Posts in headshots
A Personal Branding Portrait Session in Marina Del Rey

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.


Tabby Biddle :: A Personal Branding Session in Santa Monica

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!

Lovely Teresa! A Personal Branding Portrait Session in Malibu

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!

A Personal Branding Portrait Session in The Woods of Aspen, CO

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!

Portraits of a Beautiful Lady in Santa Monica

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!

A Personal Branding Portrait Session celebrating Lily Wilson's album release!

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.

Sacred Portrait Sessions :: Los Angeles

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!

Courtney Pinkerton of Bird in Hand :: A Personal Branding Portrait 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!! A Personal Branding Portrait Session in Venice, CA.

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!!

 

 

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.

Beautiful Harmony. A Sacred Portrait Session in Aspen, CO

This is one of the first sacred portrait sessions I did this year with the specific goal of showcasing the beauty and strength of a woman entering gracefully into her forties. We wanted to make tangible Harmony'sinner spirit through all of these images. It was a true collaboration. Harmony is a brave soul to share herself in this way, and I was so honored to be a part of her journey! She is one of the most beautiful women I know, inside and out, and her fierce yet tender nature shows perfectly through these images! The jewelry she is wearing is all designed and made by her.....original designs that you can find on her website for Harmony Scott Jewelry Design

Headshots and Portraits. A Retrospective

From time to time I love to go back and look at the portrait sessions I have done. This last year was mainly consumed by my sailing adventure, but I did manage to get a bunch of wonderful sessions in as well. I love my clients so much. It is great to see how they are all making their mark on the world! Here you'll see a writer/meditation teacher, a director/cameraman, a grad school student, a couple of actors, a professional musician, a hair stylist, a couple of realtors, a spiritual teacher, a craftsman and a jewelry designer/entrepreneur. It feels so great to be a part of these entrepreneurs' paths as they put themselves out into the world! 

Beautiful Bella. A Senior Portrait Session in Arizona

I have known miss Bella since she was born. I have shot both of her other siblings senior portraits (check them out here: Peter, Olivia), so this is a huge tradition and honor that I was looking so forward to! Bella is a living example everything you would want your child to embody....grace, strength, intelligence, wisdom, respectfulness, confidence and beauty (to name a few)! I am so proud to be one of her aunties, and am so excited to see what she does in the world as she steps into this next phase of life!

Jayne Gottlieb of Aspen Shakti Shala. A Sacred Portrait Session

When Jayne called me to hire me for a sacred portrait session to create her new website, I could tell it was going to be a magical experience! First of all, this is my favorite kind of portrait session...to capture an entrepreneur and creative soul and all of her facets, are you kidding me??? I have died and gone to heaven!! I counted the days until I could fly to Colorado and do our shoot! Jayne and I have many many friends in common, yet have never met. When we did, it was as if we had known each other for a long time. We spent a day together driving all over the roaring fork valley finding the perfect spots to capture her beauty and sparkle. To say she is a dynamo would be a grave understatement. She is manifestation in action. I could see this when we first were shooting, but when we walked into her studio and I watched her interact with her students and clients, I saw her shine even brighter. I told her she was a wizard in her element, and I meant it. She is full of grace and power...two traits which I feel are so beautiful and magnetic when they shine together! Jayne is a force to be reckoned with. I cannot wait to see what she creates next!