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Makeup Photography

Grace Valentine Lingerie Shoot x2!~

Hi guys! Now, don’t be jealous, but I have had the opportunity to shoot Grace Valentine in lingerie not once… But twice! I know, I am a lucky lady. ☺

The first time around was back in February. I KNOW. SO FAR BEHIND. It’s okay guys… I’m catching up. Grace was in town visiting me from New York and we were popping off a bunch of shoots left and right. This SUPER quick session lasted maybe about 15 minutes. We were going for sexy… But got the most adorable photos possible. How did that happen!

Model: Grace Valentine
Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography
Hair: Gothic Lolita Wigs
Lashes: Dolluxe 

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Awwwww! ♡♡ GRACE, Y U SO CUTE!?

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Awwwww. And yes, Pipes and Grace are the same size. No trick camera angles here……. *shifty eyes*

SO… Let’s fast forward to June 2nd, when our lingerie do-over was scheduled. Another marathon shoot day with my NY buddies. We shot this lingerie set just before this FREAKING ADORABLE KIGURUMI set with Grace and her girlfriend, Kate. For this lingerie shoot, we wanted to stray from the cute and venture more toward sexy Grace. Meee-ow. Here goes nothing!

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Nailed it!! I love it! It’s hard for me to pick which set I like better. I can’t choose! Ahhh!!! Which version do you prefer?

If you are interested in either of the wigs Grace is wearing above, they are both Gothic Lolita Wigs Lady Grace Collection. The first shoot is Lady Grace in Cinnamon Scoop and the second is Lady Grace in Chocolate Royale.

And surprisingly, both of these sets were shot with natural light & bounce boards. I never use natural light! Sometimes it just works. ☺

Before I decided to go the natural light route, I did catch this shot. I don’t feel like this blog post is complete without it. Teeeeeehehehehhee….

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I LOVE YOU, GRACE!!~

Lingerie Photography
Boudoir Photography
Washington, DC


Christiana Vi: Cyborg Robot Inspired Fashion Shoot | Dramatic Futuristic Makeup Transformation

Hi friends! Today I am taking you back to April 14th to one of my favorite shoots of the year. This concept began after a late night eBay search for the word “shiny” led me to this dress.

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I bid on the dress and won it for a measly $6.61 (New with tags & free shipping!). After patting myself on the back for a great find, I kicked it into brainstorm-mode. Shiny… shiny…. sexy…. futuristic… ROBOT!? Yes!

I had been talking back and forth for quite some time with makeup artist and face creation extraordinaire Mama Mia while waiting for the perfect collaboration shoot to maximize what we both bring to the table. Mama Mia makes these crazy elaborate mask-like pieces with makeup, fabric, and bedazzles. Real works of art. I knew our time had come to finally work together on my shiny robot shoot.

Perfect makeup artist. Perfect model (Hi Christiana!). Perfect dress. Perfect location.
Shoot day is upon us!! YES!

After all three of us had arrived, and after we had all finished fan-girling over each other, Mama Mia started the makeup transformation. The full transformation from blank face to cyborg took about an hour.

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I love watching her work. So fascinating!

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Mama Mia‘s boxes of bedazzles!

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ALL DONE! Looks like Mama Mia is satisfied. 🙂
Also, I think it’s funny that photos from my previous blog post about Britni are displayed on my computer in the background of this photo. I must have been editing while they were getting their glam on. You can’t keep me from my craft! Mehehe..

Off to our amazing location!
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Christiana grabbed this cool shot of me setting up. Follow her on Instagram for the hottest feed you will ever see: @christiahna

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and a little sneaky peeky & excitement building on Mama Mia‘s Instagram: @facecreationsbymamamia

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Applying finishing touches….

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Most epic Behind the Scenes photo ever, right?

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Here we go!! AHHHH! All the build up, all the love, all the creative juices, and all the hard work, for these images right here. I hope they blow your mind out of this world. ♡

Model: Christiahna
Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography
MUA: FaceCreations by Mama Mia

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 *melts*

I love it. Just love it. So so so much. I love making stuff like this and I couldn’t do it without these two goofballs:

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Hehehe…. ♡♡♡

Thank you both so so much.

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Well, that’s it for now! What’d you think? More flashbacks coming soon!

Alternative Fashion Photography
Extreme Makeup Transformation
Makeup Photography
Concept Photography
Washington, DC


From Dark to Light | Britni in Black and White | Beautiful Girl of the Flowers

I am on a blogging ROLL lately! Damn! Today we are going back to April to visit a shoot with the lovely Britni McIntosh! You may have noticed, I am still digging through my older shoots that need to be blogged, and I am doing so in no particular order. I hope you like this trip down memory lane that I’ve been doing. I swear I will catch up one of these days….

