A Little Mystery: Teresa by Isa Battaglin

A Little Mystery: Teresa by Isa Battaglin

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Just one more post that relates to Isa Battaglin, the Los Angeles-based headshot globetrotter, then I’ll (try to) give her a rest. This relates to one of her flying visits to Florence, Italy, where she took the lovely portrait above. Now I’m not exaggerating when I say that she has thousands of absolutely gorgeous shots of the cream of American, European and Australian models (tho’ Russia is an unfortunate gap) – on both Facebook and Instagram….but for some reason this has been my favourite. Following it up via the girl’s mother’s Facebook account (that Isa links to, but doesn’t carry this particular portrait), it seems clear that her eleven-year-old daughter (Teresa) isn’t a model – and obviously there’s no reason she has to be. I’m just intrigued why they went to the trouble and expense to prep her and have the shot(s) taken.

Whatever the story is, she is an absolutely beautiful child, with a face-structure, eyes, eyebrows…..well, everything…..just perfect. But let’s face it: the world reflected in this blog is a bubble – most child-models in the end go back to a normal life quite happily, and there’s far more to living than just being the object at the end of someone’s camera lens…….good luck to her, whatever she does…. (By the way, I haven’t given her a surname, since although her mother is Cristina Ciofi (see link at bottom), Italian women don’t take their husband’s surname – and the children usually take their father’s.)

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A Cactus in the Ass: Emma Tunbridge for Chloé (via Childrensalon)

A Cactus in the Ass: Emma Tunbridge for Chloé (via Childrensalon)

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…….or as British photographer Emma Tunbridge more delicately puts it, after shooting all day at the Sheilam cactus farm in South Africa:

Bring back the sun! But I’ll happy leave reversing repeatedly into spikes that day as a memory……” (see image-link below)

I don’t know who the model above is – presumably provided by a local agency – but it’s nice to see a fresh face……Smudgetikka names Eva, Tatum and Rebecca, but without reference to particular shots:

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…..I feel sorry for the girls – I bet Emma was wearing long pants, at least…..here she is:

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The header is from a different session by Emma, and the Chloé link is to a Facebook post, since their Instagram seems to consist of about 6,000 posts of leggy adult females….however, their young girl styles are really beautiful and romantic……when you can find them…. While the sponsor of the session, Childrensalon, have a Flipagram image link below:

Be a Chloé girl #Chloe (Swipe left to discover more)

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Unexpected Connections: Skyla Jay Carpenter – Laura Niemas & Michelle – Maisie de Krassel

Unexpected Connections: Skyla Jay Carpenter – Laura Niemas & Michelle – Maisie de Krassel

Here’s an idea for a second blog: post a pretty model/fashion/photographer Instagram image along with an encouraging comment from another model/photographer/brand user – then post one of theirs with accompanying comment from the next model/photographer/brand feed…..well, you get the idea. The beauty is the unexpected connections – people you’d never expect to be following a particular feed in a million years… Here’s my first example:

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……a beautiful portrait of Australian model/cheerleader Skyla Jay Carpenter by fellow Aussie Michael Murchie (referred to in the previous post, and represented by this portrait (among others) in one of the blog’s best-ever galleries here – and her image link below is a mini-vid, by the way). The enthusiastic commenter was Laura Niemas (or her Mum – with kids’ accounts you’re never quite sure) – who left all these awestruck smileys: 😮 😮 😮 😮 . Laura, remember, is the Spain-based Polish model who is a mainstay of the Saint Claire clothing brand, while being represented by Sugar Kids. And here’s one of her most recent Instagram portraits, in two versions:

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…..this being pleasingly similar to the treatment in the Skyla Jay portrait, albeit in b&w…

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…….while this is more natural….and who are they by? Isa Battaglin, who also appeared in the previous post…. Ok, it’s all getting too incestuous –  which I think would ultimately be the problem for the putative second blog: you’d never come up with people or brands you hadn’t heard of before. So here’s one from out of left field:

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……Michelle, the “baby fashionista” wearing a BangBang Copenhagen outfit in mother Eva Koziol‘s Instagram feed (under the name of Ewkak – see below for link). Now Michelle is all grumps (tho’ she looks happy enough with her play make-up in the header), and I must admit to being surprised at seeing the following comment: “Omg we adore her!!!!” from the always-cheerful Maisie de Krassel – the “we” possibly indicating a parental use of what is considered to be youth-speak…..anyway, the next flower in the daisy-chain is a lovely shot of Maisie from her feed:

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….as you can see from the watermark, by fellow-Californian Alex Kruk (….managing to avoid the Isa Battaglin ones….)…….and who left these ❤ ❤ ❤ ? Laura Niemas!! Yes, it’s all coming round in a rather tight circle…..bang goes another great idea….

