterday for her portrait session.

What a woman! She is kind and funny and smart and has the bluest of blue eyes (like blue blue – incredible!). I also got a pressie (a gorgeous set of earrings, handmade with love). I enjoyed every minute with Susan and I also had a chance to shed a tear (thank you for listening Susan) also got to knock over a glass of bubbles (nawty Ursula).

Connection is about learning how to communicate and interact and bring out the best of the lady in front of me. Susan was so nervous before we started and not long into her posing she was rocking it! Shoulder, chin and hands. I’m so proud of you Susan! This is my choice for your print ;-), thank you for trusting me to choose it. Connection is the ability to just let you be yourself, feel comfortable and empowered and just beautiful for the day.

Body language (visible in the before vs after pic), is something I encourage through posing and I hear I’m pretty good at that. Body language is about looking for the angle and the curves and getting my lady to shine in front of the camera. Oh boy did Susan shine!!

Dear Susan,

You are incredibly beautiful! Thank you for your love, support and kindness yesterday. Rockstar!

Book your sessions ladies, I won’t disappoint you. I want to photograph you beautifully and help you shine.

Much Love

Ursula T

0796933784

ursula@ursula-t.com

www.ursula-t.com

Xxx

Hi my lovelies,

Long post and eye leaking warning 😉

Today, I am sharing Christine’s story. Christine came to my event in September and was one of my prize winners. I am so happy she won this, because I know she needed it.

Christine had a brain stem stroke (as I did) just short of a year ago, so it is very early days for her and I remember these days so well!

She is still in a wheelchair (so she bought her own photo prop with ;-)), but I believe this will change soon because beautiful Christine has all that she needs to walk again. Determination and courage and a heart full of love for life!

There is a bit of facial distortion, which will get better with time too. This did not stop Christine from smiling and laughing all day. She is truly amazing.

We had the opportunity of chatting throughout our session and Christine had many questions to ask me, which of course I was happy to answer. We shed a few tears too and to help encourage this beautiful soul, I showed Christine, that I can take small baby steps on my own without holding onto anything (I know that she will get here too, but this is an incredibly long and difficult journey and I myself have a long way to go still).

Christine arrived here with her husband Shan and her 17 year old son John-Wayne (how cool is his name?) How is this – they got Married in the March and in that November Christine had her stroke, spent time in icu, almost died, but pulled through (incredible). I was blown away by the love still shared between husband and wife firstly and by the kindness and support of her son who is still so young.

John-Wayne became my studio assistant for the day and we had loads of time to chat as well, he too had many questions and I think it was good for him to see there is hope for his mom, who he loves dearly. Of course he poured me lots of bubbles too 😉

I really hope that I was able to give something beyond a photoshoot here, and I have this to say:

Beautiful Christine,

You are amazing, I know this is a tough journey, but I see a fire in you that burns bright and you are so beautiful. I know that you can do this! I am here for you, anytime you need to chat. You keep smiling and laughing and being determined, this is how you get there my darling!

John-Wayne,

You are an incredible human being, husband ;-), thank you for helping me on the day and thank you for giving your mom the love and support she needs to get through this. The world needs more humans like you!

Shan,

I have huge respect for you for sticking by your wife and loving her unconditionally. You don’t get men like you in the world so often. Thank you for being an example of true love and manhood for all us ladies to see that there are indeed good men left in this world!

Of course here are some portraits of our day together.

Have a beautiful day, keep smiling, book your portrait sessions here

Much Love

Ursula T

xxx

A bond between mom and daughter, always beautiful.

There is a short voice testimony here to for you to listen too.

Ushama and Dia,

Thank you for a very special portrait session, I loved our time together

I am in love with this boudoir portrait, it screams print me extra large and hang me somewhere for the world to see 🙂

Good morning lovelies 🙂

My new season has started with a portrait session for Ivan Green aka “eyes”. I have been photographing Ivan’s fitness journey for four years now and I have so much respect and love for this man!

Ivan is a semi finalist for Mr South Africa AND Top Model South Africa – super proud of him.

First pic is my setup for the day, we have a bit of dramatic natural light to the right, poly reflector boards to the left to lift shadow slightly and I shot this on a textured black board. I use this setup for physique portraits because I love the effect and shadow casting on bodies.

Last pic, was one for me and of course I love black and white (always will). And yes he had no clothes on (lucky me ;-))

Yes, I photograph the other species, beautifully too 😉

Yes, we do silhouettes for boys too. Here I look for pose and body shape only. Ivan rocked his portrait session, as always

I love these!

