It was Rebecca’s first professional photo session. She enjoyed her session and we love the results.
The first time I met Rebecca, it was at my studio party, celebrating Cranberry Studio’s 3rd anniversary. At the end of the party, I gave a photo session gift voucher as one of of raffle’s prizes. With full room of ladies, Rebecca won the prize! She was such a lucky girl!
Soon after the party, we scheduled the photo session. Apart from her own portraits, she wanted to have family portraits as well so we arranged to have her family joined her at the end of her photo session, it was lovely that Rebecca and her family can share this photo session experience and memory together.
Rebecca absolutely blew me away, her beautiful portraits will last for a lifetime and become family legacies.
Viviana needed something new headshots to reflect her new business and career path so she booked a headshot photo session with me.
Here Viviana shares her experience of photo session with us:
At the beginning I was shy and I was afraid of the make up as I usually don’t do make up but then the more we got into the photo session Amanda guided me into the poses and what we wanted to achieve with them highlighting my strengths and my peculiar characteristics. She really tried to get the best out of me and she succeeded!
Impressed, I like the photographs a lot, I can see a new different version of me, In the photographs I can see a powerful woman and a woman happy and satisfied about what she has become.
The photo shoot experience indeed improved my confidence. It proved me that I can be a confident business woman and still smiling and being gentle and kind. My friends were shocked with the photographs and they keep telling me that I should always do my make up and wear like this. But I think more than the outside it is the confident that those picture show and the new version of me I am embracing internally but I also need to embrace and enhance externally, and bring it to the world.
Apart from the professional headshots, I thought since Viviana already had the hair and makeup done, why not take the opportunity create some beautiful portraits?! So we did, we created some stunning and artistic portraits with Viviana. 🙂
Viviana is the founder of Global Mindset Development GMD Malta, here is some introduction about her and her work: Her business describtion: With trainings, team building, cultural immersion experiences and relocation support, we help companies, organisation and individuals to develop a global mindset to understand the worlds around them promoting cultural awareness, diversity and inclusion strategies and intercultural communication capabilities. Recognising and valuing cultural diversity can help our clients to promote inclusion and a sense of belonging in their organisations, to attract and retain diverse talent and to value and transform a diverse workforce into a real competitive advantage.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD YOUR OWN BUSINESS: I have been working on international mobility and cultural diversity as a freelance consultant for profit and not for profit organisations for more than 10 years in Europe, North America and the Middle East but I started my company Global Mindset Development GMD Malta in Malta less than one year ago. I created my own business after a complicated summer in 2018 due to an emergency surgery and the following treatments and it was my rebirth and the outcome of 10 years of work, experiences and people I met in my journey. With GMD Malta I was finally able to organise all my knowledge, my expertise and my contacts and to develop exciting projects and collaborations to help companies and individuals in Malta and abroad.
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS & ASPIRATIONS FOR YOUR BUSINESS: My aim is to grown in Malta and abroad and to be able to serve as much companies and organisations as possible promoting diversity and inclusion for a better society. I am also aiming to continue to develop interesting partnership with innovative organisations and ideas in Malta and all over the world. I strongly believe that nowadays everyone needs a global mindset, a curious mindset open to the world and to the others withouth fear and that develop a global mindset can help everyone in all the aspects of their life. It’s for everyone, everywhere!
Marisabelle Bonnici had her first professional photo session with us. I asked that why she decided to have her portraits taken because, she said, “I will be part of a book with 25 inspirational women and needed a portrait for that apart from that I am also working on my own book dealing with binge eating disorder and intuitive eating.”
She shared her photo session experience, “I love taking photos myself – although my favourite subject is nature. I always felt comfortable behind the camera but not in front of it. So I was really worried when I needed to provide a professional photo as I was convinced I would not be able to give a natural photo as I tense up when photographed. Amanda made me feel comfortable and attractive and I absolutely loved the experience. It was a game changer for me as now I know how to pose better and feel that I would love to have more pictures taken as it felt amazing.”
I am so so so moved and happy when I read Marisabelle wrote: “I am much more confident now and wont be shying away or hiding in the background when photos are taken anymore. Thank you Amanda for this.” This is want I want for every women I photograph, it means a lot to me. Thank you Belle for such lovely review!!
Below is her story and journey that I would like to share with you:
If you grew up anything like me you grew up hearing the phrases “Finish your meal!” Or “Clean your plate!” My parents and grandparents would often make me feel guilty for not eating a whole plate and I grew up thinking you always had to finish your entire plate, even when you were full. I eventually ended up turning to food as a way of comfort in times of stress and anxiety and loneliness.
A few years ago I realised I was suffering from an eating disorder. Recovering from an eating disorder includes not only getting better, but achieving a full and satisfying life. My journey to recovery has not been a straight, steady road. Rather there were ups and downs, new discoveries and setbacks. Over time, it is possible to look back and see, despite the halting progress and discouragements, how far I have really come.
Each time I reach a milestone, I see that I have recovered a piece of my life and I draw new strength from it. I once read “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”
I find choosing joy and trying to experience joy to be among the most difficult tasks when you are battling an eating disorder.
And yet it is critical to try to reconnect with those persons, places, and things that were once able to give us enjoyment. You have to learn to fight and always look to the good in your life. One thing that I needed to hear was: you are not weak. I am nowhere close to the end of my journey, because finding happiness doesn’t end when you get it—it’s a lifelong path of finding what you enjoy to become who you want to be.
