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My best photos of 2017

My best photos of 2017

I was not planning on doing a “best of 2017” blog post but I realized, I still want to show off all the gorgeous people I photographed in 2017. So here is my “best photos of 2017” or as I should call it, “my favourite shots of 2017” that never been posted on social media (for most of them).

My favourite photos are not my clients’ favourite photos and not the most popular posts on Instagram. Also, it’s my second official year in Edmonton. How cool is this? I finally feel like home here.

So, here you are. I hope you enjoy and may 2018 be full of beautiful photos sessions with amazing human beings!

Cheers and happy New Year!

(Clearly, I have a thing for gorgeous women laughing. I am good with this!)

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We pray

We pray

We pray.

By Reg Madison

“The thing about us women… we pray. Whether we call it that or not. Ceaselessly. Reverently. Desperately. We pray. Over the simmering pot of I love you too much to let you go hungry, to the mindfulness in striking the match, it’s all prayer. When we turn off and tuck in, we pray. Through each I’m not good enough and How can I possibly? We pray. When we steal 4 minutes in the bathroom while catching our breath, 3.5 of those are spent in utterances of sanctification.
Over our earth. Over our children. Over our people. Over ourselves.
We are women, and each step we take is a walking meditation calling in spirit to move and guide us that we, as women, can keep the diamonds of faith tethered to our hearts.
Through sighs of exhaustion and the syphoning of resources, whether to a Him or Her or both. We ask. We thank. We pray. Through restless feet and tireless duty, through night and day and in stolen moments of powerlessness, we offer it up and out.
Because we know from our mothers, and their mothers’ mothers, that the only way to taste heaven with both feet covered in soil, is to expand like an acrobat with folded hands and open hearts. And surrender.
We pray with a mysticism that keeps crops sprouting, tides rolling and winds changing. We stay on our knees to see God, not to be noticed by a godless society. We Houdini 4 loaves from 2 because guess what? God honours that shit.
There is a knowing in our bones. Something that is silently declared when our parents are told, “It’s a girl.” We will live a life of reverence. We will exalt all that is holy. We will baptize and be baptized in lifetimes of bleeding truth. And when we are drowning in tears of self-doubt and shame, we take the pause, lean in and practice acceptance. All within a prayer.
Before we learn to talk or walk or say no, we pray. Before we leave this life on earth, we pray. Before we wake. Pray.
In our art, in our gaze, in our laps.
With supplication and grace, we pray.
We bathe in it. Breathe fire with it. Move mountains through it.
And dance intimately beside it.
In gratitude, in awe, in humility.
For peace, for patience for strength
Because we honour that space between here and there
Because even the mundane requires it
And the sacred gives evidence to it.
Because we can’t afford not to.
We are women.
And we pray.”

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Model is Tamsen Rae.
Photography by me.
Edited with Tribe Archipelago.

More of this session here.

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Portraits of a woman

Portraits of a woman

I did a casting call a few months ago because I wanted to take some portraits of a woman who is 45 years old and more in Edmonton. Because in this society, if you look around, on TV, or in magazines, the majority of women are 30 years old and less. After 30, you are considered “too old”. In movies, we frequently see actors playing the roles of older men (60 years old and more) being married or in love with younger women. The photography business is no different. Women are photographed when they are playing a role: fiancee, bride, mother, wife. And as soon as you don’t fit in any of those “roles”, why would you be photographed? That’s why I am making a point in photographing all women, not because you need to fit in a role, but because you deserve to be “seen”. It’s that simple.

So, this is how I met Nancy.

Her beautiful niece sent me her contact on Facebook, and then Nancy sent me an email. We met at my studio, where I photographed her on a Saturday afternoon.

I was in awe of her class, her elegance, and how photogenic she was. It was easy to photograph her, and I love her genuine attitude and her quiet presence.

Here are some of my favourite shots from her session. Here are some portraits of a beautiful woman.

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Photographing Lara Jade

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

 

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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