Portrait Session with Marisabelle @roadtobelle

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.

Her interview story on Pink magazine and the Times of Malta:https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/whats-it-really-like-to-live-with-binge-eating.739699

Portrait Session with Mariella

Mariella is the president of the BPW (Valletta)

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.

Teen photo shoot with Teodora

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.

Headshot Photo Shoot with Joannie

Joannie only came for her professional business headshots for her business website. Not only that we created gorgeous professional headshots for her but also some artistic portraits.

Joannie is a freelancer accountant who has worked for accounting firms in Dublin for 10 years. She came back to Malta in a recent years and decided to go freelancing, she is doing extremely well!

A friend saw Joannie’s photo and commented, “a beauty like that can move mountains.”

I was so happy that Joannie love the results and she also told me that the experience gave her more confidence.

When is last time you have your photos professionally taken? My contact information is below, let’s have a chat. 🙂

A Vintage Photo Shoot with Therese

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!

Photo Shoot with Miha

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.

A vintage shoot with a dancer and her photo shoot experience, Christine Aquilina

Follow up my last post which includes Christine’s breathtaking headshots, in addition to the clean headshots for casting, we’ve also created the vintage themed images to show that she is versatile to be styled to any dance role she might be cast.

Christine wrote about her experience to share with you all. 🙂

“I knew that if I wanted great headshots I had only one choice to contact Amanda. She is so professional and perfectionist in her work that it makes the whole process runs smoothly and I knew I would be satisfied with the results.

On the day of the shooting, I woke up very eagerly and excited to get my head shots taken. As soon I arrived in the studio I found Amanda with her team already there discussing on hair and make up that will suit me best and brings out the best in me. Everyone worked so well hand in hand, making me feel with a mind at ease that it will be a great shoot which it turned out that it was.

During the shooting, I felt quite relaxed. Amanda is very good in giving directions on how to pose and hold yourself in front of the camera to look at your best. Amanda is so talented and have good eye for details. She takes care for everything and always ready and prepared which makes the whole process of the shoot very professional.

Two weeks later, on my way to the studio for the viewing I was very nervous and hoping that I can find one good photo of me. As soon I arrived, I found Amanda at the studio and was surprised how she set up the studio especially just for my viewing. She planned a very emotional short clip with all the best photos, and I was just blown away with the result. All the worries I had before went quickly away. I was over the moon with the results and loved every single image taken. 

I truly recommend this experience to everyone and so thankful to Amanda for this experience. Looking forward for more shoots with her.”

Christine’s upcoming show Kinetic Rocks on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th July, the tickets are selling out fast on the TicketLine.com.mt

 

Headshot Photo Session with a dancer, Christine Aquilina

I was so glad when I received the email from Christine that she would like to book a session to renew her headshot photos. She had cut her hair quite short so it was about time to update her portfolio.

I’ve photographed Christine a few times and created some great images that I love. We’ve always worked so well together and had so much fun. I was so looking forward what we would be creating this time. It was super exciting for both of us, and then it was again, super fun, the results just blew my mind. 🙂

I love this raw black and white of Christine. Strong and vulnerable.

In addition to the clean headshots for casting, we’ve also created the vintage themed images to show that she is versatile to be styled to any dance role she might be casted. I will show the image in the next post. 🙂