#PowerfullyElegant

photography for everyday women

Because you don’t have to be a celebrity to feel like one…

The Empowering Experience That

Every Woman Needs

"I'm not photogenic."

"I am not good at these things."

"I need to lose weight first".

"I never look good in pictures."

"What will other people say?"

Which of these is your favourite excuse? I've heard them all. 1001 excuses that stop you from going ahead and doing a photo session. 1001 apprehensions you find not to go through with this experience. All of them based on fear. Fear of looking at yourself. Fear of how you'll feel. Of feeling embarrassed. Or of what others might say. All of this is fear speaking louder. And you know it is true. And I know, because I've said them all to myself as well.
But believe me, all that your little voice is telling you it's not true. This is a highly empowering experience. You are going to look at yourself at a different light. You're going to feel more confident. More alive. You're going to love much your portraits so much that you will feel proud. Proud of yourself! Of that light inside you that will now light your path. And you'll understand that what other people think doesn't matter at all. You don't need their validation. Only your own! Because the most important person in your life is you my darling.

What are you waiting for?

More than a session,

it's an experience...

But don't take my word for it,

look at what other women are saying!

The Tribe

The women that I photograph become strong, warriors, fairies, queens, Goddesses... Like me, they have faced struggle, they have faced pain, hurt and sometimes shame... but that is no longer the women that they are today. They want to move on. Transform themselves. To become their Higher Self. They will never again be suppressed. They know who they are and where they are going. They walk with confidence. Their happiness depends on them alone and not on others.
The women I photograph become my tribe. We support one another. We raise each other up. We lift one another. We grow together. Each one following their own path. Each one with a different mission. We are sisters and this is our tribe!

Beauty begins
the moment you decide

to be yourself.

- Coco Chanel -

Vision

Every woman envisions how she would like to be photographed. Some as if taken from a fairytale, others from the cover of a magazine, others without nothing to hide, and others "like a boss",  
Myself I love them all and recommend a little bit of everything.
And you, have you imagined yourself? How do you dream of being photographed? Tell me!

Transformation

Regardless of your age. Regardless of the size of your body. Regardless of your past or your present. This photographic experience marks the day of you transform yourself. 
It doesn't matter if you are looking to find yourself again or if you have already done it. Let's celebrate the Goddess within you!

The Process

The 1st date

Let's talk! I want to know about you, your dreams, how you got here and how you want to be photographed. 
This is one of the most fun parts, because this is where we will start planning and preparing your session.
Our friendship starts here.

It takes 2 to tango

The day of your session will be a day full of creativity, different looks and your own beauty session.
For you to relax, have fun and feel confident, I will direct you throughout the whole session (unless you dance the tango, because then you teach me).
I promise you will love being in front of the camera.

3rd is the charm

On the day or some the days after you will choose your favourite portraits for to edit.
When everything is ready, you'll be invited to come see the end result and select the printed products you like the most.
Prepare yourself because most women want to take all of the portraits with them and I am sure you will be no exception.

Our Yesses and our Nooos

Say "Yes" to...​

Body Positivity

To me this is the most important part. We all know that there are things we wish were different about us. If it's not the hair, it's the bum. If it's not the legs, it's the eyes. No babe, it stops! It's time to say "no" to this kind of thoughts and say "yes" to celebrating our own body. That is why I want you to keep an open mind in your session, because you'll see yourself in a different way. Stop looking for those" imperfections" and see how beautiful you truly are. My darling, you are a Goddess! See yourself as one.

Creativity

We are going to create an artistic, unique and impactful work just for you. Hell yeah! That's why I call it a Fine Art Experience, because there will be plenty of ideas and creativity to go around. I don't want you to have just random photographs, I want something really special for you. Because you deserve it!

Connection

I want you to feel super relaxed and comfortable in your session and with me. Don't worry, everyone feels nervous at the beginning (yes, everyone), but as we start photographing and interacting, you will start to relax. For me the connection between us is everything. And at the end, all that matters is that you enjoy this experience, whilst we create something memorable for you. It will be fantastic.

