From Yoga Girl to Golden Girl: Photographs of Rachel Brathen. ~ Anais Benoudiz

Via Anais Benoudiz
on Jul 11, 2013
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 From Yoga Girl to Golden Girl: Photographs of Rachel Brathen, by Anais Benoudiz.

For more photographs from the Enlightenment series, click here.

For the behind-the-scenes writeup, with photos, here.


“If it doesn’t make you happy, why hold on?

Let it go. Let it all go.

One day not far from now you will look back and wonder why you clung to so much for so long.

If it’s not serving you—don’t carry it with you. Don’t let it weigh you down. Let it go and do it now.

Lightness of being will set you free.”

~ Rachel Brathen


A letter from the artist:

My name is Anais Benoudiz and I am a Venezuelan photographer living in Miami.

I was honored to photograph Rachel Brathen with two different styles; the first was with a dark background with her body painted gold. This series is called “From yoga girl to golden girl.” The second was with a white background and colored pigments—this series is called “Enlightenment.”

For “From Yoga Girl to Golden Girl,” I wanted to portray my feelings and emotions as coming out of darkness into clarity, with a new skin. After everything I have been through in the past years, I have developed thicker skin.

Rachel’s gold skin represents my new stronger and brighter side. I kept the background black because it represents the dark past and the bad memories of a nasty marriage that will not fade away easily—but with my thicker skin, the memories are not painful anymore.

I am still in an ongoing process of emotional improvement.

The “Enlightenment” series is more colorful and the total opposite of the first one; this one represents my current emotional state.

Today, I am very happy and grateful for all the people I have met in this amazing journey; I feel more complete and blessed than ever. Yoga has saved my soul and I am back to my normal, happy self.

Who else could better represent my current state than the gorgeous Rachel Brathen?

She is one of the most beautiful souls I have met and she inspires me in so many ways. To me, she represents happiness, peace and positive energy.

I hope you all enjoy this little peace of nirvana from my world! I could not have done this without the help of my best friend Daniela Mantini, who is a graphic designer and contributed on the cover for the series. Thank you!

Anais Benoudiz









Photographer: Anais Benoudiz
Model: Rachel Brathen
Cover: Daniela Mantini
Makeup artist: Carmen Wade

To see the complete album, visit Anais on Facebook and for the fully story, visit her blog.


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 Ed: Bryonie Wise


About Anais Benoudiz

 Anais Benoudiz is a Venezuelan self-taught photographer living in Miami, Fl. She holds a Bachelors degree in International Finance and Marketing, and an MBA from the University of Miami. After many years of working in the Marketing and event planning industry, she decided to pursue her dream and become a portrait photographer. After her divorce, she took yoga classes to overcome the depression and started photographing her instructors leading her to her first artistic exhibit called “Arts & Asanas” at a Miami yoga studio. In the exhibit, the photographer presents images that physically portray the mastery of yoga and Asanas. For Anais, yoga has provided a means of transformation from the power of the mind over the body to break the physical and emotional limitations in order to create and re-create your own destiny. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Portuguese. In her own words: “To me, photography and yoga together is poetic…the perfect lover. That is why I have a visual affair with it!” Check out her website for further information; you can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and through her blog.






3 Responses to “From Yoga Girl to Golden Girl: Photographs of Rachel Brathen. ~ Anais Benoudiz”

  1. BruceCasteel says:

    Such beautiful images! Yoga is truly an art of the body.

  2. Alexa Homez says:

    this is amazing!! love it <3

  3. befunknote says:

    Wow, the last one is amazing.