Taste of Italy

Portrait of Friends at Avianto

Do you ever dream of spending a heavenly interlude in the Tuscan countryside? Blessed to have visited there before, I can attest to its beauty and was recently inspired by this for a location shoot that we were doing for two special women, to create personal lifestyle portfolios, infused with a taste of Italy. As it turns out, we didn’t have far to go, discovering the gorgeous Avianto venue in Muldersdrift, on the outskirts of Johannesburg.

Despite it buzzing with the anticipation of a wedding on the day, as well as two conferences, there was an abundance of space and opportunity for us to enjoy our photo shoot, undisturbed. The objective was to capture each of our clients in a radiantly natural, inspirational and aspirational manner and setting – and to this end, Avianto delivered everything we had imagined and more.

Their staff welcomed us warmly, accommodating our photo shoot with ease and grace, contributing to the exquisitely relaxed atmosphere we experienced. It helped that the weather was perfect, with wistful blue sky and not a breath of wind. In keeping with our objective, we agreed with our ladies’ choice to do their own hair and make-up beforehand, the same way that they would on any given day.

Although Juanita, our OV&P Operations Manager, is a professional make-up artist, who assists with make up on some of our shoots, this one purposefully illustrates the authentic beauty of Juanene Frydman (left) and Naett Atkinson (right), without the need for a team of stylists. The results are simply lovely images to enhance their personal and professional profiles.

Both highly accomplished and experienced women with their own businesses, Juanene is an executive coach, speaker and conversationalist, while Naett specialises in financial literacy training and mediation. As such, it really serves their success to share beautiful, accessible, personal images of themselves, to promote engagement with their clients and amplify the ‘know, like and trust’ factor for their brands.

What a pleasure to create their portfolios in such a stunning setting, so that we also walked away with a blissful sense of being momentarily transported for a mini Tuscan holiday. If you’re interested in a location photo or video shoot, you’re welcome to contact us. We’d love to discuss options with you.

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