Boxing Portraits



Before being appointed for this private shoot, I never thought about I would do a boxing theme.  It has been an exceptional, amazing, and energy charged experience, as you would expect from such high energy sport.

My private client - Adam, who hired me gave his complete trust to me, and we start shooting around inside the legendary Repton Boxing Club located in East London, established since 1884, and an active boxing club. It is also the place where the infamous Kray brothers used to train. I felt really lucky to have been able to shoot there.

What's really eye opening to me, it is not because of the Kray brothers trained there, but the boxing club is literally a time capsule, where you can see very little has changed since its beginning. The walls are covered with posters, scores, and documentations from all its bygone years. Comparing to lots of "hip" establishments in the East End, this is the first time I really felt I was in the heart of a real and genuine East London, along with it, is its strong spirit and essence.

















Backstage - Bio Signature Campaign




Recently just completed a super packed commercial campaign shoot for the 100% natural and organic skincare company - BIO SIGNATURE.

Bio Signature (based in Macau, and representative for Hong Kong) is the sole trader of some of the best organic skincare brands from UK and Taiwan. Brands they represent including S5 Skincare, CF Honey, Evolve Organic and  Lulu & Boo.

Candace doing make up on Agatha

On the day we have two amazing make up artists - Candace Engelbrecht and Tanya McGeever. Models we have Agatha, Elinor, Jana and Elaine. All very capable and exceptionally beautiful models each represents a brand.

Wardrobe for the day

There are quite a few things to cover on this shoot, from commercial to campaign images, we are also shooting all the catalogue photos for nearly 40 products from all four brands that Bio Signature represents. Time was tight, but thankfully with the help of our studio assistant - Ieva Matulaityte, and some impeccable planning we have not only managed to finish all the shots in the 8 hours studio session, we also have enough time to do some portraits for the ladies at Bio Signature, for their launch of their official website.







With special thanks to D10 Studio (London)
all our gorgeous models
the talented make up artists
our super lovely assistant
and to Bio Signature crew who flew all the way to UK.








Latest Shoot



Model - Paula S.

A recent test shoot I did with Paula, and make up by Emer Hawkins.

It has been a while since I did some new takes on beauty photography. This is first of a few tests I have done, in terms of experimenting on lighting, and ideas. I have always liked the traditional painting kind of portraits of women, and the sensitivity in their expressions. So this is still here, as have seen in my previous work.

As I have liked very much the last season's D&G runway look, I have decided to use their runway look for my beauty test, and a more modern - eccentric look, playing with the wet hair styling.

Model: Paula Idalia Szenejko
MUA & Hair: Emer Hawkins
All Rights Reserved 2015 - Berna V Photography






A Xmas Message


Just would like to drop a quick message for the special season, of friends and families.

It has been another great year, thanks to everyone who has been part of my life, there's a lot of things couldn't happened without you, and so blessed to feel I never lack of support from families and friends. It's xmas time again, and I'd like to use this opportunity to thank everyone, my past and current clients, collaborators, and friends. You all made my life wonderful, for everyone I met, worked with, I am always remembering you with all my heart full of thanks. 





Wherever you are, may your xmas fills with laughter, joy and love.

Bernadette
xxx


A Day At Portebello Market




Back in September I had the pleasure to work with the fashion blogger - Elle Lee (www.elleiconlee.com), a very bubbly lady and one of the top fashion blogger based in Hong Kong.


During her stay for the London Fashion Week, we set out to do a few small series of her strolling around London with her amazing outfits, as part of her blog and for her audience.

Here's part one, just two girls and a camera, enjoying ourselves strolling around Portebello Market, one of the most famous market in the world. And probably, the most colourful too!

For the full story of Elle's journey at the Portebello Market, you can now read it here:
http://www.elleiconlee.com/portobello-market-london/

To my experience, Elle is very different to a lot of fashion blogger I followed, and definitely one of the more poetic one, with lovely flare in her writing, if you are not following her yet, I highly recommend it ;)

Here's a selection of our day.















Supermodel Coco Rocha Strikes 1,000 Poses In 360 Degrees



To me, supermodel Coco Rocha has always been a very inspirational figure, not just because she's a supermodel, her work ethnic, but also her daring nature and often stand up to address important issues which made her a rather important role models to a lot of women.

So when I hear about her latest adventure with photographer Steven Sebring, publishing a 2,000-page tome from HarperCollins called The Study of Pose, I got very excited indeed!!!





Rocha has always been known in the circle as the 'Queen of the Pose', and in this e-book, featuring Rocha in a simple leotard, under a single light source, audience gets to see Rocha contorts herself into 1000 different poses in 360 degree!! I'm sure this will not only be an importance reference source for any new models, but also invaluable to photographers who want to get references to relate to their ideas and concepts. From seeing some samples of the book, I think a lot of traditional figure artists will also love it to bits!!


"One of the things that Rocha is most proud of about the book, however, is its radical, unedited honesty. Since the forthcoming e-book allows readers to rotate the image, there are countless angles from which Rocha looks graceless—the opposite of a model. When Rocha does traditional modeling, there’s often a team of people using smoke and mirrors—or more literally, clamps and a wind machine—to make sure the image they’re projecting to the single camera looks perfect. In Sebring’s all-seeing dome, “there were no clamps, no wind machine,” she says.
“It was just full-on Coco,” says Sebring."



For a complete interview with Rocha and Sebring and samples, you can read it here:
http://www.fastcocreate.com/3037918/coca-rocha-strikes-1000-poses-in-360-degrees-in-this-encyclopedia-of-posing

Source: www.fastcocreate.com


[NEWS]: Important Changes to Facebook Page

A few days ago, Facebook has forced my personal page (reserved for photography businesses & contacts) into a public business page. So a lot of people on my contact list is now forced to change to as a "follower" on my new business page on facebook (Here: https://www.facebook.com/berna.v.photography).

Unfortunately, because a business page doesn't work the same as a personal page, i.e. I cannot initiate a private message; therefore I have no choice but to open up a new personal page that is solely for business use only. As a freelance photographer, we rely a lot on personal contacts, to maintain a relationship with anyone who has a potential to work together on a project. And Facebook's decision on forcing my personal page into a new business page has taken that away completely.

So if you were wondering why you were being invited to be friend with me again, please don't be alarm, it is not a fake account.

My new personal account is: https://www.facebook.com/BernaVfoto




I'd be very honoured to have you on my friend list again.

Before this happened, I already have an existing business page, therefore I'd be closing the old one up shortly. If you are a follower on the old one but not the new one, you can follow me on my new page here: https://www.facebook.com/berna.v.photography




The old business page that is going to be deleted shortly is this one:
https://www.facebook.com/berna.v.photo

Thank you.