Well done Ivan! Sowwy for peaking (not) 😉 😂😂

Ivan,

You are so beautiful, so sexy, so smart, so funny. You are a gentleman and a sport, thank you for trusting me and helping and for looking after me always. Thank you for the laughs and for just being yourself around me. I adore you!!

Much Love
Ursula T
xxx

A quick intro video with Ivan. I am very camera shy 😉

Here is what happened:
We had around 20  ladies and a gent or two on the day. Snacks and drinks were served, we had Mark entertaining us, I said a few words this is NOT my strong point and I am going to work on this in the near future, probably get some coaching or do a course for public speaking. 
We did prize giveaways (below):
Third prize is a makeover with magic Merichen, a portrait session with the one handed legend and 5 digital images fully retouched as well as an A4 print. This prize is valued at over R5000.
And the winner is (Rachel draws ticket) Ticket #4228 – Christine – congratulations, I will see you soon!
Second prize is a makeover, a portrait session and two A4 prints valued at over R7000
And the winner is: Ticket #3857 – Susan – congratulations, I will see you soon. PS thank you for helping me with name tags 😉
1st Prize and it’s a biggy, is a makeover, a portrait session and my studio signature product, my 9 up frame (Tom shows the ladies how gorgeous it is) valued at over R13500 (the crowd goes wild):
And the winner is: Ticket #4162 – Amilia – well done beautiful, I will see you soon.I did a posing demo as well for the ladies, so I spent 5 minutes with them and got some special images.It was amazing, posing is the one thing we are most scared of, I often get “I don’t know how to pose” in my enquiries and just look how well they did? It is my job to pose correctly in camera and I’m good at that, so you have nothing to worry about.I’m super proud of you ladies for jumping in to pose for me, while everyone was watching, so brave!I have not retouched these images, and there was no makeovers involved, which is a huge part of the experience with me. But just to show that I can pose any shape, size, height. Look how cool these are?This is my happy place. When I pick up my camera and I connect with the beautiful woman in front of me. It feels magical.You can see their portraits on my page here: https://www.facebook.com/UrsulaT01.We had loads of fun and I got to meet incredible women.

I will be doing more events in the future (after I have skilled myself with public speaking)
Goodies for sale with Ursula T:
I have been involved in the beauty industry since before my strokes, I would say over 10 years now. I started an urban beauty spa from scratch and have loads of experience. In my ultimate aim of helping women feel beautiful, I am slowly going to introduce beauty treatments and products in my studio.

A few Pre-shoot pampers are already available to be booked with us and I’ll add a few products in my shop real soon.
I would love to hear what you would like us to do here?
Event planning and decor:

Lots of ladies asked me who did my decor and event planning for the day.

Rachel Trent, is your girl if you ever need something special (big or small she does it all). She is my baby cousin, she is reliable, creative and really knows her stuff. I will only use her going forward (super impressed with her talent)

You can get hold of her:
by email rachel@trentsetsthetrendevents.com
or cell: 0837280861
website: http://trentsetsthetrendevents.com/ 
I’m leaving tonight for Mozambique to scuba dive:
I passed my scuba medical and did my first try out and I can swim as I am and breathe under water. So all set!

I’m doing 4 open sea dives with my dive master and HSASA, that are equiped to handling physically challenged people. I’ve wanted to do this for a very long time in my life. It took two strokes to get there 😉 

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Celebrating their 10 year wedding anniversary, Inez and Johan opted for a portrait session with me. It was beautiful.

Gorgeous couple and Inez got to wear a wedding dress again, what girl doesn’t want to get dressed up and feel like a princess all over again?

you can take a listen to my interview with Sam Cowen and Hot fm here:

I am so grateful for all the opportunities that come my way

I have no words to express how exciting my life can be. I first met Samantha Cowen who is famous in most people’s eyes here in South Africa and probably worldwide too (radio 702 now hot fm 91.9 radio, tv, presenter,public speaker, international swimmer, author – the list goes on) two years ago.

I was honoured to do her portrait session and besides having the most amazing day with her, I completely fell in love with everything she stands for as a woman. It’s woman’s month this month, I got to spend time with Sam in studio, being interviewed for TV.

First of all, my nerves were shot! Like completely, because I am used to being behind the camera, not in front of it. I am hoping I did ok. I really want to get my message out there – You are beautiful! If you don’t believe me, come try me for a session and I will show you. I will take the most beautiful portrait of you!

the interview will be aired soon and I will keep you updated, I am beyond excited!!

PS Sam you are beautiful, thank you for this mind blowing opportunity, forever grateful

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