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The Truth in You: Zviko

The Truth in You: Zviko

A Truth in You session with Zviko

I met Zviko through Tuesday Together, the Edmonton chapter of Rising Tide Society. I immediately noticed her incredible beauty and her kindness. She is also a boss lady as she is one of the owners of Casa La Deesse. It was such a pleasure to photograph her.

We did the photo session in my apartment, where I have a good amount of decent light and a huge window. It was easy to capture the beauty of Zviko as she is a natural in front of the camera. I also love to keep my sessions minimalist and simple.

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The Truth in You: Tracey

The Truth in You: Tracey

I realized I never shared this Truth in You session I did in Edmonton with my friend Tracey.

Tracey and I met two years ago when we both moved to Edmonton. She messaged me on Facebook one day, asking me if I would like to meet her for coffee. I remembered the feeling I had when I first moved to Edmonton and I would email photographers I was following on social media to ask them to meet for coffee. How scary! I don’t want anyone to feel rejected, so of course, I said yes. Oh boy, I am glad I did. We quickly became friends and I am happy to have her in my life. That girl brings another level of positivity and energy in my life. She is hard-working, dedicated to her job, she is a loyal friend and a beautiful person inside and out.

We did that session last year and I can’t believe I never shared it. Well, it’s time for you to discover how gorgeous she is. Watch out!

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The Truth in You: Blake

The Truth in You: Blake

The Truth in You: Blake… by Emilie Iggiotti

Where do I start with this woman… there are so many things to say, and at the same time, I think the photos will talk by themselves.

Blake is a photographer and a mental health advocate. She is the creator of We All Believe in You! Many people in Edmonton know Blake. You don’t even need to mention her last name. She is so dedicated to being a voice for mental health, her fierceness and courage are beautiful to watch.

I was very honoured when she asked me to do a Truth in You session with me. I know it’s hard for her to step in front of the camera. However, I am glad she did it, and this is probably one of my favourite sessions.

Many people told me that when they saw those images of Blake, they felt like it was really “her”. This is the best compliment.

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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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Tara in Drumheller | Part Two

Tara in Drumheller | Part Two

This is part Two of my photo shoot with Tara in Drumheller. For Part One, click HERE.

Do you watch the TV show Westworld? I totally got the Westworld vibes when I shot there. This was so fun!

Tara is a dream to shoot with. I definitely have a girl crush on her. Check out her Instagram account, she is a total babe, and she has such great style.

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