Portrait of Health FAQ on Facebook Live!

Alexandra here! Natiya and I filmed our very first Facebook Live last week, and wanted to post a recap and the link to watch the full video. Natiya answered the most common questions we get about Portrait of Health. Here is a breakdown and a little summary of the questions we hit in the introductory Facebook Live vid:

1. What is Portrait of Health? 
A photography and creative healing arts studio! Dr. Natiya Guin works with her clients and patients to help them become their happiest, healthiest, most beautiful version of themselves.

2. How did Portrait of Health come to be? 
Natiya has been working as a photographer for 20 years.  Over the years, her photography became very health, family, and fitness oriented. When she was in medical school, she realized she didn't just love showing people as their best self for a moment in a photo- she wanted to know the story behind their vibrant being and how they created the fabulous life they live.  From a medical standpoint, she dreamed of helpi…

Announcing Portrait of Health!

Being a photographer for many years, I have loved diving into the art, creative process, and celebration of ideal health through photography. I have and always will be Natiya, Photographer. As I continue to pursue my passion of creative and healing arts,  not only as a photographer but also as a newly-minted Naturopathic Medical Doctor, my desire is to integrate art and photography as creative healing modalities that complement the naturopathic medical kit by honoring that self-love, creative expression, and emotional exploration are crucial to obtaining ideal health. I am so excited to announce my evolution to “Portrait of Health”. Portrait of Health is simply my vision for integrating all of my passions into one platform: photography, healing arts, and helping clients achieve complete mind and body health! Whether you are looking to obtain your ideal health, preparing for a photoshoot, or are ready for a portrait session, the Portrait of Health team is here to help you look and feel…

Bliss and Dr. Deepak Chopra

Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss. Nothing is as rich. Nothing is more real. Deepak Chopra All Photos by Natiya Guin

I was blessed to have the opportunity to photograph one of my greatest mentors, Dr. Deepak Chopra for the AIHM ( conference this past fall.  As I prepare to become of Naturopathic Medical Doctor with a focus on the creative and healing arts, his teachings provide great insight.

I watch quietly as my colleagues discuss their fears and excitement around becoming Doctors 90 days from now.  They share their current level of exhaustion, stress, fears for the future and I find my heart rate beginning to increase.  Then I think about one of my most recent models, Dr. Chopra...and I take a deep breath.  "Follow your bliss...follow your bliss".
I love taking pictures that empower my beautiful models. I thrive on providing natural medicine that allows my patients at our student clinic to enjoy their …

Photo Tip: Get Closer

Whether using an i-phone or a professional camera, if you want to capture the expression in your model's face, consider getting closer to them, literally.

Below are two of my favorite recent portraits: one taken in studio with a ring flash, the other taken on the beach with natural light. My goal in showing you these two particular portraits is to share that a great close-up can be taken whether you have a flash or not, and whether you are using a natural landscape or a studio.

What you need:

1. A model with an expression you want to share.

2. A phone that takes pictures or a professional camera.
       Note: With a professional camera you can zoom in and keep high quality, with a phone camera I highly suggest moving closer to model rather than zooming in. Phone camera images will quickly become grainy and blurry if you zoom too much.

3. Lighting that works. The background isn't as important as the lighting in a close-up.  Whether you use natural, studio, or on camera flash, …

Behind the Scenes: OM Yoga model, Linda Sorkin on our magazine cover shoot

Are you interested in beingmy next published model or do you want to learn more about the experience of modeling for an International athletic/health magazine? If so, please read on..

Behind the scenes with Linda Sorkin
Here is what my yoga teacher and OM YOGA Magazine  (Om Magazine) cover model had to say about our shoot together:

Natiya is a beautiful human being and stellar photographer.  I know this to be true, since I was fortunate enough to work with her.  
Our journey began when Natiya shot professional headshots of me in addition to some fun yoga photos for my website.  As a result, she offered to photograph me in full yoga regalia and send my photos to OM Yoga & Lifestyles Magazine for a look-over.  Feeling humbled and detached, she submitted my photos.  It was in that moment I began to feel a fluttering of excitement at the possibility of what potentially lied ahead.  
Natiya clearly saw something in me I could not detect.  She has this soft unique way about her when she …

How to: Easy athletic portraits .... i-phone and window light

I am often asked by clients how I set up the lighting for my published images and which cameras and equipment I use.  While I am a Canon girl through and through and I own a ridiculous amount of lighting and backdrops...this image was taken with none of my fancy equipment.

While playing "yoga" on my living room floor with our two daughters, the babysitter  (beautiful Danielle Pestka) struck this pose and I shot it on my i-phone.  Yes, this image was taken on an i-phone with nothing but a bright window behind her to offer the beautiful flooded white light.

What you need:
1. Someone who can do yoga or strike a unique fitness pose
2. A big window in the brightest daylight (either with no cover or a white sheet, blinds or curtains won't work).
3. A phone that takes pictures

Check my blog and facebook posts for future simple photography tips...and please post/show me what you create!

For Two Fitness "Shorts" Review and Discount Code!

During my last pregnancy I became an ambassador for "For Two Fitness" because after wearing this athletic brand for Desi' Bartlett's fantastic Prenatal DVD (Desi Bartlett's Prenatal DVD with Gaiam) I was in love with their products and wanted to tell all mama's to be what I had found.  I could not believe how comfortable, how well lasting, and functional these athletic clothes were.
I am now pregnant with our third child and when For Two Fitness asked me to try out an item I did not already own so that I could test out the quality and functionality I chose the shorts.  I did so because even when I'm not pregnant it is nearly impossible to find comfortable athletic shorts that do not rise or quickly stretch out.  This task made me nervous though because I imagined myself during my 2nd and 3rd trimesters and was not sure I could "pull off shorts".
I am pleasantly surprised and happy to report that athletic shorts by For Two Fitness do not shift, …