Britni is the sweetest little thing. I have known her for ages. We grew up in the same crowd of friends and now we are all old and still friends. Woohoo! Britni was actually one of my very first guinea pigs EVER when I got my first camera (Nikon D60) a few years ago. While Britni kicked ass on that shoot, looking at my old work kind of burns my eyes out. I’m making these really small so no one can actually see them.

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HAHAHA. If it gives you any indication of how old this is, I found this photo on an old hard drive from 2009 in an folder entitled “Myspace”…….

ANYWAY.

….. I’ve lost my train of thought.

Now it’s 2013. And I got to shoot her again for the first time since my early days. It was pretty stoked!! I’ve wanted to shoot her for so long but she lives in Indiana and I live in Washington, DC. Somehow, the stars aligned and we were both vacationing in North Carolina at the same time in April and we were able to schedule a quick shoot together!

We decided to do two looks together. One sweet and happy and one dark and gothy. Since this photoshoot is from April, I’ve lost all of my Behind the Scenes photos, so I am shamelessly borrowing them from Britni’s instagram. Thanks honey bunny!

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Two look sneak peek!

Knowing that we had limited time and two looks, I decided to shoot the black and white look first. I wanted to save the pink look for shooting the sunset because I knew the colors of the sunset would pop more against the pink than they would against the black. We started in an abandoned fraternity or sorority (??) house. I used to live near this abandoned building with the greek letters Delta Kappa and an owl painted inside it. In my extremely minimal google searching, I still don’t know (or really care) what it is/was. All it is now is a pretty cool photo spot.

On to the goods! First setup:

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& a lighting test outtake of me falling.

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Yes, those striped legs belong to yours truly.

For this next set, I wanted to try some seriously low key lighting. I love the way the deep shadows play into the feel of this image.

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 And the outtakes. Here is Britni making some adorably menacing faces in our lighting test.

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Then we popped outside for a few more shots by this creepy lamp post in the backyard of this house.

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All done here! Time to lighten the mood a little bit and change outfits! Planning shoots while in different states can be difficult. We were each picking pieces of our wardrobe for the shoot. After texting pictures back and forth we settled on something that looked like this.

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Now that is some good e-planning!

Britni got changed and we headed out to our next location: a huge field of beautiful yellow flowers.

Once we were there, we had some time to kill while waiting for the sun to go down.

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Well, may as well take some pictures!

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La la la laaaaaaa… Just waiting for the sun…

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While the lighting is pretty, it’s not the lighting I was looking for.

And then…

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BAM! Perfect! Time to knock em dead!

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OH yeah! I forgot to mention! These photos were featured in Deadly Dessert Magazine’s May issue that had a flower theme. Check out our spread! Woohoo!

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Finally, we wrapped up a fun day of shooting together. If you’re interested in either of the wigs that Britni is wearing in the photos above, please check out Gothic Lolita Wigs. The black and white split is a discontinued wig, but you can see GLW‘s new longer splits HERE. The pink wig she is wearing is Gothic Lolita Wigs’ Rhapsody Collection in Rose, which can be found HERE. Her lashes are Born to Flirt from Dolluxe.

Thanks Britni! I am so happy we could make this day work and I can’t wait for our paths to cross again!!! I’ll dress you up like Hermione and take your photo. 😉

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Fashion Photography
Charlotte, North Carolina
Davidson, North Carolina


Valentines Day Romance | Sexy Girls in Pink and Red

Well… I know I said I would be better about blogging… Oops. I guess I lied. But now…. For real. I am determined to catch this blog up because I have a ton of awesome content that isn’t getting the attention it deserves. So here’s to blogging, and here’s to staying on top of this. How about if I fall behind on this blog again, you go to my Facebook Page and harass me for updates. Deal? Deal.

Okay okay okay… Where were we? Let us take the time machine back to January 23rd, when the weather was freezing and my apartment was steaming.

*poof!*

Here we are. January 23rd, 2013.

Just kidding. Lets go back ever farther to the planning stages of this shoot. Reeeewind!

After being invited to be an affiliated photographer for Deadly Dessert Magazine, the first issue I would have work in was going to be the February issue. I knew this was a great excuse to shoot a Valentine’s Day themed shoot that I’ve been dying to do. Anyone who has seen my body of work knows that I love to shoot barely-clothed beautiful women with bright colored hair. I’m sure you can guess where this is going.

