In the City

   

This is the last of my back logged work which isn't related to the project I'm working on for my grad show! Soon all you'll see is new work, and I'm so excited to be sharing that :)

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One more collaboration between me and Ulia Ali from about a year ago, where we headed in to the City of London so I could introduce her to one of my favourite spots. I find this church so calming and beautiful, so I wanted to share it with her. You can read more about our day on her blog!

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London Town

ulia-ali-viewfromheels-azerbaijan-baku-london-fashion-style-blogger-young This is the first shoot of 2014 Ulia and I collaborated on. She wrote a very interesting post on her blog where she compares her life in London and all the changes she has faced to her life in Baku. As you may or may not know, Ulia is a fashion blogger from Azerbaijan who moved to London to for a new adventure. She is the former editor of Wedding Magazine Azerbaijan, and has launched several magazines since her arrival in London.

Thank you Ulia for being such a motivation, and such a great friend

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Hiiigh Magazine

selenealexia hiiigh 6 Ulia Ali, who I've collaborated with several times for her blog, started a culture magazine called Hiiigh last year. You can see the first issue on ISSUU, for which I captured the cover photograph, and the main editorial spread.

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Here are some of my favourite photos for the shoot, where Laura Baldwin featured as our beautiful ballerina.

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Forsaken Allure

Last year a group of five of us, four photographers and a publisher, got together to launch a magazine. Thank you Cassie Molly Carthy, Lucy Blanchard, Nathalia Takeuchi and Ulia Ali for a very fun experience!We invited other photographers and artists to be part of this magazine, and we each created a series for the issue. The following were my images:

Special thanks to Joanne Fleming whose gorgeous dresses are featured in these images, to Ian Mears and Vasilis for assisting, and to the unwavering Stacey Johnson for modelling! 

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In my images I wanted to explore the way grace and the desolate can come together.

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selenealexia lillesden 4 I love creating worlds within each image where you can catch a glimpse of an alternate reality that the viewer can explore beyond the limitations of each of my images. I hope viewers question what they see and wonder things such as who these characters are, why they are here and where they will go next.

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I fell in love with this location on a drive with my mom in the English countryside, and was so sad that they were planning on tearing it down the week after this shoot!

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The concept of the magazine developed into an arts magazine for students, so after the first issue I chose to no longer be part of that team since I no longer felt passionate about its direction, but wish them all the best for the second issue and more!

Tatoi and the Lost Princess

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Tatoi used to be the summer palace of the former Greek Royal family. It is just a few miles north of Athens, in Mount Parnitha. It's a gorgeous place, which reminds me of the former glory of Greece, but sadly it is in ruins. The place inspired the following shoot where Veroniki agreed (thankfully!) to model for me, as the lost princess who roams around the woods and lands of this formerly glorious estate.

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selenealexia veroniki 1  selenealexia veroniki 9 I'm so happy this beautiful lady was willing to help me with these ideas! we met up the day before the shoot and found the fabric to make the dress which she cut to size, and which we sewed on to her on the day! She even woke up at 4 am so we could meet up and be ready in time for a sunrise shoot! I cant thank her enough :)

 

 

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Roaming around London

ulia - smoochxoxo 31ulia smoochxoxo 42 The following photos were from various other collaborations with Ulia Ali, where we roamed around london photographing clothes for her blog and for Smoochxoxo, the online retailer. You can see Ulia's full blog post about our day here and here and here!

 

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These are a few of my favourite photos from the day:

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this was such a gorgeous sunny day!

Candy Madness

A little while ago, Ian Mears and I decided we needed to plan another shoot together. We planned a studio shoot (for which we turned my living room into the place where madness happens) and decided to go crazy with candy.

The wonderful Clare Louise Tautz was in charge of hair, and the very sweet Leanne Rose was taking care of the crazy make-up. Special thanks to Ulia for modelling for us last minute! :) It was fun getting to figure out how to keep the candy stuck on her skin and in her hair!


After all the fun with the sprinkles, which I can tell you honestly get EVERYWHERE!! we decided to shoot a more fruit based look - grapes specifically since they suited Ulia's skin tone!

And of course we had to have some more fun with this look:

Then had the best idea ever: get the grapes, cover them in fake blood, and make this pretty girl look evil!

