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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 portrait session:

It’s a bit of a long read, but you might enjoy it .

So the day has arrived, it’s time for your session. The nerves and the excitement have kicked in. You are greeted first by my two naughty puppies (Spartacus and Leonidas)and one big doggy (Buddy, my protector) Then by me and my stick at the door (I generally stand there waving like a mad woman so you know how to find us). You walk into studio, with your clothes and bags of goodies. It’s a home based studio in the country, it is peaceful and quite so you already feel comfortable. You walk into shooting space and viewing area, where you will see my portraits on display,quite beautiful to look at. By now you have met Tracey, who shows you to our makeup and change room. We are a friendly bunch here, and we love a chat, and the puppies love cuddles. We start off with something to drink (mostly wine to settle the nerves a bit, but we always have coffee and tea or juice too). You put your clothes in makeup room, by now I have studied your body language and my little head is spinning with posing ideas, Tracey has no doubt already figured out how she will do your transformation. We look at what you have brought to wear, and we choose outfits for each sequence of your shoot (and sometimes we only pick one outfit because it is spectacular and it will work for each sequence). I have to ask Tracey to help me remember which outfits go on which background because sometimes I panic and forget. So your wardrobe consult is done, and it’s now time to be pampered. Makeup and hairstyling takes about an hour/hour and a half. Tracey has an amazing way about her, when she does your makeup, you will feel relaxed and beautiful. I generally sit at my workstation editing or marketing, and every now and then I pop in to see how you are doing. Mostly I spy on your body language and by now I have worked out a pose flow for your session. Your hair and makeup looks mind blowing, you feel like a princess, and it’s time to change into your first outfit, now the nerves kick in because it’s showtime. I do a quick test shot to check makeup (the camera takes away about 30%) and then you are seated on our posing couch. I do a few warm up shots to get settings right because I am a natural light photorapher, and obviously this is key for your portraits. This is also a great way for you to get used to how I shoot ( being half paralysed, I have to sit in my chair and use my good leg to move me around, and of course there is no use of my left arm so I’m sure it takes some getting used to). I am quite formal in my approach to posing,  so I give you step by step instructions, until your pose is perfected, and I get my shots. There is a bit of magic for me here because I see everything coming together so beautifully, and I know your portraits will be incredible. So we pose, shoot, pose, shoot. Change outfits, and pose and shoot, pose and shoot, we may change hair style and makeup in between, and pose and shoot, pose and shoot. Until I feel that I have enough of a portfolio to show you at your viewing, which takes place a few days after your session. And that’s a wrap, session is over, you see how easy that is? Oh I might want to mention that it is a lot of fun too, lot’s of laughs and smiles, I am not serious all the time, Tracey also has a fantastic sense of humour and she is amazing throughout  and by the time we are finished, you will feel like a million bucks!

Come try us for a session, let’s create your timeless portraits together, something you can treasure and your loved ones too.

How my portrait makes me feel…

 

Like a beautiful, strong warrior woman!

I cannot express how much I fell in love with myself again, after all these years of physical difficulties, this portrait of myself, makes me feel so beautiful.

 

credit goes to my partner Tracey (Brushstrokes makeup artistry) for finding MY beautiful.

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

So this Mom and fur baby portrait session happened yesterday. My very beautiful friend Olivia, and babies: Spliff, Isabell and Wilson. Happy birthday my special human.

The aim here was to create a large canvas to hang. This is one of my choices.
It was such a fun day!
Tracey was on set for hair and makeup and styling. By the end of the session, she was exhausted. There were 5 puppies in studio (including my two who fell in love with Isabel) to run after, catch and pose, and coax into looking at camera.

Tracey, you are amazing! Thank you for beautiful everything

Olivia, you are simply gorgeous, head to toe, inside out, and I love you so very much my friendy xxx

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:

 

This beautiful soul has come into my life, as a friend and my new studio partner. Tracey, I am beyond grateful for you and our new venture as a team, I believe we are going to conquer the world together. Tracey is not only a hair and makeup artist (a very talented one at that) but a business woman, re-toucher, marketer, and and and.
So to celebrate in true Ursula. T style….
A portrait just for you, beautiful woman.
Hair and makeup by Tracey, for Tracey.

I love you
xxx

I get to meet the most amazing woman in studio, Each one unique in their beauty, This is Rochelle, and she is beautiful.

Thank you Rochelle for a special session, you are a very impressive, accomplished young lady
xxx
Thank you to Hannelie for the beautiful makeup (always professional, always spot on)

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!

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