The Women’s Series


Empowering portrait retreats

a one day photo retreat designed to sweep you off your feet and provide you with stunning, authentic, professional photographs you can use to empower any aspect of your personal or professional life

YOU NEED THESE PHOTOS!

images that scream all the things that should be second nature to you, but aren’t. . .
things like:

you are beautiful, you can do hard things, you are smart

YOU ARE ENOUGH

images to quiet the other voices in your head
images to remind you exactly who you are: perfectly whole, beautiful and free

This is so much more than a photo shoot!

Be yourself


you look beautiful like that

What’s included?


+ a detailed pre-session questionnaire we use to plan your most relaxing day ever
+ three empowering photo sessions with Anastasia and her team designed so you feel beautiful, authentic, and confident
+ a style board created for you based on your dream wardrobe, plus clothing pulled from local boutiques in gorgeous colours and luxurious fabrics
+ professional advice on how to dress your irreplaceable body for for everyday, portraits, and occasions
+ complete hair and makeup services provided by our favourite local artists to enhance your original beauty
+ valuable advice and time saving tips for taking care of  your skin and hair everyday
+ three (one indoor and two outdoor) photo shoot locations chosen just for you, plus props to reflect your personality and passions so you feel 100% authentic in front of the camera
+ includes a bonus mini branding or friends and family photo session perfect for social media and marketing or for sharing with your inner circle
+ a mentoring session facilitated by Anastasia to bring joy and authenticity to your personal or professional life. Take part in a cognitive exercise designed to pinpoint who you are without limits, and see how this truth can help you achieve your personal and professional goals with less effort and more joy
+ an hour long follow up telephone mentoring session to help you maintain a no limits mindset and achieve your goals
+ locally catered snacks and meals delivered throughout the day, plus your favourite beverages all day long
+ beautiful gifts curated especially for you by the women entrepreneurs of Whistler and local boutiques like 3 singing birds
+ a library of 100+ professionally edited images of you looking confident and beautiful that can be used for: social media, gifts for partners or parents, professional websites, profiles, bios, reminders of your milestones, or just because you’ve decided the time is now, and you are – in fact, you’ve always been – undeniably, beautifully, and perfectly you!


Who is this for?


This is for YOU if you are ready to reap the rewards of living a life where you take credit for your accomplishments, acknowledge your inner strength and embrace your incomparable beauty.

This is for you if you know you need to invest in yourself so that you can enjoy the freedom and choices that come with understanding your personal worth.

This is perfect for you if you want to take advantage of the opportunity for an additional mini session: choose from a friends and family shoot, or product, service, or personal branding shoot to create a library for marketing and social media in a 100% supportive environment.

More than the photos though, this is a retreat: a celebration of you – no occasion required, a day to get pampered, a day to remember exactly who you are.

Every person deserves this. It’s all covered. You are in excellent hands.

All the details were taken care of, even the ones you didn’t even know were important.


A sample day


We do not have set times for the Empowerment Sessions. We dedicate the whole day just for you.

What we do varies, but here’s what your day might look like:

9:30 am head to our favourite local coffee shop for your favourite morning cuppa
10:00 am arrive at our studio to meet the team, there will be breakfast and fresh juice waiting for you, check out the style board created for you by our personal stylist
10:30 am enjoy hair, makeup, and wardrobe fitting accompanied by your favourite candles, scents and music
12:00 pm – studio headshots (1st outfit) more music, coffee and tea or mimosas
1:00 pm first outdoor location (2nd outfit)
1:30 pm back at the studio for a delicious lunch catered for your by local favourites and a business or personal mentoring session with Anastasia
3:00 pm second outdoor location (3rd outfit) and hot or cold beverages with the team
4:00 pm branding photos for your business or bring your friends, partner, kids or fur baby for a mini session
6:00 pm depart with hugs and gifts curated for you from local artisans and local boutiques like 3 singing birds


Every woman deserves this


start a new routine of putting yourself first

Aimee
“My day felt very much like a group of my closest girlfriends came together to dress me up, feed me, love on me and take pictures of the whole thing. All the details taken care of, even the ones you didn’t even know were important. Everyone who was involved in the day brought another layer of love and joy to the whole experience, like it had been perfectly choreographed and arranged ahead of time with each showing up at the exact right moment to share their special part."

