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Noe Todorovich is a Washington, DC based lifestyle photographer, and this is her blog. She shares musings, travels, photographs, tips, suggestions and more.

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Happy International Women's Day

Gina Todorovich

A few years ago, I first heard about International Women's Day. Apparently it isn't as widely celebrated in the United States as it is in other countries. I think that may be changing, at least slightly, as I've begun to see more and more posts on Facebook and twitter celebrating women every March 8.

In 2011, I shared some pictures I'd taken of women who I considered myself blessed to know. You can see that post here.  In the past two years, I've gotten to know some more amazing women (and also take some pictures of ones I have known and loved for years), so I want to share a few more pictures. A supplement to the original post, if you will...

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I also wanted to give a special shout out to the most awe-inspiring, incredible woman I've ever known: my mother. My mom never ceases to amaze me. She handles everything with such poise, grace and humor. She's the most resilient, strong person I know. And she loves me unconditionally and teaches all those around her about just what true love is. I can't thank her enough for all that she's done for me and for helping me become the woman I am today.

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Happy International Women's Day, everyone!

Ruth's Wedding, Part Deux/Film

Gina Todorovich

Black and white film photography is my first and truest artistic love. I have been getting back into shooting more film this year, and I am loving it. I decided to take my Pentax K1000 with me to my friend's wedding and for some San Francisco traipsing last month.

I didn't take too many pictures, but I am so glad I brought the camera with me to get what I did. I wanted to capture Ruth's excitement in the hours before the wedding as we all got ready in the hotel. I wanted to document some of the preparation itself. Here's some of what I got:

       

There's something different about capturing a moment with film. Maybe it has to do with not knowing right away if you succeeded or not. You may even forget exactly what shots you took and thus surprise even yourself when you flip through the shots after getting the roll developed. As I continue shooting film, I hope to both become more certain of the shots I do get and also enjoy a few surprises thrown in along the way. What can I say... I want it all. Always have. Always will. :)

Yoga Shoot with Caroline

Gina Todorovich

Caroline and I have been talking about doing a photo shoot for her yoga for some time now. Okay, quite possibly for over a year now. Well...we finally did! And it was on an absolutely gorgeous fall day in DC. I didn't get to post these for a little while because work and life has been keeping me CRAZY busy. I wanted to at least get them shared before I head off to Hawaii for Thanksgiving. Also, the pictures alone helped soothe me a bit in the midst of the work and life craziness of the last few weeks. Hope you enjoy them, and be sure to check out Caroline on Twitter and at Yoga District teaching yoga!

Tell me you can look at this picture and NOT feel more at ease? It's a gift, right?! 

To Shoot or Be Shot

Gina Todorovich

Someone once told me that the reason I make silly faces in so many pictures is that I don’t like to be in front of the camera. That I like to be the photographer, not the photographed. I disagree. I actually quite like being on both sides of the lens. I also just have a penchant for making silly faces.

I dabbled with modeling back in high school. My father actually got me into it. One day he just asked me if I’d be interested in exploring that option. I figured, “Sure. Why not. Might as well put this tall, thin frame to use for something.” (Goodness knows it wasn’t sports.)

I still remember my first photoshoot. My agent was a photographer as well and an amazing modeling coach. Some of the pictures she shot in the first five minutes of that photoshoot are still some of my favorites.

Now I find myself behind the lens much more, and often that’s my preference. Although, I have to admit (at the risk of extreme dual narcissism) that sometimes I wish I could be on both sides of the lens at the same time. That is, sometimes I have a vision for a shot I want to take of myself, but I can’t successfully get someone else to create the image. And well, I can’t be in both places at the same time (sure there are self-timers and tools to help, but it just isn’t the same as looking in the viewfinder and constructing that vision in real time). My main image on this website is actually a self-timer success, but that was largely thanks to luck, I think.

It’s been interesting switching modes from model to photographer. And even more interesting switching back to modeling after so many years of being in the role of photographer. I realized this when I modeled for JCKA Photography this summer. It was refreshing to switch roles and try to resurrect my inner model. Of course, his being an amazing photographer who is so easy to work with really helped make the experience all the more enjoyable.

As fun as delving back into modeling is, I’m not losing sight of my true passion for photography. I’m also taking advantage of opportunities to use and deepen my skills. Recently I collaborated with Chelsey Christensen and Rakhi and Company for a photoshoot (look for picture(s) in the upcoming October newsletter and sign up here if you aren’t on the list already!).

Chelsey is an amazing and gorgeous model, actress, non-profit professional and all-around awesome person. So she made my job truly easy and was an absolute pleasure to work with. And while Rakhi stayed behind the lens with me for most of the time, the same applies to her. I’ve got some crazy talented friends and project co-conspirators. ;) We shot in the U St. area of Washington, DC, and even had a guest appearance by an absolutely adorable puppy named Owen. Here are a few images from the shoot.

     

 

 

Like I said, Chelsey is amazing, so I really enjoyed our shoot on Sunday. I’m definitely interested in more fashion photography endeavors—on both sides of the lens. :)

International Women's Day

Gina Todorovich

March 8 is International Women’s Day—a day celebrating achievements of women worldwide. The first affiliated event for this was in 1911, making 2011 the 100th anniversary. I think I only learned about it a year or two ago. Sometimes it seems that every day is some “day” or other, but I think this is one we should all know about and celebrate.

I feel blessed to know so many amazing, inspirational, strong, beautiful women. For one, my mother never ceases to impress me with the grace, humor and strength she exudes. On this International Women’s Day, I want to share some photos of some of the women I know that I only wish all could know.