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Celebrate the Magic

Wishing everyone a blessed holiday season and a successful 2017!

Heartfelt thanks to Jeanette Vonier for helping to create this image with me. Jeanette went all out with sensational makeup! Alyssa Ruehle was our beautiful (and patient!) model.

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Angels do exist on Earth...

Capture her as she is now...

A photographic image is a treasured preservation tool. This Fantasy Portrait has become part of who Tiana is at this point in her life’s journey. It's a part of her legacy and history. This image of Tiana will live with her forever.

I had an amazing experience — the time went by so quickly! I loved getting pampered with hair and makeup. The photographs are c’est magnifique!!!!!!
Thank you Tracey :)
— Tiana Gjerman

 

 

 

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INTERVIEW: How do Fantasy Portraits help women uncover their true selves?

How do you help women go deeper and learn how to uncover their true selves?

We start by getting to know you through a discovery session. You share what you’re comfortable sharing: your biggest dreams, desires, hopes, aspirations. The object is for you to let your imagination go and explore.

Through this process, a concept will gel. Together, we'll fine-tune the image, getting more excited about the portrait as we go.
 

Why is this creative process to unlock a personal image that expresses your 'soul' self useful?

Our mission at Fantasy Portraits is to help women go deeper and learn how to connect with their inner beauty and soul. To unlock a personal image that expresses their "spiritual" self. Through exploring and understand a side of yourself you may not think about in your everyday life, you increase your self-esteem and self-love.

A photographic image is a preservation tool. Your Fantasy Portrait becomes part of who you are at this stage of your life’s journey. It becomes part of your legacy and history.
 

Does it work on men too? Why/why not?

Creating a Fantasy Portrait will work with men too. It’s just not something we’re focusing on at the moment, though we do work with couples. The research is still out for me personally, but I feel I can help women more because I’m a woman.
 

When a woman steps into that other self, what kind of results have you seen that are the most significant?

The best way to explain is that after the decision is made to have the portrait created, things change immediately. There is a shift toward happiness. Excitement builds as they start sharing dreams and tapping into their imagination. An awakening comes with the sharing of memories. An invisible weight is lifted with the feeling that someone is listening to who they are inside.

Enthusiasm as the portrait starts to become more of a reality. Fun in choosing the outfits and styling, (it’s like playing dress-up when you were little in a safe, supportive environment). Enjoyment in being pampered and the star on photoshoot day.

Then the “wow” when they see their portrait revealed, that is the most exciting part! Unleashing someone’s creativity and unlocking someone’s heart is the biggest reward for me.
 

Which are ideal places/locations to photograph the fine-art fantasy portrait?

Magical or mystical locations. Locations that have meaning for the person creating the portrait. For example, we just did one in Maui. The woman in the portrait has a powerful connection with Hawaii and Maui. The portrait combines a dream she had of white feathers falling all around her with all the beauty the island has to offer. So we created this timeless portrait in this stunning location that she has such a connection to. The more stunning the location, the more powerful the portrait becomes.

If you’d like to explore creating your Fantasy Portrait, send an email to tracey@fantasyportraits.co.

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Size does matter, especially when you're talking about a softbox...

I love understanding light through photography. It was so exciting to find an affordable HUGE softbox last week at B&H. In photography, the larger the light source in relation to the subject, the softer or more flattering the light will be.

 

By putting an 8 foot softbox in my 10x12 foot room, I've basically turned my room into a softbox!

By putting an 8 foot softbox in my 10x12 foot room, I've basically turned my room into a softbox!

It's so easy with this setup to photograph anything in this room, including my Fantasy Portrait models!

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Helping women with cancer through hair loss...

Creating a Fantasy Portrait can be about using different hairstyles or colors other than your natural color. Sometimes using wigs to create the effect you desire is essential. Wanting to learn more about wigs and wig styles is what led me to find Barbara Cameron. Once I saw her site video, I knew she would be my perfect teacher. We worked together to find the right Fantasy Portrait wig.

In exchange, I volunteered to photograph Barbara for her upcoming book that will serve as a guide into the non-medical questions and solutions that empower women in maintaining their self-image. You can learn more about Barbara at wigdesignbycameron.com

Barbara wanted a photograph that showed her spiritual warmth, connection and availability.....

Barbara has been helping women in cancer treatment navigate the transition of hair loss for many years.  Her knowledge of the wig industry and her ability to custom cut hairpieces has made her the perfect choice for women during this difficult time. Barbara has been a salon owner and hair stylist for over 25 years and volunteers as an educator for a national cancer organization. Teaching women the new life skills they need to navigate a now compromised immune system has given her valuable insight into this experience. 

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