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.
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….
Awww, Jake is pouting! What’s wrong!? How can you pout when we made a final image that looks like this:
BAM!!! He is so cool.
Seriously, what a rockstar.
How about another light test? Heheh…
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!
I love Jake’s hair color!
What’s that you say? You want another derpy test shot? Okay, okay, if you insist.
Hahaha, culling Jake’s photos is more fun than most because I run across little gems like these.
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!
How amazing is this sunset?!
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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See you soon for more time traveling until I am up to date! Whewwww!
Alexa Poletti Photography
After a over a year of searching for a muse in DC, I think I’ve finally found her. Alt. model Fate inspires me with every photo and has a look that I never get sick of. That’s why when I received the Dynamite Collection from Rockstar Wigs, I knew Fate was the one who could pull this eccentric collection off. They are an incredibly poofy and fabulous set of wigs that photograph amazingly. Here is a quick shot of me wearing most of this collection from Rockstar Wigs:
So after I had modeled the wigs in an avant garde style for Rockstar Wigs’ site photos, I wanted to explore by taking the wigs in an edgier, sexier direction. I decided to use three of the wigs with Fate: red, teal, and platinum blonde.
For the red wig, I pictured an alt. circus with Fate as the ringleader who kicks some serious lion ass. Look look look!
The red version of the Dynamite Collection wig is called Cherry Bomb (Get it here: Cherry Bomb). I’ve had these bomb pasties (handcrafted by Jamie Poletti) laying around and I thought they were PERFECT! They match the theme AND it’s a total play on the name of the wig. Love it!
Next up, we decided to go with a rockstar theme for the platinum blonde Dynamite wig, the Platinum Blonde Blast (Get it here: Platinum Blonde Blast).
If you are wondering about these hot pink guitar-shaped pasties, these are another handcrafted creation from the fingertips of Jamie Poletti. Could they be any more perfect for a rockstar theme?
Check out this Behind the Scenes time lapse video of shooting this set “Name in Lights” with Fate.
I love time lapses! I am hoping to do more of these videos of the “behind the scenes” process, clips of the models, etc. What would you like to see in the videos?
Check out the full set on Zivity here: Name in Lights
After a pizza break, we got to the last set. Teal. We wanted to go a slightly different direction with this one. Less sexy. I had envisioned a creepy-cute, punked out, goth girl decked out in head-to-toe back and teal. And with our powers combined, we made that happen.
Fate in the Dynamite Collection’s Molotov Cock-teal (Get it here: Molotov Cock-teal).
Check out the full set on Zivity here: All Neon Like
And what is a wig shoot without a really whacky behind-the-scenes photo?
Wig caps and bangs are not compatible. Or are very compatible, depending on how you look at it. Hehehe. ❤
Thanks for a great day, Fate!
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.
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!
Hunger Games Concept Photography
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!
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:
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L
Canon 50mm f/1.4
I hope you all enjoyed my journey with Sharmela.
Watch for more contests like this one on my Facebook Fan Page:
Conceptual Fashion Shoot
Fairy Cosplay Photoshoot
Silver Spring, MD
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
Stylist: Farah Chami
So much fun! Thanks guys! You all killed it! Check out their links above to give them some love!
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!
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!
Hey hey! As with my last post, this is a shoot for Cosplay Wigs USA, modeled by the beautiful Stacie Victoria. You may remember her from the sexy rain shoot we did a few months ago. When I was reviewing the Monster High characters for this Monster High-inspired line, I saw Clawdeen Wolf and immediately my mind went to Stacie Victoria. This girl is just so beautiful and I couldn’t wait to work with her again!
Model: Stacie Victoria
Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography
MUA: Natalie P Makeup Artistry
Styling: Jamie Poletti
Wig: Cosplay Wigs USA
And the makeup layout for Natalie P Makeup Artistry with full credits!
And the layout for Cosplay Wigs USA‘s website. I will link it once the wig is available for purchase!
That’s it for now! Check back next week for Frankie Stein inspired and Draculaura inspired shoots!
