Sarah wanted a variety of images to serve multiple purposes from business to personal. We started with some more conservative business headshots, and then ended our 2 hour session with fun personal portraits. Sarah was the best sport, and we had a blast together finding cool spots to shoot in Marina Del Rey! She ended up with so many wonderful and varied images for her to choose from (I told her she should be a model)! Here are a few of my faves from the day.
I am so honored that Trina trusted me to do a sacred portrait session honoring her 40th birthday. Trina admitted to me that she has been feeling insecure lately, and that the thought of having her photo take was making her feel really uncomfortable. We spent a lot of time talking about her feelings, and what she wanted to feel when she looked at her images. She wanted to feel seen and understood, and she wanted to be able to see her own beauty in a new way. She wanted to be able to see and honor herself exactly where she is. Our session was pure magic! The trust that she placed in me inspired me to treat each moment with reverence and care. I always do this, but somehow it felt more tender this time because if what she shared with me before our portrait session. As our session progressed, I could see and feel Trina settling into the radiant light and beauty that the rest of us see all the time. She embodied her power and all of the facets of her beautiful self. I am so grateful for my work because I get to connect deeply with women who want to embody their power and beauty in new ways all the time. What a blessing! Thank you Trina for trusting me!
I honestly don’t even know where to begin with the amazing experience of working with Tabby. She is not only my business coach, but I have participated in her wonderful Women on The TEDx Stage class twice! She is a force to be reckoned with and wields her wisdom, grace and strength as magical superpowers as she empowers women to stand up and find their voice! She is also one of the creators of 50 Women Can , a leadership program for women focusing on gender parity in Hollywood.
I could go on and on about her accolades, but what I love most about Tabby is her peaceful confidence, and the way that she can instill the same in anyone around her. She can fill a room with her light, and in doing so she lifts other women up into their own light. She is so inspiring to me and so many others! When she asked me to work with her to capture some images to support her mission, I was so honored. In this session, we focused on the side of Tabby that is a business coach, speaker and leader. Stay tuned for the second session which will capture a whole other side of this luminous woman. I love personal branding portrait sessions like this, because we can co-create an experience that captures every nuance needed to support a woman and her unique brand or goal!
I am so grateful for Tabby, and for the work we do together, and most especially for our blossoming friendship! Thank you Tabby!
Meet Teresa Coltrin of Let Go Live Coaching!! When I first met Teresa, I knew we were meant to be in each other’s lives! She is a radiant light, who bestows healing just by being in her presence! She is committed to help people overcome their inner critic, and does so with people of many backgrounds and experiences with gentle and confident guidance. She is a young woman who is wise beyond her years and uses her own healing journey as a way to support others. She always blows me away with her deep loving presence, and inner strength. Teresa needed some personal branding portraits for her website and marketing materials, and I was so excited to get to spend a half day with her in her beautiful live/work space in Pacific Palisades, CA shooting and getting to know each other!
Mary is a true warrior!. She is pure grace and light! She was here all the way from Ireland and we got to spend a couple of hours together wandering, shooting and sharing our hearts. I love sessions like this so much!I feel so grateful for the time we spent together capturing her loveliness!
All of these ladies are powerhouses in their fields! I captured these portraits in a group session which left us all enriched and happy and with a belly ache from laughing!!
I had the true honor of spending my morning taking portraits of this radiant being! I have known Sami Mehra for years as she is one of my favorite yoga teachers of all time. She is a true peaceful warrior. She has brought me so much peace, solace and growth over those years on my "prayer mat" (as she calls our yoga mats). I am so honored that she wanted me to \ capture some portraits of her luminous self!
I had the best morning hiking around in nature with Sheridan Semple of Aspen Holistic Health. I am lucky enough to have known Sheridan for 25 years. Over that time I have witnessed her find her way into her true calling. She is a Holistic Health Practitioner, Nutritionist and Clinical Aromatherapist and most of all, is passionate about educating people on how to heal themselves. She has helped me with some challenging health issues and I highly recommend her services!!! She can work in person or remotely!!!! Here she is communing with nature and shining her beautiful light!
Harmony and her radiance have been featured here many times. This sacred portrait session is special because it is in honor of a transition in career for this dynamic woman! I cannot wait to see what this next year holds for her! She is a force to be reckoned with, that is for certain!
I love commemorating milestones with portraits. Jan asked me to document her 40th birthday party, as well as capture some portraits of her. This woman is entering her 40's with grace and strength! I only just met her, but I can feel her compassion and warmth so strongly every time we are around each other. She is a bright light in this world for sure!
Lily is a talented singer, songwriter whom I have had the pleasure of knowing for many years. We never get to spend quite enough time together, so needless to say I was thrilled to be able to spend an afternoon with her capturing some images for her new EP that is due out any time now! Her beautiful voice matches her luminous presence.
I have been photographing Pearl since she was a wee one who knew she would be an actor. I have written about her determination and grit before, and now at age 16, it is starting to really pay off. She just landed her first big movie, and I could not be more proud!! I was so excited that she and her dedicated mo wanted to do a session with me to commemorate her latest leap onto the big screen!