My apartment in the city is tiny and I don’t have a studio but I knew this shoot had to be indoors. It seems like I’ve shot every inch of my apartment a million times. I knew I had to make my apartment NOT look like my apartment. So I while doing a round between the dollar store, craft store, fabric store, and thrift store for photoshoot goodies, I stumbled upon this awesome fabric on sale at G Street Fabrics in Maryland. Initially I thought about wrapping my models in the pink fabric, but then I had the idea to make curtains behind them with the fabric. Since the fabric was on sale and dirt cheap, I bought all of it and brought it home for a little experimenting.

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My big sis was in town visiting and she also just so happens to be the craft queen. It was nice to have an extra set of hands!

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After a night of trying different ways of hanging the curtains, I decided that it could definitely be done.

Okay… Fast forward to January 23rd.

After finding two beautiful models and a super talented makeup artist, the transformation of my apartment and my girls began.

Models: Fate & CV Toki
Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography
MUA: Anita of Tranquil Ashes Makeup Artistry
Wigs: Cosplay Wigs USA

I made a video tutorial to accompany this shoot that shows you how to turn a small space like my apartment into a DIY studio space. Watch our shoot from start to finish:

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This is one of my favorite shoots I have ever done EVER. Seriously…. Just wow. I LOVE these two girls. They are easily my favorite models in DC. Their chemistry together in this shoot was so perfect and it turned out exactly how I imagined. Thank you lady bugs!! You guys are perfect! xx

That’s it for January… Coming to you soon (I promise!!), FEBRUARY!

Valentine’s Day Shoot
Model Shoot
Girl/Girl Shoot
Washington, DC


The Doll in White | Jazzmin Jolly for Essere Magazine


Oh my gosh. I am SO behind in blogging! Let’s time travel back in time together to January 12, 2013. WeeeooOoOooOooEeoooOooo. That’s my time travel noise.

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Hi. Welcome to my January 12, 2013 blog post. Today, I was lucky enough to have a good friend of mine, Jazzmin Jolly, travel down from Philadelphia to come shoot with me! As if my friends weren’t all awesome and amazing as it is, they also all happen to be models. It’s the nature of the industry and one of the many perks of being a photographer. So when my friends come to hang out, we shoot! Yay!

Jazzmin and I started with a quick Ariel cosplay shoot before immediately being booted from National Harbor. Well. That is always fun. Not. But that’s neither here nor there. This post isn’t about that shoot. It’s about THIS shoot!

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BA-BAM!

Jazzmin and I were featured in Essere Magazine for our The Doll in White photo set!
(Get the issue here!)

Since we are now pros in time travel, let’s go back even farther. The whole idea came to me while I was location scouting a few days prior to Jazzmin’s visit. I read about a cool place online, so I thought I’d check it out as a potential photo location. After checking it out, I walked around through some trees for a bit and stumbled upon this little gem, which is actually way cooler than the original location that I had gone to scout! Don’t you love that? What a win!

So after a quick failure in National Harbor, we scooted on over to this location to switch to our little lolita doll shoot. Our mutual friend and lolita extraordinaire, Grace Valentine, let Jazzmin borrow one of her lolita dresses which turned out to be PERFECT with the house, the white bunny, and the extreme fog. I love to blow out images as it it, but man… This made it too easy!

Behind the Scenes

Here is Jazzy getting ready in the car. We’re fancy like that.

After Jazz was all dolled up, we raided the house, and left with these amazing photos.

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She looks so amazing! I love it! And the weather and the lighting… Ah! It’s been a long time since I’ve shot any natural light stuff, but I really dig what we got on this day in January. She was a serious trooper for sitting out in the cold in that dress. Thanks Jazz!

For more Behind the Scenes and a time lapse set to the wonderful weirdness of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, check out this video:

A few more Behind the Scenes. We might be a little out of control.

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After we got home, we had a Pikachu party before Jazzy had to head back to Philly. Here is my darling assistant Pipes (looking very happy), and Jazzmin’s assistant Floppy Ears, sporting the Pikachu look.

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And that’s it from my fun day with Jazzmin! Remember to check out her modeling page here: Jazzmin Jolly!

Come back and see me soon, you adorable little thing!

Like this post? Reblog this on Tumblr here: Tumblr!

See you soon for more time traveling until I am up to date! Whewwww!

Alexa Poletti Photography
Conceptual Photography
Washington, DC
Alexandria, VA


Hunger Games “Capitol Citizen” Themed Shoot

Hi guys! MAN! I have been so busy traveling lately that I have gotten so behind on my blog! I am so happy to have a day to relax and catch up!! Today’s entry comes from a lovely lady named Mari. She contacted me wanting a concept shoot which I was SO stoked about because those are just my favorite kind of shoots. We started emailing back and forth tossing ideas around and eventually settled on the idea of a Hunger Games styled shoot. Fun fact: Mari and I were both extras in the first Hunger Games movie!

