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The Truth in You: Sharon

The Truth in You: Sharon

As a portrait photographer based in Edmonton, the biggest compliment I can get is when another photographer asks me to take their photos.

A little back story about Sharon… I started following her on social media way before I moved to Edmonton in 2016. You know these people you follow online and you immediately think “Oh, I want to be friend with that person”? Well, Sharon was one of these persons.

So fast forward to 2019, Sharon is one of my closest friends now. Yes, I kinda forced her to be my friend at that point. Haha kidding! I think she likes me.

Actually, when she asks me to do a Truth in You session for her, I freaked out a little bit. You need to understand that Sharon is one of the best wedding photographers in Edmonton. She is admired and followed by so many other photographers. For sure, it’s a big honour to be hired by someone like Sharon. But this also comes with a bit of pressure.

But I accepted the challenge and put on my big girl’s pants. I worked with Sharon the way I work with my “regular” clients. I created a mood board for her on Pinterest and I took control of the creative direction of the shoot. I chose a few locations that I thought would be a good fit for her.

truth in you session mood board emilie iggiotti

We picked her clothing together so it fits with the locations I picked. It just helps me more efficient while shooting and we don’t waste time changing outfits. After that, it was time to shoot.

I mean, how gorgeous is this woman?

When I posted a sneak peek on social media, Sharon sent me this message:

“I am so in love with that photo. It matches who I want to be.”

What a beautiful way to honour my work. Thank you for your trust, Sharon.

Love,

Em

A video about my creative shoot

I did a creative shoot in April and I asked my friend Sara Jewell if she would like to film a little promotional video for me.

Sara is so talented and I am so grateful to be surrounded by so many amazing creative people. I love the video she has created for me and I am happy to share this film with you.

Creative team of the shoot:

A film by Sara Jewell

Thank you Sara for creating this video for me!

Love,

Em

Lifestyle portrait session with Shiann

Lifestyle portrait session with Shiann

Earlier this year, I had a burn out. I went through a tough time where I did not feel like myself. I was just irritated and exhausted. I had no inspiration and I felt like my creativity was suffering.

After a few weeks, I felt like I was slowly coming back to myself. Finding my creativity again. Regaining energy and motivation. Not feeling like I am falling behind.

That’s when I got in touch with Shiann and we started planning our lifestyle portrait session together.

For this shoot with Shiann, I had a few ideas in mind but not a clear vision of what I wanted to get from the session (ugh, hello burn out!). We were texting and sharing inspiration and she showed me a picture of this kimono. Right away, I knew I wanted to use it for the shoot and style it a certain way.

I love coming up with a concept, creating an entire shoot, photographing it and seeing it become a reality. It makes my heart happy.

Sometimes, we feel stuck and burnt out. But actually, doing something and “forcing” ourselves to create can help. I felt so much energized after this shoot. Finally, I was able to create something that was aligning with my brand, my style and my vision for my photography. What a relief!

I’ll post more pics of this shoot in another post. Different outfit, different look. Stay tuned!

Love,

Em

The Truth in You: Megan

The Truth in You: Megan

When a client approaches me for a session, I don’t always know the reason behind their inquiry. Yes, they want to have beautiful images of themselves. But sometimes, it’s more than that. And I feel extremely honoured to have done this Truth in You session with Megan.

Today, she posted this message on Instagram because May is Mental Health Awareness Month and I asked her if I could share it. Because these words are so powerful and my clients are the only persons who can really express what it means to step into their own truth. I am just here to document their journey with my photography.

But what an honour it is to be the witness of such a wakening. To see someone express herself in front of my camera and connect with herself in a way I can’t really comprehend.

How powerful is it. How humbling.

Here are Megan’s words:

I’m conflicted to share these photos because they are so special to me. A part of me wants to covet them for myself and keep my story locked up by my insecurities in a place of nonjudgemental safety, but another part of me wants to be open and honest for other people fighting through panic disorder, anxiety, and depression. My black veil idea may be very “Pinteresty” (literally where I got the idea)/instagramable, but to me, it’s an entirely real, yet inadequate metaphor for my mental illness. Only being able to see and react due to the veil of mental illness has been an ongoing struggle in my life.

Within the last month, I’ve experienced great change, pain, and relief. Truly the relief part came from ASKING FOR HELP. It has single-handedly changed my life. I’m starting to not feel ashamed of my mental illness. I’ve been hiding for too long, coasting through life, and trying to ‘get by’ without fully taking it seriously, but I’m ready to be okay with the uncomfortableness of change and the reality of my situation. I’m learning to understand and recognize the warning signs. I’m learning what to do when the veil becomes so dark that nothing makes sense. I’m taking cognitive behavioural therapy seriously, meditating, and taking better care of my body — every day (keyword). I’m learning to let others in (s/o to a very special aunt of mine). I’m learning that having professional and medical help is valid and necessary.

Again, I’m not sure the Instagram effect is great for my well-being, so this might be a temporary share. While I am here, I want more than anything to celebrate the art of @emilieiggiottiphotos and the incredibly empowering, inspiring, and important work she is doing for women. Thank you for capturing these feelings for me. Please check her out, especially if you’re interested in having pictures done for yourself. I think I will put some in a time capsule to look back on in 10 – 20 years.

I am speechless, writing this blog post with tears in my eyes. I am so grateful for being part of your journey, Megan. Thank you for trusting me.

Love,

Em

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Editorial motherhood portraits

Editorial motherhood portraits

Honouring mothers with a day of editorial portraits.

Join me on April 27th, 2019 at the Creative Hive from 10 am to 2 pm. I have 6 spots available. First come, first served basis.

What’s included?

– a 30 min photo shoot of you and your child (limited to one mother + 2 children)

– 5 beautifully edited HD images you will cherish forever

– an online gallery where you will be able to see more images

– a makeup artist on site for some touch ups before the session

– some surprises!
Cost: $349 + GST

Visit my website and click on “Book your Session“. Be sure to select Motherhood Portraits and the date of April 27th and select your time slot.