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!!

 

 

A Sacred Portrait Session to celebrate her journey to college!

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!!!

Beautiful Orly and her daughter Maya. A Sacred 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!

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 Gemma! A Venice Beach Portrait Session

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!


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!

Melody Moore, an Emissary of Love. Sacred Portraits

I met Melody several years ago in Dallas. We met through a mutual friend who was adamant that we meet (thank you Trina!). We hit it off right away, and I was immediately entranced by her sparkly-ness and dynamic energy. Melody is a clinical psychologist holding her PhD in the same field, a yoga teacher, and the founder of The Embody Love Movement. The way I see it, she is a facilitator for healing through spreading love and wisdom. I am particularly moved by her work with girls and young women surrounding body image and self-love. By founding and growing The Embody Love Movement, Melody has empowered so many young women to not only love themselves and shed negative self-talk, but to facilitate this work out in the world with other young women. I have had the honor to witness her in action in one of her seminars. It was life changing for me even as a 40-something woman!

I am blessed that she is now living here in Venice, so that we can once again connect and collaborate! She is a beauty inside and out and I am honored to know her.

 

 

A Mermaid's Life

This is my beautiful friend Gabriella aboard her beloved boat Ku’ikaika that she shares with her two spunky cats Meeko and Pangea. I always tease Gabi that she is a mermaid trapped on land, which in all honesty, I am sure she is! Everything she does has a flair of magic to it, and is deeply infused with love and creativity. When you first meet Gabi, you cannot believe that a human could really be this sweet…… she truly IS! It was such an honor to spend a morning with her in her sacred space to capture a taste of her daily life.

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Beautiful Gabriella. A Sacred Portrait Session in Venice

I feel so very blessed to have this woman in my daily life. We serendipitously met over a year ago, and since then she has become one of my dearest friends and soul sisters. Whether we are sailing to Catalina, hanging out having deep talks, cracking up over some silly shenanigan, she graces my life with more than I could ever put into words.  She is an angel on this earth who exudes love and compassion out of every pore of her being. When she walks into a room, it lights up and you feel better for sharing any moment with her. She touches everyone she comes into contact with with her grace and beauty. When I count my blessings, I count her as one of the most treasured. I was so honored to be chosen to capture some images of her as she enters into her 30’s!!

Harmony Scott Jewelry Design. Portraits of the ladies.

Last year we started the annual Goddess shoot featuring local women wearing Harmony's inspired designs. This year Harmony's idea was to have her lovely employees and friends wearing her designs in their way, showing their unique style. The idea was to show how versatile her pieces are. One can wear them anywhere from a formal event to working out. I personally wear Harmony's designs in all f these settings. I have been friends (and a collector of her pieces) with Harmony for over 20 years, and have witnessed her grow tremendously as a person, a business woman and an artist. Each piece has a unique energy and vibe and can also be combined to create even more of the same. I hope you enjoy seeing all of the ways that her lovely ladies have combined her beautiful masterpieces. We had the best day tromping around the forests and streams of Aspen to create these images. I cannot even begin to adequately express what an honor it is to work with Harmony and her amazing right hand women. It was a true collaboration!

The Beautiful and Many Faceted Trevi. A Portrait Session in Venice, CA

I have known Trevi for many years, and have always been amazed by her passion and honesty. She is a beautiful person in every way. She is an entrepreneur, mama and all around stunning human being! We had a great day wandering around Venice, CA for her sacred portrait session. She wanted some images for her various business ventures and websites. I think we got a great cross section of her many layered skill set and multi-faceted self!