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"TRY TO TAKE A STEP BACK from all the negatives that you see in
yourself and really appreciate all your beauty, inside and out." This was
the message that photographer Lori Borde sent out to women, and
this is exactly what she tries to highlight through her work -- positivity.
Twenty-five-year-old Borde has been a professional photographer for
three years. She does outdoor photography, so most of her shoots are
on location all over our beautiful country. She has done family portraits,
engagements, pregnancies, shots of newborns, toddlers and older chil-
"I see it every day. We all do it. We allow our personal insecurities to
hinder how we interact with people; other females, to be more precise.
Because I do family photography, my clients are mothers. They are
beautiful women who are so strong and amazing, with their own story
to share; each one more inspiring than the other. Yet, they can never
see their own beauty. Through my photography, I try to show women
what other people are seeing."
"No longer should we worry about how our hair looks or those pounds
we think we need to lose. Allow all your positive attributes to shine
through, and soon you'll realise that people don't see the things you
feel insecure about. A woman who smiles truly and walks with her
head held high beams and attracts further positive things to her life."
She studied graphic design when she was a teenager, and would occa-
sionally need some models for her work. "I had great friends who
would jump in front of my camera for me. But later on, I started cro-
cheting hats for babies and toddlers. I needed photos to advertise
them on that Facebook Page, and so I started doing those pictures.
Before I knew it, people were requesting I take photos of their children,
and it sort of snowballed into this full-time photography business." Her
family is her sole inspiration. "I was brought up in a very large family;
that gave me support and love in any decision I made. I'm not big on
partying, but I absolutely look forward to any family get-together that
we might have. This is where I gain my appreciation for family, and that
transfers to my work. Being able to photograph the dynamics in differ-
ent family relationships; a father playing with his son, or the way a
child's eyes light up when he or she is looking at his or her mother;
those emotions cannot be faked."
Does Borde think photographers in this country get the recognition
they deserve? "Thus far, I have been lucky to only have clients who
appreciate and love my work, and I'm so grateful for that. My work
tends to be whimsical and magical looking, and evokes happy, warm
feelings. Because of that, I've been able to attract clients who aren't
just shopping around for the lowest price they can get, and that's
where the matter of respect lies." So is there anything about being a
woman that affects the way Borde sees the world and how she pho-
tographs it? "I'm able to see the warmer, friendlier side of things. When
I look at a child, I see that little sparkle in his eye when he's excited, and
so the ability to capture such things comes from that."
Choosing her favourite piece is a challenge. "This is a hard one!" she
laughed, "How do you choose a favourite piece when you treasure the
work you have created for each client? If I really have to choose one
image, it would be of these twin girls that I have been photographing
since they were four months old. My first client, their mom, had
absolute faith in me to capture her girls and she is someone who truly
values family life as well. Visiting their home is always a treat because
my photographs are everywhere. They were just about to turn three
at the time. I had dressed them in these adorable little tutus and put
sweet floral headbands on them and was trying to get a shot of them
sitting up in the grass and they burst out into uncontrollable laughter
and fell back together. I stood over them, which they thought was
absolutely hilarious and captured what is one of my most popular
images to date. It really meant a lot to me, simply because these girls
are so close to my heart now, and the image really shows who they are
as individuals as well as the amazing relationship that they have."
Borde also spoke of her most memorable shoot. "The most memo-
rable would be when I was contracted to photograph a ship. To do so,
I had to shoot both on the ship --- which was an experience by itself.
But also, they requested that I shoot from a helicopter. It's incredibly
exhilarating to be harnessed and hanging out of a helicopter, shooting."
• You can check out Borde's work on her website loribordephotography.com
or on her Facebook page: Lori Borde photography.
WRITTEN BY Bavina Sookdeo
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