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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


Alt. Model Fate, the Queen of Sexy Nerds | Latex Nerd Fashion Shoot

Hey hey hey! Today we are taking this flashback even farther back than my last post. This one takes us ALLLLLLL the way back to January 8th. Oh, you know, it’s only been about six months. Totally a reasonable turnaround time on a blog post, right?….. Right?

Back in January, alt. model Fate (if you follow my blog or Facebook regularly, you should be very aware of her by now!) was asked to shoot the cover of a magazine for the latex/nerd issue. I’m not going to get into it because it’s annoying, but for reasons beyond our control, the magazine fell through and the cover was given to someone else. Since it was their July issue, I couldn’t release the photos until recently, so I suppose this blog post isn’t SO late….. *searches for more excuses for being a slowpoke*

ANYWAY, moving on to our shoot day! January 8th!

Purple latex.
Rainbow hair.
Pikachu hat.
Video games.
Fate.

I think that’s all the I really even needed to write in this post, so I am just going to stop there.

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My assistant helping out with our first setup. She did a great job because these pictures turned out awesome. Thanks Pipes!

Model: Fate
Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography
Hair: RockStar Wigs

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Wheeeeeww.. Is it hot in here?

On to our second setup! For this setup, I had Fate lay on the floor on a blanket, surround by my classic Nintendo 64 games, while I stood on a stool over her shooting down. She is a brave girl because I am clumsy and the stool was wobbly.
**DISCLAIMER: No models were harmed in the making of these super hot photos.**

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^^ One of my favorite photos ever.

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Ahhhhh!! I love this set so much. Four of my favorite things in one! Fate, N64, Pokemon, and latex! ❤

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Here I am post-shooting! I often work in pajamas. That’s just how I roll.

Also, as you can see here, the blanket Fate was laying on was blue. I used a layer mask and a hue shift in post to make it appear purple to match Fate’s latex. Gotta work with what you got! I hope you liked the final results as much as I do.

If you’re interested in the amazing wig that Fate is rocking, it’s the Rainbow Rock: Hair Prism 1 from RockStar Wigs. Find it HERE!

Thanks Fate for being awesome as always!!

Fashion Photography
Latex Photography
Washington, DC


Japanese Punk Visual Kei and Camui Gakuen Inspired Fashion Shoot | Jake visits Washington, DC

Hey guys! Time for a time warp! Let’s swing back to February to cover a shoot I did on the 25th of the month. My good friend Jake came down to visit me from New York and to get some kickass photos taken. I was so excited to see him because we always have such a fun time together! He is super silly, as you will be able to tell from the outtakes that will make their debut in this very blog post.

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We decided to do two different looks. Jake’s style derives a lot of inspiration from Japanese fashion and basically looks like he fell right out of an really cool anime, so of course, I wanted to capture his presence the best I could. He has such a uniquely awesome style which is something that draws me to shooting him. We started with a dark theme at one of the coolest location in the DMV area.

Because we shot in such a cool location, I wanted to shoot in a bunch of different spots around the location, which means a bunch of really great outtakes since I had to light each area individually. Of course, let’s start with some interesting light test shots….

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Awww, Jake is pouting! What’s wrong!? How can you pout when we made a final image that looks like this:

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BAM!!! He is so cool.

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Seriously, what a rockstar.

How about another light test? Heheh…

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Haha! Take it offffff! I’m pretty sure he was stripping in this photo, swinging his sweater around. Can’t you feel the sexiness??

I should also mention that it was like 10 degrees and the poor boy was freezing. Taking his sweater off was not easy! Sorry Jake!

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I love Jake’s hair color!

What’s that you say? You want another derpy test shot? Okay, okay, if you insist.

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Hahaha, culling Jake’s photos is more fun than most because I run across little gems like these.

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Okay! After playing all around this area, we were finally done at this location! After this, we went back to my place in the city to shoot a Camui Gakuen inspired shoot at Meridian Hill Park at sunset.

