Karen Vago in Saint Germaine en Laye

When you meet a leader like Karen Vago, it is immediately obvious why she has found the buoyant success she has. One of the most thoughtful, warm and whole women I have had the pleasure of working with, Karen Vago’s easy way of ushering women through understanding their wellness and their bodies is the same way she cares for herself; with elegant attention and love. Her ability to shine through whatever the universe sends her way is rewarded justly and the whole experience Karen takes with the most welcoming smile. With three popular French titles on the shelves and the best-selling “Blood-type Diet Cookbook” in english, Karen has already made a lasting impact on the world of women’s health and wellness. Now, she is impacting woman one at a time with personalized care and guidance down the path of optimal health. You will feel buoyantly alive just spending an hour on the phone with this beautiful woman.
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Personal Branding Photoshoot with Karen Gilbert in Paris

My camera has never smelt as divine as it did after a day with Karen Gilbert. The sharp scientific mind that waxes poetic about the smell of golden fields, rain wet cement and  can bring sensual lightness to any moment. It is this sharp and brilliant contrast that makes Karen Gilbert is an expert perfumier. Having cut her teeth as an entrepreneur in the tatoo and piercing industry, Karen Gilbert is more rock and roll than pastels and lace and is taking modernizing how it is we relate to fragrance and perfume. It is her incredible genius of being equally curious about the science of fragrance, her classic English warmth and her keen design sensibility that is that is allowing women of  today to realize their dream of having their own signature perfume and to build a brand around it. Karen, your boldness and tenacity is wildly inspiring and each time I now find myself lost in vetiver and sandlewood, I think of you and wish for your voice describing the beautiful miracle of this sensual world.

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Personal Branding Photoshoot with Andrea Rockstein (Anera) in Paris, France

Andrea Rockstein (Anera), best-selling author is that elegant regal version of beauty that reminds you of the iconic women of time immortal. A woman who has a strong foothold in the world of finance and leadership and now is ready to create a life for herself where she leads others to discover their own freedom. It is with open kindness and curiosity that she engages the world around her. Andrea, it was glorious to witness your blossoming through our day and I continue to envision a world where you take center stage and share what courage it took for you to set yourself free.

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Curl up with a big ol’ mug of Uncertainty and The New York Times

Hi!

My work is being featured in the New York Times.

I need to say that a second time because I’m overwhelmed with a giddy OMG-That-is-so-crazy-cool every time I hear it!

My work is being featured in the New York Times! Today!

In a Style-Section story about the rapidly-growing movement of having professional photographs taken for personal branding, social media and other social networking platforms. It’s an exciting week for me, yet also a week – like any other– where I wake up in my Paris apartment with the same dreams, desires, fears and doubts that are intrinsically part of what makes me me.

Of course, I’m ecstatic about being featured in the New York Times and each time I brag about it I’m overwhelmed with that Holy-Smokes-Dream-Come-True-Wow reality!

I’ve gotten used to these kinds of miracles in my business; spending a month in Paris, experiencing each woman I work with blossom in what feels like the blink of an eye, having a New York Times reporter contact me directly.

I wanted this: “This” being recognized – by the flippin’ NY Times no less – as the credible expert on Personal Branding Photography. “This” being the thought leader in My industry. “This” miracle that has become my life. And, all of it happening without a road map. I simply had a desire, a certain tenacity to keep moving forward in the direction of my dreams and this mantra from Rilke stamped on my mind:

“Have patience with all that is unresolved in your heart, and try to love the questions themselves, as if they were rooms yet to enter or books written in a foreign language. Don’t search for answers that can’t be given you yet: you live them now. For everything must be lived. Live the questions now, perhaps then, someday, you will gradually, without noticing live into the answer.”

It is this willingness to live the uncertainty that each thriving entrepreneur will tell you is the secret to success in business. AND, I believe, to success in all areas of your life.

