The Empress is the Matriarch of tarot. She is pure love, always giving, always nurturing. When this card appears in a reading, it's a sign that you are entering a situation that requires compassion and support. The Empress is associated with fertility and that can be translated in many ways. Love is fertile, love is abundant... be ready for this change in your life and make sure you move forward with compassion and confidence.
Bridget is one of my oldest friends and she is the human embodiment of The Empress. Bridget's power is her love, her endless, abundant love. Every animal you see in this portrait is a part of her family and many of them were rescues. Bridget is known for driving out to the middle of nowhere at any hour to help an animal in need. She volunteers at a local rescue and when there's no more room at the rescue, Bridget will foster the animals until they can find their forever home. Bridget will fiercely defend her family, her friends, and those who are unable to speak for themselves. There is nothing in the world more powerful than love, and Bridget is pure love.
To create this portrait, I photographed each animal individually (the birds, for example, had to be photographed indoors) and composited them into the photo. I have never worked with this many components in a portrait before and it was a really fun challenge! In order to keep things somewhat easy for myself and keep the light as consistent as possible, I photographed the birds first, then moved outside to photograph the rest of the animals, and then put Bridget in front of the spruce trees in her backyard for the final shots.
This photograph is available in two sizes and is printed by a professional photography lab. I examine and ship all prints myself.