PHOTOGRAPHY || CELEBRATING HALLOWEEN WITH THE 'SENSISPA' GIRLS

Halloween is fun. Although it is not and old tradition here in Portugal, things are getting funnier + happier by the 31st October. This year, SENSISPA celebrated it's 4th year 'in the job' and things couldn't be funnier. The girls had so much fun during the day and the spa looked creatively happy all day long. I was the 'photographer in duty' and I really tried my best to bring the fun to these images. 

Enjoy...

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Because girls just want to have fun...

PHOTOGRAPHY || MINI-SESSÕES DE NATAL

Feel the fear and do it anyway.

Quem me conhece sabe que sou medricas até dizer chega. Tenho medo de arriscar, confiar, avançar e criar coisas novas. Tenho medo dos dias de trovoada. Tenho medo de aviões. Tenho medo de não ser feliz, de não conseguir fazer o que amo. Tenho medo de viver uma vida sem amor ou alegria. Tenho medo do escuro. Tenho medo de barulhos estranhos. Tenho medo das alturas. Tenho medo. E pronto. 

Apesar deste "medriquismo", não deixo de criar projectos e avançar (cheia de meio) rumo ao desconhecido. Não deixo de sentir o medo e fazer acontecer. E eis que me proponho uma nova aventura. Ousada, 'pra caramba'! Criativa, mesmo como eu gosto! Uma aventura que tem o meu nome e que adoro. 

Não é novidade que me apaixonei redondamente pela fotografia e chegou a altura de fazer algo mais ousado, mais criativo, mais meu. Começo esta aventura, agora, no Natal (a época luminosa do ano) com 'MINI-SESSÕES NATALÍCIAS' na minha 'terrinha' natal - Adaúfe. 

Tal como disse ontem, quero tentar recriar ao máximo as minhas memórias, o meu passado e as coisas boas que tive e vivi naquele espaço que sempre chamei de casa...

Venham participar nesta aventura natalícia, venham criar memórias giras + divertidas (com um toque de tradição). Para a inscrição basta e enviar um email para hello@creativelydonebygina.com.

PHOTOGRAPHY || CHRISTMAS IS COMING TO TOWN...

O espírito do Natal chegou ao blog e à minha vida. Este Natal será diferente. Faz quase um mês que a matriarca da família partiu e ainda custa relembrar que não mais sentirei o toque daquelas mãos tão cheias de amor, curiosidade e sabedoria. Nestes últimos dias tenho sentido ainda mais a sua falta...

Porque a saudade aperta e porque quero tentar recriar ao máximo as minhas memórias, o meu passado e as coisas boas que tive e vivi naquele espaço que sempre chamei de CASA (uma casa que não possuía as melhores condições do mundo, mas na qual vivi os melhores momentos, fui amada com perfeição e acolhida com amor e abraços sem fim). 

Porque é sempre bom reproduzir em imagens momentos de amor, decidi neste Natal, fazer as minhas primeiras 'Mini-sessões de Natal' em casa dos meus Avós. Quero, ao máximo, criar mais memórias do que foi e do amor que tive um dia... neste espaço, com casais e famílias especiais. 

Hoje deixo-vos a primeira sessão, "carregadinha" de amor, de alegria, de algumas imperfeições (reparem lá no "Feliz Natal", hehehe...) e de muitos sorrisos (tal como tinha imaginado). Espero que gostem tanto como eu! 

Aqui vai...

Obrigado, Patrícia + Romeu e B.. Foi uma alegria fotografar-vos e deixar este "pedaçinho" da minha história e da história dos meus Avós na vossa vida!

Avó, estejas onde estiveres, penso em ti e amo-te por tudo aquilo que foste e que representas na minha vida. Estes trabalhos de Natal serão feitos sempre contigo no pensamento e no meu coração. 

Se quiserem recriar um momento assim, se quiserem fazer uma visita à nossa CASA de Adaúfe enviem-me um email para hello@creativelydonebygina.com. 

Tenham um excelente dia!

