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! 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!
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!
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!
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!
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?
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.
What a great looking guy!
I love the green suspenders!!!
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.
Thanks again, Drew, and happy birthday!!! Hey gurl!
Ok, here’s the first of my obnoxious posting spree.
Melissa Knight. I shot her over a year ago for some traditional family photos. Remember these? We had such a good time that we were eager to work together again. Melissa is just so photogenic and overall a great person to be around. I love to have her as a client and friend. 🙂
This is suuuuch a cute headshot. One of my favorites ever! She has such an adorable laugh and it makes for a great photo 🙂
See what I mean?
I had been wanting to shoot in this field for the entire year that I lived in Davidson. Melissa gave me the perfect opportunity to finally shoot it in my last few days in NC. I absolutely love how the photos turned out!
Here is Melissa as a ninja, hehe!
That location look familiar? My headshot was taken in the same place. I love that color!
Well, that’s it on Melissa. She is getting married next year in Kansas and I so hope to shoot her wedding!! Eeep!
I present… drum roll please…. Orange Olive Hair Gallery!
Orange Olive is an awesome salon located in NoDa in Charlotte, NC. All of the cool people in town get their hair done there. It’s just a fact.
For this shoot, I was asked to get shots of the salon itself and headshots of the lovely ladies who keep the salon a hotspot in NoDa. I shot a mix of fisheye and a standard wide for the different areas of the salon. Personally, I am a sucker for fisheye, so those are the ones you get to see here. 🙂
This is the salon. I love it! Great colors!
Hairdryers hanging from the ceiling. Seriously awesome!
A few of their products!
And finally… Look at all of these hotties! Ow ow!
Call the Orange Olive today to make an appointment for them to whip your wig!
2824 N. Davidson Street
Charlotte, NC 28205
I met LaKeya a few months ago when I was working as the Production Designer on the independent feature film Turning Home. She was also working on the film. We talked about me being a photographer and viola! A few months later, here are LaKeya’s bright and shiny new headshots!
She wanted to incorporate her wrist and leg braces into her photos to give a sense of who she is. This is what we came up with!
Quickie!! This is my new headshot that Brendan + I did the other day. I’m training him nicely… >:)
Oh my goodness. I just LOVE pets. One fun thing about working on a film set is that I get to go around into all of these people’s houses and play with their animals. This is Daisy. She is the most lovely dog that I have ever seen. She is so cute and sweet that I chased her around in the cold rain to snap some photos of her so I can remember her forever. Isn’t she sweet????
Daisy’s Headshot… Sending it off to the studios.. she will be the next big movie dog! She could play a dog or maybe even a…
This kitty was sooooo scared of me!! She saw my camera and would take off running. I don’t know if the big screen is in her future, but she sure is cute!
This handsome little tiger lives with the Beards, the most darling couple I have ever met. This little guy should know us pretty well because we have spent the whole month with Kim & Andy Beard and their little kitties. I can not express how grateful I am to this couple and their feline babies for letting us uproot them for so long. Wonderful, wonderful people.
I hope my adventures continue to bring me in contact with new furry friends because they are often the best kind!!
I give you.. the Brockman’s!! This fabulous lady was my SECOND grade teacher. Can you believe that?? These are her kids.. so grown up! I haven’t seen this bunch in nearly ten years… Incredible. It was so nice to see them and to hang out with these awesome gals. The girls were sooo fun and hysterical. They absolutely loved Genna’s puppy… there are pictures of her littered throughout my blog- I know you’ve seen the pup before.
How pretty are they??!
Laugh it up, goofballs! 🙂
Awww, OH MY GOD. So weird and awesome!! I love her so much!
So after this little mini shoot on Lake Norman, we all went out to eat. We decided on Brixx in Birkdale so the little pup could come along. Here is a shot of my mom and Mrs. Brockman! They are both a bunch of hotties!
Beautiful, beautiful day. It better not be another ten years before I see this crew again…!
Lake Norman, NC
Hello, hello, hello! Another studio update for you guys!
This is Holly Gardner rocking out a catalogue look for some new promo pics for herself.
Ch-ch-check it out!
Yesterday, I shot some headshots for the wonderful DaNae West. She is a talented actress out of the Raleigh area with years of experience under her belt and a young fresh face. I am pleased to have worked with her.. she was on Sabrina!!?! Heck yeah, loved that show…
Ok, anyway.. DaNae drove all the way from Raleigh for her shoot. We were so bummed when we woke up that day that it was cold and RAINY. So when we got to our location in NoDa (Charlotte, NC), we took a quick rain delay and popped into the FABULOUS 24hr French bakery, Amelie’s. MMMMM… After some pastries and some hot lattes, off we went.
Yours truly knocking some shots out in front of a graffitied construction wall in NoDa. What a dreary day… >.<
She was really toughing it up in that tank top.. you can see from my fuzzy jacket how cold it was. What a trooper!
And the results! Here ya are!
Hello, hello! I told you it was a busy week… Today’s post features two lovely actresses, Rebecca Orsak and Stephanie Willets. They are best friends and now they both have awesome new headshots by yours truly. Hahaaaa, ok, no but really… They killed it!
This is a HUGE week, you guys… big workload, so keep checking back for updated work. Today goes out to Leanna Colitti, new actress on the scene. She’s looking to hit the drama genre, so if you know anything, please contact me! She is incredibly gorgeous and has the most beautiful porcelain complexion I have ever seen. Not fair!
Okay, okay, maybe it is time to stop vacationing… Back to work! I just spent a week in Emerald Isle, NC on a family vacation, during which I took some senior portraits for my wonderful cousin, Monica Poletti. She is so gorgeous, I can’t even believe how much she has grown up!!! Just beautiful, really… I have the best family.
Emerald Isle, NC
Shot some headshots for up & coming actor, Nathaniel Kistler! Here are some of his shots. Enjoy!
Headshots, Wilmington, NC