Aimee
Shauna
“This experience was far more than just a "photo shoot." It was a powerful bonding experience between women. I was able to let loose and let the real woman inside of me shine through....uninhibited, raw and my true self! I would recommend this experience for any and every woman who wants to spend a day getting to know her true self that much better. For the women who enjoy bonding and spending time with powerful, gentle, compassionate, successful and professional women. I was a changed woman after this day of shooting with Anastasia, Jessie and Colleen."

Shauna
Laura
"I had been wondering what I could do to celebrate the end of two and a half years of cancer treatments and honour the journey I have been through. A way to enter this new chapter of my life, also having recently turned 50, with compassion, wisdom, strength & grace. Anastasia, Jessie and Colleen were so wonderful and kind. I felt at ease and had one of the most beautiful days ever. It reminded me of the importance of self care, to take time for me, to be open & share my story. My first inclination was to be self critical & see all my flaws. When I showed my husband the photos, some of his favourites were the ones I was criticizing. I saw crow’s feet when I am smiling hard but he saw pure joy... and that is what I wanted. To quiet the inner critic & celebrate the real me."

Laura
Jessica
“I want to thank Anastasia and her team for being so amazing the day of my shoot. They customized the day to suit me from the live wood shelving and succulents to the chocolate covered almonds. They allowed me to be so comfortable and I was able to be my complete self the entire time. Anastasia was vulnerable and open about her story and it allowed me to open up about my own. The shoot and the entire day got me out of my shell and I have been soaring ever since. Thank you ladies!"

Jessica

 

Scroll Right to see the bold, beautiful women who have blazed the trail for your Empowerment session.

Be fully seen


and see the beauty others see in you

Why Work With Me?


As an entrepreneur’s daughter, I’ve often felt that business is in my blood. It was my Dad who loaned me my first camera, and I fell instantly in love with photographing people: their character, expressions, and interactions. It opened a whole new world for me of beauty, truth and reflection.

It wasn’t until I had my own kids that I considered photography as a career. I wrote my first business plan on the back of colouring sheets in crayon, and I felt lucky to have found a creative pursuit I could combine with my passion for collaborative business.

Still, for a few years, I waded through the creative confusion of who I thought I had to be, and who I wanted to be as a photographer. Deciding to be the photographer I wanted to be, photographing real people in authentic moments, and forgoing overly posed or trendy shots, defined my photography style and ushered in a decade of personal and professional fulfillment.

Building a network of people with shared values and interests, and being relentlessly loyal, generous and curious opened up a new passion in me for mentoring women. In 2016, I launched two new women-centred businesses, just months before I was diagnosed with cancer.

And life went a little upside down…

My regular routine of coffee with friends, photographing beautiful young couples and loving families, travelling around the world on adventures with my family, and being on the mountain with my kids quickly became doctor visits, surgeries, chemotherapy, hospitals, strict diets, needles and…wig shopping? My body felt like an alien to me, something that had turned against me, something that I couldn’t trust.

I remember thinking about my career when I got sick, and I wondered if I would still want to do photography when it was over. And then I came back to work still wondering…and I fell in love with photography all over again – mostly because I found a way to pair it with another passion – collaborating with women entrepreneurs, coaching, mentoring and empowering people to take the life-changing step of following their truth.

What brought it all together? The Women’s Series.

Women were telling me they felt seen for the first time, that they found a confidence in themselves they didn’t think was possible:

The shoot and the entire day got me out of my shell and I have been soaring ever since.


I knew that women investing in themselves, surrounded by empowered women looking to empower, was going to be magic, but I was completely blown away by what each of these women has taken away from her session and the incredible changes each of them is making in her business and personal life.

ALL THIS IS REALLY JUST TO SAY:

I see you. I see you whether you’re just starting out, trying to change direction, or just finding your way back to someone you used to be.

You’ve never been more beautiful than you are this moment.

I can’t wait to see the incredible things you will do with your Women’s Series photos.

It’s not a selfish act. In fact, it’s what you need to share more of yourself.

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