I have beautiful days and I have dark days. It is those dark days, however, that I grasp onto, and that I use to propel me onward through whatever emotions I am feeling. I embrace the night, because without it, morning would never rise. Not every day is filled with complete happiness, but every day is filled with moments of hope, love and possibilities. Every day is filled with resiliency and strength—and that, is my happiness.
These are such beautiful portraits of Mariella, I absolutely love them. Mariella is one of the amazing women I photographed, she is a women’s right advocate.
The first time I met Mariella was in a networking event. She was presenting BPW and gave a workshop at the event which I joined. The workshop was about public speaking, Mariella and Stephanie made the workshop absolutely fun and enjoyable, many of us were very empowered.
Mariella is such a warm and kind hearted person, always makes people feel welcomed at BPW’s events. I was immediately drawn to her and her dedication to women’s right. I absolutely love working with women who are witty and knowledgeable, I would love to photograph her so I invited Mariella to my studio for a photo session. It was months later she decided to take the challenge. I am glad she did, we created so many beautiful portraits that I absolutely love.
A princess or a sporty girl? You don’t have to choose. Because you can do it all!
I first met Teodora was at the Training Room, she was lifting weight, her techniques were great, she looks good and powerful. I thought that was so cool. I had this idea of breaking the stereotype about what girls should do and what girls shouldn’t. When I was a Tchoukball player in school, I was always been thought of as a tomboy and it made me thought that how I should be. But it shouldn’t. Girls should never be put in boxes.
I love this photo shoot concept and the results just amazing!
Teodora wrote about her experience about her training and her photo shoot experience:
I got to know about training room through mums colleague from work at the time. Ever since I moved to Malta I started searching for a gym and training room seamed like a perfect place to train. The first session was difficult but I managed to get through it with a help of the coach who helped me scale the work out and made sure my technique was correct. I started training as I started having back pain but also, I have done sports ever since I was 6 so I wanted to stay fit even though I didn’t do sports any more. I have been going to Training room for a year and a half now and wish to continue for much longer. I keep coming to train because I love the feeling I get when I finish the session. I also love to be able to do different things like gymnastics, weightlifting and running. It makes me feel strong and powerful and it gives me confidence in my everyday life. I wound recommend other girls to start training and doing sports as it makes them evolve into a batter person, through socialising and it creates good habits for the future.
The photoshoot was an amazing experience and I loved to have an opportunity to do it. I made me see myself in a different way and it showed me how we as girls can be both powerful and beautiful. Thorough the whole photoshoot I felt really beautiful and encouraged.
Therese wrote: “It was a very positive experience and a one to remember. I felt quite confident before the photo shoot appointment. The whole team is professional and gentle with clients. When I saw my photographs at the viewing, I was overwhelmed. Exactly how I wanted them to look like – classy. “
I first photographed Therese in 2016, she told me before she had an unpleasant photo shoot with another photographer so she was very careful about choosing a photographer for her shoot. The shoot was in my previous little humble home studio, we had a great time and she absolutely loved the results. I was so happy to turn her photo shoot experience to a positive one. 🙂 For me, that’s an incredible achievement because it affects a person’s self-esteem. I would like to shout out to everyone who had an unpleasant photo shoot experience, come to my studio and let me photograph you properly. Not only I would love to create the images that you will love but also give you an empowering experience. I’ve seen many of my clients’ life change after the photo shoot and the transformation always make me so proud and happy.
When Therese contacted me this time, I’ve moved to my Cranberry Studio in Mosta. She absolutely knows what she wants and told me the styling and details she wants of a vintage shoot, I was excited and inspired for her shoot. We looked through some images together so I could start to plan the whole studio set up, posing and lighting. A good photo shoot always needs lots of preparation beforehand, it takes time and patient to create good artistic images.
I was blown away by the results, they are just SO beautiful!
It’s such a joy to see a woman’s transformation in front of my camera. The experience of being photographed is a precious lifetime memory.
I met Miha in an event, she was visiting Malta for 2 weeks, it was a business and travel combined trip. As I talked to her with other women at the event, she got interested in my job and later when we were having lunch, I learned that she is working in a company in Florida which provide course to teach people how to use glider, later on, I learned that she has a license for glider as well! That’s super amazing! she told me her 39th birthday was coming soon and she would like to gift herself a photo shoot as a birthday present. I was thinking, oh wow, it’s an awesome idea to have a photo shoot on birthday to celebrate life! It was only 2 days away, so I did my best to arrange everything, luckily I was able to book her in and tell her what she should prepare and what to bring. She was in Malta for 2 weeks so she didn’t have many clothes with her, but it’s fine, I have a studio wardrobe with beautiful dresses so she doesn’t have to worry about her outfits. I just love styling people for photo shoots, I can be so creative to create different looks and I was very happy with the outfits I styled for her.
After she received her photographs, she sent an email and told me she intends to do a photo shoot each year on her birthday. I was so happy to hear it, I am so touched with happy tears in my eyes, return clients and their referrals are the best compliments for me. I’m already so looking forward to photographing Miha again!
Here, Miha shares her photo session experience.
“Amanda did my first professional photo session, I was curious to know the process. The entire experience was worthy, very relaxing, Amanda was great at giving me directions, easy to follow. I feel my images are Classy, natural, beautiful images. This photo shoot gave me more confidence, worth trying for everyone.