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I took some self-portraits

I took some self-portraits and let me tell you something: it is not easy.

As part of a challenge in Tribe Red Leaf Facebook group, we had to take some self-portraits. I never really took the time to do it properly but given that I had to spend an entire weekend at home because of my husband’s broken leg, I decided to give it a try. So, I set up my tripod, did some test shots and spent one hour just doing the best I can. Taking self-portraits is not easy. You run, you sweat a lot, you have to think as a photographer, but also as a model. It’s exhausting!

First, it was really frustrating. I had a hard time figuring out my focus point, but when I made it work, I started to have fun. Lots of fun! I changed outfits, tried different poses, angles, etc. It was so much fun that I did it again the day after. I don’t think I will become a self-portraits addict but it was fun to try something different.

So, here are a few of my favourite photos. It’s not that I love these images and that I think I am gorgeous, because I see all my flaws. But I would say that I like those pictures because I look like the real me. 😉

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Credits for this self-portraits session:

Edits: Tribe Archipelago + Tribe Red Leaf

Photographer: Emilie Iggiotti

Location: Edmonton

Special guests: Gigi and Smicky

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Shaw Centre shoot

Organizing a shoot in the middle of winter in Edmonton is pretty complicated. That’s how I ended up doing a shoot at the Shaw Centre with the lovely Angelia from Numa Models. We found a jungle and some warmth and it was actually perfect. As a an Edmonton lifestyle photographer, the struggle is real, especially when you don’t have a studio like me.

So, Angelia contacted for a shoot via Instagram. It’s amazing to me that so many people find me on Instagram now. This little app is incredible. The truth is that it actually lets us connect with so many different people. How amazing is this? I am actually going to talk about Instagram in my newsletter which will be sent on Monday. Be sure to sign up for it >>> check the sidebar on my blog or the footer here.

Therefore, it was so fun to shoot together. Angelia has the most beautiful angel face… her parents already knew that while naming her apparently! I don’t usually shoot that close but this time, I tried to change my habits.

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Credits for this shoot:

Model: Angelia from Numa Models

Photography: Emilie Iggiotti

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My turning point

What do I consider to be “my turning point“, as a photographer?

As a lifestyle and portrait photographer, I remember being very frustrated by the different boxes in which we are used to put photographers. “Oh you are a wedding photographer, so you can not shoot fashion”, or “You are a lifestyle photographer, you can’t shoot in a studio”. I was told that my portfolio was not enough “this” and too much of “that”. It is frustrating to not fit in. Then, I remember being even more frustrated by all the different types of photo shoots that exist. Boudoir, lifestyle, wedding, maternity, corporate, head shots, fashion
 and people telling you that you have to find your niche. You should be very good at one type of photography and stick to it.

Well, I am very good at photographing people, especially women, and when they come to me for a photo shoot, they want many different things. My clients want a boudoir shoot, but not too sexy
 they want a glamour shoot but not too fashion
 Women want to feel beautiful but they don’t want just a headshot
 they want you to direct them but they are not professional models
 they want amazing pictures of themselves but they don’t feel like they deserve it because apart from engagement shoots, wedding photos, maternity photos and family photos, society tells them that they can not give themselves the gift of a very selfish photo shoot (except for a boudoir shoot but only for Valentine’s Day and to please their husband).

THIS was my turning point. This is when I realized that the boxes are everywhere, even in the photography world. We tell people that they have to fit in a box while we should teach them how to express themselves freely. So, that’s when I decided to create “The Truth in you”, a photo shoot which allows my client to define what she wants for her photo shoot. No limitation, no barrier, no box
 and no specific reason to book me. My turning point was that exact moment, when I realized that we are the ones responsible for the fences we decide to put around our OWN work. No one can define what we are and what we do, unless we let them do it for us.

This question is part of a series of talks started in the Tribe Red Leaf group. Feel free to join!

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Image of the beautiful Tamsen edited with ELMT Water 04 from Tribe Red Leaf.

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Create RetreatFashion Photography Workshop

Last October, I flew to California for a fashion photography workshop called Create Retreat hosted by two of my favourite fashion photographers who are based in the US: Lara Jade and Emily Soto. To say that I enjoyed this workshop is an understatement. I met so many wonderful people at the retreat and I learned so much from Lara and Emily. Plus, we stayed at a gorgeous location, as I showed you in this article.

I already posted some pictures of Bailey that I took at the workshop. Now, it’s time to share some photos of the two shoots we had during the retreat. We were able to work with an entire team of stylists, make-up artists, hairstylists and models. The whole experience was great and I recommend any photographer interested in learning fashion photography to attend the Create Retreat Workshop. Emily and Lara are open books, they share a lot and they would answer any question. Plus, they are the sweetest and it was a real pleasure to get to know them more.

For the first set up of the Create Retreat Fashion Photography workshop, we shot inside the house with model Paulina. Emily Soto had set up a backdrop and some lights. The thing is I really liked that set up and now I want to use more artificial lights for my shoots. But I am still a bit shy about it and I need to practice more, so if anyone wants to play, let’s do it together.

I have edited all my photos with the Tribe Red Leaf and the Tribe Archipelago presets.

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Meanwhile, Lara was shooting outside with another set up and a second model…

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After the first shoots, the models changed outfits and then we moved outside. We started with Lara and the gorgeous Brea dressed in a beautiful hispanic style… beautiful!

More photos with Paulina…

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Credits for the Fashion Photography Create Retreat workshop:

Models – Paulina and Brea
Styling – Janiya
Make Up & Hair – Jenn H
Teachers – Lara Jade & Emily Soto

Alberta fashion shootPart Two

This was my first Alberta fashion shoot and I was pretty happy about it. I had this vision like I explained in my previous blog post (see Part one of my Drumheller fashion shoot) and I could not wait to execute it. After the first part of the shoot in the desert, we found these outstanding cliffs with more greenery and decided to shoot there just before sunset. The light was so beautiful, creamy and soft. After a quick outfit change, we shot a few more images there, just before heading back to Edmonton.

These images are probably my favourite images from this shoot. Melody’s make up, her dress, her hair, the landscape… everything seems to be fitting perfectly. I styled this shoot myself and I gave Amanda and Melissa my entire trust for the hair and make-up. And I think they did an amazing job! I love working with other creatives, I love trusting them because this is when people gets more creative and deliver something that is even better than what you were expecting.

This shoot turned out to be one of my favourite of 2016… so let’s hope that 2017 will be full of even more great shoots like this!

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A big thank you to Cammielle from Mode Models International for introducing me to Melody who is a doll. Plus, it’s amazing to work with her. And last but not least, she is absolutely gorgeous and super photogenic. I’ll re-shoot with her anytime!

Another big thank you to Amanda and Melissa for the make-up and hair. These two are so good at their job, it’s insane. I would highly recommend them for sure.

Credits for my Alberta fashion shoot:

Make-up: Amanda

Hair: Melissa

Model: Melody from Mode Models International

Photography: Emilie Iggiotti | Edmonton Fashion Photographer

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