I’ve recently been falling in love with a smart, handsome, adventurous man…a good man who continually leaves me feeling adored, honored and loved. This morning, our easy closeness and buoyancy was interrupted by an ouch-ughh-not-what-i-want conversation — the kind that happens occasionally with authentically inspiring relationships…the relationships where each person is genuinely enhanced by the others’ contribution to their life. In this moment of “blah” every fiber of my being wanted to shut down and hide, my mind was desperate to figure it out so it wouldn’t happen again and it seemed easier to walk away then to be with the question of “Can our relationship survive this moment?”  What it took was clear loving self-awareness to be in the question without trying to control or manipulate each other into knowing the answer. The answer we lived into was “yes, this is survivable.” Within a day, we had integrated that experience into our partnership which left us both feeling freer and more honestly loved. What a great feeling, right?

Here is the thing, most people think that once you have reached a certain level of success or “readiness” your fear of the unknown diminishes. Actually, the amount of uncertainty you are willing to hold is directly proportional to the quality and reach of your impact both professionally and personally. Meaning the more successful you find yourself at love and life and career, the bigger game you are available to play and with each new game comes a whole new level of “uh-oh-is-this-going-to-work”.

Uncertainty grows along with success and so does your capacity to hold it.

What there is for you to discover is not only is it safe to be uncertain, if what you want is growth, your life depends on getting comfy with living the questions.

So, if you were to take anything from this email, I want you to take this;
1. Become friends with uncertainty. In fact, fall in love with it. That alone will set you free.
2. Pick up or check out the NY Times and share about it. (of course!)
3. Never quit. Never ever quit.

in Love and in Service,

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p.p.s I’ll be in Southern Italy in early September and have two Personal Branding photoshoots available. Click here if Sicily is calling you!

 

 

Personal Branding Photoshoot with Joyce Oladipo in Paris

You know those women who walk into a room and without even being aware if it, everyone in the room notices her: it could be her bouncy brightness, her owning it personal sense of style and what I think it is is that Joyce Oladipo is a natural born leader, it’s in her DNA along with a willful tenacity that anyone would find admirable. Our day was a snapshot of Joyce’s journey, starting with just enough how’s-this-going-to-work to within an hour owning her inner rockstar and rocking her branding big-time in classic Paris make your own rules style. Joyce, continue to model the everyday girl with incredible discipline in service to her dreams, I see whole countries at your bidding!

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Personal Branding Photoshoot with Jia Ni in France

I’ve said it before about Jia Ni (If you have been following my work for awhile now, you’ll recognize this gorgeous beauty from a Photoshoot we did together last January in Santa Barbara), it is so easy to be in awe of this young woman! At 22, she has been living abroad now for several years, completing her university degree in Perth, Australia and has for the last several years simultaneously been running a thriving coaching practice. When it comes to leading the next generation into seeing their untapped and unstoppable potential, Jia Ni is it. When it comes to giddy delight and peels of laughter, Jia Ni is it. When it comes to modeling a miraculous life with ease, Jia Ni is it. When it comes to tenacious growth and a straight up approach to keeping it real, Jia Ni is it. If all the leaders in her generation are like Jia Ni, the future has nothing to worry about.

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Personal Branding Photoshoot with Elyse-Anne in Paris, France

Mission so flippin’ accomplished! Elyse Anne is a woman who loves a good mission, our mission in Paris was to learn if a mother of two with an imperative to grow and a thriving business could still be able to live a life of awe/discovery and furthermore could her willingness to be that woman also spark the possibility for tens of thousands of other women to feel the possibility of living the life of their dreams? Without a doubt, Elyse-Anne is a woman who is multi-dimensional and not afraid to celebrate it; part super model, part no-nonsence business brain, part trend-setter and part devoted, loving mother and wife. Elyse Anne, this woman who truly has it all, will undoubtedly leave you smarting with a belief that you too have it all. Mission accomplished Elyse! Now, all you women out there, take note, your mission should you choose to accept it is to follow Elyse’s model of not only having it all but claiming it and knowing that that the time to live your dreams is not when the kids are older, is not when you have that next 10k, is not someday when it the timing is better but to live your dreams NOW.
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