All of this of course was on my cream coloured carpet ;)

I was so proud of Ulia...she didn't mention that the sight of blood makes her faint until After the shoot! Oups :) At least she made it through this torture with a big smile!

This image  is hands down my favourite from this shoot. I just love the look of fierce power in her eyes.

Let me know what you think of this set :)

A hyper wolf and a wild girl

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
This was one of my most frustrating yet sort of happiest shoots in a very very long time! I decided to experiment with flash - something I'm not very familiar with, and if it wasn't for Ian Mears I bet I would have thrown the flash into the forest and never looked for it again! 
 
 
 
 
Coyla MacPherson (who once more is utterly gorgeous) modeled for us again. I absolutely love shooting with her. She's able to really understand what I have in mind, and portray it in the shots! 
 
 
Robyn Skinner went above and beyond on the day! Not only did she do a beautiful job with the make up and hair - she was the official dog walker and treat handler! She was able to help us keep Sire under control!
 
 
And Siah, pronounced like Sire, (the wolf-like canine) was a star. He was such a funny puppy! While we were getting Coyla's hair and make-up prepped, he found a raspberry bush, and decided to see if he likes the berries... he bit a single berry, and pulled it off the bush delicately before he spat it out deciding berries aren't for him. He had some of our chicken for lunch and only ate little cheese cubes as treats throughout the day!
 
 
Ian was so wonderful pulling the props together for the shoot, so a major thanks to him for that! Also a thanks to him for scouting out all the locations for our shoot, and finding the perfect forest!
 
 
 
Coyla let us cover her in fake blood, and braved all the icky mosquitoes that were attacking her throughout the shoot! She had some red spots all over her shoulders after the shoot, which I hope passed by now!
 
 
The woods sure do look creepy don't they?
 
 
Clearly all sorts of wild creatures roam these woods! ;)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Whether she's a warrior princess with a wild wolf partner, or a mystical mage who soothes and charms wild creatures - Coyla could portray her characters beautifully.
 
 
 
 
So thank you all for having made this a wonderful day! xxx
 
 
 
 

A Breath in Time

 
 
 
 
 
 
These photos are from a shoot I did a while back with the beautiful Jodi Lakin, the wonderful Rhiannon Chalmers and the amazing Ian Mears! Rhiannon was such a savior stepping in late, and did a beautiful job, and Ian was a ton of fun (as usual!) so we had an very relaxing, very creative day. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Jodi here looks absolutely beautiful (at least thats my opinion!) as though she's lost in her own dream land. I could just write a story about the character she's portraying here. Thank you Jodi for being such an inspiration!
 
 
 
 
I'm not sure why, but these shots always make me think of Paris, nostalgically! Does anyone else get the same sort of feeling? 
 
 
 
The mystery lady turns... (lame i know - but you thought it too!)
 
I love the hat - found it in a shop last summer while walking through Toledo in Spain. It made my day!
 
 
Bubbles always make everyone smile! 
 
 
 
Hope you guys enjoyed the shots! let me know what you think. 
 
I'll be posting more photos from shoots i did back in Cyprus, and from the Olympics later this week!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lakes and lost worlds

Hey all! These are some shots from a shoot Ian Mears and I did a two weeks ago :)  Coyla MacPherson was such a great model! We literally put her through so much. She climbed up ladders and walls that were falling apart, walked on ledges that, to be fair, would be considered terrifying to say the least, and even got into a lake! All this in the freezing cold (I was personally wearing 4 layers) and in the rain - apparently the rain was colder than the lake was!

This was one of our last shots in the day, and all I could say when she got out of the lake was thank you. 

This ledge was a lot scarier than it seems! But Coyla stood on there bravely, with her gorgeous wedding dress flying in the wind.

 
When she stood on here, I actually got a bit worried that the wind would blow her down!

 

 
You can see a bit more of the location in this one - it was a gorgeous place! Thank you Ian for taking us there!

 
the suicidal bride-to-be!

 

 
We were worried she would slip on the rail while climbing back and fall into the waters below (which were actually quite deep!) but we were both ready to capture that moment should it happen! Sadly - i mean luckily! - it didn't.

