About Me

Star Newman- Photographer

“True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.” – Albert Einstein

 

ABOUT ME

I’m a mom and an artist, a dancer and a writer and a dreamer.  I  love the smell of chai and the taste of raspberries.  I ride my horses bareback, read to my kids, and cherish beauty wherever I find it.  I love light so much I can’t separate myself from it; I get distracted watching it play over a friend’s face during coffee and grey days sap all my strength.  I’m imperfect, so I’ve learned to find beauty in imperfection; or maybe perfection in a carefully arranged collection of flaws? I am endlessly in love with my work, always amazed at how a camera can capture aspects of people they can’t see in themselves.

I’ve never quite outgrown a need to try to save the world, so my packaging is recycled whenever possible, I do my best to buy from vendors that have ethically responsible business and manufacturing practices, and a portion of all sales is donated to iHuman, an Edmonton organization offering art opportunities to at-risk youth. I also offer discounts to all foster parents and parents of special needs kids, in honour of my own very special adopted children.

 

ABOUT YOU

You are a beautiful woman, but sometimes you have trouble seeing it.  You want your daughter, or your niece, or your sister to love herself just the way she is, but you… you plan to love yourself just the way you are- after you lose ten pounds. Or when you don’t look so tired from being up all night with the kids.  Or when the echoes of cruel things people have said to you in the past finally die out.

It turns out, though, that you ARE beautiful.  For real.  Those people who tell you that? They’re not lying.  And I can show you what they see.

…want to see?

 

HOW IT ALL STARTED

I began taking pictures for real when I became friends with some amazing, beautiful women who didn’t realise how amazing and beautiful they were.  We fooled around with my camera in the evening as we learned about friendship and that not all girls were like the mean girls from school.  As the pictures got better, my friends and I got stronger, learning to love our bodies and trust our friendships.  Eventually I started taking pictures of other women who had seen the photos and heard the stories, and I’ve spent the last few years figuring out how to make the photographic transformations I love into a business.

 

WHAT’S IN MY BAG

Cameras: My epic BFF the Nikon D3s, sometimes accompanied by her little buddies the D700 and D7000

Lenses: 85mm 1.4, 24-70mm 2.8, 80-200mm 2.8, my new love- a vintage manual focus 28mm prime- and maybe a few others depending on the day

Just in case: Green & Black’s 85% dark fair-trade chocolate, emergency pearls, a fountain pen and a good book

 

MY INSPIRATIONS

I love the natural world, beautiful light, the female form, and watching women slowly unfurl and let go the hurtful, negative thoughts they wrap themselves around.

I’m inspired by Emily DeSoto, Jessica Lark, Sebastião Salgado, and a hundred artists of no particular fame who capture beauty once or a hundred times.  I love the work of the painter Pino and am working on private projects paying photographic homage to his lushly sensual style.

 

  • Jessica

    Just from your comments here, you seem a woman who goes out of her way to help other women go see the beauty that have inside and out, no matter how sure they are that they are not that beautiful. I feel as though I am one of those people that you would help and not realize until later just how much you helped me,ReplyCancel

    • Ayrlia

      Thank you so much, Jessica. Your comment really made my day. We spend so much of our lives feeling unbeautiful, or telling ourselves that beauty shouldn’t matter; I wish we spent more time recognizing beauty in ourselves and the world around us, and learning how to see better until every good thing is beautiful.ReplyCancel

      • Jessica

        I completely understand how you feel, as well as how you help others to feel better about themselves.
        I have trouble with the ability to feel beautiful. As a Transgender, I spend a lot of time trying to compare myself with genetic females and how beautiful they are. I like to try to do my makeup and outfits to try to compare, but because of bone structure, and a great many other things, I feel I can never even get close to what is described as beautiful.
        Just from hearing what you say and seeing the pictures that you have posted, make me feel that if there was one person who would understand how I feel about beauty, it would be you.

        Thank you for doing what you do, and for helping me to remember that everyone is beautiful, even if they can’t see it on themselves without help. 🙂
        JessicaReplyCancel

  • Terri

    Just stumbled across you in the crazy world of social media…*but* maybe thats not true I am a firm believer that the universe brings things for you…You’re “about me” part is deliciously refreshing! You are a real person! Yaayy! Your photography is beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • Ayrlia

      Thanks Terri! I decided a long time ago that life is too short to spend any time trying to be something you’re not. You won’t find a lot of filters on here. 😉ReplyCancel

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