As I was perusing Instagram one day, a comment popped up on a photo I posted : “Margie, would you ever be interested in coming to Nicaragua to do a photo shoot for me”? Hmmmmm, let me think about that for a while (not really!!)…… I am not sure my fingers have ever flown so quickly across my keyboard as I answered a hearty and resounding YES! It was my dream job: a personal branding session, with a creative entrepreneur…AND it was in Central America, where I have not been in many years, but have always loved deeply.
Courtney Pinkerton and I met online a few years ago when we were both enrolled in Marie Forleo’s B School. Until I pulled up to her Nicaragua home on a rainy night, we had never actually met in person. Courtney is a Martha Beck certified life coach, and the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching. She is also the author of the soon to be published book, The Flourish Formula, dedicated to over achievers who need help slowing down while still staying productive. As a complement to all of that, she leads luscious and supportive retreats for women, the next one being in Nicaragua in October.
Courtney needed some new images for her book, social media, as well as for her website. She wanted to capture the essence of her life as an entrepreneur living abroad. Of course this entire scenario was right up my alley, not to mention that the color pallet of Granada, and her peaceful life with her family there was a perfect backdrop for us to achieve this. I was invited into her luscious world, and got to have a glimpse into her beautiful and rich life as we photographed in all of the places that she frequents in her daily life. My goal was to capture her in her natural environment to provide her clients and potential readers with a sense of her life and energy. We had many adventures along the way, including my first experience of shooting from a kayak on a volcanic lake!
As always I feel so honored to be invited into a client's life and heart. I will always treasure this trip and the opportunity to connect with and co-create with such a wonderful woman and her beautiful family!
I had the best time meeting Kara and collaborating to get some portraits for her new project! She was a dream to work with, and we had a wonderful flow together as we wandered around the streets of Venice chasing the sunset light. Kara is the founder of the Feminine Intelligence, and as such connects with and empowers women to be seen and heard in the world. I am so grateful for our connection, and look forward to collaborating in the future!!
I was so thrilled when one of my dear friends from high school hired me to take her daughter's portraits. Commemorating transitions and life’s amazing journey is what sacred portrait sessions are all about! I am in awe of this young woman as she steps across the threshold into her next phase of life and learning! I immediately fell in love with her amazing spirit, and I walked away feeling so inspired and uplifted. I am sure college is going to set her on a path where she lights up the world with her determination and innovation!!!
Orly Avineri has been an inspiration and teacher of mine for quite some time now. She has created two stunning books on her artist journals, and also leads beautiful workshops on art journaling and the creative practice around the U.S. I had the opportunity to take one of her amazing classes a few years ago, and I was totally transformed by the experience!
I was so thrilled to be able to capture some portraits of Orly and her beautiful daughter, Maya the other day in Venice. I was totally honored to be in the presence of such a strong mother-daughter connection. Their love was palpable. I am so grateful to know them!
Erin has the BEST laugh you will ever hear, and a knack for bringing our the laughter and fun in any conversation. She is kind, sincere and extremely talented! I loved getting to spend some time with her during our session in Venice.
This is the second session I have done with Sheyla and her son. I always have the most wonderful time with them. Chasing a four year old and his elusive focus on my lens is always a fun challenge for me! I hope to do many more shoots with these guys in the future. Hopefully we can get dad to come along next time ;-)
One of the greatest joys for me as a photographer is capturing the beauty and soulful essence of women who are in their element and in their power. My annual ‘goddess shoot’ with Harmony Scott Jewelry Design is one of the times where I am guaranteed to experience this blessing in spades! The ladies at HSJD always rustle up some of the most gorgeous and accomplished women of the roaring fork valley to model for our shoots. We started this annual shoot a while back whenever I came home to Colorado for my summer trip. It has become a wonderful tradition that I look very forward to!
This year Harmony herself was abroad on business, so her trusty team spearheaded the shoot. Crystal and Claire did an amazing job setting it all up, despite the fact that we had to change locations twice, and ended up shooting amidst thunder, lightening and rain. There were some challenges for me as a photographer (mainly the super low light that resulted from dark thunder clouds), but between my hearty gear, the positive attitude of our models, and the efficiency of Claire and Crystal as stylists, it was a huge success!!!
I am very grateful to have had this time with all of these beautiful women in a place that is my heart’s home.
I had the amazing fortune of meeting Gemma Marin recently. She instantly captivated me on so many levels. Her beauty, as you can see is undeniable, and the humility with which she balances that gift is awe-inspiring! She is an actor living in Los Angeles, but is originally from Spain. She is incredibly connected and sincere, and has a light about her that no one could forget. Suffice it to say, she has it ALL going on. Her latest gig was a wonderful commercial for Nespresso featuring Danny DeVito and George Clooney. Yes, she got to dance cheek to cheek with George and Danny! I think they should both count themselves lucky. I certainly count myself lucky to have met and connected with this beautiful soul! I look forward to collaborating with her in the future!
This session was a true collaboration with my amazingly talented friends, Gabriella Dorsen (hair) and her sister Bria Dorsen (makeup). Silvia Guijarro Parra was our consultant and transportation advisor :-). Working with these ladies not only makes everything fun but they are the consummate professionals making their expert work look effortless!!! I can't wait to do more sessions with them!