Portrait of a natural beauty. Isabel.

portrait photography by anna nowakowska dublinIsabel is from Brasil. She is radiant and very pretty. I took this photography in the morning of a very blurry and cold day. She was chatting away in the kitchen and then she turned back to talk to me as I was interrupting the already very busy Saturday morning breakfast and  the light from the kitchen window fell directly onto her face. It  brighten up my day and as Isabel is recently engaged to to my fellow photographer Wanderley Massafelli I hope she will be your sunshine forever.

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Portrait commisioned | Family Photography


Mr Dermot is a lovely man. His portrait has been taken for the NCBI’s charity action called Rainbow Journey. NCBI is a an Irish organisation that helps people with sight loss. I have been asked to take portraits of its patients that have shared the their live stories on a CD. This has been used to promote NCBI project and also as a part of the “empowering life” program that I have started over two years ago with the NCBI and its project workers.The whole idea was to photograph the participants during working on that particular project and launch the CD ending as a great success and exhibition held in Dun Laoghaire County Hall, 2014. I was only photographing these people but I gained a wonderful experience working then. I have heard inspiring stories and met fantastic people, and was proud to be part of this.

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Candid engagement portraits.|wedding photography dublin

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I have recently been fascinated by the term candid in photography. It interested me to the point that I wanted to get to the roots of that word. it comes from Latin and it means white.

Word Origin & History
candid 1620s, “white,” from L. candidum “white; pure; sincere, honest, upright,” from candere “to shine,” from PIE base *kand- “to glow, to shine” (see candle). In English, metaphoric extension to “frank” first recorded 1670s (cf. Fr. candide “open, frank, ingenuous, sincere”). Of photography, 1929. Related: Candidly.

That is just thesaurus. But when looking at contemporary family and wedding photography it surprised me how accurate this word is and how accurately people adjusted it to the needs of naming an old version of just documentary photography. Anyway. Candid means right up front and truthful but most of all: unpretended as for not staged and not posed. This is a highly fair approach to art of portrait which I try to employ as often as possible. And it also remind me of works of my beloved Nan Goldin but in her case honesty is most accurate word.

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