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A weekend in Drumheller: Tara | Part One

A weekend in Drumheller: Tara | Part One

A weekend in Drumheller with Tara by Photographer Emilie Iggiotti

Shooting in Drumheller for a photographer is like shooting in Texas or in the Californian desert. You have the feeling that we are in a different country but we are still in Alberta! I love shooting in Drumheller. The landscapes, the colours, the desert vibes make me happy. I could totally be a Drumheller photographer and I will be happy to shoot there all the time!

The first time I met Tara was a few months ago, at an event in Edmonton. Since then, I have been following her on Instagram, and fan girling her like crazy. So, when I knew she was coming with us to Drumheller, I was so excited. I wanted to shoot with her for a while now, and I was thrilled it was finally happening.

Tara is for me the definition of an Amazon: tall, gorgeous, wild and free.

This is part One of my photos of Tara.

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We took some photos at our hotel too…

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Stay tuned for Part Two!

Creative team:

Model: Tara

MUA: Allure by Chelsea

Other babes: Sara, Robin and Jennie

Photography: Edmonton Portrait Photographer | Emilie Iggiotti

All my photos are edited with the Wolf Pack presets by Tribe Photo Co.

xoxo

Emilie

Know your valueEdmonton Lifestyle Photographer

Know your value

Do you know your value?

I shared this image on my Instagram yesterday, and also in a photographers’ group, and it got a lot of positive feedback. The truth is, I wrote that text in 3 minutes, it’s not the best text but I was speaking from the heart. Also, this photo is one of my favourite, and it was taken one year ago. I re-edited it a few days ago, and asked my retoucher to make it darker.

With the big discussion these past few days about social media, fake followers, bought likes and sketchy influencers, it’s good to remind yourself that you don’t need all the noise, you don’t need the labels, and you obviously don’t need the validation of anyone to create what you want. Just own it!

We live in a sad world where if you don’t have 200 likes on a photo, you are considered a “bad photographer”, or someone who is not trendy. It reminds me of high school, if you were not friend with that person, you were not cool enough to be talked to. How we value ourselves and our work, now depends on what others think of us. It’s time to reverse this statement. The people who have made peace with pleasing everyone are the happiest, and they are out there, creating and getting better at what they do.

This seems to be a recurrent theme here. The quote “be yourself, you are a true artist” seems cheesy and overused, but it’s still true. In other words, do whatever the fuck you want. Don’t wait for the validation of others. Or you’ll be very disappointed.

It seems like I always go from the light to the darkness, and then back to the light. It looks like I’m attracted to both. I really don’t care about labels anymore, my photography is above any labels. I just create. Sometimes it’s dark, sometimes it’s bright. It does not threaten my creativity, my brand or my style. Because my photography is an expression of my mood, my mind, my soul, my heart… sometimes attracted to the light, sometimes drawn to the darkness.

 

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xoxo

 

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 best of 2016Edmonton Fashion and Lifestyle Photographer

My best of 2016

It’s not officially the end of the year if a photographer does not post her/his “Best of” the year. So here is my “Best images of 2016 by Edmonton Fashion Lifestyle Photographer Emilie Iggiotti“. I am going to be a little bit emotional for a second. Please, jump directly to the photos if you don’t like sappy blog posts.

So, in 2016, I started to officially work for an amazing company called Tribe Red Leaf. If you are a photographer, you probably know them. If you are not a photographer, you probably never heard of them. Amy and Richard are the owners of Tribe Red Leaf, a company based in Vancouver who develops and offers products to professional photographers like me. I have been a long time customer and user of the Tribe Red Leaf presets when Richard and Amy asked me to join their team as a social media coordinator, blogger and test editor. My role quickly moved to social media coordinator to social media manager for Tribe Red Leaf but also for Tribe Archipelago, the sister company of Tribe Red Leaf created in collaboration with the Looks Like Film team.

Working with Tribe Red Leaf and Tribe Archipelago has definitely changed my life this year. The community of photographers I had the pleasure of working with is absolutely incredible. (And I even wrote an article about it.) I love my job and I learned so much this year thanks to these people. I want to take the opportunity today to publicly thank Amy and Richard for taking a chance on me and hire me. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you and I wish you the best for 2017. Can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for the Tribe!

Another big milestone this year for me since I moved to Edmonton was that I stopped shooting weddings (but I am planning on taking a few in 2017… more to come on this!).  I indeed transitioned to lifestyle and fashion photography. This transition was not easy, especially having to start over in a new city. It was very challenging. But boy, this decision took me to places I never thought I would ever visit. Because I had very few weddings booked this year, my dear friend Brent Calis asked me to help him shoot some corporate gigs for Scarlett Street, a creative agency based in Toronto. That’s how I embarked in a huge project called Far and Wide, which took me all over Canada the entire summer. The people I met while doing my job, the places I have been to this summer will forever be cherished.

This year has also been full of hard times and moment of despair. But I decided to keep showing up everyday, even when I was feeling unworthy, ugly and useless.

I just wanted to share with you what I wrote yesterday in my journal.

“I thought 2016 sucked and then I started to look at my images from this year and I told myself: “Damn it, that was a good year.”

We are so used to evaluate our worth and what we have in comparison to what we see on social media and on Internet that we forget to appreciate our own victories and successes. We watch other people’s lives so much that we forget to tune in our own personal channel. I thought that 2016 was bad (and it was in some ways) but in general, I must admit that it was pretty good, photographically speaking.

I travelled, I met amazing people (I wish I could name them all), I ate good food, I drank good coffee, I laughed a lot, I cried a lot, I danced, I sang at the top of lungs, I read great books, I listened to good music, I went to amazing concerts, I slept a lot, I watched lots of good TV shows and movies, I loved, I hugged, I lived.

How amazing is this?”

Something in me definitely changed in 2016… I discovered a self-trust I did not know I had, a peaceful feeling that everything will be okay, even if my timing seems off. Also, it’s okay to not have the same timing as everyone else. You gotta dance on your own rhythm.

Now that I think of 2016, all I see are the faces of the people who took part in my life and showed me love, friendship, trust and consideration. I am seen, and loved and known and it is a beautiful feeling.

Thank you everyone for everything.

Love you all,

Emilie

My best images of 2016 | Edmonton Fashion and Lifestyle Photographer

 

 

The truth in you with Tamsen, part two

The truth in you with Tamsen, part two

Hello there!

Time flies and we are already mid-August. My birthday was three days ago and I celebrated very simply with pizza and wine. Today, I want to share with you the second part of my lifestyle shoot with Tamsen. I decided to show you that Truth in You session in several parts because we took a lot of photos, with different outfits. Plus, I don’t want to overwhelm my readers with too many photos. There are still a lot of photos in this blog post but I tried to keep them organized. I hope you will enjoy them.

By the way, in case you did not know that already, Tamsen is a super talented make-up artist based in Montreal. I’ve worked with her a few times and she is awesome. Very professional, a total sweetheart and she is just so calm and positive on a shoot. If you need a MUA in Montreal, you should definitely check her out.

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