When I met them they were strangers to me. I didn’t know anything about them. The only thing that was apparent was their friendship. It was so strong. They spoke the way two old souls speak to each other. They held hands, afraid of nothing.
We walked into the small patch of wooded area just along Lake Merced. When you closed your eyes and walked through the trees you could still hear cars…
She didn’t pose for the camera, she let me into her world of emotions.
She smiled, clawed, bit, panted and ravaged her own hair at the camera.
You can’t help but stare.
She gives you so much.
One of the most laid back shoots took place in Devi’s quiet Berkeley apartment. It was a nice environment to work in as we spent a nice chunk of time getting to know each other before shooting. I found myself talking way too much as she seemed fascinated by my own background as a pacific islander. I was being listened to rather then me doing the listening. It was a really nice change of pace and created a very warm and safe working environment. I found myself exploring a new world with a new model and a new shooting location. I was excited to see what I would discover.
Devi was excellent at revealing a long range of emotions to the camera. She gave everything to the camera. She would let me into a very private world, which I felt was so very brave of her. I loved the way Devi modeled as she used a large mirror to the side of us to check her own poses and looks. She commanded herself for the right look and I think it added so much more to the set. She was magnificent.
My goal for the shoot was to end up with a set that not only evoked Devi’s emotions, but to create an atmosphere of warmth and intimacy. I felt like the fact that the location was Devi’s own home helped quite a bit. My own fresh eyes would also add to a new perspective of Devi’s world. I was very happy with the set’s hint of a washed out look, soft glow and selective focus. I was also pleased with a few shots that felt very voyeuristic, but still inviting as Devi stares right down the barrel of the lens. I was so pleased to take advantage of her whole apartment, shooting in her room, corridor and kitchen. It truly was an exploration into this wonderful woman’s nature. I discovered a woman of sensuality, playfulness, beauty and above all, a woman of benevolence as she let me into her home and treated me with such kindness and courtesy.
Devi is a woman not afraid to share her world.
Photos and Article by Andrew Pezzulo
Her World with Devi Check out my most recent photo shoot! She didn’t pose for the camera, she let me into her world of emotions. She smiled, clawed, bit, panted and ravaged her own hair at the camera.
It was a nice gloomy afternoon when me and my new friend Will went for a stroll in the developing Soma. I felt like the half built buildings and construction sights were the perfect backdrop for Will and his rugged look, not to mention his glorious beard. In the end I found a set of photos that shed a little light on Will and his character. A soft spoken young man with a skateboard, and did I mention his glorious beard?
Article and Photos by Andrew PezzuloWalk About with Will It was a nice gloomy afternoon when me and my new friend Will went for a stroll in the developing Soma.
When Mia stood in front of the camera, she didn’t always smile, she had her own way of expressing herself. She spoke with the contours of her delicate body and alluring eyes. When she stared into the camera, it was as if she could see right through me and I couldn’t help but stare back into her blue eyes. Her tattoos added a new layer. She was like a work of art, her smooth skin a canvas for the beautifully crafted ink that bled into her over the years. When we took breaks she would speak and I would listen.The more I got to know her was me discovering just how beautiful she really is.
I think art was a really nice element that brought this shoot full circle. Mia not only models but is also a painter. She started at a young age and grew into it with talent and hard work. When she was 17 her paintings began showing in galleries. When she spoke of her art she mentioned how it was an outlet as her mother fought cancer. Painting was her own weapon against the world and all it’s chaos. Even on our shoot day her life was in a state of disarray, but she still showed up and modeled strong. Her face didn’t mention anything of fear or sadness. If I gained anything from the shoot, it’s that this woman is strong.
A walking, talking, beautiful painting.
A masterpiece.Inked with Mia When Mia stood in front of the camera, she didn’t always smile, she had her own way of expressing herself.
A photo set of the gorgeous Chelsea. Shot on 400 ISO Kodak film.A Day Dream with Chelsea: The Film Shots A photo set of the gorgeous Chelsea. Shot on 400 ISO Kodak film.
Check out this video I shot and edited recently. It was such a joy to work with the wonderful Esca!
When the light hit her, it hit her in pieces. It would only reveal so much, leaving the rest of her in darkness. She posed only showing a little of herself to the camera. She was a mystery. A person of intrigue as we watch her gaze into the light and beyond. In each new shot she looks like a different person. In each new way the light hits her, the shape of her face changes. The light defines what we look at. The light creates the tiny story that unfolds before the camera.
