Pixie Spindel by Pixie Vision

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Pixie Spindel

Pixie Vision Photography

I am a portrait and event photographer based in Los Angeles. I’ve been blessed to have captured the essence of over 11,000 belly dancers in the past 10 years.

I feel relationships between people and their love of dance intuitively. The studio is my sanctuary. Soft beats spin as we begin to get to know each other. My focus soon turns to what clothes and colors we will play with and a momentum builds. There is a delicious frenzy that occurs, I call it ‘the zone’ where the experience turns fluid. I instigate using direction so that they may share even more and project their beauty, joy, longing. Nothing is calculated or predictable. Each shoot is different. I have no formula, no tricks... I just consider every experience a new day.

"Make me look beautiful..." a mother of four asks of me. Her friend writes me secretly days later to tell me how much the shoot meant to her, how desperately she wanted to FEEL beautiful, not just look beautiful. I felt this from her the moment we met. We turned it into fierceness. It is both of us working through fear... that is the psychology of photographing people. Their fear is one of exposure. Each person gauges instantly what they will show me, what they will hide behind.. A big showy smile, wide scared eyes... Almost all of my clients begin a shoot this way, always with held breath. They all seem to need permission to drop it, to be themselves, to shine... My fear is easier to sort through. Will this person let me in? Will I capture that moment that she is brightest? Am I making the most out of a set, lighting, angles, colors, props, clothes? Tapping into people comes natural to me. I try to break down barriers faster with each successive shoot.

In photography, I've found a way to make people happy... besides the creativity, this is what I love most about it. The feedback seems to tell me that I make people feel better about themselves, love each other more... If this is my life work, I accept it.

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