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Yahozka - Photographer & Founder

Hey! My name is Yahozka! I’m the founder of Gabriela Cruz Photography. Two questions I get asked a lot is “How do I pronounce your name?” and “Why Gabriela Cruz Photography?” Well here it is! The pronunciation of Yahozka is Ya-os-ka and since some people have a difficult time with my name, I decided to name my business after my little men Gabriel and Andres Cruz Godfrey – GabrielA Cruz 🙂 . What else.. I am a social introvert, certified make up artist and I love meeting new people but it takes me a long time to warm up. I love talking about photography and boudoir as you can probably tell!

My mission as Gabriel Cruz Photography is to inspire you to see you how I see you. Your true self. Boudoir isn’t just about feeling beautiful with sexy photos it is about getting you to understand that the fierce woman in the photograph is you. Every. Single. Day. She lives in side you and that woman can conquer any obstacle that stands in her way. So next time you look in the mirror. Look deep. She’s there . I don’t want women to look at their boudoir photos and just see a sexy beautiful woman because it’s more than that. I want them to print that photo create a wall art and put it up in their homes and every time that they are feeling down or need a little bit of a push just go look at that photo and then look in the mirror and see that is her, looking back. Boudoir, to me is about helping you to see that, find and seeing “her” the goddess within, always.

 

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Christina - Photographer

My name is Christina Voorhorst and to say I’m excited to specialize in boudoir portraiture with Yahozka is an understatement! I’ve been working as a photographer for over 5 years now, and when I pick up my camera I know I’m about to create a little slice of magic. The thing I love most about boudoir is that I get to take people like you out of your ordinary life and remind you again that you are truly extraordinary. Boudoir photography is about taking time to honour who you are as a person – in the skin you’re in, in the stage you’re in, at the age you are – and shine bright like you deserve. Every single body is so unique and beautiful, working as a photographer is really about showing you just how worthy you are. I love the entire process – from helping you wardrobe choose to reminding you to point your toes and rock your angles and curves to that “IS THAT ME?!” moment at the reveal. As a mom of 3 I know how busy and crazy life can get, and often self care is the last thing on our list. So to be able to encourage other people to stop and take a day for themselves is truly a gift I can’t wait to give people.

 

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Heather - Hair and Make up Artist

Heather Thieson of Smudge Makeup started her career as most girls in makeup do- sneaking into their mom’s makeup bag at the tender age of 6.

Heather went to University for Theatre and fell in love with stage makeup, special effects, and prosthetics. This led to several years working in Theatre before moving to Edmonton, and launching her own freelance makeup company. Along the way, she taught herself hairstyling, and never looked back.

Heather has a soft spot for Boudoir, and worked with another studio for years as the in house Hair and Makeup artist before the studio closed in 2015.

She was thrilled to be to join the GC team, and be back helping empower woman of all ages, and backgrounds as they take a step out of their comfort zone and learn how incredible they truly are.

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Laura Lee - BC Studio Manager, Photographer, Hair & Makeup Artist

Hi, I’m Laura Lee!

I’ve been with GCP since almost the start! I do a lot of things here at our BC location. My favorite job title with GCP is Hype Girl though. Haha! I absolutely love hyping you ladies up, helping you feel more comfortable with yourself as your shoot is happening.

I’ve learned so much since working with Gabriela Cruz. I’ve learned how all of us women struggle in some way. I’ve spoken with so many of you ladies at length about many different insecurities or life struggles. We all have them. They might look different, but they are there.

We truly are stronger together as women and when we lift each other up, that gives another woman the confidence and strength she needs to raise her standards for herself. It allows her to love her body just a little more as it is.

I’m always in awe, when you ladies leave the studio. Each of you are so unique, so beautiful and strong. You share your stories so freely with me and I feel so blessed to be part of your journey of acceptance!

Thank you for allowing me to be part of your journey. 🙏

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