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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!

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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My PerspectiveEdmonton Lifestyle and Portrait Photographer

My Perspective

Tribe Red Leaf is launching a series of Facebook lives with some talented artists, and it’s called “Perspective”. As members of the group, we were asked to answer to a first question which is: “WHAT IS THE BEST INVESTMENT YOU’VE MADE, IN YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY?”

I decided to share my answer here, as it might also helped a few people who read me here.

What is the best investment I made in my photography? Oh wow, what a question. I would say the best investment I made was to believe in me and my work. To say no when I feel like it was not something for me. And to say yes to new challenges, and unexpected roads. To say yes to things which seemed out of my league or to not take the easy roads. Two years ago, I decided that I did not want to pursue wedding photography anymore. Something inside my heart was telling me that this path was not completing me anymore.

So, I decided to take a leap of faith on myself and to start advertising myself as a portrait and commercial photographer. While the journey has not been easy and I don’t have a super happy ending yet (like “two years after quitting weddings, she is now a famous fashion photographer for Vogue and she just photographed the last campaign for Louis Vuitton!” Hahaha!).

But I guess the most interesting part is not about the destination but definitely about the journey. The fact is I have learned so much about me, about my art, I’ve kept my heart and my mind open to so many new opportunities, I guess the challenge is somehow a success. I don’t think I would have grown so much just by staying in my box. Even if it is not always easy to accept change, it surely teaches you more than we ever expect to. I’ve always listened to my inner intuition when everything/everyone around me was telling me that it was a bad idea.

I’ve always found easier to listen to my guts and be happy with where I am than to listen to others and realize that what people want for you is not necessarily what you want for yourself. So, invest in yourself, believe in yourself, do whatever you want with your art, don’t follow the crowds. Find your own path.

I hope you enjoyed my perspective as a lifestyle and portrait photographer. Feel free to join us in the Tribe Red Leaf users group for more challenges. 😉

Image edited with ELMT Water 04 modified.

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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

 

 

Dear photographersA reflexion about the photography community

Dear photographers
Dear photographers,
My name is Emilie Iggiotti and I am a photographer based in Edmonton, Alberta. I spent this year working for and with other photographers, attending workshops, doing social media, featuring other photographers’ work (for Tribe Red Leaf and Tribe Archipelago) and I just wanted to tell you a few things about these people I met.
We hear a lot of bad things about the photography community. Photographers who steal other people’s work, photographers who are bad business people, photographers who take advantage of other photographers, etc. We hear so many bad things and sometimes we tend to only remember the bad stuff. So, let me remind you a few of the good things that exist in this industry.
Being part of the photography industry means you have friends all over the world. You can post a message on a group announcing you are going to travel somewhere and you will always find someone who wants to meet you and hang out with you.
Being part of the photography industry means you can learn from other people everyday, all day long, anywhere you are. Blog posts, Youtube videos, even Snapchats or Instagram stories… there is always something you can learn from someone and it’s free. A new technique, a new preset, a new location, etc…. look for it and you will find it.
Being part of this community means you can move to the other side of the world and already have a friend there even before moving. When I was still in Montreal, I contacted a few photographers living in Edmonton, we started to chat, to comment on each other’s posts on Instagram, so when I moved there, I already had a group of friends I could relate on. How amazing is that?
Being part of this community means spending a lot of time on Facebook, Instagram or social media in general for sure. But it also means learning to know those people who live far away and then feel like you have been knowing them forever when you meet them in real life. How cool is that?
Being part of this community means you can spend one week at a workshop with a bunch of people you never met before and still feel like you are spending a week with a bunch of friends. Friends, not just colleagues or strangers, but yes friends.
Being part of this community means you can meet someone for the first time and already have so much in common. It’s all about the night time conversations at 1 in the morning, the laugh, the tears, the existential questions we share from the deepest places of our heart with people who just get us.
Being part of this community means being able to attend workshops and conferences all over the world and being reunited thanks to a common interest: photography. From the new photographer to the very experienced one, we all have something in common that many people don’t have. Of course, we disagree on so many subjects (“yes, I love those presets” / “Oh I don’t like those presets, it does not look like film at all” or “I love that ring of fire shot” or “I am so tired of those ring of fire shots”). But it is part of the community, it is the beauty of all of this. Being able to disagree with someone but still continue to share the same interest in photography, and in learning and growing together.
Being part of this community means you are never alone. Even when you think you are, you are not. There is always someone who went through the same shit as you, the same situation, the same struggle, the same discomfort. You will always find an echo if you ask “has anyone ever…”.
Being part of this community means you get to choose your colleagues and the people you want to work this. Everybody knows the quote saying “we can not choose our family” but I truly think we can choose our second family. Photography is our second family, and sometimes for some people it also becomes the first.
Being part of this community means we speak the same language even when we come from different countries. It also means we don’t care about your religion, your race, your politics preferences, we just see each other as artists first, as human beings.
Being part of this community means you can have friends everywhere in the world.

Dear photographers, I don’t know about you but I never heard of another industry where people can have all of that. How lucky are we?

So, I just wanted to share a few of these thoughts with you. Whatever you think of this industry, wherever you are right now, try to look to the bright sight. Nobody is perfect, no community is perfect, you just have to find the best in everyone, in every situation. Coming from Europe, then moving to Canada, and frequently visiting the USA, I feel extremely lucky to be part of this community.
On a personal note, I have been to two workshops this year (one about fashion photography and one about wedding and portrait photography) and I want to share a last thing. If you have the opportunity to learn from your peers, if you want to learn from other people, just do it. Don’t wait. And also, don’t think because you are an experienced photographer, this means you know everything and have nothing to learn. We always have something to learn from each other, all the time. So, be open, and if you think you made it and don’t need anything from anyone, you are completely wrong and you are missing so much .
So, dear photographers, I just wanted to tell you that you do not suck at all. And thank you for all you do. Sometimes, I hate you but most of the time, I like you… a lot. You are my friends, my family, my tribe.
Emilie
Proud member of the photography community all over the world
Photo taken during the Let’s go workshop in Oregon two days ago.
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