P.S.: Cada vez gosto mais de fotografar em dias de chuva.

'AMAZEBALLS' || THE HIVE 'TRENDBLOGGER'

Did you know? I'm a TRENDBLOGGER for THE HIVE CONFERENCE! Wot, wot! 

And what do I do?

I'll share updates from this sunny country on a monthly basis about what blogs to read, brands and magazines to watch.

It's time to share the 'amaze-portuguese-creative-balls' happening around here, right?  So, if you have something worth sharing, shoot me an email at hello@creativelydonebygina.com. I can't wait to see what you'll show me :)

PHOTOGRAPHY || @VELHAABRANCA, with DANIEL CAMACHO

You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.
— Ansel Adams

I've decided to take my very first Photography Course at Velha a Branca, with Daniel Camacho. I loved every second of it + I want to know & learn more, so much more. Here's some photos I took while I was there...

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The Teacher - Daniel Camacho

I do think Photography is an 'OMG' factor in my life. 

Thank you Daniel! 

PHOTOGRAPHY || KELLY & TOMÉ, ON A SWEET RAINY DAY

Photography is fueling my soul and I still pinch myself every time I think of that sunny day that the lovely + pretty Kelly asked me to do a photo shoot around Braga, in August. My very first photo shoot.

First I said 'what?' and then I said 'YES, YES, YES!'. 

Kelly and Tomé are Portuguese but are currently living in Ontario, Canada. They met on an arranged 'blind date' and they spent hours together that day, which morphed into days together in the following weeks, which later became months... and now they're happily + lovingly planning to spend the rest of their life together as husband and wife.

I feel so honored to document their love at their 'portuguese home' here in Braga. It was a blessing to meet both and to take these photos. And it's a blessing to document love!

And now here it is, a lovely photo shoot on a sweet rainy day. 

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So pretty + so in love + so kind.

And... I love people who smile when it's raining. What about you? 

BEING PERSONAL || AVÓ

Faz 5 dias que partiste. E, hoje, deixo aqui as palavras que escrevi no dia da tua despedida... a Ana ganhou coragem e leu-as para ti. 

Querida Custódia, Avó, partiste e levaste um pedaço de cada um de nós. Mas não nos deixaste. Essa tua força matriarcal, o teu olhar e o teu sorriso curioso e ao mesmo tempo sereno, a tua ternura, a tua forma de comadar os dias não iam deixar que isso acontecesse. Em cada espaço, em cada compasso, em cada sorriso, em cada toque, em cada voz e em cada olhar... estás aqui.

Foram 92 anos alegres, vividos a amar e ser amada profundamente por todos aqueles que te rodeavam. Sempre foste maior que tudo. Os teus filhos, os teus netos e os teus bisnetos ficam com tantas coisas tuas. Temos em nós a tua força. A luta e o sacrifício. A entrega e o prazer pela família. Obrigado por teres estado na nossa vida. Estás sempre connosco.

E, porque nos últimos dias repetias estas palavras vezes sem conta, hoje repetimos nós por ti:

Ouvi-te chamar Custódia, 

O teu nome agradou

Custodinha é de prata

Onde o Senhor encarnou.

Até sempre, Custódia, Mãe, Avó, Bisavó... ou como todos os filhos, genros e noras sempre te trataram... até sempre, Mãezinha! 

FASHION LOVE 9 || The OMG factor

Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.
— Ralph Lauren

September flew by so quickly. I have no idea how + when, I just know that October is almost here and with it my birthday. This is the time to start something new + to bring new changes into my life. And I'm ready for them, baby.

While I embrace the new season + this new vibe, I bring you these dreamy + amazing dresses created by the superb Krikor Jabotian.

I love them from top to bottom. They make a statement. They make that kind of statement I want to bring  into my life. It's the OMG factor. My OMG factor.

And what about yourself, what kind of statement do you want to bring into your life?

I await your amazing comments below. Be bold + brave, it's your life we are talking about. 