Mari lives in Asheville, NC so planning and styling with her was quite a challenge seeing as that I am based in Washington, DC. Fortunately, the stars aligned and I was going to Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention and other photoshoots and was able to get a shoot in with her! We had an outline of a few outfits we wanted to maybe try out so we just both agreed to pile our cars high with clothes and accessories and have my rockstar sister Genna Poletti help us style the shoot on the day of.

These don’t even touch on the mess we made in her apartment… Sorry Genna! We ended up going for the bright pink and orange  skirt outfit with a pink underbust corset topped off with a single ponytail from Gothic Lolita Wigs’ Atomic Love Affair (available here: Atomic Love Affair) wrapped into a mini top hat-esque bun on top of Mari’s blonde dreads.

I also had a momentary brian lapse and forgot to take pictures of Genna’s makeup magic. Sorry again! Basically Genna Poletti Makeup Artistry is the jam. Check it out.

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So my vision for this shoot was to have a brightly colored Mari in a rockstar stance in front of the Charlotte skyline. Of course, do things ever go as planned? No. Never. First of all, it was pouring down rain. Okay, maybe I can work with that. So we drove to the location to either look for shelter or hope to wait out the rain. Second, my awesome location with the skyline view that I picked out via Google Maps Street View (….Long distance street scouting..) was all blocked off for the DNC!! UGH. How frustrating!

So we head back to Genna’s apartment building to start shooting in her parking deck. There are still ways to make parking decks look cool with lighting, so I figured we could give that a try while waiting out the rain. Totally dig what we got! Here is Mari, a fine citizen of the Capitol!

Time to move outside! We headed up to the roof. By this time, it was super dark outside. The skyline I had hoped for was unattainable due to clouds and DNC road blocks so instead I went for the bokeh of the street lights below. Photography 101 is being able to think on your feet!

Finally, as we were about to wrap it up, I had a thought. I don’t usually do composites in Photoshop for my concept shoots. I actually really hate them because they look manufactured. But I realized this was a perfect opportunity to grab that skyline shot I had initially envisioned for the Hunger Games concept. The whole idea of a “Capitol” is manufactured anyway. It’s all CGI cityscape. So why not make a composite for the concept shoot? I lined up Mari against the black sky to make these shots. I am SO picky about composites, but I really really love the way these turned out!! What do you think about photoshop composites?

Thanks again to Mari for coming down to Charlotte to hang out with me and knock out these rad photos. I had a blast!

Fashion Photography
Hunger Games Concept Photography
Charlotte, NC


My Facebook Fan Contest Winner – Beautiful Fantasy Fairy Cosplay Shoot

Hey everyone!! Back in June, I held a contest on my Facebook Fan Page to celebrate my page hitting one thousand fans (woohoo!). My contest was to win a free concept/fashion shoot and no one tried harder to win than Ms. Sharmela. I could not be happier that my contest brought this wonderful person into my life. She is the sweetest, most adorable, honorary Japanese girl (like me!) I have come across in a long time.

So after Sharmela kicked ass in my contest, the concept planning began. After ideas and ideas, emails, sketches, chats, and evaluation of my wig inventory, we finally settled on a fairy concept shoot. Executing a conceptual shoot from start to finish was the goal of my contest and I am happy to say that we nailed it.

We were joined by the fab Dwana Blaqstar Stover, who styled Sharmela from head to toe AND doubled as a rockstar makeup artist. Here are a few behind the scenes shots of the “getting ready” process with Sharmela and Dwana:

Makeup is done!  Looking great!

Add a wig (Gothic Lolita Wigs White Curly Bob), headband, and earrings, and we are all done! Here is an adorable shot from Sharmela’s Instagram. Oh my god. Too precious.

You can follow me on Instagram @alexapoletti for Behind the Scenes shots, my modeling work, and photos of my cat. Mostly the cat.

So now that Sharmela is all fairy-ed out, it’s time to hit the gardens.  I am pretty sure that all the kids in the surrounding area were convinced that she is actually a fairy princess.

Drum roll please!

1k Fan Contest Winner/Fantasy Fairy Shoot

Model: Sharmela Rivera
Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography
MUA/Stylist: Dwana Blaqstar Stover


Fun fact: This was actually a test shot, but I loved the complete innocence of this, so it made it into the final set.

