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Atessa Nicole Photography + Gabrielle Green

I was inspired by Pop Art while editing this particular photograph

Model: Gabrielle Green

Photographed and Edited by: Atessa Nicole

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Lorena Azizeh–artist, designer (jewelry & fashion) and an inspiration for many. What inspires her? L.A.: “I’m inspired by individuality and embracing your own personality and style.” I would say she’s her own muse. Below are the pictures I took of Azizeh for her line. All of the jewelry she is wearing– is made by her. If you’re interested in her other designs (clothing & jewelry) check for updates! I will be working with her on a new spread for her line in the coming days.

photography inquiries: theamusedeye@yahoo.com

check out her blog at: http://rocksmystyle.com

Jewelry designed and made by: Lorena Azizeh (also the model)

Photographed by: Atessa

Mario Testino

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My compilation of favorites –all photographed by Mario Testino

I have always had a love for photography and at a young age I began to collect magazines. If there was one specific picture or spread that I loved– I bought the issue. A few years ago, I decided to look into who the photographers were and one of them kept popping up more frequently than the others—Mario Testino.

If you flip thru any fashion magazine today, you are guaranteed at least one spread or advertisement photographed by Testino. Madonna introduced him to Gianni Versace in 1994, which led to their collaboration for Versace’s next campaign ad. Versace decided to run the new campaign with an introductory page stating, “Versace presents Madonna. Photographed by Testino.” After that, his name was all over the fashion world and his career flourished.

“A life long affair with fashion began at a young age. I always try to recreate the world I had when I was young, which was by the beach in South America. Somebody once described that my photographs are of a girl leaving a club with her dress is falling and she’s been having a great time, and it’s true! That is where I get my inspiration from, my teen years in Rio De Janeiro.”  Mario’s secret–“Being too self-assured is unproductive, it’s better to be a little bit on the insecure side.”

I love the elements (lighting, clothes, camera position, etc.) he brings together to create an image and each element is like a key ingredient which is necessary. I can tell that Mario has the ability to connect with his subjects and capture their vulnerable side–which is what I love seeing most in his photography!

Penélope Cruz stars in Mario Testino’s commercial for Lancôme Trésor, filmed in Paris.