Because it was a sunset shoot, we had limited time, so not a lot of time to make silly faces at each other. UGHHH. Life sure is tough huh? Still, we came out with some amazing shots with great color in the sky. I love this style!! What a cute little school boy!

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How amazing is this sunset?!

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What an awesome (and LONG!!) day of shooting! Found memories of this day. 🙂 I hope to be able to continue to document the other shoots I missed in my blogging hiatus in the next few weeks. I really enjoy revisiting these little pieces of my life and career. Thanks for visiting me and allowing me to shoot your handsome face,  Jake!! xx

Fashion Photography
Fashion Portraits
Washington, DC


The Godiva Collection by RockStar Wigs featuring Alt. Models Fate and Alexa Poletti

Hey guys! I had the pleasure of shooting RockStar Wigs‘ launch of their newest collection, the Godiva Collection. This collection is based off of the legendary Lady Godiva who rode through town naked on horseback in protest of taxation. The designer of RockStar Wigs wanted the photos to reflect the inspiration of the collection as much as possible by shooting all of the launch photos in the nude.

I teamed up with alternative model Fate and Sweet Trade Photography for a marathon shoot day in Clarksburg, Maryland. My plans for the day included shooting the Godiva in black plum, dark brown, and milk tea on Fate. So we headed out to our location. Oh my gosh. How was this the hottest day ever? Not only was the temperature about five million degrees, we had a heavy rain the night before. Cue humidity. And mud. Lots of mud.

Location scouting in pink shoes. Mistake.

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Lesson learned.

Shortly after sinking ankle-deep in the mud, we found a great location to shoot the lovely Fate as Lady G. After hauling all of our gear and wardrobe (for other shoots we had planned), it was time to get ready to shoot these bad boys!

While Fate was shaving her legs (hahaha- way to be prepared!), Sarah from Sweet Trade Photography and I were being a bunch of weirdo goofballs and swinging the Godiva hair all around and making funny faces at each other. It was sooo hot out. That’s pretty much all I can remember about this shoot.

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Next step: Getting Fate in her very complicated wardrobe. Check!

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Long, long, long, amazing wigs! Here is Fate in our classy dressing room, getting ready to shoot!

Okay… looks like we are finally ready to get the ball rolling…

Quick lighting test…

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Bingo! Let’s do this!

The Godiva Collection by RockStar Wigs

Model: Fate
Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography
Hair: RockStar Wigs

Godiva: Milk Tea

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Godiva: Black Plum

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Godiva: Dark Brown

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Mission complete! Fate killed it as Lady Godiva!

While I was shooting this collection, I grabbed a few quick headshots of Fate in her new Dolluxe lashes. Dolluxe is the new AMAZING cosmetics line from the creator of Gothic Lolita Wigs and RockStar Wigs.

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She is so incredibly stunning.

Anyway, back to Godiva. For some variety in the photos for the collection, I decided to shoot the other two colors, black and burgundy, on myself, in my home studio.

I often hear of photographers complaining because they don’t have a studio. Well ya know what? I don’t either. And I don’t have a spare room to make a studio in my apartment either. So I rearrange my living room and move my couches to different areas every time I need to make a studio setup. I hate when people make the excuse of not having enough space. I live in a tiny apartment in the city. There is always a way. /end rant

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Model: Alexa Poletti
Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography (wrap your head around that!)
Hair: RockStar Wigs

Godiva: Black

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And that’s the Godiva Collection by RockStar Wigs. You can purchase them HERE for $58.00 each and see what the other muses, Anaol Fatale and Kassandra Leigh, did with their Godiva wigs!

I hope you enjoyed seeing this collection from the mastermind at RockStar Wigs! More posts coming soon! I promise I am trying to keep up with this blog! *faints*

Product Photography
Wig Photography
Fashion Photography
Washington, DC
Clarksburg, MD


Adorable Kigurumi Love! | Grace Valentine x Katie Avalanche in Kigu’s!

