“Don’t wait to figure it out – start…
You can’t go wrong here, because there’s power in just getting going. Do something… You can’t make a mistake here – just get on, like live, come alive!”
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Winifred Whitfield is an artist who specialises in making beautiful photographic portraits of women;“No matter your age or your weight, I will create a beautiful and flattering portrait of you as you would like to be seen and remembered”. Her process is twofold – the first stage involves a consultation during which she and her client visualise the final image together, and later the taking of the portrait in the studio; and the second stage involves Photoshop and Painter, her digital toolkit, where she blends photography with the appearance of traditional art.
The final portraits – “my vision and artistic expression of my client’s image” – can literally change the way her clients see themselves; “the look in their eyes and the tears of joy I get to share with them when they have their finished portraits… that’s inspiration!”
(the ‘before’ painting shot – compare with the ‘after’ shot above, where Winifred has woven her magic)
Here she talks to Michelle about her personal journey, which includes Wall Street, a herd of llamas, a bactrian camel named Gobi, a dromedary named Butterscotch and a large dose of fearlessness in approaching new challenges! In Winifred’s words; ‘what’s to keep me living my dreams or the life that I choose, except for the way that I think about it?… and if I do not block myself with “I’m afraid”s or fears, it’s all there for me…’
Winifred also talks about;
How many women believe they are not photogenic or beautiful enough to have their portrait taken- until they see Winifred’s portfolio of ‘before and afters’ shots.
What she loves most about her work “This opportunity to touch lives is just so powerful… and to alter the way women feel about themselves.”
The ways in which we are all affected through the way we see ourselves.
The story of the blue butterfly – enhancing the healing process – life transition and metamorphosis.
Creating the perfect wedding venue – painting on a huge scale with plants and trees, land and textures.
Inner transformations, experience, significance and the power of a ‘If I can think it, I can do it’ attitude.
Fearlessness, taking each next step, keeping focused on doing good work and how we hold ourselves back.
The importance of following your heart and what you truly want to do, despite current business ‘wisdom’ or what everyone else seems to be doing.
The nurturing power of Work as Joy.
Winifred’s favourite locations include: New York, her farm and her calm, very creative, very alive, ‘active place inside of me’.