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Purging my closet

I am going to get a bit personal here for a minute…

I have a clothes situation and it’s not pretty. The truth is that I gained some weight the past two years and my body changed and it won’t be the same ever again. I have been holding onto those clothes to be ‘fit again”, to motivate me to lose weight, to go back to the gym. But let me tell you something that no women magazine or newspaper tell you: when you get older, you don’t just gain some weight, you actually become wider, and some body parts keep growing. I am not kidding guys! Nobody tells you that shit. I’m not necessarily bigger or heavier. But my butt does not fit into that old pair of jeans, my belly can not stand those low rise jeans anymore and that cute dress makes me look like I had two burgers for lunch.

After 35 years old, your body changes. I was going to the gym every day, exercising, trying to keep up with the younger girls and their tiny body. I did not understand why I could not lose those stupid kilos like before. It should be easy: eat healthy, exercise and you will lose the weight. IT’S A LIE. After 35 years old, your body knows. It knows that you are trying to trick it into starving and sweating. Your body knows what you are trying to do and it’s tired of it. At least, mine is tired of it. And I feel like it just keeps blossoming and taking the space it wants to take in this world of perfection and restriction. More hips, more boobs, more belly, more butt… it’s just my body now and I am not going to tell it how it is supposed to be anymore.

So back to my clothes… all these clothes which don’t fit me anymore. For the past six months, I have been wearing the same pair of jeans over and over again, because it is the only one which fits me. So, my friends, it’s time to say goodbye to my closet. I feel bad for all these pretty dresses, pants and shirts which are sad because I am not wearing them anymore. But they deserve a new home and some love. They deserve to be out in this world. They don’t need to be attached to my shame anymore. I want to make them free.

So, I am participating in this bloggers’ sale on March 26th. And if you want to buy some nice clothes at a very interesting price (everything will be under $50), you should come see us at Vacancy Hall in Edmonton. My goal is not to make money. Lots of stuff will be at $5 or $10.

I am starting over because I deserve it. My body deserves it. It deserves respect for taking me anywhere I want and for being healthy. I’m done treating my body like it is something I should be ashamed of or something imperfect. It’s perfect, it’s beautiful and it’s a gift from the Universe (or from God if you are religious). Let’s all celebrate our bodies and treating it with respect.

So mark your calendar: Bloggers’ Sale, March 26th, from 10am to 6pm at Vacancy Hall in Edmonton.
Mercer Warehouse, Lower Level
10359 104 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 1B9
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P.S.: I’m all about eating healthy and exercising. This post is not about adopting bad habits or promoting obesity. But it’s more about accepting our bodies the way it is. It’s about living peacefully with our image instead of trying to become what we think society wants us to be.
xoxo
Emilie

Photographing Lara Jade

When I was in California last October, I had the honour of photographing Lara Jade, host of the Create Retreat workshop but most of all, one of my favourite fashion photographer. I have been knowing Lara since her early days at Flickr and Deviant Art. I have always been amazed by her talent and her beauty. Meeting her in real life was a real key moment for me. I know the quote which says that we should not meet our idols but meeting Lara has been a great experience for sure.

On the second day of the workshop, we had an impromptu photo shoot with all the attendees and Lara was kind enough to pose for us. I was able to capture a few images of her. She is a natural beauty, and she knows her angles for sure. But there is something else coming from her. She is quiet, posed and confident. Meeting one of your favourite photographers is already a great moment, but being able to photograph her is definitely a huge honour.

I hope you will like the few portraits I took of Lara.

Credits of this shoot:

  • Model: Lara Jade
  • Location: The Mountain Mermaid in Topanga
  • Hosts: Lara Jade and Emily Soto for Create Retreat
  • Photographer: Emilie Iggiotti
  • Images edited with ELMT Earth from Tribe Red Leaf

You can read more about Create Retreat here and here.

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Emilie

 

Mentor Sessions

Let’s talk about mentor sessions! As an Edmonton lifestyle photographer, I had a few people who messaged me to talk about photography and social media. But I felt like an online conversation is not always covering everything. And because I am an open book and I love sharing what I know about these subjects, I decided to re-offering mentor sessions. I used to offer mentor sessions about photography only and it was a 4 hour session. It was an investment for sure. And I understand that not everyone has a big budget especially when they are just starting their business or if they are a student.

That’s why I am now offering mentor sessions by the hour. It’s very affordable, we spend one hour together talking about your business, your goals. It can be done by Skype or in a coffee shop in Edmonton. Of course, you can book more hours but I just want to keep it very accessible for anyone who does not have a big budget and who is just starting.

So, if you are interested, just shoot me an email via the contact page on my website. If you have any question, feel free to email me too.

What are these mentor sessions about?

If you are a new business owner trying to figure out how to use social media, or a new photographer just starting out, these mentor sessions are perfect for you. I understand that information is free online but sometimes you need a real connection with a real human being. During these sessions, we will sit down together and talk about anyone that interests you. So, let’s do this together!

Looking forward to meeting you!

Emilie

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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