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On the Other Foot

Life in the Giovagnoli household is getting a little crazy…we’ve sold the house, begun to pack, and started saying our goodbyes to a community of friends that have been a huge part of our lives for quite a few years now. In the midst of this craziness, Cuppa is going through a few changes as well! New information materials, a more concise pricing system, and a plethora of behind-the-scenes changes designed to keep things running smoothly and efficiently are keeping things hopping in my office! A facelift to the website and blog is one of the changes in the works and as I was sketching out ideas and thinking through my vision of what I’d like to see, I realized that I didn’t have a single photo of myself that I felt conveyed who I am and what it’s like to work with me! I’m the one BEHIND the camera, not in front of it! And the idea of getting in front of a camera was daunting, to say the least! I went through the series of thoughts that come with not being eligible to be a contestant on America’s Next Top Model…I should lose 5 pounds…I don’t know what to do with my hair…what if my make-up looks funny…what do I wear….what do I wear…WHAT do I wear!?! It was a HUGE reminder of what the majority of my subjects feel like before a session!!

So I enlisted the help of uber-talented friend and fellow Maine photographer Meredith Perdue to take some shots for me to use and I’m totally excited by her fabulous results! It’s so important to remember that everyone truly is beautiful, even if we aren’t going to give Heidi Klum a run for her money! Inside each of us is someone real and valuable and it’s when we embrace our true selves that we can let that beauty shine! I struggle every day to find and keep my balance. I want a simple life full of love and community and contentment in this unpredictable and ever-changing life. I am inherently happy and profoundly grateful for my life, and while I will likely always choose a second scoop of ice cream over size 2 jeans and continue to smile too big (which totally accentuates the ever growing number of wrinkles around my eyes!), I soooooo appreciate Meredith’s ability to capture the essentials of who I am!

You can check out her full post here!
Portraits, Maine

Thank you so much, Meredith!!!!

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Meredith PerdueApril 8, 2010 - 8:40 am

You are so awesome! I hope you always choose the second (or third!) scoop of ice cream- just another one of your stellar life philosophies! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to help the world see Cindy Giovagnoli exactly how she is!

LetiaApril 10, 2010 - 10:44 pm

Beautiful shots, glad to know both you talented women!

Super Secret Bridal Portraits

I can’t give away the who or the when, but just let me assure you that this bride took some AWESOME bridal portraits!! We had soooooooooo much fun! I know that bridal portraits are way more popular in the south than they are up north, but I think that every bride should seriously consider having them done! First, you paid a small fortune for the most exquisite piece of clothing you will ever own, so I think it’s only appropriate to wear it as many times as possible! Second, you picked this dress because it made you feel like the rock star that you are! So spend some time basking in your gorgeousness and get some photos taken! Finally, everyone says that they will get the shots in their dress on their wedding day, but I’ve been to enough weddings now to assure you that when wedding time comes, you will be anxious to get to your guests, start the dancing, smile at your new hubby, and eat cake…in other words, you won’t want to spend a bunch of time taking creative photos in your gown!! So don’t miss the opportunity to do a trial run on your hair and make-up, put on that fabulous dress, and practice your red carpet walk!!
Bridal Portraits, Wedding, Photographer, Raleigh, Durham, Duke Gardens

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