celebrating life with an on-location portrait photoShoot

celebrating life or more like survival of Ivi is what our on location portrait photoShoot turned out to be. It humbles me and makes me grateful to get to know a little bit of each women I photograph. Sometimes I learning about the girl’s story and also how they feel in front of a camera – deeply connected how they see themselves. What I could tell about Ivi was she was a bit different. Hard to describe but let me try: She wasn’t much worried about how she looked, but beyond that she trusted me and I would get it right. She just played around and wasn’t bothered what others might think. She also wanted to have fun – and she did! 🙂 Her I-am-not-worried-and-just-wanne-have-fun struck me

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and my many times self-concious-me. In that perspective Ivi seemed to be different then so many other women I came across. I don’t mean this negative but recognizing that we are all at different points in our self-image journey. Some of us resting more in ourselves than others. But wait – what happened to the girl I went to high school with? – she lost her dad just after we finished school together and was raised by her caring grandma, then also raised her now 14 year old son mainly by herself, survived a heart attack and went through a couple of difficult relationships AND she is happy now! – Wow.

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Ivi says, the heart attack in 2009 made her a different person. She lives more intentional and concious, is thankful for every day, enjoying the time she can spend with her family and friends. I believe I saw that in Ivi when I photographed her: a beautiful, self-confident and happy woman. I am so thankful you came in front of my camera, Ivi, at the beautiful Wasserschloss Klaffenbach and shared your story with me.

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I hope you are encouraged by what you read and maybe find a brave moment, too, to come in front of my lens – I would be honoured. 🙂 | dress above by Janice Warner

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Warm Words from Ivi: “You are such a darling! Many thanks for the awesome photographs. I had such a fun time and the day with you was just terrific.  For me the photoShooting has been just mega and it is great to show different sides of myself. I enjoy playing with my  presence and love showing off my tatoos – for me a window to the soul. I thank you again for the wonderful photographs. I am receiving so much great feedback from everybody. Hugging you big time xxx Ivi

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See some images of other girls I photographed here – the Portuguese beauty, who looks like a professional model but is actually not, click here – for a mother of two, who has a heart for teaching and God, gives 200% for it all and somehow still has energy left, click here to see Elise the Brazilian gal with her stellar smile and ability to transform within in an hour into totally different looks, and click here for a woman, who became a friend through photographing her, a beautiful girl from the inside with an amazing life story. For even more just browse my blog 🙂 Thank you to all my past beautiful & glamorous ladies!

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