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I’m Back!

*tap tap* Is this thing on?

Hey guys! Wow. Just wow. It has been MONTHS since I’ve been able to go out, shoot, and enjoy the creative release that is photography. While working on a recent television pilot, I was talking to my boss about photography. He said he loved my work and I told him that I hadn’t shot in months because I’ve just been too busy. He said “Never get too busy for your art.” That really resonated with me. So here I am. I am back & I’m ready to rock n roll. I’m ready to meet models in Raleigh. I’m ready to find locations that blow my mind. I’m ready to create with new makeup, lashes, and wigs. I’m ready to dust off my camera and charge my flash. Let’s do this.

I want to start my comeback by (finally) releasing some photos that I’ve been sitting on for a year. I have a bad habit of holding on to photos that I really love so that I can enjoy them myself before I blast them out to the internet. Here is a set that I shot of Linden Valentine in Virginia back in February 2013. Linden is wearing an amazing mori-girl style dress and Gothic Lolita Wigs Classic Wavy in Auburn. There is something so magical and serene about this set… I just love it :’)

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I’m so excited to be back.

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Grace Valentine Lingerie Shoot x2!~

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

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

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

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Awwwww! ♡♡ GRACE, Y U SO CUTE!?

Speaking of cute,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I LOVE YOU, GRACE!!~

Lingerie Photography
Boudoir Photography
Washington, DC


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

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

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

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

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

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

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I love watching her work. So fascinating!

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Mama Mia‘s boxes of bedazzles!

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

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

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

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Applying finishing touches….

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Most epic Behind the Scenes photo ever, right?

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

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

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 *melts*

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

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Hehehe…. ♡♡♡

Thank you both so so much.

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

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


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

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

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

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

ANYWAY.

….. I’ve lost my train of thought.

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

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

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Two look sneak peek!

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

On to the goods! First setup:

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& a lighting test outtake of me falling.

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Yes, those striped legs belong to yours truly.

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

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

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

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

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Now that is some good e-planning!

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

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

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Well, may as well take some pictures!

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La la la laaaaaaa… Just waiting for the sun…

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

And then…

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BAM! Perfect! Time to knock em dead!

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

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

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

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Fashion Photography
Charlotte, North Carolina
Davidson, North Carolina


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!

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

Godiva: Milk Tea

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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


Feeling like Summer with Jazzmin Jolly and her Flower Bikini!

So, everyone who knows Jazzmin Jolly knows that she is a weird little creature. She bounces and twirls and sings all day long. It is adorable to watch her freak out when she sees a microscopic spider or when she is terrified to do a bikini shoot even though she has the most amazing bod of anyone I know. Enter Jazzmin Jolly.

Jazzmin came down from Philly to join in the Hypnotic Sweet Treats launch that we were shooting over the weekend and wanted to shoot this summery side project. Jazzmin wanted to make an outfit entirely covered with flowers, but who wants to (or has time??) to make a full flowing dress of flowers?? Jazzmin decided to make a swimsuit covered in flowers instead (much less surface area!), which was an idea I LOVE. Nothing says summer like flowers, sunglasses, and a bikini! Ow ow!

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Y’all. This girl was terrified to do a shoot showing this much skin but look how confident and amazing she looks? Can you even tell she was nervous? Go tell her how awesome she is right now!!! Facebook: Jazzmin Jolly

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Abs, abs, and more abs. Damn girl!

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Flower shoes! Look at her flower shoes!!! Oh my god!

I hope you all enjoy some summer fun this season! Get out there and do something awesome!

 

Conceptual Photography
Bikini Photography
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


Alt. Model Fate for Rockstar Wigs

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:

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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!

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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).

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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.

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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?

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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!

Fashion Photography
Product 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


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:

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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!

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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


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


Heather + Adam’s Wedding!

Hey guys!! It’s been a while since I’ve put up a wedding post, so here ya go! While I was in Wilmington last week, my old buddy and photography sensei Chris Van Atta asked me if I’d like to be second shooter on a wedding he had coming up. OF COURSE, I said I’d love to! It was so so so great to be reunited with my buddy after almost a year of not shooting together. Isn’t that insane?! UGH. So that led me to meet Heather and Adam, a wonderfully spunky couple that goes by “Heat” and “Addy” —  Love it!

So sweet! While Heather was getting ready at the Hilton Riverside, Adam was holding down the fort at the beautiful St. Thomas Preservation Hall. It was a cool time of day for lighting in the hall!

Here are some shots of the green/blue peacock theme!

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Presenting the couple! Yay!

Awww what an awesome ceremony. So during the switch from wedding chapel to reception party room, we hit the streets of downtown Wilmington, NC for some fun family photos.

Vintage style kissin’ in the street. That’s where it’s at!

On our way back to the reception, we made a pit stop outside of Yosake, where Heather and Adam shared their first date. Awww. 🙂

The reception was a lot of fun too! I spent most of the night assisting Chris with lighting but here are a few quick shots of Heather and Adam’s first dance!

Well guys, that’s it! I hope you enjoyed Heather and Adam’s Wilmington wedding!
Until next time! xo

Wedding Photography
Wilmington, NC


Shooting in the Rain with Stacie Victoria!

Stacie Victoria.

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.

Great texture!!

It was Stacie Victoria’s idea to jump up on this gate. Love love love!

And then!!!!!
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!

Fashion Photography
Washington, DC


DC Model, Kierra Janae!

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.

Fashion Photography
Washington, DC


Gatlinburg, TN – Day 2


Gatlinburg, day 2!! Sorry it is taking me forever to get these posted.. The movie I am working on is taking ALL of my time. It’s insanity. Okay, anyway, I got a few minutes to myself today.. so here are pics from day 2!

After a long day of hiking on Day 1, we decided to just drive around on the Smoky Mountain Parkway (not sure what it’s really called, but something like that) and just see how beautiful it was. We got out for some pictures and some exploring from time to time.. Then we stumbled upon this AWESOME place. It was so cool.. we were the only ones there. Felt like an oasis in a desert… All the dead trees and then BAM! Green moss and water and.. well, you can just check it out.

Hahaha… he’s so goofy. Look at my mountain man!!!

Silver Patron + Gatlinburg bear shot glass = Happy Brendan.

Day 3 coming whenever I get some dang time… Later xoxo

Destination Photography
Gatlinburg, TN

 


Brianna Little

Hey guys! Busy weekend for Genna and I.. shooting Brianna Little on Saturday and Arsenio Clemens on Sunday! Lucky for you, this entry is starring the fabulous Brianna!!! She booked a senior portrait shoot with me and to my wonderful surprise, she is also an INCREDIBLY talented DANCER! And yall know how I love dancers… !!! Yessss!

Credits:
Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography
MUA: Genna Poletti
Model: Brianna Little

While we were at it, we decided to do some killer dance shots for Brianna’s portfolio. Genna grabbed a few behind the scenes shots for our Lake Norman location.. Check Brianna out! She practically floats! So graceful..!

And heres to me working my magic:

So after nailing that location, we headed to our next spot in Davidson to knock out a few more dance shots.. Beautiful!

Alright, that’s it for Brianna Little. I told you she was fantastic. Check back for Arsenio’s Gaga-inspired Glam shoot!

xx.

Senior Portraits
Dance Photography
Lake Norman, NC
Davidson,NC


Playing Around!

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

That’s me, looking fly as always.

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

Awwww…

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


Studio Photography
Charlotte, NC