Hi guys! Over the weekend, I imported a few model buddies from New York and Philly to come down and hang out with me and to shoot the launch photos for Hypnotic Sweet Treats’ new line: Creepy Candy. While getting ready for our Hypnotic Sweet Treats launch photos, we got super sidetracked by shooting the lovely Grace Valentine and Katie Avalanche in their kigurumis. They are just the cutest little things. I was bouncing around and running in circles because it was so cute. I couldn’t handle it. CUTENESS OVERLOAD. >.< Ahhhhhhh!

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Kigu attack!!! >.< Katie the clinging koala and Grace the ferocious kuma bear! :3

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Awww… maybe they’re not so mean and scary after all… ♡ Kigu Kisses! ♡

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SO cute. Ugh. I’m going to go hide in a corner until I am as cute as they are. Goodbye world!

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Kigurumi Shoot
Washington, DC


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


My Twin Sister in the Autumn Leaves – New Updates!

Oh no… I’ve neglected this blog again. I’m so bad!! Lately I’ve been playing on TUMBLR a lot and I kind of forgot about this sweetheart blog that goes back further than any blog I’ve ever had. So, I apologize for the lack of updates. Honestly, I can’t say I’ve been shooting a lot anyway. I was working on a traveling television show for two months so that’s where a lot of my time went. Yeah.. I’m going to blame that for the lack of updates…. yeah…

Oh no. My first entry back and I’ve already started to ramble! I am so out of practice! I guess that’s what happens when you update in the middle of the night. Let me grab your attention back with some photos of my gorgeous sister Genna. Quick back story about what this photo set means to me, and then, as promised, photos of Genna’s freakishly pretty face.

I grew up in beautiful North Carolina. When that autumn air hits in North Carolina, there is nothing quite like it. The leaves change all kinds of colors and… to me… it’s home. This year, I was traveling in the desert during the time when the leaves turn these magical colors. After filming when I came back to DC, I was so sad because I felt like I missed the season all together. All the trees were dead and cold. Then, as Genna and I were walking home from the grocery store one day, we spotted color. And lots of it. One tree had waited until that week to turn bright yellow and drop all of it’s glowing leaves into a pile on the street. Because of that tree, I got my autumn.

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Thank you, tree.

& Genna, I guess. 😉

Portrait Photography
Lifestyle Photography
Washington, DC


Sisters in the Summer – Sibling Photography

Hey guys! On Monday afternoon, I had the pleasure of shooting the Elkins sisters who are both just amazingly wonderful and funny. I had so much fun with these two. They reminded me of my own sisters and I suddenly wanted to do a family shoot with my sisters. I miss them! Ahhh! There is nothing like the bond of sisterhood. Sister relationships are so awesome because you are born with a best friend. You can fight and make up in a matter of seconds. It’s such a weird dynamic… I love it.

Now I don’t normally do family portraits. It’s not like I have anything against it, it’s just not usually a client I attract since I don’t shoot children. This shoot on the other hand… Pretty much the ideal family session for me. These girls are around my age so I was able to just kick it with them and take some photos for mom. Mom likes nature. Here we go!

Time for a little tech rundown:

For the set above, I shot completely natural light. I had Melanie (right) hold a few of the branches of the bush to frame their faces with the budding flowers and add an extra layer to the photo to make it more interesting. This set is a personal favorite of mine. These girls are so pretty and natural!

The photos below were shot under a dark, shadowy tree. Sun spots are always a problem under tree light, so I used a Canon 580exII flash into a 45″ white umbrella to illuminate the girls with a nice soft light, while blocking the major sun spots with a translucent reflector.

Just a quick thanks to these girls for being so cool and cooperative in our interesting…environment. Haha! And thanks to Jasmine for coming all the way down from NYC for this shoot! You guys are too cool!

Family Photography
Sister Portraits
Washington, DC


Headshot Portraits in Rockville, MD

Hey guys! So over the weekend, I had the pleasure of shooting Ms. Rachel Kepnes! She is a model/actress based out of Maryland. Rachel first came across my work last year and we have been trying to get a shoot together since. Finally, the day has come! I headed out to Rockville to meet Rachel and knock out some portraits.

