Photographer: Michelle Bertagnin @michellemabelllee Makeup Artist: Alice Maggioni @alicemaggioni Fashion Designer: Selenia Spronato @seleniaspronato Model: Sofia Blu Cremasc @sofiablucremaschi @boom models Model: Aleksandra Gawron @ale.gawron @Wonderwall Management
When did your passion for photography start and what were the main milestones that turned you into the artist you currently are?
When I was 8 years old, just a little curious girl, my dad gave me my first camera. Since that day, I am constantly feeding my passion for art, even though after spending one year in Venice Fine Art Academy I realized that painting was not enough. My answer was photography. Then I decided to spend my time to reflect my concept of art in photography.
What role does social media play in your photography business?
Me, myself and I. In my real life, I like to share what I love and what happens to me, so I do the same in my social media. My goal is inspiring people through images, which could awake a memory or a feeling.
What is the secret for an image to become unforgettable?
There is no a perfect recipe. The only fundamental ingredient is being yourself, so you need to tell your story, your experience and your ideals.
How important is it to be knowledgeable about fashion and the latest trends to be successful as a fashion photographer?
As always, I do not want to be fully influenced by trends. I like identifying them just as improvements of my job.
What's the most important thing you want potential clients to know about you?
In my opinion, it is really important to express my roots and the dedication to my job to my clients. However, they need to know that I am a dynamic woman and I love new perspectives.
How do you manage to make your models feel comfortable in front of the camera?
Firstly, I always try to communicate the essence of my following shots. Secondly, I help them to get into their character as actors.
You are going about conducting a photo shoot, could you take us through the typical planning process for your images?
First of all I choose the theme of my work, I do a lot of image research then I draw my idea.
Do you have any practical advice to give the photographers who are trying to master retouching and shooting for their own business?
Practise! Get your hands dirty
If you couldn't be a photographer, what would be your other career choice?
If I followed another path, I would like to work in the artistic field: painter, performer or sculptor.
What are your goals/plans for the future? Is there somebody you are fascinated about and you'd like to work with in the future?
I aspire to be 100% fulfilled of my projects and to travel a lot for working. My pupils are Michael Pudelka and Tim Walker in spite of their differences they have captured my attention.
Where can we see more of your works and get connected with you?
To learn more about me, you can find me on instagram @michellemabelllee or in behance behance.net/michellemabellle