She has the BEST smile ever ,right? It’s so contagious! At this point I decided I wanted to get a few natural light closeups and play with my 50mm f/1.4. It is my favorite lens for getting a super shallow depth of field. Since it’s a pretty cheap lens, it’s not much use until around f/2, but then it’s pretty sharp and great for the price. How adorable is this girl?

She has the best expressions… This is one of my favorite expression series that I have done! Also, how CUTE is that curly bob on her? I wish it looked like that on me! >.<

Here is a behind the scenes shot from our next location, taken by Dwana. By this point we were all disgusting and sweaty and hot and miserable, but still loving every minute of it. It’s all about loving what you do!

For photographers/those of you wondering, the only light used in this series was a Canon 580exII Speedlite with no light modifiers around 4pm.
This is all of the equipment that was used in this set:

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Canon 5D Mark II
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Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L
Canon 50mm f/1.4
CyberSync Transmitter/Receiver

I hope you all enjoyed my  journey with Sharmela.
Watch for more contests like this one on my Facebook Fan Page:
facebook.com/AlexaPolettiPhotography

Thanks guys!

Conceptual Fashion Shoot
Fairy Cosplay Photoshoot
Silver Spring, MD


Jordan and the Cherry Blossoms

Hey guys! After a fashion-hiatus, I am back and stronger and more inspired than ever. Winter is over and I’m ready to kick spring into gear with shoot after shoot after shoot. The next few weeks are going to be crazy busy with shoots, so make sure you check this blog often! I wanted to kick off the madness with a shoot that I’ve been planning for weeks. Let me introduce Jordan Michelle!

Jordan and our team of hair/makeup and stylists killed it tonight! I’m so glad we got to rock the cherry blossoms in a fashion forward way. Enough chatter… Let’s get to the goods!

Alexa Poletti Photography
Model: Jordan Michelle
Hair/Makeup: Dinechka
Stylist: Farah Chami

So much fun! Thanks guys! You all killed it! Check out their links above to give them some love!

Fashion Photography
Washington, DC


Porsha’s “Mother Nature” Maternity Session

This is the gorgeous, hot mama Porsha. After bouncing around ideas for a few weeks, Porsha decided on a “Mother Nature” theme for her maternity session with me. When the day finally rolled around, I headed out to Raleigh, NC to meet this wonderful girl and her baby to be. I love working creative shoots like this one. It makes it so much more fun when I don’t have to do the traditional heart around the belly shot…

hahaha… Goofing around during lighting tests…. 🙂

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Credits:
Photographer: Alexa Poletti Photography
MUA: Donnie of IC Beauty
Model: Porsha P

Great sunlight!

And of course, a shot with Porsha and her sister, Ashante’, who came with us to the shoot.
I had such a blast with these two girls and I can’t wait to shoot Baby K’s newborn pictures when she finally graces us with her presence!
Goodnight friends! xx

Maternity Photography
Raleigh, NC


Ice Princess!

Oooh, Ice Princess! Subreen and I have decided that we have been working too hard lately and wanted to do a creative shoot to relax and have some fun! We take breaks from work.. by working.. I know, we are obsessed! Can’t hate us for loving our jobs 🙂 So, after we found a night that worked for us, I went in search of a model to play with. That led us to miss Emma Blaney of High Point! She was so much fun! It’s hard to be around new people and be outgoing and chatty but she seemed like she has been friends with us forever. I love models like that!

Subreen started by curling her long, long hair. Then it was makeup time! Because of her super ultra glittery eyeshadow, Sub had Emma lie down on the floor to prevent a huge glitter mess! Haha! I came in the studio and was surprised to see them like that.. so goofy hahaha…


After a while of chit-chatting, video chatting with Genna!, and glittery madness, we got closer and closer to shooting. Time to prep my camera for the shoot.. I obviously wanted to use a cooler color temperature to portray this lovely “Ice Princess”.

Alright! We are ready! Hopped in the studio, set LR3 to tether the shoot so Subreen can watch (a new addition to my studio life, woohoo!), and off we go!

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Model: Emma Blaney
MUA: Subreen Davis
Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography

Thanks again, Emma! You were such a delight!

Studio Photography
Davidson, NC


Sierra’s Senior Portraits

Hey! I hate to do this to you- two studio shoots in a row! I know! But fortunately, they are very different!!

Do you guys remember Sierra? The swan from my animal series? Well, today I shot her senior portraits! So happy to work with her again.. she is such an incredibly talented model. It blows me away! I would say that she is easily one of the top 3 most photogenic people I think I have ever shot…. which makes my job super easy and fun!!!

We were going to shoot location but the NC tornadoes seemed to prevent that. No problem!