FASHION LOVE 8 || I'm FALL (...ing) for you!

Spring is 'THE' season, but Fall falls right behind it. Maybe it's because I was born in the Fall, maybe it's because I love all the vibrant + warming colors. I really don't know. All I can say is that in these last (amazingly rainy) couple of days I was drawn to that place where I start looking for warmer + comfier clothes to cuddle my heart + my style. 

And let me ask you, have you seen Massimo Dutti's new collection? Want to FALL in love like me? Take a look at these 'oh so chic' colors + perfect looks. Oh my...

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
— Albert Camus

BEING PERSONAL || Saudade.

In 2010 I wrote a poem about what it meant for me to live in a old Portuguese village (it's in portuguese and unfortunately I won't translate it). I've written these words thinking about all the years that I lived with my grandparents, all the years that I've witnessed tradition, happy gatherings, soulful conversations. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow... I want to dedicate these special words to my grandparents. 

These last couple of weeks have been hard for my grandparents, for my mum and my aunts and for all the family in general. Our grandfather is not doing well and it hurts me to accept life as it is right now + it hurts me to accept that everything is changing and that these words that I wrote will no longer be part of my future... but part of my memories. My sweet + loving memories.

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To my grandparents...

"Numa manhã de orvalho

Daquelas que trazem na lembrança

As doces memórias de infância.

Memórias de quem fui um dia

Do tempo, da tradição e do passado

Em família, sempre, lado a lado.

Por socalcos, caminhos e carreiros

Vejo as folhas verdejantes nos canteiros.

Espreito por muros e pedras arranjadas

Vejo os campos e colheitas despidas

Por gentes engenhosas e sofridas.

Nas casas ouvem-se vozes, cânticos e folia

Sente-se em pleno esta alegria.

Da doce memória do passado, no ventre

Que nos entra na mente, de repente

De um abraço carente e premente.

Por entre portas, o calor e o amor sentido

Para receber, em pleno, o filho fugido.

A vontade e ânsia de partilhar

É constante e intensa no borbulhar.

Dos tachos e panelas recheadas

Com as couves, as batatas e cenouras plantadas

Da mesa vem o aroma e a saudade

Que traz o Amor da minha Aldeia de verdade. - Gina Palha

With love...

VIANA DO CASTELO || HONORING TRADITIONS

'Lady D'Agony' - Viana do Castelo. Considered the pilgrimage of pilgrimages. Heart + love + old traditions make this one of the most unique popular pilgrimages in Portugal.

They say that 'Viana means love' and I agree! 

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"Viana, quem gosta vem. Quem ama, fica."

BEING PERSONAL || Sometimes I forget...

...that I'm not perfect, that I can't do everything, that I can't help everyone, that I can't change anyone, that I can't fix everyone's life, that I can't be someone else, that I can't be everywhere + every time, that I can't work 24/7.

...to take a break, to smile, to not be angry, to forgive, to forget, to move on, to dance, to enjoy myself, to cook with love, to work with love, to love, to cry, to laugh, to live my own life, to be myself. 

It's a lot of 'I's I know. But sometimes I just forget to just be, to relax, to take long + uber deep breaths and be the happy me. 

And what about yourself, what did you forget today?

SOCIETY6 || PILLOW LOVE

Pillows became an addiction in my life, in my home. They scream personality + authenticity. They spruce up any home with bold + happy colors, with unique illustrations + patterns + quotes.

Here's some of my best loved pillows...  

Unique + stylish, right? 

Adding some pillows here and there can totally change the room and give a whole new look + super cool personality to our home , don’t you agree?

be bold. take risks.

Today. Tomorrow. The next day. Next week. Next month. Next year. All your life.

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN A RISK IS WORTH TAKING? 

When it is fueled by love. When the possible outcome of taking that risk could mean a better future for everyone involved, no matter how hard the road to get there, it’s worth making the leap. When it’s not about you, but about loving someone else, the risk is worth taking. When you aren’t relying on someone else’s positive reaction for it to be worth it, When it pushes you to let go and surrender to what you know is right, it’s worth taking. it’s time to leap.
— Lara Casey

Happy Thursday!

