I’m back from my 2017 Money Goddess Retreat in Bali. Every year people want to see the photos, and I love to share them!
Photos bring back sense memory of the original event. These photos remind my women who they are, months and years after the event.
Photos are my version of a “breakthrough exercise.” Tony Robbins does his fire walk. My women don’t get burnt feet. They go home with pretty pictures, instead. And frankly a photo shoot is way more scary (for many of us women), than walking on hot coals.
Goddess Portrait Day is also one of my favorite exercises because all the women pull together to help each other to get ready for the camera and to cheer each other on during the shoots. It’s the loving, noncompetitive sisterhood experience many of us never had with other women growing up. Many women have never experienced this at all before this retreat.
That’s why I moved heaven and earth to make sure we had a photographer this year.
First the Melodrama:
3 weeks before this year’s retreat I received a startling message from a photographer I had hired (and loved) twice before: she was demanding more than double our agreed (and substantial) fee. I thought about it for a day, told her that I had a set photography budget for my retreat, and to honor, that I’d be willing to hire her for one third of the retreat (instead of the whole thing), for our agreed fee. Then she became abusive, and I made the decision that she was no longer a safe presence for my women flying in for my retreat.
I had promised a photo shoot as my version of a “breakthrough exercise.” Tony Robbins does fire walks. For women, posing for a camera is scarier. I needed to find someone really good, really safe, fast!
We’re all normal looking women. Half of us over 50, half under, with all the usual weirdness around our appearance, our weight, our skin, what to do with our bodies in front of the camera lense…
I found a new photographer, and she worked out so well (we all LOVE her!) that I am GRATEFUL to my former photographer for no longer being a fit and making space for something new.
I did everyone’s make-up. (Bet you didn’t know I could do that.) Ulrike worked the big magic with her camera, light, and ability to make women feel safe and beautiful in front of the lense.
I’ve mixed some of my favorite Goddess Portraits with some informal Water Temple moments below.
Check out the results:
Want to hire Ulrike Reinhold for you event or private photography in Bali! Do so! Tell her I sent you. 🙂
Check out her website HERE
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