Category archives: Personal

I’m still standing

I'm still standing

Remember that song by Elton John? Well, I just wanted to let you know that I am still standing and I am back in Edmonton and ready to shoot more lifestyle sessions! Haha, it has been a while since I blogged, and I am a little bit ashamed. But this is life, it gets busy and you don’t always do everything you want to do.

So, here is a small summary of what I have done lately:

  • went to France for a month, to see my family (see my travels on my Instagram page)
  • shot two Truth in You sessions in France
  • hired a professional writer to write all the texts for my website
  • hired a graphic designer who is going to create a new logo for my photography business
  • still busy working for Tribe Red Leaf and Tribe Archipelago, and there is even a new division launching tomorrow, and it’s called Tribe Photo Co.
  • celebrated Mother’s Day in France with my mom
  • spent a week in the South of France with my friend Charlotte who made me discover her city, Montpellier
  • was featured on the Dear Photographer blog! Check my interview HERE.

I have so many sessions to edit… but I am leaving this Sunday for Vancouver for The Camp Collective. I am excited! Meanwhile, here are some sneak peeks from my latest sessions.

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See you soon!



Purging my closet

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
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.

I took some self-portraits

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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My turning point

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.



Cat boudoir sessionEdmonton Pet Photographer

Cat boudoir session

I present to you my first cat boudoir session as an official Edmonton pet photographer. Hahaha!

So, I was bored and I wanted to take photos. And I saw my cat taking a dirty nap on the bed… and I thought: “OMG, this could totally be a cat boudoir session”. You know, it’s all about being sexy while lying on a bed, making weird poses with the body, playing with the camera, making love to the camera… you got the idea! I had so much fun shooting this! I wish cats boudoir sessions were a thing. 😉

Haha I would love to photograph your pet in Edmonton, call me!

Credits for this shoot:

Model: Smicky

Edit: LOAF presets by Tribe Archipelago

Photography: Emilie Iggiotti | Edmonton Pet Photographer