Hey, there, shooters and shutterbugs!
Thanks for jumping on board victoriaugarte.com. If you’d like to know who I am, you can take a squiz at my Bio on the About section of my site.
My first blog is all about a beautiful story called “When I Grow Up”, a project that I’m in the process of creating that involves total trust and rapport between photographer (me), and the ladies I am shooting.
The aim of “When I Grow Up” is to photograph women in their 50s and upwards from a variety of professions and walks of life dressed in the characters of their childhood, or engaged in an activity that they loved as children. I want to tap into that forgotten world of unbridled joy and endless possibilities. The result is a shoot filled with life and emotion for all involved, including anyone that gazes at the images afterwards. The joy is that infectious!
The shoot called for the ladies to access their inner child and be vulnerable. Therefore, the project needed to be a collaborative effort coupled with trust on the side of the subject. The payback for us both was a liberating and playful experience, where the ladies behaved as if the camera wasn’t there. It meant capturing the beauty and sheer emotion of the moment and, afterwards, giving us both cause to reflect on how much we hold ourselves back as adults from our natural state of “play”.
As a portraiture photographer (environmental, in my case), I interact with human beings of all sorts that brim with thoughts and emotions, all of which are reflected on their faces. By taking the time to discuss ideas for the shoot with them made them feel like they were part of the team, helping them to relax and show authentic emotion despite having a lens pointed directly at them.
Click here to see more images from When I Grow Up
"To experience the world through the heart not only awakens what's best in ourselves but inspires others to do the same. It is then that we realise how beautiful life can be."- Victoria Ugarte© Copyright 2020 Victoria Ugarte