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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My Christmas Wishes for you.
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“Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one” ― John Lennon, Imagine
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Well, I'm starting my Christmas holidays earlier this year. I want to spend time with my family and my son and enjoy Christmas. That means to me taking a break from social media as well. With one of the greatest songs ever, in my opinion, I wish you all, dear friends, peaceful Christmas holidays and a successful year full of love, mindfulness and gratitude.
Double tap if you agree with me.
I don't need to understand beauty, I want to acknowledge it, to feel it, for beauty is everywhere and in everyone.
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“One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling place.”
-She Walks In Beauty by Lord Byron
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Poetry portrait session with @daryna__k21
“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Well, our advent calendar is already hanging and I'm very excited about the whole Christmas preparations. I know that there is so much stress around this time. We try to handle this by enjoying some Christmas traditions together, such as to visit the Christmas market and laugh together over a hot punch about funny family moments, bake cookies with my son or decorating our Christmas tree.
What do you love most around that time?
Raise your hands and sing with me!
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“It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me. ” ― Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women
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I enjoy being a woman even if it's sometimes challenging. In my work as a portrait photographer I aim to capture and show the beauty and power of womanhood. I believe that a great portrait has the power to open your mind, to give you confidence to feel and trust what you see — namely your individual beauty and distinctive personality, for every woman, no matter what stage of life she is in, is beautiful and remarkably strong.
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Portrait session with @daryna__k21
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I still remember this afternoon about a month ago. It was one of those moments where I, as a photographer, was supposed to stand in front of the camera. And I can tell you, that's really not my thing. If you're like me, you sure know what I'm talking about. Well, this time I decided to try a photo session with my mother. Ha, if you knew her, you would say right away “Yeah, but she can't even take a sharp picture ...” Well, that's true, but I have to say I still had the confidence that she wouldn't make me feel uncomfortable and will capture moments where I am still me. She knows me after all. I consider photographing portraits as a matter of trust. Connecting with the person in front of the camera, so that the person opens up and I have the chance to capture my subject's true personality, is my first priority in my work. Portraits for me tell a story and not just show some human form.
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Happy weekend!
“… And don’t listen to labels. They don’t matter.’
‚What are labels?‘
‚It’s an imaginary sticker people slap on you with the word they think you are written on it. It doesn’t matter who they think you are. It matters who you think you are.‘”
— Samantha Young, Before Jamaica lane
Since my whole family is crazy about chocolate desserts, I thought why not bake something delicious (for the soul) and healthy at the same time? I don't know about you but chocolate is an important ingredient in our family kitchen and lifestyle. The first question my son asks me when I want to pamper us with something sweet is: “Is it with chocolate?”. He turns down all the sweets without chocolate. Until recently, he refused to treat something without chocolate in it as sweets. It was kind of funny. 
A few months ago I came around a baking book about clean eating in the bookstore. I've already tried some of these recipes but the chocolate pumpkin brownies are our favorite so far. I must say: whether warm or cold, those brownies are a true pleasure. Read more about my preferred clean eating ingredients and how I did the brownies on my blog (link in bio)
Have you tried some clean eating recipes? I would love your recommendations.
“It's definitely difficult being a woman and growing up a girl. When you're graceful, people say you lack personality; when you're serene, people say you're boring; when you're confident, people say you're arrogant; when you're feminine, people say you're too girly; and when you climb trees, people say you're too much of a tomboy! As a woman, you really need to develop a very strong sense of self and the earlier you can do that, the better! You have to be all the things that you are, without allowing other people's ignorance change you!”
― C. JoyBell C. (on Goodreads)
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There will be always someone who will tell you that you aren’t enough of something. And there will be always some “boxes” who are created to set some standards to allow for comparison (maybe to that perfectly design Instagram feed with a perfect home and a perfect smiling children on it or to the flawless woman that gazes at you from the shiny Magazine Cover) and if you don’t fit in those standards then you are not enough. But you know what? Every person is unique and individual. My whole life I’m growing and gaining experiences and I’m changing through that process — whether is my body or my appearance or the way I think. The most important to me is to follow the values I stand for. I’m enough for being who I am. And if I’m out of some or all that “boxes” for that, so what? So, stop compare yourself and your life by acknowledging who you are. I know that path isn’t as easy as it sometimes seems — I question myself every single day. I challenge you today to see in your mirror and say to yourself “I am enough and I love me for who I am.”
See, if I can do it so you can do it as well.
How did you feel afterwards? Share in the comments, I would love to read about it and cheer you on.
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Image by @jennakutcher
“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?