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
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.
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.
Next step: Getting Fate in her very complicated wardrobe. Check!
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…
Bingo! Let’s do this!
Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography
Hair: RockStar Wigs
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.
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
Model: Alexa Poletti
Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography (wrap your head around that!)
Hair: RockStar Wigs
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*
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.
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.
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!
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:
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
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 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 Teena! T came to me wanting some awesome bright fashion portraits. If you’ve ever seen my portfolio, you know that I LOVE doing bright colors and dramatic lighting. It’s my favorite! So, of course, I was so thrilled to have Teena for this sexy shoot. We met at sunrise for some really fantastic light and images. Enjoy!
I am such a sucker for lens flares… love em!
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!
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