Samantha Mehra :: Venice beach portraits

I had the true honor of spending my morning taking portraits of this radiant being! I have known Sami Mehra for years as 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 agreed to let me capture some portraits of her luminous self this morning! I look forward to more adventures, collaboration and friendship!

Erika and Sean (and baby J) :: Cabo San Lucas Elopement Photos

I have known Erika for some time now, and since she met Sean, I have been following the beautiful unfolding of their love and relationship from afar. Needless to say, I was thrilled when she contacted me to see if I was available to fly to Cabo to photograph their elopement! I am so happy that it worked out, because our weekend together was so magical and inspiring! Congrats to the happy family!

Another Goddess Session with Harmony Scott Jewelry Design in Carbondale, CO

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.

Courtney Pinkerton of Bird in Hand :: A Personal Branding Session in Granada Nicaragua

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!

Kara!! Headshots in Venice, CA.

I had the best time meeting Kara and collaborating to get some fresh headshots for her! 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!!

 

 

Beautiful Orly and her daughter Maya. A Portrait Session in Venice Beach

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!

Sailing Portraits

Most of you know that I am an avid sailor and that I share my experiences on my sailing blog, Sacred Horizons. One of my passions is also sharing other sailors' stories. I have been doing a series of interviews featuring my mentors and sailors whom I admire. Part of that process for me is photographing them in their element.....aboard their vessels. That got me thinking that perhaps more people would be interested in having their portraits taken aboard their boats. My goal in capturing these portraits on the water and in the marina is to give a sense of the relationship between the sailor and their vessel, as well as to illustrate what a "day in the life" of this relationship looks like. This can include action shots and a reflection of simple life living aboard.

If you or anyone you may know might be interested in documenting their relationship with their beloved boat (sail or power), please let me know. Mention this blog post and get 25% off your 1st session.