Again, Subreen came out to Davidson to work her makeup magic on Sierra.  We started with a more “natural” look… but not too natural!

 

She is just so photogenic! I love the blues of her shirt and eyes on the gray background. They compliment each other so well! Next up was a super cute denim dress. We knocked out a few studio shots with the dress and then after peeking out the window, I saw my chance to take her outside. With her dress and her cowboy boots, I knew just where to go…

This one is my favorite!! It totally looks like it could be an album cover or something. Carrie Underwood much?

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Next up: Rockstar outfit! Sequin shirt that looks so great on her.. tough to pull something like that off! Glam!

The next outfit was my favorite outfit! Sierra kicked into fashion model mode and nailed these photos.


Sierra is going to USC next year where she is gonna rule the school. She wanted some photos with her incredibly long lasting USC balloons and USC hoodie. I love these.. I could just feel how excited Sierra was at the thought of going off to school. I am happy for her and I know she is going to kick ass down in South Carolina!


There ya have it! Sierra’s senior portraits!

OH! Bonus picture:

 She’s so vogue.. hehe… Alright bye!! xx.

Senior Portrait Photography
Davidson, NC
Charlotte, NC


Sheb the Showgirl

Hey yall! I know I’ve been neglecting the blog (again).. I’ve just been busy! Sorry!!!

Okay, so here is the story about this photoshoot. I found this amazing hat at a consignment store in Florida like a year and a half ago for $15. There’s no way I couldn’t buy it, right? So I got it and have been hanging on to it all this time and have never shot it because I could never think of anyone who could rock it exactly how I wanted. Then I thought of Sheb. Friends from forever ago… She’s beautiful and classic and perfect.

So Subreen met Shelby & me at my house for a midnight photoshoot on Thursday night. Here ya go!
Enjoy the safety chair, grumpy faces, and eyelash boogers!

Final Product awaits!

Model: Shelby Cedrone
Hair/MUA: Subreen Davis
Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography


I do plan to return to these when I am all caught up with my clients, heh… I love these though.. I can’t wait to revisit them! Here is a bonus picture of my two hunny bunnys:

Fashion Photography
Davidson, NC
Charlotte, NC


Heartbreak Girl

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So… it is creeping up on 4am but I can’t sleep yet because the shoot tonight was so badass… I wanted to get it posted so I could show all of you what we’ve been up to! Dedication, I know.. That’s why I’m here.

So, the idea behind this shoot was a girl whose world is completely shattered by heartbreak. I think you can figure out the rest. This is the second time I’ve worked with Hannah and I am absolutely stoked to have her back. I have another shoot scheduled with her this weekend. Part of the series.. I can say no more…
Anyway, Hannah killed it in the emotions department. These images are so strong & intense. I have seriously never had such a hard time during the photo selection process for my blog. I hope you guys like them as much as I do.

First, behind the scenes photos.. Getting ready, playing with Subreen’s hats, and being “sad”…

And what is a photoshoot without MoMo’s invasive personality?? She seriously tried to be in every picture during the shoot. Who does she think she is? WE KNOW YOU WANT TO BE A MODEL BUT YOU’RE JUST TOO SMALL (and bat-like).

Okay.. Now everyone’s favorite part of the blog. The finished product!!
Well, fasten your seatbelts.. It is going to be an emotional rollercoaster.

Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography
H/MUA: Subreen Davis
Model: Hannah Sayles

I LOVE IT. Great job to my girls… Couldn’t do these things without you. ❤

Fashion Photography
Charlotte, NC


Christin the Koi Fish

The series is back and BIGGER than ever, you guys. Oh my gosh.. I can’t even explain how excited I am about this. About a month of work went into this shoot today.. we are stepping it up a notch on the series and incorporating designers and wardrobe into our artistic animal shoots. I am so happy and excited and inspired!!!

Today’s shoot features Ms. Christin Sorensen rocking a killer dress made by Candace K Styling and sporting makeup by Subreen Davis Makeup Artistry. I am so so so lucky to have such a talented group of girls on my hands… It is an incredible thing!!! Ok Ok, now I’ll shut up and show you the goods!

We will start off with a few behind the scenes photos just for fun. The getting ready process is always a fun time to spend with the girls. We were all constantly snacking on donut holes which made Christin quite jealous… You see, she was glued to her chair as to not mess up her body paint while it was drying.. So in the below pictures, you will see some generosity as we feed her donut holes.  Candace helped Subreen with the body paint to help pale out Christin’s complexion. Final touch: paint her nails black!

