As a portrait photographer, Lori Maloney specializes in providing empowering portrait sessions to women. Through Bella Faccia Photography Lori encourages women to celebrate their inherent beauty, whether they are dressed in a ball gown, jeans and tee, or nothin’ at all!
In March 2013 Lori launched Bella Forza Portraits, which provides compassionate portrait services to women facing serious illness. It is her goal, desire, and mandate to provide an experience wherein her clients are pampered, supported, and provided a brief respite from their fight. It is Lori’s wish that the experience and the resulting images buoy her clients by recognizing and reaffirming their strength, beauty, and grace.
Lori is also a proud member of The IRIS Photographic Society of Alberta, a not for profit organization which seeks to build bridges between communities, populations, and cultures using photography as their platform.
An Interview with Lori
Q. When is your birthday?
A. May 15, 1974
Q. What is your best memory/moment from one of your past birthdays?
A. It’s hard to pick a ‘best birthday’ because I LOVE birthdays! A few that stand out are: when my parents surprised me with my first dog for my birthday (Man, I loved him…and he LOVED my mom!); when, on my first birthday after losing my mom, my dad, a few friends, and I went horseback riding at the farm – ticket of admission was head-adornment of any kind and I wore a halo, which was decidedly crooked after my horse slipped on some mud!; and, lastly, when I flew to Illinois to see my to-be-husband finish his hockey season and we embarked on our journey home via New Mexico, a state I now love more than any other.
Q. How about the worst? And why?
A. I can’t really name a ‘worst’ because, as already mentioned, I LOVE birthdays! That said, the ‘firsts’ of every special occasion after you’ve lost a beloved are pretty tough.
Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?
A. Celebrating birthdays is celebrating LIFE! I really believe in the power of showing someone that you’re happy they’re ‘here’! Life can be busy and we sometimes forget to tell those we love how we feel; thank goodness for the calendar reminder encouraging us to vocalize our love and gratitude to those special people who so compellingly enrich our lives and experiences.
Q. Do you/your family have any traditions/rituals/ceremonies that are performed to celebrate birthdays? What is it?
A. I grew up in a tight-knit family and we celebrated everything! My ‘Pop’ was amazing and put his heart, soul, and laughter into every occasion…and my mom, when we were little, would make the most beautiful and elaborate cakes; a tradition my dad took up after her death. Birthdays for me and mine have always included both a family dinner and a party with friends.
Q. What is your life motto?
A. If you asked someone around me I am pretty sure they’d say that my life motto is: “Life is beautiful!” which, indeed, it is! There are also a few others that guide and propel me: It’s only money! You only live once! and, the Confucius quote, “When you see a good man emulate his example; when you see a bad man, search yourself for his faults.”
Q. What/Whom drives you to keep going and why?
A. My kids. It may seem cliché but any parent worth their salt would agree. It’s this profound mixture of wanting to raise wonderful global citizens together with the absolute responsibility of the ‘everyday’. Hardest job in the world, and best paid… if you accept unconditional love, and I do!
Q. If you could change one and only thing – big or small – what would it be?
A. I would ensure EVERY child on earth was given the opportunity of an education.
Q. Which photographers have influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing and career path?
A. My ‘Pop’ was my first influence and gave me my first camera; he was a documentarian who instilled in me a love of capturing our family’s history. Then there’s Herb Ritts…I marvel at his B&W nudes – his eye for the elegance in simplicity has been unmatched in my opinion. Yousuf Karsh is a legend…the way he was able to capture the true essence of his subjects remains my lofty goal. Bryan Peterson not only taught me exposure through his books but he also demonstrates an unparalleled enthusiasm for A) getting it right in camera and B) having fun while doing it! Gregory Heisler is a living legend! I consider him the best ‘lighter’ of our time. I marvel at his portraits and am awed by his consistent willingness to work hard and to have an open mind (‘shoot through a shower curtain if it works!’)!
Q. What motivates you to continue to take photographs?
A. My pursuit of being able to provide beautiful, honest, compassionate, and compelling portraiture.
Q. Why did you agree to participate in The Birthday Book Project?
A. I love hearing people’s stories, I love connecting with others, I love birthdays, I love astrology (it’s fascinating that when and where we’re born seems to genuinely impact who we are), and I LOVE the idea of creating impactful portraiture alongside other Canadian photographers as we assemble a book that I’d be excited to own!
Q. What to you expect to accomplish through your participation in The Birthday Book Project?
A. I expect to create meaningful portraits that can be celebrated by my subjects, my collaborators, and the world…and I expect to enjoy every second of it!