 

Ekaterina (Kate) Perova by Lilly K Photography

Ekaterina (Kate) Perova by Lilly K Photography

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This eleven-year-old Russian model/actress living in Australia – Ekaterina (Kate) Perova – had the self-same portrait posted on the blog originally as an “orphan” image looking for a source, here. Luckily a diligent WordPress follower, Ricki1300, quickly gave the location of the image in a comment – and it isn’t just any cute portrait of a fashion model – it’s by the great Lilly K Photography during one of Isa Battaglin‘s forays to other continents. Kate (or her mother) pointing out the confluence of different countries and nationalities in the event (that’s her brother Max with Kate and Isa):

….here are two more from the session:

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…..and there are three more in a different dress:

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…….Kate is a fascinating girl: she artfully says that she spent her whole time travelling, and now is “stuck” in Australia! I’ve got no idea what her parents do for a living, but her father seems to be the @aspectusphotography that takes much of Kate’s non-professional shots (see image link below). She isn’t a classically-photogenic girl, and can take a so-so shot, but has bags of enthusiasm, a winning (if goofy) smile – and the ability to turn her personality on for an important shot. Her eyes have a beautiful Asiatic cast, making her face interesting – tho’ in fact she says she’s actually more interested in acting than modelling.

Here’s a gallery – including some nice portraits by Michael Murchie, the first two and the header, for example (humorous image-link below – photo actually taken by Kate’s Mum), whom I’ve featured before in a not-to-be-missed post on the ultra-photogenic Skyla Jay Carpenterhere:

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…..this post is a really good example of Instagramitis, the reduction of a gallery to a hotch-potch of single images or small sets. As I mentioned in a recent post, Facebook at least gives models and photographers the possibility of putting sets and sessions in discrete albums – or even the leisure just to post a related bunch of images together in their Timeline. Instagram has an associated feeding frenzy, that makes constantly putting up new posts a priority – leading to fragmentation, repetition, and poor quality images. Somewhere, Kate probably has some strong sets available – but it would need more time and patience than I’ve got to go about assembling them.

Anyway, look at that last portrait: a beautiful, fascinating face – wonderful eyebrows, a lovely snub nose, deep brown eyes with fair hair, full lips – what the Italians would call le labbra carnose (“carne” being meat – so literally “fleshy”) – that’s the face of a world-class model. Final proof? Look at Isa’s image-link below….

BTS – Kate in her popcorn dress and me in an $8 shirt made of tablecloth fabric. Lol 😉 Thanks to Kate's mum for the photo 😄

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Orphan Annies….

Orphan Annies….

Reblogging this since so much has been added: obviously all credit goes to the intrepid image-busters…

Girls' Portraiture

[See the end of the post for the results of some great detective work….]

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This looks like a typical Instagram or Facebook photo taken by the model’s parent, and uploaded to their feed – it’s clearly Annie Sutormina (I’ll give a linkhere, to avoid gushing) – but I can’t find it in the obvious places…….so, not exactly an orphan, but found wandering the streets (well, a Tumblr blog…)

[OK, in the end I found it lurking in the depths of her Instagram feed – but the title’s too good to be affected by a little thing like the truth!!! – see the image link for some humble pi-xels.]

Here’s another rounded up by Tumblr social workers:

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…..again, she’s recognisable – Skyla Jay Carpenter, posted on herewith the accompanying epithet “probably the most beautiful eyes I’ve seen on a girl model” –…

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Landry Karras by Ashlyn Mae Perkins

Landry Karras by Ashlyn Mae Perkins

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…….this is a pretty unexceptional portrait by one of the doyennes of American “atmospheric” children’s photography – Ashlyn Perkins (Ashlyn Mae was her maiden name – the indiscriminate use of both can be a bit confusing): her style can be summed up by what doesn’t interest her:

As far as what type of photography interests me the least – lifestyle, documentary and street photography.” (Ashlyn Perkins interviewed for metalndvst.com)

……so expect a lot of editing, and rather unreal (almost surreal) skin effects – and a lot of concentration on the eyes:

When I was a child, I constantly doodled eyes. They covered my school binder and the margins of my papers. I think I’ll always default to a lovely closeup of the face.” (Ashlyn Perkins, ibid.)