Once to the location in the University Area, Subreen was able to put the finishing touches on Christin’s back and Candace got her dress all set. We got the occasional funny stare from spectators.. I’m sure they were wondering what was up with the koi fish in the river. My favorite, though, are the people who pretend like that don’t notice. You can see a look of confusion on their face but they don’t want to be rude and stare… Gets me every time.

Happy Birthday again to Laura, the set decorator!

And now, I give you…. *drum roll*… Christin, the Koi Fish!

Credits:
Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography
H/MU: Subreen Davis
Wardrobe: Candace Kualii
Model: Christin Sorensen

The full shoot may be viewed at:
http://alexapoletti.smugmug.com/Portfolio/Animal-Series/christinthekoi

Series Photography
Charlotte, NC


Back to the Series!

Hey guys! Admittedly, the series has been falling behind lately… This is mostly due to my overflow on work shoots, so I guess I can’t complain too much!! So.. today we got back to the animal series. My sister is home for Thanksgiving and is also an acrobat with a feather outfit… so…. wouldn’t we be stupid if we didn’t make her be a bird for our series?

Behind the scenes! Poor things.. it was so cold!

Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography
Hair/MUA: Genna Poletti
Model: Jamie Poletti
^Talented family?

Dance Photography
Makeup Photography
Denver, NC


Custom Cards!

Quick custom card update!
Here is the double-sided card for my snazzy little twin sis’s freelancing. You guys all know her by now.. She does makeup on probably 80% of my shoots.
If you haven’t seen her stuff by now, check her out.
For her card, she wanted one side to be her fun, creative style and one to appeal to the bridal market with a natural look.

Book her, book me. 😉

Design: Alexa Poletti Photography
Representing: Genna Poletti

Front:

Back:

Custom Business Cards
Davidson, NC


Rockstar Arsenio!

Arsenio! Incredibly awesome makeup by Genna, incredibly awesome model Arsenio totally workin’ it… This is going to be a long post because I really, really love this shoot.

I think it speaks for itself so I’m not going to sit here and jabber all day. He wanted a mix of gritty and glamourous.. love it.

Credits:
Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography
MUA: Genna Poletti
Hair: Arsenio Clemens
Model: Arsenio Clemens

Gaga..oh la la!

Time for a wardrobe change!

And another!

And location!

Makeup Photography
Davidson, NC

 


Anita the Black Widow!

We are SO EXCITED for Halloween coming up. Yesterday, Subreen, Genna and I wanted to warm up for an evening at Scarowinds (we are just a tight group of friends looking for a creative outlet, after all..) by shooting the BLACK WIDOW in our animal series! Oohhh SCARY. Ohh, Halloween is just so much fun!!!

We had Anita come out to Davidson for this one. Subreen hooked her up with about a zillion eyeballs, crazy black bodypaint, styrofoam hair, and a bag of Halloween spider webs. She brought her five year old daughter to the shoot who kept my cat, Pipesicles, very entertained during H/MU. Fun fact about Anita and her daughter, Nina- they speak Polish! Coolest thing ever. That’s pretty awesome if you ask me. Brendan, my main man, hardly ever comes to my shoots, but he came to keep little Nina company in the spooooooky graveyard while I did the shoot of Anita. They were just soooo damn cute that I had to snap a photo of them bonding.

So I am thinking about adding Behind the Scenes photos to my blog here.. I have them for tons of my past shoots but I never really do anything with them except put them on my site. So.. what better place to post pictures of shoots than my blog where I talk about…shoots? 🙂 I’ll admit that they will probably get a little more wordy but I’ll try to keep it to a minimum!! Hehe… so here’s another great Behind the Scenes photo. This is my twin sister being a super diva in the graveyard. Probably terrible, but pretty hilarious.

Alright, so enough of that for now.. Let’s get to the goods! For the Black Widow shoot, I wanted a good, creepy desaturated look, while still keeping the beauty of the eyes and the vibrancy of the hourglass forehead. I think the product turned out fantastic, and as always, it was so great watching Subreen work.

Introducing… Anita, the Black Widow of the creepy graveyard… Rawr! 

Photo: Alexa Poletti
H/MUA: Subreen Davis
Model: Anita

Awesome hair, Subreen!!

And we will wrap it up with a silly group photo taken by Brendan with all of his fine photo skills…hah… right. I love you, B!

That’s all for now, xx!

Makeup Photography
Davidson, NC


Panda panda.. nom nom!

Animal #3! Sooo excited to shoot our panda today!!! She is SO cute! I have been looking forward to shooting this fluffy, cuddly little bear from the beginning of the series when it was just a little, far-fetched idea in my head. We’ve had a busy weekend working on the series, and the next two are doubled up weekends as well… so you guys have a lot more coming! I’m really loving the flow of the series so far, and how fast we are cranking them out. It makes our future plans for the series seem not so far in the distance. That’s so important and wonderful!