She makes us wonder, who is she? The light paints us the picture.Pieces of Her with Anastasia When the light hit her, it hit her in pieces. It would only reveal so much, leaving the rest of her in darkness.
She laid on the white cotton sheets as the sun pierced through the three windows of my room. She rolled around, smiled and posed for me as I snapped away with my cameras(I was shooting film and digital). It was like a dream as the shoot was over in a flash, but in the end it was quite an experience for a shooter like me. It was like waking up from a lovely dream, a little sad it was over, but still extremely grateful to have worked with Chelsea, a young and beautiful model with the kindest disposition.
To put everything into better perspective, I was pretty hungover before the shoot. I gathered all the materials for the shoot last minute with a pounding headache, I felt a lot like death. She arrived a little early just as I finished setting the bed she would soon ravish and relax on. Chelsea was extremely laid back and comfortable which shows nicely in the photos. The set is a nice look at a girl with nothing important to do for the rest of her day. A look at comfortably, fun, a little sensuality and a dash of cute. Chelsea was able to easily portray all of these with a little smirk, a body gesture and her pretty eyes. She was perfect for the shoot. It’s funny to think that I started the day with a horrible headache but it was all over thanks to a wonderful photo shoot, led by a model with a soothing smile and personality.
Besides her being a gorgeous woman, Chelsea is also extremely kind, fun and full of life. In her normal day Chelsea isn’t just laying around in bed, but instead breaking a sweat as a dance instructor and choreographer. A very versatile dancer, Chelsea dives into different styles of dance such as hip-hop and belly dancing. Belly dancing is actually a great passion of hers as she started at a young age and has practiced and taught it over the years. She fell in love with belly dancing after seeing a performance at the age of 15. These days she also likes to infuse belly dancing and hip-hop into her choreography. Chelsea also likes to train cross fit to keep in shape. I feel like all these physical activities are a solid link to her wonderful body that has no doubt been sculpted by explosive dance moves and cross fit training.
I gained a lot out of this shoot and I’m glad it happened. It was a pleasure to work with someone so beautiful on the outside, and most importantly on the inside.
Photographs and article by Andrew Pezzulo
A Day Dream with Chelsea She laid on the white cotton sheets as the sun pierced through the three windows of my room.
Just felt like sharing an older photo set :)
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Boudoir is actually a term that describes a lady’s changing room or dressing room. Really it’s a place of complete privacy, and there’s a whole style of photography dedicated to this idea. Boudoir is a look at a woman in her most private moments,…
I was actually quite nervous about doing this shoot just because it was the first time I used a model from the website, Modelmayhem.com. The website is basically a social network for photographers, models and other artists. My main reason for being nervous was I never met this model before and any type of meet up over the internet is somewhat a hit or miss. I could have been meeting a serial killer or worse a stuck up brat, but then I met Jaqueline, and all my frustrations went away. She turned out not to be a serial killer or a stuck up brat, she was and is a wonderful and beautiful model.
The boudoir style was a perfect choice for the shoot as Jaqueline has the perfect curves to show off. She has a very “girl next door” kind of personality that shines in the photos. She also has a very humble smile. As I shot, it was a pleasure getting to know her. She is a young aspiring model that one day wants to be a lawyer. Her reasoning behind it is her passion for the fight against immigration here in the United States. The topic has effected her personally in the past and has fueled her education as she recently started college to pursue her dream. It was so nice to work with someone with so much drive and passion for their own future.
Besides Jaqueline’s goals, it was also admirable to hear her opinions on modeling and photography. Marilyn Monroe is one of Jaqueline’s inspirations and is a big reason for her interest in modeling. She mentioned how Marilyn is a testament to real natural beauty, which is distorted in today’s society. Today women are told that being extremely skinny is the inn thing or a must. Jaqueline hopes one day to inspire other woman to be confident, the way she is in front of the camera. I feel like Marilyn Monroe is a very fitting role model for Jaqueline as she wants to show people that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. I couldn’t agree more. At some point as we wrapped up, Jaqueline said “I’m not tall enough to be a model.” Living in a very cynical society she might be right, but all I know is she still a beautiful young woman with a bright future ahead of her. I believe a person with a full heart can still conquer giants.
I’m Not Tall Enough To Be A Model I was actually quite nervous about doing this shoot just because it was the first time I used a model from the website, Modelmayhem.com.