Portrait for “Annihilation”

After the last post, regarding the dark mood of the new F/W Versace’s collection, I remembered a portrait I did a couple years ago for the band Annihilation. The photo shown bellow is  my favorite.

Photo. Filipe Serralheiro // Model. Fábio Silva

Fábio Silva, the singer/guitar player had a really interesting image to him. And I knew I had to take advantage of his awesome tattoos, dreadlocks and his overall menacing look. ( He’s actually not menacing at all, in fact he is one of the nicest persons I know).

The shot itself is nothing more than a standard portrait, and kind of  common place for a metal musician portrait. But by carefully controlling the light and enhancing the contrasts between all the darkness (tattoos, hair, background…) and his skin, I felt really happy with the end result. So now I’m sharing it with you! 🙂

 Back then I still used my old Canon 10D and these portraits were shot using only a Canon 430 EX Speedlight and a small Photoflex Umbrella. I have some older photos from their early formation from around 2004/05, wich were actually my first photo shoot ever while still at college. I’ll maybe post them here some other day, so stay sharp! 😉

For those of you who like a little heavier music be sure to check their work here!

A quick secret though! This photo was originally shot in a white background, but after I turned it black in post-production, it gained so much more strength! What do you think?

Cheers!

Lady of the manor

A new editorial i shot for BLESS magazine just got out. Named “Lady of the manor” it depicts a young woman living in a house full of wonders and random nonsense.

It was shot in an old house, fully decorated in a vintage style, in the typical neighborhood of Graça, in Lisbon. We wanted to give a vintage meets fashion meets Alice in wonderland feel to it and also disrupt the “innocent little girl” look commonly used in that kind of imaginary, so we introduced Gabriela, a model using her hair shaved, some tattoos and a piercing.All the editorial was shot with one Profoto head with a 5 foot octa attached to a Profoto Pro7-s to obtain a soft light on the model.
Many thanks to Photographicas for lending the lighting equipment.

Photography by Filipe Serralheiro // Styling by Luis Martins // Make up by Alex Me // Model, Gabriela Vilarinho

Check out more photos here!