Wendy Li was our model for our cute panda! The minute I saw her, she was immediately casted for panda without any other competition for the spot. She was the first of the series to be cast because she is SO FREAKING CUTE. She’s got such a cute smile, and warm face.. We wanted to make the panda a cute animal, to balance our evil bee. I love how it turned out! The bamboo forest and the green leaves in her hair (Thanks Subreen!) were a perfect touch! As always, great work by my team, Gen & Sub!

Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography
MUA: Genna Poletti
Hair: Subreen Davis
Model: Wendy Li

Also- hehe… I might add, Panda’s fun ANIME EYES:

Makeup Photography
Charlotte, NC


Second in the Series! Bzzz!

And the ball is officially rolling on our animal series!!! Yes! Today, we kicked off with Jennifer Hoyle, playing our bee… the evil, disgruntled bumble bee. For this, my team and I decided that bees are evil and mean, so we went with a sinister look for her. We took her over to a garden, filled with actual bees, for some evil bee inspiration. I loveee how they turned out! Check them out!

Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography
MUA: Genna Poletti
Hair: Subreen Davis
Model: Jennifer Hoyle

Makeup Photography
Charlotte, NC


Genna Poletti Makeup Artistry Shoot

Hey guys! Today we did my twin sister’s business card shoot! Yeeeeahh! (Did I mention that I design business cards- you get the cards, layout, font, etc. Email me if you’re interested. alexa.poletti@gmail.com). Also, created a banner and stuff for her blog. Check it out!

www.gennapolettimakeup.wordpress.com

Here are some photos from her fun, candy shoot today. I got to eat the leftover Skittles.. best shoot in the world. 😉

MUA: Genna Poletti
Model: Nancy Vang

She is so damn cute!! Here is Genna’s new card.. please hit her up. She is so talented!

Studio Photography
Charlotte, NC


The Beginning of Something Beautiful

YES!!!!!! It is time to kick off the new series that I have been rambling about for nearly a month. It is now in full swing with scheduled shoots one after another after another. I can FINALLY release some details about the series..

The idea is a series of models portraying a variety of animals through animal inspired makeup designs by my wonderful team. I’m so happy to have such a great team working with me… Ms. Subreen Davis and Ms. Genna Poletti. I know I post their links every time, but they are a huge part of these shoots and I really couldn’t do it without them. I am so grateful.

 

Subreen: www.subreenmkupartistry.wordpress.com

Genna: www.gennapolettimakeup.wordpress.com

So, with all that said, here is the beginning of the series! We started on Saturday with such a sweet model, Sierra Davis. She was casted as our swan, pretty much the moment we saw her. Such an elegant, gorgeous face on her… And she’s only 17! Sometimes we work with such young talent, it really blows me away to see the images that they produce. We have some great stuff coming up  very soon so definitely be on the lookout for updated blog posts, and I may even get around to updating my website one day too, hehe… Well, without further ado, here she is.. Sierra the Swan!

 

Credits:

Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography

Makeup: Subreen Davis

Hair: Genna Poletti

Model: Sierra Davis

Series Photography
Charlotte, NC


Playing Around!

I am sure it comes as a HUGE shock to you guys (not) that I saw Lady Gaga’s show when she passed through Charlotte on Saturday night. My beautiful boyfriend got me tickets for my birthday back in May.. a gift that is fun to receive much later! Anyway, after we got ready to go, we had some time to kill. Since my studio is in our house…. here ya go.

That’s me, looking fly as always.

This is my family. The best little family there is.

Awwww…

& there is a look into my mushy life for you guys. Cutesttttttt boy and baby cat ever, agree? Aww. One lucky girl that could not be happier.


Studio Photography
Charlotte, NC


Hannah, the creature of the deeeeep!

So, a few weeks ago, makeup artist, Subreen Davis, came to me wanting to do a collaboration. I know that she kicks ass, so I was sooo super stoked about this opportunity. I asked her what she can do, and then I will come up with an idea based on that.
Her reply was, “I can do anything.”
which is the coolest answer ever, because that led us to this shoot today. After planning and planning and tweaking and planning, the idea blossomed into the best shoot (possibly ever), with the help of ridiculously talented model,
Hannah Sayles.

And that’s a wrap!
Subreen Davis, Hannah Sayles, Alexa Poletti
Creature of the Deep Team!

Special Effects Makeup Photography
Denver, NC