We got really lucky with the weather that day. It was a GORGEOUS day in the mid-80’s.. Nice to have some relief after shooting Sharmela the week before when it was nearly 100 degrees! I am a tiny girl and lugging equipment around in that kind of heat is not my friend!

We started in this nice open field with natural light & light cloud coverage. I love the way the greens compliment her blue outfit. Just love it!

Look how that green just really compliments her eyes! I love that!

And as much as my style reflects my love for bright colors and lighting that pops, I am a total sucker for a good black and white image as well. They are so much moodier and I dig that.

After shooting in the field, we moved on to our next location, which are these awesome rock stairs. This setup is also all natural light in a much shadier area.

Next location! Stone archway. This area is completely shaded and I wanted to grab some images that pop. I shot a single Canon 580exII speedlite into a 45″ white umbrella at 45* for the soft lighting in this upcoming set.

That’s it for Rachel’s portrait and headshot session! Best of luck in your acting and modeling career, Rachel! Keep me posted on your adventures!
Cheers!

Headshots
Portrait Photography
Rockville, MD
Washington, DC


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
Canon 580exII
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


DC Actor Headshots

Hey everyone! Meet Tyler! He is an aspiring actor from Virginia who contacted me looking to update his headshots. He came out to see me in DC and we did a quick mini-session this afternoon for some fantastic results!

I couldn’t help but grab a shot of Tyler looking all fly with his Vans on. Too cute!

Love it! Good luck with your casting this weekend, Tyler! 🙂 Don’t forget me when you’re famous!

Headshots
Washington, DC


Beautiful Natural Light Portraits

Hi everyone! I am back in DC (from my wedding getaway in North Carolina) and am very excited to bring you a new set of natural light portraits. Now I started talking to Eszter months and months ago about doing some really bangin’ portraits that were both classic and sexy without being too in-your-face. When I finally met her face to face, I was so pumped because this girl is hilarious and awesome. She brought her best friend and makeup artist, Laura, who was just as much of a pleasure as Eszter. Laura Dobi is the key makeup artist and creative director behind Green Revolution Artistry. Check her out for a super cool makeup mission.

We shot in a really amazing park off of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Midday. On a weekend. On Memorial Day Weekend. Errrr…. In hindsight, that my have been a mistake. Haha, oh well, live and learn! It didn’t even cross my mind that there would probably be ten zillion very curious rugrats running around the park. But  really, what is a photoshoot if something unexpected doesn’t happen?

Supermodel status? I think so!

Here is an adorable Behind The Scenes shot of Eszter and Laura. Fun fact: These best friends are both from Hungary. They met as kids in school in America when Laura transferred in and spoke no English. Eszter was the only other Hungarian in the school and had to translate for her.  21 years later, they are still best friends. How freaking perfect is that? Ugh! *melt*

When cruising to our next location, we ran straight into a tree-filled path with perfect lighting coming through the trees. Of course, we had to stop and knock out a few shots. Eszter looks like such a classic beauty in these black and white photos.

At our next location, we had the option to shoot exposed brick. Does anyone ever really turn down the opportunity to shoot exposed brick? (That is a real question.)

Keep in mind that there were dozens of kids all around us… Throwing footballs at us, yelling to us from the roof, and standing in front of the reflector… Looking back, I can’t believe we made it through the day so effortlessly, haha! I suppose that’s the power of good company! I had a blast with Eszter and Laura despite the challenges! She looks so gorgeous, natural, and relaxed in all of these shots. You’d never guess she had such an audience!

As we were heading to our next location, again we ran into a wonderful surprise. Tucked back off the path was a small clearing with a completely epic, and probably magical, tree.
Here is a Behind The Scenes look that Laura shot at the tree location. I am (of course, looking whacky) doing some weird balancing act in attempt to not slide down the practically vertical hill I had Eszter climb up. Have I mentioned what a trooper Eszter was?

And here are the killer shots from that spot. It probably would have taken half the time to shoot it if all of the kids in the park weren’t convinced that Eszter was Jennifer Lawrence, in her natural habitat of District 12. 🙂 Do you see the resemblance?

And finally, we were off to our final location! Ready to cool off with the breeze from the Potomac River.

