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The nameless one

Usually when I get commissions it’s more along the lines of the client wanting something similar to a previous shoot of mine, or to build a shoot around a very specific item/outfit. This time it was a bit different as lovely Ilaria caught me by surprise with a bona fide case study, complete with illustrations and moodboards. With a start like that, it took little time to put together the rest of the team/logistics… and despite the fact that by shooting this concept I broke one of my self-appointed rules (never shoot a calavera, hehehe!) I was quite pleased of how these show Ilaria’s personality despite the makeup.

Model and concept: Ilaria Iacoviello
Stylist: Monica Moretti
Body painting: Francesco Di Santo

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I whipped out the smoke machine for a couple of shoots towards the end.

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And this is a little backstage video of the bodypainting process.

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Ahoy, sailor!

As I mentioned in the past, Cleo and I managed to squeeze an incredible amount of looks in just one helluva workday, right before she went on a globe-hopping, ass-shimmying tour from place to place.

I posted the circus portraits, these on the other hand are more straightforward shots geared for flyers and promotional material, taken with her sailor outfit.

Model: Cleo Viper
Make up: Anita Alberti
Outfit: Sara Skull

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And to close things up, a little black and white portrait.

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Mystical Fullmoon promo shoot

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During the past year or so I had the pleasure to work on both the art direction and the photography of Mystical Fullmoon’s new release.
While I still can’t showcase the booklet’s artwork, I got the green light to post the promotional shoot.
Intended both for press purposes and for the cd booklet, the shoot was supposed to be a progression from their old look: to go with the rest of the artwork, I had them covered in layers of clay, dirt and metallic powders.

Models: Mystical Fullmoon
Make up artist: Arianna Arcelli.

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Below is a short backstage video of both the make up process and the different stages of editing done to the main group photo.

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Ricette Rock merchandise shoot

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Last year I had the pleasure to photograph the two minds behind Ricette Rock, an italian based food & music resource website geared towards people who like their music loud and their burgers as tall as the stack of Marshalls at a Spinal Tap gig.

Now they have branched out into merchandise (with illustrations by Lele Lutteri) and have a nifty array of products combining their two main features in a tongue in cheek way that I found adorable. I spent a rather busy day assembling all the visuals needed for their e-shop and I’m happy to say they’re now online so have a peek at the results and happy shopping! ^_^

First of all, some of the product shots… got to love that knife and fork skull.

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We had two models for the apparel catalogue, Stefano and Valentina, who bravely put up with me constantly bitching about the curtains that we were using as a background: I can’t stand wonky lines, so guess who spent most of the time rearranging the damn things trying to get them straight? Make up was handled by my usual go-to girl, miss Arianna Arcelli.

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We also shot a couple with a busier setting, to use as presentation material and general eyecandy.

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Circus life

This last month has been hectic for me, hence the scarce (or rather, unexisting!) updates to the blog. Hopefully this will change a bit as I have a stream of finished projects to finally show off.

I’ve been wanting to shoot Cleo Viper, Christopher Wonder and their cadre of pets for some time, and during the course of a rather taxing day we managed to squeeze in several sets. These are the first two, while others more focused on miss Cleo herself will be coming up in the near future.

First in line, a sort of formal portrait of the whole group -got to love that American Gothic vibe!

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A couple of monochrome shots of Christopher and Sir Dante, dog extraordinaire.

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Some more old timey shots. All of these were taken in their Cabinet of Wonders and I must say, the amount of awesome props in that place could keep me busy for months.

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Font face – Zapfino

I have been working on my second installment of anthropomorphic fonts for what seems to be ages. Finally, I was able to find the time to pull a weekender and finish writing, editing and assembling everything! So without further ado, here’s what I think Zapfino looks like, if it was a human!

The model I chose for this is lovely Roberta Pazzesque, who also assembled the outfit. What can I say… got to love a jack of all trades!

As per usual, click on the images to see them full size! :-)

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Sacred

It’s probably a little late to be celebrating the new year, but I am quite happy to start 2014 with this set. It’s the first one shot at my new place and it’s the first one I shot using my new background setup… so far, it seems to be working!

Lovely Glow Swanson wanted portraits that weren’t “standard burlesque” fare and showcased her elegant style; I was more than happy to oblige.

First situation: wearing that flower headpiece and veil, the first impression I had was of an intimate dance.

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Next, we drew inspiration from icons and sacred imagery to create a modern day madonna. Fun fact: you will never guess what was the original use of the black tulle halo she is rocking! ;-)

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Back on the saddle!

Getting back into blogging after a break partially due to several vacations, a broken cellphone and most of all the mother of all moves… now that I’ve stopped being surrounded by boxes and I am finally down to the last stages (putting drapes and shelves is downright light compared to all the heavy lifting stuff I had to endure all August!) I can finally focus on something other than the Ikea catalogue.

Before getting into full speed I got to start slow, so here are a couple of commissioned shots that were actually taken in July, but were edited in the new house -when I finally had the time to unbox the computers! A couple of simple promotional portraits of the two lovely Femmes Fatales sisters, in their Sweet Candy burlesque outfits.

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Friday’s links, plus a couple of pics

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These two aren’t enough to prompt a whole post dedicated to them as I already shoot the outfit to death, butI couldn’t resist sneaking them in!

Model: Cleo Viper
Make up: Claudia Malavasi
Outfit: Christina Riminucci

Today’s link list is rather boring, if you don’t like reading articles online. I, on the other hand, have recently discovered the guilty pleasure of reading stuff on my cellphone while on the bus, so here’s my three picks of the week!

History of Emoticons and Emoji from Rhizome.
This very well written article is a must for every designer dealing with icons and pictograms.

Get into an isolation tank and out of your head from Ultraculture.
Having recently experienced a sensory deprivation pod (and having quite liked it!) I’m readying myself for take two -possibly in some big, comfy american version.

A short lesson in perspective by Lindsey Redding.
You get used to reading rants about the advertising word, how it’s a shallow and utterly soulless place ecc ecc. You nod your head, maybe sigh a bit if you’re reading it at 11pm during a computer break, then move on completely unchanged by the words. This article isn’t one of those and it’s even more sobering once you realise that the author died shortly after writing it.

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A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to spend a busy afternoon with lovely Xarah, who was visiting Italy for the Milan Burlesque Awards -where she managed to snag a trophy for “best performer” too!

Despite having only a small amount of time for the shooting, we managed two outfit changes, both revolving on Xarah’s beautiful leather mask. I also got the chance to use some of my black acrylic nails, which I fashioned into talons… I’m in love with how they turned out and if they weren’t so horribly impractical I would sport these myself everyday, just to scare little children! On a nail-related note, I see more and more elaborate nail art being featured in magazines and media as part of the styling, but it’s only abroad right now… when is this going to finally get over here?

Between work and the fact that I spent the past week buried in bed with the most horrid flu I had in years, I didn’t have the chance nor the inclination to start working… I was still grumpily lamenting my clogged-up state while reading for the nth time Dance Macabre (King’s excellent analisys of the horror genre through media and ages) when I came across this little gem that got me firing up the computer for the first time in a whole week.

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That little tidbit from a Kenneth Patchen poem is the reason a more “standard” postproduction ended up in the dark forest ;-)

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