Auntie Vie's was first brought into the spotlight when her great niece, Pamela Anderson, debuted as one of the celebrity stars in ABC's television program "Dancing with the Stars."
In front of 24 million people Pamela dedicated her dancing to her Auntie Vie, who loves to dance. The media were intrigued and almost immediately she was featured on all of the top celebrity shows, like Access Hollywood, eTalk and the Wendy Williams Show.
The media can't seem to get enough of her. People are eager for her thoughts on aging, on life, on fashion, on dancing and on cooking. Rather than fading into obscurity, her star power continues and shines brightly. The reasons for her popularity and staying power are simple. She represents so much of what we strive for in our lives: glamour, sparkle, fun, compassion, humility, wisdom, thoughtfulness, and complete comfort with her age and her life circumstances.
It was a very exciting photo shoot for me. As most of you know I'm a wildlife, nature and travel photographer, not really a celebrity photographer or even a paparazzi. But it was also not the first time that I have photographed a celebrity. A few years back I was invited to photograph Sir Paul McCartney and his former wife, Heather Mills, on the ice floes in Northern Canada. However, photographing an 85 year old celebrity made me a bit nervous. I was a bit unsure on how to approach Auntie Vie. Fortunately my fear abated the second after I met her. She is an unbelievable woman, a real character and such a nice and sparkling person.
The difficult part of the photo shoot was the location at her home, it was very tight and I hardly could fit in my strobes, it was also important for me not to put any stress on Auntie Vie, one of the reasons why I did not work with reflectors or even an assistant.
On October 17.2010 was the book launch and when we received our invitation we did not hesitate to make the reservation, although it is a 6 hour one way drive for us to Victoria, which is at the southern tip of Vancouver Island.
I do NOT receive any commission for this book BUT I highly recommend that you get a copy, it is such a great story!
Here you can find my selection of Auntie Vie pictures.