 This shot was really fun to get: she climbed down onto the pipe from the ledge above. It was the getting back that would be troublesome: we both had to pull her back up over the ledge, hoping she wouldn't scrape her knees too badly. Afterall we didn't want to be too mean and leave her stranded in the cold! 

  

 

We all got soaked to the bone from shooting by the lake, so we tried to rush the long walk back to the car by daydreaming about traveling to a warm country!

 This one is possibly my favorite from the day, though the rest come pretty close! 

Thank you all for checking these out! Let me know what you think, and go over to Facebook and like my photography page too! Hope you're having a great day :)

Inspiration and Experience: Miss Aniela

So this blog post is about the Miss Aniela Fashion Shoot Experience I was part of way back in February. It was amazing as always. The Roost is such a beautiful location, and Natalie and Matt did a brilliant job organising the event! The models were outstanding too, as was the styling, hair and make-up! It was the second shoot experience by Miss Aniela that I was fortunate enough to be a part of, and arrived with really high expectations. I was far from disappointed.

 
 

These are some my favourite photos from the day:
 

 

Model: Alison McGowen
          Outfit: Alyssa Lichtenstein 
 
 
 
Styling: Pash, stylecreative  
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

MUA: Grace Gray 
 
 

And this was by far the funkiest to shoot! The assistants were amazing.
They helped “fluffy-fy” the dress, by using reflectors as wind machines!
 
 
 
 
 

I also had Andy help along here, by throwing the feathers in the cage and pulling his hand out instantly. I wanted to make the bird look like it was exploding – sort of like the scene from Shrek where Fiona sings and a bird blows up! (I saw the musical the night before so had Shrek on my mind!) He was such a star!
 
 
 
 
 
And I had Torsten Kieslich as my partner in crime for the day, who was a brilliant source of inspiration!
 
We finished off the day with the beautiful Scarlet, and were all completely exhausted by this time. Andy had suggested Scarlet should stand by the bar, and after a bit of creative bickering back and forth between Andy and me, poor Scarlet ended up with a broom in her hands, sweeping away… on the bar!
 
 
 
 

We finished off the day with the beautiful Scarlet, and were all completely exhausted by this time. Andy had suggested Scarlet should stand by the bar, and after a bit of creative bickering back and forth between Andy and me, poor Scarlet ended up with a broom in her hands, sweeping away… on the bar!

 
  
If anyone who’s reading this has considered being part of one of these shoot experiences at some point I would highly recommend going for it! It’s hands down worth every penny and more! You meet a group of inspiring, interesting, creative and caring people from all over the world who chose to come together on this day to further their own photographic work, and just to share the experience. After each of the two sessions I actually felt like I reached a new level with my own work. It’s an amazing feeling, so if you’re even feeling borderline about your work and don’t know how to make it better or you’re feeling a bit down in the dumps, try to attend one of these days – your creativity will definitely get revived!
 
 
 
 
To learn more about these Shoot Experiences click here
To see more of Miss Aniela’s work check out her website.
ALSO!!! I finally got my Facebook page up this morning! so if you haven't already, pop on over and click like! :) <3 <3

Long Overdue

Wow so this is long overdue. I’ve wanted to start a blog for a very long time, but you all know how procrastination works. I wanted a platform to share photos from my recent shoots, my thoughts about different things related to photography and life! I’ll even include some of my own personal writing from time to time.
 
I’ve been really backlogged on editing this year, so expect quite a few posts over the next few days. I’m finally working through these shoots! 
 
The first one I want to share with you all took place on the 7th of April, 2012. Andy (aka Photocillin), Sharon Cooper (aka Sosij) and I got together to shoot at an amazing location with two absolutely gorgeous girls! Maria Hastings was also wonderful enough to come along and do the make up for the day! Tor Callis, and Miss Bruise Violet modeled for the day, and suffered through all sorts! They climbed up walls that were half falling apart, spun around in circles and pretended to be whispering princesses! ;)  
 
This is hands down my favorite shot of the day:
 
 
 
But the rest come pretty close!
 

 

 

 

 
 
St. Dunstans in the East was such an breathtaking location its so hard to believe that this place is in the heart of London! We walked in, and I thought we walked into a fairytale!
 
 
 
Tor looked so happy when we started blowing bubbles at her!  
 
 

 

 

 
 
Thanks for reading! Expect more soon!
 
Selene - Alexia