portrait photography

3 things I learned from having my photos taken by a professional photographer

3 things I learned from having my photos taken by a professional photographer

The idea of having your portraits taken might seem glamorous, inviting and at the same time a bit ... daunting. Even for a professional photographer, when she is put in front of the camera and the spotlight is on her. Find out what she learned from having her photos taken by another photographer. 

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a singing yogi

a singing yogi

Imagine taking a hot yoga class that makes you feel like you have worked out such DEEP muscles in your body that you didn't even know existed and all the toxins evaporated from your body leaving you light, sweat pouring down your face which you gave up wiping, and you are feeling proud for having shown up.

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more than just a portrait photography session - (a modern-day) Goddess Photoshoot

more than just a portrait photography session - (a modern-day) Goddess Photoshoot

She was a jovial 18-year old with braces and skin that during that most delicate stage of our life presents the most problems. When she contacted me now, years later, about wanted to be photographed, I remembered her beaming face right away.  

"How old is she now?" I wondered, "she must be around 25". So much time has passed since we ...

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photographing this south florida dancer and performer made my head spin!

photographing this south florida dancer and performer made my head spin!

Immersed into setting up my flash while mumbling out loud about what I am doing, as I often do before and during photoshoots, I get slowly pulled back into this world by a sweet aroma of some essential oil. I glance over at my model, an exotic looking slender Gita, whom I met through an acquaintance, and I see her rubbing the shiny oil onto her legs. "I have a bunch of good luck rituals," she says with a huge grin.

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the twirling leaf, or creative photography for a spiritual entrepreneur

the twirling leaf, or creative photography for a spiritual entrepreneur

Dry leaves are rustling under my feet as I make my way deeper off the paved path, where sunlight does not reach the ground because of the thick foliage above. It looks like someone spilled a giant bucket of sepia to cover this part of the park canvas, with the exception of a few resilient greens that are making their way to the skies. A good way to ensure not getting a spider web on your face is to extend your arm in front of you and wave it in the direction in which you are going ...

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Goddess Photoshoot with Nora + behind the scenes magic

Goddess Photoshoot with Nora + behind the scenes magic

"You will recognize me by a green top and I will probably have my nose in the book" - these were my cues for identifying Nora whom I was about to meet for a pre-photoshooot consultation at my favorite French bakery.

Nora's Goddess is Brigid, the patroness of poetry and inspiration, the ruler of creativity and ...

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Japanese-inspired photoshoot

Japanese-inspired photoshoot

It all started with an idea to just get out and do a little photo shoot. Where? Morikami Park, since I had never been there. The ambiance should have been enough of a theme in itself, but developing the idea further, the model who volunteered for the project - Nelly Iskhakova (one of my favorites!) - happened to have a Japanese-looking top, so it was decided to compliment it with geisha-inspired makeup with a modern twist to it. The images below are what we came up with! 

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the gift of Yemaya (Goddess Photoshoot essay)

the gift of Yemaya (Goddess Photoshoot essay)

Yemaya has been there all along - watching, waiting for us to notice, but we get so wrapped up in ourselves, in our daily routines, in our personal hopes and dreams, that we miss out on the obvious: The ocean of joy, the ocean of timelessness, the blue-green sparkling jewels cast upon our shores every day.  

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fun couple shoot

fun couple shoot

Always experimenting and pushing outside of your comfort zone is a great way to stay inspired and to grow as an artist. I was fortunate enough to come across a couple who was willing to be experimented upon and trusted me in choice of poses for them. While doing my research in preparation for their session, I came across photos of Adam Levine and his Russian supermodel girlfriend Anna Vyalitsina for a recent issue of Vogue.  Kerem and Elia, my models, ...

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why I chose to do a Goddess Photoshoot - Christina's story

why I chose to do a Goddess Photoshoot - Christina's story

When Francesca Bliss first mentioned the ‘Goddess photo shoot’ concept,  my sensible self replied,  “How silly!” And within a nanosecond,  my adventure-seeking self said, “I’m in! When can we start?”

You see, I’m at that stage of life where being sensible and responsible are not only goals, but necessary qualities. Yet, I can’t deny it. My appetite for adventure has never diminished. 

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fascination with hats

fascination with hats

I have always been drawn to hats and lately had a chance to photograph many women wearing them. There is something about hats that just transforms you into an elegant classy lady or a playful sassy girl. My friend Claire (in the first two portraits) has tons of hats, from fancy to cowboy and beach hats, and after our photo shoot she said that she might transform her style and start wearing hats all the time and become known as That Lady Who Always Wears Hats. Why not? And the Russian beauties...

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follow your bliss

follow your bliss

I always dreamt of being a photographer and have been fascinated with photography for years. In May of 2012, when I realized that I can have the life of my dreams if I dare to do the things that bring me joy, I bought a camera and resolved to learn photography. Having acquired the most important piece of equipment for the task, I signed up for two classes at a local art school (Boca Raton Museum of Art School) - Introduction to Digital Photography and Photoshop for Beginners. I learned a lot... 

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