Quality

I don't know about you, but I am a firm believer in quality over quantity. I'm not the kind of photographer that is going to give you hundreds of photographs only to be forgotten in your hard drive. Each of your portraits must be at the highest level, for you, and for me as a professional. That is s why my products (yes, even the prints) are all of the highest quality (with vegan and environmentally friendly options) so that they last for years by your side. As the old saying goes: Less is More.

Say "No" to…

Comparisons

It doesn't matter what other people did or how they look. Stop, stop comparing yourself! You are beautiful just the way you are. You deserve authentic photographs. Photographs that show your true essence. Imagine how you would really want to see yourself. Do you want photos inside the water? Let's do it! Do you want portraits taken in the middle of the road? You got it! Do you want to be in the company of your pets? That which is part of you and your identity is what we need to celebrate. No one else's.

Awkwardness

Yes, I know that sometimes it is difficult to be in front of the camera. But trust me, it doesn't have to be this way. I am really an outgoing and informal person (sometimes more than I should), and so I will put you completely at ease. Plus I will be there to guide you, come rain or shine.

Cheap

As a client (and now friend) says: "Art and talent are priceless". Therefore, if you think that photography is just pressing a button and you are looking for the cheapest offer, I have to be honest and tell you I'm not the right photographer for you. But what I can promise is that the value this experience will have on you, will be worth every cent. Because you are worth it and that is how I'm going to treat you. 

Just Digitals

Not that I have anything against digitals, I provide them in every package, along with the prints. But if you want something that is meaningful, long lasting, with true value and that it will show the real "You", you know a digital file is not it. I want to create work for you that you are proud to display, feel, touch and share. A true memory of your essence.

Do you agreed?

Be

Queen

for a day...

About me

Know me a bit better...

Hello!

I'm Ana Isabel and I'm a Fine Art Photographer. I discovered my life's purpose behind a camera back in 2006. To me, photography is more than a passion, it'a also my way of have a positive impact on the Universe. It's the way my soul expresses itself. 

Through my art, I give women the experience that every woman wants: to accept and feel confident in herself. My soul vibrates when I see the happiness and transformation in the faces of the women in my tribe, when they see their portraits before and after the session. 

Furthermore, I also became one of the first Portuguese NFT Digital Artists. NFTs gave me the freedom to also focus on my own personal and artistic work. See my NFTs here.

It was, also, in this digital world of the NFTs that I started a community dedicated to women NFT Artists called NFT Goddesses, this community has now over 100 members from all over the world. Want to know more about the NFT Goddesses? Click here.

I live in a magical island called São Miguel, right in the middle of the Atlantic, in the Azores, Portugal!

Publications

Avari
Vogue online
Faerie
Femme Rebelle
Conceptual
Stubborn
Pagan Dawn
Abismo Humano
Scorpio Jin
Elegant 
Dark Beauty
Fae
Gothic Station

This is my dream come true and what is yours?

My
Personal
Project

In 2004 I started a personal project based on ancient Goddesses and female beings from different mythologies,  called "Wytches and Seers". 
This project aims to celebrate what is to be a woman.

I leave you my portrait
so that you will have my presence
all the days and night

that I am away from you.

- Frida Khalo -

Investment

More than a financial investment, this photographic experience is an investment in you. An experience that will stay with you forever. And that's not just me just saying it, that's what I see in my clients. More confident and empowered every day. And if that was not enough, it's with great pride that I see them unite and empower other women. I'm not going saying this happens instantly, but it is a process and the first step starts here, with your photo shoot. 

Your experience is highly important to me, not only during the session but also before and after it happens. You will not only receive all the care and dedication that you deserve, but you will also take home luxury and unique products of the highest quality, imported from Italy and UK, so that these last forever by your side. 

You'll be able to choose between 3 packages or Art Collections, as I call them. In all 3 you'll have the same experience/women portrait session ( which includes makeup, hair styling, styling, several changes of clothes, directions and much more), what changes are the products and the quantity of portraits included in each collection. That way you'll have all the flexibility to choose and take with you only what you want and love.

A non-refundable deposit of €175 is needed in order to secure your session, which will then be deducted from the Art Collection of your choice when you see your portraits.
Collections start at €475.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a model to be photographed by you?

What? No! Although I have worked with professional models, especially for personal projects, I am all about photographing everyday people like you and me.

