I am a Montreal-based portrait photographer, whose work was inspired by my battle with an eating disorder and distorted self-image.
I work mostly with women, and my goal is to make them feel gorgeous, regardless of their body type, weight, height etc. Presently, I started a project called "Diversity", where I pair up women and celebrate beauty in its diversity.
I was recently interviewed by one of the most famous English newspapers in Montreal, The Montreal Gazette. You can read the article by clicking on this link: http://montrealgazette.com/life/montrealers-battle-with-anorexia-inspired-peau-sauvage-photo-project.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Roberta. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you, your brand or the services you offer?
I'm incredibly passionate about my work. Making my models happy and to make them realise how beautiful they are is a way of finding the inner peace I so wish to have by looking at myself in the mirror.
Roberta, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I started my work as a photographer because of my dream to make every woman feel beautiful and to make people realise there's no right or wrong when it comes to beauty.
Who is your inspiration in life Roberta? How do you stay inspired as Photographer?
My biggest inspiration in life is my mother. She's a strong, determined woman who fights for what she believes in.
My models and their happiness to see their pictures after our photoshoots is how I stay inspired as a photographer. It makes my day!
We all make mistakes Roberta; we wish we could take back. What was the error you made in the past that you want to you can bring back?
I wish I hadn't believed I wasn't beautiful. I want I could go back to when I was 14 years old and tell myself it was okay to weight more than the other girls in my class. I wish I could say to myself I was a beautiful girl, no matter what.
Roberta, How do you describe yourself regarding working with clients?
I always listen and respect everything my models ask when they hire me. They choose the pictures I'll share online, I always ask what they like and dislike about themselves, we still listen to their favourite music during the photoshoots. It's all about them and what makes them happy.
Please tell us, Roberta, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
Family always comes first. Then work, friends and social life.
Roberta, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Once I had a client who contacted me saying "do you photograph women who are not perfect?"
I think this was the most remarkable message I've ever received. I told her we are all perfect and beautiful in our way, and there's nothing wrong with being different from what we usually see in magazines, movies etc. I also saw her pictures on Instagram, and guess what? She is stunning!
Our photo shoot was fantastic!
Roberta, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer.
My proudest accomplishment as a photographer was the beginning of my project "Diversity". And also when the newspaper The Montreal Gazette interviewed me.
Roberta, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or challenging about it?
I always need to be creative, because every person is different. I always have to find the perfect angle; I always like to make them smile so I can have genuine smiles on my pictures. The exciting part of my work is getting to know these beautiful women I've photographed. The challenging part (not difficult, I would say) is making them feel comfortable to open themselves up to me. Remember: I deal with models who aren't professional models. So sometimes it takes a little longer.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?*
Do it with your heart. Love every minute of your photoshoots. Fall in love with every person you're photographing. When you put love in the things you do, they turn out to be incredible!
Photographer: Roberta Terry @peau_sauvage
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Carla Mezquita @jme.cherche
Catherine Wells @cathwolf