VIRTUAL SUPPORT || HELPING WITH THE GRAPHICS

There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.
— Milton Glaser

I believe in creativity. I believe in the ability to learn and evolve. I believe in beauty (eye-catching-beauty). I believe in visuals (great visuals). I believe I'm doing the work I was created for.

I have put my expertise + willingness to develop my craft + my way of helping amazingly creative entrepreneurs. During this time I've found I'm really addicted + in love with graphic design.  

Graphic design is the most perfect tool I use to share what I want to share. It's my way of expressing myself. Almost like art.  And nowadays everything is visual. We are all drawn to colors + great designs + fabulous techniques + engaging combinations. Graphics take an important part in our world and every brand uses them to share their work + products + services.

Here's the top reasons to invest in cool + empowering + creative graphics:

  • Engage your audience + clients on a visual level;
  • Pictures are more powerful than words;
  • Elevate your marketing strategy to a new level;
  • Drive traffic to your website through the different social media channels;

And this where my helping hands & creative move comes in. You can outsource your graphic design to me. So, if you are looking for 'day-to-day' graphics for your business + social media channels, or if you'd like to add cool quotes to your photographs, or maybe you want to revamp your logo & add empowering graphics to your website. I'm here to help you with all that and more. The goal is to create the most unique visuals to match your brand + your voice. 

I would love to turn your brand into something amazingly vibrant + 'eye-catching' so your clients can be empowered + inspired. The imagery is incredibly powerful + influential, and these can be bring either total success or total failure to your entrepreneurial endeavors. It all comes down to the first impression... and whether they love your voice + brand or not.

So, make the investment and hire my 'helping hands' so you can focus your creative mind in developing your business. It's that simple!

Have an amazing weekend!

SOCIETY6 || GIVEAWAY WINNER

I want to thank everyone who participated in my very first giveaway! I love to give things! 

So, the winner is...

I know Marta and it's amazing to give this to you, sweet friend! 

Have an amazing day! 

FASHION LOVE 7 || ...and this why I love stripes!

Oh... the Summer. I love these warm days + nights. 

And lately I've been obsessing over these cool stripes. Not the best thing to be attracted to because they only work if you are skinny. But somehow I found myself drawn to them, because I do think they are stylish + go with almost everything. 

When I've spotted this simple + utterly summery dress a few days ago, I had to make this cool collage with it and I love it. I also hope you can enjoy it as much as I do.

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Dress by Zara

Have an amazing day!

Society6 Giveaway!

Last friday was a great day, I've finally launched my Society6 shop. YAY! The feedback was absolutely great and I couldn't be more happy. I feel truly honored when someone takes time out of their busy day to send some encouragement, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to give back to those who follow this blog + or that follow me over my social media accounts. This is for all of you out there! 

Since I'm feeling so grateful I've decided to host my very first GIVEAWAY. This is oh so cool, right? 

What am I giving away?

One of my Pillows

or

One of my Mugs

or

One of my Art Prints

You'll be able to pick the piece and the design from one of these three options from my Society6 shop

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY YOU NEED TO FOLLOW ALL OF THE STEPS BELOW:

STEP 1. Like my new + crazy fun Facebook Page.

STEP 2. Follow "myself + I" :) on Instagram.

STEP 3. Comment on this post with your favorite prize + your name + your email. 


Terms + Conditions:

1 or 2 winners will be randomly selected on Tuesday, August 5th + each winner will receive the prize of their choice from the options I presented!

Each comment to this post equals one entry and must include a name and a valid email address to be eligible. A comment must link to a product from http://society6.com/creativegina to be considered for this giveaway. One entry per person. Limited to entrants over 18 Worldwide. This giveaway begins as of this post and ends on Tuesday, August 5th. If there is no response from the winner(s) within 3 days, I will select a new winner. Thank you for your cooperation and good luck to everyone!