I think I should lose some weight first.

Eu compreendo perfeitamente o que estás a dizer. Eu já me senti assim. Mas deixa-me dizer-te que o facto de te sentires assim, tão auto-consciente, que acreditas que não és suficiente para ser retratada, é a razão pela qual deves enfrentar essas tuas crenças e fazê-lo! É a hora de mudar esses pensamentos e de te dares um pouco de amor. Além disso, eu sei como posar e iluminar para que estejas sempre no seu melhor. Bora fazer isto!

Do you provide the clothing and accessories?

I have a variety of women's clothing (in different sizes) and many many accessories. For maternity sessions, it's recommended that you bring your own, but don't worry because we will have a styling session. 

I am not photogenic and I never know what to do in front of the camera.​

Do you know how many times I've heard this? Believe me, it's not you who needs to know how to pose, I am the one who needs to know how to do my job! I will direct and guide you every step of the way. You don't need to worry about a damn thing. Trust me. I am here for you. xox

Is make-up and hairstyling included?

Yes! But depending on what you want, the price might increase. I have a Beauty Team (Makeup and Hairdresser) available and ready to enhance your natural beauty.

Can I bring a friend?

Absolutely! If you want to share your photoshoot with a friend please do. Please be aware that a small extra charge will apply (+ €50 per person) for the session and that product collections have to be bought separately.

What should I wear?

During our consultation I will guide you on how to prepare for your session. Don't worry. I got you covered.

What is the opening time?

We are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm. Saturdays from 9:30 to 1pm. Sundays we are closed. Depending on the situation, we can make an exception.

Where are you based?

I am based in São Miguel island, Azores, Portugal. If you've never been here, you should visit! 

When can I see and select my portraits?

I usually meet my clients soon after so they can choose the portraits they want edited. Time of editing might take up to 2 weeks. Viewing and selection is done in person, so that: 1) we ensure your privacy, 2) I can guide you on what products will the best for you and your needs, 3) you take only what you love, 4) we can see each other again, Yay!
If you don't live in S. Miguel island, viewing will be done by Skype.

Will you hold the date while I decide?

Unfortunately not, I work on a "first come first served" basis and all clients need to pay a deposit to reserve their booking date.

If I have to cancel, how late can I do it?

I would say the best thing is to cancel 3 days before your planned session date. Please be aware that the deposit is non-refundable, but you can re-schedule it to another date.

What it's included?

It all depends on the Art Collections you choose, but the experience itself includes: appointment, makeup, hairstyling, styling, portrait session customised for you, access to wardrobe and accessories and several clothing changes. Besides that, all Collections include: fine art portrait editing, print and digital products.

Do you do discounts?​

My collections are already discounted. 🙂

How big is your team?

Including myself, between 3 to 4 women: the Make-up Artist, the hairdresser, me and sometimes an extra assistant. 

Can I bring my pet(s)?

Oh HELL YEAH! I loooove animals. We will discuss how to keep your pets safe during your session on our consultation. 

How far in advance do I have to book?

My advice is to contact me at least 2 weeks in advance, because we would need to book your pre-consultation and book a date with my Beauty Team. The final delivery of the products can take up to 4-6 weeks after the session.  

How much should I expect to spend?

My Art Collections start at €475, but most of my clients buy the largest collection (€675) during the viewing session and one of the boxes to keep the prints safe (from €335). It's impossible not wanting to take all the portraits. 
Having said that, please be aware that you only buy what you love. Some clients spend more, others spend less. It's all up to you.

What is the payment process? Do you offer payment plans?

To book, you need to pay a non-refundable deposit of €175, which will later be deducted from the chosen Collection. 
The costs of the Collections are usually divided into 2 parts: one half when you view the portraits and the other half upon the final delivery of the portraits and products.
That being said, I have other payment plans available to help you make this experience even more unforgettable.

How many pictures will I be able to get?

Usually, I will edit your best 40 portraits of the session (sometimes you might even get a few extra *wink wink*).

Do you give refunds?

The deposit is non-refundable.
The products payment is non-refundable once the order has been made.
 However, if there are any issues with your order, I will, of course, do everything in my power to resolve it.

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my hero!

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(+351) 965 477 293

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