For the photographers following, up until this point, Eszter’s entire shoot had been natural light portraits. Because of the shadows from the trees by the water, for these next few shots I shot an on-camera flash into a reflector to bounce some soft light onto Eszter.

Finally, I topped the shoot off with some super shallow closeups. For this, I used a 50mm at f/1.4-f/2 and I am so obsessed with the fall-off.

Alright, that’s it for Eszter’s portrait session! I have a feeling you may be seeing more of Eszter and Laura around here! Cross your fingers! I had the best time with them and really hope to see them both again soon!

Portrait Photography
Washington, DC


Kelly’s Fitness Shoot

Hi everyone!

Meet Kelly! She is an aspiring fitness model based out of DC. After seeing some of my dance photography, Kelly contacted me for her fitness shoot for a blend of lifestyle, fitness, action, and headshots, and I am so glad she did. She has a fantastic personality and I had SUCH a fun time shooting and hanging out with her!

Let’s back up and start with a little behind-the-scenes beauty prep. This creative team is so awesome, so I want to take a moment to spotlight them as well.

These beauty wizards are Liz and Melissa. Take a second to check out their amazing portfolios:

MUA: Melissa Michelle
Hair: Ms. Liz

Thanks to the creative team for an awesome look!

Now let’s check out how completely fabulous Kelly is! We wanted to start off with a casual studio look, with a little oil for a touch of fitness sheen.

  Looking so stunning! Then we swapped into fitness mode:

And then to lifestyle:

Oh my gosh… Isn’t she the cutest freaking thing? I LOVE IT.

I am so in love with these photos. I don’t care if I am tooting my own horn… She looks amazing!

So then we went back into fitness shooting. I made this poor girl run so many laps while waiting for the sun to drop down where I wanted it. She was definitely a trooper and cut out to be a fitness model! Thanks for being such a good sport, Kelly!

This is what I was waiting for!!! Here we go~~

And that’s a wrap on Kelly’s fitness shoot! I hope you guys enjoyed the new material and keep a look out as I have a TON of new stuff that will be hitting the blog very soon. As always, thanks for viewing!

Fitness Photography
Yoga Photography
Lifestyle Photography
Headshots
Washington, DC


Shock T – Wearable, Stareable Art

Introducing….. *drum roll*…

SHOCK T: Wearable, Stareable Art!

Shock T is a really amazing clothing line featuring the coolest intricate hand drawings printed on top quality fabrics. These are just a few of the shots that I did for their website yesterday showcasing a few of the many designs and styles you can choose for your newest Shock T t-shirt or tank! Enjoy!

Models (L to R): Kristin Rachelle, CJ Lancione, Elle Prokhoda, Dana Molly
MUA:  Melissa Michelle

Fashion Photography
Clarksville, MD


Tim J’s Headshots

Hey guys! Meet actor Tim J.! He is a young up and coming star and a blast to be around. On Sunday, we got to hang out and knock out some shiny new headshots. Check them out! These are some of my personal favorite headshots/portraits I’ve done to date, so I hope you guys like them as much as I do!

And just for a little stylistic fun, we threw in these shots too!

After the shoot, we hung out at my place and played Mario Kart 64. If you think you can beat me, you are sadly mistaken! Dibs on Bowser!

Actor Headshots
Washington, DC


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


Kaitlin Davin

Hey guys!! I am VERY, VERY excited to release to you the photos from my photoshoot last week with the incredibly talented Kaitlin Davin. She is an extremely beautiful person and an amazing dancer. I can’t rave about this girl enough! I had such a great time hanging out with her for this fun shoot, mixing in headshots, fashion, and dance.

Now, I’m not a huge fan of studio, so I figured we would just take a few headshots on a gray backdrop and then hit the streets. Kaitlin jumped right in and NAILED it on one of the very first shots. Doesn’t she look like a covergirl model?! Gorgeous.

Out to the streets! This girl loves Beyonce as much as I do, so I LOVED jamming to B on location. So great.

