I Felt Like AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL

REGINA

The name Regina means “QUEEN” but no one ever made her feel like a queen.  “It’s not easy to grow up feeling that you are beautiful and desirable when you’ve not been told so, and when you are a large lady like myself”, said my client Regina.  But she added that by watching the Tyra Bank’s Show and America’s Next Top Model she had been helped quite a bit. She explained that these shows had helped her to love herself just as she is because some things you cannot change.  Tyra had also helped her to know what I meant when I ask her to smile with her “eyes”  Tyra calls it “smeyes”.  We laughed about that.

Regina’s sister Alice ( portrait above) is one of the most beloved portraits in my gallery.

Regina had been looking at Alice’s portrait for a few years now. It has won awards and been seen in many publications, most recently, Rangefinder.  Alice decided to give Regina a portrait collection when she came to town for a visit.   Alice knows the power and value to a woman’s esteem of seeing herself as beautiful inside and out and it would be a gift which would last Regina forever. Regina and I had quite a fun time during the session. There was lots to laugh about even the fact that I talk to myself almost continuously while I am working. I always pay a great deal of attention to my client during her session, however, I am watching every move she makes.  I have to say that my greatest compliment came before Regina left my gallery, before she even saw an image.  She said, “No matter what the images look like, because maybe I am funny looking, so it wouldn’t be your fault, I just felt so special today. It doesn’t matter what  the images look like –  I felt like America’s Next Top Model”.  It brings tears and great emotion to just think of these words – to be able to give this gift of well being to another.

You can probably imagine how Regina felt when she saw her finished images. I always feel confident that I can best choose for my clients – though they are not obligated when I do this. I selected my favorite three and had them completely finished before she saw anything. These would be purchased as 8×10 portraits not wall portrait paintings.

Regina’s sisters loved them all, but above is Regina’s and her sister’s very favorite image.

I knew that including smiles among the portraits would be appreciated – her sisters love her pretty smile. This is not particularly my style but I certainly found these images very pretty.  Regina was very quite when she saw her portraits, her sisters, to the  contrary, were audibly very excited.  Regina said,  as most clients do, “Is that me – the photos look so pretty?”  “I am just a normal looking person and I am so glad you know how to make us look beautiful.”

“I am just a normal looking person” Regina said.

In all of my marketing material, I say to my prospective clients, “No matter your weight, your size or your age, your portrait will be beautiful”.  I take this very seriously and there was certainly no exception here.  If you would like a beautiful and timeless portrait, please contact me at 360.779.1375 for a complimentary consultation.

My SUMMER GARDEN

If all continues according to my plans, this will be my last summer in my current gardens.

What a journey it has been from the 6 acre working farm environment I found

to the charming and romantic gardens which I created here. This image was taken from

the same spot as the one above it several years later. More than 50 weddings have taken place in the

gardens. Garden groups came from far and wide.  So many  summer parties have been hosted in these gardens  and it

has served as a venue for many non profit and political events. Ultimately it became my portrait park with it’s many

beautiful vignettes against which to create interesting and beautiful portrait backgrounds.

The blind and the hearing impaired came to touch the large foliage, of the Pedicides (sp),

and  the soft fuzzy foliage of the  lambs ear, the prickles of the many specimen conifers.

There is the sweet fragrance of  honeysuckle and roses.The garden has been shown on HGTV’S

“The Good Life”.  Alas for me it is a work of art complete. People ask me how I can leave it.

It is actually not hard.  I evolved into an artist in this garden.  I am ready to move on.

So much of my time is now spent in front of a computer creating other forms of art which I love.

All is good.

INTERVIEW by Rangefinder Radio

In the July issue of Rangefinder Magazine a body of my work was featured.  I  will post that link as soon as it is available.  The following interview was conducted by Scott Sheppard, producer of Rangefinder Radio,  as a supplement to the feature article.

Listen to interview:

http://www.rangefindermag.com/storage/articles/RFRadio_WinifredWhitfield.mp3

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This is one of the many lovely images featured

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SWEET LIGHT

As I exited the Bistro, one of my favorite restaurants in all the Northwest, I heard myself exclaim a WOW!

I was looking across at Liberty Bay. The sun was lowering, now, rapidly in the sky.  It had been raining but the sun came out to say it’s goodbye for the day and  what a spectacle it made.

I am so fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful areas of this country.