….so this is probably her default:

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…….and $697 will get you enrolled on her week-long online “Luminescent Skin Workshop” so you can attempt the same effect yourself……while this is her most-used example of what she does/what she’s aiming at as a final product (there’s a an extreme close-up of this as the Facebook link below):

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……and she promotes this end-result thus:

How I achieve luminescent, glowing skin is the most asked question I receive by far. I will be up front and honest to say that this is something that is very personal to me as it is a signature look that I have worked long and hard studying, testing and working on with a singular focus to pull away from the flat, dull, powder-finished skin that is prevalent in photography these days.” (Ashlyn Perkins, luminescentskinworkshop.com)

……one problem I see is that if you’re using a mid- or long-shot with bare arms etc., then the contrast with the un-edited skin is quite marked (and obviously usually the neck also hasn’t had the same treatment) – and sometimes the “glow” is a bit too much:

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……the other major problem being that she ends up just doing single, extremely static portraits: balancing two or three models’ skin tones in the same shot, shadows and the slight blurring from movement clearly making the editing that much harder….

She’s still a fascinating photographer – buried away in the North Carolina countryside with three sons (if she’d had a photogenic little daughter running around to snap, maybe her views on lifestyle photography would be different), and a history-professor husband. Luckily she found some beautiful models – like my example (Landry Karras – see the image link – she’s worked with other greats like Katie Andelman and Sandra Bianco). This is my favourite shot of my favourite of her models – where she’s captured a real expression and sign of character (she calls it “Doll Face” – but this is one “doll” whom I think would happily kick her brother’s butt):

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….here’s the rest of my selection (some you probably know as well as your own face in the mirror, they’re so often reposted):

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……and finally, what about Landry? She’s made a number of portraits of her:

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…..often like this one, where you almost feel you’d need to keep inflammable material away from her face, she’s “glowing” so much….and see her mother Trina‘s Instagram image link just below….

Zhenya Kotova by Anna Volk: I Am Special

Zhenya Kotova by Anna Volk: I Am Special

The title serves two purposes: first simply as the name of the Russian brand that commissioned the following school-uniform series from photographer Anna Volk, and secondly as a mild dig at the model she used – nine-year-old Zhenya Kotova. Zhenya has already been mentioned on the blog as one of Yana Chuvalova‘s “Seven Top Beauties” in a recent post here – where she was paired in double portraits with first Anfisa Kaftanova (Zhenya’s on the right) and then Alisa Samsonova (where she’s on the left):

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A lot (if not most) of the promotional images in this post I’ve already used previously in one of two dedicated to Anna Volk: here – but I’m unrepentant, as they formed part of a much bigger career-encompassing gallery (one of the best in the entire blog, in my opinion).

A quick word about school-uniform images: obviously it’s impossible to publish them without acknowledging their fetish quality – and these with Zhenya certainly have some of that – but at the same time the intrinsic charm and appeal of girls in uniforms (as much for parents, families and the general public) can’t be denied: who hasn’t got a proudly-preserved portrait of themselves, a son or daughter in their first uniform?

The Moscow – based I Am Special brand is family-run: Oxana Samoylova (pictured with Zhenya, and her eldest daughter Ariela – who performs most of the modelling for the brand – in the shop image-link below, with just Ariela in her own video-link at the very bottom), and her bearded, tatted-up husband: unfortunately they don’t have space on their posts to name model or photographer – understandable since they use Instagram as a commercial space as much as promotional – luckily Zhenya puts up all the relevant links. My slight criticism of her? She’s rather self-regarding, and has picked up habits like exaggerated eye-lash fluttering and lip-pouting that she thinks make her more appealing:

Подурачиться в Лондоне бесценно😂😝 #luckygirl #pkmanagement

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……and just three more videos (she has almost more movies than stills on her feed) before the Anna Volk – I Am Special gallery – the last one featuring one of the brand’s outfits:

🤗😂❤️❤️❤️#pkmanagement #ballet

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I am not a dancer, but I am ready 👌🏻😂❤️❤️❤️#pkmanagement #luckygirl

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Enjoy! Dance! And be yourself👌🏻😝 @samoylovaoxana ❤️❤️❤️ @iamspecial.ru#pkmanagement

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…..as I said in the linked post: “kneecaps you could cut bread with” – and the very brief outfit in Anna’s Instagram link below (with the bias-cut over-lapping front panel) are in fact skirt-shorts:

Dancing princess 🌟#photosession #model #luckygirl #beautifulgirl @presidentkids_agency#pkmanagement

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They could even pass dress-code rules in a couple of Western schools…..(I’m joking, of course…) And just to add an even more un-Western school-clothing item: the Hello Kitty motif thigh-highs/tights (as worn by the model with Zhenya in the first image) are also sold by the I Am Special shop (tho’ while the product image is on the site, I’d be surprised if it was by Anna….and the header is a school-set for another online shop – Detmir – photographer unknown).

Two final points – first Zhenya with her mother (I wonder whom she got the pouting from?….Possibly another ex-model mother – like Oxana as well), and with her sister Alexandra):

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……and finally a little gallery in pristine white to remind Zhenya that she’s a naturally photogenic girl – and looks much more attractive when she’s being herself:

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