^Love that shot! One of my personal favorites of mine. ❤

Oh! I should also mention that it was near freezing that day! We had to stick close to the house so we could keep going in and warming up. Insanity. Kaitlin was a champ, though!

I just love how her body curves with the arch. I love shooting dancers!

LOVE THIS SHOT SO MUCH! Ugh.. I just love this whole session. I can’t pick a favorite shot!

Great attitude! So pumped on these! Isn’t her outfit perfect??

Allllright, I know this was a long post, but that’s a wrap on Ms. Kaitlin Davin. Keep an eye on this one… She’s got a bright future!

Washington, DC
Portrait Photography
Headshots
Dance Photography
Fashion Photography


Carolina in Maryland | Sweet and Sassy

Hi guys! Meet Carolina! You may be seeing more of her around here within the next few weeks. We shot two different looks this day. The first focuses on a more of an etherial princess look, with Cosplay Wigs USA‘s 36″ Wavy in Light Blonde. I absolutely LOVE this look on Carolina. So gorgeous and so completely different than the other look which will be revealed later. She nailed both!

As I said before, I got tons of photos of her that I totally dig. And normally, I wouldn’t post so many photos of the same set, but I just couldn’t decide which one I liked best, so I made a composite of four of them. Which do you like best? Let me know in the comments!

What a gorgeous princess!

She looks killer in black and white!

The second look was COMPLETELY different. Dark and edgy. And again, Carolina knocked it out of the park. These are some of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken! *squeal*

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Hope you liked these shots of Carolina as much as I do!
Hitting Charlotte, NC for over a week so expect tons of new work when I get back! Can’t wait! I have some cool stuff planned!

Fashion Photography
Portrait Photography
Clarksburg, MD


Playdate with Amanda Flood

Meet Amanda!

Amanda is a Maryland-based model who came to DC to shoot with me and Sweet Trade Photography last week. I had a blast dressing her up in wigs and watching her morph from character to character. These sexy photos are featuring Gothic Lolita Wigs‘ Farrah Bombshell Wig.

Next she threw on Gothic Lolita Wigs‘ Classic Straight Black and took on a classic Old Hollywood glam look.

Totally love it!
Mixing it up next with Cosplay Wigs USA‘s 36″ Light Pink Wavy wig for another super sexy look.

 

After all the fun playing in wigs, we decided to hit the park and shoot a natural look. We were lucky to have such a beautiful day in January in Washington, DC. Great blue sky!

Switching over to some natural light to mix things up! She looks so awesome in black and white!

That’s it! Lots of new stuff coming your way soon. I look forward to digging the animal series back out and starting on it again with a fresh outlook and new take on the series. So excited to show you guys what I have planned!

Portrait Photography
Washington, DC


Frank Bliss

Hey guys!
Time to meet Frank Bliss, a kickass actor based out of the DC/MD area. Because of his sharp features and his mastery of evil, he usually plays villains in movies. You would never know from his IMDb page, where his face and body are drenched in blood, what a genuinely nice and sweet guy he is.
For his headshots, we wanted to do a few traditional type shots just to have some updated ones but focus mostly on the badass, bad guy shots. Here is a little bit of what we came up with! Enjoy!

Check out his site: www.frankbliss.info

 Great classic headshots. Now on to the fun stuff!

So I stumbled upon this little alley the other day and while it’s not much to see in person, I thought it could be a great location to shoot. As you’ll see from this set, I LOVE this spot! I normally try to limit my posts from each location but I just think these all turned out great! I love the spot and I love Frank’s badass attitude!

Hey, let’s throw some glasses in for good measure.

I should mention that it was near freezing that day. And the wind… there’s always the wind…

I will leave you with one final image. The most contrasty, badassiest of them all. He almost reminds me of my personal favorite badass, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in AMC’s Breaking Bad. Thoughts?

Headshots
Portrait Photography
Washington, DC


The Shea Sisters!