When Cosplay Wigs USA asked me to shoot their Monster High-inspired line of wigs, I was thrilled! I love costumes and I love doing wild shoots, as you guys know. So thus started the model search for four unique models, which lead me here to Becca. Her character is based off of “Lagoona Blue”. Most of Becca’s accessories and costume was made by my wonderfully crafty sister, Jamie.
This was my first time working with kickass makeup artist, Natalie P Makeup Artistry. She is soooo talented and was such a good sport about coming in super last minute for the Monster shoot. I can’t wait to work with this girl again!
Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography
MUA: Natalie P Makeup Artistry
Styling: Jamie Poletti
Wig: Cosplay Wigs USA
Annnnnd the makeup layout for Natalie P Makeup Artistry with full credits!
And the layout for Cosplay Wigs USA‘s website. I’ll link it once it’s live on the site! ;D
Thanks for stopping by and keep your eyes out for more Monsters coming your way!
Hey peeps! Do you remember when I shot Casey Crespo’s spring line a few weeks ago? Hint: Click Me! Well, when I was in Wilmington, Casey , Genna, and I got together to knock out the rest of the line. This shoot is a continuation of the linked entry above. I will absolutely post a link to her Etsy store when it is up because I am positive you will want these clothes to be yours!!!
Facebook: Casey Crespo Designs
And finally… The best thing about Casey’s line is that everything looks awesome together. The more pieces you buy, the more outfits you have! You can mix and match nearly all of her pieces! Here is an example of how you can add the pieces to each outfit for a totally new look!
That’s it for now! Look out for the launch of her line in Spring 2012!
Hey guys! I am coming to you live from North Carolina! Home sweet home! Made a quick trip down to the coast to work a little One Tree Hill, shoot some senior portraits, shoot 3 wigs from Gothic Lolita Wigs/Rock Star Wigs, and shoot Casey Crespo’s fabulous clothes! The lady of the hour! These clothes are debuting her upcoming 2012 Spring Line. They are all custom made and awesome.
Check out (don’t forget to “like”!!) her Facebook Fan page here: Casey Crespo Designs
My lovely twin, Genna, is modeling her new line.
Check them out and tell all of your friends!
All clothing and jewelry pictured were created by Casey Crespo Designs.
All items are available to be purchased and I’ll add a link here to Casey’s etsy as soon as they are posted. Check back! xo
Ow ow! What a hottie!
Stacie Victoria came out to U St. last night to shoot some awesome fashion shots in the rain with me. I absolutely loved having her out and she was such a good sport about getting soaked in the rain. I loveeee how all of her photos turned out!
Another new addition is Ms. Caroline Lacey, who joined us with this photoshoot as my new little grasshopper. Yay! I love having people to teach and share all the wonderful knowledge that was shared with me. I think she is the coolest person! I am so excited! Hopefully you’ll be seeing a lot more of her around on my blog in the upcoming months.
So! Rain shoot! I came up with this idea with all the awful weather we have been having lately in combination with my desire to revamp my portfolio into more of a fashion portfolio with cool lighting and lovely models. Those ideas along with a cool location led us to Stacie Victoria and the rain shoot.
Of course, after all this rain, we got out there and it wasn’t raining. Awesome. So while we waited for the rain, we took a few other photos in different areas of our alley that we moved into for the evening.
It was Stacie Victoria’s idea to jump up on this gate. Love love love!
The rain came! The shots of the night that I was waiting for! I was so excited, haha! You should have seen me… 🙂
Ahhh…. totally love these. Thanks again to Stacie Victoria and Caroline Lacey!
EDIT: I just can’t get enough of these photos. Here is an additional shot to add to this blog post! Enjoy!
After being in DC for a few weeks working on film productions, I started to get the itch to shoot again. It really is addicting and impossible to stay away from forever. I wanted to try a new lighting setup to create some fashion images. I got in touch with DC model, KierraJanae. She and her sister showed came out to U St to explore with me and knock out some killer images. Here are few of my favorites from the day. She is just so beautiful.
Told you she was beautiful.
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?
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!
OH! Bonus picture:
Senior Portrait Photography
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: