Peppa Georgieff

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Vienna based portrait photographer. Inspired by nature. Daydreamer and coffee lover. Impassioned about home baking and decorating cakes.

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“But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”
― Stephen King, 'Salem's Lot .

Happy Weekend! .

Photo: unsplash, Editing by me
WHY are you doing what you are doing and where do you get your inspiration?
My first contact with photography was quite a coincidence. At the early age of 14 through my first year at the School of Fine Arts and Foreign languages in Bulgaria I wanted to play guitar. A good friend of mine had to retune his guitars so many times after I played with it. One day I, my beloved Grandpa and Granny went to the store to get one (it was my birthday gift). Unfortunately there was none available in the store (I grow up in small town and there was only this one music store) and I choose an analog camera Smena 8M.
A few years later photography became my medium to convey how I see the world through my eyes. I captured pretty much everything that just caught my attention (and I'm still doing that). As an introvert I was able to communicate my emotions, current challenges or excitement with my images. I’m fascinated by how the subject that I photograph, fits in a particular environment and still told its own story. While photographing people and their stories converting personal experience into meaningful art is really an honor to me. Besides people and nature, the art of Yousuf Karsh, Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz and Caravaggio are my favorite sources of inspiration.
A talk over coffee.
Recently I have read a post on Harvard Business Review by John Coleman about purpose in life in which he states: “You Don’t Find Your Purpose — You Build It”. That made me think deeper about my own purpose. Like many others, I sure had stages of my life when I asked myself “what is my purpose in life and as a part of the human society, why I'm here on this earth”. The more I'm thinking the more it becomes obvious to me that there are multiple sources of purpose — being a mother, a photographer, my belief in humanity, morality and gratitude — that build meaning and help me find value in my life and my work.
And that are my current sources of purposes, but they definitely differ from those when I was 20 years old for I wasn't a mother or a photographer back there. And that's OK. Through my life I have been gaining experiences and I have been growing with them and so are evolving my values and my sources of purpose have been varying in the process as well. Acknowledging and embracing these multiple origins of purpose and their possible changes over time takes the pressure off of finding a single thing to give our lives a higher intention. I clearly agree with John that we don't find our purpose, we build it in the course of our lives.
What are your sources of purpose? Share your thoughts in the comments. I would love to read them.
Today I’m feeling inspired to bake something delicious. I have been trying in vain to focus on working since two hours but sometimes the brain simply needs a rest. So, I'll call it a day and start the weekend a bit earlier. Every now and then it's better to let go and aim the attention on what's fun at the moment instead of just wasting time, don't you think? 
What are you up for the weekend?
“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
― Lauren DeStefano, Wither
In our work as a photographer (especially in portraits) one of our primary goals is to have “sharp focus” on our subject. But you know what — sometimes the lack of focus can help to create real emotional and moody portraits. I love to purposefully create this type of images, especially to direct the focus straight to the emotions. Like here, for example, at the boudoir session with @katrinracheva. That was her first intimate portraiture session and of course she was a bit nervous. While we chatted and I showed her some hip mooves, and we laughed about it, I photographed. Of course this takes some practice and can be a bit tricky, but it really pays off. After that, I have some dreamy and mysterious images to show to my clients. And they are really excited about it, as I hear.
By the way, the whole story will be soon on my blog.
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What is the most important goal for you when you choose/book a portrait photographer?
Most days you can find me working on my desk at home, snuggled on my sofa with a cup of coffee and watching Netflix or somewhere in the near park exploring nature with my camera. I really love to spend time at home with my family or alone as well. Watching a few episodes of Full House in the evening and laughing about the sweet Tanner family with my son never gets old. That reminds me — today we have family evening. Every Friday we hold a family movie night in our living room. We're gonna make some popcorn, choose something funny or adventurous on Netflix or Amazon Prime and make ourselves comfortable on the sofa in front of the TV. I love these evenings.
What do you love to do on Friday evening?
I NEED YOUR THREE WORDS. Now, I'm curious what feelings and emotion come to your mind, when you see my images/work. Scroll down my feed and write your three words in the comments, the three words you would use to describe my work and photography style. I really appreciate your opinion and want to thank you in advance.
As perhaps many of you already know or can guess from my last posts, autumn is my favorite season. Rustling leaves, intense and vibrant colors and warm soft light — all that is forcing my creativity to blossom completely. While fall is a great time taking family portraits (couple or personal branding portraits as well) creating authentic photos can be sometimes really challenging. The most important to me while I'm photographing is to create a story around the images I capture, whether that are people, things or landscapes.
Head over to my new blog (link in bio) to find out more about my 5 tips for you on how to master that challenge like a pro.  Which of the tips would you really like to try on your next fall photo session?
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Photo: @nikkiharrisstudio
“Slow living means something personal to each of us, and one of the strongest ways we manifest these beliefs is by expressing ourselves through our homes.”
— Nathan Williams, The Kinfolk Home — Interiors for slow living
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I'm heading into the weekend with the latest book I got hold of, family short trip plans and my camera, ready to capture a few lovely fall moments.
What are you up to this weekend?
“GATHERING LEAVES
Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.
I make a great noise
Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer
Running away.
But the mountains I raise
Elude my embrace,
Flowing over my arms
And into my face.
I may load and unload
Again and again
Till I fill the whole shed,
And what have I then?
Next to nothing for weight,
And since they grew duller
From contact with earth,
Next to nothing for color.
Next to nothing for use.
But a crop is a crop,
And who's to say where
The harvest shall stop?” ― Robert Frost
Double tap if you agree. “Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.” ― Bill Watterson, The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book

I can only agree. The only thing I would change is a cup of aromatic coffee instead of tea.
How do you like to spend a rainy day?
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Photo: pixabay