Hey guys! Let me introduce the fabulous Shea sisters! You may remember Chelsea from my portfolio of dance photography. I think that it has been so long since I’ve shot Chelsea Shea’s fancy dance moves that I wasn’t even blogging yet at that point! Either way, you can see her incredible talent in the dance section on my website: www.alexapolettiphotography.com

The other day, I got together with longtime friend from film school, Courtney Shea and her sister Chelsea to do some surprise portraits for their parents for Christmas. We took a look at their last Sears family portraits and decided we definitely needed to get a little grungy, a little edgy, and way more interesting. No one likes Sears portraits hanging in their house!!! So I took a trip out to Annapolis, MD to walk the town with these too lovely ladies.

Absolutely love the colors in this town!

So perfect!
Love these girls!!!

It’s not too late to do a family session for holiday cards or Christmas gifts! Email me to inquire on dates and pricing!
alexa.poletti@gmail.com

Family Photography
Annapolis, MD


The Rockin’ Roller Salon & Boutique

Hey y’all! I know I’ve been really neglecting this blog but guess what! Now I am on Thanksgiving vacation so time to update this sucker. As a lot of you know, I’ve been spending a ton of time in North Carolina filming my silly little part in Season 9 of One Tree Hill. My off days of filming meant on days of photoshoots! Yaaahh!
One of those days, I had the pleasure of shooting the staff photos for The Rockin Roller Salon & Boutique in Wilmington, North Carolina.  These hair artists are by far the most badass group of people with the coolest vibe I’ve ever been around. If you are looking for some tough punks with tattoos and hair dye, check out the Rockin Roller off of Kerr Ave.

Staff Headshots

I told you they were awesome!

Staff Headshots

Business Photography
Staff Headshots
Wilmington, North Carolina


Sam’s Senior Portraits

Hey hey hey!
Meet Sam.

Last week, Sam and her mom and sister drove out to Wilmington from Charlotte to meet me for some beachy Roxy-esque senior portraits. I figured there was NO WAY our schedules would match because I only had one free day in Wilmington.. Fortunately, the odds were in our favor, and everything lined up perfectly. I love the Roxy surf style, and I of course love spending time at Wrightsville Beach, so I was stoked to have this all work out, and to get to meet Sam and her awesome family.

Everyone keeps asking me how I got to shoot Emma Watson! Isn’t she so cute?

I love these! The wind was SOOOO out of control! I seriously had to plant myself in the sand so I didn’t blow over! I am little!!! Luckily, my camera weighs me down. ;D

Love this color palette!

Gotta rock the deer shirt for mom!

Quick family shot!

Aww! What an awesome day! I am so happy it all worked out!!! All the best to you, Sam, and good luck in college!!! It’s the best time of your life.. live it up! Unless you decide to be a photographer, because then the good times never stop. 😉
Cheers!

Wilmington, NC
Senior Portraits
Senior Portrait Photography


Drew Grant’s Birthday Shoot

Hey guys! It has been a while since I’ve updated.. Things have been crazy for me lately (I feel like I am always saying this!!) between photography and modeling/acting. Seriously guys, I can’t wait to tell you all about what I’ve been up to. Secrets, secrets, are no fun! In the meantime, hop on over to my facebook fan pages and give them a “like”.. I’d really appreciate it!
Photography: Alexa Poletti Photography

SO! Now on to why you all are here… drum roll please… Drew Grant!

My buddy from film school turned 24 last week. As a gift to himself, he flew himself up to DC to do a photoshoot with me. It was the best present ever, because its not even my birthday and I got to hang with an old friend. Everyone wins! Not to mention that he is a hottie and is a blast to photograph.

 See what I mean?
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What a great looking guy!


Don’t you think he should be a model? Seriously!

I love the green suspenders!!!


U St metro stop! Home sweet home!

Work that train!

Uh oh… things are heating up!!!

OW OW!!! SOMEONE PUT OUT THE FIRE!

Hahaaa, I had SO much fun having Drew here over the weekend. Now I’m off to North Carolina to do some acting (haha) and shoot some Wrightsville Beach senior portraits.
Later yall!

Thanks again, Drew, and happy birthday!!! Hey gurl!

Portrait Photography
Headshots
Washington, DC